Los Angeles Preps: Village Christian

Pondering public vs. private dilemma

March, 27, 2012
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Should California separate public and private schools during the CIF basketball playoffs? That was one of the questions kicked around during the CIF state basketball finals in Sacramento over the weekend.

Two states, New York and Texas, split up private and public schools in the playoffs.

In California, there are 1,522 schools and 1,400 of them are public. Private schools won all 10 of the CIF state titles. Fifteen of the 20 teams in the CIF state finals were from private schools.

The J.W. North and Laguna Beach girls -- both public schools -- lost their championship games. The Sheldon boys from Sacramento, with a home-court crowd, played in the Division I championship game and were no match for Mater Dei, which won its record-setting ninth CIF state title.

Berkeley lost the Division I girls final for the second year in a row to Mater Dei. La Costa Canyon from Carlsbad lost to Archbishop Mitty from San Jose in the Division II boys final.

CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida told the Sacramento Bee that the playoffs have become a system of have and have nots.

The private schools have greater resources, better facilities, stable coaching staffs and supportive parents and boosters. Public schools do not always have the best equipment, coaches, support, gyms and training facilities.

Would California be better off with separate playoffs for private and public schools?

The J.W. North girls from Riverside made the biggest argument for keeping the system the way it is.

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Prep basketball: Top 20 rankings

March, 26, 2012
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Another prep basketball season is in the books after the CIF State Championships took place last weekend in Sacramento. The Southland was well represented at the gathering, with four teams in attendance up North. Three programs prevailed and brought home some hardware for their respective trophy cases.

Let's take a look at how the Southland's premier programs stacked up against each other this season. Some of the teams will look familiar. Others not so much. Here are the final ESPNLosAngeles.com rankings.

1. (1) Mater Dei (34-2): The Monarchs went wire-to-wire as the top-ranked team. Are we surprised? No, not really.

2. (4) Alemany (33-4): There's no substitute for experience, and with seniors Max Guercey and Marqueze Coleman in the mix the Warriors know this all too well.

3. (2) Long Beach Poly (28-3): Pieces of the puzzle appeared in place. The Jackrabbits, however, were their own worst enemy when it mattered most, the playoffs.

4. (6) Loyola (26-6): Bad news: Seniors Julian Harrell, Justin Childress and Jacob Hazzard are gone. Good news: Sophomore Parker Jackson-Cartwright returns.

5. (5) Serra (31-3): With Daddy Ugbede out on the court, the Cavaliers were capable of beating anyone. The senior was a threat underneath and out on the perimeter.

6. (3) Taft (29-4): Anthony January was a high-profile transfer at the start of season for the Toreadors. The senior wing, of course, lived up to most of the hype.

7. (7) Etiwanda (30-3): With sophomore point guard Jordan McLaughlin in the fold, the Eagles figure to be just fine for years to come. More than fine, in fact.

8. (16) Price (26-9): Seemingly no one around played a tougher schedule. Once postseason play rolled around, the Knights were a battled-tested group. And then some.

9. (11) La Verne Lutheran (25-8): The Trojans relied on Grant Jerrett. The Arizona commit and McDonald's All-American could take care of business by himself.

10. (17) St. John Bosco (25-8): The Hamilton brothers, junior Isaac and sophomore Daniel, often times played as if they were seasoned veterans for the Braves.

11. (10) Mayfair (27-6): Senior wing Dion Wright did a little bit of everything for the Monsoons once the playoffs started. He did most of it extremely well too.

12. (9) Pacific Hills (30-5): Brandon Taylor might have been considered an underrated point guard early on this season. The senior changed the perception in the playoffs.

13. (8) Orange Lutheran (22-11): A mid-season injury to Gabe York was difficult to deal with. Once the senior guard was healthy, there was not stopping the Lancers.

14. (12) Pasadena (27-7): The Bulldogs knew they had a reliable presence in senior Blake Hamilton. During their playoff run, everyone else learned the same exact thing.

15. (14) Mission Viejo (25-6): When football and basketball players finally come together, it can be a dangerous combo. Go ahead and ask opponents of the Diablos this year.

16. (18) Crespi (24-8): It was tough to figure out the Celts. They managed to defeat Alemany twice, Price one time and Loyola once. This group might have peeked too early.

17. (13) Calabasas (28-4): The season was dedicated to assistant coach Joe Frazier, in a coma after a motorcycle accident. The Coyotes did their mentor proud from start to finish

18. (15) Inglewood (23-12): Starting five consisted of juniors Charles Lockwood, Kristopher Randall, Randy Onwuasor, Edward Scott Jr. and Nicholas Smiley. Watch out.

19. (NR) Bishop Montgomery (23-5): Playing in highly competitive Division IV took its toll on the Knights. They were a battered and bruised bunch come postseason play.

20. (NR) Village Christian (32-3): The Crusaders were on a crusade, apparently. They came out of nowhere and opened some eyes en route to winning a Division V state title.

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

L.A. North: The final top 10

March, 26, 2012
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There are two new state powers in high school basketball. Alemany won its first CIF State championship over Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III boys final. Village Christian won its first state title over St. Joseph Notre Dame in the Division V boys final.

Alemany and Village Christian were the only two teams from the L.A. North region to win state titles. Alemany was one of the top teams in Los Angeles all season. Village Christian came alive late in the season with strong playoff runs in the Southern Section and state playoffs.

Here is a look at the top 10 from the L.A. North:
  1. Alemany (33-4) – The Warriors capped a historic season with a CIF State championship, the first in the 57-year history of the school. Alemany beat Sacred Heart Cathedral, 71-67, and had to rally after trailing by eight points at halftime. Alemany also won the Southern Section Division 3A championship and ended the season with a 10-game winning streak.
  2. Woodland Hills Taft (29-5) – The Toreadors won the City Section Division I championship in head coach Jason Hart’s first year. Taft reached the second round of the CIF Division I Southern California Regional and lost to a surprising team from Bullard of Fresno.
  3. Village Chrisitan (32-3) – The Crusaders won the CIF State Division V championship, 62-51, over St. Joseph Notre Dame, the alma mater of Jason Kidd. Village Christian has a couple stars on the rise on its roster. Sophomores Marsalis Johnson and Bryan Alberts should make the Crusaders a state title contender again next season.
  4. Calabasas (28-4) – The Coyotes won the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA championship over South Torrance and reached the second round of the CIF Division III Southern California Regional.
  5. El Camino Real (24-8) – The Conquistadores won the City Section Division II championship, 62-53, over Garfield. El Camino Real reached the second round of the CIF Division II Southern California Regional and lost to La Costa Canyon. La Costa Canyon advanced to the CIF State Division II final and lost to Archbishop Mitty.
  6. Royal (24-8) – The Highlanders reached the championship game of the Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs and lost to Inglewood, 60-57. In the first round of the CIF Division II Southern California Regional, Royal lost to San Joaquin Memorial.
  7. Oak Park (25-9) – The Eagles reached the championship game of the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs and lost to Alemany. Oak Park won its first-round game of the CIF Division III Southern California Regional, 73-58, over Grant from Van Nuys before losing to Cathedral Catholic from San Diego in the second round.
  8. Thousand Oaks (21-10) – The Lancers became the darlings of the Southern Section playoffs reaching the Division 2AA semifinals. Thousand Oaks lost to Elsinore, 56-46, in the first round of the CIF Division II Southern California Regional.
  9. Renaissance Academy (27-7) – The Wildcats won the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship and reached the CIF Division V Southern California Regional final, losing to Village Christian.
  10. Crescenta Valley (26-6) – The Falcons reached the semifinals of the Southern Section Division 1A playoffs and lost to Mission Viejo. They had a tough order in the first round of the CIF Division I Southern California Regional, going up against Mater Dei of Santa Ana, the eventual Division I state champion and the top-ranked team in the state and the ESPN Los Angeles poll. Crescenta Valley lost to Mater Dei, 66-47.

Village Chr. makes most of opening act

March, 24, 2012
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SACRAMENTO -- Jon Shaw has spent the past two weeks with a broken foot after coaching Village Christian through the CIF-Southern Section and state boys' basketball playoffs.

His players broke a leg in their opening act in the Division V playoffs, knocking off St. Joseph Notre Dame, 62-51, in a physical final at Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday.

Sophomore Bryan Alberts scored a game-high 17 points in an otherwise low-scoring affair. Village Christian won its first CIF state championship in its first trip. St. Joseph was denied its fifth state title in its eighth trip to the championship game.

Shaw said his players embraced the chance to play on the biggest stage in high school basketball. But he refrained from making any predictions about what the future holds for his team, even with two talented sophomores on his roster.

“Be happy with today,” Shaw said. “Live in the moment. We are very blessed.”

Geremy Givens scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers for St. Joseph Notre Dame. He had a different opinion about how the final scene of his team’s season played out.

“I think we gave our all,” Givens said. “We didn’t get the movie ending that we wanted, but this ain’t Hollywood.”

Alberts was the scoring star for Village Christian, but it was Joe Shashaty’s 3-point shooting that put St. Joseph Notre Dame away in the second half.

He scored 12 points, took only four shots, all 3-pointers, and came up with some big plays at key moments of the game.

He hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The first gave his team a 50-43 lead right after senior Marquis Salmon fouled out of the game.

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More CIF state basketball breakdowns

March, 22, 2012
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Need more CIF state high school basketball banter? Time Warner Cable has a show set up to discuss the CIF State basketball championships.

Alemany of Mission Hills is taking on Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III boys' basketball championship on Saturday in Sacramento.

Village Christian from Sun Valley is making its first CIF state championship game appearance in the Division V final against St. Joseph Notre Dame from Alameda, the alma mater of Jason Kidd.

Mater Dei from Santa Ana is seeking its third CIF state championship in a row against Sheldon of Sacramento in the Division I final.

Here is a link to the show.

CIF state boys basketball finals preview

March, 21, 2012
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Tim Haddock / For ESPNLosAngeles.com
Joe Shashaty scored 10 points and was one of four players from Village Christian who scored in double figures against Renaissance Academy in the Southern California Regional Division V final.

Division I

Mater Dei of Santa Ana vs. Sheldon of Sacramento

Mater Dei (33-2) has a 20-game winning streak and hasn’t lost since Jan. 7 to Gill St. Bernards from New Jersey. The Monarchs are the Southern Section Division 1A champions and won the Southern California Regional championship, 85-66, over the surprising Bullard team from Fresno. Mater Dei has won eight state championships and is in search of a record-setting ninth. Sheldon (29-5) has an 11-game winning streak and won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship, 49-44, over Jesuit. Sheldon played Jesuit again in the Northern California Regional final and won 61-56, erasing a 17-point deficit in the second quarter.

Division III

Alemany of Mission Hills vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral of San Francisco

After losing its Mission League finale to Harvard-Westlake, Alemany (32-4) has won nine playoff games in a row, including the Southern Section Division 3A championship, 72-60, over Oak Park. The Warriors had to hold off St. John Bosco in the Southern California Regional Division III final, 62-61, to advance to their first state championship game in school history. Nevada-bound Marqueze Coleman scored 24 points against St. John Bosco and had 31 against Cathedral Catholic from San Diego in the Southern California Regional semifinal. Sacred Heart Cathedral (28-5), the top seed in the Northern California Regional playoffs, beat Bishop O’Dowd, 61-57, in the Division III championship game. Josh Fox scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds for Sacred Heart. Taylor Johns had a double-double as well with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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Village Chr. gets first state title berth

March, 17, 2012
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ONTARIO -- Bryan Alberts sent Village Christian to its first CIF State championship game hitting a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left in the Southern California Regional Division V final.

His 3-pointer gave Village Christian a three-point edge in a 58-57 win over Renaissance Academy at Colony High School on Saturday.

“It’s great for us,” Alberts said. “It’s just another one of our goals.”

With the score tied 55-55, Alberts nailed his third 3-pointer of the game. Renaissance Academy’s Vince DeGuzman cut the lead to one with a tough layup with 10 seconds left.

After DeGuzman’s basket, Village Christian’s Joe Shashaty was fouled, but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw.

Renaissance Academy put the ball in DeGuzman’s hand for the final shot, but his off-balance 3-pointer hit the front of the rim and bounced out at the buzzer.

Jessy Cantinol and DeGuzman led a feisty Renaissance Academy offense throughout the game. Cantinol scored a game-high 22 points and was 9-for-11 from the field. DeGuzman scored 10 points and was one of three players from Renaissance Academy in double figures.

Renaissance Academy had a one-point lead, 48-47, to start the fourth quarter. Marquis Salmon tied the score, 49-49, for Village Christian fighting for two tough rebounds and scoring with 7:10 to play.

Marsalis Johnson put Village Christian up by two points, 51-49, with a pair of free throws.

But Renaissance Academy battled back. Yendra Maglorie tied the score, 53-53, on his second basket of the game midway through the fourth quarter.

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Looking ahead in CIF state playoffs

March, 6, 2012
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Coaches never like to look ahead. But sportswriters do.

Here are some interesting potential match-ups in the CIF State Boys Basketball Southern California Regional playoffs that begin on Wednesday night.

Few teams have been able to beat Mater Dei, the top-seeded team in the Division I regional bracket. Woodland Hills Taft, the No. 3 seed team in the Division I playoffs, might be the one team to give Mater Dei some trouble if the two teams meet in the Division I regional championship game.

Taft has never made it past the semifinals of the CIF State regional playoffs. But first-year coach Jason Hart has his kids playing with a ton of confidence and freedom. This could be the year Taft dunks its way to the Southern California Regional final and perhaps a spot in the state championship.

No team from California has been able to beat Mater Dei this season. The only two losses for the Monarchs were against Grace Prep from Texas and Gill St. Bernard’s from New Jersey.

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Ribet knocks off Village Christian

February, 24, 2012
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SUN VALLEY -- There has been plenty of hype surrounding Tyler Dorsey and his emergence as one of the Southland's top underclassman this season. And after seeing the freshman from Los Angeles Ribet Academy in action on Friday, it turns out the advanced billing was indeed worthy.

Sun Valley Village Christian early on had no answer for Dorsey, who had 11 points in the first quarter. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 6-foot-4 guard finished with 26 points to guide the visiting Frogs to a 64-52 victory in a Southern Section Division 5-A semifinal.

“Yeah, I have heard all of the talk about me, but I try not to worry about it,'' Dorsey said. “My focus is working hard on my game, that's it, and letting everything else fall into place.''

Who is going to argue with his game plan? The strategy, after all, has worked out particularly well this season. Dorsey is averaging 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists per game. On the defensive end of the floor, he's no slouch and averages more than two steals and a block per game.

Keep in mind, we're talking about a ninth-grader who plays beyond his years.

“I know he's young, but honestly, I don't worry about Tyler when he's out there on the floor,'' Frogs coach William Middlebrooks said. “He was under some pressure tonight, in a big environment, and I think he handled himself. He doesn't play like like a freshman, not in my book.''

Middlebrooks is not the only individual who has been impressed with the play of Dorsey. Division I college coaches and scouts appear to be enamored with the upside he possesses.

Arizona put a scholarship offer on the table for Dorsey over the summer. USC offered him on Tuesday. Duke, North Carolina and Louisville are among the other programs interested.

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L.A. North: The top 10

February, 20, 2012
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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.

Santa Clara grinds out win

February, 16, 2012
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Santa Clara from Oxnard, with only seven wins during the regular season, started the basketball playoffs by eliminating the reigning Division 5AA champion.

Santa Clara beat Flintridge Prep, the fifth-seeded team in the Division 5AA playoffs, 55-48. The Saints led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter and had to erase a two-point deficit at halftime.

Here's a look at the games involving teams from the L.A. North region in the Division 5AA playoffs:

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L.A. North: The top 10

February, 13, 2012
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The Woodland Hills Taft boys basketball team won its 14th game in a row and earned the top seed in the City Section Division I playoffs. The Toreadors remain atop the L.A. North top 10.

Alemany stumbled at the end of the Mission League season losing to Harvard-Westlake, but the Warriors still won the Mission League championship and is the No. 1 seed in the Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.

Westlake lost its last three games in the Marmonte League season and dropped out of the L.A. North top 10.

Village Christian cracked the top 10 for the first time and enters at No. 10.

Here’s a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. Woodland Hills Taft (24-3): The reigning City Section champs earned the No. 1 seed in this year’s playoffs and will face West Adams Prep in the first round Friday night. Taft has a 14-game winning streak and has not lost since Dec. 30. Newark Memorial beat Taft, 55-49.
  2. Alemany (23-4): The Warriors lost their Mission League finale, 81-62, to Harvard-Westlake. Still, Alemany is the Mission League champs at 10-2 and the No. 1-ranked team in the Southern Section Division 3A poll. The loss didn’t affect Alemany’s seeding in the Division 3A playoffs. The Warriors are the No. 1 seed and play Artesia on Wednesday in the first round.
  3. Calabasas (23-3): The Coyotes have won eight games in a row, including 65-61 over Westlake in the Marmonte League finale. Calabasas won the Marmonte League championship with a 13-1 record, the only loss coming to Westlake, 51-50, on Jan. 11. Calabasas was the No. 1-ranked team in Division 3AA and the top seed in the Division 3AA playoffs.
  4. Royal (20-6): The Highlanders ended Marmonte League play with a five-game winning streak. Royal beat Agoura, 78-55, in the league finale Thursday night.
  5. El Camino Real (18-7): The Conquistadores are the No. 1 seed in the City Section Division II playoffs and have a five-game winning streak. El Camino Real finished in second place in the West Valley League standings. The only team that gave ECR any problems was Taft, the top seed in the City Section Division I playoffs. A potential semifinal match-up against Kennedy, the co-champions of the Valley Mission League, looms for El Camino Real.

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Oxnard earns No. 5 seed in Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs

February, 12, 2012
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The Oxnard boys basketball team is the fifth-seeded team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs and will play Quartz Hill in the first round Friday night.

The playoff pairings for the Southern Section playoffs were released Sunday.

Calabasas, the champion of the Marmonte League, is the No. 1 seed in Division 3AA. The Coyotes have a bye in the first round of the playoffs and will play the winner of the Hueneme-Palos Verdes game.

Alemany, the Mission League champion, is the No. 1 seed in Division 3A and will play Artesia in the first round Wednesday.

Providence of Burbank is the No. 1 seed in Division 5A and has a bye in the first round. The Pioneers will play the winner of the New Roads-Villanova Prep game.

Renaissance Academy is the top seed in the Division 6 playoffs and plays Santa Monica Academy on Wednesday.

Crescenta Valley is the No. 4 seed in the Division 1A playoffs and plays Colton in the first round on Friday.

Canyon earned the No. 2 seed in Division 2AA playoffs and will play Godinez in the first round on Friday.

San Marcos is the No. 2 seed in Division 3AA playoffs and plays Hawthorne on Wednesday. La Canada, the No. 3 seed in the Division 3AA playoffs and the reigning Division 3AA champion, has a bye in the first round and plays the winner of the Pacifica-Northwood game.

Oak Park is the No. 3 seed in the Division 3A playoffs and plays Littlerock in the first round.

Village Christian is the No. 2 seed in the Division 5AA playoffs and plays Bellarmine-Jefferson in the first round.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

January, 16, 2012
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  1. The El Camino Real boys soccer team played on Friday night two days after goalie Francisco Rodriguez Jr. was shot and killed outside his home in Winnetka. El Camino Real shut out Reseda Cleveland, 2-0, in an emotional game that not only was played in tribute to Rodriguez, but in celebration of his love of soccer.

    “We talked about the emotional roller coaster we were going to be on,” El Camino Real coach David Hussey said after the game. “We talked about that we are all going to be crying at times. We are all going to be laughing at times. I think they were prepared for it.”

    El Camino took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Lucas Ladek in the first half. The Conquistadores were going to be tough to beat on Friday night. The players maintained an energy level throughout the game that any team would be challenged to match.

    “Lukas is the Energizer Bunny for our team,” Hussey said. “I think today everybody had just a little more energy. There wasn’t really a dropoff for some of the guys. If our team can match Lukas’ intensity and energy, then I don’t think we would lose many games. He just flies all over the field. He has no regard for his body. At times we’re just cringing back there. He’s feisty.”

    The El Camino Real soccer team will be back on the field on Wednesday at Birmingham in Lake Balboa.
  2. The East All Stars won the 16th annual Daily News All-Star Game at College of the Canyons, 31-7, over the West. Highland quarterback Christian Tago was the MVP of the game. The San Jose State commit passed for 94 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for 31 yards. Arleta’s De’Jon Coleman was the East team MVP. He rushed for 64 yards on eight carries and scored a touchdown. Crespi receiver Chris Harper was the West team MVP. He caught nine passes for 115 yards.
  3. Alemany freshman Nia Britt won the shot put at a track and field meet at Oaks Christian and qualified for the California state indoor invitational next week in Fresno. Her throw of 42 feet, 10 inches with an 8.8-pound shot put earned her a spot in the state meet at the Save Mart Center. All three of her throws at the meet at Oaks Christian were beyond 41 feet. She set the AAU national record with a 6-pound shot put at 51 feet, 6 inches in August. After the meet at Oaks Christian, Britt scored two points for the Alemany girls baksetball team in a 57-49 win over Etiwanda at St. Bernard High.
  4. The Oaks Christian boys basketball team beat Village Christian, 73-61, and snapped the Crusaders’ 16-game winning streak on Saturday. Chass Bryant scored 29 points and dished out six assists for Oaks Christian. The last time Village Christian before Saturday night was on Nov. 30, 60-44, to Renaissance Academy in the Burbank Tournament. One of Village Christian’s super sophomore transfers, Bryan Alberts, did not play against Oaks Christian because he had food poisoning. Marsalis Johnson, the other sophomore transfer, had a big game for Village Christian with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
  5. The Saugus girls soccer team has an impressive streak of its own. The Saugus girls have lost a Foothill League match in nearly two seasons. The Centurions beat Hart, 2-1, on Friday and have won 16 league games in a row. The last time Saugus lost a Foothill League game was a Feb. 2,2010, against Hart. Angie Weiner, who was the kicker on the Saugus football team, scored the game-winner in the 43rd minute. Monica Allen had two assists, including a header to Weiner that produced the second goal for Saugus.

Boys basketball games of the week

January, 4, 2012
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The Mission League boys basketball season opens tonight with a dandy: Loyola vs. Crespi.

Undefeated Loyola (11-0) comes into the league opener with an 11-game winning streak. Crespi (13-1) has lost only one game, to Washington in the semifinals of the Redondo Sea Hawk Beach Classic last week.

The Marmonte League has a few good games on tap this week as well.

Moorpark (11-3) visits Calabasas (12-2) in a matchup of two of the top teams in league tonight. In another Marmonte League game, Thousand Oaks (11-3) will put its four-game winning streak on the line against Royal (9-5).

On Friday, Westlake (13-4) is on the road against Moorpark.

The El Camino Real Showcase begins on Saturday with El Camino against Sierra Canyon in the showcase game.

In non-league action, West Ranch plays Village Christian tonight, Cleveland of Reseda is at L.A. Windward on Thursday and Bell-Jeff plays Chaminade on Saturday.

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