Los Angeles Preps: Torrey Pines

Loyola-OLu tops State Preview Classic

January, 24, 2012
The schedule for Saturday's State Preview Classic at Fairfax High School is out, and the all-day event includes a handful of exciting matchups.

10:30 a.m. - La Caņada vs. Oceanside El Camino
12 p.m. - Notre Dame vs. San Diego Francis Parker
1:30 p.m. - Alemany vs. Santa Monica
3 p.m. - Harvard-Westlake vs. Torrey Pines
4:30 p.m. - Price vs. Windward
6:30 p.m. - Fairfax vs. Gardena Serra
8 p.m. - Loyola vs. Orange Lutheran

Time Warner Cable's local channel 101 will air the Fairfax-Serra game on Sunday at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 31 at noon. The Loyola-OLu game will air Monday at noon and again Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m.

I.E.: Here's your tournament guide for the week

December, 26, 2011
ESPNLA will be updating its preseason boys' basketball rankings after the holidays. Until then, here's a rundown of where you can find the region's top teams this week.

*Etiwanda opens Tuesday against Morningside at the Holiday Hardwood Tournament at Oaks Christian High School. The Eagles (10-1) are coming off victories against Summit and Chino Hills en route to winning the Inland Empire Classic, as well as a nonleague win against Eisenhower. The 16-team HHT field includes a few other top Inland Empire teams. Eisenhower opens against Rancho Verde, Sacramento plays Corona Centennial, Upland plays Inglewood and Colony takes on Cleveland. Hit the above link for the full schedule.

*The Holiday Classic hosted by Torrey Pines is one of the top tournaments in the nation this time of year. Though no I.E. teams are entered in the premier National Division bracket, several are entered in other divisions. In the American Division at La Costa Canyon High School, Chino Hills (5-2) opens Tuesday at 10 a.m. against Villa Park, Palm Springs plays Santa Maria Righetti at 4:20 p.m., and Roosevelt plays Douglas (Nev.) at 9:05 p.m. Here's the day-to-day schedule for that division. Over in the Mayor's Division at Rancho Bernardo High, Murrieta Valley (8-1) opens Tuesday at 3:50 p.m. against Flintridge Prep. Chaparral is scheduled to play Cienega (Ariz.) at 8:35 p.m.

*Out in the desert, a number of I.E. teams are entered in the MaxPreps Holiday Classic, which features 56 teams competing in seven divisions. Riverside King and Rancho Cucamonga are scheduled to compete in the eight-team Classic Division, the semi-main event behind the Invitational Division. King (7-2) opens Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. against Canoga Park at Cathedral City High School. Rancho Cucamonga (8-3) plays that night at 7 against Simi Valley at Palm Valley High School. Here's a link to the full program.

*J.W. North opens play Monday at 4 p.m. against Charter Oak in the Covina Christmas Tournament. The Huskies (7-2) are the top-seeded team in the 16-team draw. Here's a link to the brackets, courtesy of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

*Montclair, which has opened the season 10-0, heads north to compete in the Atascadero Tournament. The Cavaliers open Tuesday against Paso Robles at 5:45 p.m.

*Elsinore, Vista Murrieta and several other I.E. teams are entered in the Paloma Valley Winter Shootout beginning Tuesday. Here's a link to that pool-play schedule.

*Over in the adjoining county, Cajon and Summit highlight the field at the 54th San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament at Arroyo Valley High. That tournament also begins Tuesday. Here's a link to the opening-day schedule, courtesy of the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Check back during the week for updates from the tournaments.

Torrey Pines' Cho wins state golf title

November, 16, 2011
Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines won the CIF state girls golf championship in a two-hole playoff over Cha Cha Wilhoite of Palm Desert at the Poppy Hills Golf Course at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.

Cho and Wilhoite were the only two golfers to shoot under par in the tournament. Both were 1-under, 71, after 18 holes.

Anne Cheng of Torrance finished in a tie for third with Shawnee Martinez of Enochs with ever-par 72s.

Sophia Chen from Thousand Oaks shot 7-over 79 and was tied for 27th place. Oxnard's Drew Thomas was 12-over and tied for 42nd in the 54-player field.

Torrey Pines won the team portion of the state final by two strokes over Torrance. Three players from Torrance finished in the top 10. Samantha Martin tied for sixth with a 3-over 75. Diana Kim tied for eighth with a 4-over 76.

Thomas, Chen qualify for state golf

November, 11, 2011
Drew Thomas from Oxnard and Sophia Chen from Thousand Oaks qualified for the CIF state girls golf tournament at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach.

Chen was one of two golfers to win a two-hole playoff at the CIF/WSCGA Southern California Regional at The Golf Club in Murrieta. She birdied the second playoff hole, sinking a 15-foot putt on a par-3 hole, and eliminated Erin Choi of Torrance.

Six golfers, including Chen, tied for ninth place with 4-over 76s. The top-nine golfers advanced to the CIF state tournament.

Sandy Choi from Torrey Pines was the only golfer to shoot under par. She won the WSCGA regional with a 2-under 70. Megan Kim of Mira Costa was second at even par 72.

Thomas was the surprise qualifier of the tournament. She lost in a playoff and missed the cut at the Southern Section regional at the Talega Golf Course in San Clemente. But she was allowed to enter the WSCGA regional when one of the golfers declined to compete.

Thomas shot a 3-over 75 in the WSCGA tournament.

Tiffany Yau of Van Nuys, the City Section champion, lost in the six-player playoff. She shot a 4-over 76, but was eliminated from advancing on the first playoff hole.

The CIF state final at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach is Tuesday.

LA North: Loyola 55, Torrey Pines 53

March, 8, 2011
LOS ANGELES - - With final seconds ticking off the fourth-quarter clock, Jacob Hazzard launched up a desperation 3-pointer that appeared to be heading right through the basket. Somehow, someway, the ball ricocheted out and off the rim.

Justin Childress, however, was in the right place at the right time during Tuesday's Southern California Regional boys' basketball playoffs.

He grabbed the rebound, put the ball back up in a hurry and scored the game-winner as the final buzzer sounded to lift Los Angeles Loyola to a dramatic 55-53 victory over visiting San Diego Torrey Pines in a Division I first-round game.

Loyola will next play at Mater Dei in a second-round game Thursday.

"The ball came me to, things we're going in slow motion, the only thing that I wanted to do was get the shot off in time,'' Childress said.

Hazzard, on the other hand, thought he was going to be the one who made the clutch shot. “My jumper was going in, no doubt, I couldn't believe it when the ball didn't drop,'' he said. “My heart dropped. I'm glad Justin was there to bail us out.''

Childress did just that, he bailed out Loyola (25-5), which had built an eight-point lead in the first half and appeared to be heading for an easy victory. Torrey Pines (25-7), on the other hand, entertained ideas of playing spoiler.

“We didn't get a stop at the end of the game and that proved to be the difference,'' Falcons coach John Olive said. “It was a tough loss, but a great high school basketball game. My kids played their hearts out. Loyola did a good job too''

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LA North: Loyola is looking to make a statement

March, 7, 2011
This is it. Finally, at long last, the time has come to separate the men from the boys with regards to the overall perception of the Los Angeles Loyola High prep basketball program.

The Cubs are about to embark on play in the Southern California Regional playoffs, where they will be competing at the toughest of levels, Division I, with the state's top teams.

The first test comes on Tuesday night against visiting San Diego Torrey Pines at 7 p.m. A victory, of course, would be a statement-maker and perhaps serve as proof that Loyola deserves to be mentioned among the Southland's best after competing in Division II all season long.

“I think we're considered, maybe, a notch below some of the big-time programs around here,'' Cubs coach Jamal Adams said. “But here we go, here is our chance, our opportunity to be recognized as one of the top teams in Los Angeles, in the state, and maybe, in the nation.

“Would we like to raise out profile? Yes, most definitely. Would we like to be more high-regarded and respected? Yes, of course. We have a major mental challenge ahead of us, we know that. But we're ready, that's the good part about this whole situation. We're pumped up.''

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Inland Empire: Five things from the holiday break

January, 3, 2011
1. Etiwanda is off to a 14-0 start after winning the Westlake Village Oaks Christian tournament last week. The Eagles still have a ways to go to match the 23 straight they won to start the 2007-08 season. USC-bound guard Byron Wesley is playing to expectations, averaging 18.3 points. Jordan Daniels is at 12.5 and Tyler LaCour is at 11.2. The Eagles open Baseline League play Friday against visiting Rancho Cucamonga.

2. Corona Centennial certainly joined the upper-echelon of Southland boys' basketball teams with its performance last week at the Holiday Classic at Torrey Pines High School. Playing in the prestigious National Division, the Huskies won three of four games, including a 61-58 victory against Woodland Hills Taft, ranked No. 2 in the state by ESPN RISE heading into the tournament. They followed that up with a 59-51 victory against another City Section power, Westchester, in the fifth-place game.

3. Justin Gudger of Murrieta Valley was expected to be one of the top players in the Inland Empire this season, but he was better than advertised at the Holiday Classic. Playing in the Senator’s Division, the 6-foot-4 senior forward averaged 23.5 points over four games. He was especially hot over the last two, scoring 30 points on 12-for-19 shooting in a 67-62 loss to San Diego St. Augustine, then putting up 28 on 12-for-14 shooting in a 66-55 victory against North Hollywood Campbell Hall.

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The nationally ranked Temecula Great Oak and Vista Murrieta girls’ cross-country teams are on a collision course to compete Saturday at the Mt. San Antonio College Invitational in Walnut, considered one of the top meets of the regular season.

Both are entered in the prestigious girls’ team sweepstakes race, scheduled to begin at 9:55 a.m.

Great Oak is ranked No. 6 in the nation in the latest ESPN/Rise team rankings and Vista Murrieta is No. 12.

Other ranked teams entered in the race are No. 23 Mission Viejo Trabuco Hills, No. 30 Torrey Pines, No. 31 Dana Hills, No. 33 Carlsbad La Costa Canyon and No. 47 Manhattan Beach Mira Costa.

Great Oak returned six of its top seven runners from a year ago, when the Wolfpack finished second at the Division I state finals. Vista Murrieta finished eighth in the same race.

Great Oak is led by twins Katie and Anna Johnson, who earlier this season helped the Wolfpack run away with the team sweepstakes title at the Woodbridge Invitational. Anna finished fourth and Katie was sixth.

Vista Murrieta will count on a high finish from Erika Reddish, who was fourth at the Inland Empire Challenge at Glen Helen Regional Park on Oct. 9, helping the Broncos win the team title. That same weekend, the top runners for Great Oak were competing at the Manhattan Invitational in New York, where they combined to finish second.

Here's the full high school race schedule. Here's the list of teams confirmed for each race.