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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.

Football: Southland players contributing to MIT's 10-0 season — They don't just produce rocket scientists and mechanical engineers at MIT. The football team is 10-0, and several Southland products are contributing. Tremaan Robbins, a sophomore defensive back from Long Beach Poly, has 39 tackles. Kodiak Brush, a sophomore linebacker from Orange Lutheran, is fourth-best on the team in tackles with 52.

Friday's top prep football games in the Southland — Long Beach Poly (11-1) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (11-1) at Cerritos College, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West): It's big-boy football in this Pac-5 Division semifinal game. There may be more future college players on the field than anywhere else in the region.

Injury ruins Jeremiah Martin's storybook comeback, but not his spirit — Having covered high school sports since the 1970s, one lesson I've learned is that the best way to project the future of an athlete on and off the field is to see how they respond in a time of adversity. Winning is easy; losing tests the soul of a competitor.

Boys' basketball: Top 10 teams begin action next week — Several of the Times' top 10 basketball teams began action this week, but most teams start their season next week. Top-ranked Corona Centennial is hosting a tournament on Wednesday that will also feature No. 6 Etiwanda. No. 3 Santa Ana Mater Dei plays its first game without the graduated Stanley Johnson on Dec.

Boys' basketball: Westchester advances to Redondo tournament semifinals — Terrell Waiters made a steal and scored with just over one second left, then completed the three-point play to give Westchester a 45-42 victory over Calabasas on Wednesday in a quarterfinal game of the Redondo tournament.

Girls' basketball: Valerie Higgins leads 21-0 Chaminade surge to defeat Troy — Chaminade and Troy, two of the top girls' basketball teams in the Southland, were tied, 47-47, halfway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Palisades tournament quarterfinal game. Then the Eagles turned up the defensive pressure, led by 6-foot-1 junior Valerie Higgins, and the rest of the game was a Chaminade highlight film.

Baseball: Birmingham's Ryan Mendoza commits to Long Beach State — Ryan Mendoza, an All-City junior catcher from defending City Section Division I champion Birmingham, said Wednesday he has committed to Long Beach State. "I'm excited to be part of such a good program," Mendoza said. Mendoza was key player defensively in Birmingham's title run last season.

Boys' basketball: Quarterfinal games in Redondo tournament — The Redondo tournament resumes on Wednesday with quarterfinal games. The schedule: St. John Bosco vs. Compton, 3:30 p.m.; Inglewood vs. Long Beach Poly, 5 p.m.; Westchester vs. Calabasas, 6:30 p.m.; redondo vs. Serra, 8 p.m. Consolation games will start at 3 p.m. in another gym.

Football: Garfield is nearing uncharted territory — Usually, the focus for Garfield fans is the rivalry game with Roosevelt. But this season, the Bulldogs are so close to making history. They're one win away from a trip to the Coliseum to play in their first-ever City Section Division I championship game. Standing in the way is powerful Narbonne.

Girls' basketball: Top games set for Palisades tournament quarterfinals — Let the real games begin. There's some great quarterfinal matchups on Wednesday in the Palisades tournament. Troy will play Chaminade at 4 p.m., followed by Windward against Keppel at 5:30 p.m. and Palisades taking on No. 1 Mater Dei at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., Garces will face Oaks Christian.
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