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MLK Day Hoops Showdown schedule

January, 15, 2012
Los Angeles Price and Playa del Rey St. Bernard will host all-day showcases on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The schedules:

At Price High School (7901 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles)

12:30 p.m. - Campbell Hall vs. Ribet Academy
2:00 p.m. - Dominguez vs. Dorsey
3:30 p.m. - Providence vs. Morningside
5:00 p.m. - Palm Springs vs. Price
6:30 p.m. - Mayfair vs. Washington Prep
8:00 p.m. - Santa Monica vs. Gardena Serra

At St. Bernard High School (9100 Falmouth Ave., Playa Del Rey)

11:00 a.m. - Perris vs. Fremont
12:30 p.m. - Elsinore vs. Leuzinger
2:00 p.m. - Renaissance Academy vs. View Park
3:30 p.m. - LACES vs. St. Monica
5:00 p.m. - Beverly Hills vs. Brentwood
6:30 p.m. - Culver City vs. St. Bernard

Serra-Price headlines Cochran Classic

January, 13, 2012
There's a strong lineup scheduled to play in Saturday's Johnnie Cochran Basketball Classic at LACES, including Gardena Serra (15-1) taking on Los Angeles Price (11-5) in the headliner.

Among the teams competing in the all-day event: Brentwood (12-3), Fresno Central (12-3), Dorsey (14-5), LACES (16-6), Pacific Hills (14-3) and Renaissance Academy (14-2).

The full schedule:

10:00 a.m. - Salesian vs. LACES
11:30 a.m. - Diamond Ranch vs. Beverly Hills
1:00 p.m. - Las Vegas Legacy vs. Dominguez
2:30 p.m. - Las Vegas Durango vs. Dorsey
4:00 p.m. - Renaissance Academy vs. Brentwood
5:30 p.m. - Fresno Central vs. Washington Prep
7:00 p.m. - Ribet Academy vs. Pacific Hills
8:30 p.m. - Gardena Serra vs. Price

L.A. South: Boys' basketball Top 10

January, 9, 2012
The south Los Angeles County boys' basketball top 10 power rankings:

1. Loyola (11-2)
Losing the first two Mission League games wasn't how the Cubs wanted to start. Still, it doesn't figure to be the end of their title hopes. This week: vs. Chaminade, Mon.; vs. Harvard-Westlake, Fri.; vs. Notre Dame, Sat.

2. Long Beach Poly (11-1)
The Jackrabbits have been idle since before Christmas, and the layoff might be a good thing for the Moore League favorites. They travel to Seattle next week. This week: vs. Lakewood, Fri.

3. Gardena Serra (13-1)
The Cavaliers are deep and talented, and the favorites in the Del Rey League. Daddy Ugbede and Dakarai Tucker led the charge down in San Diego over the weekend. This week: vs. Cathedral, Wed.; at Bishop Montgomery, Fri.; vs. Price in Cochran Classic at LACES, Sat.

4. St. John Bosco (11-2)
The Braves are the dark horse pick in the Trinity League thanks to the additions of brothers Isaac Hamilton, a junior, and Daniel, a sophomore. Lately it's been the younger brother flashing his scoring skills. This week: at Servite, Wed.; at Santa Margarita, Fri.

5. Bishop Montgomery (13-2)
Victories against Westchester, Taft, Serra and Price make up an impressive résumé for the Knights. This week: at La Salle, Wed.; vs. Gardena Serra, Fri.

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Loyola takes D.C. tournament

December, 31, 2011
The Loyola Cubs aren't hibernating this winter.

Loyola (11-0), which had three losses by this time last season, stayed unbeaten Friday night with a 66-53 win against National Jesuit Christmas Classic tournament host North Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep. The Cubs claimed their third tournament championship trophy of the season, and now turn their attention to Mission League play.

Penn-bound forward Julian Harrell, who had 17 points in the title game, earned tournament most valuable player honors.

Other results from Friday's tournament action:

DeMatha (Md.) 74, Windward 64
Windward (8-5) could never get over the hump in the second half, losing to 10th-ranked DeMatha in the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic National Division championship. Still, it was an impressive week in San Diego for the Wildcats. Point guard Jordan Wilson and forward Nick Stover were named to the all-tournament team.

Bishop Montgomery 84, L.A. Washington 55
The Bishop Montgomery Knights improved to 11-2 by winning the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic. They captured the Westchester Tip-off Classic title earlier in the season.

La Verne Lutheran 98, Compton 95 (4 OT)
The early game in the losers' bracket at the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic tournament was a dandy. Compton (7-7) had a two-point lead with four seconds remaining in the third overtime but La Verne Lutheran's Grant Jerrett, an Arizona signee, sent the game into a fourth period with a difficult tying shot. Lutheran (10-3) had a three-point lead with 3.1 seconds left in the second overtime but Compton's Lorenzo Murphy sank a clutch sank a clutch 3-pointer. Jerrett had hit a tying 3-pointer with under 30 seconds remaining in the first overtime. Compton's sensational senior Victor Robbins nailed a tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Jerrett finished with 35 points, while Robbins had 30.

Sun Valley Village Christian 58, Pasadena Muir 47
Muir (11-1) fell for the first time this season, failing to capture its third consecutive La Salle/Temple City Holiday Classic tournament crown.

Damien wins Covina tournament

December, 29, 2011
La Verne Damien beat Riverside J.W. North 53-36 to win the 58th annual Covina Christmas tournament Thursday night. The top-seeded Spartans (13-1) got 19 points and 12 rebounds from St. Mary's-bound forward Chris Reyes, who subsequently was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Other tournament results involving south Los Angeles County schools:

Windward 71, Woodland Hills Taft 59
Loyola Marymount-bound Nick Stover had 30 points in the Holiday Classic tournament's National Division semifinal in San Diego. Windward (8-4) will meet DeMatha (Md.), the nation's 10th-ranked team, in the championship game Friday at 8:15 p.m.

Loyola 64, Tampa Jesuit 43
The nationally-ranked Loyola Cubs (10-0) advanced to the title game of the fourth annual Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic boys' basketball tournament in North Bethesda, Md., about 15 miles north of downtown Washington D.C. Loyola will face tournament host Georgetown Prep in the championship game Friday at 5 p.m. PT.

L.A. Washington 68, Crespi 58
The Washington Generals (7-8) pulled off the surprise win in the Redondo Union Sea Hawk Beach Classic tournament semifinals, handing previously unbeaten Crespi its first loss of the season. They will play Torrance Bishop Montgomery in Friday's final.

Bishop Montgomery 70, L.A. Price 63
The other semifinal in Redondo was a scoring fest. Bishop Montgomery (11-2) added to its impressive résumé, which already includes wins over Westchester, Taft, Washington and Gardena Serra.

Search is on for new football coaches

December, 5, 2011
Harvard-Westlake football coach Vic Eumont is the latest to resign since the end of the high school football season, according to a report in the Daily News.

Andy Kasek resigned as the Sylmar football coach after a tumultuous season. The Spartans went 3-7 and several players quit the team midseason.

Bellarmine-Jefferson football coach Rolando Aguirre resigned after 13 seasons at the helm of the Guards. He won three league titles in 13 seasons at Bell-Jeff.

L.A. Washington, St. Paul, South Gate and Long Beach Millikan are among schools searching for new football coaches, according to the Los Angeles Times.