Los Angeles Preps: Westlake

North: Five things from the weekend

May, 29, 2012
  1. Westlake defensive back Dashon Hunt picked up his ninth scholarship offer. Boise State joined the fray. Hunt, who will be a senior in the fall, has verbally declared to UCLA, but is still receiving offers from other colleges. He is the 12th ranked defensive back in the country by ESPNU. He has received offers from USC, Washington and Colorado among others. “I’m keeping my options wide open for any college that shows me interest at this point,” Hunt said in a text message.
  2. The Mira Costa boys volleyball team won the Southern California Regional Division II championship in five games over Oak Park at Irvine Valley College. Mira Costa, ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN HS, won its second regional championship in the past three years. Oak Park won the first game, 26-24, then dropped the next two. Mira Costa lost the fourth game, again by a score of 26-24, before winning the fifth game, 20-18. Mira Costa’s Christopher Orenic had a match-high 33 kills. Justin Parks had 23 kills and 12 digs for Oak Park. Oak Park won the Southern Section Division II championship and made its first appearance in the Southern California Regional playoffs.
  3. The Windward boys volleyball team won the Southern California Regional Division III championship, sweeping Campbell Hall in the title match. Windward’s Ryan Manoogian had 12 kills and eight digs to lead his team. Robert Cavanaugh recorded 26 assists and had trouble finding a flow in the Campbell Hall attack. Campbell Hall reached the semifinals of the Southern Section Division IV playoffs and lost to Santa Monica.
  4. Only one seeded team remains in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Mater Dei from Santa Ana, the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, takes on Newbury Park tonight in the semifinals at Blair Field at Long Beach State. Mater Dei is coming of a 5-2 win over Esperanza in the quarterfinals. Newbury Park, behind ace Luke Eubank, eliminated Saugus, 7-3, in their quarterfinal game. West Ranch plays Corona in the other semifinal at Blair Field at 4 today. West Ranch upset top-seeded Orange Lutheran, 5-4, in the quarterfinals. Corona, a wild-card team from the Big VIII League, has won four playoff games in a row and eliminated El Dorado, 7-4, in the quarterfinals. No. 3 seed JW North lost to Saugus, 7-4, in the second round. Third-seeded Long Beach Poly lost to Huntington Beach, 2-1, in the first round.
  5. San Fernando, the reigning City Section Division I champion, is still alive in the playoffs. The third-seeded Tigers play second-seeded Chatsworth in the semifinals at USC on Wednesday at 3 p.m. Neither team has allowed a run in the playoffs. San Fernando shut out Granada Hills, 3-0, in the first round, then ousted Birmingham, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. Chatsworth blanked Bell, 6-0, in the first round and Woodland Hills Taft, 11-0, in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded El Camino Real plays fourth-seeded San Pedro in the other semifinal at USC. El Camino Real beat Verdugo Hills, 5-1, to reach the semifinals. San Pedro beat Kennedy, 5-4, in the quarterfinals.

N. Park's Eubank throws another no-hitter

May, 8, 2012
Newbury Park pitcher Luke Eubank threw his third no-hitter of the season and it couldn't have come at a more crucial time.

Eubank no-hit Agoura and Newbury Park won, 4-0. The senior right-hander had six strikeouts and no walks. Newbury Park is a game behind Agoura in the Marmonte League standings with one game to play.

Eubank also threw no-hitters against Loyola and Calabasas earlier in the season. The recent Cal State Los Angeles commit improved to 8-0.

Newbury Park is home against Agoura today.

Some other recruiting notes:

Westlake defensive back Dashon Hunt picked up another scholarship offer from Hawaii. He has verbally committed to UCLA, but is fielding offers from other schools.

Alemany guard Max Guercy is going to Rice to play basketball. Guercy led Alemany to the CIF State Division III championship.

Westlake golf team wins Northern Team Divisional

May, 8, 2012
The Westlake golf team won the CIF Southern Section Northern Team Divisional championship by three strokes over Oaks Christian at Soule Park Golf Course in Ojai.

Michael Dansey shot a 1-under 71 to lead five Westlake golfers in the 70s at Soule Park. Brandon Shaw was even-par at 72. Sean Crocker was 2-over at 74. Blake Wing shot a 75 and Jake Andl shot a 76.

Oaks Christian's Peter Griffith shot the low round of the match, a 6-under 66. Teammate Victor Ponte was even-par at 72.

Moorpark finished in third place. Thomas Lim was 4-under at 68 on the day to lead Moorpark.

Westlake, Oaks Christian and Moorpark advance to the Southern Section team finals at Rancho San Marcos in Santa Barbara next week.

Santa Barbara won the Central Coast Division championship at Cypress Ridge Golf Course. Arroyo Grande was second, followed by Dos Pueblos in third. All three teams advance to the Southern Section team final in Santa Barbara.

Dempsey comes to Westlake QB's rescue

May, 3, 2012
Actor Patrick Dempsey isn't a doctor, but he plays one on TV.

A couple of weeks ago, he took on the role of roadside paramedic to save Weston Massett, a quarterback at Westlake High.

Massett crashed and rolled the Mustang he was driving in Malibu near Dempsey's home on April 24. Dempsey heard the crash and found Massett inside the car. Dempsey used a crowbar to help Massett escape the car, then called authorities and Massett's parents to let them know what happened, according to a report on MaxPreps.com.

Massett, who played on the Westlake freshman team in 2011, was taken to a nearby hospital. He was not seriously injured in the crash and posted on his Facebook page that he doesn't remember much about the crash.

"I don't really know what I was thinking. I don't really remember much," Massett posted. "It was all a blur. But I'm glad I'm okay and I see how valuable life is. And I know how quick it can all be gone."

Jeff Woodruff new coach at Oaks

May, 2, 2012
Before hundreds of parents, players and fans, Jeff Woodruff was introduced as the next football coach at Oaks Christian in the school’s gym on Wednesday night.

Woodruff was an assistant coach at the University of Texas El Paso and spent four seasons as the head coach at Eastern Michigan. He was at UTEP for eight years and is considered a special teams guru.

He was the safeties coach and special teams coordinator before moving to tight ends and assistant coach in 2007.

“He has an excellent resume,” Oaks Christian athletic director Jan Hethcock said. “He’s done a lot of things.”

Hethcock said the search for a football coach at Oaks Christian was narrowed to six candidates and it took three days to whittle the list down to Woodruff. Mark Bates, an assistant under Bill Redell, who started the football program at Oaks Christian 12 years ago, was one of the finalists.

In addition to introducing Woodruff as the next head coach, Hethcock announced that Bates will be the associate head coach of the football team. It is the first time the Oaks Christian football team has had an associate coach.

Hethcock added that Woodruff brought a combination of qualities he was looking for in the next head coach at Oaks Christian.

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Report: Oaks Chr. to hire UTEP assistant

May, 2, 2012
Jeff Woodruff, an assistant coach on the University of Texas El Paso football team, is expected to be hired as the Oaks Christian football coach, according to a report on the Daily News website.

Woodruff has been an assistant coach at UTEP since 2007 and is currently the tight ends coach. He was also the safeties coach and special team coordinator from 2004 to '06.

Woodruff would replace Bill Redell as the Oaks Christian coach. Redell was the first coach of the Oaks Christian football team and led the Lions to the past two CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship games. He won the championship in 2010, but lost to Westlake in 2011.

Westlake's Hunt picks up WSU offer

May, 2, 2012
Westlake defensive back Dashon Hunt has another offer from a Pac-12 school.

Washington State is the latest school to seek the services of Hunt. Colorado and Oregon State have offered Hunt scholarships as well.

The junior verbally committed to UCLA, but is fielding offers from other schools.

He had six interceptions and five returns for touchdowns in his junior season at Westlake. He also rushed for 1,274 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Inland Empire flavor to first ESPN 150

April, 17, 2012
Seven players from Inland Empire schools made the initial ESPN 150 football recruiting rankings, led by the Southland's most coveted prospect Su'a Cravens of Vista Murrieta.

Cravens, a safety, is ranked 15th overall nationally, but first in the state and first at his position. Rancho Cucamonga defensive backs Chris Hawkins (69th overall) and Tahaan Goodman (128th), Moreno Valley Rancho Verde receiver Demorea Stringfellow (74), Redlands East Valley defensive end Kylie Fitts (90), Upland defensive end Joe Mathis (120) and J.W. North tight end Marcus Baugh (127) are the other Inland Empire representatives.

Mission Viejo safety Max Redfield, ranked 31st overall, is the only Orange County player listed.

Alemany receiver Steven Mitchell (136) and Westlake defensive back Dashon Hunt (140) are considered to be the top recruits in the L.A. North region, while Santa Monica receiver Sebastian Larue checks in at 149th overall and is the only rep from the L.A. South.

Hawkins and Fitts have already committed to USC, Hunt is committed to UCLA and Baugh recently pledged for Ohio State.

Click here for the complete ESPN 150 rankings:

Westlake's Hunt gets OSU offer

April, 13, 2012
Dashon Hunt, a defensive back and running back at Westlake High School, has received a scholarship offer from Oregon State.

Hunt rushed for 1,274 yards and scored 18 touchdowns in his junior season. Westlake won the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division championship over Oaks Christian.

He also had six interceptions and had five returns for touchdowns.

Hunt has already committed to UCLA, but says he wants to visit other schools before deciding on which college to attend. He said his parents want him to make his official visits to other campuses to determine which is best.

He is being recruited to Oregon State as a defensive back.

Quartz Hill, Notre Dame shine at Arcadia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Marmonte League headed to Pac-5?

March, 9, 2012
The Marmonte League football teams will play in the CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division next season in a realignment proposal released Friday.

The Marmonte League, with Westlake and Oaks Christian, would move from the Northern Division to the Pac-5 Division. Westlake has won two of the past three Northern Division championships, in 2009 and 2011. Oaks Christian beat Westlake in the 2010 Northern Division championship game.

The Pac-7 League would join the Northern Division. Arroyo Grande, the champion of the Pac-7 League, won the Western Division championship last year. The Eagles had a 13-game winning streak and was 6-0 in the Pac-7 League. The Foothill League, Golden League and Bay League would remain in the Northern Division.

The Sunset League would move from the Pac-5 Division to the Southwest Division in the proposal.

The Pac-5 Division would add two at-large berths to the playoffs. The 10-team Marmonte League would get four guaranteed playoffs spots.

Santa Margarita from the Trinity League won the Pac-5 Division championship, 27-13, over San Clemente last year.

Under the proposed realignment, the Trinity League would have three guaranteed playoff spots, the Moore League would have three, the Serra League two and the South Coast League two, if the South Coast League doesn’t add another as expected.

Here is a link to all the proposed changes to Southern Section divisions in all sports.

L.A. North: Five things from the weekend

February, 6, 2012
  1. The CIF basketball playoffs don’t start for another week, but some of the top teams in the Southern Section and City Section got a taste of the postseason in the Nike Extravaganza at Meter Dei High School and at the Alemany Showcase this weekend. Alemany played Price in a matchup of top-20 teams in the ESPN Los Angeles rankings. Alemany won, 82-76, and Warriors coach Tray Meeks said it was important for his players to compete against an unfamiliar opponent. The Mission League has quality programs in Crespi, Harvard-Westlake and Loyola, but facing a team as talented as Price is good preparation for playoffs, Meeks said. “No disrespect to Price, but this is not a different level,” he said. “The Mission League is ranked No. 1 in the state for a reason. That’s because it’s tough night in, night out. This is just another tough game. It’s different because we don’t know one another. For the Mission League, it’s different because we all know one another. That’s where the Mission League is different. We all know one another, whereas we get a Price, we’re adjusting throughout the game, and that makes it a tough challenge. That makes it more like a playoff game.” Alemany point guard Max Guercy rallied his team in the second half. He hit three 3-pointers in the span of two minutes and helped Alemany erase a nine-point deficit. His first 3-pointer beat the buzzer to end the third quarter. In the first half, Price bottled up Guercy and held him to six points. “They were trying to get the ball out of his hands,” Meeks said. “They were doing a good job of doing that. He just adjusted and that three got him going." Alemany leads the Mission League standings with a 9-1 record. The Warriors have two more league games, beginning tonight against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. Loyola is in second place in the Mission League with an 8-3 record. The Cubs have one more league game, on Wednesday against St. Francis.
  2. Woodland Hills Taft made a playoff statement with a 73-57 win over Loyola in the Nike Extravaganza in another matchup of top-20 teams in the ESPN LA rankings. Anthony January, who had to wait until December to play for Taft after transferring from Compton, scored 26 points and has been integral in Taft’s 12-game winning streak. Brandon Perry scored 13 points for Taft, but it was his defense against high-scoring Julian Harrell, who is averaging a team-high 16 points, that stood out. He held Harrell to 10 points. Taft wraps up its West Valley League schedule this week against Birmingham and Chatsworth and will wait to see where it is seeded in the City Section Division I playoffs.

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North: Boys' basketball Top 10

February, 5, 2012
El Camino Real is on a roll and beat Renaissance Academy, one of the top programs in Southern California, in the Alemany To The Rack Showcase on Saturday. The Conquistadores moved up a couple of spots, from No. 8 to No. 5, in the L.A. North top 10 rankings.

Crespi is struggling of late and has lost two straight games. The Celts are barely clinging to the No. 10 spot in the L.A. North poll.

Renaissance Academy had two tough games last week, against La Verne Lutheran and El Camino Real, and lost both games, dropping the Wildcats out of the top 10.

Oxnard has won 11 games in a row and can wrap up an undefeated Pacific View League season this week. The Yellowjackets enter the top 10 for the first time this season at No. 7.

Here is a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. (1) Woodland Hills Taft (22-3) – The Toreadors have a 12-game winning streak including 73-57 over Loyola, the No. 3 team in the ESPN Los Angeles high school basketball rankings, in the Nike Extravaganza on Saturday. Taft is no slouch at No. 5 in the ESPN LA poll. Perhaps a little boost in the rankings is in order.
  2. (2) Alemany (22-3) – The Warriors have an eight-game winning streak and knocked off Price, the No. 11 team in the ESPN Los Angeles rankings, for the second time this season. Alemany had the benefit of home-court advantage in an 82-76 win in the To The Rack Showcase on Saturday night. The Warriors beat Price, 91-69, in the Santa Monica tournament on Dec. 9, the third game of the season for Alemany.
  3. (3) Calabasas (21-3) – The Coyotes have a six-game winning streak, all against Marmonte League opponents, and are coming off a 48-45 win over Thousand Oaks on Friday night. Calabasas has two more Marmonte League games before the start of playoffs, Monday night against Newbury Park and Thursday against Westlake.
  4. (4) Royal (18-6) – The Highlanders are keeping pace with Calabasas in the Marmonte League standings, but still trail by a game with two games left to play. Royal has won three games in a row, but had a close call against Thousand Oaks last week, 53-51.
  5. (8) El Camino Real (16-7) – The Conquistadores put in a little extra work this weekend with an impressive 57-54 win over Renaissance Academy in the Alemany basketball showcase. El Camino Real has won three games in a row and seven of its past eight.

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North: Boys' basketball Top 10

January, 29, 2012
Crespi had a rough stretch losing three games in a row and dropping to No. 5 in the L.A. North top 10 rankings. The Celts snapped out of their little funk with a Mission League win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame on Friday night.

Canyon saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end, and then lost two Foothill League games in a row. The Cowboys dropped out of the L.A. North top 10.

Enter Renaissance Academy, a tiny school in Sunland with a 18-3 record. The Wildcats have a tough game on Wednesday night against La Verne Lutheran, the No. 3 team in the ESPN Los Angeles rankings.

Here’s a look at the L.A. North top 10:
  1. (1) Woodland Hills Taft (19-3) – The Toreadors won two West Valley League games, including 70-58 over El Camino Real on Friday night. It was the 75th league win in a row for Taft and a much more comfortable margin of victory over El Camino Real. Taft won by one point, 45-44, the first time the two teams played this season. Anthony January scored 37 points for Taft against ECR in the latest meeting.
  2. (3) Alemany (20-3) – The Warriors have won six games in a row including five against Mission League opponents. Alemany is all alone in first place in the Mission League standings after Crespi stumbled with three losses in a row. Alemany and Crespi meet on Wednesday night.
  3. (5) Calabasas (19-3) – The Coyotes have won four games in a row and are in first place in the Marmonte League standings. They have a one-game lead over Royal. Coach Jon Palarz won the 300th game of his high school career as Calabasas beat Royal, 75-72, in double overtime on Wednesday night.
  4. (4) Royal (16-6) – The Highlanders have won seven of their past eight games. The only loss, 75-72, in double overtime to Calabasas. Royal bounced back with a 51-45 win over Simi Valley and is in second place in the Marmonte League standings.
  5. (2) Crespi (19-4) – The Celts lost three games in a row, all to Mission League teams, and fell into a tie for second place in the Mission League standings. Crespi ended its three-game losing streak by beating Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 66-52, on Friday night. The return of Michael Milligan Jr., who missed two games with a concussion, helped end the Crespi skid.

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