Girls Basketball: Windward’s Macchi Smith commits to Division II Bentley University (MA)

Windward's Macchi Smith, shown in the 2013 CIF Open Division State Final, had committed to play basketball at Bentley University in Boston. / Courtesy Photo

Windward’s Macchi Smith, shown in the 2013 CIF Open Division State Final, had committed to play basketball at Bentley University in Boston. / Courtesy Photo

Macchi Smith may have missed most of her junior and senior seasons at Windward due to a injured ACL, but the guard will play college basketball next year as she committed to defending NCAA Division II champion Bentley University in Boston.

Smith helped Windward to a Division IV State title in 2011 and three Southern Section titles in her four years at the school.

The senior scored 14 points against Mater Dei, ranked number one in the country, to win the 2014 CIF Southern Section Open Division title.

Bentley finished last season with an undefeated 35-0 record.

Boys Basketball: Santa Monica guard Jonah Mathews picks up three PAC-12 offers

Santa Monica guard Jonah Mathews picked up three PAC-12 offers this week. / Courtesy Photo via Twitter

Santa Monica guard Jonah Mathews picked up three PAC-12 offers this week. / Courtesy Photo via Twitter

It has been good week on the club basketball scene for Santa Monica guard Jonah Mathews as the junior picked up three offers from PAC-12 schools according to multiple media sources.

Those schools are Utah, Arizona State and Cal, where his older bother Jordan just finished his freshman season with the Bears.

Mathews was the Ocean League Co-MVP last season along with Beverly Hills’ senior Siavash Yektafar.

LA City Section Commissioner seeks clarification on new LAUSD 9th grade eligibility rules

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LAUSD athletic office representative David Siedelman told a roomful of football coaches on Saturday that all first-time incoming 9th grade students would be immediately eligible regardless of what their grade point average was in middle school based on a recent change in district policy.

While that news came as a welcome relief for coaches as it gives them an opporunity to help struggling students during their first few weeks of high school, LA City Section Commissioner John Aguirre warned in an email that those students still have other criteria to meet before they can play.

Track & Field: University’s Barbara Nwaba wins gold at the Thorpe Cup

Former University High runner Barbara Nwaba took gold at the Jim Thorpe Cup in Germany last weekend. / Courtesy Photo

Former University High runner Barbara Nwaba (center holding the cup) took gold at the Jim Thorpe Cup in Germany last weekend. / Courtesy Photo

University’s Barbara Nwaba continues to show success on the track after high school as she took gold in the heptathlon and helped Team USA win the Thorpe Cup this week in Marburg, Germany.

Nwaba finished the international track and field competition between USA and Germany with a new Thorpe record of 6205 points.

It is her second best performance as she scored 6305 points last month in Sacramento when Nwaba placed second in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.

Memorial Service set for Santa Monica Daily Press editor Daniel Archuleta

Santa Monica Daily Press editor Daniel Archuleta / Courtesy photo via Facebook

Santa Monica Daily Press editor Daniel Archuleta / Courtesy photo via Facebook

A memorial service has been set for Santa Monica Daily Press Managing Editor Daniel Archuleta who died on July 16th at his home in El Sereno at the age of 38.

The service will be on Friday, August 1st from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Douglass & Zook Chapel of Remembrance Funeral Home in Monrovia. It is located on 600 E Foothill Blvd.

LAUSD to allow incoming 9th grade students to be eligible regardless of GPA

Incoming ninth graders, such as Westchester linebacker Domonique Peterson last season, will be immediately eligible under a new rule LAUSD said on Saturday.  / Michael Yanow

Incoming ninth graders, such as Westchester linebacker Domonique Peterson last season, will be immediately eligible under a new rule LAUSD said on Saturday. / Michael Yanow

The Los Angeles Unified School District will allow first-time ninth grade students to be immediately eligible regardless of their grade point average in middle school, it was announced at the LA City Section Football Coaches Meeting at Garfield High on Saturday.

David Siedelman, from the district’s athletic office, said the reason for the change was an opportunity to get struggling students to focus in the classroom.

Football: Fairfax assistant coach Dave Levy to be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame

Fairfax assistant coach Dave Levy, seeing last year in a game against Dorsey, will be inducted in the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. / Michael Yanow

Fairfax assistant coach Dave Levy, seeing last year in a game against Dorsey, will be inducted in the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. / Michael Yanow

 

Fairfax High assistant coach Dave Levy will be inducted in the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, the school announced earlier this week.

Levy, 82, served as an assistant under legendary head coach John McKay for 16 seasons from 1960-75, helping the Trojans win four national championships and later moved into the school’s athletic administration.

After his time at USC, Levy went on to the NFL and served as an offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers and the Detroit Lions.

The 2015 class will include former football head coach Pete Carroll, Wimbledon and Australian Open doubles champion Bryon Black, Former NFL linebacker Jack Del Rio, former NBA guard Harold Miner, and Olympic gold medal swimmer Julian Quance.

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