Los Angeles Preps: Quartz Hill

Quartz Hill, Notre Dame shine at Arcadia

April, 6, 2012
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Quartz Hill had some impressive performances on the first day of the Arcadia Invitational. Notre Dame won the men’s 4x110-meter seeded shuttle hurdles and Aiden Elias was second in the high jump.

Quartz Hill won the men’s 4x1,600-meter seeded relay and Lohnnie Tape-Jackson was third in the high jump.

Here are some highlights from the first day of the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet:

Nicki Ghazarian from Westlake won the girls' 3,200 rated race in 10:55.83.

Alemany’s Alex Mikrakis won the boys' high jump in 1.96 meters. Aiden Elias from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame was second at 1.91 meters and Lohnnie Tape-Jackson from Quartz Hill was third at 1.91 meters.

The Simi Valley girls were second in the 4x200 rated relay in 1:42.74. Cajon won the race in 1:42.60. Simi Valley was also the runner-up in the girls' 4x1,600 invitational relay in 20:28.71. La Costa Canyon won the race in 20:23.88.

Rio Mesa won the 4x200 boys' invitational relay in 1:26.79.

Newbury Park won the 4x800 boys' seeded relay in 7:50.23.

Quartz Hill won the 4x1,600 boys' seeded relay in 18:00.52.

Harvard-Westlake won the girls' 1,600 sprint medley invitational race in 3:56.34.

Ventura won the boys' 1,600 sprint medley invitational relay in 3:329.59.

Sherman Oaks Notre Dame won the boys' 4x110 seeded shuttle hurdle race in 1:03.74.

L.A. North: The top 10

February, 20, 2012
The Golden League is proving to be the giant killers in the Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs. Palmdale, Knight and Quartz Hill all pulled off first-round stunners. Quartz Hill scored the biggest shocker of the first round, knocking out fifth-seeded Oxnard.

As a result, Oxnard drops out of the L.A. North top 10 and Oaks Christian enters.

The Lions are in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs and meet La Verne Lutheran on Tuesday. Eric Cooper Jr., Lutheran’s highly touted junior, has a broken finger and is questionable for Tuesday night’s playoff game.

Seventh-seeded Oaks Christian, meanwhile, has won four games in row and is holding its playoff opponents to an average of 41.5 points per game.

Here is a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. (1) Woodland Hills Taft (25-3): The Toreadors are riding a 15-game winning streak and won their first-round City Section Division I playoff game over West Adams, 80-20. Taft plays Birmingham in the second round Wednesday night in a San Fernando Valley showdown. The two teams have met twice already this season. Taft won both games by a combined score of 137-105. The last time they met on Feb. 8, Taft won, 63-47.
  2. (2) Alemany (25-4): The Warriors won their first two Southern Section Division 3A playoff games and are in the quarterfinals. They beat Artesia in the first round, 87-61, and routed Azusa in the second round, 90-45. Top-seeded Alemany plays Bishop Amat on Tuesday.
  3. (3) Calabasas (24-3): The Coyotes advanced to the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs after eliminating Palos Verdes, 53-38. Top-seeded Calabasas has a nine-game winning streak and plays Lakeside on Tuesday night.
  4. (4) Royal (21-6): The Highlanders won their first-round Southern Section Division 2AA playoff game and play Villa Park in the second round. Royal knocked out Miller, 65-38, in the first round and has a six-game winning streak.
  5. (5) El Camino Real (19-7): The Conquistadores beat Van Nuys, 62-21, in the first round of the City Section Division II playoffs. El Camino Real plays San Pedro in the second round on Wednesday.
  6. (6) Providence (24-4): The Pioneers won their Southern Section Division 5A playoff game, but their second-round win over New Roads from Santa Monica ended with a fight and was called with a little more than two minutes to play. Providence had a bye in the first round and won its second-round game, 57-43, over New Roads. The Pioneers will play the winner of Monday night’s game between Lancaster Baptist and Shalhevet.
  7. (8) Oak Park (22-7): The third-seeded Eagles are in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs and play sixth-seeded Atascadero. Oak Park beat Littlerock, 63-24, in the first round and Estancia, 74-39, in the second round. Oak Park’s average margin of victory has been 37 points in the first two rounds of the playoffs.
  8. (9) Crespi (22-6): The Celts won their first two Southern Section Division 4AA playoff games setting up an interesting quarterfinal match-up against Bishop Montgomery. Crespi, the sixth-seeded team in the playoffs, is home against Bishop Montgomery, the third-team team in Division 4AA. Both teams have been ranked in the ESPNLA top 20 all season.
  9. (10) Village Christian (26-2): The Crusaders are in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division 5AA playoffs and play Bethel Christian. Second-seeded Village Christian beat Bellarmine-Jefferson, 61-38, in the first round and Mojave, 87-51, in the second round. The Crusaders are averaging 74 points per game in the playoffs and giving up 44.5 points per game.
  10. (NR) Oaks Christian (22-5): The Lions won their first two Southern Section Division 4AA playoff games, including an impressive, 63-57, win over Chaminade in the second round. Oaks Christian plays a banged up La Verne Lutheran team, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, in the quarterfinals.

Five first-round playoff games to watch

February, 13, 2012
The CIF boys basketball playoffs begin Wednesday. The teams from the L.A. North region in the Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs will have a tough time getting past the quarterfinals.

However, in Division 3A and 3AA, the L.A. North teams should dominate.

In the City Section, Woodland Hills Taft is the overwhelming favorite. But the three other teams from the San Fernando Valley might not make it out of the first round in the City Section Division I playoffs.

Here is a look at the best first-round games in the Southern Section and City Section playoffs:

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CIF-SS playoffs: Northern Division

November, 13, 2011
CIF-SS playoffs:
Northern Division

Top-seeded Westlake completed an undefeated run through the Marmonte League and is 10-0 heading into the Northern Division playoffs. Led by a pair of juniors, quarterback Justin Moore and running back Dashon Hunt, this might be the beginning of another dynasty-type run for the Warriors. Westlake opens the Northern Division playoffs against Eastside, the fourth-place team from the Golden Valley. As expected, Hart earned the only at-large bid in the Northern Division playoffs. The fourth-place team from the Foothill League finished with a 7-3 record. The Indians were 3-2 in league with losses to Canyon and Saugus. They did beat Valencia, which won a share of the Foothill League championship with Canyon and is the No. 4 seed in the Northern Division playoffs. Hart is another team with some talented underclassman, including freshman receiver Trent Irwin. Simi Valley ended up as the odd-team out. The Pioneers lost to Moorpark in the Marmonte League season finale and dropped into a fourth-place tie with Thousand Oaks and Moorpark. Simi Valley (6-4) ended up with a winning record, but lost the coin flips to determine the final two playoff spots from the Marmonte League. Here’s a breakdown of the division:

The seeds: No. 1 Westlake, No. 2 St. Bonaventure, No. 3 Oaks Christian, No. 4 Valencia.

Best first-round matchup: Thousand Oaks (6-4) at Quartz Hill (8-2) -- Thousand Oaks lost three of its last four games and needed a coin flip to earn a spot in the Northern Division playoffs. But this is a team playing with a ton of emotion after the death of Thousand Oaks backup quarterback Griffen Kramer two weeks ago. Thousand Oaks was tested almost on a weekly basis playing in the tough Marmonte League. Quartz Hill won the Golden League championship and was tied for first place with Highland with 6-1 records. The Rebels are a bit of an unknown commodity. They won seven of their last eight games, the only loss, 21-20, to Knight three weeks ago. Quartz Hill has a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Osirius Burke (1,549 yards and 24 touchdowns) and Mario Lodge (1,248 yards and 10 touchdowns). Thousand Oaks has a talented two-way player Nathan DeBeikes who leads the team in rushing with 948 yards and seven touchdowns and in sacks with six.

Toughest road: Valencia (6-4) -- The Vikings have perhaps the best defense in the Northern Division playoffs. They posted three shutouts and held nine of their 10 opponents to 20 points or less. Opposing teams are scoring an average of 10.7 points per game. The Valencia offense has been unpredictable at best. The Vikings had trouble scoring during the first give games of the season, with only 13.6 points per game on their way to a 2-3 non-league record. Once the Foothill League season started, Valencia turned it on offensively, scoring at least 31 points in four of its five games. They beat Saugus, 35-0, in the Foothill League championship game. If Valencia's offensive woes return, the Vikings might not make it out of the first round.

Potential shocker: Hart (7-3) vs. Palos Verdes (8-2), first round -- Hart has already pulled off a surprise win over Valencia in the Foothill League. The Indians snapped Valencia’s 13-game league winning streak, 19-14, and was in position to challenge for the Foothill League title. The Indians have the talent and the coaching staff to pull of another upset. What they lack is playoff experience, with a sophomore at quarterback in Connor Wingenroth and a handful of underclassmen receivers. Palos Verdes won the championship in a weak Bay League. The Sea Kings’ toughest test came in the first week of the season, a 21-10 loss to Moorpark.

Darkhorse: Oaks Christian (8-2) -- It’s hard to call the reigning Northern Division champs the dark horse, but Oaks Christian is not the favorite to repeat. The Lions have not been playing their best football for the last three weeks. They narrowly beat Thousand Oaks and Moorpark before routing Newbury Park to finish in second place in the Marmonte League. Oaks Christian likely will have to play Westlake, which beat the Lions, 43-21, and a vengeful St. Bonaventure team if its wants a second Northern Division championship in a row. Oaks Christian beat St. Bonaventure, 36-24, the night the lights went out on La Tienda Drive. The return of Arizona State-bound running back and linebacker Carlos Mendoza, who has missed the last two games because of an injured shoulder, will help.

Final analysis: The Marmonte League is well-represented in the Northern Division bracket, with five teams, and it could have easily been six. The Northern Division semifinals could likely be an all-Marmonte League affair. Westlake has destroyed almost every team it has faced and should have no problem reaching the semifinals with Eastside and Palos Verdes or Hart in its way. Oaks Christian has an easy road to the semis as well, against Mira Costa in the first round and the winner of the Saugus-Highland game in the quarterfinals. St. Bonaventure might be the toughest No. 3 seed in the whole Southern Section playoffs. The Seraphs play an upstart Redondo team in the first round. The winner of the Canyon-Palmdale game will await St. Bonaventure in the quarters. Either Thousand Oaks or Moorpark will have to pull off a playoff surprise if it is to be an all-Marmonte League final four. Thousand Oaks has the easier road, against Quartz Hill in the first round and the winner of the Valencia-Moorpark in the quarters. Moorpark will have to pull off a stunner in the first round. The Musketeers ended the Marmonte League season on a high note, shutting out Simi Valley, 20-0, and essentially knocking the Pioneers out of the playoffs. They will need another stellar defensive performance to eliminate Valencia in the first round. In case you’re wondering, Moorpark beat Thousand Oaks on a last-second field goal, 27-24, in the Marmonte Leage opener.

Championship prediction: Westlake vs.Oaks Christian -- A rematch of last year’s Northern Division championship game would be fitting. Westlake lost the game, 29-28, when Warriors kicker Alex Ball’s 41-yard field-goal attempt hit the upright and bounced back onto the field. Ball would like another shot at winning the Northern Division championship. Westlake coach Jim Benkert would like another shot at beating his old mentor, Oaks Christian coach Bill Redell, for a Northern Divison championship. The Westlake team would like a chance to play in a CIF state bowl game with a Northern Division championship. Redell would like to prove to everyone that last year’s Northern Division championship was not a fluke. If the two teams play again though, Westlake will have the upper hand.

Link to the Northern Division bracket on CalPreps.com

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

October, 17, 2011
  1. Even though Sherman Oaks Notre Dame lost its Serra League opener, 28-26, to Crespi, the Knights can look to some positives from the game. First off, Notre Dame outgained Crespi in total offense, 212 yards to 164 yards. Neither team was able to move the ball much on offense, but Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad made his presence felt. He rushed for 92 yards in 26 carries but didn’t find the end zone. Secondly, Notre Dame picked off two passes and turned them into touchdowns. Kevin Carrasco’s interception return in the second quarter gave Notre Dame a 10-point lead, 17-7. Nick Holland’s pick six in the fourth quarter put Notre Dame up 24-21. Finally, Notre Dame’s Sam Robinson matched Crespi’s Chris Harper for most acrobatic touchdown catch of the game. Robinson made a diving catch for a touchdown that tied the score, 7-7, in the second quarter. Unfortunately, Notre Dame doesn’t win games with style points. Now, the Knights find themselves in a must-win situation against Loyola on Friday night at L.A. Valley College. Notre Dame needs a win to get back in the Serra League championship hunt. Loyola is playing its Serra League opener after having a bye last week. It will be another tough one for Notre Dame. Crespi, meanwhile, plays Bishop Amat, which lost its Serra League opener to Alemany.
  2. Two school passing records were broken over the weekend. Canyon quarterback Jonathan Jerozal set the school mark for career touchdown passes in the Foothill League opener against Saugus. Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins broke the school record for passing yards in a game in a 50-0 shutout against Royal. Jerozal threw three touchdown passes in his team’s 51-28 win over Saugus. He has 62 career touchdown passes and broke the record set by Nate Longshore, who went on to play at Cal. Dawkins passed for 387 yards against Royal and broke the record set by Jimmy Clausen, who passed for 367 yards against Santa Paula in 2006, and went on to play in college at Tennessee. It might be the first of many school records for Dawkins, who is only a sophomore.
  3. Some of the biggest rushing games on Friday night came out of the City Section. Kawan Rally from El Camino Real rushed for 319 yards and four touchdowns in his team’s 48-7 win over Woodland Hills Taft. It wasn’t only a huge night for Rally, but for the El Camino Real program. The Conquistadores beat Taft for the first time since 1991. Birmingham’s Isaiah Hastings rushed for 248 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Chatsworth. Both his touchdowns came in the second half, one on an 86-yard run in the third quarter. Arleta’s Dejon Coleman didn’t have eye-popping numbers on the ground, but he scored four touchdowns in his team’s 49-6 win over Poly. He scored two rushing touchdowns, caught a touchdown pass and intercepted a pass for a touchdown. Coleman gained 91 yards on nine carries and caught five passes for 75 yards. Brian Sanchez from Granada Hills rushed for 213 yards and scored three touchdowns in his team’s 38-13 win over Cleveland of Reseda.
  4. Another game, another rushing record for Zander Anding from Burroughs of Burbank. He rushed for 394 yards and scored six touchdowns in his team’s 70-34 win over Glendale. It was Anding’s third 300-yard rushing game in a row and the third time he has broken his own school record for rushing yards in a game. He scored on runs of 39, 75, 5, 47 and 41 yards and caught a touchdown pass. Way out in the high desert, Quartz Hill’s Osirus Burke rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Rebels’ 27-21 win over Palmdale. Burke scored on runs of 6, 1, 13 and 11 yards.
  5. Pasadena Poly won the Oxnard water polo tournament, beating Rio Mesa, 15-7, in the championship match. Rio Mesa reached the final of the Oxnard tournament for the third year in a row. The Spartans won the tournament in 2009 by beating Pasadena Poly. Rio Mesa lost to Crescenta Valley in last year’s championship match. Rio Mesa beat Malibu, 13-9, in the semifinals. Rio Mesa’s Joe Yamamoto scored five goals against Malibu and had four goals in the championship match against Pasadena Poly.

L.A. North: The Top 10

September, 19, 2011
Alemany blew a 14-point lead in the second half and lost a tough road game to J.W. North in Riverside. As a result, the Warriors dropped a couple of spots in the area top 10 rankings.

Westlake and Crespi posted impressive wins and moved up a couple of notches.

Thousand Oaks pulled out a thrilling, 27-24, last-second win over Moorpark and knocked the Musketeers out of the top 10.

Quartz Hill is barely hanging on to a top-10 spot after an embarrassing, 35-7, loss on the road to Bakersfield.

Here’s a look at the LA North top 10:
  1. (1) Oaks Christian (1-1) – The Lions won their first game in a big way. Oaks Christian beat Agoura, 50-11, in the Marmonte League opener. Running back Ishmael Adams rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. (2) St. Bonaventure (2-0) – The Seraphs shut out Royal, 59-0, behind quarterback Marc Evans. He threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the Marmonte League opener for both teams. Next up for St. Bonaventure is Oaks Christian on Friday night. Oaks Christian beat St. Bonaventure, 33-32, last season.
  3. (4) Crespi (2-0) – The Celts traveled to Fresno for a tough game against Clovis West and won, 42-28. Quarterback Cody Cordell threw five touchdown passes for Crespi.
  4. (5) Westlake (2-0) – The Warriors shut out Calabasas, 63-0, in their Marmonte League opener. Justin Moore threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth touchdown.
  5. (3) Alemany (2-1) – The Warriors lost for the first time this season, a surprising, 36-35, setback to J.W. North in Riverside. Alemany had its 15-game regular-season winning streak snapped.
  6. (6) Chaminade (2-0) – The Eagles beat Valencia, 14-10, but had to rally with two touchdowns in the second half to do it. Terrell Newby scored both touchdowns but was held to 73 yards in 24 carries.
  7. (7) Canyon (2-0) – The Cowboys showed no mercy against Knight in a 56-7 win. Quarterback Joanathan Jerozal threw four touchdown passes, three to receiver Drew Wolitarsky.
  8. (10) Sheman Oaks Notre Dame (3-0) – The Knights had little trouble against Woodland Hills Taft, 35-0. Running back Khalfani Muhammad rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown.
  9. (NR) Thousand Oaks (2-0) – Jamie Sutcliffe hit a 40-yard field goal with no time left in regulation to give Thousand Oaks a 27-24 win over Moorpark. Sutcliffe was 2-for-5 in field-goal attempts, but hit the game-winner.
  10. (9) Quartz Hill (1-1) – The Rebels lost, 35-7, to Bakersfield. Quartz Hill gave up three second-half touchdowns. Osirius Burke scored the only touchdown for Quartz Hill in the second quarter.

L.A. North: The Top 10

September, 12, 2011
Every team in the LA North has at least one game under its belt. The Marmonte League season opens this weekend. Moorpark vs. Thousand Oaks looks like the best game on the schedule.

Chaminade moves up a couple of spots after a 41-21 opening night win over Venice.

Some of the top performances:

Chaminade’s Terrell Newby: Five touchdowns against Venice.

Canyon’s Drew Wolitarsky: Seven catches for 173 yards against Burroughs of Burbank.

Quartz Hills’ Mario Lodge: 202 rushing yards and four touchdowns against Oxnard.

Here’s a look at the LA North Top 10 after Week 1. Previous week's rankings are in parentheses:
  1. (1) Oaks Christian (0-1): The Lions ease into Marmonte League play against Agoura on Friday. Oaks Christian is coming off a 31-21 loss to Bellevue, the reigning 3A state champion from Washington, on Sept. 3. Agoura was 2-8 and won only one league game in 2010.
  2. (2) St. Bonaventure (1-0): The Seraphs opened with an impressive 29-27 win over Corona Centennial, the No. 2 team in the ESPN LA prep football rankings. St. Bonaventure begins Marmonte League play against Royal on Friday night.
  3. (3) Alemany (2-0): The Warriors walloped on another easy opponent, 46-7, over Eastside from Lancaster. Alemany plays JW North at Riverside City College on Friday.
  4. (4) Crepi (2-0): The Celts clobbered LA Jordan 64-0. Crespi will be tested this weekend against Clovis West from Fresno. Clovis won the CIF Central Section Division I championship and went 12-1 in 2010. The only loss for Clovis: 34-33 to Crespi on Sept. 17. The game is in Fresno on Saturday night.
  5. (5) Westlake (1-0): The Warriors are coming off a 30-27 overtime win over Del Oro from Loomis on Sept. 3. Westlake opens Marmonte League play against Calabasas on Friday night.
  6. (9) Chaminade (1-0): The Eagles got off to a slow start against Venice but rolled to a 41-21 opening night win. Chaminade’s Terrell Newby scored five touchdowns. He will give the Valencia defense all it can handle on Friday night.
  7. (7) Canyon (1-0): The Cowboys piled on Burroughs of Burbank, 42-14, with receiver Drew Wolitarsky having one of the biggest games of the weekend. He caught seven passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Canyon plays Knight from Lancaster on Friday night.
  8. (6) Moorpark (1-0): The Musketeers won their opening night game, 21-10, over Palos Verdes on Sept. 2. Moorpark plays Thousand Oaks in one of the better Marmonte League openers. Thousand Oaks shut out Hueneme, 62-0, two weeks ago.
  9. (8) Quartz Hill (1-0): The Rebels opened with an impressive 42-13 win over Oxnard. Quartz Hill running back Mario Lodge turned some heads with 202 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also scored four touchdowns. Let’s see if he can put up those kind of numbers against Bakersfield, which reached the championship game of the Central Section Division I playoffs last year.
  10. (10) Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (2-0): The Knights needed overtime to beat Valencia, 17-14. Notre Dame was held scoreless for three-and-a-half quarters, but scored 14 points in the last seven minutes of the game. Notre Dame plays City Section power Woodland Hills Taft on Friday.

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LA North: Top 10 football teams

September, 5, 2011
Week 0 produced some surprises, probably none bigger than Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's 35-13 win over No. 25 Gardena Serra. It looks like the Serra League is going to be a battle. All five teams in the Serra League won their season openers. The Marmonte League had its share of close calls and near misses. Westlake and Moorpark won, but both games were far from convincing wins. Oaks Christian lost to Bellevue from Washington, a formidable opponent that gave the Lions defense fits. Here's a look at the LA North top 10 after Week 0:
  1. Oaks Christian (0-1) – The Lions lost to Bellevue from Washington, 31-21, at Mission Viejo on Saturday night. If there is such a good thing as a good loss, this would be it. Oaks Christian won’t see a team like Bellevue and its Wing-T offense again this season. Too much Tyler Hasty, who not only ran the offense at quarterback, but intercepted two passes at cornerback for Bellevue. Next game: Oaks Christian at Agoura on Sept. 16.
  2. St. Bonaventure (0-0) – The Seraphs have a tough opener against Corona Centennial. St. Bonaventure and Chaminade matched each other touchdown for touchdown in a scrimmage last week. The Seraphs can score and they can hit. Next game: St. Bonaventure at Corona Centennial on Friday.
  3. Alemany (1-0) – The Warriors pounded Pasadena, 55-0, in their season opener. Alemany quarterback Devon Dunn threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth TD in his debut. The Alemany defense recovered a fumble for a touchdown, intercepted three passes and forced seven punts. Next game: Alemany vs. Eastside at Alemany on Friday.
  4. Crespi (1-0) – The Celts destroyed a good Dominguez team, 48-6, in their season opener. No one likes to look ahead, but circle the game against Alemany on Oct. 28. Next game: Crespi vs. Jordan at Crespi on Friday.
  5. Westlake (1-0) – The Warriors narrowly escaped Del Oro with a 30-27 win in overtime. Alex Ball kicked the game-winner in OT and the Westlake defense completed a goalline stand, turning back Del Oro on the 1-yard line in overtime. Confidence builders on two fronts. Next game: Westlake vs. Calabasas at Westlake on Sept. 16.
  6. Moorpark (1-0) – The Musketeers opened with a 21-10 win over Palos Verdes. The Moorpark defense shined, forcing three turnovers, including a 21-yard interception for a touchdown by Bobby Eckert. Next game: Moorpark vs. Thousand Oaks at Moorpark on Sept. 16.
  7. Canyon (0-0) – The season opener for Canyon against Burroughs of Burbank will be challenging. Burroughs running back Zander Anding rushed for 277 yards against Saugus on Thursday night. He also had a 84-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. Next game: Canyon vs. Burroughs at Canyon on Friday.
  8. Quartz Hill (0-0) – The Rebels open against Oxnard, the reigning Pacific View League champs. Oxnard lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Western Division playoffs last season. Quartz Hill went 8-3 and won a share of the Golden League championship in 2010. Next game: Quartz Hill vs. Oxnard at Quartz Hill on Friday.
  9. Chaminade (0-0) – The Eagles have an experienced quarterback in Logan Scott and a seasoned running back in Terrell Newby. In a scrimmage against a tough St. Bonaventure defense, both Scott and Newby found holes and made plays. The Mission League is in for a rude awakening. Next game: Chaminade vs. Venice at Chaminade on Friday.
  10. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (1-0) – Notre Dame opened with an impressive, 35-13, win over No. 25 Gardena Serra. Khalfani Muhammad and Kelly Hilinski look like a dynamic duo for Notre Dame. Next game: Notre Dame vs. Valencia at Notre Dame on Friday.

LA North: Preseason top 10

September, 1, 2011
The Marmonte League has, without question, the best teams in the LA North area. Oaks Christian won the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship and until someone beats the Lions, they will be atop the LA North rankings.

St. Bonaventure might be a slight favorite to win the Marmonte League. The Seraphs have to beat Westlake or Oaks Christian before they can be considered for the No. 1 spot.

Alemany might be the best team in the LA North region. The Warriors play in the tough Serra League and in the Pac-5 Division, the top division in the Southern Section, when playoffs start.

Chaminade might have the toughest schedule. The Eagles matched St. Bonaventure touchdown for touchdown in a scrimmage on Wednesday night. Chaminade looks as if it's for real.

Canoga Park is not the best City Section team in the San Fernando Valley, but Randy Uzoma, perhaps the fastest football player in the Valley, makes them intriguing. It will be interesting to see if Uzoma can carry the team or if opponents will key on him and shut down the rest of the team.

Here’s a look at the LA North top 10 and how the teams fared last season. The team’s 2010 records are in parantheses:
  1. Oaks Christian (12-2): Won CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship, 29-28, over Westlake.
  2. St. Bonaventure (11-2): Lost to Westlake, 37-27, in CIF Southern Section Northern Division semifinals.
  3. Alemany (12-1): Lost to Servite, 28-21, in the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 Division semifinals.
  4. Crespi (8-4): Lost to Servite, 40-16, in the CIF Southern Section Pac 5 Division quarterfinals.
  5. Westlake (12-2): Lost to Oaks Christian, 29-28, in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division championship game.
  6. Moorpark (6-6): Lost to Valencia, 40-21, in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division quarterfinals.
  7. Canyon (10-2): Lost to St. Bonaventure, 45-21, in the CIF Southern Section Northern Division quarterfinals.
  8. Paraclete (13-1): Won the CIF Southern Section East Valley Division championship, 14-7, over Sierra Canyon.
  9. Quartz Hill (8-3): Lost to Thousand Oaks, 28-21, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs.
  10. Canoga Park (6-4): Did not qualify for CIF City Section playoffs.

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LA North: Oaks Christian's Travis Radke taken by Reds in MLB draft

June, 8, 2011
It was a quiet day for prep players from the LA North region on the third and final day of the Major League Baseball draft.

Oaks Christian left-handed pitcher Travis Radke was the only high school player selected from the LA North region. He went in the 45th round to the Cincinnati Reds.

College of the Canyons right-handed pitcher David Haerle, who played at Quartz Hill High School, went in the 39th round to the Houston Astros. He was the second player from College of the Canyons selected in the draft. Second baseman Juan Perez, who played at Cleveland High School in Reseda, was drafted in the 26th round.

LA North, LA South, IE and OC: First round boys basketball playoff results

February, 17, 2011
The Golden League is proving to be the giant killers of the CIF Southern Section boys basketball playoffs. Knight is one of four teams from the Golden League to oust seeded teams in the first round of the playoffs. The Eagles upset Los Osos, the No. 16 seed, in the Division 1AA playoffs.

Palmdale squeaked past No. 11 Vista Murrieta by one point in the Division 1A playoffs.

Quartz Hill, an at-large team, beat seventh-seeded Crescenta Valley in the first round of the Division 1A bracket.

Eastside might have pulled off the most stunning win of the playoffs thus far, beating fourth-seeded Glendora in overtime in the Division 2A playoffs.

Maybe there’s something in the water, or perhaps the sand, in the high desert. Mojave, the fourth-place team out of the Desert Mountain League, beat sixth-seeded Temecula Prep, in the first round of the Division 6AA playoffs.

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Here’s a look at the first round games in the Southern Section boys basketball playoffs:

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LA North: Hart 78, Quartz Hill 74 in OT in Hart Holiday Classic

December, 30, 2010

NEWHALL -- The Hart boys basketball team erased a 17-point deficit and won its game against Quartz Hill, 78-74, in overtime, in the Hart Holiday Classic at Hart High School on Wednesday night.

Roman Delgado scored all nine of Hart’s points in overtime. He finished with 28 points and made three 3-pointers.

Hart was 21-for-24 from the free-throw line in the second half and overtime. Hart’s John Green made all eight of his free throws in the second half. He scored 15 points, was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line and had 10 rebounds.

Quartz Hill’s Luch Gamiz hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter as his team built a 23-6 lead. Hart trimmed the lead to 13 points, 24-11, at the end of the first quarter.

Hart’s Cole Preston scored eight of his 16 points in the second quarter and helped Hart cut Quartz Hill’s lead to six points, 40-34, at halftime.

Hart was down by one point, 46-45, after Preston completed a three-point play with five minutes to play in the third quarter. But Quartz Hill went on an 8-0 run afterward and was up, 55-46, with 1:17 to play in the third quarter.

Hart went on an 8-0 lead of its own to finish out the third quarter and was down by one point, 55-54, at the start of the fourth quarter. Delgado hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of the quarter. Preston came through again with a basket just before the buzzer to end the third quarter.

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LA North: The Top 10

October, 26, 2010
There are three undefeated teams in the LA North top 10. Westlake cruised to win its 21st game in a row. Alemany won a tough game against Crespi to stay undefeated. Chaminade needed to rally in the fourth quarter to beat a pesky St. Francis team. There is one newcomer and one returner to the top 10. Welcome Quartz Hill and welcome back Moorpark.

1. (1) Westlake (7-0)

Westlake cruised to a 38-7 win over Newbury Park. It was the 21st win in a row for Westlake. Quarterback Nick Isham threw three touchdowns. Running back Tavior Mowry scored two touchdowns and rushed for 91 yards. Next up for Westlake is Agoura.

2. (2) Alemany (7-0)

Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams had a hand in every touchdown his team scored in a 28-17 win over Crespi. Adams threw for three touchdowns and scored on a 12-yard run. Next up for Alemany is Loyola.

3. (4) St. Bonaventure (6-1)

Perhaps it was a statement game for St. Bonaventure. The Seraphs beat Thousand Oaks, 52-0. Quarterback Marc Evans threw for three touchdowns and 264 yards. The St. Bonaventure defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and shut out a good Thousand Oaks team. Next up for St. Bonaventure is Calabasas.

4. (5) Valencia (6-1)

Running back Steven Manfro scored four touchdowns in Valencia’s 52-31 win over previously undefeated Canyon. He has scored 30 touchdowns in seven games. He has 21 rushing touchdowns, seven receiving touchdowns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns. Next up for Valencia is Hart.

5. (6) Oaks Christian (5-2)

Carlos Mendoza scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery and recorded a safety in Oaks Christian’s 65-0 win over Simi Valley. The Oaks Christian defense scored five touchdowns, three on interception returns and two on fumble recoveries. Add in the safety and the Oaks Christian defense scored 32 points. Next up for Oaks Christian is Moorpark.

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