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Boys' basketball: Wolfson is Doogie Howser of coaches

February 28, 2009 | 11:14 am

The first-year coach for West Hills Chaminade, Todd Wolfson, is 24 years old and has his team in the Southern Section Division IV-A championship game after a 59-47 victory over Oaks Christian on Friday night.

Chaminade (20-11) has come out of nowhere to advance to the final, and Wolfson finds himself in the spotlight as one of the youngest high school coaches -- if not the youngest -- still alive in the playoffs. There were some who questioned Chaminade promoting an inexperienced JV coach.

"I heard a lot," he said.

But what a job he has done. The former El Camino Real basketball player has molded the team around 6-foot-10 Jules Montgomery, and the Eagles will meet Los Angeles Price in next week's final.

There is one big concern. Montgomery injured his knee Friday night and was undergoing an MRI today.

"We need him," Wolfson said.

-- Eric Sondheimer