Los Angeles Preps: Calvary Chapel

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

November, 11, 2011
Valencia (5-4) vs. Saugus (6-3), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
This is essentially the Foothill League championship game. Valencia is in search of its third league championship in a row. Saugus won the Foothill League championship in 2008. Canyon is tied with Valencia and Saugus for the lead in the Foothill League standings, each with 3-1 records. Valencia can actually win the title outright if Golden Valley can pull off the greatest upset in school history by beating Canyon tonight. Valencia would have to beat Saugus too. Most likely scenario is Canyon will share the Foothill League championship with the winner of the Valencia-Saugus game.

No. 15 Chaminade (8-1) vs. No. 25 Serra (7-2), Friday (7 p.m.)
This could be a night of out with the old, in with the new. Both Chaminade and Serra have perfect 4-0 records in the Mission League standings. Serra is the reigning Mission League champion and beat Chaminade 35-21 last season. That was of course with Marquis Lee and George Farmer. This time around, Chaminade has the six-game winning streak and the offensive stars with running back Terrell Newby and quarterback Logan Scott. Winner takes the Mission League championship and most likely the No. 1 seeding in the Western Division playoffs.

No. 23 Crespi (7-2) vs. No. 17 Loyola (7-2) at L.A. Valley College, Friday (7 p.m.)
This game means more to Crespi than to Loyola. The Celts need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Cubs are already in the playoffs no matter if they win or lose this game. Still, no team wants to head into playoffs on a losing note. This is a big game in the Serra League with all sorts of playoff implications.

Burroughs (5-4) vs. Burbank (4-5) at Arcadia High School, Friday (7 p.m.)
The “Big Game” is bigger for Burroughs than for Burbank. At stake for the Indians is the Pacific League championship and a favorable seeding in the Southeast Division playoffs. Burbank can play the role of spoiler and still make the playoffs with a win. Burbank is in a tie for fifth place with Muir in the Pacific League standings. The top-four teams in league make the playoffs.

Sierra Canyon (9-0) vs. Calvary Chapel (5-3) at Downey High School, Friday (7 p.m.)
Sierra Canyon can punctuate its first Alpha League championship with a win over Calvary Chapel and cap an undefeated regular season. Calvary Chapel has lost two games in a row and hasn’t scored a point in eight quarters. Paraclete and Brentwood shut out Calvary Chapel in consecutive weeks.

Cathedral (3-6) at St. Francis (7-2), Friday (7:30 p.m.)
St. Francis can clinch a playoff spot with a win over a Cathedral team that hasn’t won a Mission League game this season. The Knights started out hot, winning their first six games. But St. Francis has lost two of its last three games, both to Mission League opponents. The Knights are coming off a 28-22 win over St. Paul, so things are looking up for St. Francis. Cathedral was shut out by Chaminade, 33-0, last week, and it could have been much worse. Chaminade scored only three points in the second half.

Orange County: Five things from the weekend

November, 15, 2010
1. You don't have to play at a high-profile school to have a great high school career. Chris Paul caught eight passes for 191 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-39 Orange Coast League victory over Saddleback and ended his career as Orange County's all-time leader in touchdown receptions. Paul was on the receiving end of 42 scoring passes, giving him three more than Jeremy Childs, who caught 39 for Los Alamitos before graduating in 2005.

2. In his fourth consecutive week as a starting tailback, Malik Felton is making a bid for offensive player of the year honors in Orange County. He broke off a 70-yard TD run against Orange Lutheran, so six of his seven scores in that span are from 11 yards or more, and three are from at least 37. He has 83 carries for 682 yards (8.2 per carry) against St. John Bosco, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Lutheran. No easy marks there. Before Sean DeRosa was hurt, Felton had been a wide receiver who carried six times for 79 yards. He has reeled off consecutive games of 196, 185, 163 and 138 -- the latter against Orange Lutheran on 12 carries in a 31-13 victory. He has had TD runs of 11, 11, 87, 6, 37, 70 and 15 yards. It's a short, but impressive, resume.

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LA North: Crespi No. 3 in CIF Division IV state boys basketball championshps

March, 7, 2010
Crespi of Encino earned the No. 3 seed in the CIF Division IV state boys basketball championships and will play El Segundo (19-11) in the first round.

Crespi (21-11) won the Southern Section Division 4A championship, 50-43, against an Alemany team with a losing record.

Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (17-13) is the fourth seed in the Division IV state championships and will face Calvary Chapel of Santa Ana (14-13) in the first round.

Oaks Christian of Westlake (19-9) opens the Division IV state championships against Kingsburg (16-12) from the Central Section.

Paraclete (21-7) will play Immanuel of Reedley (21-10) from the Central Section in the first round of the Division IV state championships.