Boys' basketball: The rise of Nicholas Stover
Los Angeles Windward has made it to the Southern California Regional Division IV championship game on Saturday against Westlake Village Oaks Christian at Ontario Colony with the help of 6-foot-5 junior Nicholas Stover.
His coach, Miguel Villegas, calls him "the most improved player in Los Angeles."
Stover's scoring and rebounding have enabled the Wildcats to move within one victory of a trip to Sacramento.
His older brother, Anthony, plays center for UCLA. Nicholas is a much better shooter, having the versatility to go inside or outside for his points.
He'll need to have a big game against an Oaks Christian team that has lots of athletes, including football standouts Blair Holliday and Dillon van der Wal.
-- Eric Sondheimer