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Boys' basketball: Private schools in control?

Corona Centennial could be picking up some fan support this weekend from those who attend public schools, because the Southern California Regional playoffs could become a celebration of private-school domination.

The Huskies will be taking on Santa Ana Mater Dei in the Division I regional final Saturday at USC's Galen Center.

The Division IV and V finals are all private schools. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon takes on Playa del Rey St. Bernard in Division V, with L.A. Windward facing Westlake Village Oaks Christian in Division IV.

In Division III, La Canada will be facing La Verne Lutheran.

Division II is the lone division certain to send a public school to Sacramento. It features San Diego Lincoln against Fontana Summit.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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sammy culture


Bosco clearly isn't doing it right....Here let me help you:

1) The first way to get kids is to recruit them out of Jr. High, via travel team coaches, or a local parks/youth leagues

2)If you find they can't reach your academic standards, easy...lower your standards. Then paint some rosey picture about how you're helping the kids out, and then don't worry if the kid can only get a scholarship to Eastern Washington College of Typing and Drivers almost won a CIF championship with that kid as your QB

3) If you don't get them to your school as freshmen, wait to see if they pan out as freshmen somewhere else, then follow steps 1 and 2...this way they are still eligible via the permissive, "come on down and cheat, we'll just turn our heads and pretend it didn't happen" rule from the CIF

4) If you weren't sure about the kid or he blossomed between his soph/jr seasons, and now you have to go through that distasteful hardship process, just get the kid to say his parents moved and then get some schmuck in the area to allow the family to use the schmucks address, and tell the CIF that mom or dad had to leave their job 40 miles away and transfer for work, eventhough they somehow work at the same place they used to work or, they are now actually moved but unemployed and they have since taken on a $12,000.00 a year tuition bill

5) If that doesn't work, go Mater Dei on the CIF and sue


st.john bosco high school.. all of our transfers that we got had to sit out a year including Cezar Guerrero last year and etc.. for football.. thats not fair

Justsome Facts

This article has a misleading title. Are private schools dominating? In Division 4 & 5, yes. How many public schools are in D4 or D5? Not very many, because higher enrollments place public schools in higher (enrollment) divisions.

If you look at the CIF-SS finals, in the top four divisions (IAA, IA, IIAA, IIA) there were 16 semi-finalists. Two were private, one (Loyola) won a title.

Those facts would seem to indicate that at the highest, most competitive levels, there would be an imbalance in power between public and private - in favor of the public. But that fact is glaringly absent from this article and its irresponsible title. It is much more fashionable to bash the privates than examine reality.

ian cunningham

I watched the CIF semi-final on tv between Mater Dei and Corona Centennial a couple weeks ago. They mentioned that Xavier Johnson (a terrific player) was a transfer from Temecula Chapparal. I don't think he had to sit out a year like other student/athletes have had to. An example, is Taylor Martinez a former Centennial QB had to sit out a year when transfering from San Berdo Cajon (I think). We already know that schools like Mater Dei, Oaks Christian, Servite, can basically recruit, but if private schools dont have to play by the same xfer rules, then maybe they should have their own leagues and playoffs.


I want to see Corona Centennial win because these kids compete every play, and their coach coaches every play! McKnight hasn't coached anyone since Mater Dei turned into AAU/travel team High School....Can't respect him or his wins total because my father could get 600 wins with the kids McKnight gets and my dad has been dead for five years!

St. Bernard, though, isn't your typical private school team...they had 3 wins last year...THREE!!!! They get a new coach, and they have no stars, but they play hard and press and press and press the entire game...unlike Sierra Canyon who is trying to become Mater Dei north

Hoffman at La Canada has always done it right! I could only imagine how many wins Hoffman would have if he had McKnights talent year in and year out.


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