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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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Polls: Catholic Schools Lead In Football, Volleyball, Cross Country

Led by national No. 1 Mater Dei, all six Trinity League teams remain in the Division 1 top 10, while Paraclete and Bishop Diego remained atop Division 5 and 6, respectively, of the latest CIF-Southern Section football rankings, released Sept. 18. Mater Dei is followed by St. John Bosco (2),...

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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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CIF-SS Football Polls: Monarchs, Spirits Still No. 1

First-week wins (and losses) resulted in slight changes to the CIF-Southern Section football polls released Aug. 28.Mater Dei, after an impressive opening win over Bishop Amat, remained top-ranked in Division 1, followed by St. John Bosco which remained second despite its overtime loss in...

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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...

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Girls Golf: CIF And SCGA Champions

Relatively speaking, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Diocese of Orange have not had a long history of competing for CIF and State championships in girls’ golf, in comparison with teams from others sports. But there have been several which emerged victorious at the highest...

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Cross Country: CIF Divisions Announced For 2017

The California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section has announced divisional alignments for boys’ and girls’ cross country in 2017, pending final enrollment figures. The CIF-SS Cross Country divisions are based on California Basic Educational Data (CBED) information from the 2016-2017...

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CIF-SS Pre-Season Polls Announced; Mater Dei, Paraclete No. 1 In Football

The Mater Dei Monarchs and Paraclete Spirits each received No. 1 rankings in their respective divisions according to the initial CIF-Southern Section football polls released Aug. 21, just prior to the start of the regular season for most high school teams this week. In Division 1, Mater Dei is...