Los Angeles Preps: Clovis West

Taft ousts undermanned Clovis West

March, 7, 2012

WOODLAND HILLS -- The Taft boys' basketball didn’t waste any time jumping out to a double-digit lead and blowing out visiting Clovis West in the first round of the CIF state playoffs on Wednesday night.

Taft ousted an undermanned Clovis West team, 84-54. Four players from Taft scored in double figures. Anthony January led the way with 17 points. Kris Yanku and Brandon Perry each scored 16 as Taft moved on to the second round of the Division I Southern California Regional.

Clovis West (21-7), the Central Section Division I runner-up, didn’t have much of a chance against Taft. Coach Tom Orlich did not bring his top scorer, Charlie Thompson, to the game for disciplinary reasons.

“We left our top player home,” Orlich said. “He was averaging 30 a game in playoffs. That hurt us significantly tonight.”

Thompson was averaging 20 points per game during the season and scored 28 points in the Central Section Division I championship game against Bullard.

“Maybe if he played, he would have made a difference,” Yanku said. “But as of now, he didn’t play and we got the W.”

Taft scored the first 10 points of the game and was up 26-12 after the first quarter. January scored 10 points in the first period to lead the charge.

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L.A. North: Taft earns No. 3 seed in CIF State boys basketball playoffs

March, 4, 2012
The Woodland Hills Taft boys basketball, fresh off winning its second City Section Division 1 championship in a row, is the No. 3 seed in the CIF State Division I Southern California Regional tournament and will play Clovis West on Wednesday night.

Taft (29-3), the No. 5 team in the ESPN Los Angeles basketball rankings, beat Dorsey, 58-42, in the City Section title game at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday.

Clovis West (22-6) is the Central Section Division 1 runner-up. The Golden Eagles lost to Bullard, 69-55, in the championship game.

The Crescenta Valley boys basketball team earned the No. 16 seed and will take on top-seeded Mater Dei in the first round of the Division I Southern California Regional.

Crescenta Valley (26-7) lost to Mission Viejo in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 1A playoffs.

Mater Dei (29-2), the No. 1 team in the ESPN Los Angeles basketball rankings, won the Southern Section Division 1AA championship, 63-59, over Long Beach Poly.

The El Camino Real boys basketball team is the No. 8 seed in the Division II Southern California Regional and will play Colony from Ontario in the first round.

El Camino Real (18-7) won the City Section Division 2 championship, 62-53, over Garfield on Friday night. Colony (22-9) reached the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 2A playoffs and lost, 68-65, to Righetti.

La Costa Canyon (31-2) from the San Diego Section is the No. 1 seed in the Southern California Regional Division II playoffs.

Alemany (28-4) is the top seed in the Division III Southern California Regional and will play Independence from Bakersfield in the first round.

Here is a look at the teams from the L.A. North region in the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs:

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LA North: Games of the week

September, 14, 2011
The Chaminade and Valencia football teams are working on improving the same things in preparation for Friday night’s game at Valencia High School.

Both teams are focusing on their special-teams play after some miscues in last Friday night’s games.

Valencia (0-1) missed a field-goal and an extra-point attempt in a 17-14 overtime loss to Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Chaminade (1-0) missed three 50-yard field goals in its 41-21 win over Venice.

The missed kicks for Valencia could have made a big difference against Notre Dame. The Vikings could have won the game in regulation if they made the field-goal try.

Chaminade, the No. 18 team in the ESPN Los Angeles prep football poll, missed two field goals in the first half and went into halftime with a slim, 13-7, lead. The Eagles scored four touchdowns in the second half to extend their lead, but the field goals might have given Chaminade a little extra confidence after a tight first half.

Valencia lost a heartbreaker against Notre Dame. The Vikings shut out the Knights for three quarters and didn’t give up a touchdown until seven minutes into the fourth quarter.

“It was a real tough loss,” Valencia coach Larry Muir said. “The kids have responded well. We’ve had a good week of practice.”

Despite the slow start, Chaminade had a nice game statistically against Venice. Running back Terrell Newby rushed for 269 yards and scored five touchdowns. The Eagles racked up 441 yards rushing as a team.

Chaminade coach Ed Croson said the offense ran 89 plays. Newby carried the ball 27 times and broke off some big runs. His last carry of the game went for a 63-yard touchdown. He also had a 13-yard touchdown run in the first half and a crucial 27-yard run just before halftime.

“He had some big runs,” Croson said. “We’re certainly OK with that.”

Here’s a look at some of the other top games in the L.A. North area this weekend:

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LA North: Woodland Hills Taft 83, Clovis West 45

March, 8, 2011

WOODLAND HILLS -- The size advantage the Woodland Hills Taft boys' basketball team had over Clovis West was pretty evident.

Taft’s biggest player is center Kevin Johnson at 6 feet 10.

West’s biggest player is guard Denzel Johnson at a generous 6-3.

The game plan for the first-round game of the CIF State Division I playoffs was fairly obvious for Taft coach Derrick Taylor. Feed the ball to Johnson and take advantage of the mismatch in the paint.

Taylor’s strategy worked almost too well. Taft beat Clovis West, 83-45, as Johnson was one of four Toreadors who scored in double figures. He scored 12 and had 10 rebounds. Teammate Stephen Maxwell scored a team-high 17 and had nine rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie scored eight points and had 12 assists.

“We wanted to establish [Johnson] inside and take advantage of our size,” Taylor said. “This team can attack in a variety of ways. There’s a lot of versatility. We wanted to take advantage of that.”

Despite the blowout win, Taylor told his players in the locker room after the game not to make plans to play for the state championship in Sacramento just yet. Too many times in the past his teams have slipped up in the state playoffs and were eliminated in the early rounds.

Taft was in control from beginning to end against West. In the first quarter, Taft jumped out to a 12-0 lead. West cut the lead in half by the end of the quarter, but still trailed by 13 points, 26-13.

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LA South:
Video, L.B. Poly-Clovis West reaction

March, 20, 2010
Long Beach Poly coach Carl Buggs was quick to praise the play of Clovis West after Saturday's Division I regional title game. The Jackrabbits of Long Beach beat the Golden Eagles handily, 68-53, but Buggs said he saw plenty of fight in Clovis:

Eagles coach Craig Campbell, who had helped lead his team to 19 straight victories, said the Jackrabbits were as good as advertised. He said he knew few outside of Clovis gave the Eagles a chance heading into Saturday's game, but was proud of his team's performance regardless:

Long Beach Poly center Sheila Boykin, who turned 17 today, said Clovis West's Janae Coffee challenged her all game long in the post. Coffee recorded totals of 14 points and 10 rebounds; Boykin had 14 and seven rebounds. Boykin, a 6-foot junior, said she was focused on Coffee from start to finish.

L.A. North, L.A. South, OC & IE:
CIF state girls second-round games

March, 11, 2010

The CIF state girls championships continue tonight with second round games. Long Beach Poly, the top-seeded team in the Division I Southern California bracket, gets Stockdale of Bakersfield.
Long Beach Poly, the No. 6 team in ESPN’s Fab 50 and the No. 4 team in the West Region ranked by ESPN Rise, beat Washington Prep, 71-27, in the first round.
Stockdale beat Carson, 78-72, in a bit of an upset in the first round.
Clovis West, the No. 2 seed in the Southern California bracket, hosts San Diego. Clovis West beat Taft of Woodland Hills, 84-53, in the first round. San Diego narrowly escaped Troy, 43-42.
Santa Monica, the No. 3 seed in the Southern California bracket, is home against Canyon Springs. Santa Monica beat Narbonne, 54-39. Canyon Springs eliminated Etiwanda, 72-62.
No. 4 Santiago hosts Summit in the second round. Santiago beat Ayala, 62-52. Summit rolled past Poway, 68-55.
Here’s a look at the other games in the CIF state championships:

Division II girls state championships second-round games
No. 9 Diamond Ranch at No. 1 Brea Olinda
No. 13 Edison at No. 5 Yosemite
No. 11 Beverly Hills at No. 3 Hanford
No. 7 Villa Park at No. 2 Mater Dei

Division III girls state championships second-round games
No. 9 Buena at No. 1 Santa Margarita
No. 5 Bishop Amat at No. 4 Agoura
No. 6 Muir at No. 3 Inglewood
No. 10 Barstow at No. 2 Mt. Miguel

Division IV girls state championships second-round games
No. 9 Bell-Jeff at No. 1 Harvard-Westlake
No. 5 St. Joseph at No. 4 LACES
No. 6 The Bishops at No. 3 Bishop Montgomery
No. 7 Serra at No. 2 La Jolla Country Day

Division V girls state championships second-round games
No. 9 Central Valley Christian at No. 1 St. Anthony
No. 5 St. Bernard at No. 4 Christian Life Academy
No. 6 Fresno Christian at No. 3 Montclair Prep
No. 10 Vincent Memorial at No. 2 View Park
The Taft High girls basketball team has a tough test in the first round of the CIF Division I state championships.

Taft (16-9) is on the road against Clovis West (24-4), the No. 2 seed in the Southern California bracket and the 19th ranked team in the West Region by ESPN Rise.

Taft lost to Narbonne, 50-47, in the semifinals of the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs on Feb. 25.

In another tough first-round game, Stockdale (27-4), a team from Bakersfield and the Central Section, opens on the road against Carson, the City Section Division 1 champions. Carson (22-8) beat Narbonne, 53-47 in the championship game of the City Section Division 1 playoffs.