Los Angeles Preps: Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

Notre Dame sprinter a double-triple threat

May, 2, 2012
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SHERMAN OAKS -- It would be enough if Sherman Oaks Notre Dame sprinter Khalfani Muhammad won the CIF state title in the 100 meters.

But he wants more.

He wants to break the school record in the 100. He wants a state title in the 200. He wants to win the state championship on Notre Dame’s 400 relay team.

For good measure, he wants to go to a college that will let him play football and run track.

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Tim Haddock/For ESPNLA.comSherman Oaks Notre Dame's Khalfani Muhammad has hopes of winning three state track titles.
The Notre Dame junior who is also the running back on the football team has offers from eight schools to play football. His most recent offer came from Cal last week. He also has offers from UCLA, Washington, Oregon State and Utah in the Pac-12. Arkansas has expressed interest, as have Cincinnati and Duke.

But Muhammad says he wants to be patient, take his time before making a decision about which school to attend. It’s quite a funny approach for one of the fastest runners in California.

“I want to go to a school that will allow me to do both, track and football,” Muhammad said. “I plan on doing both for a long time.”

He has the philosophy of a marathon runner when it comes to his future. But for the next five weeks, Muhammad is focused on running 100 meters in less than 10.32 seconds. By the end of the track season, Muhammad could have three CIF state titles, two school records and any number of college offers to run track and play football.

“Khalfani is into track. He loves running track,” Notre Dame track coach Joe McNab said. “He works hard at it. He’s a student of track, so he knows who his competition is. It’s very important to him. It’s his main thing that he likes and he does a great job of it.”

Rodney Glass, a wide receiver at Arizona State, holds the Notre Dame school record in the 100 at 10.32 seconds set in 2006. Muhammad is on pace to break the record if he continues to shave fractions of seconds off his time the way he did last year.

“He’s close. At this time last year, his best time was 10.7 something,” said McNab. “He ended running a 10.55 at the CIF finals. He’s two-tenths ahead. If he drops another two-tenths, he’ll be right in that ballpark.”

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L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 23, 2012
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  1. Canyon High receiver Drew Wolitarsky has picked up two college offers. One is from West Point and the other is from Arizona. The junior wide receiver caught 75 passes for 1,628 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also returned 14 punts for 203 yards and had two returns for touchdowns. The Canyon football team finished in third place in the Foothill League and reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Northern Division playoffs in 2011.
  2. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame Khalfani Muhammad won the 100, and was on the winning 4x100 and 4x200 meter relay teams at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut. He already holds the fastest time in the state in the 100, 10.54 seconds set at the Maurice Greene Invitational on April 14. He won the 100 at Mt. SAC in 10.55 seconds. He anchored the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams.
  3. Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter anchored the winning 4x200 meter relay team at the Mt. SAC Relays. The girls broke the school record winning the invitational race in 11 minutes, 59.68 seconds, the third fastest time in the nation this year. Harvard-Westlake has the top time in the nation at 11:45.18 and Redondo Union is second at 11:53.53 seconds. The team of Baxter, Erika Barr, Amanda Hamilton and Desirae Jones rallied past Beverly Hills to win the race at Mt. SAC.
  4. The Harvard-Westlake girls 4x1,600 meter relay team set a school record at the Mt. SAC relays, but finished in third in the race. The team of Cami Chapus, Amy Weissenbach, Lizzy Thomas and Yasmin Moreno finished the race in 20 minutes, 40.17 seconds. It was 17 seconds faster than the school record time set in 2003. Redondo Union won the race in 20:01.38, breaking the state record held by Saugus set in 2011. The Harvard-Westlake girls won the 4x800 relay at the Mt. SAC Relays in 9:08.69, the second fastest time in the nation.
  5. Moorpark’s Sean Barry tossed a no-hitter against Westlake in a Marmonte League baseball game on Friday. Barry struck out 11 and walked five. Michael Ketring provided the offense for Moorpark, going 3-for-3 with a double and drove in three runs. The Musketeers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break open an otherwise tight game. Tim Burtzloff started the game for Westlake and went 3 1/3 innings. He gave up only one run on four hits.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

April, 9, 2012
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  1. Two Harvard-Westlake girls relay teams won their races at the Arcadia Invitational and one set the meet record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley. The team of Shea Copeland, Imani Cook-Gist, Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus won the sprint medley relay in 3:56.56, the fastest outdoor time in the nation. They broke the meet record by more than three seconds and were nearly three seconds faster than sprint medley relay team from The Woodlands in Texas. The Woodlands girls held the nation’s fastest time in 3:59.24, set on March 31. Copeland and Cook-Gist, both freshmen, ran the first two legs of the relay. Chapus and Weissenbach, seniors headed to Stanford, ran the last two legs of the relay. The Harvard-Westlake girls came back Saturday to win the distance medley relay. Copeland, Chapus, Weissenbach and Elle Wilson won the event for the second year in a row for Harvard-Westlake, despite dropping the baton on the last exchange.
  2. The Chaminade softball team won the Spring Jubilee tournament in Las Vegas, beating Torrance, 4-1, in the championship game. Christy Smith had three doubles and drove in a run for Chaminade. The Eagles won three games Saturday to win the championship. Chaminade beat Schurr, 6-4, in the semifinals and shut out Moorpark, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Taylor Stewart was 2-for-4 with an RBI against Schurr. Catherine Grimes drove in two runs and was 1-for-3 against Moorpark.
  3. The Royal softball team won the Arroyo Grande tournament, 8-3, over La Mirada. Ali Mosier had two hits and drove in two runs against La Mirada. Katelyn Tollefson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Royal. Royal shut out Arroyo Grande, 1-0, in the semifinals. Nancy Bowling pitched a one-hitter against Arroyo Grande, striking out six. Rachael Duncan drove in the only run of the game on a single in the fifth inning. Bowling was selected as the tournament MVP. Royal’s Samantha Ohmie and Brynn Levosky earned spots on the all-tournament team.
  4. The Agoura baseball team (10-1-1) is a surprising 6-0 in Marmonte League play after a 7-4 win over Moorpark on Thursday. The Chargers have won eight games in a row, including an impressive 2-1 win over San Fernando, the reigning City Section champions. Brody Fehmel was 2 for 3 with a double and drove in a run against Moorpark. Tyler Cohen drove in two runs and Mark Seyler was 2-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run. Agoura is on spring break this week and plays Crespi in the San Luis Obispo tournament Wednesday. The Chargers resume Marmonte League play against Calabasas on April 18.
  5. The Simi Valley and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball teams won their first games in the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Notre Dame upset Redondo Union, 5-4, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Payton Milone delivered the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh-inning rally for Notre Dame. Simi Valley shut out Valencia of Placentia, 8-0. Reece Schmidt hit a three-run home run and Dylan Alexander had three RBIs for Simi. In other games, Crescenta Valley beat Eastern from New Jersey, 9-8, and Torrance beat El Camino Real, 7-1. Dash Tranner scored the only run for El Camino Real on a double-play ground out in the seventh inning.

1. Two Harvard-Westlake girls relay teams won their races at the Arcadia Invitational and one set the meet record in the 1,600-meter sprint medley. The team of Shea Copeland, Imani Cook-Gist, Amy Weissenbach and Cami Chapus won the sprint medley relay in 3:56.56, the fastest outdoor time in the nation. They broke the meet record by more than three seconds and were nearly three seconds faster than sprint medley relay team from The Woodlands in Texas. The Woodlands girls held the nation’s fastest time in 3:59.24 set on March 31. Copeland and Cook-Gist, both freshmen, ran the first two legs of the relay. Weissenbach told the Daily News the freshmen runners have so much potential and she was excited for the program and the rest of the season. Chapus and Weissenbach, seniors headed to Stanford, ran the last two legs of the relay. The Harvard-Westlake girls came back on Saturday to win the distance medley relay. Copeland, Chapus, Weissenbach and Elle Wilson won the distance medley relay for the second year in a row for Harvard-Westlake, despite dropping the baton on the last exchange.

2. The Chaminade softball team won the Spring Jubilee tournament in Las Vegas beating Torrance, 4-1, in the championship game. Christy Smith had three doubles and drove in a run for Chaminade. The Eagles won three games on Saturday to capture the Spring Jubilee championship. Chaminade beat Schurr, 6-4, in the semifinals and shut out Moorpark, 3-0, in the quarterfinals. Taylor Stewart was 2-for-4 with an RBI against Schurr. Catherine Grimes drove in two runs and was 1-for-3 against Moorpark.

3. The Royal softball team won the Arroyo Grande tournament, 8-3, over La Mirada. Ali Mosier had two hits and drove in two runs against La Mirada. Katelyn Tollefson was 3-for-4 with an RBI for Royal against La Mirada. Royal shut out Arroyo Grande, 1-0, in the semifinals. Nancy Bowling pitched a one-hitter against Arroyo Grande, striking out six. Rachael Duncan drove in the only run of the game on a single in the fifth inning. Bowling was selected as the tournament MVP. Royal’s Samantha Ohmie and Brynn Levosky earned spots on the all-tournament team.

4. The Agoura baseball team (10-1-1) is a surprising 6-0 in Marmonte League play after a 7-4 win over Moorpark on Thursday. The Chargers have won eight games in a row including an impressive 2-1 win over San Fernando, the reigning City Section champions. Brody Fehmel was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in a run against Moorpark. Tyler Cohen drove in two runs and Mark Seyler was 2-for-4, stole two bases and scored a run. Agoura is on spring break this week and plays Crespi in the San Luis Obispo tournament on Wednesday. The Chargers resume Marmonte League play against Calabasas on April 18.

5. The Simi Valley and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame baseball teams won their first games in the Babe Herman tournament at Stengel Field in Glendale. Notre Dame upset Redondo Union, 5-4, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead. Payton Milone delivered the big blow with a two-run triple in the seventh-inning rally for Notre Dame. Simi Valley shut out Valencia of Placentia, 8-0. Reece Schmidt hit a three-run home run and Dylan Alexander had three RBIs for Simi. In other games, Crescenta Valley beat Eastern from New Jersey, 9-8, and Torrance beat El Camino Real, 7-1. Dash Tranner scored the only run for El Camino Real on a double-play ground out in the seventh inning.

Simi Valley's Sarah Baxter tops in nation in 3,200

April, 8, 2012
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Simi Valley’s Sarah Baxter set the fastest time in the nation in the 3,200 at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet Saturday.

Oaks Christian Vinnie Saucer was a double winner at the meet. The Harvard-Westlake girls distance medley relay team repeated as winners of the invitational race.

Baxter, a sophomore at Simi Valley, won the 3,200 in a personal-best 10 minutes, 8.11 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in meet history. She beat Marina’s Laura Hollander, who crossed the finish line in 10:10.51, the second-fastest time in the nation and the second-fastest time in Orange County history.

Saucer won the 100-meter and 200-meter seeded races. He won the 100 in 10.60 seconds and the 200 in 21.75 seconds.

The Harvard-Westlake girls won the distance medley relay invitational race despite dropping the baton on the final exchange. Cami Chapus ran the anchor leg and recovered after dropping the baton in the exchange with Elle Wilson.

The girls won the race in 11:45.18. They won the distance medley relay invitational race in a meet record 11:40.89 in last year’s Arcadia Invitational.

The Notre Dame boys, with Khalfani Muhammad running the anchor leg, won the 4x100 seeded relay in 41.54 seconds.

Sydney Ashley Lewis from Oak Park won the girls 100-meter seeded race in 11.90 seconds.

The Oaks Christian 4x100 relay team, which won the CIF state championship in 2011, was second to Brophy Prep in Arizona. Brophy Prep won the race in 41.15 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the nation. Oaks Christian followed in 41.48 seconds. Rio Mesa was third in 41.62 seconds and Woodland Hills Taft was sixth in 42.82 seconds.

Golden Valley’s Chelsey Totten was fourth in the girls 1-mile seeded race in 5:04.23. Ashley Dadkah from Torrey Pines won the race in 4:54.44

Hart’s Austin O’Neil was fifth in the boys 1-mile invitational race in 4:14.56. Brad Nye from Davis in Utah won the race in 4:08.80.

Quartz Hill, Notre Dame shine at Arcadia

April, 6, 2012
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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.

Locals shine at Nike SPARQ combine

April, 3, 2012
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LONG BEACH -- For under-the-radar players like Alex Kline, Saturday's Nike SPARQ Combine was about opportunity. The rising senior tailback out of Cerritos Gahr had nothing else on his mind.

"It can put you on the map," Kline said. "It can get you the looks you never thought you were going to get."

Kline made the most of it, posting impressive numbers in the annual event held at Veterans Stadium. He ranked fifth among 1,290 attendees with a 41-foot power ball toss, 24th with a 33.6-inch vertical jump and eighth with an overall rating of 100.41 -- a number that takes into account an athlete's speed, power, agility, reactions and quickness.

Kline, who has been contacted by San Diego State, Tennessee and Missouri, was the overall leader for much of the five-hour combine.

One of the bigger names to participate was Sherman Oaks Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad, a local standout who has offers from UCLA, Oregon State and Washington. He finished 12th with a rating of 98.64.

"My name has gotten a little bit bigger than it used to be," Muhammad said. "Right now I do not have any favorite [schools]. I want to get a feel for what fits me best."

Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell, competing in his first SPARQ combine, finished 19th with a 94.62. Jordan Robinson, a running back at Chino Hills Ayala, was tops among all Southland athletes with a rating of 102.30.

"I feel like I did very well," said Mitchell, who already has 10 scholarship offers. "My group was a very competitive group, so that drove me to do even better."

Price heats up late, routs Notre Dame

February, 17, 2012
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SHERMAN OAKS -- The Notre Dame boys' basketball team jumped out to an early lead against visiting Price in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs, but playing on consecutive nights proved to be too much.

Price went on a 14-0 run in the third quarter and eliminated host Notre Dame, 66-47, Friday night.

Because of icy roads and snow, Notre Dame had to postpone its first-round playoff game against Paraclete from Lancaster on Wednesday night. Notre Dame beat Paraclete on Thursday night, its first win in 14 games, but had to turn around and play Price, the fourth-seeded team in the Division 4AA playoffs.

“You want to have a day to prepare. I think that definitely worked against us tonight,” said Notre Dame coach Bill Bedgood. “They’re a great team. If we had two or three nights to prepare for them, it was going to be tough. I think playing back to back is not ideal in the playoffs. It definitely looked like we ran out of gas tonight.”

It was Bedgood’s last game as Notre Dame coach after announcing his retirement last week. But Bedgood said his team’s first-round win over Paraclete was a great way to end his coaching career.

Price (21-7), meanwhile, looked like the team playing its second game in two nights. The two teams scrapped in the first quarter as Notre Dame took a slim 9-5 lead.

But Price turned things around in the second quarter to take a 27-22 lead at halftime. Price’s defensive pressure forced Notre Dame into making turnovers. It was a sign of things to come in the third quarter.

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Eagle Rock wins water polo title

February, 17, 2012
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The Eagle Rock girls' water polo team won the CIF City Section championship, 10-8, over El Camino Real on Thursday at Contreras Learning Complex.

It was the first water polo championship in school history for Eagle Rock.

Lindsey Garcia scored four goals for Eagle Rock, the top seed in the water polo playoffs.

Her goal with 2:25 left in the match gave Eagle Rock a 9-8 lead, according to a story in the Daily News. Elizabeth Gonzalez scored about a minute later to give Eagle Rock a two-goal lead.

Better late than never for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame

The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame boys' basketball team didn’t win a single game in Mission League play. The Knights entered the Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs with an 0-12 record in league play and a 13-game losing streak.

They had to wait a day to play their first-round game because of snow and ice on the Antelope Valley freeway leading out to Paraclete in Lancaster. Notre Dame played Paraclete in the first round.

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Harvard-Westlake upsets Alemany, 81-62

February, 9, 2012
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There were some surprises and streak snappers in the high school basketball world on Wednesday night.

Perhaps the biggest stunner of the night was Harvard-Westlake’s 81-62 win over Alemany in the Mission League finale.

Harvard-Westlake snapped Alemany’s nine-game winning streak. Alemany still won the Mission League championship with a 10-2 record.

Harvard-Westlake finishes in a tie with Crespi for third place in the Mission League with 7-5 records.

Loyola is the second-place team in the Mission League at 9-3.

And all of a sudden, Chaminade is the hottest team in the Mission League with a three-game winning streak including 64-54 over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Wednesday night.

Oak Park beat Oaks Christian for the second time this season and won the Tri-Valley League championship.

Junior Ron Lee Jr. had a big night for Oak Park, scoring 20 points in his team’s 63-52 win over Oaks Christian.

The Panorama boys basketball team won the first Valley Mission League championship for the school in any sport. Panorama is undefeated in the Valley Mission League at 11-0. The Pythons can win the Valley Mission League championship outright against Kennedy on Friday.

Manuel Meza recorded a triple double for Panorama with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals in a 61-51 win over Sylmar.

The Grant boys basketball team beat Arleta, 69-31, to win the East Valley League championship and extend its league winning streak to 26 games.

But it wasn’t all good news for Grant.

Gor Plavchyan, Grant’s 6-feet-7 forward who is averaging 19 points per game, sprained his ankle in the first quarter and did not return to the game.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

December, 12, 2011
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  1. The Oak Park and St. Bonaventure girls basketball teams played a game for the ages in the Bishop Diego Tournament. Oak Park won the tournament beating St. Bonaventure, 98-90 in five overtimes, in the championship game. The game was the longest in Southern Section history. The two teams combined to score the third-most points in state history. Oak Park’s Leah Greenberg hit a 3-pointer to tie the score with 14 seconds left in regulation and send the game into overtime. Oak Park held St. Bonaventure scoreless in the fifth overtime period to eventually win the game. Greenberg hit five 3-pointers in the game and scored 19 points. She earned the tournament MVP award. Teammate Kelsey Haines scored 28 points and was selected to the all-tournament team. Sarah Buchnovitz scored 25 points, had 13 rebounds and five blocks against St. Bonaventure.
  2. The Crespi boys basketball team won the Canyon Classic Tournament, defeating host Canyon, 57-40, in the championship game. London Perrantes earned tournament MVP for Crespi. He scored 11 points in the game against Canyon. Perrantes is averaging 12.4 points and 6.2 assists per game in the first five games of the season. Crespi takes its undefeated record to the San Fernando Valley Invitational starting on Friday.
  3. The Sherman Oaks of Notre Dame boys basketball team won the Moorpark Tournament and handed Oaks Christian its first loss of the season. Kennedy Edwards scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds for Notre Dame in his team’s 62-58 win over Oaks Christian in the championship game. Edwards earned tournament MVP honors. Teammate Jonathan Bell scored 15 points and had seven rebounds for Notre Dame and was selected to the all-tournament team. Notre Dame is also headed to the San Fernando Valley Invitational.
  4. Buckley of Sherman Oaks won the University’s Jim Nakabara Tournament and has a six-game winning streak to open the season. Buckley beat host University, 41-38, in the championship game. Tyler Coppin-Carter, the tournament MVP, recorded four double-doubles in the tournament including 20 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the tournament. Buckley will be challenged in its next game against Price on Tuesday night. Price reached the championship game of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs and lost to La Canada last year.
  5. The Village Christian boys basketball team won the Viewpoint Tournament beating Viewpoint, 70-41, in the championship game. A pair of transfers are paying early dividends for Village Christian. Bryan Alberts scored 17 points and had seven assists against Viewpoint and earned tournament MVP. Marsalis Johnson, who was selected to the all-tournament team, scored 25 points and had nine rebounds for Village Christian. Village Christian has a six-game winning and plays Santa Clarita Christian tonight.

Lilia Vu wins CIF girls individual golf title

November, 7, 2011
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Fountain Valley's Lilia Vu won the CIF Southern Section individual girls golf championship with a 2-under 70 at the Talega Golf Club in San Clemente on Monday.

Vu was one of two players to shoot under par in the individual golf championship tournament. Megan Kim of Mira Costa was second with a 1-under 71.

Four players shot even par 72. Brea's Amy Lee was awarded third place in the tournament. Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills, Elizabeth Doty of Palos Verdes and Euna Pak of Northwood also shot even par.

Thirty-seven players advanced to the WSCGA girls golf championship in Murrieta on Thursday.

Golfers of note from L.A. North schools include Katelyn Reynolds of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (74), Sophia Chen of Thousand Oaks (76) and Arielle Valdez of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (77).

Jocelyn Chia from Crescenta Valley and Katie Rice from Oxnard made the cut for the WSCGA tournament with 6-over 78s. Hart's Kendell Dusenberry and Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's Kathryn Newton are also in with 7-over 79s. Julie Ward from West Ranch was the last player to make the cut at 8-over 80.

L.A. North: Five things from weekend

November, 7, 2011
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  1. Let’s try to make sense of some of the league standings and playoff possibilities on this all-important week of regular season finales. First, the Serra League. Alemany, with a 28-14 win over Loyola, already has at least a share of the league title. The Warriors have yet to lose a Serra League game since joining last year. They are in the Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoffs regardless of what happens Friday night. The other two teams from the Serra League that will make the playoffs is anyone’s guess. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Loyola actually control their destiny. If Loyola beats Crespi, the Cubs are in the playoffs and the Celts are out. If Notre Dame beats Alemany, the Knights are in and Crespi and Bishop Amat are out. “Notre Dame is a solid team,” Alemany coach Dean Herrington said after the Loyola game. “They might be playing for a playoff spot. We gotta come ready to play.” Amat is on a bye and needs a lot of help to make the playoffs. The Lancers are 1-3 in league but can still get in if Notre Dame and Crespi lose. Amat, Crespi and Notre Dame would each have 1-3 records in league and coin flips would decide which team makes the playoffs. The Pac-5 Division has no wild-card berths, which means some very good teams are going to see their seasons end prematurely.
  2. The playoff picture in the Marmonte League is a little more clear but not by much. Westlake heads into its season finale with St. Bonaventure with an 8-0 league record and all alone in first place. St. Bonaventure is tied for second place with Oaks Christian at 7-1. Believe it or not, Oaks Christian still has a chance to win a share of the Marmonte League title if the Seraphs, at home at Ventura High School on Thursday night, can beat Westlake. Whichever team wins the Marmonte League title will most likely earn the top seeding in the Southern Section Northern Division playoffs. The last guaranteed playoff spot from the Marmonte League will go to either Moorpark or Thousand Oaks. Both teams are tied for fifth place with 4-4 records. Moorpark is home against Simi Valley, the surprise of the Marmonte League and sitting comfortably in fourth place. Thousand Oaks ends the Marmonte League schedule at home against Calabasas, a team that hasn’t won a league game all season.

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Notre Dame girls golf team falls short at Southern Section final

November, 4, 2011
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The Sherman Oaks Notre Dame girls golf team shot 406 at The River Course at the Alisal in Solvang and finished in fifth place, its best showing in school history, but did not qualify for the CIF/WSCGA regional next week.

Notre Dame fell four shots short of making the cut with the top-four teams in Thursday's Southern Section final. Palm Desert won the Southern Section championship by one stroke over Torrance, 391-392. Torrance won the past three Southern Section championships.

Palos Verdes was third at 394 and Diamond Bar was fourth at 402.

Palm Desert, Torrance, Palos Verdes and Diamond Bar will play in the CIF/WSCGA regional on Nov. 10 in Murrieta.

Elizabeth Doty from Palos Verdes shot the low round of the day and was the only one in the 96-player field to shoot under par. She carded a 1-under 71 on a windy day at the Alisal Golf Course.

Katelyn Reynolds from Notre Dame was one of only 21 golfers to break 80. She shot a 6-over 78 to lead Notre Dame.

Thousand Oaks, making its first appearance in the Southern Section final, finished in 11th place. Sophia Chen was the top golfer for Thousand Oaks. She finished in a tie for third place with a 2-over 74.

L.A. North: Pick six games of the week

November, 3, 2011
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Agoura (1-7) vs. No. 2 Westlake (8-0), Friday (7 p.m.) – Westlake running back Dashon Hunt has been tough to stop in recent games. He is averaging 94 yards rushing and has scored six touchdowns in the past three games. He gained 99 yards and scored two touchdowns in Westlake’s 49-3 win over Newbury Park last week. One of his touchdowns came on a 42-yard punt return. He also returned an interception for a touchdown against Simi Valley three weeks ago. Agoura is coming off its first win of the season, 24-17, over Calabasas. The Chargers go from playing one of the worst teams in the Marmonte League to one of the best teams in the state. It could be a long night for Agoura.

No. 3 St. Bonaventure (7-1) vs. Calabasas (1-7), Friday (7 p.m.) – The Seraphs have surrendered only 31 points in their past five Marmonte League games, including shutouts over Agoura and Simi Valley. Shaun Wick and Zack Green combined for 256 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 50-8 win over Thousand Oaks last week. Calabasas has lost all seven of its Marmonte League games. It could be a long night for Calabasas.

Moorpark (5-3) vs. No. 11 Oaks Christian (6-2), Friday (7 p.m.) – Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams is expected to make his first start in three games after spraining his ankle in practice. He missed the past two games. While the return of Adams is good news, Oaks Christian might be without Arizona State-bound linebacker and running back Carlos Mendoza. He injured his shoulder in the 38-7 win over Simi Valley last week. Redell said he might roll the dice and rest Mendoza the next two weeks until the playoffs start. Wide receiver Jordan Payton is also nursing an injured ankle, but Redell said he looked pretty good on his 80-yard touchdown run against Simi. Moorpark needs a win to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. The Musketeers, 4-3 in Marmonte League play, are in a three-way tie for fourth place in league with Thousand Oaks and Simi Valley. Only the top five teams in league are guaranteed playoff spots.

No. 17 Bishop Amat (6-3) vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-3), Friday (7 p.m.) – Notre Dame is slowly seeing its season slip away. After a promising 5-0 start, the Knights have lost three games in a row, including its two Serra League games. They had a bye last week and two weeks to prepare for Bishop Amat. But Notre Dame lost to Loyola, 27-14, in its last game. Bishop Amat is seeing its season spiral away too. The Lancers have lost two of their past three games and are 1-2 in league. Bishop Amat is coming off a 14-3 loss to Loyola last week.

No. 18 Chaminade (7-1) vs. Cathedral (3-5) , Friday (7 p.m.) – Chaminade is on a roll with a five-game winning streak including three straight Mission League games. The Eagles have outscored their Mission League opponents 117-19. They beat St. Francis, 31-13 last week. Cathedral has lost all three of its Mission League games and were shut out by Gardena Serra and St. Paul. The Phantoms lost to Harvard-Westlake, 34-26, last week.

Paraclete (7-1) vs. Sierra Canyon (8-0) at Granada Hills High School, Saturday (7 p.m.) – Paraclete is the reigning Southern Section East Valley Division champion and has won seven games in a row since losing, 7-6, to Serrano on opening night. Sierra Canyon is undefeated and coming off a 42-8 win over Brentwood. Paraclete is the No. 2 team in the East Valley Division poll after a 49-0 shutout over Calvary Chapel. Sierra Canyon is the top-ranked team in the East Valley Division. This game is about as big as it gets for small schools.

Fairmont's Chung wins golf regional

November, 1, 2011
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Kristin Chung of Fairmont won the CIF northern individual regional golf tournament in a playoff with Robynn Ree of Redondo at the River Ridge Golf Club Vineyard Course in Oxnard on Monday.

Chung and Ree shot 5-under par 67s after 18 holes. Both girls qualified for the CIF Southern Section individual final at the Talega Golf Course in San Clemente on Nov. 7.

Megan Kim from Mira Costa was third with a 4-under par 68.

Sophia Chen from Thousand Oaks finished in a tie for seventh place with a 2-under par 70.

Katelyn Reynolds from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Julie Ward, a freshman at West Ranch, tied for 11th place at 1-under par 71.

Twenty golfers shot under par in the northern individual regional. The top 54 advanced to the Southern Section individual final.

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