The fact that the Cathedral Phantoms were without their best player, the injured Milan Acquaah (considered by many to be a top 10 high school basketball player in California), may have impacted their Feb. 5 game against the Bishop Montgomery Knights, but it had zero impact on their level of focus.
What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? One of the best high school basketball games of the year, in the case of the highly-anticipated Jan. 30 matchup between the Bishop Montgomery Knights, ranked seventh in the nation and second in the state, and the Chino Hills Huskies, the nation’s top dog.
Congratulations to all of the local Catholic schools that won a state, league or divisional championship during the fall sports season! Here is a roundup of the schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that were able to hang new banners on their walls:
In sports, it doesn’t matter who has the lead for the longest amount of time: all that matters is who leads last. Just look at the St. Bernard Vikings’ basketball game Jan. 20 against the Cantwell-Sacred Heart Cardinals.
Of the 32 minutes on the game clock, the home Cardinals held the lead for 31:55 of them. But the visiting Vikings, poised in the face of not only a major height disadvantage but also an 8-10 point deficit for much of the night, refused to give up.
The reigning Division 4 California State high school basketball champion Crespi Celts may have lost a few of their senior leaders heading into this season, but have lost none of their drive to repeat.
The St. Lucy’s Priory High School’s Varsity Water Polo team won first place in the Five Counties Girls Water Polo Tournament Jan. 8-9 in Riverside.
When the Loyola Cubs held the Chaminade Eagles scoreless for the entire first quarter of the Jan. 6 high school basketball game, it was hard to imagine how the Eagles were going to score a basket, let alone get themselves back into the lopsided game.
Notre Dame High School hosted the Catholic Youth Organization Flag Football Championship Nov. 22 in Sherman Oaks, featuring the title game between American Martyrs in Manhattan Beach against St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena.
No sporting event splits the city of Los Angeles in two quite like the USC-UCLA college football game. And perhaps no one can relate to the inner turmoil the city endures when the two perennial powerhouses clash each season more than Scott Altenberg, a UCLA graduate and season ticket holder — and the head football coach of nationally ranked Serra High School in Gardena — who has seen several of his best former players go on to play for USC.
The 2015 CYO Girls Volleyball playoffs culminated in Championship Sunday at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs on Nov. 8 with a rematch of last year’s championship between American Martyrs of Manhattan Beach, the No. 1 seed, against Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Pasadena, No. 2 seed and the defending champions.
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