Thursday, November 23, 2017
Graduation Ends One Chapter and Starts Another
By Evan Barnes (Sports Editor)
Published June 19, 2008

It’s the best time of the year for high school seniors – that time when all the four years of hard work pays off with that piece of paper bearing your name.

Graduation. Has there ever been one word that means more to so many people than that.

For all the greatness that high school athletes accomplish on the field, it’s the diploma that means more because it shows that you have excelled in the classroom.

Kids will always remember that feeling of pride when your name is called and everyone cheers for you once you get that diploma.

To all of the seniors graduating, I congratulate you and wish you the best whether you go on to play in college or study something to be a productive citizen in your city.

As someone told me this week, this is only the close of one chapter of your lives. The rest of the journey is far from over…

One last note on the baseball season. Someone needs to explain to me how Crenshaw pitcher/infielder Kenji Corbisiero finished on the All-City second team despite being Coliseum League Player of the Year?

Maybe they didn’t see the impact that Corbisiero, a junior, had on the mound as a dominant pitcher or on the plate as a feared hitter. I’m sure that will change next year…

Recapping the Watts Summer Games, there may be a surprise team to watch out for this football season in L.A. Jordan, the winner of the football competition.

Rising junior wide receiver Deshawn Beck, a 1st team All-City selection last year, was named Most Valuable Player as the Bulldogs sent a message they’ll be a key player come playoff time.

The Bulldogs also have with one of the best two-way players in the City in rising senior quarterback/lineman James Boyd, the reigning City Defensive Lineman of the Year and All-Sentinel Team selection.

The 6-foot-5 Boyd is getting looks from several Pac-10 schools as there are few athletes in the City that can match his size (230 lbs.) and athleticism.

Also over the weekend, Crenshaw won the Adidas seven-on-seven passing tournament at Loyola Marymount University and will head to Atlanta to compete in a national tournament on July 30-31.

It’s the second tournament the Cougars have won so far this summer.

I have a small feeling that the City football season will be more wide open than last year, especially if teams are rising to the challenge of playing tougher opponents.

As much as I love watching baseball, I’m starting to get more excited for football season from just typing that aren’t you?…

In basketball news, the Fairfax Tournament at the Watts Summer Games ended with the Lions, sans center Renardo Sidney, winning their eighth consecutive title by defeating Pasadena 40-37.

(Sorry, I’m just following up on the suggestion made in these pages last year that the basketball tournament should be renamed after them.)

Rising senior Solomon Hill was named Most Valuable Player, capping off an impressive few months where he has climbed as high as No. 27 on Top 150 due to his play in several camps.

Fairfax will host their annual summer tournament starting next week on Tuesday, June 24 and ending on Sunday, June 29. Westchester, City champion Taft, Div. II state champion Mater Dei and last year’s surprising tourney champ Long Beach Poly are just some of the loaded teams participating.

Tuesday’s schedule: Loyola vs. Pasadena (4:30 p.m.), Harvard-Westlake vs. Santa Monica (5:50 p.m.), Dominguez vs. Leuzinger (7:10 p.m.), Campbell Hall vs. Orange Lutheran (8:30 p.m.).

Wednesday’s schedule: Taft vs. Long Beach Poly (4:30 p.m.), Westchester vs. Dorsey (5:50 p.m.), Fairfax vs. La Canada (7:10 p.m.), Crespi vs. Mater Dei (8:30 p.m.).

Categories: High School

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