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LA North: Games of the week

September, 7, 2011
Chaminade football coach Ed Croson doesn’t schedule any easy games for his team. Friday night’s opener against Venice is no different.

Venice reached the semifnals of the CIF City Section Division I playoffs last season and lost to eventual champion Crenshaw.

The Gondoliers opened their season with an impressive, come-from-behind, 34-27 win over Harvard-Westlake. Croson said Venice will be a good test for his team to open the season at Chaminade High School at 7:30 p.m.

“They’re one of the top four teams in the City Section year in and year out,” Croson said. “They’ve always got talent. What they lack in discipline, they make up for in speed.”

The big question at Venice is who will start at quarterback. Senior Dean Sarabia started at quarterback against Harvard-Westlake, but when Venice was down 21-0, coach Angelo Gasca put in sophomore Alexander Diamont. He rallied his team to tie the score at 27-27 before engineering the winning drive in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

Croson said the Venice players have a history of never giving up, and he credits the coaching staff for instilling that quality.

“They have to play every play,” Croson said. “Playing every play, there’s something to be said for that. And they’re tough kids.”

Chaminade, ranked No. 19 in this week's ESPNLA Top 25 rankings, has no questions at quarterback. Senior Logan Scott will start. He passed for 1,409 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 267 yards, averaging 4.3 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown.

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LA North and LA South: City Section girls' basketball playoffs

February, 14, 2011
The Chatsworth girls basketball team earned the No. 5 seed in the CIF City Section Division 1 playoffs and will play Gardena in the first round on Friday night.

Narbonne earned the top seed in the Division 1 playoffs and will play Los Angeles in the first round. Carson is the second seed and will play Westchester in the opening round.

Chatsworth (16-10) won the City Section championship in 2009 and will be looking to make its second final appearance in the past three seasons.

El Camino Real is the third seed in the Division 2 playoffs and will play Belmont in the first round. El Camino Real (14-11) won the Division 2 championship last year.

Palisades is the No. 1 seed in the Division 2 playoffs. L.A. Jordan is No. 2.

Monroe earned the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 playoffs. Monroe (19-8) advanced to the championship game of the Division 3 playoffs and lost to Birmingham in last year’s playoffs. The East Valley League champs will play Santee in the first round.

Reseda (16-7) is the second seed in the Division 3 playoffs and will play Arleta in the first round.

View Park Prep is the top seed in the small schools playoffs and will play Foshay in the first round.

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Here’s a look at the CIF City Section girls basketball playoff brackets:

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