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Eric Sondheimer has been covering high school sports for the Los Angeles Times since 1997 and in Southern California since 1976.

St. John Bosco clinches league title with 49-26 win over Servite — It's time to recognize how dominant Bellflower St. John Bosco (8-1, 4-0) has become as a football program. Playing in perhaps the toughest league in America, the Trinity League, the Braves clinched their third consecutive league title Friday night, grinding out a 49-26 victory over Anaheim Servite at Cerritos College.

Westlake eyes playoffs after defeating St. Bonaventure, 45-28 — The Pac-5 Division in high school football is loaded with top teams. From defending champion Bellflower St. John Bosco to 19-time champion Long Beach Poly to no-huddle offense king Corona Centennial, there's going to be plenty of teams to avoid in the playoffs.

Breeders' Cup notes: Jockey Ryan Moore looks for more success — Ryan Moore , the 31-year-old jockey from England who has won races in 11 countries, was walking briskly Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. There wasn't a cloud in the sky, and the San Gabriel Mountains were glistening amid the hustle and bustle of horses preparing for this weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships .

Top prep football games for Thursday — Top prep football games on Thursday: Ventura St. Bonaventure (5-3, 1-0) at Westlake Village Westlake (6-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. Westlake's only losses were close games against Long Beach Poly and Santa Ana Mater Dei, so the Warriors know how to rise to a challenge. Chase Jasmin has 1,049 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns.

Phil D'Amato appears to be a trainer on the rise — There's no shortage of star power converging at Santa Anita this week for the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer, Bill Mott, Wayne Lukas, Todd Pletcher - they're trainers with big-time horses and big-time wins. Then there's a 38-year-old newcomer, Phil D'Amato, who took over the stable for the retired Mike Mitchell in April.

Narbonne's coach and quarterback have lively exchanges — Watching Manuel Douglas, the Harbor City Narbonne High football coach, try to teach junior quarterback Roman Ale right from wrong during a practice session is so entertaining that a TV network should consider signing them to a deal. "I'm not going to allow buffoonery," Douglas said.

The Times' high school football rankings — A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. Rank; School; Record; last week; next game (last week's ranking) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO; 7-1; def. Orange Lutheran, 54-43; at Servite, Friday (1) 2. JSERRA; 7-1; def. Mater Dei, 17-10; vs. Orange Lutheran at Orange Coast College, Thursday (5) 3.

Tyler Thompson, 12, gets to catch passes from Tom Brady — Tyler Thompson, the 12-year-old son of Alemany baseball Coach Randy Thompson, got to meet and catch passes from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Saturday at Gillette Stadium. "Tyler said, 'Dad, this is the most amazing day ever,'" Randy Thompson said.

Boys' basketball: Saturday's fall league schedule — Here's the schedule for Saturday's fall league:

Backups step up to lead Gardena Serra to 38-21 victory over Alemany — Injuries are piling up in the physically demanding Mission League, requiring backups to step in and coaches to come up with new strategies and revised lineups to survive the physical play. Coach Scott Altenberg of Gardena Serra has lost six players for the rest of the season because of injuries and illness over the course of eight weeks.
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Nov 01, 2014

That's it for tonight. It's horse racing all day tomorrow.

Nov 01, 2014

Mission League will have three-way tie for first if Crespi, Serra and Bishop Amat all win next week. Then it's coin flips to decide seedings

Nov 01, 2014

St. John Bosco clinches league title with 49-26 win over Servite

Nov 01, 2014

Backup QB Aaron Simpson runs 42 yards for a TD with 15 seconds left for Servite. St. John Bosco 49, Servite 26.

Nov 01, 2014

RT @SignalSports: Jay Jay Wilson scores a 4th TD and Valencia leads Canyon 45-21 in the 4th Q

Nov 01, 2014

Correction: Blown transformer resulted in Atascadero-Arroyo Grande game being canceled.

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