Los Angeles Preps: Campbell Hall

North: Five things from the weekend

May, 29, 2012
  1. Westlake defensive back Dashon Hunt picked up his ninth scholarship offer. Boise State joined the fray. Hunt, who will be a senior in the fall, has verbally declared to UCLA, but is still receiving offers from other colleges. He is the 12th ranked defensive back in the country by ESPNU. He has received offers from USC, Washington and Colorado among others. “I’m keeping my options wide open for any college that shows me interest at this point,” Hunt said in a text message.
  2. The Mira Costa boys volleyball team won the Southern California Regional Division II championship in five games over Oak Park at Irvine Valley College. Mira Costa, ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN HS, won its second regional championship in the past three years. Oak Park won the first game, 26-24, then dropped the next two. Mira Costa lost the fourth game, again by a score of 26-24, before winning the fifth game, 20-18. Mira Costa’s Christopher Orenic had a match-high 33 kills. Justin Parks had 23 kills and 12 digs for Oak Park. Oak Park won the Southern Section Division II championship and made its first appearance in the Southern California Regional playoffs.
  3. The Windward boys volleyball team won the Southern California Regional Division III championship, sweeping Campbell Hall in the title match. Windward’s Ryan Manoogian had 12 kills and eight digs to lead his team. Robert Cavanaugh recorded 26 assists and had trouble finding a flow in the Campbell Hall attack. Campbell Hall reached the semifinals of the Southern Section Division IV playoffs and lost to Santa Monica.
  4. Only one seeded team remains in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Mater Dei from Santa Ana, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, takes on Newbury Park tonight in the semifinals at Blair Field at Long Beach State. Mater Dei is coming of a 5-2 win over Esperanza in the quarterfinals. Newbury Park, behind ace Luke Eubank, eliminated Saugus, 7-3, in their quarterfinal game. West Ranch plays Corona in the other semifinal at Blair Field at 4 today. West Ranch upset top-seeded Orange Lutheran, 5-4, in the quarterfinals. Corona, a wild-card team from the Big VIII League, has won four playoff games in a row and eliminated El Dorado, 7-4, in the quarterfinals. No. 3 seed JW North lost to Saugus, 7-4, in the second round. Third-seeded Long Beach Poly lost to Huntington Beach, 2-1, in the first round.
  5. San Fernando, the reigning City Section Division I champion, is still alive in the playoffs. The third-seeded Tigers play second-seeded Chatsworth in the semifinals at USC on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Neither team has allowed a run in the playoffs. San Fernando shut out Granada Hills, 3-0, in the first round, then ousted Birmingham, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. Chatsworth blanked Bell, 6-0, in the first round and Woodland Hills Taft, 11-0, in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded El Camino Real plays fourth-seeded San Pedro in the other semifinal at USC. El Camino Real beat Verdugo Hills, 5-1, to reach the semifinals. San Pedro beat Kennedy, 5-4, in the quarterfinals.

Eaton ends HS career on winning note

March, 10, 2012
Chad EatonCourtesy of Eaton familyChad Eaton takes a moment Saturday to ponder what would be his final high school game.

Campbell Hall senior pitcher Chad Eaton was stellar in his final high school game Saturday, falling one out short of a complete game in his team's 6-4 win against Glendale Hoover.

Eaton, who is scheduled to undergo kidney transplant surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday, struck out six in 6.2 innings.

"He walked off the field to a standing ovation," Campbell Hall baseball coach Juan Velazquez said.

Campbell Hall pitcher needs transplant

March, 8, 2012
The high school baseball season has just started, but Campbell Hall pitcher Chad Eaton is preparing for the last game of his prep career.

He will start against Glendale Hoover on Saturday. He will have kidney transplant surgery on Tuesday. Eaton told the L.A. Times he plans to spend as much time as he can with his teammates and enjoy what's left of his high school baseball career before he has surgery.

His aunt, Susan Launer, is donating one of her kidneys to Eaton, a promise she made to her nephew when he was 4.

The surgery will take from five to eight hours. His doctors anticipate his recovery time will be six to eight weeks, which is right around the same time the high school baseball season ends.

But his baseball career still has hope. If he recovers, he can continue playing baseball in college. He will be attending Wake Forest University in North Carolina in the fall.

Looking ahead in CIF state playoffs

March, 6, 2012
Coaches never like to look ahead. But sportswriters do.

Here are some interesting potential match-ups in the CIF State Boys Basketball Southern California Regional playoffs that begin on Wednesday night.

Few teams have been able to beat Mater Dei, the top-seeded team in the Division I regional bracket. Woodland Hills Taft, the No. 3 seed team in the Division I playoffs, might be the one team to give Mater Dei some trouble if the two teams meet in the Division I regional championship game.

Taft has never made it past the semifinals of the CIF State regional playoffs. But first-year coach Jason Hart has his kids playing with a ton of confidence and freedom. This could be the year Taft dunks its way to the Southern California Regional final and perhaps a spot in the state championship.

No team from California has been able to beat Mater Dei this season. The only two losses for the Monarchs were against Grace Prep from Texas and Gill St. Bernard’s from New Jersey.

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Campbell Hall girls capture 4A crown

February, 29, 2012

ANAHEIM -- Even before the season began, Campbell Hall girls' basketball team members debated on possible hanging locations for a championship banner they had yet to win. Seniors had brainstormed since freshman year.

They're still unsettled on where the banner will go, but the hard part is done.

Top-seeded Campbell Hall captured the program's first section title Wednesday afternoon, routing Alpha League rival Brentwood, 66-29, in the CIF-Southern Section Division 4A championship at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. In the process, the Vikings set a new record for fewest points allowed in the division's title game.

"It's really cool," said UCLA-bound Lauren Holiday, who fell one assist short of a triple-double with 16 points and 18 rebounds. "Making history hasn't hit me yet, but it's going to. I just have the jitters inside. It's a great feeling."

Campbell Hall beat Brentwood for the third time this season, and the last was the loudest. The Vikings exceeded their pregame goal of a 33-point margin, which they came up with rather creatively: The number of years seniors put into the program (four) plus leap day's unique number (29).

The Brentwood Eagles did not make a field goal in the second quarter, settling for only one free throw and allowing Campbell Hall (21-6) to set the tempo in transition. The Vikings held a 32-10 halftime lead.

"In the first three minutes we were competing," Brentwood coach Charles Solomon said. "But we didn't deal with adversity well. I take full responsibility for that. This didn't resemble the team that had made this playoff run. ... We missed some shots early."

Numerous players had recently complained about the sensitivity of the arena's rims, which, they said, are unforgiving. The hoops in Anaheim demand perfection -- too stiff to provide lucky bounces, even for soft-touch shooters. Campbell Hall's Natalia Azad avoided them altogether, making six of eight from beyond the arc.

"I was really comfortable," said Azad, who transferred to Campbell Hall when Montclair Prep cut its athletic program last summer. "There was no pressure. I just had fun."

Azad finished with a game-high 22 points, and Nicole Tolbert added 19 and seven rebounds. Drew Cabral had 10 points for Brentwood, which won back-to-back section titles in 2004 and 2005. The Eagles dug an inescapable hole by making only three of their 21 first-half shots.

"Our defensive effort was our best effort," Campbell Hall coach Toya Holiday said. "We're about getting stops, getting rebounds and pushing the ball."

Campbell Hall didn't encounter trouble during the tournament, reaching the title game with wins of 48, 24, 21 and 19 points. Now, the only problem they face is determining where they'll hang the banner.

"I want it to lie on the floor near where other teams warm up so they can see it," said the younger Holiday, whose brothers Jrue Holiday (UCLA, Philadelphia 76ers) and Justin Holiday (Washington) captured state crowns at Campbell Hall.

"Maybe by the doors near the entrance of the gym," Tolbert countered.

The debate continues.

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

Alemany comes back to beat Price

February, 5, 2012

MISSION HILLS -- Max Guercy’s 3-point buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter ignited Alemany to a 82-76, come-from-behind, win over Price in the Alemany To The Rack Showcase on Saturday night.

Down by 10 points in the closing seconds of the third quarter, Guercy nailed a 3-pointer to cut the Price lead to seven, 61-54. Alemany came out in the fourth quarter and went on a 12-1 run to eventually take a four-point lead, 66-62.

Guercy hit two more 3-pointers and scored 10 of Alemany’s 12 points during the run. He finished with 19 points, 13 in the second half.

Alemany coach Tray Meeks said Guercy’s 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter woke up his team.

“We were just in a funk,” Meeks said. “It’s a long season and I know they are a little bit tired. But they fought and that was a championship fight to me.”

Alemany (21-3) took charge of the game early and was up 13-4 in the first quarter. But Price rallied at the end of the first period and closed within one point, 15-14.

Price (17-6) went on a 14-8 run to start the second quarter and took a five-point lead 28-23. By the end of the first half, Price was up 38-32.

Kahlil Green scored the first 10 points for Price to start the third quarter and extended his team’s lead to 10 points at one point. Green scored a game-high 31 points.

Bear Henderson hit a 3-pointer for Alemany that cut the Price lead to six points, 48-42. He finished the game with 17 points and was one of five players for Alemany in double figures.

At the end of the third quarter, Guercy hit a 3-pointer, only his third field goal of the game, and sliced the Price lead to seven points.

Guercy went on a scoring binge to start the fourth quarter. He hit two more 3-pointers to cut the Price lead to two points, 62-60. With a little over five minutes to play in the game, he ripped the ball out of a Price’s players hands and scored to give Alemany a four-point lead, 66-62.

Alemany didn’t give up the lead after that point. But three players from Alemany, including Guercy, fouled out of the game in the final four minutes.

Other games in the Alemany To The Rack Showcase:

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L.A. North: Providence 73, Campbell Hall 66

January, 22, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS -- Marcus LoVett Jr. won the battle of the freshmen in the War on the Floor game between Providence of Burbank and Campbell Hall at Taft High School on Saturday night.

LoVett scored 45 points, 21 in the fourth quarter, and led his team to a come-from-behind, 73-66, win over Campbell Hall.

Aaron Holiday, Campbell Hall’s high-scoring freshman, had 27 points and paced his team to a six-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Providence mounted a huge comeback.

Providence (17-4) outscored Campbell Hall, 28-15, in the final period. LoVett scored 21 of his 45 points in the fourth quarter.

He was 10-for-12 from the free-throw line in the fourth and made 14-of-17 free throws in the game.

Patrick Gonzalez scored 11 points for Providence and was the only other player in double figures.

Cole Huff had 21 points and 14 rebounds for Campbell Hall (7-14). Teammate Kyle Vane had 13 points.

More scores from the War on the Floor basketball tournament at Taft High School:

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Fabulous freshmen take center stage

January, 21, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS -- And so it begins.

There was plenty of hype surrounding the showdown between Burbank Providence's Marcus LoVett Jr. and North Hollywood Campbell Hall's Aaron Holiday on Saturday night in the marquee game of the War on the Floor Tournament at Taft High.

Turns out, the advanced billing was worthy. Both of the highly-touted freshman played well, seemingly beyond their collective years at times. Each showed glimpses of immense potential and performed with the experience of a seasoned upperclassmen.

In the end, however, LoVett Jr. got the better of the overall exchange, particularly in the fourth quarter. He finished with game-high 45 points to guide the Pioneers to a 73-66 nonleague victory. Not to be outdone, Holiday had 27 points for the Vikings.

“Those two are not normal ninth-graders,'' Campbell Hall coach Steve Wachs said. “Everyone came to see what Aaron and Marcus had to offer and I don't think either one of them disappointed the fans. It's too bad someone had to lose this game tonight.''

The fact LoVett Jr. led Providence (17-4) in scoring should not come as a major surprise. He ranks among the state leaders with 31.6 points per game. Can't forget to mention his 4.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals on a nightly basis for the Pioneers.

Keep this in mind, he is still just 15 years old.

“I was looking forward to going up against Aaron and showing what I can do. I think he wanted to the same,'' LoVett Jr. said. “There's a lot of talk about both of us now. I'm not worried about it. I just worry about what happens on the court, not off the court.''

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MLK Day Hoops Showdown schedule

January, 15, 2012
Los Angeles Price and Playa del Rey St. Bernard will host all-day showcases on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The schedules:

At Price High School (7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles)

12:30 p.m. - Campbell Hall vs. Ribet Academy
2:00 p.m. - Dominguez vs. Dorsey
3:30 p.m. - Providence vs. Morningside
5:00 p.m. - Palm Springs vs. Price
6:30 p.m. - Mayfair vs. Washington Prep
8:00 p.m. - Santa Monica vs. Gardena Serra

At St. Bernard High School (9100 Falmouth Ave., Playa Del Rey)

11:00 a.m. - Perris vs. Fremont
12:30 p.m. - Elsinore vs. Leuzinger
2:00 p.m. - Renaissance Academy vs. View Park
3:30 p.m. - LACES vs. St. Monica
5:00 p.m. - Beverly Hills vs. Brentwood
6:30 p.m. - Culver City vs. St. Bernard

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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Taft wins Mission Prep tourney

December, 21, 2011
The Woodland Hills Taft boys basketball team won the Mission Prep tournament in San Luis Obispo, defeating La Costa Canyon, 58-52, in the championship game.

Brandon Perry was selected as tournament MVP.

Campbell Hall won the consolation final, 71-60, over San Luis Obispo. Freshman Aaron Holiday scored 31 points and Cole Huff had a double-double with 28 points and 17 rebounds for Campbell Hall.

In the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, Oaks Christian beat Mount Si from Washington, 75-47, and advanced to the semifinals of the tournament.

Chass Bryan had 12 points and five assists for Oaks Christian. The Lions will play Redondo in the semifinals.

In the National Prep Classic, freshman Marcus LoVett scored 34 points in Providence of Burbank's 83-78 overtime win over Fremont of Los Angeles. LoVett hit a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime.

L.A. North: Boys' basketball Top 10

December, 6, 2011
Here is the top-10 boys basketball teams in the L.A. North region. The teams are ranked with their 2010 records in parantheses:
  1. Harvard-Westlake (29-5) – The Wolverines won the Southern Section Division 3A championship and advanced to the semifinals of the Southern California Regional in the CIF State Division 3 playoffs last year. Harvard-Westlake has two talented seniors returning. Zena Edosomwan averaged 17.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in his junior season. He scored 11 points and had 15 rebounds against Inglewood in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs. Josh Hearlihy averaged 14.5 points per game in his junior season. Sophomore forward Derick Newton has already made an impact with Harvard-Westlake, dropping 30 points on Dominguez on Saturday (Dec. 3). He was 8-for-10 from the field and 11-for-13 from the free-throw line.
    Key returners: Edosomwan (senior forward), Hearlihy (senior guard).
    Key newcomers: Newton (sophomore forward), Alex Copeland (freshman guard).
    Can’t-miss games: Harvard-Westlake vs. Loyola at Roybal Learning Center (Jan. 13), Harvard-Westlake at Crespi (Jan. 20), Alemany at Harvard-Westlake (Jan. 21), Harvard-Westlake vs. Loyola at L.A. Valley College (Feb. 3).
  2. Woodland Hills Taft (29-3) – One of the key losses for Taft team is coach Derrick Taylor. He guided Taft to the City Section Division I championship last season, beating longtime nemesis Westchester, 66-62, in the title game. Jason Hart takes over a talented team, despite the loss of three key seniors. Seniors Brandon Perry and Steven Jones will anchor a promising team. They saw limited action last year, but displayed moments of brilliance. Perry averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a junior. He scored a season-high 17 points against El Camino Real in a 67-36 win for Taft. Jones only scored 3.9 points per game, but had one of his best games in the CIF State Division I playoffs. He scored 10 points and was one of five players from Taft in double figures in a 94-81 loss to Centennial in the semifinals of the Southern California regional. Much of the success of this team will depend on if or when Anthony January will become eligible to play for Taft. He transferred from Compton and isn’t expected to be able to play for Taft until next month.
    Key returners: Perry (senior forward), Steven Jones (senior guard).
    Key newcomers: Hart (head coach).
    Key transfer: January (Compton).
    Can’t-miss game: Taft at El Camino Real (Jan. 11).
  3. Crespi (24-9) – The Celts lost their top scorer and floor leader, Matt Mounier, to graduation, but have three talented seniors returning. Crespi lost in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs, 42-40, to Inglewood. The Celts earned a berth in the CIF State Division 3 playoffs and advanced to the second round before losing to La Canada, 43-42. Senior guard London Perrantes averaged 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last season. Justin Rubia will most likely join Perrantes in the backcourt for Crespi. He averaged 7.3 points per game as a junior. Forward Michael Milligan will provide senior leadership in the frontcourt.
    Key returners: Perrantes (junior guard), Michael Avery (senior guard), Rubia (senior guard), Milligan (junior forward).
    Key newcomer: Sammy Linn (freshman guard).
    Can’t-miss games: Crespi at Alemany (Jan. 11), Harvard-Westlake at Crespi (Jan. 20), Crespi at Loyola (Jan. 23).

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 5, 2011
  1. The Foothill League is starting the basketball season strong. The Valencia and Canyon boys' teams won tournaments over the weekend. Valencia won the Simi Valley tournament and beat highly touted El Camino Real, 88-77, in the championship game. Canyon won the Burbank Tournament ousting a talented Renaissance Academy of La Canada team, 53-50, in the title game. Valencia’s Troy Hammel earned Simi Valley tournament MVP by scoring 18 points against El Camino. Canyon’s Clay Kasdorf was the MVP of the Burbank Tournament and scored 15 points in the game against Renaissance Academy.
  2. The Canyon girls' basketball team is off to an impressive start as well. Canyon won the Nike Central Valley tournament against some of the top teams from the CIF Central Section. Canyon beat Lynwood, 33-30, in the championship game and knocked off Clovis West, 59-57, in the semifinals. Jaya Schultz earned tournament MVP. She scored 17 points against Clovis West and had eight points against Lynwood in the defensive tussle of a championship game.
  3. The Calabasas boys' basketball team won the Campbell Hall tournament in a matchup of two of the top young guards in the San Fernando Valley. Calabasas won the championship game, 72-57, behind 22 points and eight assists from sophomore Jeremy Lieberman. Campbell Hall’s freshman phenom Aaron Holiday scored 26 points, 15 in the first half, and was 10-of-22 from the field.
  4. The Thousand Oaks boys' basketball team won the Nordhoff Tournament, beating Buena, 69-25, in the championship game. Eric Greene scored 13 points in the championship game and earned tournament MVP. Dakota Pierce scored a game-high 20 points for Thousand Oaks against Buena. Tanner Fanjoy added 18 points and was selected with Pierce to the all-tournament team.
  5. Harvard-Westlake’s Cami Chapus gutted out a ninth-place finish in the girls seeded race at the Footlocker Cross Country West Region meet and earned a spot in the national finals meet next week. Battling the after-effects of bronchitis, Chapus completed the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 34 seconds at Mt. San Antonio College. By finishing in the top 10 at the West Region meet, she earned a spot in the nationals meet at Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 10.

L.A. North: Recruiting; Agoura homecoming

October, 25, 2011
Cole Huff, a 6-foot-8 forward on the Campbell Hall basketball team, has committed to Nevada, according to the L.A. Times.

Highland quarterback Christian Tago, a three-year starter, has committed to San Jose State, according to the Daily News.

Clay Matthews, a linebacker on the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers and an Agoura High School alum, is expected to make an appearance at the Agoura homecoming game on Friday night, according to the L.A. Times.

Agoura (0-7) plays Calabasas (1-6) in the battle for last place in the Marmonte League.

LA North: Westlake DB Dashon Hunt chooses UCLA

August, 22, 2011
Dashon Hunt, a junior defensive back at Westlake High School, has made a verbal commitment to UCLA, according to Westlake coach Jim Benkert.

“He contemplated it for a few months and felt it was the best school for him academically as well as for football,” Benkert said.

Hunt had a sack and scored a rushing touchdown in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division semifinal playoff game against St. Bonaventure last year.

“From his standpoint, he can wait a year and come back to the same decision,” Benkert said. “If you have that opportunty, why wait?”

In addition to playing defensive back at Westlake in his sophomore season, he played running back and was on special teams as a kickoff returner. He was expected to be one of the top-recruited defensive backs in Southern California.

“I don’t think it has any affect on us at all,” Benkert said. “He made a great decision. It’s a great time to make the descision. I think everyone’s going to be happy.”

Campbell Hall wins Pierce College girls volleyball tournament

Campbell Hall won the Pierce College summer high school girls volleyball tourmanent over the weekend, defeating Chaminade, 25-22, in the championship match.

Campbell Hall lost its first match of the tournament then won 10 matches in a row including the championship match.

Valencia and Chaminade posted the second best records at the tournament at 9-2. West Ranch was 8-3 in the tournament.

More Montclair Prep fallout

Trey Dickerson, a senior point guard, told the Daily News he will be attending Sierra Canyon and join the basketball team. Dickerson was on the Montclair Prep basketball team before the school cut its athletic programs over the summer.

Dickerson averaged 17.6 points and 6.2 assists per game in his junior season at Montclair Prep. He led his team to the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division V-A boys basketball playoffs against Sierra Canyon. Sierra Canyon won the game, 48-45 in overtime.