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.
March 11, 2010 |
Endings don't get more dramatic than what transpired at the conclusion of Thursday's Southern California regional playoff game between Woodland Hills Taft and Lawndale Leuzinger. With the score tied and 8.9 seconds left, Taft inbounded the ball to Bryce Jones, the 6-foot-5 senior who signed with USC and has become a top candidate for City Section player of the year. Full of confidence and wanting the ball, Jones dribbled to the right wing and connected on a three-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Toreadors a 66-63 victory in the Division I quarterfinals and sending them to a semifinal matchup against Santa Ana Mater Dei on Saturday.
March 10, 2010 |
There were players crying in the Los Angeles Loyola High locker room Tuesday night following a hard-to-take 66-65 loss to Woodland Hills Taft in a Southern California Division I regional first-round boys' basketball game. Three makeable shots in the final eight seconds failed to connect, the last a fall-away 15-footer by Joe Stein at the buzzer, and so ended Loyola's season. And the person most responsible for the defeat was Taft's Jordan Gathers, who played for Loyola for three years until switching schools.