Los Angeles Preps: Banning

Eagle Rock wins water polo title

February, 17, 2012
The Eagle Rock girls' water polo team won the CIF City Section championship, 10-8, over El Camino Real on Thursday at Contreras Learning Complex.

It was the first water polo championship in school history for Eagle Rock.

Lindsey Garcia scored four goals for Eagle Rock, the top seed in the water polo playoffs.

Her goal with 2:25 left in the match gave Eagle Rock a 9-8 lead, according to a story in the Daily News. Elizabeth Gonzalez scored about a minute later to give Eagle Rock a two-goal lead.

Better late than never for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame boys' basketball team didn’t win a single game in Mission League play. The Knights entered the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs with an 0-12 record in league play and a 13-game losing streak.

They had to wait a day to play their first-round game because of snow and ice on the Antelope Valley freeway leading out to Paraclete in Lancaster. Notre Dame played Paraclete in the first round.

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Carson's Elijah Asante has no regrets

October, 11, 2011
Elijah AsanteBlair Angulo/For ESPNLA.comCarson coach Elijah Asante has his team as well prepared as any with his ambitious nonleague scheduling.

Carson coach Elijah Asante has unquestionably been the most ambitious scheduler in Los Angeles County this year, aiming to improve his squad against elite competition. He reached for the stars but, in the end, was content just to land on the moon.

After losing to Long Beach Poly, Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo in consecutive weeks, the Colts (2-3) got back on track last Friday with a victory at San Diego Lincoln. And despite the ugly record, you can make the case that no team is better prepared for Marine League play.

That's where the dilemma lies for high school coaches -- sacrifice wins for progression or go for perfection? San Pedro is 5-0 but its opponents have a combined 9-16 mark. Carson's five opponents have gone 17-11; Narbonne's have gone 19-8.

"We got an opportunity to feel the heat, to feel the fire," Asante said. "And it was hot.

"We exposed ourselves to the very best and we aren't quite at that level right now. ... The Marine League isn't going to be a cakewalk either. You've got teams that are playing really well, like San Pedro. You've got Narbonne, which has one of the best quarterbacks [Troy Williams], probably, in the nation. They've got a very dynamic team."

The Colts open league play Friday night at home against Banning (2-3), whose losses were to Cathedral, Crenshaw and Gardena Serra.

"That's a rivalry game," Asante said. "It doesn't matter what our records are -- that's going to be a huge game."

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.