MARSHALL RECEIVES ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

By Earl Williams

Sportswriter and Editor

As a ninth-grader entering Lynwood High four years ago, you could tell that Rayah Marshall had all the tools to become a really good player and the possibility to be recruited as an NCAA Division I prospect.

   Well on Tuesday, when the 2021 McDonald's All-American team was revealed, the 6-foot-3 USC signee appeared on the roster that recognized her as one of the best basketball players in the nation.

    Unfortunately, the 19th Annual girls' team will not compete this year due to the coronavirus. In 2002, the McDonald's All-American committee conducted the first game. This came 25 years after the boys' roster was announced in 1977. A year later, top players in the country competed in the first event.
the 19th Annual girls’ team was announced Tuesday.
  This year's girl's roster includes Rolling Hills Prep 6-foot-5 center Clarice Akunwafo, Mater Dei High forward 6-foot-2 Brooke Demetre, and Harvard Westlake High 6-foot-2 forward Okikola Iriafen.

  Last season, Marshall averaged 18.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg., 2.1 apg, 2.4 spg., 2.6 bpg. to lead the Knights to San Gabriel Valley League title, the CIF Southern Section Open Division Playoffs and quaterfinals appearance of the SoCal Regional Division I playoffs.

WATSON RECEIVES ALL-AMERICAN HONORS

By Earl Williams

Sportswriter and Editor

LONG BEACH - Long Beach Poly High 6-foot-7 small forward Peyton Watson made the 2021 McDonald’s All-American team, it was announced on Tuesday.
  The 44th annual All-American game will not be played this year due to the coronavirus. This will be the first time game will not be played since 1977 when the first roster, recognizing the top seniors in the country, was simply a list. The actual game began in 1978.
    Watson became the first player from the Moore League to be bestowed the honor since DeMar DeRozan, a 6-7 small forward from Compton, in 2008, and Travon Bryant, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Long Beach Jordan in 2000.
    He is also the first Jackrabbit since Chris Sandle (6-6 forward) received recognition in 1984.


 

A LEGEND REMEMBERED

EARTH-QUAKING DUNKS:  Hardy, who had “Trouble” written on the sides of his customized green van, makes  an unbelievable dunk from behind the backboard against Santa Clara during a WCAC game between 1976-1978.  The legendary Long Jordan Panther was known for doing acrobatic dunks like this in high school. 

IUSF'  ATHLETIC HALL-Of-FAME:  In 2017, Hardy was inducted. The Dons went on an incredible run to a WCAC regular season title , to a No. 1 ranking in the AP National Poll and to 29 consecutive victories.

 He was an AP Honorable Mention All-American in 1977 and 1978.  He made the 1976 West Coast Athletic Conference All-Freshman team.

OVERSEAS TOUR:  Hardy forged a successful basketball career on the other side the pond. He played pro ball for teams from the Philippines to Italy.

By Earl Williams

Sportswriter and Editor

LONG BEACH — How many basketball players have you ever witnessed elevate a basketball above the square for an earth-quaking dunk while having to duck his head to avoid hitting the back of a backboard during a game?
   Well, it really happened folks. The story isn’t a myth.   James Percivell Hardy did it.  And he wasn’t playing a game of horse.  In the basketball archive at the University of San Francisco, there is a vintage black and white photo of the 2017 USF Athletic Hall-of-Fame inductee posterizing Santa Clara players during a West Coast Athletic Conference game. Hardy, who died from a heart attack at age 64 on Dec. 29, gave basketball fans in San Francisco, Long Beach, and around the world a plethora of unforgettable highlights for generations of fans to talk about.    

 

L.B. PANTHER AND ENTREPRENEUR  FOUND LASTING LOVE

GOOD TIMES:

James Hardy and Catherine McLamb enjoyed a meal.  The couple has known each other for at least 50 years. They met when the legendary basketball phenom moved to the Carmelitos Housing Projects in North Long Beach.

By Earl Williams

Sportswriter and Editor

LONG BEACH -- Catherine McLamb grew up in the Carmelitos Housing Projects, a place many people in North Long Beach, in the 1970s, called the “Bricks.’’  She met James Percivell Hardy, who died from a heart attack on Dec. 29 at age 64, when he was 13 years old.  At 8, she used to be at the Hardy’s house visiting family members more than her own home. She was considered a goddaughter.
     Hardy, who became a high school basketball phenom, thought of her as a little sister.  Later, the 1975 Parade All-American, went on to play college basketball at the University of San Francisco, the New Orleans Jazz (now Utah), and overseas.  He got married and had children. She did, too.  

     In 2009, they found love.  He had traveled all over the world looking for a lady who could make him a happy home.McLamb had been there all the time. The couple got married and blended their families. He raised her children as if they were his own. “James always wanted to have a family,’’ McLamb said. “We have always been in contact with each other. He was finally able to get back to his true love.
 “He used to tell people, ‘I married my sister’,’’ she fondly recalled.

VIDEO SPORTS RESUMES

USC WIll HOST RAYAH'S NEXT BLOCK PARTY

By Earl Williams

Writer

   For three years, Aliyah Pollard has turneed in outstanding performances on the hardwood and in classrooms at Los Angeles Center For Enrichment Studies (LACS). There, Currently, the 6-foot point-forward recorded a weighed 3.468 GPA. Her NCAA Core GPA is 3.430.

   This past year, her schedule was loaded with AP Classes. She also managed to have time to serve as Student Athletic Club President, Black Student Union Cabinet Secretary and as volunteer for LA Best , which helps kids with homework.  In the sunner, she also volunteers with ESY, a special education program.

   The First-team All-western Conference selection managed this while leading the Unicorns to the CIF Los Angeles City Section 2020 Division II title. Pollard was named Player Of The Year.

USC WIll HOST RAYAH'S NEXT BLOCK PARTY

By Earl Williams

Writer

LONG BEACH - Larry Tarrell Matthews loved to shoot high school sports in the CIf Southern Section, especially basketball, football and track. You'd often see him aiming his 35MM cameras at athletes from the baslene of basketball courts. His brothers James and Jonnie Ray would position themselves on opposit sides of courts with their professional cameras.

You'd see the trio and their crew at track meets, too. they were dedicated sports photojournalists.

In fact, Larry's love for sports started years ago. He was quite a hurdler at Poly High in the mid-1970s. His blazing speed earned him and some of other Jackrabbits invites to the Arcadia Track and Field Invitational, a premier event back in those days.

   Larry, who passed unexpectedly on July 24 - a firm believer in Jehovah, was born to Johnnie Paul and Nanni Mae Matthews on April 22, 1958 in Long Beach, Calif.

USC WIll HOST RAYAH'S NEXT BLOCK PARTY

By Earl Williams

Writer


LOS ANGELES—  Normally, Rayah Marshall usually host her block parties inside the baseline of hardwood floors at Lynwood High School and around the CIF Southern Section.
   At 6-foot-4, Marshall, a McDonald’s All-American candidate, slaps shots left and right during the heated battles.  That’s not all.
   She isn’t just a center for the Knights. She is a hybrid who plays ever position on the floor, a Candace Parker and Brianna Steward type.
    This past Saturday, she hosted another kind of block party under the backdrop of the Los Angeles Coliseum and not too far from the doorsteps of USC.

JADA TURNER WILL

LOCK YOU DOWN

By Earl Williams

Writer

LYNWOOD, CALI.--Lynwood High point guard Jada Turner stands only 5-foot-4. However, the senior is definitely hard to miss. Her defense intensity is off the charts. 

   She plays up-in-your-face lock-down defense. She is a thief. Over the course of the season, she not only stole the ball from point guards but their confidence as well. She averaged nearly two steals per game.  
   Turner, a sprinter in youth track, appears to go from 0 to 60 in 1.5 seconds with the ball.  Against Mater Dei, she tallied 10 points and two seasons.  Her defense intensity and sprinter’s speed served as a catalyst for the Knights’ comeback from 20 points only to loose by two.
   Here are other athletes who stood out and will likely return for the 2020-2021 season.
  

WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MARSHALL?

By Earl Williams

Writer

LYNWOOD, CALIF. --Rayah Marshall has all the physical tools in her box to become the next Candace Parker, Ellana Delladon or Brianna Steward of players.  
   These are the most versatile, hybrid athletes the WNBA has ever seen,
able to play nearly every position on the hardwood.
     Of course, Marshall will have to really polish
her game before she reaches that platitude.

BRILIYAH TALOR:
HERE TO ASSIST

By Earl Williams

Writer

LYNWOOD, CALIF. -- If you are playing with Briliyah Taylor on Lynwood High girls basketball team, you better have your hands ready. Her precision passes will nail you in the chest or face. Ouch is right.

  The 5-foot-7 senior is a pass-first and shoot-second floor general. Her poise, court vision and decision-making are what separates her from many of her peers.

THREE JR. KNIGHTS FOOTBALL TEAMS WIN PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIPS

By Earl Williams

Writer

LYNWOOD, CALIF. -- The Lynwood Jr., Knights, a youth football and cheer organization, celebrated multiple titles in November of 2019.

  The 10-under and 11 Under teams achieved their feats in the Division I while the 12-Under won its title in Division II.

   This season, the Jr. Knights  were expected to make their debute in the Snoop Dogg league before the season was cancelled due to the conorvius pandemic.

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