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 prideful program that was starting to slide into irrelevancy. But the more long-term project was to d…

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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 gear. A time when local high schools and community colleges command attention and create passion.

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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. But they might be one day.

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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 competitive equity.

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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…

In football, no concept is more prized than “continuity.” And no where else in football is continuity prized more than on the offensive line, where its core of five players who are typically o…

As a small boy growing up in the community of Caimito near San Juan, Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth U.S. territory, Michael Merchan learned early that his destiny would be in his hands.