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15 Dec 18
Press Enterprise
The Citrus Belt League boys basketball race looks a little different this season with perennial playoff contenders Eisenhower and Miller out of the league. And a team that has never won a league title before could be a top contender as league play opens next week. Carter was off to a 10-2 start through Thursday’s games. While that might be a regular start for many of the area’s top programs, it’s not for the Lions. In fact, Carter won only eight games all of last season, has never had a winning record and has never made the playoffs. Not only that, but third-year coach Gilbert Berry said the third-place finish in the Jurupa Hills Tournament is the program’s first trophy. “Without question, we are the favorite to win league. Our goal is to win league,” Berry said. “We are capable. Teams are going to be getting prepared for us.” The Lions are fun to watch although it might be a little frustrating for basketball purists. The Lions score an average of 93.7 points per game while allowing 76.7 points. “We’re one of the highest-scoring teams in CIF, but we give up more than most other teams,” Berry said. “We have the understanding that the ball (on offense) moves around to each other, but we haven’t really gelled defensively. They’re struggling to understand positioning.” Berry said he’s simplified the defense which began the season relying on full-court pressure, but gave up too many easy baskets. He now usually utilizes a matchup zone defense. On offense, he’s been reluctant to post individual scoring statistics to keep his players focused on team goals, but it’s still a struggle. “They all want to play the same way. They all want to be the guy,” Berry said. One guy whose game has taken a big step forward this season is Dar’vion Manning, a 6-foot-3 senior guard. “He’s a high-flier,” Berry said. “His work in the offseason translates onto the floor. He’s been able to fly above the rim.” Already one loss for Upland girls soccer team The Upland girls soccer team has already lost as many games as it did all of last season: one. Upland’s lone loss last season came in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals, but the Highlanders bounced back to win the CIF SoCal Regional title, finishing the season 22-1-3. This year Upland is off to a 5-1 start, dropping a 2-0 game to Los Alamitos, a perennial Division 1 playoff team. But coach Bo Whieldon expects the Highlanders to be in the thick of the Division 1 race, although there could be challenges in the Baseline League, especially from Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Upland is ranked No. 3 in Division 1. “We have most of our core back and we’ve already beaten Edison and El Dorado,” he said. “They always say, the next year after winning is way harder. It’s a lot of pressure.” One of the few growing pains for the Highlanders is breaking in a new starting goalie, sophomore Emily Vermillion. As usual, Upland schedules top tournaments in Orange County, with its next tournament the North Orange County Classic the week after Christmas. “We always want to do our best (in the tournaments), but we want to get the experience of playing the top teams,” Whieldon said. Holiday tourneys With many leagues now starting play the week before Christmas, holiday tournaments are reserved for the week after Christmas. San Gorgonio’s boys and girls soccer tournaments begin on Dec. 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex and the three-day tournaments conclude with championship games on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. San Gorgonio’s 24-team girls water polo tournament is co-hosted by San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs on Dec. 27-28, with the championship game at 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Indian Springs. The San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament, steeped in tradition, and The Classic at Damien, which has quickly become one of the top tournaments in the CIF-SS, are two boys basketball tournaments that run Dec. 26-29. The Kiwanis is a 16-team tournament at San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs. The championship game is Dec. 29 at Arroyo Valley at 7:30 p.m. The Classic has four 16-team brackets and will be played in six gyms at five schools: Damien (two gyms), Bonita, Ramona Middle School, Life Pacific College and San Dimas. The Platinum Division includes Etiwanda, Chino Hills and Damien; the Gold Division includes Colony and Hesperia; the Silver Division includes Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga, Diamond Bar and Claremont and the Bronze Division includes San Dimas, Ayala, Pomona, Alta Loma, Silverado and Kaiser.
15 Dec 18
Daily Bulletin
The Citrus Belt League boys basketball race looks a little different this season with perennial playoff contenders Eisenhower and Miller out of the league. And a team that has never won a league title before could be a top contender as league play opens next week. Carter was off to a 10-2 start through Thursday’s games. While that might be a regular start for many of the area’s top programs, it’s not for the Lions. In fact, Carter won only eight games all of last season, has never had a winning record and has never made the playoffs. Not only that, but third-year coach Gilbert Berry said the third-place finish in the Jurupa Hills Tournament is the program’s first trophy. “Without question, we are the favorite to win league. Our goal is to win league,” Berry said. “We are capable. Teams are going to be getting prepared for us.” The Lions are fun to watch although it might be a little frustrating for basketball purists. The Lions score an average of 93.7 points per game while allowing 76.7 points. “We’re one of the highest-scoring teams in CIF, but we give up more than most other teams,” Berry said. “We have the understanding that the ball (on offense) moves around to each other, but we haven’t really gelled defensively. They’re struggling to understand positioning.” Berry said he’s simplified the defense which began the season relying on full-court pressure, but gave up too many easy baskets. He now usually utilizes a matchup zone defense. On offense, he’s been reluctant to post individual scoring statistics to keep his players focused on team goals, but it’s still a struggle. “They all want to play the same way. They all want to be the guy,” Berry said. One guy whose game has taken a big step forward this season is Dar’vion Manning, a 6-foot-3 senior guard. “He’s a high-flier,” Berry said. “His work in the offseason translates onto the floor. He’s been able to fly above the rim.” Already one loss for Upland girls soccer team The Upland girls soccer team has already lost as many games as it did all of last season: one. Upland’s lone loss last season came in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals, but the Highlanders bounced back to win the CIF SoCal Regional title, finishing the season 22-1-3. This year Upland is off to a 5-1 start, dropping a 2-0 game to Los Alamitos, a perennial Division 1 playoff team. But coach Bo Whieldon expects the Highlanders to be in the thick of the Division 1 race, although there could be challenges in the Baseline League, especially from Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Upland is ranked No. 3 in Division 1. “We have most of our core back and we’ve already beaten Edison and El Dorado,” he said. “They always say, the next year after winning is way harder. It’s a lot of pressure.” One of the few growing pains for the Highlanders is breaking in a new starting goalie, sophomore Emily Vermillion. As usual, Upland schedules top tournaments in Orange County, with its next tournament the North Orange County Classic the week after Christmas. “We always want to do our best (in the tournaments), but we want to get the experience of playing the top teams,” Whieldon said. Holiday tourneys With many leagues now starting play the week before Christmas, holiday tournaments are reserved for the week after Christmas. San Gorgonio’s boys and girls soccer tournaments begin on Dec. 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex and the three-day tournaments conclude with championship games on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. San Gorgonio’s 24-team girls water polo tournament is co-hosted by San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs on Dec. 27-28, with the championship game at 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Indian Springs. The San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament, steeped in tradition, and The Classic at Damien, which has quickly become one of the top tournaments in the CIF-SS, are two boys basketball tournaments that run Dec. 26-29. The Kiwanis is a 16-team tournament at San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs. The championship game is Dec. 29 at Arroyo Valley at 7:30 p.m. The Classic has four 16-team brackets and will be played in six gyms at five schools: Damien (two gyms), Bonita, Ramona Middle School, Life Pacific College and San Dimas. The Platinum Division includes Etiwanda, Chino Hills and Damien; the Gold Division includes Colony and Hesperia; the Silver Division includes Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga, Diamond Bar and Claremont and the Bronze Division includes San Dimas, Ayala, Pomona, Alta Loma, Silverado and Kaiser.
15 Dec 18
Redlands Daily Facts
The Citrus Belt League boys basketball race looks a little different this season with perennial playoff contenders Eisenhower and Miller out of the league. And a team that has never won a league title before could be a top contender as league play opens next week. Carter was off to a 10-2 start through Thursday’s games. While that might be a regular start for many of the area’s top programs, it’s not for the Lions. In fact, Carter won only eight games all of last season, has never had a winning record and has never made the playoffs. Not only that, but third-year coach Gilbert Berry said the third-place finish in the Jurupa Hills Tournament is the program’s first trophy. “Without question, we are the favorite to win league. Our goal is to win league,” Berry said. “We are capable. Teams are going to be getting prepared for us.” The Lions are fun to watch although it might be a little frustrating for basketball purists. The Lions score an average of 93.7 points per game while allowing 76.7 points. “We’re one of the highest-scoring teams in CIF, but we give up more than most other teams,” Berry said. “We have the understanding that the ball (on offense) moves around to each other, but we haven’t really gelled defensively. They’re struggling to understand positioning.” Berry said he’s simplified the defense which began the season relying on full-court pressure, but gave up too many easy baskets. He now usually utilizes a matchup zone defense. On offense, he’s been reluctant to post individual scoring statistics to keep his players focused on team goals, but it’s still a struggle. “They all want to play the same way. They all want to be the guy,” Berry said. One guy whose game has taken a big step forward this season is Dar’vion Manning, a 6-foot-3 senior guard. “He’s a high-flier,” Berry said. “His work in the offseason translates onto the floor. He’s been able to fly above the rim.” Already one loss for Upland girls soccer team The Upland girls soccer team has already lost as many games as it did all of last season: one. Upland’s lone loss last season came in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals, but the Highlanders bounced back to win the CIF SoCal Regional title, finishing the season 22-1-3. This year Upland is off to a 5-1 start, dropping a 2-0 game to Los Alamitos, a perennial Division 1 playoff team. But coach Bo Whieldon expects the Highlanders to be in the thick of the Division 1 race, although there could be challenges in the Baseline League, especially from Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Upland is ranked No. 3 in Division 1. “We have most of our core back and we’ve already beaten Edison and El Dorado,” he said. “They always say, the next year after winning is way harder. It’s a lot of pressure.” One of the few growing pains for the Highlanders is breaking in a new starting goalie, sophomore Emily Vermillion. As usual, Upland schedules top tournaments in Orange County, with its next tournament the North Orange County Classic the week after Christmas. “We always want to do our best (in the tournaments), but we want to get the experience of playing the top teams,” Whieldon said. Holiday tourneys With many leagues now starting play the week before Christmas, holiday tournaments are reserved for the week after Christmas. San Gorgonio’s boys and girls soccer tournaments begin on Dec. 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex and the three-day tournaments conclude with championship games on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. San Gorgonio’s 24-team girls water polo tournament is co-hosted by San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs on Dec. 27-28, with the championship game at 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Indian Springs. The San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament, steeped in tradition, and The Classic at Damien, which has quickly become one of the top tournaments in the CIF-SS, are two boys basketball tournaments that run Dec. 26-29. The Kiwanis is a 16-team tournament at San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs. The championship game is Dec. 29 at Arroyo Valley at 7:30 p.m. The Classic has four 16-team brackets and will be played in six gyms at five schools: Damien (two gyms), Bonita, Ramona Middle School, Life Pacific College and San Dimas. The Platinum Division includes Etiwanda, Chino Hills and Damien; the Gold Division includes Colony and Hesperia; the Silver Division includes Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga, Diamond Bar and Claremont and the Bronze Division includes San Dimas, Ayala, Pomona, Alta Loma, Silverado and Kaiser.
15 Dec 18
SCNG
The Citrus Belt League boys basketball race looks a little different this season with perennial playoff contenders Eisenhower and Miller out of the league. And a team that has never won a league title before could be a top contender as league play opens next week. Carter was off to a 10-2 start through Thursday’s games. While that might be a regular start for many of the area’s top programs, it’s not for the Lions. In fact, Carter won only eight games all of last season, has never had a winning record and has never made the playoffs. Not only that, but third-year coach Gilbert Berry said the third-place finish in the Jurupa Hills Tournament is the program’s first trophy. “Without question, we are the favorite to win league. Our goal is to win league,” Berry said. “We are capable. Teams are going to be getting prepared for us.” The Lions are fun to watch although it might be a little frustrating for basketball purists. The Lions score an average of 93.7 points per game while allowing 76.7 points. “We’re one of the highest-scoring teams in CIF, but we give up more than most other teams,” Berry said. “We have the understanding that the ball (on offense) moves around to each other, but we haven’t really gelled defensively. They’re struggling to understand positioning.” Berry said he’s simplified the defense which began the season relying on full-court pressure, but gave up too many easy baskets. He now usually utilizes a matchup zone defense. On offense, he’s been reluctant to post individual scoring statistics to keep his players focused on team goals, but it’s still a struggle. “They all want to play the same way. They all want to be the guy,” Berry said. One guy whose game has taken a big step forward this season is Dar’vion Manning, a 6-foot-3 senior guard. “He’s a high-flier,” Berry said. “His work in the offseason translates onto the floor. He’s been able to fly above the rim.” Already one loss for Upland girls soccer team The Upland girls soccer team has already lost as many games as it did all of last season: one. Upland’s lone loss last season came in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals, but the Highlanders bounced back to win the CIF SoCal Regional title, finishing the season 22-1-3. This year Upland is off to a 5-1 start, dropping a 2-0 game to Los Alamitos, a perennial Division 1 playoff team. But coach Bo Whieldon expects the Highlanders to be in the thick of the Division 1 race, although there could be challenges in the Baseline League, especially from Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills. Upland is ranked No. 3 in Division 1. “We have most of our core back and we’ve already beaten Edison and El Dorado,” he said. “They always say, the next year after winning is way harder. It’s a lot of pressure.” One of the few growing pains for the Highlanders is breaking in a new starting goalie, sophomore Emily Vermillion. As usual, Upland schedules top tournaments in Orange County, with its next tournament the North Orange County Classic the week after Christmas. “We always want to do our best (in the tournaments), but we want to get the experience of playing the top teams,” Whieldon said. Holiday tourneys With many leagues now starting play the week before Christmas, holiday tournaments are reserved for the week after Christmas. San Gorgonio’s boys and girls soccer tournaments begin on Dec. 27, at 8:30 a.m. at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex and the three-day tournaments conclude with championship games on Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. San Gorgonio’s 24-team girls water polo tournament is co-hosted by San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs on Dec. 27-28, with the championship game at 2:40 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Indian Springs. The San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament, steeped in tradition, and The Classic at Damien, which has quickly become one of the top tournaments in the CIF-SS, are two boys basketball tournaments that run Dec. 26-29. The Kiwanis is a 16-team tournament at San Gorgonio, Arroyo Valley and Indian Springs. The championship game is Dec. 29 at Arroyo Valley at 7:30 p.m. The Classic has four 16-team brackets and will be played in six gyms at five schools: Damien (two gyms), Bonita, Ramona Middle School, Life Pacific College and San Dimas. The Platinum Division includes Etiwanda, Chino Hills and Damien; the Gold Division includes Colony and Hesperia; the Silver Division includes Bonita, Diamond Ranch, Rancho Cucamonga, Diamond Bar and Claremont and the Bronze Division includes San Dimas, Ayala, Pomona, Alta Loma, Silverado and Kaiser.
15 Dec 18
SCNG
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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Lakers’ coach Luke Walton shouts instructions as JaVale McGee #7 and Tyson Chandler #5 high five during their game against the Pacers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov 29, 2018. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler, left, shoots as Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 114-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler celebrates after scoring during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 114-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Los Angeles Lakers Tyson Chandler. left, Sacramento Kings Kosta Koufos, center, and Lakers’ LeBron James, right, go for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 101-86. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Lakers LeBron James #23 and Tyson Chandler #5 during their game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018. The Lakers defeated the Timberwolves 114-110. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 27: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) Lakers Tyson Chandler, #5, drops in two points during first half action at Staples Center Friday, November 30, 2018. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 27: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers has his shot blocked by Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers with Brandon Ingram #14 during the first half at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts for a foul in front of Myles Turner #33 of the Indiana Pacers during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) A mural of Tayshaun Prince, Tyson Chandler and Richard Sherman is seen at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Dominguez basketball and football teams have been known to produced NBA and NFL players. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer) A mural of Tyson Chandler is seen at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Dominguez basketball team have been known to produced NBA players. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer) Students walk by a mural of Tayshaun Prince, Tyson Chandler and Richard Sherman at Dominguez High in Compton on Thursday. Chandler said he hasn’t been back to his alma mater since he signed with the Lakers last month, but he intends to reconnect. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer) Dominguez basketball team, from left, Jeremy Ojeda, Sean Harlston, Ze’Share Watkins, Malik Gober, Amir Henderson, Takhari Carr, Jayln White, Colby Evans, Cornell Herbert, Jamil Hines, Elijah Evans, and Cristian Butler pose next to a mural of Tyson Chandler at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton on Thursday, December 13, 2018. The Dominguez basketball team have been known to produced NBA players. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer) LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29: Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates a lead over the Indiana Pacers with Josh Hart #3 and LeBron James #23 during a 104-96 Laker win at Staples Center on November 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Los Angeles Lakers center Tyson Chandler celebrates after scoring during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 114-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) If you’d rather stay home to watch a game than watch from the nosebleeds, Tyson Chandler would be the last one to understand. He was 12 years old when his uncle took him to his first Lakers game at the Great Western Forum. It’s either a credit to Chandler’s early growth spurt or a testament to the ticket price when he remembers his outstretched fingers could scrape the ceiling from his seat, which was in the second-to-last row. He and his uncle snuck down from the rafters as the game went on – “You can’t do that no more,” he recently observed of Staples Center, “the security’s a little tighter here,” – to get a closer look at the Lakers. During a timeout, his uncle unsuccessfully tried to coax him to run on the court and attempt a dunk, saying he was “gonna be put on the map.” It’s been 24 years since then, and Chandler is glad he passed up the scheme – he thinks it would’ve been dug up in some ancient video archive by now if he had gone through with it. Still, he thinks about that first game often. “Every single time I put on this jersey, or every single time I get on this court, I think about that kid who might be up there playing,” he said. “And that’s who I play for, I play for the little, young 12-year-old me.” Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Chandler has a reputation as a wizened veteran 18 seasons into his pro career – Kobe Bryant recently painted an arresting image by calling him “the black Gandalf.” But he still exudes some of the qualities of that 12-year-old fan: When he celebrated a game-saving blocked shot against the Atlanta Hawks last month, the youthful exuberance was written all over his face as he flexed and bumped chests with LeBron James. Before he joined the Lakers, he felt something else that traces back to his past: anxiety. Ever since 2001, when he was selected then traded by the Clippers on draft night, Chandler has been surprisingly wary of returning to Los Angeles. But it’s easier to appreciate when remembering the context: Since he was a 6-foot-11 eighth-grader, Chandler was thrust into the national spotlight – one of the biggest high school sensations of the prep-to-pro era, and bathed in the celebrity and sometimes scandal of the Southern California basketball scene. For a long time, Chandler acknowledges, he was anxious about playing for a hometown team. But it feels like the right moment, he said, to finally come back now that so much time has passed. TURNING HEADS Whether he dunks during the timeouts at Lakers games or not, a 12-year-old who can dunk does not stay anonymous for long. Even though he spent a good chunk of his childhood in the Central Valley, working on his grandparents’ farm, Chandler was eventually identified as a promising young talent in San Bernardino, where he lived with his mother. Before long, he was tearing up AAU circuits, leaving high school coaches and sneaker companies to fight over who he would play for. His high school decision, Chandler insists, was his own: He knew he wanted to go to Dominguez High in Compton after watching the team torch Crenshaw in the Martin Luther King Classic at UCLA in 1997. He can still vividly remember the details. “I just loved how live it was,” he said. “Kenny Brunner breaking the Crenshaw press, dumping it off to Jason Thomas dunking, and then Tayshaun (Prince). I knew Kenny was gonna be gone, but that I would have an opportunity to play with Jason and Tay. And Tay was honestly the reason I went to Dominguez. I wanted to play with a player at that level.” Dominguez wanted him, too. This was not some unknown prospect who shuffled into the gym one day – everyone who knew SoCal basketball knew Tyson before he ever enrolled. A 60 Minutes piece on the influence of shoe companies on AAU and high school teams highlighted the eighth-grader’s game. A clip of 14-year-old Chandler dunking on a helpless boy his age can still be found on YouTube. The 60 Minutes piece created a palpable buzz around Chandler. Prince saw his game at AAU tournaments and knew he would slide in effortlessly. “To watch him play and see some of the things he was doing, I knew he’d be a great fit for us,” Prince said. “Just the shot-blocking ability, but the ability to run the floor like a deer. Because we played fast-paced. Sometimes we’d press, sometimes we’d back off, but moreso, when we got that ball off the glass, we were gone.” One of Chandler’s coming-out games as a freshman came in 1998 against the famed Oak Hill Academy, which had a number of classic bouts with Dominguez over the years despite the schools being on opposing coasts. In addition to being a defensive menace, Chandler forced overtime with two free throws, finishing with 14 points. Both Chandler and Prince remember that game for the failure of a trick play, a baseline-to-baseline pass to set up a buzzer-beater that was foiled by a trigger-happy scorekeeper on the clock. But it also legitimized Chandler against a national powerhouse. “He was just so athletic, so bouncy, a competitor,” says Steve Singleton, a former coach who now leads Roosevelt High in Eastvale. “And he understood exactly what he did great. He was a great defender so he’d block a lot of shots, and he was a great athlete so he’d run and get from rim to rim all the time. So he did what he did best, and he did that great.” Prince wound up being named a McDonald’s All-American that year before heading to Kentucky. But even he admits that he had an inkling that Chandler was about to be even bigger. PREP ROCK STAR Consider the time frame: When Chandler was in high school from 1997 to 2001, Los Angeles basketball was in a platinum age. Some of the best young players in the country were coming out of L.A., such as Baron Davis and Paul Pierce. The Clippers had an exciting, high-flying team headlined by Lamar Odom, Darius Miles, Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson. The Lakers … well, you’ve heard of Shaq and Kobe. Not only were these figures Chandler looked up to, they were people in his social orbit, who he played against during pick-up sessions at UCLA. They were his friends. “It was really the L.A. guys who really took me under their wing, like ‘You’re the next one coming,’ ” he said. “And then I started to meet more pros, like Shaq, invited me to Laker games. I was close with Darius Miles, just got drafted and went over to the Clippers. Because I was in the mix, I started to run into a lot of pro guys.” By accounts from the time, Chandler lived large, considering he was still officially an amateur: Several stories written about him in high school point out that he drove a Cadillac Escalade, and he could hit up pros for NBA tickets. Chandler didn’t talk about the extravagance of those days for this story (he said he never saw any stories about himself in high school except the 60 Minute piece), but he acknowledged it was an exciting life. In turn, Chandler breathed an energy into Dominguez games. At home games, long lines for entry and huge crowds of college and NBA scouts were the norm. Chandler’s favorite fans were the family of now-NFL cornerback Richard Sherman: “They were the best supporters I’ve ever seen in my life. They kept it jumpin’ with all the paraphernalia, and Dominguez colors and all of that.” Even on the road, a lot of people came to see Chandler, who by then was expected to be a prep-to-pro prospect. People wanted to see the Next Big Thing before he made his way to the league. “Having Tyson on the team, he was a rock star,” Singleton said. “Our team was very good and we had a lot of good players on there, a lot of Division I guys. But Tyson was definitely the headliner. So game days, people would be lined up to try to get autographs before and after games.” Chandler delivered on the hype: As a junior, he averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game for the Dons when they claimed a Division II CIF State title and were named national champions. He was a Parade All-American for the way he could reject shots on one end and flush dunks on the other. Chandler said he never lost himself in the hype, however. Even with forces pulling on him – money, influencers, NBA friends – he tried to stay grounded. He insists that no one really took advantage of him when he was in high school, that he went in with both eyes open. Still, if he could give advice to his high school self, it would be this: Be patient. He rarely lost in high school, but defeat was still crushing. If he could go back, he says he would go easier on himself. “You gotta enjoy your moments through life, because it happens and it’s gone in the blink of an eye,” he said. “I would just tell myself, encourage myself to just be patient. Don’t look to the future, just enjoy right now. “ CHANCE TO RECONNECT If you know much about this era of L.A. high school basketball, you know that Dominguez’s success was not a storybook run – an unconscionable evil lurked at the very top of the program. The man who coached the Dons through that meteoric rise was Russell Otis: He was the architect of three of the four seasons when Chandler was at Dominguez, including the national championship in 2000. But during Chandler’s senior year, he was ousted and put on trial after a former player accused him of molestation. Otis was in and out of court for the next decade, acquitted on that particular charge, but convicted on a separate charge in a similar incident in 2009. That pall hung over the program in Chandler’s final year, as well as the years following when Otis returned to Dominguez following his initial acquittal. It’s an unspoken asterisk next to the Dons’ record during that era. Neither Prince nor Chandler delved into the case itself for this story. But Chandler did admit it bothers him that association exists. When he thinks of those teams, he thinks of his brotherhood with his teammates, of hours of sweat that he and his peers put into their games. It hurts him that what the kids did right is eclipsed by what the adult did wrong. “It’s overshadowed by a lot of the negative things during that time and during that era,” he said. “But I don’t think you can take away a lot of the things we accomplished as a high school team. I feel like we were one of the greatest high school teams of all time, to be quite honest.” There is a generation of Dominguez athletes who are inclined to agree: The ones who now inhabit the halls of the Compton campus. In the administrative offices, there are still news clippings of Chandler, current Dons coach Jonathan Davis said. But the main attraction is a mural painted on the outside wall: On it are painted Prince, Sherman and Chandler, dressed for the teams for whom they won championships. It’s common knowledge at Dominguez that Chandler won a 2011 NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, and that he won a gold medal with Team USA. Students walk by a mural of Tayshaun Prince, left, Tyson Chandler, center, and Richard Sherman at Dominguez High in Compton on Thursday. Chandler said he hasn’t been back to his alma mater since he signed with the Lakers last month, but he intends to reconnect. (Photo by Ana P. Garcia, Contributing Photographer) For those students, Chandler’s star is in their eyes. “For the kids here, it’s really good because they get a chance to see a hometown hero, somebody who came here, walked down the same halls that they walked down, played on the same court that they played on and see he made it out of here,” Davis said. “He was one of the ones who was able to make it from this school.” It’s a question of when Chandler will make it back. He intends to, he said, but his personal connections to Dominguez have dwindled over the years. Still, he wants to see the mural. He wants to meet the kids. The feeling is mutual, Davis said. “All the kids were going crazy like, ‘Tyson’s back here,’ ” he said. “They were all hoping that he could come to a game and come back and check him out and stuff. They’d love if he came back around.” TIMING FEELS RIGHT The NBA schedule can move in mysterious ways, but on the early November night Chandler learned he was getting bought out by Phoenix, it felt like fate that Prince happened to be in town. Prince now works in the front office of the Memphis Grizzlies, who were getting ready to play the Suns the next night. After Chandler shared the news that he would soon be moving on, the two met at a True Foods Kitchen near Prince’s hotel. By then, Chandler had a strong inkling that the Lakers would scoop him up as soon as he cleared waivers. The former teammates started to talk. They started to remember. They started to wonder what going back to L.A. would be like. Prince is like a brother to Chandler. He trusts him implicitly. “I wanted to get his opinion on what it was gonna be like coming back to L.A. at this point in my career, how he felt, his thoughts, dealing with family, friends, outside noise, everything,” Chandler said. “And I think we both came to (the conclusion) that at this point in my life, you’re able to control things a little better, and even yourself and your head, and where you can focus your energy.” On that draft night back in 2001, Chandler was initially hurt when the Clippers selected him No. 2 overall then traded him away (for Elton Brand). He thought it would be fun to play with his friend Miles, and be a part of the rejuvenated franchise that was creating a buzz in L.A. “I thought we could really do something fun,” he said. “They already had the city on fire with that whole young crew. I was like, I can add to it, and I know I’m a winner, so I can turn this thing. Glad it didn’t happen though, after hearing all this (former owner Donald) Sterling (expletive) that was going on.” As things turned out, Chandler wouldn’t have changed any of it. When he got to Chicago, he was mentored by the likes of Charles Oakley, who helped shape the professionalism that now is Chandler’s calling card. He doesn’t think that would’ve happened the same way back in L.A. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”]“I think now is an appropriate time,” he said. “I honestly never really wanted to play in L.A. until this point in my career for that reason: too many distractions and I felt like it would get in the way.” It seems almost too neat, too on-the-nose: He’s alongside James, one of the best players ever, for the team he’s rooted for since he first touched the top of the Great Western Forum. It feels charmed, but Chandler is just trying to enjoy it. Prince marvels still that although Chandler was three years behind him in school, he entered the NBA before him, and somehow is still playing now that Prince is retired. But he’s also excited to see Chandler living out a better story than the one he first put together 18 years ago. “It couldn’t have happened to a better person, Tyson is an ultimate pro in every sense of that word,” he said. “Just an awesome guy.” Prince took a second to laugh. “I taught him well.” Staff writer Adam Grosbard contributed reporting to this story.
15 Dec 18
Daily Fight Report

On November 9, UFC veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg stepped into the ring to battle Cory Simpson on the undercard of the debut event from World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF). Vallie-Flagg won this fight by second-round TKO, and absolutely loved the experienced of fighting sans gloves.  Unfortunately, he still hasn’t been paid…

14 Dec 18
Toronto Sun

Mexican welterweight Ernesto Cardona Sanchez better beware. The Chechen Wolf is hungry and ready to pounce. It’s been well over a year since the best amateur boxer in Canada has fought. But now, Toronto fighter Arthur Biyarslanov finally gets a chance to wage battle again. On Saturday night at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in downtown Toronto, […]

14 Dec 18
Us Weekly
We can never turn down a classic everyday bag! Simple bag designs make it so much easier to quickly whip up great outfits when we know we can wear them with anything. A great, easy to carry bag really is the key to pulling it all together without trying too hard. [ami-related id=”- Click to search articles -” url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/shop-with-us/news/black-leggings-moto-zella-nordstrom/” title=”Shop With Us: These Moto-Inspired Leggings Are Too Cute to Just Wear to the Gym” target=”_blank” inset=”true”] We can always count on Rebecca Minkoff for go-to bags and it’s no wonder our collection is already full of her designs. Since the beloved leather Morning After Bag hit the style scene in 2005, Rebecca Minkoff has been the label we can turn to for all kinds of purse styles. After all, her designs always make a statement while helping Us pull together a gorgeous look with ease. The Shop With Us team has been fawning over the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Micro Regan’ Satchel, a mini version of the Regan satchel we already own and love. We’ll be saving our regular-sized Regan satchel for days when we need to tote around our entire lives, but this Micro Regan handbag is better for a lighter load. Convenient pockets on the interior and exterior, top carry handles and convenient adjustable cross-body strap are features that make this a practical bag choice. Black pebble leather, sleek gold hardware and removable straps give the satchel a polished, sophisticated look that can easily transfer from dressy attire to more casual looks.     See it: Snag the Rebecca Minkoff  ‘Micro Regan’ Satchel (marked down 40 percent off its original $225, now $135) while it is still in stock. Looking for an alternate style or color? Check out more Rebecca Minkoff bag options! Thanks to a compact yet roomy size, this bag makes for easy traveling and is also the right pick for when we prefer that a bag compliments but does not overwhelm our entire look. We love our oversized shoulder bags and larger totes, but this is the satchel we are going with anytime our schedules are full and we need to travel lighter with just the daily essentials.         We’ll be pairing the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Micro Regan’ Satchel with all of our little black dresses whether we’re heading to an interview in a shift silhouette or going out after 5. Of course, our favorite jeans and sweater looks can also be elevated by this fun satchel. The bag is available in two colors: black and peony (pale pink). The pale pink version is a great choice for spring but can also be worn with ensembles we put together in neutral colors. See it: Snag the pale pink Rebecca Minkoff ‘Micro Regan’ Satchel (marked down 40 percent off its original $225, now $135) while it is still in stock. Looking for an alternate style or color? Check out more Rebecca Minkoff bag options! We will be styling this pale pink version of the satchel with a beige sweater dress and our favorite Kristin Cavallari ankle booties. On days that call for comfortable trousers, we can pair the bag with a simple cable knit sweater, skinny corduroys and flats. We can also pair it easily with a black turtleneck, jeans and over-the-knee boots. This bag would also look beautiful with a cable knit sweater, cropped skinny jeans and pointed toe heels. Shoppers seem to love that the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Micro Regan’ Satchel manages to be cute and practical for everyday use. Reviews mention how convenient it is to have the optional cross-body strap. They also like that the micro bag is roomy and able to fit their phones, keys, lip balms and other products they like to have on hand. Call Us obsessed, but we kind of want to spring for both colors to really play with this Rebecca Minkoff Satchel style! See it: Snag the Rebecca Minkoff ‘Micro Regan’ Satchel (marked down 40 percent off its original $225, now $135) while it is available in black and peony. Looking for an alternate style or color? Check out more Rebecca Minkoff bag options!  Check out more of our picks and deals here! This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post. The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from the advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping!
14 Dec 18
Junior School Week at a Glance

Dear Junior School Parents, As you know, report cards were published on Veracross this past Wednesday. Should you have any questions please reach out to the appropriate teacher who will be happy to speak with you. This afternoon, shortly after the blog is sent out, our Kindergarten students will be hitting the stage with their […]

14 Dec 18
Junior School Week at a Glance

Dear Junior School Parents, As you know, report cards were published on Veracross this past Wednesday. Should you have any questions please reach out to the appropriate teacher who will be happy to speak with you. This afternoon, shortly after the blog is sent out, our Kindergarten students will be hitting the stage with their […]

14 Dec 18
Wardo and The Don

Almost all sports use some form of weight training. The sport of Olympic weightlifting, however, puts much more of an emphasis on explosiveness and technique. The combination, when properly executed, can be both dynamic and graceful. For athletes like Amy Richardson and Marysa Mezzetti, the pursuit of this perfect marriage can be a difficult, injury-riddled, […]