Los Angeles Preps: Palisades

Palisades wins City Section boys volleyball title

May, 21, 2012
The Palisades boys volleyball team swept Granada Hills in three close games, 25-19, 26-24, 25-23, to win the City Section Division I championship at Venice High School on Saturday night.

Palisades won its first boys volleyball title since 2008 after reaching the championship match the past two years. The Dolphins lost to Woodland Hills Taft and Granada Hills in consecutive years. It was the 12th City Section championship for Palisades.

Connor Nasch had 10 kills to lead Palisades. Nick Wittbrodt recorded 37 assists and Matt Comisar had 15 digs.

Billy De La Espriella and Jino Labao each had 10 kills for Granada Hills.

Los Angeles Jordan swept Verdugo Hills in the City Section Division II championship match at Venice High School. Verdugo Hills had a 19-match winning streak snapped.

C.J. Suarez set the Verdugo Hills record for kills. He had 25 kills against Jordan and set the school mark with 748 kills over his career.

Jordan won the Division II championship for the second year in a row.

Northridge Academy won the small schools championship in four games over Elizabeth Learning Center. Justin Bates had 22 kills for Northridge Academy, which won its third title in the past six seasons.

Volleyball playoffs update

May, 16, 2012
The Granada Hills boys volleyball team swept Woodland Hills Taft in three games and will play for the City Section Division I championship on Saturday.

Palisades had a bit tougher time with West Adams, but still swept its way to the championship match.

Granada Hills and Palisades will play at Venice High School on Saturday at 5.

Los Angeles Jordan plays Verdugo Hills in the Division II championship match at Venice High School. Northridge plays Elizabeth in the small schools championship at noon.

In the CIF Southern Section boys volleyball playoffs, top-seeded Loyola plays third-seeded Mira Costa in the Division I championship match at Cypress College on Saturday.

Top-seeded Oak Park plays second-seeded Corona del Mar in the Division II championship match at Cypress College.

No. 1 seed Warren plays No. 2 South Torrance in the Division III championship match.

No. 1 Cathedral plays No. 3 Santa Monica in the Division IV championship match. No. 4 Viewpoint plays No. 1 Chadwick in the Division V championship match.

City boys' volleyball playoffs to begin

May, 3, 2012
The first round of the City Section boys' volleyball playoffs begin tonight. Kennedy from Granada Hills, the No. 22 seed in the Division I playoffs, plays 11th seeded Poly from Sun Valley.

Chatsworth, the 14th-seeded team in the Division I playoffs, opens against No. 19 Lincoln.

Palisades is the No. 1 seed in the Division I playoffs and has a first-round bye. Granada Hills is the No. 2 seed and also has a bye in the first round. The second round of the City Section Division I boys volleyball playoffs starts on Tuesday.

Here is a look at the first-round matches in Division I:

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Palisades survives scare from Monroe

March, 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Palisades girls' basketball team had to fend off a gutsy Monroe team in the final seconds of the CIF City Section Division 2 championship game on Friday night.

Palisades won the game, 53-49, at the Roybal Learning Center to secure its second City Section championship in a row.

But after jumping out to an 18-3, first-quarter lead, Palisades needed to clamp down on defense in the closing seconds of the game.

Monroe cut the Palisades’ lead to two points, 51-49, with 19 seconds to play. Mayo Campo hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to four points before Ayisat Afolabi put back a missed shot to bring Monroe within two.

But that was as close as Monroe would get. Ashlie Bruner made two free throws at the end of the game to give her team a four-point win.

“This is definitely a great step in the right direction for our program,” Palisades coach Torino Johnson said. “Our goal is much bigger than just this game.”

Torino said his girls have a state championship in their sights.

Donae Moguel scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Palisades. Skai Thompson had 11 points and made three 3-pointers.

Afolabi led three players from Monroe in double figures. She scored 18, had 12 rebounds and five assists.

Campo scored 13 points and was 4-for-7 from 3-point territory. Jecenica Trinidad scored 12 points.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Monroe coach Quincy Brooks said. “We’ve always been a team of fight. We never laid down.”

City Section Division I semis set

February, 23, 2012
Coliseum League representatives Crenshaw and Dorsey officially crashed the party Tuesday night, earning upset victories to advance to the CIF-Los Angeles City Section Division I boys' basketball semifinals.

Fifth-seeded Crenshaw beat fourth-seeded Palisades, 68-66, on a three-pointer by Micah Winn with five seconds left. Seventh-seeded Dorsey shocked second-seeded Fairfax, 47-46, thanks to a Laroy Alexander made basket with two seconds remaining.

The semifinal schedule for Saturday at Cal State Dominguez Hills:

(1) Taft vs. (5) Crenshaw, 6 p.m.
(3) Westchester vs. (7) Dorsey, 8 p.m.

The championship will be played Saturday, March 3 at 8 p.m., also at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Update: 3 ejected in Oaks Chr. tourney

January, 18, 2012
Three players were ejected from a girls' basketball game between Palisades and Agoura at the Oaks Christian tournament according to a story on the ESPNLA preps page on Dec. 29.

Ashlie Bruner was the player from Palisades who was ejected for fighting in the fourth quarter, Palisades coach Torino Johnson said in an e-mail. It was originally reported that another player from Palisades was ejected.

Two players from Agoura were ejected.

Agoura won the game, 56-41.

L.A. South: Basketball roundup

January, 13, 2012
There was a bevvy of notable league basketball games in south Los Angeles County on Friday.

In the Western League, Palisades (9-8) withstood a furious charge by Fairfax and held on for a 64-60 victory. Fairfax (10-6) trailed by 26 early in the second half but pulled to within two in the final seconds before missing the go-ahead 3-pointer. Lions guard Landon Drew scored a game-high 19 points in a losing effort.

After a three-week layoff, Long Beach Poly (12-1) opened Moore League play by routing Lakewood, 74-30. Junior forward Roschon Prince had 25 points, getting to the free-throw line 26 times.

Loyola (13-2) is back in the Mission League race after beating Harvard-Westlake, 64-54, in front of a full house at Cal State Los Angeles.

In the Alpha League, Windward (13-5) beat Brentwood, 80-72, to gain the edge atop the standings. And despite the loss, Brentwood (12-3) proved its legitimacy. Pacific Hills (14-3), the league's other contender, was idle.

In the Ocean League, Santa Monica (11-5) beat Culver City, 67-61, despite 27 points from Centaurs guard Keilan Horton.

St. John Bosco (13-2) improved to 3-0 in Trinity League play with a 78-69 win at Santa Margarita. Top junior prospect Isaac Hamilton had a game-high 30 points. The Braves get the chance to make a statement when they host Orange Lutheran next week.

Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPN Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter.

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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Three ejected in Oaks Christian tourney

December, 29, 2011
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correctly identify the name of the Palisades player who was ejected. Please read that update here.

The Agoura and Palisades girls' basketball team didn’t stay in the holiday spirit for very long.

Three players were ejected from an Oaks Christian tournament game for fighting in the fourth quarter. Agoura’s Kylie Cunnigham and Palisades’ Asia Smith started fighting in the final period of the consolation game at Oaks Christian.

Both players were ejected. Agoura’s Sydney Bennett came off the bench and was also ejected.

When play resumed, Agoura won, 56-41. Noamm Leadd led Agoura in scoring with 22 points. Cummingham was had 12 points when she was ejected from the game.

Smith had a team-high 10 points for Palisades. Bennett had 0 points.

In other games in the Oaks Christian girls basketball tournament, Thousand Oaks beat Carson, 67-29; Newbury Park beat Taft, 52-29; and El Camino Real beat St. Joseph of Santa Maria, 71-50.

L.A. South: Boys' basketball Top 10

December, 6, 2011
Loyola, Long Beach Poly and La Verne Lutheran are ranked in the preseason POWERADE ESPNHS Fab 50 national rankings, and they lead the way in our opening edition of the south Los Angeles County boys' basketball top 10:

1. Loyola (4-0)
Key players: PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright, SG Justin Childress, SG Jacob Hazzard, SF Julian Harrell (Penn)
Last season: The Cubs went 25-6 and won the CIF-Southern Section Div. I-A championship before losing by two to eventual state champion Mater Dei in regionals.
Why they're here: Jackson-Cartwright, only a sophomore, is already considered the top point guard in the state. Mix in the shooting of Childress and Hazzard -- as well as the versatility of Harrell -- and the Cubs have a lineup that few can match.

2. Long Beach Poly (3-1)
Key players: SF Roschon Prince, PF Jordan Bell, PG Chris Croom, SG Reuben Strickland
Last season: The Jackrabbits posted a 30-2 record and captured the Division 1AA title in Anaheim before losing to eventual state champion Mater Dei in regionals.
Why they're here: Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer lost his top two to graduation -- state player of the year Ryan Anderson (Boston College) and Alexis Moore (USC) -- but there's more than enough talent left. Prince and Bell might be the best one-two combination in the county.

3. La Verne Lutheran (4-0)
Key players: PF Grant Jerrett (Arizona), SG Eric Cooper Jr. (Arizona), SF McKay Anderson, SG Cameron Osorno
Last season: The Trojans overcame off-the-court adversity, finishing with a 25-5 mark and a second consecutive state championship.
Why they're here: Jerrett, a long and lean power forward, is arguably the top prospect on the West Coast. Coach Eric Cooper Sr. returns nine letter-winners from last year's team, including son Eric Cooper Jr., a sharp-shooting junior who makes teams pay for double-teaming Jerrett down low.

4. St. John Bosco (4-0)
Key players: SG Isaac Hamilton, PF Anthony January (UTEP), SF Darryl Matthews, SG Daniel Hamilton
Last season: The Braves finished 21-9 and were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs.
Why they're here: New coach Derrick Taylor, who built Woodland Hills Taft into a City Section power, has the Braves thinking about the Trinity League crown. Getting past defending state champion Mater Dei won't be easy, but Bosco has Isaac Hamilton, a transfer from Crenshaw who is one of the nation's top juniors.

5. Price (3-1)
Key players: PF Skylar Spencer (San Diego State), PG Chance Murray, SG Chris Sandifer
Last season: The high-flying Knights went 24-8 and fell just short against La Cañada in the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship game.
Why they're here: Yes, Price lost guard Askia Booker (Colorado) and ultra athletic forward Norvel Pelle to graduation but don't dismiss coach Michael Lynch's bunch. Spencer is another high-soaring scorer who's lethal in fast break opportunities, and Murray, a junior, already has a scholarship offer from UCLA.

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Granada Hills wins City volleyball title

November, 20, 2011
Behind 11 kills and 15 digs from Sam Cramer, the Granada Hills girls volleyball team won the CIF City Section Division I championship for the third year in a row.

Granada Hills beat El Camino Real in four games in the championship match at the Roybal Learning Center. Emma Levanen had 30 assists for Granada Hills. Teammate Julia Erickson had 17 digs.

Laurel Weaver had a match-high 19 kills for El Camino Real.

The Palisades girls volleyball team won the Division II championship, downing Woodland Hills Taft in three games.

Palisades won the City Section Division I girls volleyball championships in 2007 and 2008. Molly Kornfeind had 12 kills to lead Palisades.

Granada Hills girls tennis win CIF title

November, 8, 2011
The Granada Hills girls tennis team won its fourth CIF City Section title in a row and 10th in school history, 5-2, over Palisades at the Balboa Sports Complex on Monday.

The Granada Hills singles players swept their sets and the Highlanders completed an undefeated season at 14-0.

Freshman Sarah Nuno won her sets, 6-1, 6-0. Teammate Cassandra Fisbeck won her sets, 6-1, 6-0, and Analyssa Tallas won, 6-0, 6-1.

Palisades holds the City Section record with 20 girls tennis championships. Granada Hills, the top-seeded team in the playoffs, beat Palisades in the 2003 and 2004 finals.

G. Hills-Palisades for City tennis title

November, 2, 2011
Granada Hills and Palisades swept their ways into the City Section girls tennis championship on Tuesday. The two teams will play on Friday at the Balboa Sports Complex for the City Section championship.

Top-seeded Granada Hills knocked out No. 4 seed Van Nuys, 7-0, in the semifinals. Palisades, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, beat No. 6 Cleveland of Reseda, 7-0, in their semifinal match.

Granada Hills advances to the championship match with a perfect 13-0 record. Palisades is 14-1-1.

City Section girls tennis semifinals set

November, 1, 2011
Cleveland of Reseda, the sixth-seeded team in the City Section girls tennis playoffs, upset third-seeded Eagle Rock, 4-3, and advanced to today's semifinals.

Cleveland plays No. 2 Palisades for a spot in the championship match.

Top-seeded Granada Hills moved on to the semifinals with a 6-1 win over Chatsworth. Granada Hills plays No. 4 Van Nuys, which eliminated Woodland Hills Taft, 4-3, in the quarterfinals.

Here's a look at the quarterfinal results and the semifinal matches in the City Section championship and invitational playoffs:

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Chatsworth faces top-seeded Granada Hills in City Section girls tennis playoffs

October, 28, 2011
The ninth-seeded Chatsworth girls tennis team swept Carson out of the City Section playoffs, 7-0, and will face top-seeded Granada Hills in the quarterfinals today.

Tenth-seeded Narbonne squeaked past Los Angeles CES, 4-3, and will play second-seeded Palisades.

In the other quarterfinal matches, No. 3 Eagle Rock plays No. 6 Cleveland of Reseda and No. 4 Van Nuys plays No. 12 Woodland Hills Taft.

Here is a look at the first-round results and quarterfinal matches in the championship and invitational brackets:

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