Los Angeles Preps: Buckley

San Marino upsets No. 7 Buckley

February, 16, 2012
Seventh-seeded Buckley from Sherman Oaks was knocked out of the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs by San Marino.

The Titans beat Buckley, 62-59, in overtime. St. Paul upset 13th-seeded Riverside Prep, 51-44.

Here's a look at games involving teams from the L.A. North region in the Division 4AA playoffs:

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Buckley player loses battle with cancer

February, 15, 2012
Buckley's Steven Yampolsky, a junior on the boys tennis team, died from cancer on Tuesday, the Daily News reported on its High School Sports Spotlight blog.

In other news, Tom Hernandez resigned as coach of the San Fernando football team. He was the head coach at San Fernando for 26 seasons.

Tonight's boys basketball playoff game between Notre Dame Sherman Oaks and Paraclete was canceled because of snow. It will be played Thursday at 7 at Paraclete High School in Lancaster.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

January, 9, 2012
  1. Crespi’s Christian Johnson came up with some big shots in his team’s 75-73 win over Loyola to open Mission League play last week. Teammate London Perrantes calls Johnson the team’s secret weapon. “He’s a baseball player first, but I definitely think he’s a great shooter for us,” Perrantes said. Johnson scored 14 points against Loyola and came on strong in the fourth quarter. He hit a 3-pointer, his only 3-point attempt of the game, to give Crespi a four-point lead, 71-67, with a little over two minutes to play in the game. He made five free throws in the final period to help his team maintain a slight lead. He finished the game 4-of-5 from the field and had seven rebounds. Perrantes, who scored 17 points to lead Crespi in scoring against Loyola, added that Johnson isn’t going to be the player opposing teams key on. If Johnson gets hot, he can be a dangerous player.
  2. The opening of the Mission League boys basketball season lived up to the hype at the expense of Loyola. Crespi, Alemany and Harvard-Westlake won their first two games of league play. Crespi opened with a tight, two-point win over previously undefeated Loyola. The Celts followed with a 71-50 win over St. Francis. After Alemany won its league opener against Chaminade, the Warriors took care of Loyola, 69-63, to hand the Cubs their second loss in a row. Loyola opened the season by winning its first 11 games. Harvard-Westlake had a good news, bad news type of week. The Wolverines won their first two league games without much struggle, but also lost senior Josh Hearlihy to a knee injury. He isn’t expected back until playoffs. Luckily, sophomore Derrick Newton has filled in nicely by leading the team in scoring with 19.1 points per game. In the meantime, Crespi is home against Alemany on Wednesday night in a game for first place in league, for the time being.

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 12, 2011
  1. The Oak Park and St. Bonaventure girls basketball teams played a game for the ages in the Bishop Diego Tournament. Oak Park won the tournament beating St. Bonaventure, 98-90 in five overtimes, in the championship game. The game was the longest in Southern Section history. The two teams combined to score the third-most points in state history. Oak Park’s Leah Greenberg hit a 3-pointer to tie the score with 14 seconds left in regulation and send the game into overtime. Oak Park held St. Bonaventure scoreless in the fifth overtime period to eventually win the game. Greenberg hit five 3-pointers in the game and scored 19 points. She earned the tournament MVP award. Teammate Kelsey Haines scored 28 points and was selected to the all-tournament team. Sarah Buchnovitz scored 25 points, had 13 rebounds and five blocks against St. Bonaventure.
  2. The Crespi boys basketball team won the Canyon Classic Tournament, defeating host Canyon, 57-40, in the championship game. London Perrantes earned tournament MVP for Crespi. He scored 11 points in the game against Canyon. Perrantes is averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 assists per game in the first five games of the season. Crespi takes its undefeated record to the San Fernando Valley Invitational starting on Friday.
  3. The Sherman Oaks of Notre Dame boys basketball team won the Moorpark Tournament and handed Oaks Christian its first loss of the season. Kennedy Edwards scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Notre Dame in his team’s 62-58 win over Oaks Christian in the championship game. Edwards earned tournament MVP honors. Teammate Jonathan Bell scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for Notre Dame and was selected to the all-tournament team. Notre Dame is also headed to the San Fernando Valley Invitational.
  4. Buckley of Sherman Oaks won the University’s Jim Nakabara Tournament and has a six-game winning streak to open the season. Buckley beat host University, 41-38, in the championship game. Tyler Coppin-Carter, the tournament MVP, recorded four double-doubles in the tournament including 20 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the tournament. Buckley will be challenged in its next game against Price on Tuesday night. Price reached the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs and lost to La Canada last year.
  5. The Village Christian boys basketball team won the Viewpoint Tournament beating Viewpoint, 70-41, in the championship game. A pair of transfers are paying early dividends for Village Christian. Bryan Alberts scored 17 points and had seven assists against Viewpoint and earned tournament MVP. Marsalis Johnson, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 25 points and had nine rebounds for Village Christian. Village Christian has a six-game winning and plays Santa Clarita Christian tonight.

LA North: Oaks Christian 66, Buckley 48

March, 5, 2011
ANAHEIM -- Blair Holliday looked toward his Westlake Village Oaks Christian High teammates during the first half of Saturday's Southern Section boys' basketball championship game and put three fingers in the air after another one of his 3-pointers found nothing but the bottom of the net.

The senior guard, as they say, was feeling it.

At times, it seemed as if he could not miss.

Holliday connected on four three-pointers in first quarter alone against Sherman Oaks Buckley, had five from beyond the arc by halftime and finished with career-high 26 points for the Lions in a 66-48 Division 4A victory at the Anaheim Convention Center.

“Blair was pretty average today,'' Oaks Christian coach Andre Chevalier jokingly said. “He led us to a title today, he stepped when we needed him the most.''

The fact Holliday played particularly well might come as a surprise to some considering he is thought to be a football players first, which best explains his gridiron scholarship to play at Duke next year.

Nevertheless, he scored 12 points in the first quarter to help top-seeded Oaks Christian (24-7) take a 11-point lead. Holliday scored seven straight points in the second quarter and the Lions ended up taking a 32-11 lead at the break.

“During warm-ups, I wasn't hitting my shots, I was a little worried,'' Holliday said. “After my first shot went in, then the second, I started feeling good. I play my best, I think, on the big stage.''

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1. The Ventura boys basketball team is headed to its third CIF Southern Section championship game in the past six years. Ventura won the title in 2006, lost in 2009. Dylan Houck is one of 11 seniors on the team this year. Not all of them were on the 2009 team that finished as runners-up, but Houck was and he said he remembers not being able to seal the deal two years ago. It’s not a pleasant memory. Coach Dan Larson said his players were a little nervous before their semifinal game against Compton on Friday night. They played like they were nervous in the first half and the first two minutes of the third quarter. Ventura was down 15 points before mounting an 18-0 run in the third quarter and taking a three-point lead into the fourth quarter. Ventura beat Compton, 70-58, and will play Mission Viejo in the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA championship game at the Anaheim Convention Center on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

2. The Southern Section boys and girls basketball semifinals and finals are set for the Anaheim Convention Center and Mater Dei High School starting on Tuesday. The boys and girls Division 1AA semifinals are set to begin on Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Brea Olinda girls take on Canyon Springs in the first game of the day. The Mater Dei girls play Santa Monica in the other semifinal. The first boys semifinal pits Corona Centennial against Mater Dei at 6:30. The other semifinal is Long Beach Poly vs. Etiwanda.

3. The Southern Section championship games begin on Wednesday with the girls 6A, 4AA and 3A title games. The boys Division 4AA championship game between Orange Lutheran and Windward is set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. Third-seeded La Canada plays top-seeded Price in the boys Division 3AA championship game on Thursday night at 4:45 p.m. No. 1 Oaks Christian plays Buckley in the boys Division 4A championship game on Saturday at 9 a.m. No. 1 Harvard-Westlake plays Inglewood in the boys Division 3A championship game on Saturday morning at 10:45. Sierra Canyon plays Montclair Prep in the boys Division 5A championship on Friday night at 5 p.m. at Mater Dei High School. Flintridge Prep plays Muir in the boys Division 5AA championship on Saturday night at 6 at Mater Dei High School.

4. The Harvard-Westlake girls basketball team is making its third straight CIF Southern Section championship game appearance after a convincing 66-43 win over Indio in the Division 2A semifinals. Harvard-Westlake won the Division 4AA championship in 2009 and the Division 4A championship in 2010. The Wolverines will face Canyon of Anaheim on Thursday night at 6:30 at the the Anaheim Convention Center. Oaks Christian plays St. Anthony in the girls Division 4A championship game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Buena plays Rialto in the girls Division 2AA championship game on Friday at 7 p.m.

5. The El Camino Real wrestling team won the CIF City Section championship over Sylmar at Roybal High School. Three sophomores won their respective weight classes for El Camino. Connor McClennan defeated Sylmar’s Cylle Altamirano-Hill in the 152-pound division. Shayan Shanangian won the 140-pound division with an 11-8 decision over San Fernando’s Anthony Contreras. Ali Naser won his second straight City title with an 18-1 decision over Granada Hill’s Robert Mena in the 125-pound division. It was the first City Section wrestling championship for El Camino Real since 2001.