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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.

Songbird looks like a special filly in Las Virgenes romp — There are those rare moments in horse racing when even the losing bettors stand up and applaud when they are witnessing greatness., That was the scene on a gorgeous, cloudless Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita, where the unbeaten 3-year-old filly Songbird, sent off at odds of 1-9, showed why she is drawing comparisons to the likes of Ruffian and Rachel Alexandra.

Boys' basketball: Fairfax, Westchester score impressive wins over Southern Section teams — Fairfax and Westchester, representing the City Section. more than held their own on Saturday at the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High. Freshmen Ethan Anderson and Robert McRae each scored 15 points to help Fairfax defeat Los Alamitos, 65-56. Eyassu Worku led Los Alamitos with 27 points. Westchester...

Baseball: Santa Margarita defeats Huntington Beach in Sunset vs. Trinity League Challenge — It was the 2014 Southern Section Division 1 champions vs. the 2015 Division 1 champions. Santa Margarita knocked off Huntington Beach, 4-3, in an opening game of the Sunset vs. Trinity League Baseball Challenge on Saturday. Sophomore Chandler Champlain had two hits for Santa Margarita. Hagen Danner...

Baseball: Hunter Greene makes winter debut on mound for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame — The search is on for a pitcher who might be able to beat defending Southern Section Division 1 champion Huntington Beach this season. One candidate is 6-foot-3 junior Hunter Greene of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame. He has been shut down for much of the winter, resting his arm.

Two-sport athlete John Jackson transfers from Mater Dei to Gardena Serra — John Jackson III, a promising two-sport athlete, has transferred from Santa Ana Mater Dei to Gardena Serra. Jackson, a sophomore, played quarterback and receiver for Mater Dei. He's also a top baseball player. He is the son of the former USC receiver and TV commentator. For the latest on high...

Boys' basketball: Alemany-Crespi showdown for first place in Mission League is set for Monday — Alemany and Crespi finished off opponents on Friday night, setting up a showdown for first place in the Mission League on Monday night at Alemany. Alemany (19-6, 9-1) defeated Loyola, 74-63. Shacquille Dawkins scored 23 points, Earnie Sears 18 and DJ McDonald 14. Crespi (23-2, 9-1) defeated Chaminade,...

Football: Sophomore QB Matt Corral commits to USC — Sophomore quarterback Matt Corral of Oaks Christian has committed to USC. He led Oaks Christian to an 11-1 record. "It's the school he wants to go," Coach Jim Benkert said. "We had a long talk to make sure his commitment was solid. Clay Helton said he was taking one quarterback and it fits."

Football: Mique Juarez, Michael Pittman named Parade magazine All-Americans — Linebacker Mique Juarez from North Torrance and receiver Michael Pittman from Oaks Christian have been selected to the Parade magazine All-American team. Juarez signed with UCLA and Pittman has already enrolled at USC. Here's the link to the complete team. For the latest on high school sports,...

Football: No Open Division for Southern Section in 2016 — The Southern Section has no plans to create an Open Division in football this fall, spokesman Thom Simmons said Friday. There has been much speculation among coaches that an Open Division would be created to help group the top football teams together regardless of enrollment. But the Southern Section...

Baseball: Freshman Cole Dale could be important pitcher for Sherman Oaks Notre Dame — It's going to be a whole new baseball experience this spring in the Mission League playing the same team three times in a week, putting pressure on pitching staffs to come up with three solid starting pitchers. And Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, which returns junior standout Hunter Greene, along with...
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Feb 07, 2016

LaMelo Ball is 14 years old. Freshman. Fearless. And wait until he has his growth spurt.

Feb 07, 2016

Animo Inglewood Charter High School known for its high academic standards

Feb 07, 2016

Chino Hills (25-0) 98, Bishop Gorman 81. Lonzo Ball 27, LaMelo Ball 25, LiAngelo Ball 22, Eli Scott 22. Damien is next.

Feb 06, 2016

End of 3, Chino Hills 76, Bishop Gorman 55. 10 threes for Chino Hills. The Huskies will never lose when they make that many threes.

Feb 06, 2016

RT @MSNBC: Sound familiar? @MarcoRubio repeats the same line about President Obama four times during the #GOPDebate:

Feb 06, 2016

Halftime: Chino Hills 58, Bishop Gorman 36. Lonzo Ball 18 points.

Feb 06, 2016

RT @tca_hoops: Boys BBALL: FINAL Trinity 57 SCCS 55. Caddow 16p, Peterson and Mateo 13p, Pabalan 7 @SignalSports @pollonpreps @DNPrepSports @latsondheimer

Feb 06, 2016

Big hoop games next week: Monday, Crespi at Alemany, NH at Grant; Tuesday, Damien at Chino HIlls; Friday, Fairfax at Westchester.

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