Category Archives: LA City High Schools
Shane Williams scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, and helped Palisades defeat Dorsey 77-67 in the L.A City section play-in game on Wednesday night to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Tucker Steil had a strong first half performance, but the Dolphins were outscored 24-15 in the second quarter and looked like a team with no chemistry leading to a 33-30 halftime deficit.
Dorsey’s Wayne Currie, who drained two three-pointers at the end heading into halftime, led the Dons with six points and was two-for-three from three-point range.
LACES boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will try to each earn a Division IV city title tonight at Roybal High in downtown Los Angeles.
The girls’ (13-15) battle Amino South (21-14) at 6 p.m. They are led by 6-foot-1 senior Sara Mills’ 16.5 points per game and 10 rebounds, while guard Liran Schahaf averages 12 points for the Unicrons.
On the boys’ side, Evan Battey averages nearly 12 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Unicorns (13-17) and they will play Rancho Dominguez (23-7) at 8 p.m.
Despite losing 30 seniors including quarterback Alexander Diamont, the Los Angeles Sports Journal’s All-Westside Player of the Year, Venice head coach Angelo Gasca is still expressing confidence in his team as the Gondoliers have scheduled a road game against Trinity League powerhouse Santa Margarita next year.
The game will be played during the fourth week of the season, which was a bye week for Venice in 2013.
Hamilton’s Dalton Blumenfeld started the baseball season on a good note.
The junior catcher hit a home run his first time at the plate as the Yankees scored eight runs in the opening inning of a 12-1 victory over West Adams.
Blumenfeld, who committed to Loyola Marymount, went three-for-three with four RBI’s.
After losing the in the Division II semifinals, Westchester still had a chance to make a return trip to the state playoffs. However, that opportunity evaporated in a 50-47 loss to Bell in the play-in on Wednesday.
The victory put Bell into the state playoffs for the first time in school history as the LA City Section can send three teams into the tournament..
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound sophomore had 68 tackles and three interceptions in his two-year career with the Corsairs.
His best game was during his freshman season when he had two interceptions, including returning one for a 40-yard touchdown in the final minutes to secure a victory over San Bernardino Valley.
The Hamilton High graduate is the son of former NFL linebacker Sam Rogers, who spent nine season with the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons.
Westchester has become another Western League team that has upgraded their non-conference schedule for the 2014 season by adding private schools Harvard-Westlake and Bishop Montgomery.
The Comets host LA City Division II finalist South Gate to open the season and travel to Torrance in a week one matchup with Bishop Montgomery.
Westchester will also be the Homecoming opponent for Harvard-Westlake in a rare Saturday game in week four.
That wil be a difficult contest but there is hope for the Comets as Harvard Westlake won their first four games before Palisades upset the Wolverines last year.
Palisades still has hopes of extending their season in the state playoffs with a 73-62 victory over Fremont in the Division I play-in semifinals.
Joseph Robinson led Palisades (17-12) with 28 points and Aaron Johnson added 24 points.
The eight-seeded Dolphins will host No. 11 Dorsey on Wednesday. The Dons upset No. 7 Washington Prep in overtime.
Fairfax’s leading scorer Marguertie Effa finished with 17 points but the Highlanders defense limited her ability to get offensive rebounds and easy shots by putting multiple bodies on her at all times.
The junior manage only three baskets in the entire game and Fairfax head coach Judi Edwards was not happy that her team allow Granada Hills’ defense to control the tempo of the contest.
“Our offense was not existent. We were trying to force everything inside, when Marguerite was being tripled-team,” said Edwards. “For the last few games, it has been three people on Marguerite and we kept trying to get the ball to her instead of trusting our other players.”
Fortunately for Fairfax, Effa was able to do her damage at the free throw line where she made 10-of-13 attempts.
Granada Hills trailed by seven points at halftime and cut the Fairfax advantage to three midway through the third quarter on a Natalie Gutierrez’s three-pointer.
Krystal Amato had a chance to tied it up on the Highlanders next possession but her shot from beyond the arc rattled around the rim before falling out.
Hamilton pulled off another upset in the LA City Section Division III playoffs with a 40-39 victory over top-seed Huntington Park in the semifinals on Saturday at Bernstein High School.
Kiza Sekiyoba had 14 points to lead the Yankees but the most important shots came as he went to the free throw line down two with 5.7 seconds remaining after being fouled on a missed three-point shot.
Revenge tasted sweet for the University girls’ basketball team on Saturday.
The Wildcats overcame a previous loss to Bell and advanced to the LA City Division II title game with a 64-52 victory at Marquez High School in Huntington Park.
Junior Precious Nwaba had 29 points and Lizeth Hernandez added 14 points for University (18-13).
Fairfax’s boys’ basketball team make its first visit to the LA City Division I semifinals in five years against El Camino Real with hopes of claiming a city championship. That has not happened for the Lions since 2007.
They will have to get by heavily favored Westchester who takes on Narbonne.
Hamilton, a fifth seed in Division III, will battle top-seed Huntington Park and will need a couple of upsets to repeat as city champions.
Games are times are below.
Six westside girls’ basketball teams are still alive in the playoffs with five having a change to earn a spot in a sectional final.
Fairfax, lead by junior Marguerite Effa, is looking to get back to the LA City Division I title game for the third straight year. Palisades will have to get past two-time city champs Narbonne for the other spot.
Westchester is hoping to upset No. 1 seed Roosevelt and return to the Division II finals, while University will be looking to do the same against Bell.
In the Southern Section, top-seed Brentwood travel to Cantwell-Sacred Heart in the IV-A semifinals and Culver City host Foothill in the II-AA quarterfinals.
Below are the today’s games and times.
LACES trailed after the first period but was able to recover with a strong second quarter on their way to a 75-63 victory over Fulton and secured a spot in the LA City Division IV finals.
LACES outscored Fulton 22-11 to take a ten-point halftime lead at 37-27.
Evan Battey had 24 points and 18 rebounds, while Dean Tanioka added 14 points and five assists for the Unicorns.
Evan Battey had 18 points and 18 rebounds for LACES in an easy 79-59 victory over Sherman Oaks CES in the LA City Division IV quarterfinals.
LACES (12-17) took a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter and had a 40-20 advantage at halftime.
Rodney Beckles came off the bench to score 11 points for the Unicorns.