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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.

The Times' high school football rankings — A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. Rk. School (W-L) Result; Next game (last week's ranking) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO (6-1) def. JSerra, 49-44; vs. Orange Lutheran, Friday (1) 2. MATER DEI (6-1) def. Servite, 20-17; vs. JSerra, Friday (2) 3. CORONA CENTENNIAL (5-2) def.

Mission Hills Alemany defender is also a one-man band — During a high school season in which passing a football for more than 400 yards has become almost routine and scoring five touchdowns in a single game gets you a pat on the back but no special award, let's take a moment to single out someone who doesn't get much attention -- a defensive player.

Crespi is well-grounded in 56-21 win over Notre Dame — Troy Thomas calls his Crespi High football team "The Mighty 30." "Basically, our whole team is playing both ways," he said. "I'm proud of my guys. They're battling." When the going gets tough, that's when the Celts are most dangerous, such as Friday night against neighborhood rival Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

Top prep football games for Friday — Top prep football games on Friday night: Encino Crespi (5-1, 2-1) at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (5-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. This annual neighborhood rivalry matchup usually produces a dramatic finish, and both teams are coming in ready for peak performances.

Quarterback praise: 'He's very presidential'? Oh, and he's quick too

Water polo: No. 1 Harvard-Westlake defeats No. 2 Mater Dei in emotional match — You knew something big was happening on Tuesday at Harvard-Westlake's swim stadium. The place was packed with fans, and there was a Harvard-Westlake student dressed from head to toe in a red leotard suit that made him look like a super hero. It was No. 1 Harvard-Westlake vs. No.

Football: JSerra could have to forfeit Santa Margarita win — The Southern Section is considering whether to force JSerra to forfeit its Trinity League football victory over Santa Margarita last week because a player who had been ejected during the junior varsity game suited up even though he did not play in the varsity game.

There's a new Kobe in town — Don't be surprised if Filipino flags are being waved en masse this winter in the gym at Los Angeles Cathedral High. There are more than 375,000 Filipinos living in Los Angeles County, and a 17-year-old basketball prodigy with more than 50,000 Twitter and 67,000 Instagram followers is set to make his high school debut in the United States.

The Times' high school football rankings — A look at the top 25 high school football teams in the Southland. Rank; School (W-L); Result; Next game (Last week's ranking) 1. ST. JOHN BOSCO (5-1) def. Mater Dei, 28-25; vs. JSerra at Orange Coast College, Friday (1) 2. MATER DEI (5-1) lost to St. John Bosco, 28-25; vs.

Boys' basketball: Cathedral's Kobe Paras commits to UCLA — Just days after being offered a scholarship by UCLA Coach Steve Alford, 6-foot-6 junior wing Kobe Paras of L.A. Cathedral has committed to the Bruins. Paras, who moved to the area from the Philippines and is living with a host family, made the announcement Saturday morning in a news release sent out by Cathedral.
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Oct 22, 2014

I feel sorry for the assistant principals who will have to handle security for football games next Friday night. It's Halloween. Good luck.

Oct 22, 2014

JSerra-Mater Dei football still isn't as intense as JSerra-Mater Dei baseball.

Oct 22, 2014

I guess that "don't mess with Texas" line doesn't apply anymore to high school football. Their fans are great, though.

Oct 22, 2014

Downey girls soccer coach charged with having sex with student

Oct 22, 2014

153 players in NFL from Southern California. Don't anyone doubt who's No. 1 in talent.

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