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The Scouting Guru made the LA Times. Here’s what high school reporter Eric Sondheimer had in today’s column.

A look at 2010
James Escarcega, who keeps track of top football prospects in the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire, is already identifying top early offer candidates for the class of 2010.

His top prospects include linebacker Ronald Powell from Moreno Valley Rancho Verde (USC offer), running back Deontae Cooper from Perris Citrus Hill, running back Jordon James from Corona, receiver Kenneth Scott from Ontario Colony and running back Derrick Malone from Colton.

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Football: Deen, Lockett make decisions

South Hills quarterback Cameron Deen has given a verbal commitment to Northern Colorado University during his NCAA official school visit over the weekend. UNC offered Deen last week. Deen chose Northern Colorado over Division II school Missouri Western and Wingate (North Carolina). Deen also had a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Southern California (USC) and a greyshirt offer from Fresno State University. Deen becomes the first quarterback at South Hills to earn a D-1 scholarship offer since Ryan Leadingham during the 1999 season.

“I am very happy to be going to a great program like Northern Colorado,” Deen said. “The campus is great, the coaches are terrific and this was a situation that was too good to pass up. I am very thankful to Coach Bogan (South Hills HS Head Football Coach), Ms. (Judi) North (Principal at South Hills High School) and the rest of the coaching staff at South Hills for all of their support. I also want to thank my family and all my friends who helped me throughout this process.”

“This is another great day for South Hills HS Football,” commented South Hills Head Coach Steve Bogan said. “Cameron did an outstanding job for us this year and we are very excited that he has picked a great university in Northern Colorado. They are getting a great quarterback and most importantly, an outstanding student with great family support. Plus, he’s a team leader. On behalf of South Hills Football, we wish him nothing but the best in his new journey in life.”


By Brandon Huffman, Scout.com
West Recruiting Manager

Diamond Bar cornerback Colin Lockett committed to San Diego State after making a trip south to visit the Aztecs
“My trip went real good,” said Lockett. “I actually committed while I was on my visit.”
New cornerbacks coach Tony White was recruiting Lockett, and White knew of Lockett, having been a grad assistant at UCLA when his older brother, Bret, was playing for the Bruins. “Coach White was there while my brother was there so it’s pretty good to have him there,” said Lockett. Lockett was getting anxious about his future, especially late in the game. “I was pretty excited, because recruiting wise, it was about to end soon. So when they offered me on the visit, I didn’t take long at all to answer. It’s close to home and I’ll get a good education.”

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Texas coached fired after 100-0 victory

Associated Press
DALLAS — The coach of a Texas high school basketball team that beat another team 100-0 was fired Sunday, the same day he sent an e-mail to a newspaper saying he will not apologize “for a wide-margin victory when my girls played with honor and integrity.”
Kyle Queal, the headmaster for Covenant School, said in The Dallas Morning News online edition that he could not answer if the firing was a direct result of coach Micah Grimes’ e-mail disagreeing with administrators who called the blowout “shameful.”
Queal did not immediately answer phone messages or e-mail from The Associated Press.

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Southern California Shootout

I just arrived at Azusa Pacific for today’s SoCal Shootout. I’m covering the Rowland-Diamond Ranch, Damien-Northivew and Ontario Christian-Glendora games.
Here are the early scores:
Flintridge Prep 67, Walnut 55
Bishop Amat girls 56, Sonora 28
Ayala 54, West Covina 21

Final: Diamond Ranch 47, Rowland 46
Garrett Johnson buried an 18-footer near the top of the key with 20 seconds left to win it for Diamond Ranch, which rallied from 10 points down in the second half.
Brandon Stansell drove the late with six seconds left, but Chris Cunningham blocked his effort and grabbed it with 0.6 ticks left to win it. Johnson had 18 points to lead Diamond Ranch, which improved to 16-4. Stansell had 11 for Rowland
Final: Damien 76, Northview 73Zach Ward’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was short and the Spartans survived for the win. Jacob and Justin Latham scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, to lead Damien. Rigel Skinner had 18 for Northview, which came up short after using a 23-13 surge over the final six minutes.
Final: Glendora 51, Ontario Christian 33Koz Russell had 23 points for the Tartans.

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Hoops: Friday’s postgame thread

Tonight’s big game comes from the Valle Vista League, featuring Baldwin Park and Northview at Damien High School for the outright lead in the VVL.

Boys Basketball
Friday’s games
Del Rey League
St. Bernard at Bishop Amat, 7:30 p.m.
Miramonte League
Diamond Ranch at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Los Altos at Charter Oak, 7 p.m.
Mission Valley League
Mountain View at South El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Gabrielino at El Monte, 6:30 p.m.
Arroyo at Rosemead, 6:30 p.m.
Montview League
La Puente at Duarte, 6 p.m.
Azusa at Bassett, 6 p.m.
Sierra Vista at Gladstone, 6 p.m.
San Antonio League
West Covina at Nogales, 6:30 p.m.
Rowland at South Hills, 6:30 p.m.
Sierra League
Chino at Glendora, 7 p.m.
Damien at Ayala, 7 p.m.
Diamond Bar at Chino Hills, 7 p.m.
Valle Vista League
Northview vs. Baldwin Park at Damien HS, 7 p.m.
Ganesha at Pomona, 7 p.m.
Covina at San Dimas, 7 p.m.
Nonleague
Bonita at Walnut, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY AT AZUSA PACIFIC
Southern California Shootout Event Coordinator Gordon “Boom Boom” Hamlow, also the Rowland boys basketball coach, has staged another treat for San Gabriel Valley basketball fans. Here is Saturday’s lineup.

Southern California Shotout
Flintridge Prep vs. Walnut, 8:30 a.m.
Bishop Amat Girls vs. Sonora Girls, 9:55 a.m.
West Covina vs. Ayala, 11:30 a.m.
Rowland vs. Diamond Ranch, 12:45 p.m.
Damien vs. Northview, 2:10 p.m.
Glendora vs. Ontario Christian, 3:35 p.m.
Vista Murrieta vs. La Canada, 5 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Golden Valley, 6:25 p.m.
Los Osos vs. Colony, 7:50 p.m.
Brea vs. Diamond Bar, 9:15 p.m.

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