High-SchoolCalifornia: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

New Cal-Hi Sports Football Top 25

September, 4, 2012
California high school footballMark Tennis/ESPNHSVista Murrieta quarterback Nick Stevens had a strong first game against Colorado opponent.
Mission Viejo, Serra of Gardena and Helix among those coming up quickly. Newcomers led by new No. 20 Vacaville and new No. 21 Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.

Contributing: Paul Muyskens, Ronnie Flores, Harold Abend

All rankings through games played Saturday night, Sept. 1. Check back later this week for Week 2 CIF State Bowl Game rankings and for the next State Stat Stars of the Week. If you check back and no longer see Cal-Hi Sports content on an ESPN page, please go to our twitter page @CalHiSports or our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/CalHiSportscom/162897664162 for updates.

1. (1) DE LA SALLE (CONCORD) 1-0
Why This Ranking: The three-time defending CIF Open Division champions have not lost to a California team since 2008 and showed little signs of a drop from last year in the first game.
Weekend Result: After going to two overtimes to beat defending CIF Central Coast Section Division I champ Bellarmine of San Jose in last year’s opener, the Spartans scored on their second play and had little difficulty in beating the Bells 41-7. Tiapepe Vitale had 15 carries for 181 yards and three touchdowns. New quarterback Chris Williams rushed for two scores and had a 58-yard TD pass to Austin Hooper in which Hooper broke several tackles.
Up Next: This year’s game against an out-of-state foe comes Friday at home against Mullen Prep of Denver. Mullen arrives after getting a 14-13 win in a much-hyped game against Valor Christian of Highlands Ranch that drew NFL QB Peyton Manning to the sidelines. Coach Bob Ladouceur expects his team will get a much stiffer challenge than what Bellarmine presented.

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Boys Athlete of the Year: Calling Khalfani

July, 14, 2012
Blazing fast junior Khalfani Muhammad, who has all-state football credentials as a running back, led Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks to the CIF state track title. He’s the second State Athlete of the Year from Notre Dame in six years.

For the second time in six years, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks can celebrate having the Cal-Hi Sports Boys State Athlete of the Year.

This time, the honoree for the 2011-12 school year is electrifying football running back-track sprinter Khalfani Muhammad. He comes on the heels of 2006-07 winner Michael Stanton, now more known as Giancarlo Stanton, emerging baseball superstar for the Miami Marlins.

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