Los Angeles Preps: Northview

Damien, Northview tourney final

December, 16, 2011
GLENDORA -- The final for the Pride of the Foothills Classic boys basketball tournament is set.

La Verne Damien and Northview will square off in Saturday night's title game at Glendora High School. Damien (8-1) came back to beat Chino Don Lugo, 85-80, Friday night behind 25 points and 11 rebounds from St. Mary's-bound forward Chris Reyes. Northview (10-1) upset tournament host Glendora (8-2), 55-42, which was without junior standout Nick Colletta (back injury). Tartans coach Mike Leduc said he hopes to have Colletta, who averaged 24 points per game last season, back in the starting lineup by the end of the month.

Don Lugo, with only four bench players, got tired and blew a 12-point lead. Damien erased a late 10-point deficit, going on a 26-11 run in the final six minutes to close it out.

"Offensively, we valued every possession," Damien coach Matt Dunn said. "We persevered."

The championship game will tip off Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

LA South: Baseball playoffs preview

May, 17, 2011

The seeded teams in south Los Angeles County:

Div. 1: None
Div. 2: No. 2 Arcadia
Div. 3: No. 1 Bonita, No. 3 Alhambra
Div. 4: No. 2 Bishop Amat, No. 3 Torrance
Div. 5: No. 2 L.A. Cathedral
Div. 6: No. 2 Pasadena Poly
Div. 7: No. 1 Santa Monica New Roads, No. 2 Rolling Hills Prep, No. 3 Lynwood Firebaugh

The best wild-card games in south Los Angeles County on Tuesday:

Division 1: Capistrano Valley (19-11) at Long Beach Poly (23-7). This has the potential to get wild, depending on which way the wind is blowing Tuesday. Capistrano Valley has eight regulars hitting over .330, led by junior Cristian Salina's .453. The Jackrabbits reached double figures in runs six times this season. Poly finished the regular season by winning 13 of 15. Winner of this one plays at Esperanza on Friday.

Division 2: Rancho Verde (13-13-1) at South Hills (20-4). The big objective for the Huskies: Forget about not receiving a bye into the first round. South Hills finished tied atop the Sierra League standings, won 20 of its 24 games and, somehow, has a wild-card game to play. Luis Inzunza (6-5, 2.14) figures to get the nod for Rancho Verde. Winner of this one plays at Arroyo Grande on Thursday.

Division 3: Ocean View (16-10) at Diamond Bar (15-11). Ocean View's triple threat of Timmy Robinson (.462), Blake Walker (.410) and Robert Fogarty (.392) will likely have the difficult task of facing Diamond Bar lefty Kenny Mathews (5-4, 1.24), who is committed to Cal State Fullerton. Winner of this one plays at Colton on Friday.

Division 4: Grace Brethren (11-15-1) at Northview (12-13). The Vikings won their last two games to secure third place in the Valle Vista League. Grace Brethren has lost seven of its last 11. Winner of this one plays at Sorona on Thursday.

Division 5: El Monte (9-10) at Gladstone (16-6). The Gladiators' late, furious charge wasn't enough to bag them the Montview League crown, but a six-game winning streak heading into the postseason is a bright side. Casey Lopez (.380) and Daniel Farfan (4-3, 2.35) are El Monte's top hitter and pitcher, respectively. Winner of this one plays at Nipomo on Friday.

On Wednesday, we'll preview of the top first-round games.

LA South: Regional basketball notes

February, 17, 2011
Some key performances and upsets in the first round of the CIF Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs, with a focus on teams located in south Los Angeles county:
  • Division 1A -- Walnut upset No. 10-seeded Tesoro, 57-51.
  • Division 2A -- Top-seeded Peninsula, the Bay League champion, extended its win streak to 24 games with a 62-28 victory against Fullerton Troy. Sophomore Nick Colletta's game-high 28 points were not enough for No. 4-seeded Glendora, which was blindsided by Eastside, 72-65, in overtime. No. 5-seeded Mayfair advanced with a 66-43 win against Westlake. No. 7-seeded Gahr moved on with an 84-52 victory over Indio. Mira Costa upset No. 6-seeded San Bernardino, 62-54.
  • Division 3AA -- Top-seeded Price had no problem with Ramona, winning 90-49. No. 4-seeded La Verne Lutheran got 20 points and nine boards from Arizona-bound forward Grant Jerrett to beat Claremont, 66-48.
  • Division 4AA -- No. 8-seeded Northview beat Northwood, 77-76, in double overtime. Brian Johnson had 37 for Northview. Tyler Hill scored 20 for No. 6-seeded Bishop Amat in a 59-47 win over San Luis Obispo. No. 2 Windward got 24 points from Nic Stover and 22 from Wesley Saunders in an 83-65 victory against Cathedral.

LA South: Five things from the weekend

February, 14, 2011
1. As of late Sunday night, the Gardena Serra boys basketball team was excluded from the CIF-SS Division 3AA playoff bracket despite winning the Del Rey League title. The CIF office announced that the Cavaliers had forfeited their 13 wins after using an ineligible player. The Los Angeles Times later identified that player as Emmanual Ndumanya, who transferred from Maryland. Serra can still be included in the postseason, but the bracket becomes final once the games begin Wednesday night.

2. In championship wrestling action, Northview defeated Servite, 39-27, to win the CIF-SS Division 2 crown. West Covina beat Ventura, 31-28, for the Division 4 title. Downey took down Paramount, 39-28, for the Division 6 championship.

3. The girls' water polo playoffs will begin Tuesday and conclude Feb. 26 at the William J. Wollett, Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Among the south Los Angeles County teams that received a top-four seed on Sunday: Division 2 - No. 2 Montebello (20-7); Division 3 - No. 1 St. Lucy's (25-3), No. 4 South Pasadena (22-2); Division 5 - No. 4 Bonita (20-8); Division 6 - No. 1 Warren (20-6), No. 3 Cerritos (15-11).

4. Narbonne (26-3) is the heavy favorite to win the girls' basketball City Section Division 1 championship. The Marine League champion received the No. 1 seed, while league rival Carson (15-10), the runner-up, got the No. 2 seed. It doesn't end there: Third-place Washington (16-7) got the No. 4 seed, fourth-place King-Drew (15-10) the No. 9 seed, fifth-place Gardena (15-12) the No. 12 seed. Narbonne beat Carson twice -- by 13 and 14 points -- this season.

5. It would come as a tremendous shock if Western League champion Westchester (23-6) didn't advance to the CIF City Section Division 1 title game at Galen Center. The Comets open the playoffs Thursday at home against Gardena (5-18) and, if they advance, get the winner of Birmingham (12-18) and Fairfax (15-10). Westchester has already beaten league rival Fairfax twice this season. A possible meeting with No. 3 seed Washington (20-6) looms in the semifinals. It all adds up to a fairly favorable road to Figueroa Street.