Los Angeles Preps: Grant

Looking ahead in CIF state playoffs

March, 6, 2012
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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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L.A. North: The top 10

March, 4, 2012
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Renaissance Academy made a leap in the L.A. North top 10 rankings. The Wildcats are the No. 6 team after winning the Southern Section Division 6 championship.

Crescenta Valley made an impressive run in the Southern Section Division 1A playoffs and earned the No. 16 seed in the CIF Division I Southern California Regional playoffs.

Grant lost in the City Section Division 3 championship game. As a result, Crescenta Valley enters the L.A. North top 10 and Grant exits.

Here is a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. (1) Woodland Hill Taft (29-3) – The Toreadors repeated as City Section Division 1 champions and earned the No. 3 seed in the CIF State Southern California Regional playoffs. Taft beat Dorsey, 58-42, to win its fourth City Section championship in school history. Jason Hart won his first CIF championship in his first year as coach at Taft.
  2. (2) Alemany (28-4) – The Warriors won the Southern Section Division 3A championship, 72-60, over Oak Park and earned the No. 1 seed in the CIF State Southern California Regional playoffs. Alemany plays Independence from Bakersfield in the first round of the Southern California Regional on Wednesdday.
  3. (3) Calabasas (27-3) – The Coyotes won the Southern Section Division 3AA championship blowing out South Torrance, 69-39. It was the first Southern Section boys basketball championship for Calabasas. The Coyotes are the No. 3 seed in the CIF State Southern California Division III Regional and will play Frontier from Bakersfield in the first round.
  4. (4) Royal (24-7) – The Highlanders lost to unseeded Inglewood in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs. J.R. Powell scored 16 points for Royal, the seventh-seeded team in the Division 2AA playoffs. Royal is the No. 10 seed in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division II playoffs and plays San Joaquin Memorial from Fresno in the first round.
  5. (5) El Camino Real (18-7) – The Conquistadores won the City Section Division 2 championship over Garfield at the Roybal Learning Center. El Camino Real is the No. 8 seed in the Division II Southern California Regional and will play Colony from Ontario in the first round.

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Bell, Animo boys wins City titles

March, 3, 2012
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CARSON -- The Bell boys' basketball team won the City Section Division 3 championship, 45-39, over Grant at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday.

Michael Dees led Bell with 18 points. Gor Plavchyan scored 11 for Grant.

Animo won the City Section Small Schools championship, 49-47, over View Park at Cal State Dominguez Hills. View Park's Sheldon Wright led all scorers with 30 points. William Brown and Kyree Jefferson each scored 15 points to lead Animo.

University won the City Section Division III girls championship, 62-46, over Marshall. Myangel Johnson scored 20 points for University. Sarah Takizawa-MacLean scored 18 for Marshall.

Dantzler won the City Section Small Schools championship, 53-38, over Elizabeth. Dijanai Williams led Dantzler with 21 points. Erica Banuelos scored 18 for Elizabeth.

L.A. North: The top 10

February, 26, 2012
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Crespi, Village Christian and Oaks Christian lost in the CIF basketball playoffs.

Thousand Oaks continues its unexpected and impressive run in the Division 2AA playoffs eliminating top-seeded Ocean View and eighth-seeded Riverside Poly last week.

Grant is in the championship game of the City Section Division III playoffs against Bell.

Renaissance Academy is rolling through the Division 6 playoffs, averaging 97.6 points per game, and is in the championship game against Cal Lutheran.

As a result, Thousand Oaks, Grant and Renaissance Academy move in to the top 10. Crespi, Village Christian and Oaks Christian drop out.

Here is a look at the L.A. North top 10 in championship week:
  1. (1) Woodland Hills Taft (27-3) – The reigning City Section Division 1 champs nearly blew a 21-point lead over Crenshaw in the semifinals on Saturday night. Taft held on for a 64-63 win in the semifinals to advance to its fifth title game in a row. Top-seeded Taft plays seventh-seeded Dorsey at Cal State Dominguez Hills on Saturday at 8.
  2. (2) Alemany (27-4) – The Warriors beat Bishop Amat and Santa Margarita to advance to the championship game of the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs. Alemany is averaging 80.7 points per game in the playoffs. Marqueze Coleman recorded a double-double with 28 points and 12 rebounds against Santa Margarita in the semifinals.
  3. (3) Calabasas (26-3) – The Coyotes have won 11 games in a row and are in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs. Calabasas beat Torrance, 67-46, in the semifinals. They were up 16 points at halftime. Jeremy Lieberman led three players from Calabasas in double figures with 14 points.
  4. (4) Royal (23-6) – The Highlanders have won eight games in a row and are in the semifinals of the Division 2AA playoffs against Sunny Hills. They beat Tesoro, 54-49, in the quarterfinals. J.R. Powell scored 18 points and Scott Woods had 10 points and seven blocks against Tesoro.
  5. (5) El Camino Real (21-7) – The Conquistadores advanced to the championship game of the City Section Division II playoffs after a 60-37 win over Narbonne in the semifinals. Michael Thomas scored 20 point and had 10 rebounds for El Camino Real against Narbonne.
  6. (6) Providence (26-4) Marcus LoVett Jr. scored 46 points against Kilpatrick in the semifinals of the Division 5A playoffs. Providence has won 10 games in a row and will play Holy Martyrs Armenian in the championship game.
  7. (7) Oak Park (24-7) – The Eagles knocked out second-seeded St. John Bosco, 67-66, in the semifinals of the Division 3A playoffs. Third-seeded Oak Park meets top-seeded Alemany in the championship game.
  8. (NR) Thousand Oaks (21-9) – The 15th-seeded Lancers are in the semifinals of the Division 2AA playoffs. They eliminated the No. 1 seed, Ocean View, and the No. 8 seed, Riverside Poly. Unseeded Inglewood awaits Thousand Oaks in the semifinals. The Sentinels knocked out fourth-seeded Canyon of Anaheim and 12th-seeded Cajon.
  9. (NR) Grant (27-5) – It’s been 24 years since the Lancers have played for a City Section championship. Grant is in the Division III title game against Bell. The last time the Lancers were in the City Section championship, they lost to Jordan in the Division 3A playoffs. With Gor Plavchyan, who scored 21 points against Banning in the semifinals, the outcome of this one might be much different.
  10. (NR) Renaissance Academy (23-6) – Since losing three games in a row in the first week of February, the Wildcats have won four in a row, including three in the Division 6 playoffs. They are in the championship game against California Lutheran.

Grant earns No. 1 seed in City Section Division III playoffs

February, 12, 2012
2/12/12
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The Grant boys basketball team earned the top seed in the CIF City Section Division III playoffs and will play Bravo on Friday night. Grant (24-5) won the East Valley League championship with a 12-0 record and has won 11 games in a row.

Bravo (12-12) finished in third place in the Southern League.

Chatsworth (9-22), the reigning Division III champion, has the No. 9 seed and plays Panorama (20-8). Panorama won its first Valley Mission League championship with an 11-1 record. The Pythons lost their league finale, 56-44, to Kennedy.

Here's a look at the City Section Division III playoff pairings:

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Harvard-Westlake upsets Alemany, 81-62

February, 9, 2012
2/09/12
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There were some surprises and streak snappers in the high school basketball world on Wednesday night.

Perhaps the biggest stunner of the night was Harvard-Westlake’s 81-62 win over Alemany in the Mission League finale.

Harvard-Westlake snapped Alemany’s nine-game winning streak. Alemany still won the Mission League championship with a 10-2 record.

Harvard-Westlake finishes in a tie with Crespi for third place in the Mission League with 7-5 records.

Loyola is the second-place team in the Mission League at 9-3.

And all of a sudden, Chaminade is the hottest team in the Mission League with a three-game winning streak including 64-54 over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Oak Park beat Oaks Christian for the second time this season and won the Tri-Valley League championship.

Junior Ron Lee Jr. had a big night for Oak Park, scoring 20 points in his team’s 63-52 win over Oaks Christian.

The Panorama boys basketball team won the first Valley Mission League championship for the school in any sport. Panorama is undefeated in the Valley Mission League at 11-0. The Pythons can win the Valley Mission League championship outright against Kennedy on Friday.

Manuel Meza recorded a triple double for Panorama with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals in a 61-51 win over Sylmar.

The Grant boys basketball team beat Arleta, 69-31, to win the East Valley League championship and extend its league winning streak to 26 games.

But it wasn’t all good news for Grant.

Gor Plavchyan, Grant’s 6-feet-7 forward who is averaging 19 points per game, sprained his ankle in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

January, 9, 2012
1/09/12
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  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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Alemany wins Modesto tourney

December, 31, 2011
12/31/11
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The Alemany boys basketball team won the Modesto Christian Tournament. Grant won the Hart tournament. Thousand Oaks won their division at the MaxPreps tournament in Cathedral City.

Oaks Christian and Royal of Simi Valley didn’t fare so well in the championship games of their tournaments.

Here’s a look at some of the tournament championship games involving L.A. North region teams:

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Chaminade, Canyon win basketball tournaments

December, 30, 2011
12/30/11
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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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Title Thursday for L.A. North

December, 29, 2011
12/29/11
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It’s been a busy and productive week for some of the top boys basketball teams from the L.A. North region. Here is a look at some of the tournament championship and semifinal games tonight involving those teams:

Chaminade vs. Eastside Catholic in the championship game of the Chaminade tournament. Tipoff is at 6 p.m.

Canyon vs. Ventura in the championship game of the Ventura tournament. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Oaks Christian vs. Cleveland of Reseda in the semifinals of the Oaks Christian tournament. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. Etiwanda vs. Santa Monica in the other semifinal. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

Village Christian vs. St. Francis in the semifinals of the La Salle-Temple City tournament. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Crespi vs. Washington Prep in the semifinals of the Sea Hawk Beach Classic at Redondo Union High School.

Woodland Hills Taft vs. Windward in the semifinals of the Torrey Pines tournament

Alemany vs. Modesto Christian in the semifinals of the Modesto Christian tournament. Bakersfield vs. Weston Ranch is the other semifinal at the Modesto Christian tournament.

Here are some highlights from games played on Wednesday night:

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Crespi faces Newbury Park

December, 27, 2011
12/27/11
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Some other basketball tournaments with top teams from the L.A. North region to keep an eye on: the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic and the Hart tournament.

Undefeated Crespi (10-0) plays Newbury Park in one of today’s first-round games.

In other first-round games, West Ranch plays Diamond Ranch, Palmdale plays Narbonne and Price plays View Park.

The championship game is Friday night at Redondo Union High School.

A couple of City Section teams are entered in the Hart tournament. Grant plays Camarillo in one of the first-round games. Hart is playing San Fernando in another first-round game.

Here’s a look at the first-round games in the Sea Hawk Beach Classic:

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Football: City Section Div. II seedings

November, 12, 2011
11/12/11
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South East, the champion of the Eastern League, earned the No. 1 seeding in the CIF City Section Division II football playoffs. South East (9-1) didn’t exactly end league play on a high note though, losing to Jordan, 49-47, for its only loss.

South East will play Grant of Van Nuys in the first round of playoffs. Grant (4-6) finished in third place in the East Valley League and won its league finale, 22-13, over Poly of Sun Valley. All four of Grant’s win were against East Valley League opponents.

Marshall (8-2) is the No. 2 seed will play Santee in the first round. Marshall won the Northern League championship with a 5-0 record and has won seven games in a row. The last game Marshall lost was to Bonita, 50-22, on Sept. 23.

Santee (5-5) finished in a tie with Belmont for second place in the Southern League. The Falcons won their league finale, 27-13, over Bernstein to finish 4-2 in the Southern League.

Granada Hills (5-5) earned the No. 3 seed in playoffs and will play University in the first round. The Highlanders are the fourth-place team from the West Valley League with only two wins in league play. They have a three-game losing streak heading into playoffs, but only lost by one point, 35-34, to El Camino Real in the West Valley League finale.

Granada Hills opened the season with a 14-7 win over Reseda, the Valley Mission League champs.

University (3-7) didn’t win a game against Western League opponents and finished in last place in league. The Wildcats lost six games in a row to finish the regular season.

Jefferson (9-1) is the No. 4 seed and the Southern League champs. The Democrats went undefeated in the Southern League at 5-0 and finished with two shutouts. They beat Santee, 55-0, and then beat Hollywood, 63-0, in the Southern League finale.

Jefferson’s only loss came against Arleta, 45-7, on Oct. 28. The Democrats will play Bell (4-6), the fourth place team from the Eastern League. Bell finished with two wins in a row, including 14-0 over Roosevelt in the league finale.

All first-round playoff games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Fairfax won the City Section Division II championship last year. The Lions are the No. 14 seed in the City Section Division I playoffs and will play No. 3 seed Dorsey in the first round.

Here’s a look at the CIF City Section Division II first-round playoff games:

No. 16 Grant at No. 1 South East

No. 9 Fremont at No. 8 Verdugo Hills

No. 12 Eagle Rock at No. 5 Canoga Park

No. 13 Bell at No. 4 Jefferson

No. 14 University at No. 3 Granada Hills

No. 11 Washington at No. 6 Van Nuys

No. 10 Manual Arts at No. 7 Lincoln

No. 15 Santee at No. 2 Marshall

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