Los Angeles Preps: Granada Hills Kennedy

Football: All-American feel in the air

October, 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Jeremiah Allison and Jaydon Mickens slowly walked up to the stage on Thursday afternoon. Purposely or not, the senior tandem from the Dorsey football team took their time, as if they wanted the moment to last for as long as it possibly could.

Jeremiah Allison and Jaydon Mickens
Dorsey HSDorsey players Jeremiah Allison (12), left, and Jaydon Mickens (12) were picked for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
Once Mickens and Allison arrived at the podium, former NFL veteran Mark McMillian was standing there. Accordingly, he announced the duo as participants in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and presented them with jerseys for the game Jan. 3 in Phoenix, an event that will feature 100 of the nation's premier prospects in an East vs. West showdown.

With that, suddenly, the pomp and circumstance was over.

Nevertheless, the fleeting minutes beforehand built memories Allison and Mickens won't soon forget. Suppose that best explains their attempt to take in all of the happenings at a leisurely pace. They were not alone, mind you. Bellflower St. John Bosco senior Bryce Treggs did the same thing Wednesday when he was announced to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

“This is the greatest honor any player can have, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,'' Mickens said. “I've been dreaming about something like this for a long time.''

Junior Rank and the United States Marine Corps recently teamed up to make the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl become a reality for Allison, Mickens and Treggs, among others. The festivities are scheduled to take place in accordance with Fiesta Bowl Week and the BCS Bowl. As for the game, it will be nationally televised from Chase Field by CBS Sports.

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LA North: Five things from the weekend

May, 9, 2011
  1. The Camarillo baseball team clinched the Pacific View League championship, 3-2 in extra innings, over Oxnard. Michael Martinez knocked in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. Hunter Virant had quite a game for Camarillo. He started and went six innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He had three hits at the plate, two doubles and a single, and stole a base. The junior who’s committed to UCLA finished the game in center field and made a running catch. Jayson Balades started for Oxnard and gave up two runs in six innings.
  2. The Valencia baseball team has a one-game lead over Hart with two games left to play in the Foothill League season. Valencia is coming off a 16-13 win over Saugus. It was only the second time this season Valencia has given up 10 runs or more. Both times were against Saugus and both times Valencia won. Brian Mundell hit for the cycle and drove in five runs for Valencia. Hart shut out West Ranch, 12-0, behind six scoreless innings from Garrett Gooding. Steve Rosso had another good game at the plate, going 4-for-4. Valencia finishes the Foothill League season with a pair of games against Canyon (5-8 in league). Hart gets two games against Golden Valley (4-9 in league).

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LA North & Orange County: Servite 48, Granada Hills Kennedy 7

September, 9, 2010

GRANADA HILLS -- Servite coach Troy Thomas and Granada Hills Kennedy coach Dion Lambert were teammates in an all-star football game when they were in high school 25 years ago.

Both were cornerbacks on the team. Thomas readily admits Lambert was the real star, by far a better player than he was back in high school.

There is little question who is coaching the better team. Servite is coming off a CIF state championship season and an opening night victory over Oceanside, which won its own state title last year.

Servite, the No. 1 team in the ESPNLA.com Top 25 rankings, improved to 2-0 with a convincing 48-7 win over Kennedy on Thursday night. Thomas said after the game he thought Kennedy played well despite the score. Thomas added that he holds Lambert’s team in high regard and that Lambert’s players handled the loss well.

Servite’s junior quarterback Cody Pittman threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another. He was 13-for-15 for 141 yards and completed nine passes in a row at one point.

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LA North: Kennedy hosts a Goliath in Servite

September, 8, 2010
Servite, the top-ranked team in the ESPNLA.com Top 25, proved to be a Goliath of high school football by beating Oceanside, 31-7, in a matchup of state champions on opening night.

Granada Hills Kennedy is quite the David of the San Fernando Valley, strong in the Mission Valley League, but a team coming off a 6-4 record. The Cougars finished 3-2 in the Valley Mission League, in second place, and did not qualify for playoffs last year.

The two teams meet Thursday night in what looks to be a potentially lopsided contest that heavily favors Servite. But Servite coach Troy Thomas said he expects a physical, aggressive game from Kennedy.

“They haven’t played a game yet, so we don’t know much about them,” Thomas said. However, Thomas is familiar with Dion Lambert’s style of coaching at Kennedy.

“I have a lot of respect for his athletes and his teams,” Thomas said. “I anticipate he’s going to have his guys ready to go.”

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