Los Angeles Preps: Canyon

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 23, 2012
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  1. Canyon High receiver Drew Wolitarsky has picked up two college offers. One is from West Point and the other is from Arizona. The junior wide receiver caught 75 passes for 1,628 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also returned 14 punts for 203 yards and had two returns for touchdowns. The Canyon football team finished in third place in the Foothill League and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs in 2011.
  2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Khalfani Muhammad won the 100, and was on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut. He already holds the fastest time in the state in the 100, 10.54 seconds set at the Maurice Greene Invitational on April 14. He won the 100 at Mt. SAC in 10.55 seconds. He anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
  3. Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter anchored the winning 4x200 meter relay team at the Mt. SAC Relays. The girls broke the school record winning the invitational race in 11 minutes, 59.68 seconds, the third fastest time in the nation this year. Harvard-Westlake has the top time in the nation at 11:45.18 and Redondo Union is second at 11:53.53 seconds. The team of Baxter, Erika Barr, Amanda Hamilton and Desirae Jones rallied past Beverly Hills to win the race at Mt. SAC.
  4. The Harvard-Westlake girls 4x1,600 meter relay team set a school record at the Mt. SAC relays, but finished in third in the race. The team of Cami Chapus, Amy Weissenbach, Lizzy Thomas and Yasmin Moreno finished the race in 20 minutes, 40.17 seconds. It was 17 seconds faster than the school record time set in 2003. Redondo Union won the race in 20:01.38, breaking the state record held by Saugus set in 2011. The Harvard-Westlake girls won the 4x800 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays in 9:08.69, the second fastest time in the nation.
  5. Moorpark’s Sean Barry tossed a no-hitter against Westlake in a Marmonte League baseball game on Friday. Barry struck out 11 and walked five. Michael Ketring provided the offense for Moorpark, going 3-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. The Musketeers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break open an otherwise tight game. Tim Burtzloff started the game for Westlake and went 3 1/3 innings. He gave up only one run on four hits.

Oxnard earns No. 5 seed in Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs

February, 12, 2012
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The Oxnard boys basketball team is the fifth-seeded team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs and will play Quartz Hill in the first round Friday night.

The playoff pairings for the Southern Section playoffs were released Sunday.

Calabasas, the champion of the Marmonte League, is the No. 1 seed in Division 3AA. The Coyotes have a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will play the winner of the Hueneme-Palos Verdes game.

Alemany, the Mission League champion, is the No. 1 seed in Division 3A and will play Artesia in the first round Wednesday.

Providence of Burbank is the No. 1 seed in Division 5A and has a bye in the first round. The Pioneers will play the winner of the New Roads-Villanova Prep game.

Renaissance Academy is the top seed in the Division 6 playoffs and plays Santa Monica Academy on Wednesday.

Crescenta Valley is the No. 4 seed in the Division 1A playoffs and plays Colton in the first round on Friday.

Canyon earned the No. 2 seed in Division 2AA playoffs and will play Godinez in the first round on Friday.

San Marcos is the No. 2 seed in Division 3AA playoffs and plays Hawthorne on Wednesday. La Canada, the No. 3 seed in the Division 3AA playoffs and the reigning Division 3AA champion, has a bye in the first round and plays the winner of the Pacifica-Northwood game.

Oak Park is the No. 3 seed in the Division 3A playoffs and plays Littlerock in the first round.

Village Christian is the No. 2 seed in the Division 5AA playoffs and plays Bellarmine-Jefferson in the first round.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

February, 6, 2012
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  1. The CIF basketball playoffs don’t start for another week, but some of the top teams in the Southern Section and City Section got a taste of the postseason in the Nike Extravaganza at Meter Dei High School and at the Alemany Showcase this weekend. Alemany played Price in a matchup of top-20 teams in the ESPN Los Angeles rankings. Alemany won, 82-76, and Warriors coach Tray Meeks said it was important for his players to compete against an unfamiliar opponent. The Mission League has quality programs in Crespi, Harvard-Westlake and Loyola, but facing a team as talented as Price is good preparation for playoffs, Meeks said. “No disrespect to Price, but this is not a different level,” he said. “The Mission League is ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason. That’s because it’s tough night in, night out. This is just another tough game. It’s different because we don’t know one another. For the Mission League, it’s different because we all know one another. That’s where the Mission League is different. We all know one another, whereas we get a Price, we’re adjusting throughout the game, and that makes it a tough challenge. That makes it more like a playoff game.” Alemany point guard Max Guercy rallied his team in the second half. He hit three 3-pointers in the span of two minutes and helped Alemany erase a nine-point deficit. His first 3-pointer beat the buzzer to end the third quarter. In the first half, Price bottled up Guercy and held him to six points. “They were trying to get the ball out of his hands,” Meeks said. “They were doing a good job of doing that. He just adjusted and that three got him going." Alemany leads the Mission League standings with a 9-1 record. The Warriors have two more league games, beginning tonight against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Loyola is in second place in the Mission League with an 8-3 record. The Cubs have one more league game, on Wednesday against St. Francis.
  2. Woodland Hills Taft made a playoff statement with a 73-57 win over Loyola in the Nike Extravaganza in another matchup of top-20 teams in the ESPN LA rankings. Anthony January, who had to wait until December to play for Taft after transferring from Compton, scored 26 points and has been integral in Taft’s 12-game winning streak. Brandon Perry scored 13 points for Taft, but it was his defense against high-scoring Julian Harrell, who is averaging a team-high 16 points, that stood out. He held Harrell to 10 points. Taft wraps up its West Valley League schedule this week against Birmingham and Chatsworth and will wait to see where it is seeded in the City Section Division I playoffs.

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West Ranch RB Coprich commits to Cal

January, 30, 2012
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West Ranch running back Jeffrey Coprich verbally committed to Cal. He is being recruited as an athlete and said he will have a chance to play a variety of positions when spring practices start.

He was being recruited by Northwestern and Hawaii in addition to Cal.

Canyon running back Max Archuleta is headed to Yale to play college football. He was also being recruited by Columbia, John Hopkins and Amherst.

National Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday.

Marmonte League headed to Pac-5?

January, 26, 2012
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Potential good news for the football teams in the Foothill League and Golden League, but bad news for the lower-tier teams in the Marmonte League.

The Southern Section is considering moving the 10 teams in the Marmonte League to the Pac-5 Division, the top division in the CIF Southern Section, according to a report in the LA Times.

For Oaks Chrisitian, St. Bonaventure and Westlake, the move might be welcome. For teams like Thousand Oaks, Moorpark and Newbury Park, moving to the Pac-5 Division might make it nearly impossible to win a CIF championship.

Marmonte League teams have won the past three Northern Division championships. St. Bonaventure won back-to-back Northern Division titles in 2007 and 2008 when the Seraphs were in the Channel League.

With Marmonte League teams out of the Northern Division, the Foothill League, Golden League and Bay League would remain. The Pac-7 League would be added to the Northern Division, according to a proposal from the Southern Section office. The last Foothill League team to win a CIF championship was Canyon in 2006, the first year the Northern Division was established.

Canyon also won the CIF Southern Section Division II championship in 2005. Hart, another team from the Foothill League, won the Division II championship in 2003.

Part of the discussions involve moving the Sunset League teams out of the Pac-5 Division and into the Southwest Division.

L.A. North: The top 10

January, 22, 2012
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There is a new No. 1 in the L.A. North and a new team in the top 10. Woodland Hills Taft ground out another tight one, this time against Fairfax in a match-up of two of the top teams in the City Section.

Oak Park cracks the top 10 for the first time this season after beating Oaks Christian by one point on the road.

Westlake and Harvard-Westlake had some untimely losses. Westlake dropped to No. 8. The Wolverines have lost three of their past four games, including 77-68, to Alemany and were knocked out of the top 10.

Here is a look at the top 10 teams in the L.A. North:

1. (2) Woodland Hills Taft (17-3) – The Toreadors extended their winning streak to seven games including 44-38 over Fairfax in the Fairfax City Preview Classic. Taft also tallied West Valley League wins over Cleveland and Birmingham. Anthony January scored 20 points for Taft against Fairfax in a defensive tussle.

2. (1) Crespi (18-2) – The Celts lost for only second time this season and had their six-game winning streak snapped against Harvard-Westlake, 67-66, in a Mission League game on Friday night. London Perrantes scored 16 points in the loss.

3. (3) Alemany (16-3) – The Warriors won both of their Mission League games last week, both on the road. They beat Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 85-62, and Harvard-Westlake, 77-68. Marqueze Coleman averaged 26 points in the games against Notre Dame and Harvard-Westlake, scoring 30 against the Wolverines.

4. (6) Royal (15-5) – The Highlanders won their sixth game in a row, 68-34, over Moorpark in a Marmonte League game. Max McCoy led Royal with 18 points and J.R. Powell scored 16.

5. (7) Calabasas (17-3) – The Coyotes won their second game in a row, 75-51, over Simi Valley. They have won five of their past six games. Jeremy Lieberman had a big game for Calabasas with 31 points against Simi.

6. (5) Providence of Burbank (17-4) – The Pioneers lost to Morningside, 71-70, in the Martin Luther King Shootout at Price High School, but rebounded nicely with a 73-66 win over Campbell Hall in the War on the Floor tournament at Taft High School. Freshman Marcus LoVett Jr. scored 45 points, 21 in the fourth quarter, for Providence against Campbell Hall.

7. (8) Canyon (19-1) – Canyon won its 12th game in a row, 68-34, over Golden Valley in a Foothill League game. The Cowboys are off to their best start in school history and can set the school record for longest winning streak against Saugus on Friday night. That is if Canyon beats Hart on Tuesday night.

8. (4) Westlake (16-7) – The Warriors were upset by Thousand Oaks, 53-46 in overtime, in a Marmonte League game last week. It was the only game Westlake played. Grant Lozoya scored 20 points for Westlake in the loss. Tanner Fanjoy had 22 points for Thousand Oaks.

9. (9) El Camino Real (12-6) – The Conquistadores won both their West Valley League games last week, but needed a buzzer-beater from Julian Richardson to beat Chatsworth, 57-55. El Camino Real has won three games in a row and four of their past five.

10. (NR) Oak Park (16-6) – The Eagles have won eight games in a row including all five of their Tri-Valley League games. They are coming off a 61-60 league win over Oaks Christian. Ron Lee scored 30 points, five in the final minute, and Oak Park held on after blowing a 17-point lead.

Canyon wins 12th game in a row

January, 20, 2012
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CANYON COUNTRY -- The Canyon football team is known for its 46-game winning streak in the 1980s. The Canyon cross country teams have won a number of national titles and CIF championships.

The boys' basketball team is on the verge of setting some school records and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The Canyon boys won their 12th game in a row, 68-34, over Golden Valley in a Foothill League game on Friday night at Canyon High School. The Cowboys are off to their best start in school history at 19-1. They are one win away from matching the longest winning streak in school history.

The 1978 Canyon boys' basketball team won 13 games in a row. That team went 22-4 and reached the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs.

Canyon is the top-ranked team in the CIF-SS Division 2AA and, for the time being, the favorite to win the Division 2AA championship. It would be the first CIF basketball championship in Canyon’s history.

Known as a football school, Canyon is quickly becoming the basketball juggernaut of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Canyon coach Chad Phillips said his team is playing unselfishly and gelling like a family.

“It has to be,” Phillips said. “Everybody has a role. You gotta have role players to play around the star players.”

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L.A. North: Boys' basketball top 10

January, 16, 2012
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  1. Crespi (17-1): Crespi has won five games in a row, including all four of its Mission League games. The Celts beat Alemany, 60-55, on Wednesday night. London Perrantes scored 15 points against Alemany. He averaged 14.5 points per game in wins over Alemany and Chaminade and notched 11 assists against the Eagles on Friday night.
  2. Woodland Hills Taft (14-3): Taft has won four games in a row, including its first two West Valley League games and a convincing 83-53 win over Grant in the Fairfax City tournament. Taft has won 71 league games in a row, dating to Jan. 12, 2005. The winning streak almost came to an end against El Camino Real on Wednesday night. Taft narrowly escaped, 45-44.
  3. Alemany (14-3): The Warriors lost to Crespi, 60-55, and their seven-game winning streak ended. But their week started on a winning note: Alemany beat St. Francis, 79-69, in a Mission League game. Marqueze Coleman had a big week, averaging 22 points and 8.5 rebounds per game against Crespi and St. Francis.
  4. Westlake (16-6): The Warriors pulled off a stunner, beating Calabasas, 51-50, in a Marmonte League game on Wednesday night. Westlake erased a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit behind the hot shooting of Grant Lozoya. He scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. Westlake has won two games in a row and eight of its last nine.
  5. Providence Burbank (16-3): Providence has won eight games in a row and improved to 4-0 in the Liberty League with wins over Glendale Adventist and Holy Martyrs Armenian last week. Providence will get tested tonight in the MLK Shootout against Morningside at Price High School.
  6. Royal (14-5): The Highlanders have won five games in a row including an impressive 62-51 win over Westlake last week. Scott Woods has been a monster in the middle for Royal. He scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds and blocked four shots against Westlake.
  7. Calabasas (16-3): The Coyotes had a tough loss, 51-50, to Westlake last week. But Calabasas bounced back with a 78-46 win over Thousand Oaks on Friday night. Calabasas has won four of its past five games.
  8. Canyon (17-1): The Cowboys have a 10-game winning streak, including a 61-47 over Foothill League rival Valencia. Clay Kasdorf is averaging 26 points in the first two league games.
  9. Harvard-Westlake (10-6): It was a bad week for the Wolverines. They lost two games, including a heartbreaker, 44-42, to Chaminade in a Mission League game. Harvard-Westlake is 3-3 in its past six games.
  10. El Camino Real (10-6): The Conquistadores took Taft to the wire, losing 45-44 on their home court last week. El Camino Real beat Reseda Cleveland soundly, 73-46, on Friday night. Julian Richardson scored a game-high 17 points against Taft and was instrumental in controlling the grinding pace of the game.

The next 10, in alphabetical order: Crescenta Valley, La Canada, Oak Park, Oaks Christian, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Renaissance Academy, Valencia, Ventura, Village Christian.

New divisions separate public, private

January, 11, 2012
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The Daily News broke down the new CIF-Southern Section divisions for boys' and girls' basketball and found a huge disparity in public and private schools.

The biggest disparity is in Division 2A and 2AA. There are 16 public schools ranked in both divisions and no private schools.

Division 5A and 5AA is other way around, with 14 private schools and two public schools in both of the divisions.

Canyon Country Canyon is the No. 1 team in the Division 2A boys' basketball poll and Murrieta Valley is the No. 1 team in Division 2AA boys' basketball poll.

St. Bernard is the top team in the Division 5A boys' basketball poll. Burbank Providence is No. 1 in the Division 5AA boys' basketball poll.

On the girls side, Mark Keppel is No. 1 in Division 2A and Camarillo is No. 1 in Division 2AA.

Mission Prep is the top-ranked team in Division 5A and Rolling Hills Prep is tops in Division 5AA.

The Daily News contends some quality teams might be left out of the state playoffs because of the new divisions. For example, Crespi, the fifth-ranked team in Division 4AA, could win the Mission League and make a deep run in playoffs, but has to face Windward and Lutheran La Verne in the Southern Section playoffs.

Alemany, the top-ranked team in Division 3A, could finish behind Crespi in the Mission League standings, but will have an easier route through the Southern Section playoffs. St. John Bosco is ranked No. 2 and Santa Margarita is No. 3 in Division 3A.

Bottom line is that it looks as if the Southern Section divided the divisions by public and private schools, although officials will probably never admit to it. Division 3A has the closest mixture of public and private schools, 10 public and six private.

L.A. North: Boys' basketball Top 10

January, 8, 2012
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The top 10 boys basketball teams from the L.A. North region have a pair of 15-1 teams, one at the top and one at the bottom.

Crespi of Encino is off to a 15-1 start, its only loss coming in the semifinals of the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic.

Canyon is also 15-1, its best start in school history, and has only lost to Crespi in the championship game of its own tournament.

The Mission League and Marmonte League well-represented in the top 10. Here's a look at this week's L.A. North top teams:
  1. Crespi (15-1) – The Celts have won three games in a row and their only loss came against L.A. Wasington in the semifinals of the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic. Crespi won its first two Mission League games, including 75-73, over Loyola to open league play. The Celts play at Alemany and are home against Chaminade in league games this week.
  2. Woodland Hills Taft (11-3) – The Toreadors are coming off a 52-48 win over Lincoln in the L.A.-San Diego Challenge over the weekend. Taft snapped a two-game losing streak with the win over Lincoln. The Toreadors begin West Valley League play against El Camino Real on Wednesday night.
  3. Alemany (13-2) – The Warriors are off to a 2-0 start in Mission League play to keep pace with Crespi. They have won six games in a row and haven’t lost since Dec. 21 to Crespi in the San Fernando Valley Invitational. Alemany plays St. Francis on Monday night before a Mission League showdown against Crespi on Wednesday night.
  4. Calabasas (14-2) – The Coyotes are 4-0 in Marmonte League play and have won four of their past five games. The only loss for Calabasas in that stretch came against Rancho Verde in the Oaks Christian Tournament. Calabasas plays Newbury Park on Monday and Westlake on Wednesday in Marmonte League games.
  5. Burbank Providence (14-3) – The Pioneers have won six games in a row and have a 2-0 record in the Liberty League. Marcus LoVett Jr. is one of the top freshman, if not one of the top basketball players, in the San Fernando Valley. He is averaging 32.8 points per game and shooting 42 percent from 3-point territory. He also has 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.

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Chaminade, Canyon win basketball tournaments

December, 30, 2011
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The Chaminade boys basketball team won its own tournament. The Canyon boys basketball team beat Ventura at the Ventura tournament.

Alemany is in the championship game of the Modesto Christian tournament. Crespi lost in the semifinals of the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic.

Here’s a look at the games from Thursday night and some of the tournament games being played tonight:

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 12, 2011
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  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.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 5, 2011
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  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: Five things from the weekend

November, 28, 2011
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1. After a shaky first-round playoff game against Redondo, St. Bonaventure left no doubt in the quarterfinals against Canyon. The Seraphs, the third-seeded team in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs, eliminated Canyon from the playoffs for the second year in a row and will face Oaks Christian, the reigning Northern Division champion, in the semifinals. The last time St. Bonaventure and Oaks Christian met was in the second week of Marmonte League play. Oaks Christian won 36-24, but the game was not without controversy. The lights went out at the Oaks Christian football stadium during a punt in the second half. St. Bonaventure was rallying and was about to take over possession. The lights went out at the stadium while the punt was in the air and the ball was downed on the St. Bonaventure one-yard line. Not only did St. Bonaventure have terrible field position to start its next drive, the game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes to restore the lights. St. Bonaventure’s Montre Lee and Patrick Kenney, who each scored key touchdowns against Canyon, said a rematch with Oaks Christian has been a motivating factor for the team. But St. Bonaventure might not be at 100 percent. Running back Shaun Wick has been limited because of a calf injury in the two playoff games. He was the team’s leading rusher after the first 10 games but has only carried the ball four times in the last two games. He did not have a carry against Redondo and gained 57 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown, in four carries against Canyon. While Wick has been sidelined, freshman Marcus Chambers has emerged as an effective back in the playoffs. He rushed for 47 yards and scored a touchdown against Redondo. He had 41 yards in eight carries against Canyon. He’s also a player that Oaks Christian hasn’t seen, so St. Bonaventure might have a bit of a surprise factor in the rematch.

2. On the other side of the Northern Division playoff bracket is Westlake, the newly dubbed No. 1 team in the ESPN Los Angeles Top 25 rankings, against a depleted Thousand Oaks team. It’s an all-Marmonte League final four. Westlake is undefeated and has outscored its two playoff opponents, Eastside and Hart, 101-26. Thousand Oaks coach Mike Leibin said only 38 players dressed for last week’s playoff game against Moorpark. The Lancers have won three games in a row, but the two playoff games have been challenging. Thousand Oaks traveled to Quartz Hill in the first round and beat the Rebels, 20-7. Against Moorpark, the Lancers needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns to beat the Musketeers, 21-14. If Thousand Oaks is to have any chance of pulling an upset over Westlake, the team will need big games out of Blake Howell and Nathan DeBeikes. Howell caught four passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns against Moorpark. DeBeikes rushed for 106 yards, taking all 26 carries for Thousand Oaks, and scored a touuchdown. Westlake, on the other hand, has a multitude of offensive weapons. The Warriors scored 28 points in the second quarter against Hart en route to a 42-14 win. Running back Dashon Hunt scored three touchdowns against Hart. Receiver Connor Cook caught two touchdown passes. Jarius Bishop scored a touchdown and rushed for 30 yards.

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No. 11 St. Bonny 38, Canyon 17

November, 26, 2011
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VENTURA -- St. Bonaventure scored two lightning-quick touchdowns against Canyon in the quarterfinals of their CIF-Southern Section Northern Division playoff game. One was on a punt return by speedy Montre Lee. The other was on an interception return by lumbering defensive tackle Patrick Kenney.

Both third-quarter scores came in a 10-second span and St. Bonaventure eliminated Canyon, 38-17, from the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Lee scored on a 45-yard punt return and Kenney returned an interception 26 yards 10 second later at Ventura High School on Friday night.

After building a 21-3 lead at halftime, St. Bonaventure’s two quick strikes from a pair of unlikely sources put the game out of reach for visiting Canyon (9-3).

Lee said he told his coaches before the game he was going to return a kick for a touchdown. He has been hurt the last few weeks and not playing at 100 percent health.

“This whole game I was hungry,” Lee said. “I told my coaches I was going to take back a return, I was going to take back a punt or a kick return and I was ready for that one.”

Kenney scored his first career touchdown on the interception return. It was only his third career high school interception.

What little hope Canyon had of rallying in the second half was squashed by the touchdowns by Lee and Kenney.

“We already had a commanding lead,” St. Bonaventure coach Todd Threrrien said. “That kind of put it out of reach.”

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