Los Angeles Preps: Summit

Arcadia Invitational to showcase talent

April, 5, 2012
Many of the top high school track and field athletes from across the country will converge in Arcadia this weekend for one of the most anticipated meets of the season.

The two-day Arcadia Invitational at Arcadia High School begins on Friday. Here is a look at some of the races and events featuring some of the top high school athletes from the L.A. North area and Southern California.

The men's 4x100 seeded relay will pit Chaminade against Rio Mesa and Oaks Christian. The women's 4x100 seeded relay will feature Simi Valley, Woodland Hills Taft, Westlake and Monrovia.

The men's 110-meter seeded hurdles has Elijah Jolt from Arroyo Grande against James Knowles from St. Francis and Marquis Norris from Concord De La Salle.

The women's 1-mile seeded race has Chelsey Totten from Golden Valley running against Rebecca Mehra from Palos Verdes and Emily Taylor from Marina.

The men's 100-meter seeded race is packed with Michael Davis from Glendale, Vinnie Saucer from Oaks Christian and Philip Johnson from Bishop Amat.

The women's 4x400 seeded relay will include teams from Oaks Christian, El Camino Real, Mater Dei and Summit.

The meet begins on Friday afternoon with the women's seeded 4x800 relay featuring 26 teams including Valencia, Harvard-Westlake, Arroyo Grande, Palos Verdes, Palisades and San Marcos.

I.E: Final boys basketball top 10

March, 26, 2012
1. Etiwanda, 30-3: The Eagles finished with their third 30-win season in the last seven and should be in good shape for the next couple years with the return of sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin, who averaged a team-high 17.8 points. Etiwanda was taken out by Long Beach Poly in the Division 1AA semifinals for the second straight season, then fell to Loyola in a Southern California Regional second rounder.

2. Eisenhower, 20-8: The Eagles established their run-and-gun identity as the season moved along, and had one of the top players in the I.E. to facilitate that style in shooting guard Marvelle Harris, whose play helped him earn a scholarship from Fresno State in the process. Eisenhower’s season ended with a close loss to Long Beach Poly in the quarterfinals.

3. Elsinore, 28-5: The Tigers came up short of their first section final appearance since 1974, losing by nine points to Mayfair in the Division 2A semifinals. They came back to beat Thousand Oaks in the program’s first SoCal Regional appearance before losing to Inglewood in the second round of Division 2. E.J. Twyman played up to expectations entering his senior year, averaging 26.9 points.

4. Colony, 22-10: Two straight losses to end the season didn’t dampen an otherwise strong run by the Titans. Their season was highlighted by a 73-71 victory against second-seeded Compton in a Division 2A quarterfinal. Colony then lost a back-and-forth game against Righetti to prevent the program from advancing to the championship game for the second time in four seasons.

5. Murrieta Valley, 25-3: Righetti took out the third-seeded Nighthawks the round before they beat Colony, ending an otherwise strong season. They won three tournaments prior to Southwestern League play, then defended that title. Darius Butler scored in double figures in every game en route to averaging a team-high 19.6 points, while Reid Shackelford proved to be one of the I.E.’s most improved players, averaging 16.8.

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Roundup: Third-seeded Taft loses

March, 10, 2012
The Woodland Hills Taft boys’ basketball team, seeded third in the Southern California Regional Division I playoffs, was upset Saturday night by visiting Fresno Bullard, 70-63.

Taft led by nine points at the half and appeared headed to a semifinal meeting against second-seeded Long Beach Poly, but Bullard opened the third quarter on an 8-0 run en route to outscoring the Toreadors, 48-32, in the second half.

Kris Yanku scored 18 points to lead Taft and Anthony January had 14 before fouling out with 25 seconds remaining.

Corey Silverstrom scored 23 points to lead Bullard to its biggest victory in program history.

In Division II:
Inglewood 60, Elsinore 55 -- The fifth-seeded Sentinels knocked off the fourth-seeded Tigers and earned a semifinal matchup Tuesday at top-seeded La Costa Canyon. Second-seeded Mayfair advanced to the semifinals in the bottom half of the bracket, knocking off San Joaquin Memorial, 49-48, and will host third-seeded San Diego Lincoln.

In Division III:
San Diego Cathedral Catholic 89, Oak Park 79 (2OT) -- After letting a four-point lead slip away at the start of the fourth quarter, Oak Park climbed back from a seven-point deficit with two minutes remaining to force the first overtime. The fifth-seeded Eagles then hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot to force the second extra period. Oak Park scored the first three points of the second overtime before the fourth-seeded Dons seized control for good.

Pasadena 77, Bell 44 -- Pasadena senior shooting guard Blake Hamilton scored 23 of his 25 points in the opening half as the second-seeded Bulldogs built a 53-17 lead. Pasadena will meet sixth-seeded St. John Bosco in the semifinals Tuesday at Monrovia High. St. John Bosco upset third-seeded Calabasas in another quarterfinal.

In Division IV:
Pacific Hills 62, Crespi 54 – The fifth-seeded Bruins trailed by nine points at the half but stormed back over the final two quarters to beat the fourth-seeded Celts. Pacific Hills will meet top-seeded Gardena Serra in Tuesday’s semifinals. Serra knocked off ninth-seeded San Diego Francis Parker, 53-31.

La Verne Lutheran 57, Visalia Central Valley Christian 52 – Lutheran forward Grant Jerrett scored 27 points to lead the second-seeded Trojans to the victory. Lutheran advanced to play Price, a 67-51 winner against La Jolla Country Day in another quarterfinal. Lutheran beat Price by two points in the regular-season finale.

In girls’ Division I:
Summit 45, Corona Santiago 44 – The fifth-seeded SkyHawks held on to beat the fourth-seeded Sharks. Summit took a six-point lead with 1:37 remaining, but Santiago sophomore Chrishae Rowe converted a four-point play with a minute left to pull the Sharks back to within two. Summit didn’t give up the lead, however, and moves on to a semifinal meeting Tuesday against top-seeded Mater Dei.

Second-seeded Brea Olinda will host third-seeded Long Beach Poly in the other semifinal.

In Division II:
Foothill 50, Ventura 48 – A steal and layup by Dayanara Armenta with 2:49 remaining gave fifth-seeded Foothill a 45-36 lead, and the Knights held on to beat fourth-seeded Ventura. Foothill will meet top-seeded Lynwood in one semifinal, while second-seeded J.W. North and sixth-seeded Palisades will play in the other.

I.E.: Boys' basketball top 10

March, 4, 2012
None of the Inland Empire's ranked teams survived to make the championship round last weekend. The final hopes, Etiwanda, Elsinore and Colony each lost in the semifinals but still earned berths into the Southern California Regional playoffs.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 29-2: If there were no such things as Long Beach Poly and Mater Dei, the Eagles might have won five straight Southern Section titles, but they were beat by Poly in the Division 1AA semifinals for the second straight year Tuesday.

2. (2) Eisenhower, 20-8: The Eagles stayed with Poly for three quarters in the Division 1AA quarterfinals, but couldn’t get over a 40-point, 15-rebound effort from Roschon Prince in the 77-67 loss.

3. (3) Elsinore, 27-4: The fifth-seeded Tigers couldn’t get past Mayfair in the semifinals and missed a shot at their first championship appearance since 1974.

4. (4) Colony, 22-9: The Titans found their way back to the semifinals of Division 2A after an upset against second-seeded Compton in the quarterfinals but they couldn’t get past Righetti and lost, 68-63.

5. (5) Murrieta Valley, 25-3: A loss to Righetti in another Division 2A quarterfinal ended the season a little sooner than expected for the Nighthawks, who came in seeded third in the division.

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I.E.: Four teams earn home games for SoCal Regionals

March, 4, 2012
The Etiwanda and Elsinore boys’ basketball teams have first-round homes games when the Southern California Regional playoffs begin Wednesday. On the girls' side, Summit and Corona Santiago will host opening-round games.

Etiwanda, which was defeated last week by Long Beach Poly in the Southern Section Division 1AA semifinals for the second straight year, was seeded fifth in Division 1 and will host Vista, the San Diego Section Division 1 runner-up.

Elsinore, a semifinalist in Division 2A, was seeded fourth in Division 2 and will host Division 2AA runner-up Thousand Oaks. Colony, another semifinalist in Division 2A, will hit the road and play at eighth-seeded El Camino Real, the City Section’s Division 2 champion.

Palm Desert will travel to Cathedral in San Diego for a Division 3 first-round game.

Summit, the Division 1A champion, will host the Central Section’s Division 1 second-place finisher, Bakersfield Stockdale. Santiago, a semifinalist in Division 1AA, will host El Camino Real, the City Section’s Division 1 semifinalist.

Murrieta Valley and Norco, both Division 2A semifinalists, will open on the road in Division 2, while second-seeded J.W. North, the Division 2AA runner-up, has a first-round bye.

Fab Five playoff games this week

February, 27, 2012
Sunny Hills (25-6) vs. Royal (23-6): Seventh-seeded Royal plays 11th-seeded Sunny Hills in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Tuesday night. The bracket makers didn’t do such a great job in Division 2AA. Sunny Hills knocked out third-seeded J.W. North, 77-75, in the quarterfinals. Second-seeded Canyon lost in the second round to 16th-seeded Tesoro. The highest-seeded team Royal has played in the postseason is No. 10 Villa Park in the second round. The Highlanders are averaging less than 60 points a game in the playoffs (59.3), but allowing only 44.6 points per game.

Thousand Oaks (21-8) vs. Inglewood (19-10): It could be an all-Marmonte League final in the Southern Section Division 2AA championship game. But even Thousand Oaks coach Richard Endres said he didn’t think his team would have a chance to win a CIF championship this year. How they got this far is nothing short of miraculous. He starts five juniors and finished in a tie for third place in the Marmonte League standings. Thousand Oaks was probably a year away from contending for the league championship and a CIF title. But the Lancers have been the hottest team in the playoffs. If there is a team that’s hotter than Thousand Oaks, it’s Inglewood. The unseeded Sentinels have eliminated three seeded teams in the playoffs, including No. 4 Canyon of Anaheim in the second round. Thousand Oaks travels to Inglewood for their semifinal game on Tuesday night.

Crescenta Valley (26-4) vs. Mission Viejo (26-3): Fourth-seeded Crescenta Valley travels through the Orange Curtain to Mission Viejo for a chance to play in the championship game of the Southern Section Division 1A playoffs. Mission Viejo is the top seed in the Division 1A playoffs, but is coming off an overtime scare in the quarterfinals. Mission Viejo survived with an 81-77 win in the quarterfinals against West Ranch. Crescenta Valley eliminated fifth-seeded El Toro, 61-49, in the quarters. The Falcons are averaging nearly 70 points per game (69.3) in the playoffs.


Burbank (19-11) vs. Summit (25-3): The Burbank girls are one game away from playing for the Southern Section Division 1A championship. But the Bulldogs must travel to Fontana to face top-seeded Summit to get there. The 13th-seeded Bulldogs are coming off a 58-48 win over Temecula Valley in the quarterfinals. Summit easily eliminated Downey, 62-54, in the quarterfinals. Burbank plays Summit on Tuesday night.

Ventura vs. J.W. North (27-4): The Ventura girls have a long road trip in the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs on Tuesday. The second-seeded Cougars head out to Riverside to play third-seeded J.W. North. Ventura beat Redondo Union, 51-39, in the quarterfinals. Sam Meyer led the way with 18 points for Ventura. The Huskies eliminated Thousand Oaks, 63-48, in the quarterfinals.

I.E.: Boys' Basketball Top 10

February, 27, 2012
Heading into the final week of the Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs and three top 10 teams remain alive.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 29-1: The third-seeded Eagles got what they hoped for, another rematch with Long Beach Poly in a Division 1AA semifinal Tuesday night at Anaheim Convention Center.

2. (2) Eisenhower, 20-8: The Eagles stayed with Poly for three quarters Friday night but couldn’t get over a 40-point, 15-rebound effort from Roschon Prince in the 77-67 loss.

3. (3) Elsinore, 27-3: The fifth-seeded Tigers knocked off No. 4 Leuzinger in a Division 2A quarterfinal Friday night, earning a berth in the semifinals and a shot at their first championship appearance since 1974.

4. (8) Colony, 22-8: The Titans always seem to find their way to the end and here they are again, in the semifinals of Division 2A after an upset Friday at second-seeded Compton.

5. (4) Murrieta Valley, 25-3: A loss to Righetti in another Division 2A quarterfinal ended the season a little sooner than expected for the Nighthawks, who came in seeded third in the division.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball playoff primer

February, 16, 2012
With the best Inland Empire boys’ basketball teams placed in the top four divisions of the Southern Section playoffs, here’s a rundown of what to look for beginning with Friday’s first-round games.


Background: The Inland Empire is well known in this division. The region has sent a representative to the championship game the last three years. Long Beach Poly beat Corona Centennial last season, Mater Dei toppled Etiwanda the year before and Riverside King upset Mater Dei in 2009.

Best Shot: If third-seeded Etiwanda is to continue that trend, the Eagles will likely need to find a way to beat second-seeded Long Beach Poly. They lost to the Jackrabbits in the Division 1AA semifinals last season and again nine days later in the second round of the SoCal Regional playoffs. There are few high school coaches who squeeze more out of their players than Dave Kleckner at Etiwanda, however.

Best first-round game: Highland at Silverado. A good old- fashioned high desert showdown as 11th-seeded Silverado brings a 16-game winning streak into the postseason. The Hawks will need to find a way to slow Highland senior guard Joseph Prince, who is averaging 23.4 points. Prince, who played the last two seasons at Glenbrook North High in Northbrook, Ill., scored a season-high 37 points in the regular-season finale last week against Lancaster.

Darkhorse: Rancho Verde didn’t land on the same side of the bracket as top-seeded Mater Dei, so that can already be considered a victory. In the last three seasons, the Mustangs lost all four postseason meetings against Mater Dei, with three losses in the section playoffs and another in the SoCal Regionals. Rancho Verde is seeded 10th and drew a good challenge in the opener against visiting Montclair. A possible second-round game against seventh-seeded Eisenhower looms.


Background: A team from the I.E. has qualified for the semifinals in this division the last three seasons, Redlands East Valley a year ago, Colony in 2010 and Chino Hills in 2009. In the last final appearance by an I.E. team, Riverside King beat Etiwanda in the 2008 championship game at Honda Center.

Best Shot: The I.E.’s streak of semifinalists could be in serious jeopardy. The highest-seeded teams in this division are No. 7 Chino Hills and No. 10 Vista Murrieta, and they would meet in the second round should they win their openers. The good thing is, one I.E. team would be guaranteed a trip to the quarterfinals.

Best first-round game: Corona at Arroyo Valley. Both these teams have held their own against good competition this season. Corona tied for fifth in the highly competitive Big VIII League and Arroyo Valley finished runner up in the San Andreas League, losing both games to league champion Cajon by a combined six points.

Darkhorse: Vista Murrieta has shown it can reach up and bite a good team if they’re not paying attention. The Broncos beat Murrieta Valley by 13 points in a Southwestern League game last month and the Nighthawks are seeded third in Division 2A. Davin Guinn, a 6-5 senior forward for Vista Murrieta, is one of the top players in the division. He matched his season high with 32 points in the rematch against Murrieta Valley last week.

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I.E.: Boys basketball top 10

February, 12, 2012
None of the top 10 teams dropped a game last week, leaving things intact heading into the Southern Section playoffs beginning Friday.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 26-1: Dominique Walker, a 6-3 senior guard, scored a career-high 19 points Thursday night in a 70-64 victory against Rancho Cucamonga in a Baseline League finale. Next: Friday vs. San Clemente in a Division 1AA first-round game.

2. (2) Eisenhower, 18-7: There might be some debate which is the second-best team in the Inland Empire but there’s no arguing who’s the best team in the Citrus Belt League after the Eagles completed their third consecutive undefeated run. Next: Friday vs. Montebello in a Division 1AA first-round game.

3. (3) Elsinore, 24-3: After their close call against Perris the week before, the Tigers completed their third-straight undefeated run through Sunbelt League play with one-sided victories against Heritage and Paloma Valley. Next: Friday vs. Patriot in a Division 2A first-round game.

4. (4) Murrieta Valley, 23-2: The Nighthawks earned payback against Vista Murrieta with a 71-48 victory Tuesday and also clinched their second consecutive outright Southwestern League title. Vista Murrieta handed Murrieta Valley its only blemish in league play with a 13-point win Jan. 19. Next: Friday vs. Chino in a Division 2A first-round game.

5. (5) J.W. North, 21-5: The Huskies couldn’t beat Riverside Poly in Big VIII League play but beat everyone else en route to a 12-2 record and first place in the Inland Empire’s toughest league. Poly finished second at 9-5. Next: Friday vs. Simi Valley in a Division 2AA first-round game.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball Top 10

February, 5, 2012
Most of the top teams in the I.E. held their ground last week, with several clinching outright league titles, or at least a share, heading into the final week of the regular season.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 24-1: Sam Flemming scored with 15 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles to a 70-69 victory Tuesday at Upland, keeping them perfect in Baseline League play. Etiwanda came back to win its 21ststraight game Friday night and clinch the outright league title at Los Osos. Next: Tuesday @ Alta Loma.

2. (2) Eisenhower, 16-7: The Eagles clinched their third consecutive outright Citrus Belt League title with victories last week against visiting A.B. Miller (79-49) and at Redlands East Valley (61-34). Eisenhower wasn’t able to keep up with Fairfax on Saturday afternoon at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei and lost, 73-67. Next: Wednesday @ Redlands.

3. (4) Elsinore, 22-3: The Tigers are well on their way to a fourth straight Sunbelt League title after defeating Temescal Canyon (64-57) and Perris (57-55) last week. Elsinore has won 29 consecutive league games. Next: Wednesday @ Heritage.

4. (5) Murrieta Valley, 21-2: The Nighthawks maintained their one-game lead on Vista Murrieta in the Southwestern League with wins last week at Great Oak (46-35) and Murrieta Mesa (60-39). Reid Shackelford sank five of seven three-pointers against Murrieta Mesa. Next: Tuesday vs. Vista Murrieta.

5. (3) J.W. North, 19-5: Last week began with another hiccup in Big VIII League play, an 11-point loss at Riverside Poly, but the Huskies came back with wins against visiting Roosevelt (64-49) and at Corona Santiago (53-48) to clinch at least a share of the league title with two games remaining. Next: Monday @ Riverside King.

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Deayon dominates all-star game

January, 30, 2012

CARSON -- Donte Deayon entered Sunday's Prepstar California Classic All-Star Game at Home Depot Center as one of the many marquee names in attendance. The senior from Fontana Summit played well, of course, and proved much of the pregame hype was worthy.

The 5-foot-9, 160-plus pound defensive back gave opposing quarterbacks fits throughout. Deayon finished with a pair of timely interceptions -- the second pick was returned for a 78-yard touchdown -- to guide the South to a 38-20 victory over the North in a showdown pitting some of greater Los Angeles' premier players from the Southern Section against each other.

“This was my last high school football game, my goal to make some big plays and prove that I belong out there on the field with some of the best players right here in California,'' said Deayon, who earned most valuable player honors.

“I was feeling good because I worked hard during practice earlier in the week. Sometimes, you know when things are meant to be. For me, I knew it was on when I was warming up. I was confident. No one was going to stop me from handling my business.''

Trailing 17-0 in the second half, the North rallied behind Cody Tuttle. The 6-3, 225-pound senior receiver from Westlake, who is committed to Nevada, scored a pair of touchdowns, a 4-yarder and 14-yarder, to cut into what appeared to be an insurmountable lead for the South.

Any hopes of completing the improbable comeback, however, were ruined by Deayon late in the fourth quarter. The Boise State-bound playmaker stepped in front of a pass from Moorpark's Grant Rohach and took off down the sideline, nearly the length of the field, for the victory-securing score. Deayon's teammates, accordingly, mobbed him in the end zone afterward.

Jamal Williams, also from Summit, gained a game-high 55 yards on five carries for the South, which included a 3-yard touchdown run. His backfield counterpart, Hepseria Oak Hills' Marshaun Coprich, scored on a pair of short-yardage runs, a 2-yarder and a 3-yarder.

“They threw in my direction once, everyone saw how that turned out, and when they came at me the second time, I wanted to make them pay,'' Deayon said. “I jumped the route, snatched the ball and had open field in front of me. It was time to turn it up, take the ball to the house. I wasn't going to get caught from behind. My focus was on scoring a touchdown.''

With Deayon essentially occupying one whole side of the field, Rohach was forced to focus his efforts elsewhere. The strategy worked out well as the Iowa State commit completed 16-of-29 passes for 258 yards. Newhall Hart's Timothy White scored on an 80-yard touchdown catch.

For the North team, the highlights were few and far between otherwise. Deayon lived up to his advanced billing. And then some.

Sean Ceglinsky covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.

I.E.: Boys' basketball Top 10

January, 29, 2012
A couple of more sizable upsets in the Inland Empire league last week, one that cost a low desert team a spot in these rankings and another that put a well-known program on the brink of joining the ‘dropped out’ club. Last week's results also opened the door for a high desert team to make its debut in the top 10, and a Mt. Baldy League team to return.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 22-1: The Eagles just keep getting better and better. They ran over Rancho Cucamonga and Glendora in Baseline League play last week, then roared back from a slim halftime deficit Saturday night to beat Damien, 64-45, at Azusa Pacific. Next: Tuesday @ Upland.

2. (2) Eisenhower, 14-6: Marvelle Harris continues to leave an impression on the I.E. The 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard put up 33 points in a 41-point blowout against Fontana last week, but more impressive was the 23 he scored Friday night in a 79-61 victory against Yucaipa in another Citrus Belt League game. Next: Wednesday vs. AB. Miller.

3. (8) J.W. North, 17-4: The Huskies are back where many expect they belong, owning a two-game lead in the Big VIII League with five games to play. They won their lone game last week, beating up on defending champion Corona Centennial, 73-38 Next: Monday @ Riverside Poly.

4. (4) Elsinore, 20-3: The Tigers went 3-0 last week, starting off with a trip deep into South Orange County for a 77-70 victory Monday against Aliso Niguel. They came back two days later and won at Paloma Valley in a Sunbelt League game, then beat visiting Lakeside in another league game. Next: Wednesday @ Temescal Canyon.

5. (5) Murrieta Valley, 19-2: Jackson Helms, a 6-6 senior forward, scored a season-high 20 points Friday night in a 72-54 victory against Temecula Valley in Southwestern League play, helping the Nighthawks finish 2-0 during the week and erase the memory of a tough loss against Vista Murrieta the week before. Next: Tuesday @ Great Oak.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball top 10

January, 22, 2012
A big upset in the Southwestern League last week, as Vista Murrieta took down previously-No. 2 Murrieta Valley in a cross-town showdown. Other than another unpredictable week in the Big VIII League, the rest of the top teams kept on winning.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 19-1: The Eagles had their easiest week of the season, blowing out Los Osos and Alta Loma in Baseline League games. Dominick Alexander, a 5-11 sophomore guard, took advantage of the extra minutes and scored a career-high 14 points Friday against Alta Loma. Next: Tuesday @ Rancho Cucamonga.

2. (4) Eisenhower, 12-6: The Eagles trailed in the third quarter Wednesday against Redlands East Valley but pulled away in the second half to win their 35th consecutive league game, 60-49. They made it 36 in a row with a win Friday against Redlands. Next: Wednesday @ Fontana.

3. (5) Summit, 15-6: The SkyHawks clung to a five-point lead at the half Friday night against Kaiser, but opened it up by outscoring the Cats, 18-13, in the third quarter of the Sunkist League game. Devon Alexander finished with 20 points in the 66-52 win. Next: Wednesday vs. Patriot.

4. (3) Elsinore, 17-3: The Tigers lost to Leuzinger of Lawndale in a Martin Luther King Day Shootout at St. Bernard High in Playa del Rey, but won the games that counted Wednesday at Perris and Thursday against visiting Heritage. Next: Monday @ Aliso Niguel.

5. (2) Murrieta Valley, 17-2: The Nighthawks fell Thursday night in the biggest upset of the season involving I.E. teams. Murrieta Valley gave up 27 points to Vista Murrieta forward Davin Guinn and lost, 60-47, in the Southwestern League game. Next: Tuesday @ Chaparral.

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I.E.: Boys' basketball top 10

January, 16, 2012
The top seven teams from last week’s rankings went unbeaten, while the Big VIII League did some reshuffling as J.W. North reemerged as the team to beat.

1. (1) Etiwanda, 17-1: Sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin continues to be the model of consistency, scoring 21 points in a 56-35 win at Glendora and 20 in a 61-43 victory against visiting Upland. Next: Tuesday vs. Los Osos.

2. (2) Murrieta Valley, 16-1: The Nighthawks opened Southwestern League play with victories last week against Temecula Valley and Great Oak. Reid Shackelford was the high scorer of the week with 25 points Thursday against Great Oak. Next: Tuesday vs. Murrieta Mesa.

3. (3) Elsinore, 13-2: The Tigers opened Sunbelt League play Wednesday with a 68-47 victory against Lakeside. E.J. Twyman and Lawrence Chamberlain scored 24 points each for Elsinore, which came back to defeat Temescal Canyon on Friday. Next: Monday vs. Leuzinger at St. Bernard HS.

4. (4) Eisenhower, 9-6: The Eagles are off to a 2-0 start in Citrus Belt League play after downing Yucaipa (59-48) and A.B. Miller (74-39) last week. Marvelle Harris scored 22 of his game-high 27 points in the first half Friday night against Miller. Next: Monday vs. Ayala at Los Osos HS.

5. (5) Summit, 13-6: Isaiah Taylor was the high scorer in victories last week against visiting Jurupa Valley and Bloomington. The 6-1 senior guard scored 22 in the 74-54 victory Wednesday against Jurupa Valley and 27 on Friday in the 87-43 win against Bloomington. Next: Wednesday at Norte Vista.

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Citrus Belt, Sierra and Sunkist previews

January, 10, 2012

League openers: Wednesday night – Fontana @ Redlands; Yucaipa @ Eisenhower; A.B. Miller @ Redlands East Valley.

Last year’s finish: Eisenhower (10-0); Redlands East Valley (8-2), Redlands (6-4); Yucaipa (4-6); A.B. Miller (2-8); Fontana (0-10).

Players to watch: Marvelle Harris (Eisenhower), 6-3, Sr. G; Terrance Sims (Eisenhower), 5-10, Sr., G; Toriano Harris (Eisenhower), 6-1, Sr., G; Evan Pea’Ches (Redlands), 6-7, Sr., F; Jamal Ellis (Redlands East Valley), 5-11, Sr., G; Daylin Billingsley (Yucaipa), 6-6, Sr., F; Adam Stanford (A.B. Miller), 6-3, Jr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Eisenhower, Redlands, Redlands East Valley, Yucaipa, Fontana, A.B. Miller.


League openers: Wednesday night – Ayala @ Chino Hills; Damien @ Claremont; Charter Oak @ South Hills.

Last year’s finish: Damien (9-1); Chino Hills (7-3); Ayala (7-3); Claremont (5-5); South Hills (1-9); Charter Oak (1-9).

Players to watch: Chris Reyes (Damien), 6-7, Sr., F; Clayton White (Damien), 6-0, Sr., G; Jared Dizon (Damien), 6-3, Jr., G; Josh Ramirez (Ayala), 6-4, Sr., G; Jared Ponce (Ayala), 6-2, Sr., G; Matt Ponce (Ayala), 5-10, Sr., G; Tyler Ponce (Ayala), 6-2, Sr., G; Mike Navar (Chino Hills), 6-7, Sr., C; Deion Page (Chino Hills), 6-1, Sr., G; Deandre Page (Chino Hills), 6-1, Sr., G; Bishop Mency (Chino Hills), 6-4, So., F; Kyle Maloof (Claremont), 6-1, Sr., G; Korey Serna (South Hills), 6-9, Sr., C; Kody Brown (Charter Oak), 6-7, Sr., F.

Predicted order of finish: Damien, Chino Hills, Ayala, Claremont, South Hills, Charter Oak.


League openers: Wednesday night – Jurupa Valley @ Summit, Patriot @ Bloomington; Norte Vista @ Kaiser.

Last year’s finish: Summit (10-0); Patriot (8-2); Jurupa Valley (5-5); Bloomington (3-7); Kaiser (2-8); Norte Vista (0-10).

Players to watch: Devon Alexander (Summit), 6-1, Sr., G; Darrick Arnold (Summit), 6-3, Sr., F; Isaiah Taylor (Summit), 6-1, Sr., G; Thomas Folsom (Patriot), 6-10, Sr., C; Stephon Bryant (Jurupa Valley), 6-2, Jr., F; Sam Parks (Jurupa Valley), 6-1, So., F; Steven Avila (Jurupa Valley), 5-10, Jr., G; John Moss (Bloomington), 5-10, Sr., G

Predicted order of finish: Summit, Jurupa Valley, Kaiser, Patriot, Bloomington, Norte Vista.


Baseline, Mountain Pass, Southwestern and Sunbelt leagues

Big VIII, Mojave River and Mt. Baldy leagues

Desert Valley, Inland Valley and San Andreas leagues