The year 2010 had many notable moments —  Apple releases the iPad, Sony retires the Walkman cassette player, a trillion-dollar stock market crash, the Lakers win (so far) their last NBA championship, California’s Prop. 8 banning same-sex marriage is overturned by the courts, Hurricane Sandy …

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The arcane perception that “it ain’t over ’til it’s over” in sports doesn’t feel old-fashioned if it happens to be true. And you can count the Chatsworth High football team among the believers.

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The recent football history of Cleveland High School is defined by a glorious rise and a precipitous drop. Two years ago the Cavaliers made it to the City Section Division II title game under then coach Mat Gentle, losing a close contest to Huntington Park High. The reward was a move into City’s Division I. But Gentle abruptly resigned at the beginning of the 2018 season, following a suspe…

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Shortly after time ran out in the recent football game between Canoga Park High and Roosevelt High of Los Angeles — a game that Canoga Park won handily, 41-0 — Hunters Coach Kevin Carlsen gath…

Jim Rose strode briskly toward the outdoor football stadium at Birmingham Community Charter High with a visitor shortly before the team’s practice, joyously pointing out the spotless green fie…

Reseda Charter High is not taking the easy way out for its 2019 prep football season opener. The Regents are traveling to Los Angeles to face traditional City Section power Crenshaw High on Fr…

Robert Garcia is a football coach with the soul of an architect. Ever since he arrived at San Fernando High in 2012 it’s been about vision and building. The first plan was to re-invigorate a p…

Football season is almost upon us. Late summer and autumn weekends filled with long passes, breakaway runs, jarring hits, game day parking lot grilling, silly mascots and bad-fitting alumni ge…

A gathering of youth, boys and girls of varying ages, are busy jogging and sprinting around the track here at Burbank High School. None of the kids here are “names” beyond their households. Bu…

It’s not easy or simple to just be a “good” program in City Section football these days with the perpetual shifting back and forth of teams through its various divisions as a method to promote…

The upcoming football season at St. Genevieve High could be quite special for Coach Billy Parra. It could also potentially be treacherous.

When you have a proud and rich heritage of athletic success like the Kennedy High Golden Cougars, droughts can be hard to accept even though it happens to every program.

Bring the curtain down on the 2018-19 Los Angeles City Section athletic schedule. The remaining two baseball championships in Division II and Division III have been claimed — much to the delig…

Chavez Learning Academies and El Camino Real Charter have ascended to the top two spots in LA City Section softball in 2019, both as survivors and opportunists. 

Discovery Charter Preparatory High School doesn’t have the deepest pool of softball players to draw from — unless you consider a 255-student body population the equivalent of the Pacific Ocean.

The annual scrum that is the West Valley League baseball race is nearing the finish line. Not surprisingly, there are several teams still with a shot at winning the league championship with tw…

The 2018-19 season at Granada Hills Charter High didn’t start out as a magical one, with four losses in the first five games. But it ended up that way by winning a Los Angeles City Section cha…

You almost never identify a shot in the first quarter of a basketball game as the one that decides the outcome.

Since Alicia Komaki became the Sierra Canyon girls’ basketball coach in 2012, her teams have enjoyed a consistent level of success that includes two state championships (In Division V and Divi…

The Arleta High girls’ basketball team has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately, losing three of its last four games during the holiday break. But that is always possible with holi…

The people who don’t know or have not yet met Jonovan Smith might wonder at first if he is a giant pain.

Matching a young and somewhat inexperienced team with a difficult schedule can often be a recipe for disaster — or at least make for a lot of bruising of bodies and egos.

When the 2017 City Section football playoff brackets were revealed last year, the San Fernando Tigers could scarcely believe their luck. They had avoided a treacherously low seed in the Open D…