Month: November 2016

Girls basketball

Chaminade Girls basketball developing a new identity.

Image losing two All Americans off your squad. You now have to regroup and develop a new identity among your team – with a target on your back from dismantling so many clubs a year ago.  That’s the dilemma the Chaminade Girls basketball team is faced with, after winning a State title last season with Super Senors Leaonna Odom and Valerie Higgins.  Odom (2016 McDonalds All American) is now a stud at Duke, while Higgins (U-18  USA participant) has cracked the starting line up for the Lady Trojans. Both proving  that they were no flukes.  The girls are playing major minutes for their college teams as Freshmen, as well as proving that CA girls basketball is one of the premiere states with lots of talent.


5’8 Sr. Guard Melissa Wright has taken some of the focus off of last years team and looks to keep the momentum going.  Image by PopScout

Melissa Wright has jumped center stage and gives the Eagles an immediate punch, with the ability to shoot from 3 point land, play solid defense, and finish around the bucket.  Although the Eagles went 2-2 in the recent Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney, this young lady was a joy to watch as she brings energy and some of that ‘Senior swag’ needed for her team to be successful.  She should be able to lock down a few D1 offers by years end.  Scouts need to keep an eye out on this young lady.

Here are a few highlights of Chaminade as they face Fairmont Prep during the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney hosted by the Dolphins and Coach Torino Johnson. Going to be some great basketball played this year in the tough Mission league Conference with the likes of Alemany, Harvard Westlake, and Chaminade all vying to become conference champs and then some.

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Girls basketball

Harvard Westlake wins Palisades Tourney


Harvard Westlake Jr Forward Jayla Ruffus-Milner grabs a rebound and looks to push against a Serra defender during the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney. Image by PopScout.

Harvard Westlake has been crowned Champions of the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney, knocking off a very sound Fairmont Prep team by a score of 48-45.  The squad relies on its twin dynamic duo of Jayla (tourney MVP with 21 pts in the Championship game) and Jada Ruffus-Milner (All Tourney Selection – 11pts) to carry the team on its back.


Twins Jayla and Jayda work very well together on the court, complementing each others’ game.  Image taken at the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney.

The Lady Wolverines are poised and ready to capture a Mission league title this year.  The early season Palisades tourney was a very good barometer for teams to see what needs to be tweeked/adjusted and just who will be able to show up and show out on game day.  By no means is basketball a one player sport, but it comes in handy when you have one or several go to players on your team, that you can depend on, when the going gets tough.  Crunch time you feel me.

Take a look at some highlights of Harvard Westlake as they take on a scrappy Serra squad during the Palisades Tourney hosted by the Dolphins and Coach Torino Johnson.  We spotlight Jr. Forward Jayla Ruffin-Milner who appears to be the most talented among the two twins.  Should be some great games in the Mission league this year with Alemany, Chaminade, and Harvard Westlake all showing good team play during the Palisades tourney.

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Boys High School Hoops

Maranatha Rose City Classic Game of the day


Jr Guard Bryce Hamilton gets off a jumper against a LaSalle defender in the opening day of the Maranatha Rose City Classic Tourney.  Pull the Bow and Arrow young man.

The Maranatha Rose City Classic Tourney, hosted by Coach Tucker and the Minutemen, kicked off Monday, November 28, 2016.  The game of the day features Pasadena vs LaSalle.  It’s early on in the season as teams are developing their identity with new players and transfers getting a chance to show and prove.  Pasadena wast a bit too much for LaSalle to handle, coming away with a 64-42 victory.


Here’s the full game of Pasadena vs LaSalle for you high school basketball junkies.  Pasadena takes on Cantwell-Sacred Heart Wednesday at 6:30 pm in what should be a very good match up.  Cantwell came away with an opening round victory against Canyon by a whopping score of 80-40.  Good Lord.  Let’s hope the loss doesn’t have a lasting effect on canyon this early on in the season.  Keep your head up young men.

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Boys High School Hoops

Redondo Union PAC Shores Final Day

Final day Schedule of Redondo Union Tourney.

Saturday 11/26/16 Day 4

Auxiliary/Small Gym

10:30am View Park vs Cleveland 7th Place Game 8 team bracket
12:00pm Peninsula vs Mayfair Game 27 15th Place Game 16 team bracket
1:300pm Kalaheo vs Fremont 5th Place Game 8 team bracket
3:00pm Campbell Hall vs St. Bernard 3rd place Game 8 team bracket
Main/Big Gym

10:00am Harvard Westlake vs Dominguez 13th Place Game 16 team bracket
11:30am *Gahr* vs Inglewood 11th Place Game 16 team bracket
1:00pm Redondo vs LB Poly 7th Place Game 16 team bracket
2:30pm Rancho Christian vs Lynwood Consolation Champ 16 team bracket
4:00pm Santa Margarita vs Oak Park 5th Place Game 16 team bracket
5:30pm St. Anthony vs Morningside Championship Game 8 team bracket
7:00pm Narbonne vs Roosevelt 3rd Place game 16 team bracket
8:30pm Birmingham vs Westchester Championship Game 16 team bracket

Reseda Football 2016

Reseda advances to Division III Championship



The Reseda Regents will face Franklin High School for the CIFLACS Division III Championship after knocking off Hollywood High by a score of 37-0.  It’s Number 1 vs Number 2 for the DIII Crown, with Franklin coming in seeded as the Number 1 team.  Reseda used a balanced attack on offense and, as always, played sound on the defensive side of the ball, giving Hollywood High no time to set their offense and run their sets.


Reseda will need to rest their bodies as the extra games can take its toll.  Let’s hope everyone is healthy and at 100% come Saturday, December 3.

Reseda will  take their 5 game winning streak to El Camino College against a Franklin team that lost only one game all season and hold an 11-1 record.  The two teams faced three of the same opponents, going up against Chavez, Hollywood, and Van Nuys.  Look for Reseda to be too much for Franklin to handle and come away with their first City Section title under Coach Alonso Arreola.

Here are the highlights from the game against Hollywood, who were outmatched by Reseda from bell to bell.  Jr. Ja’Lani Elison has been a stud during the playoffs.  He had three picks –  two pick 6’s – and should be a serious contender for All City Player in Division III.  The Regents look good overall as a team but will need to be on their A game come 11am December 3, 2016 at El Camino College. Both teams will look for Santa to deliver an early Christmas present wrapped in the shape of a City Section title.

The Pick:
Reseda 40-21

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Girls basketball

Girls Basketball: Palisades looks impressive against Canyon

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Down by 9 at halftime during the Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney, it didn’t look good for the Palisades girls basketball team.  Canyon was red hot, making buckets from three point land as well as getting great post play from their bigs.  But, by the end of the third quarter, the Dolphins had taken the lead, 51-49, using a swarming full court press and knocking down a barrage of shots from all areas of the court.  Midway through the 4th, Pali’ had command of the game and eventually went on to win by a score of 64-56. A game of two halves indeed as Palisades Coach Torino Johnson never seemed to sweat… and his players followed suit.  A true sign of a championship caliber team.


Coach Torino Johnson and his coaching staff did a great job weathering the storm from a Canyon team that was red hot during the first half of play.  Image by PopScout.

It’s going to be a difficult task for teams to handle Palisades this year because of their superior guard play.  They have three very good perimeter players in Seniors Chelsey Gipson, Chaniya Pickett, and Super Sophomore Kayla Williams – all of whom are fundamentally sound, show great poise on the court, and excel at playing a full court, smothering defense.  Chelsey Gipson is something special – garnering a 95, 4 Star rating from ESPN.  She’s signed with LMU and should make an immediate impact as a Freshman next year.  When you come up against Pali and your back court play isn’t up to par, it’s a wrap.  The team gets it in from baseline to baseline for – a full 32 minutes of play.  Although they lack size in the middle (this may hurt them against bigger squads), they make up for it with heart as big as a 7 footer.

Take a look at some highlights from the Palisades vs Canyon game. We spotlight Super Sophomore Kayla Williams but make no mistake about it…#1 Senior PG Chelsey Gipson is a true stud-muffin. Palisades takes on Fairmont Prep Friday,  November 25, 2016 at 7pm to see who advances to Saturday’s Championship game against the winner of Harvard Westlake vs Valencia.

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Girls basketball

Girls basketball: Canyon looks to learn from their mistakes.

Midway through the 2nd Quarter, there were smiley faces and good things to cheer about for the Canyon Girls basketball team.  They were knocking down shots and dominating inside against Palisades during the 1st half of a quarterfinal match-up at the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney.  Things seemed to come unglued during the 2nd half, as Palisades used a smothering defense to force turnover after turnover as well as pulling the bow and arrow from long range.  It was a tale of two halves as Canyon just didn’t seem to handle the pressure of Palisades.  Closing games is a critical component a team must figure out when playing against solid competition.  Developing an identity to your squad is a trait all teams must establish you feel me.


6’3 Jr. Rachel Bowers dominated in the paint during the 1st half of play, scoring 14 points.  She was limited to 4 points in the 2nd half.  Image by PopScout.

One thing the Canyon Girls BBall team can learn from after suffering their 1st defeat of the early 2016-17 season is that you don’t win a game in the first half.  You must stay focused, humble, and keep up the momentum or you will see your lead – and the game – dwindle away.  That was the case Tuesday night as Canyon lost to a very gritty and undersized Palisades team by a score of 64-56.  All is not lost, as this was just the 2nd game of the season for both teams.


Sr. PG #5 Angelino Puno provided a good punch coming off the bench for the Cowboys during their Quarterfinal match-up against the Dolphins of Palisades.  Image by PopScout.

We do like what we see from Canyon – showing some good guard play, execution of their schemes, and the ability to feed the post and play an uptempo style of play.  With a tough pre-conference tourney schedule coming up for them – playing in the Nike TOC  as well as the Burroughs tourney – it’s no time to hold your head down but pick up the pieces and continue learning from your mistakes.


Look for Head Coach Jessica Haayer to make sure her team develops a ‘closers’ mentality as the season progresses.  We love the execution and style of play from her system.

Look for Canyons’ squad to overcome obstacles as a basketball unit so that, at the end of the day, they’ll be primed for conference play and a strong playoff push.  Develop an identity for yourselves young ladies and don’t take leads for granted…but I’m sure your coach has stressed these factors.

Take a look at a few highlights from their game against Palisades at the 2016 Palisades Beach Invitational Tourney.  We spotlight 6’3 Jr. Rachel Bowers who was a beast in the post for the Cowboys.  Eat young lady!

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Boys High School FootballReseda Football 2016

Reseda advances to Semifinals against Hollywood.


The Regents face Hollywood High Friday, November 25, 2016 to see who moves on and plays for the Division 3 Crown.  Playing a day after Thanksgiving, let’s hope the turkey doesn’t slow them down.  Image by PopScout.

The Reseda Regents  have advanced to the semifinals of the Division 3 CIF Los Angeles City Section playoffs.  The #2 Regents are undefeated this season at home and look to keep their streak alive when they host #7 Hollywood High School November 25, 2016. Reseda took care of business, handling a gritty West Adams squad by a score of 40-12.  It was a good game – in that – the Regents got a chance to see what they’re made of by holding West Adams’ nifty QB in check.

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It’s going to come down to who wants it the most, as both teams will look to execute and limit their mistakes in order to move on to the Championship game scheduled December 3, 2016 at El Camino College.  Hollywood High comes in feeling good about themselves after taking care of business against the #1 ranked team in DIII, defeating Torres by a score of 27-21.   Reseda will look to their two QB rotation as a means to keep Hollywood off guard.  The Regents have been effective utilizing both #7 Michael Martin III and #9 Zack Almora at the QB position.


The kicking game may play a factor if the game comes down to the wire.  Image by PopScout.

At the end of the day, it’s win or go home baby, with both teams looking to play one more game in December.  Special teams – and the little things – may play a big role Friday night, so let’s hope coaches and players have been in the lab, addressing weaknesses and making sure everyone understands that it takes a team effort to win a championship.  From the coaches, to the players, to fans and parents. No one wants to go home with that bad taste in your mouth, thinking that you could have given more.  Lay it all on the line come Friday Night under the lights. But no matter the outcome, both teams should be proud of themselves for making it to the semifinal game.   Great season for both teams looking to make it a special year.

Here are the highlights from the Reseda vs West Adams game.  Like they always say…big time players, make big time plays, in big time games.  Looking forward to seeing who steps up big Friday night.

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Boys High School HoopsRedondo Union Tourney

Redondo Union Tourney Kicks off November 21, 2016


Cal State Fullerton commit Matt Mitchell will be on hand to see if Roosevelt can be great in 2016-17. The tourney has a slew of current and potential  D1 Commits. Let’s see who’s been in the lab working on their craft. Image by PopScout.

The 65th Annual Pac Shores Basketball Tourney kicks off November 21, 2016 at Redondo Union High School.  Redondo will look to create a new name for itself after the departure of Head Coach Reggie Morris Jr. It will be interesting to see how new Head Coach Vic Martin tweaks the system and brings his own style of play to the table. They’re some good teams entered and some good match ups on day one.  Take a look at the day one schedule and be sure to mark your calendar.  PopScout will be on hand filming games, getting interviews, taking pics, and soaking up basketball coaching knowledge.

Day 1 November 21, 2016
Birmingham vs Rancho Christian (SG)
3:30p Harvard Westlake vs Narbonne (MG)
4:30p  Oak Park vs Dominguez(SG)
5p Lynwood vs Westchester (MG)
Roosevelt vs Inglewood (SG)
630p Redondo vs GAHR (MG)
730p Long Beach Poly vs Mayfair(SG)
8p Santa Margarita vs Peninsula(MG)

2016 Redondo Union High School Pac Shores Boys Varsity 8

Pool A
A1 – Campbell Hall
A2 – Kalaheo
A3 – St Anthony
A4 – View Park

Pool B
B1 – St. Bernard
B2 – Morningside
B3 – Fremont
B4 – Cleveland

Monday November 21, 2016
12:00pm (SG) Morningside vs Fremont
1:30pm (SG) St. Bernard vs Cleveland
*2:00pm (MG) Campbell Hall vs View Park*
*7:00pm Kalaheo @ St. Anthony High School*

Tuesday November 22, 2016
12:30pm (MG) Morningside vs Cleveland
1:30pm (SG) Campbell Hall vs St. Anthony
2:00 pm (MG) St. Bernard vs Fremont
9:00pm (SG) Kalaheo vs View Park

Friday November 25, 2016
3:00pm (SG) Fremont vs Cleveland
4:30pm (SG) St Anthony vs View Park
6:00pm (SG) St. Bernard vs Morningside
7:30pm (SG) Campbell Hall vs Kalaheo

Saturday November 26, 201610:00am (SG) Game 38 A4 vs B4 7th
1:30pm (SG) A3 vs B3 5th Place Game
3:00pm (SG) A2 vs B2 3rd Place Game
5:30pm (MG) Game 46 A1 vs B1 Championship
JC Football

JC Football: LAVC Goes Undefeated


After a 9-2 record and a Golden State Bowl victory in 2015, Los Angeles Valley College  has gone 10-0 during the 2016 season.  Image by PopScout.

LAVC football is back.  Under Head Coach Robert Tucker, the Monarchs have gone 10-0, looking very, very impressive on both sides of the ball.  They run a no huddle attack that keeps defenses on their heels throughout the game. On the opposite side of the ball, their defense is top notch – ready to drop the hammer on every play. Smash mouth football indeed. But at the end of the day,  you only go as far as your QB will take you and the Monarchs have one of the best Freshman QB’s in JC Football.


They say in the game of football, you only go as far as your QB will take you.  Freshman QB Christian Jorgensen has led the Monarchs to an undefeated record thus far. Put us on your back young man.  Image by PopScout.

#2 Freshman QB Christian Jorgensen  – who stands 6’3 – has been a stud all year long.  The kid is from Bellingham, WA showing poise in the pocket, accuracy, and the ability to run the no huddle offense like a soldier.  If you take a look at the Monarchs’ roster, from top to bottom, they’ve brought in players from across the country who’ve blended well, showing great team chemistry and spirit on the football field.  The team takes on Southwestern 6pm Saturday November 19, 2016 for the American Division Championship Bowl.

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The game will be played at LAVC and if you haven’t had a chance to see their squad in action, then you’ll have a chance to witness a very solid JC football team.  You also have to take a look at the upgrades the campus is making…beautiful indeed.  Valley College is on the map you feel me. Look for them to come out firing on all cylinders against a Southwestern team that comes to town with a 9-1 record, so it should be a great match-up.

Take a look at a few clips as LAVC takes on a solid Citrus team. LAVC is a joy to watch.  Come show some love Saturday November 19, 2016 at 6pm.

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