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CIF-SS Football: Mater Dei, Paraclete, Bishop Diego Hold No. 1 Slots

Mater Dei remains No. 1 in the nation, the state and in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 rankings, after beating Trinity League rival St. John Bosco last week in one of the key matchups of the 2017 high school football season. Having held the top spot since day one, the Monarchs this week...

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Mater Dei Tops St. John Bosco In A ‘Battle Of Big Plays’

The top-ranked high school football team in the U.S. stayed on course Oct. 13 by outlasting the top-ranked high school football team in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Mater Dei’s 31-21 victory over St. John Bosco at El Camino College was, as expected, the Monarchs’ toughest game of the...

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Celebrating 50 Years, Special Olympics Athletes Meet With Pope Francis

On Friday Pope Francis met with Special Olympics soccer players, commending their commitment to the promotion of inclusion and the dignity of all. “You are the symbol of a sport that opens eyes and heart to the value and dignity of individuals and people who would otherwise be subject to...

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Mater Dei, St. John Bosco Prep For Showdown With Big Wins

Trinity League football action began with a bang Oct. 6, as high-scoring contests prevailed — and so did the top two teams who prepared for their head-to-head showdown Oct. 13 by doubling the score on their respective opponents. Mater Dei (6-0 overall and No. 1 nationally) raced past Santa...

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Football: Monarchs Keep Rolling As Several ‘Unbeatens’ Fall

While top-ranked Mater Dei and St. John Bosco continued their winning ways last weekend, several Catholic school football teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. The opening of the Mission League season Sept. 22 saw Loyola defeat Notre Dame 28-21 at Sherman Oaks, denying Knights’ coach...

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The Sporting Life

How out of control are youth sports? Out of control to the tune of $15 billion a year. That’s the recent estimate of how much American parents spend on all manner of athletic activities on their superstars of the future every year. And yes, things were better when I was kid and lectured by my...

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Bishop Diego Edges St. Joseph; Mater Dei, St. John Bosco Post Routs

While several Catholic high school football teams coasted to their fourth straight wins last weekend, Bishop Diego rallied late to overcome St. Joseph, 24-23, in a thrilling matchup of Central Coast powers at Santa Maria. John Harris’ last-minute touchdown run and Pat Luckhurst’s extra point...

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Football: Three OC Schools, Bishop Diego Stay Unbeaten

Top-ranked Mater Dei and Bishop Diego (both 3-0) continued their winning ways last weekend, but No. 1 Paraclete lost for the first time as the 2017 high school football season completed its third week of action. Mater Dei of Santa Ana (No. 1 in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 poll) blanked...

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Football: No. 1 Mater Dei Downs Bishop Gorman To Stay No. 1 In U.S.

In a confrontation between the top 2 high school teams in the U.S., the Mater Dei Monarchs defeated Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas 35-21 in an exciting Sept. 1 duel at Santa Ana Stadium. Mater Dei held onto its No.1 national ranking in MaxPreps’ “Xcellent 25” survey, and its No. 1 standing in...

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Yazmin Montoya: From Soccer Star To Campus Missionary

She’d been an All-CIF soccer player at Bishop Amat High School in La Puente, leading her team to two CIF championships. She’d then broken scoring records in her freshman year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, made first team all-conference and was on her way to the successful soccer...

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Kansas City Royals' Manager Says He Warns His Team About Porn

As part of a new program to educate baseball players on the dangers of substance abuse, the general manager for the Kansas City Royals added pornography to the list of potential harms for his team. In an Aug. 29 statement, Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that the team's...

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Local Gridiron Greats: From Catholic HS To The Pros

From their days on the high school gridiron, they went on to become collegiate All-Americans (in many cases), Heisman Trophy winners (in three cases) and on to the pros, where some lasted for a game, or a season, and others established noteworthy careers. They are the 161 graduates of Catholic...

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Football Openers: No. 1 Mater Dei, Paraclete Win, St. John Bosco Loses In OT

Top-ranked Mater Dei and Paraclete each rankings won their season-opening football games by wide margins last weekend, while defending state champion St. John Bosco lost an overtime heartbreaker in Florida. Mater Dei, No. 1 in Division 1, posted a 31-7 triumph over Bishop Amat at La Puente on...

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Divisions Set In Boys’ Water Polo, Girls’ Tennis

Divisional alignments have been established (for the most part) by the California Interscholastic-Southern Section for boys’ water polo and girls’ tennis, both of which begin regular season competition Aug. 21. The first-pre-season polls in these sports will be announced later in August, and...

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High School Football: Leagues & Divisions Announced For 2017

The alignment (and, in some cases, realignment) of divisions in the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section promises to produce a highly competitive 2017 football season that begins in late August. That is particularly evident in Division 1, where 10 of the division’s 18 teams...