Day 1 of the Coaches vs Cancer Classic

Highlights of three games from Campbell Hall. Venice vs Canoga Park, Hoover vs Calabasas and Campbell Hall vs Arleta are all featured.

Calabasas Wins First Ever Basketball CIF Championship

Calabasas High first opened its doors in 1975, but it wasn’t until Thursday night at the Anaheim Convention Center that the school hoisted up its first ever CIF boys basketball championship.

“This is absolutely incredible,” said senior Spencer Levy. “We’ve always dreamed about this since we were little kids.”

Calabasas (27-3) defeated South Torrance 69-39 for the Div. 3AA title.

“I think (the team) executed the gameplan flawlessly,” said Coach Jon Palarz. “We defended well, and we then got the rebounds. We won the boards 45-32. It’s what you pray for as a coach.”

The Coyotes jumped out to a quick 27-2 start and never looked back.

“I think it all started on defense, and then we just executed on the other end,” said Jeremy Lieberman, who finished with a game-high 15.

The Coyotes dedicated the season to assistant coach Joe Frazier, who is currently in a coma after suffering a head injury in a hit-and-run accident.

“Joe is a coach, a mentor, a father, a brother to all of us. He’s smiling right now, and when he wakes up, he’ll have a big, old ring on his finger,” said Levy, who finished with 13 points.

The win means Calabasas advances to the first round of the Div. 3 State Championship tournament on Wednesday, March 7.

“This is huge for us,” said Lieberman. “Our school’s never won a championship ever. It was a dream season, but it’s not over yet.”

Leading Scorers:

Jeremy Lieberman scored 15. Holden Israel scored 14. Spencer Levy added 13. Austin Smith had 10. Alex Monsegue scored five. Zac Hepps had four. Nema Sahebifard, Max Levinson, Joshua Cohan and Eric Skylar each contributed two points.

Oaks Christian vs Calabasas

Calabasas Coyotes vs Agoura Chargers Basketball

The Coyotes lost 69-65 in OT. Lenard Gorokhov, who scored 15 points and Nick Justman talk about the disappointment.

Calabasas Coyotes vs Moorpark Musketeers Basketball

Calabasas won 74-66 in OT. Coach Palarz, Nick Justman and Callum Dewar, who scored 12 talk about the unbelievable victory, while Jordan Russell, who scored 17, and Jake Myers, who scored 17 discuss the agony of defeat.

Calabasas Football No Match for St. Bonny

After already having won three Marmonte League games this season after winning just three over the previous seven seasons, visiting Calabasas High was hoping to keep the momentum going Friday against powerhouse St. Bonaventure of Ventura.

But it looks like the Coyotes (3-6, 3-5) will have to continue to take their success in doses, as St. Bonaventure won 57-0 while registering nine sacks in a Marmonte League game at Ventura College, as the Seraphs (7-1, 6-1) have lost just one home game since 1997.

“They showed why they’re so good,” Calabasas coach Larry Edwards said. “We just didn’t match up well. We need to execute better, and there were a few situations where we just weren’t ourselves.”

Calabasas’ Kyle Zion completed 7 of 14 passes for 60 yards, and Brandon Marin entered late in the game and completed 3 of 6 for 57 yards, including a long touchdown that was called back because of a hold. Shane Bick, a top receiver and linebacker, had two catches for 18 yards and a big hit on defense before leaving in the second half because of an injury.

“If we lose Shane for the rest of the season, that would be very tough,” running back Tai Kusakawa said. “He’s a two-way player, so it’s not like we would losing just one starter.”

But give Calabasas credit for fighting until the end, as the Coyotes drove to the St. Bonaventure 5 on their last possession, but could not score.

“We didn’t give up,” Zion said. “We played to the best of our abilities.”

Calabasas was limited to 135 yards, 18 rushing.

The Coyotes have another tough game coming up next week at home against Thousand Oaks and Zion said his team will be ready for the challenge.

“Next week, we need to prepare mentally. We have the depth, we just need to pick it up,” he said.

Calabasas vs St Bonaventure

Calabasas (3-4) took a major step back in a loss to Agoura last week. They still haven’t beaten the Chargers since the Clinton Administration and things will stay that way for at least one more year. The good news is: we never even thought they would be in position to have a chance of being over .500 in the seventh game of the season. Coach Edwards is really taking this team in the right direction. If the Coyotes have any chance of beating the Seraphs they will need to play a ball control type of game with both of their running backs carrying the load. Tai Kusakawa is fresh off a 100-yard rushing performance against Agoura, but Tyson Jones was held in check with only seven yards rushing. Both need to be successful Friday night. St. Bonaventure (6-1) features a balanced offense led by QB Marc Evans. Look for Christian White to dominate in the passing game. He’s caught nine passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns the past two games and looks to be an emerging star. Since the Bonnies lost to Oaks Christian, they’ve meant business and they will be way too much for the Coyotes.

Prediction: St Bonaventure 52 Calabasas 14

Agoura vs Calabasas

Don’t look now, but the Coyotes have a realistic chance to with their third Marmonte League game and go over .500 for the season this week at home. Who would have thought that the team the league tried to kick out would do so much damage after going winless in league play for so many years? The (3-3) Coyotes are led by the impressive Sophomore back Tyson Jones. Agoura (1-5) comes in on a five-game losing streak. Gerard Poutier and company would like for nothing more than to halt that streak against Calabasas on Friday night. We’ve seen the team play up to its potential on defense against Thousand Oaks, but they will have to click on all cylinders if they want to win another game this season in the ultra-competitive Marmonte League. I will go with Agoura just because it feels weird to ever pick the Coyotes as a winner, but I will certainly be a believer in Larry Edwards and this team next year should they win.

Prediction: Agoura 21 Calabasas 17

Simi Valley vs Calabasas

Simi Valley at Calabasas – This is a key game for both teams to pick up a league win in. For Simi Valley (1-2), it’s a chance to get to 2-1 in the Marmonte League, which would be a very impressive start. The Pioneers will rely on Jake Maranto’s arm to lead them to victory. He needs to have a short-term memory about the four interceptions he threw last week and come out this week firing on all cylinders. This Calabasas team is not even close to the level of the Serraphs. It’s a very winnable game for the Pioneers. On the other side of the ball, the Coyotes (1-2) are hungry for a Marmonte League win. They’ve gone 0-7 every year in league play since 2004 and hope they’ll finally get over the hump this Friday. The Coyotes will need to rely heavily on Sophomore RB Tyson Jones, who was the sole bright spot in the 47-6 loss to Oaks Christian. Jones rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries and should be the featured workhorse for this team for the next three years.

Prediction: Simi Valley 28 Calabasas 14

Oaks Christian at Calabasas

OAKS CHRISTIAN at CALABASAS – After looking dead in the waters for the better part of three quarters, the Lions (1-1, 1-0) got a much needed breath of fresh air from backup senior quarterback Richie Harrington. The senior transfer gave the offense the spark Head Coach Bill Redell was looking for. He completed 10-for-21 of his passes, but more importantly than that, accounted for five touchdowns. The key for the Lions is to not have a classic letdown this week against one of the weaker teams in the Marmonte League, but it appears the Lions have finally had a wakeup call after playing sluggishly in their first seven quarters. Trevor Gretzky remains the QB for now, but will there be a controversy brewing out in Westlake Village should Gretzky get out to a slow start against the Coyotes? The Lions will be led by Duke-bound Blair Holliday, who climbed the ladder to come up with the game winning overtime score against the Seraphs. On the other side of the ball, the Coyotes (1-1, 0-1) come off a tough 24-6 loss to Royal. Coach Larry Edwards will need to lean on his two running backs, Tyson Jones and Tai Kusakawa, to control the time of possession and keep the Coyotes in the game.

Prediction: Oaks Christian 38 Calabasas 14