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Windward’s Breland Brandt is quickly becoming one of the most sought after high school athletes on the westside.
The 6-foot-five, 190-pound sophomore lineman made his presence known on the football field this year with 63 tackles along with 10.5 sacks and colleges have taken notice. Brandt has already taken an unofficial visit to Westwood and received offers from UCLA and fellow PAC-12 schools Colorado.
In their last two meetings, Windward needed last second heroics to gets past Long Beach Poly. Jordin Canada made sure they would not happen again.
The McDonald’s All-American scored 11 of on her 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead Windward to the Southern Section Open Division championship game in a 62-49 victory over Long Beach Poly on Saturday night.
That put a smile on Windward head coach Vanessa Nygaard’s face.
Wonder Smith scored 10 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and helped the Wildcats reach the championship game, after defeating Price 68-54 in the Division 4A playoffs on Friday night.
They have defeated the Knights twice now, beating them earlier in the season 64-62 at the University tournament.
The team took advantage of an anemic Price offense holding them to four points midway through the fourth quarter, and started expanding their lead to 55-46 with two minutes remaining.
Girls Basketball: Windward shakes off the rust; sets up a rematch with LB Poly in the Open Division Semis
After last season’s loss to Bishop O’ Dowd in the CIF state championship game, Windward was ready to begin their new quest to get back to Sacramento.
They have been preparing for this opportunity all season and Wednesday night got them a step closer to their goal, defeating Canyon Springs 52-42 in the Open Division quarterfinals.
The Wildcats started the game on an 8-2 run and took a 13-11 lead heading into the second quarter. The game kept close until halftime with Windward leading 22-19.
Windward quarterback Connor Simpson and cornerback Drew Bryant will play at Division III school next year.
Simpson will head to Case Western University in Cleveland and had 1,800 yards passing along with 19 touchdowns for the Wildcats.
Amherst College is the destination for Bryant.
It was a long road trip for Windward but Daniel Green made it worthwhile when he scored the only of the game in a 1-0 upset victory over San Luis Obispo on Thursday in the first round of the Division V playoffs.
Below is the scores from the first round of the boys basketball playoffs from yesterday.
Yorba Linda 63, (6) Beverly Hills 58 (OT)
(3) Mission Prep 82, Milken Community 58
(7) Pacific Hills 65, La Salle 48
(3) Windward 100, California Military 51
(6) Crossroads 63, Sage Hill 44
(7) Brentwood 81, CAMS 25
(10) St. Monica 75, Crean Lutheran 49
Third-seeded Windward broke the triple digit barrier for the first time all season and had little trouble dispatching California Military in a 100-51 victory in the first round of the Division IV-A playoffs.
Windward athletic director Steve Smith was named the new boys’ basketball head coach for the 2014-15 season the school announced in a statement yesterday.
Miguel Villegas will continue to lead the team for the remainder of
Smith served as girls’ basketball for 13 seasons were he led the Wildcats to a CIF State Division IV title in 2011 and two sectional titles before leaving that position two years ago.
This season, he served as an assistant coach on Villegas staff.
Roy Hemsley had another double-double and four other Windward players scored in double figures to help the Wildcats beat Viewpoint 78-68, on Wednesday night and keep pace with first-place Sierra Canyon in the Alpha League.
Windward struggled throughout as Viewpoint was able to keep pace which the second-place team and keep the score manageable at halftime, 35-22.
“We didn’t play very well,” Windward head coach Miguel Villegas said. “We weren’t doing [anything wrong], they were playing better than us.”
Windward got a scare when Viewpoint (12-11, 1-7 Alpha League) was able to close the lead to 51-47 with 7:42 left in the fourth quarter.
Then the Wildcats finally woke up and started out-rebounding their opponent by using their massive height advantage.
Windward lineman Roy Hemsley has received on a offer from USC, his first from a PAC-12 school.
The 6-7, 275-pound junior helped lead the Wildcats to a 7-3 record last year including upsets of LA City Section schools Hamilton and Jordan.
He picked up an offer from San Diego State as a sophomore during his first season of playing organized football.
Hemsley was named to the LA Sports Journal’s All-Westside Football Team earlier this year.
Windward point guard Jordin Canada has been selected to the McDonald’s All-American basketball team it was announced today.
The senior helped lead the Wildcats to the CIF State Open Division title game last year and has signed to play at UCLA next season.
Canada was overwhelmed by the news.
“It feels great and I’m so honored to be apart of a the great history [of] the McDonald’s All-American Game,” said Canada. “I thank God for the opportunity and I wouldn’t have made it without my teammates.”
Canada will play on the west squad with the game taking place on April 3rd at the United Center in Chicago.
Four players scored in double-digits for Windward and they extended their winning streak to three after a 92-55 win over Fresno Bullard.
Breland Brandt and Mason Shepard both finished the game with 17 points. Brandt added four rebounds and two steals to his performance. Shepard had eight rebounds and one block in the blowout victory.
The Wildcats (13-4, 2-0) will travel to Viewpoint in an Alpha league matchup.
Viewed as a rare underdog on the road, Windward reminded everyone why they are still considered one of the favorites to win the CIF Open Division with a 83-74 victory over host Stockton St. Mary’s on Saturday.
Senior center Kristen Simon had a dominating performance inside with 25 points and 24 rebounds.
Windward (13-2) trailed throughout the first half before tying the game at 39. The Wildcats led by as much as 19 points in the final two quarters.
St Mary (11-4) is No. 14 team in MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Rankings.
Brentwood did something no westside team has done to Windward’s girls basketball team in while, give them a scare.
The Eagles led late in the first half before the Wildcats recovered for a 66-38 victory to open Alpha League play.
Brentwood held a surprising 14-11 lead after Sammy Schlessel hit back-to-back three-pointers and AJ Simmons made another one before the first quarter horn.
Windward center Kristen Simon was largely ineffective in the first half after picking up two quick fouls minutes into the game.
That left Jordin Canada to take charge of the offense. The senior had a game-high 21 points.
“I’m a point guard and not supposed to be the one scoring the points,” Canada said, “[Windward coach] Vanessa [Nygaard] told me to step up more and attack the basket.’