March 11, 2011 |
It's the time of year in high school basketball when players are banged up but still find a way to play, and that's what is happening with standout point guard Michael Caffey of Corona Centennial. He injured his ankle Tuesday night during the Southern California Division I regionals. His coach, Josh Giles, didn't expect him to play Thursday, but Caffey did his best, and now he'll try to keep playing on Saturday in a semifinal showdown with Woodland Hills Taft at 5 p.m. at Corona Roosevelt.
March 6, 2011 |
Players who won basketball championships Saturday probably got a good night of sleep, and they are going to need it because March Madness enters a more challenging phase for high school teams this week. The state playoff pairings were released Sunday, and there is little time for rest or basking in the glory of winning a section title. The regional playoffs begin Tuesday, and if teams want to earn a trip to Sacramento to play for a state championship the weekend of March 25-26, they will need immediate focus and energy.
March 5, 2011 |
Clutching the City Section championship plaque, senior point guard Spencer Dinwiddie of Woodland Hills Taft stood on the court at USC's Galen Center on Saturday afternoon and reflected on the special place he had earned in the hearts of Taft alumni, alongside Jordan Farmar and Larry Drew Jr. "I'm honored to follow in their footsteps," he said. "Jordan went to the league [the NBA] and Larry went to UNC [North Carolina]. I want to take it a step further. I want to be the first one to win a state title.
February 12, 2011 |
There were no surprises at the City Section boys' basketball playoffs seeding meeting on Saturday. Woodland Hills Taft was awarded the top seeding in Division I after capturing the West Valley League title and finishing the regular season on a 13-game winning streak. The Toreadors (23-2) will host No. 16 Hollywood (11-5), the Central League champion, in the first round Thursday night. If seedings hold, Taft would face No. 8 Cleveland in the quarterfinals ? a team Taft beat by 37 and 39 points in league play.
January 21, 2011 |
Give Woodland Hills Taft Coach Derrick Taylor a top point guard and he'll usually put together a team to contend for a City Section basketball championship. In 2004, the Toreadors won behind Jordan Farmar. In 2008, they won with Larry Drew Jr. leading the way. And in 2011, they could be celebrating another City title with Colorado-bound Spencer Dinwiddie at the controls. The 6-foot-4 Dinwiddie has a calming effect on his teammates. His team struggled Friday night against Reseda Cleveland when he went to the bench in the first quarter with two fouls.
December 3, 2010 |
Carson figured Michael Bercovici couldn't beat the Colts if the record-setting quarterback from Woodland Hills Taft spent most of his time on the sideline. So Carson turned to a clock-burning running game and received 100-yard performances from Dion Willis and Myles Johnson during a 40-21 victory Friday night in a City Section Division I semifinal. "We felt like if we could control the ground, we could control the game," Colts Coach Elijah Asante said. Willis ran for 108 yards and two touchdowns in 11 carries and Johnson had 109 yards in 16 carries for top-seeded Carson (11-2)
September 9, 2010 |
An early-season matchup of top City Section football teams Thursday night produced an entertaining, offense-minded encounter that left Los Angeles Dorsey and Woodland Hills Taft feeling good about themselves at times. In the end, a school-record 359-yard, three-touchdown passing performance by Dorsey quarterback Joseph Gray and two interceptions and a 38-yard field goal from Michael Robert proved decisive in the Dons' 37-24 victory at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Gray completed 19 of 38 passes, including touchdown passes of 80 and 21 yards to Marvin Hall and 37 yards to Robert.
July 2, 2010 |
Last basketball season, after no players were selected from California for the McDonald's All-American Game, there was concern about a talent shortage. After watching the talent at this week's Fairfax tournament, I can report those worries were unfounded. Santa Ana Mater Dei fans should start humming the tune, "Happy Days are Here Again," because 6-foot-5 freshman Shaqquan Aaron is going to be the Monarchs' best first-year player since Taylor King. And just wait until he gains more strength.
April 6, 2010 |
The experimenting is over for Los Angeles City Section baseball teams. On Tuesday, league play finally began, and it was an immediate chance to see which West Valley League teams got the message that there would be no more fooling around if the ambition to topple nine-time City champion Chatsworth is going to reach fruition. Woodland Hills El Camino Real (6-8), after strugging in the opening month of the season, had its serious game face on and turned the ball over to All-City right-hander Jose Cardona, who delivered a masterpiece in a 9-0 victory over Woodland Hills Taft.