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BOYS' BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK: A VIKING WHO IS ONE COOL CUSTOMER.



Byline: Gerry Gittelson

Staff Writer

James Johnson James Johnson may refer to:

Artists, authors, and musicians

  • James B. Johnson, author of Science Fiction novels
  • James Johnson (musician), minimalist electronic musician
  • James Johnson (musicologist), late 18th-century Scottish musicologist
, Campbell Hall Campbell Hall can refer to:
  • a residence hall at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
  • Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California
 of North Hollywood's standout center, returned Wednesday after missing one basketball game and two days of school because of strep throat Strep Throat Definition

Streptococcal sore throat, or strep throat as it is more commonly called, is an infection of the mucous membranes lining the pharynx. Sometimes the tonsils are also infected (tonsillitis).
.

"I'm OK now," Johnson said.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, is averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds.

For Saturday's 9 a.m. Div. III-AA championship against Price of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , Johnson has been assigned the task of guarding Tyrese Bresheres, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound standout who has signed with Washington.

"I'm pretty physical. It's going to be a battle of the big guys," Johnson said.

Hey Jrue, who's your daddy?

Campbell Hall All-American prospect Jrue Holiday, who is averaging 25.9 points and is the area's third all-time leading scorer, is generally considered unstoppable one-on-one - and that includes his older brother, Justin, now a University of Washington freshman.

Unstoppable, that is, except for one person who often is in the gym: Holiday's father's Shawn, who starred at Blair of Pasadena in the early 1980s and has remained in top shape.

"Rumor is his dad is the only one who can beat Jrue," Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly said.

Early risers

At last year's Southern Section championships at Honda Center Current arenas in the National Hockey League

Western Conference Eastern Conference
American Airlines Center | General Motors Place | HP Pavilion | Honda Center | Jobing.
, Campbell Hall played at 10:45 a.m., so the team stayed in a nearby hotel. This year, the Vikings play at 9 a.m., but they'll stay in the Valley -- and even participate in a 6 a.m. shootaround in their own gym before rushing off to Anaheim.

Meanwhile, after losing two coin flips that cost Campbell Hall home-court advantage the past two rounds, then losing another coin flip for the right to be the home team Saturday -- and wear its home jerseys -- Kelly openly wondered just how much of an advantage being the top seed has been this season.

"Plus, instead of the CIF (1) (Common Intermediate Format) A standard video format used in videoconferencing. CIF formats are defined by their resolution, and standards both above and below the original resolution have been established. The original CIF is also known as Full CIF (FCIF).  putting third-seeded La Canada in the bottom bracket The bottom bracket on a bicycle contains a spindle to which the crankset is attached and the bearings that allow the spindle and cranks to rotate. (The chainrings and pedals are attached to the cranks. , they were in our bracket, so we played them in the semifinals instead of maybe Windward (of Los Angeles)," Kelly said. "I don't think it was fair we had to face the No. 3 seed in the semifinals."

Good 'till the end

Taft of Woodland Hills has won 11 of 13 playoff games over the past four seasons heading into Saturday's 8p.m. City Section final against Fairfax of Los Angeles at the Sports Arena. Of course, the Toreadors haven't won a playoff game since 2006 because they were bounced from playoff contention last year because of forfeits for ineligible players.

Eagle Rock seeking redemption

Eagle Rock (14-6), which plays University of West Los Angeles The University of West Los Angeles (UWLA) is a private, non-profit School of Law with two campuses in the Los Angeles metropolitan area in Inglewood and Woodland Hills, California. The School of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California.  (21-12) at 11a.m. Saturday in the City Invitational championship at the Sports Arena, lost to University by 17 points Nov. 29 in the third game of the season. That was before a 33-day winter break. Since then, Eagle Rock has won 13 of 14 heading into the rematch.

"We were very inexperienced at that point, a lot more so than now," Eagle Rock coach Ron Kato said. "We've started to put things together toward the end of the season. I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
 the difference. We've just all come together."

Eagle Rock needs a big performance from its top player, Steven Phillips, whom Kato benched in the second half against University last time.

"He wasn't doing anything, so I benched him," Kato said. "I do that sometimes. I did the same thing to my point guard."

Kato, 61, is in his final season. This is the fifth season of his third stint at Eagle Rock. He's coached the team a total of 12 seasons.

Eagle Rock has reached a basketball final for the first time in the school's 81-year history.

This Knight player looks like a sir

Lamonte Dewindt, Knight's 6-foot, 220-pound forward, should be easy to spot in Saturday's 12:30 p.m. Div. II-A final on Saturday against Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley Moreno Valley (mərē`nō), city (1990 pop. 118,779), Riverside co., S Calif., inc. 1984. In 1990, Moreno Valley was California's fastest-growing city, with a population increase of more than 300% between 1980 and 1990, but major reductions  at the Honda Center.

"He's a Charles Barkley This article is about the basketball player. For the politican, see Charles E. Barkley

Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player.
 lookalike," Knight coach Tom Hegre said of Dewindt. "Everyone tells me he could have been a scholarship football player if they could have gotten him onto the football field."

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Date:Feb 29, 2008
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