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Sports Reporter — LA Times
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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.

Mater Dei beats Bishop Amat in back-and-forth battle — It's my 39th season covering high school football. When I saw seven iPads lined up on a table behind the Santa Ana Mater Dei bench Friday night for coaches to watch instant replays against La Puente Bishop Amat, I shook my head and mumbled, "Wow."

TV announcer John Jackson, Bishop Amat grad, to be tested in Mater Dei game — It's going to be quite a challenge for Prime Ticket announcer John Jackson tonight when he works the Bishop Amat-Mater Dei game. Jackson is a beloved Bishop Amat grad who starred for the Lancers. He always roots for Bishop Amat. But playing for Mater Dei is his son, John, a sophomore receiver.

Football: Dorsey wears down Hamilton in 33-14 victory — Down, 14-0, in the first quarter of a game played with temperatures in the 90s, the Dorsey Dons started to wear down Hamilton and came away with a 33-14 victory over the defending City Section Division II champions at Hamilton. It was the first game for new Coach Irvin Davis.

Santee High receives 650 new uniforms from 'Helpful Honda' — As part of its "Random Acts of Helpfulness" campaign run by the SoCal Honda Dealers, Santee High athletes were greeted on Thurday afternoon with a big surprise. More than 650 uniforms were donated to the school through "Helpful Honda" during a sixth period presentation in the gym.

Basketball: Mater Dei's Nike Extravaganza schedule — The Nike Extravaganza will be held Feb. 5-6 at Santa Ana Mater Dei. The Feb. 5 schedule: Windward vs. JSerra, 4 p.m.; St. John Bosco vs. Village Christian, 5:30 p.m.; Mater Dei vs. Arizona Shadown Mountain, 8:30 p.m.; Mater Dei (girls) vs. Las Vegas Centennial, 7 p.m. The Feb 6 schedule: Colony vs.

Football: Darnay Holmes, Alec Stevenson, Marquel Dismuke cleared to play for Calabasas — Three of Calabasas' most high-profiled transfers, Darnay Holmes from Newbury Park, Alec Stevenson from Malibu and Marquel Dismuke from Compton Dominguez, have received clearance from the school and the Southern Secton to play in tonight's season opener against Canyon Country Canyon after verification of a valid change of residence, according to the latest from the Southern Section website.

Football: Dorsey begins season under new coach Irvin Davis — The Irvin Davis era at Dorsey High begins on Friday afternoon at Hamilton. Davis, a former junior varsity coach, takes over for the legendary Paul Knox. Davis has been around Dorsey for 25 years. He knows the fans want success. "I'm very familiar with the process," he said.

Bishop Amat versus Mater Dei is among top high school football games — Friday's top high school football games: La Puente Bishop Amat vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei at Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket): There could be as many as four quarterbacks playing in a game matching representatives from the two strongest leagues in the Southland - the Mission and Trinity.

Football: Margarito Beltran is removed as La Serna's coach — Margarito Beltran has been removed as football coach at Whittier La Serna High School, a district spokeswoman confirmed. Assistant Andy George will be his replacement. La Serna has been a perennial title contender in the CIF's Southeast Division, winning in 2013.

Softball star Natasha Watley visits View Park Prep to offer inspiration, hope — Before leaving for Japan this weekend to resume her professional softball career, Olympic gold medalist Natasha Watley came to View Park Prep school Thursday morning to address the student body during an outdoor assembly under scorching heat and offer special words of encouragement to a group of female students whose petition drive to start the school’s first softball team had finally succeeded.
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Aug 29, 2015

In Houston, public school football coaches make pretty good money

Aug 29, 2015

@JCarlsenJr only one holding penalty in Mater Dei-Bishop Amat game. So nice.

Aug 29, 2015

I thought Crespi was going to try passing a little bit more. Two attempts vs. Sylmar? Next up Orange Lutheran. Will have to pass more.

Aug 29, 2015

Serra QB Khalil Tate ejected in win over Lakewood. That means he can't play next week vs. Corona Centennial. Bad. Very bad.

Aug 29, 2015

I don't normally notice blockers but you cannot miss 6-7, 323~pound soph Tommy Brown of Mater Dei. A star in the making.

Aug 29, 2015

Mater Dei beats Bishop Amat in back-and-forth battle

Aug 29, 2015

Oaks Christian rallies for win on Bill Redell's night

Aug 29, 2015

Trinity League goes 6-0 on opening night. What's new?

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