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A Coach, Mentor, Father Figure & Friend : Coach Lynch

Coach Lynch accepting 500th Win Award from Mrs. Angela Evans CEO of Frederick K.C. Price III Christian Schools

Los Angeles, Ca-Head Coach Michael Lynch has hit 500 wins with The Price Knights basketball program. Coach has been making noise in the CIF Southern Section for 19 years with  a record of 500 – 98 (83.6% winning percentage) at Price. The school celebrated this great milestone  on Senior night for this 2015 season with a video presentation of past players and staff.

During every break on senior night the presentation played on the video boards with a resounding theme: Coach Lynch was more than just a coach, he was a Mentor, Role model, Father figure and Friend. Coach’s passions and discipline shows through the success of his players being ready for life on and off the court.

Furthermore, he has been honored as Coach of the Year by the CIF in 1999, The Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003,The Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year and Two Time Wave Newspaper Coach of the Year.

Starting off with just 8 players and two parking cones, in the former gym he lovingly refers to as “the barn,” the boys’ basketball program has become nationally known, under his leadership. In its short time, Price High boasts an impressive track record of 11 league championships (at times they were a freelance team), 10 CIF Championships, 8 Regional Championships and 6 State Championships. To date, the Knights hold the record as the only one of two schools to win 4 consecutive boys basketball state championships in all of CIF history.

Out of the over 150 young men that he has coached, more than 29 (almost 20%) of Coach Lynch’s players have received scholarships to many well known colleges across the country.

Here are the stats: 19 players have received Division I scholarships, 4 players have received Division II scholarships, 5 players have received Division III/NAIA scholarships, 1 player has received a Canadian Division I scholarship, and Countless players have gone on to play at the Junior College level.

Price Knights Basketball (Photo by Jevone Moore)
Price Knights Basketball (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Clippers Cool off The Pistons

Glen Big Baby Davis on Fall Away. Photo by Full Image 360
Blake Griffin On His Way Up For A Nasty Dunk. Photo by Full Image 360
Blake Griffin On His Way Up For A Nasty Dunk. Photo by Full Image 360

Los Angeles, Ca-The Big question, Which Clippers team will take the floor tonight? The Staples center Clippers fans knew the answer when Blake Griffin set up a pair of alley-oop dunks by Jordan 68 seconds apart, capping a 16-4 run that turned a one-point deficit into a 47-36 lead with 4:41 left in the second quarter. The real Clippers (17-7) add a home 113-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons (5-20). I guess have good home cooked meal does has its advantages.

The Clippers pulled away in the second half and allowed some valuable rest for the starters. Griffin led his team with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assist in only 31 minutes. The other big spark on the night was reserve guard Jordan Farmer who poured in 15 big points at key situations to make sure the Pistons didn’t make a run to catch them. Doc Rivers was very happy with the teams ball movement on offense 35 assists on 43 field goals made, shooting 53.8 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range, as six different players hit from deep. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy agreed, “They shot the ball very well, moved the ball very well, and we could not keep up. They totally tore our defense apart.”

Griffin Battling on The Block. Photo by Full Image 360
Griffin Battling on The Block. Photo by Full Image 360

Jodie Meeks was Pistons leading scorer with 20 points with three 3 pointers on the night.   Center Andre Drummond had 18 points, 13 rebounds, and Greg Monroe 15 points, 8 rebounds. The Pistons big men kept the game close in the first half boxing out for good position for rebound and second chance points. The rest of the starters were held under double digits for scoring. Detroit star Brandon Jennings had 6 points, 6 assists and 1 steal, not much of homecoming for Compton Dominguez High School player.

The Clippers get one more home game on this trip, Wednesday night against Indiana Pacers (8-17) at Staples Center. On the Clippers day off December 16, they will be spreading some Christmas Joy to kids in So. Cal. DeAndre Jordan is donating two basketball rims to a local Charter school; Chris Paul teamed up with Kevin Hart for bunch of kids to have shopping spree at Toys r us, and Jamal Crawford having gift boxes giveaway in Compton. Just a little bit of the good things we don’t always hear about from pro athletes, Go Clippers!

Jerry Shines Bright at Jerry’s World

2014 NCAA Football

Arlington Tx- The stage was set for the second showdown in AT&T Stadium this college season. The state of Texas fans of college football had the pleasure of seeing #12 ranked Ucla Bruins (3-0) beat the Texas Longhorns (1-2) in Advocare Cowboy Showdown in a thriller 20-17 game.  How ironic being at the stadium nicknamed “Jerry’s World” for an unlikely hero being Ucla backup quarterback Jerry Neuheisel to save the day. Jerry found wide receiver Jordan Payton on hitch and go route, with a pump fake the corner bit and 33 yards later Payton found pay dirt to secure the victory with that touchdown leaving only 3 minutes on the clock.

The lights were bright and both teams had something to prove in this showdown. The headlines were normal for Ucla which Bruin team will show up for the big game. Texas game plan was don’t let Brett Hundley Ucla starting quarterback bet us. Longhorns captain blew the coin toss giving the Bruins both kickoffs at start of the game and to start the 3rd quarter by wanting to be on defense after the Bruins already deferred their choice to the second half. On the opening drive of the third quarter the Bruins who were trailing 3-10 at the half drove 75 yards on seven plays to score and tie game 10-10. This was a big shift in momentum for the team looking for greatness out of Jerry the backup.

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From the moment Jerry came in the game to replace the injured Hundley at 4:29 mark in first quarter after an 11 yard scramble that was costly due to some injury to non throwing arm. Jerry had to be ready at a moment’s notice and fill in during this battle, Jerry said “You’re just kinda ready for it. Obviously there are some nerves but it’s your job as a backup quarterback to go in and take control and lead your team to victory.” The team responded to him well and Head Coach Jim Mora allowed Jerry to gain confidence with high percentage passing plays and an aggressive running game that was clicking. The committee of running backs out gained Texas by 105 yards on the day while averaging 4.6 yards a carry. The offensive line stepped up the blocking making holes to allow the chains to keep moving and allowing manageable 3rd down situations.

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Ucla’s defense really stepped up in this hostile Texas home game despite being designated the home team for this special game. Captain Linebacker Eric Kendricks lead the team with 7 solo, 4 asst & 11 total tackles for the game. But even more being that defensive leader on the field communicating to others was huge for the Bruins. Both Safeties starting their first game for the Bruins defense was #21 Tahaan Goodman who made some great hits and applied some tight coverage also adding 3 tackles. Then there was true freshman #2 Jaleel Wadood who seemed to thrive in bright lights being one year removed from St. John Bosco high school in Bellflower. Wadood was all over the field showing he belonged amassing 6 solo, 3 asst for total 9 tackles in his new role as a starter. I know the whole secondary made defensive back coach Demetrice Martin proud.   This game was great team effort to be victories and remaining undefeated.

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The Bruins have a bye this week and will have opportunity to work on next game plan to stop strong arm quarterback of Arizona State senior Taylor Kelly. This game will be on the road in Tempe, Az  Thursday September 25, at 7pm labeled “The Blackout”

WNBA – Chicago Sky Over The Sparks

Los Angeles, Ca-The Los Angeles Sparks (6-9) came up short in the end against the Chicago Sky (8-8) 83-90. The Sparks went in at the half holding on to a slim 3 point lead. They had a 12 point lead at one point in the 1st half before the Sky stormed back in the second half.  The team’s last tie of the game was at 70 a piece with 5:15 left in 4th qtr. Then the Sky dropped two quick 3 pointers to take lead 76-70, which was enough to close it out.

The Sparks stars, Nneka Ogwumike lead the team with 26 points, 6 rebounds, and team captain Candace Parker added 22 points, 3 block shots for the game. As a team the Sparks only shot 45% for the game while the Sky shot 52% with 5 players in double figures.  The Sky’s point guard Jamierra Faulkner had her way against the Sparks defense scoring 27 points.  The Sky won the battle of points in the paint +12, and 2nd chance points +8. So by the numbers the Sky won the passion box scores.

Parker started off the game hitting a nice 18 foot jump shot to tie the game 2-2 and allowed the fans to sit down after the 1st basket. Both teams battled back and forth with good defense on display.  Ogwumike got a big steal that lead to a Spark fast break followed by Kristi Toliver being fouled and made 1 free throw to stretch lead to 5 points 23-18 at 1:56 left 1st quarter.  A few more back & forth baskets allowed the Sparks to finish with lead after 1 period 27-22. During 2nd quarter Parker heated up scoring 7 points, the Sparks had their largest lead of 12 points at 6:35 mark before the half.  The Sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman called a key timeout that fired up her team. The momentum clearly was changing from that point and the Sky began to crawl back slowly.

By the time the second half came around the Sky took a 4 point lead 52-48, 12 minutes later then the Sparks had their largest lead. By the end of 3rd quarter the lead was pushed to 7 points for the Sky. Whatever words Chatman said to her team was enough to keep them grinding. The Sparks need to find a way win games like this at home. This victory came for the Sky just off desire and will. The stars played well for the Sparks but they need to uplift the whole team’s performance to win the close ones. The Sparks get a chance to forget about this loss as they travel to Seattle Storm (7-11) Thursday July 3rd.

Kiss Quiet The Thunder

Owner Paul Stanley taking in a game.
Back up QB Kenny Guiton down on Goal Line looking for daylight. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
Back up QB Kenny Guiton down on Goal Line looking for daylight. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

Anaheim, Ca- The LA Kiss had been grinding and pushing week after week for that next victory. All that hard work paid off with a 69 – 61 win over the visiting Portland Thunder. The Kiss held the lead wire to wire and never let the Thunder sniff the lead. The fans were treated to high scoring affair and a dance show by offensive tackle / fullback Andres Vargas who did the splits at 320 pounds.

The first score was a quick, a 5 yard touchdown to Donovan Morgan who finished the game with team high three touchdowns. On Portland first possession flowing a personal foul quarterback Kyle Rowley fumbles and Kiss linebacker Matt Estrada recovers it for 5 yards touchdown bringing the Kiss to 14-0 lead.  The team built up a great game on the arm of Aaron Garicia who finished with 5 touchdowns on 24 completions, 289 yards.

Portland came into the game just as hungry for a win as the Kiss did but a slow start left them chasing all game.  Their quarterback Kyle Rowley being under pressure most of the game still managed to throw for 362 yards and seven touchdowns.   Eric Rogers was Portland standout with four touchdown catches with a team high 144 yards.

Portland DB with Pick 6 Dive. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
Portland DB with Pick 6 Dive. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

This game was all about the LA Kiss and the moves by head coach Bob McMillen finding a way to win. The uniforms are the same but few new wrinkles and additions. New return man AJ Cruz was inserted in after an injury at defensive back and played well for his DB Coach Mark Ricks. On the offensive side newly acquired backup quarterback Kenny Guiton came in to run little option for a touchdown and crucial 1st down to keep a drive alive in first half that lead to a score. The always faithful Captain Donovan Morgan showed his skills as normal leading team with three touchdowns. Morgan always a flair for the dramatics caught a nice over wall diving touchdown.

Now the Kiss can look to build on this satisfying win and heal up their bumps and bruises. The next task for Paul Stanley’s team is to travel to Arizona and face the undefeated Rattlers on Saturday June 21st. The Kiss will get an opportunity to do what no other team has done yet this year, which is beat the Rattlers.

Rattlers Strike The Kiss

AJ Cruz finding daylight on kickoff return. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
AJ Cruz finding daylight on kickoff return. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

Anaheim, Ca -The Big bad raining back to back Arena Bowl Champions Arizona Rattlers (10-0) struck the LA Kiss (2-8) hard 70-25. The Kiss are still looking for the right mix on offense and defense to secure their next win. The Rattlers came in all business and continue to show the AFL how to get it done week in and week out.  The Kiss did show a little flashes of greatness on the field tonight.

The game started with the Kiss scoring first on two yard run by their new weapon Andres Vargas a big tackle converted to Tight end-Full Back hybrid. Vargas’ number was called a few times tonight during short yardage situations.  It took the Rattlers midway through first quarter before they scored on 20 yard touchdown pass to Kerry Reed at 7:50 mark. Then a few series later the Kiss looking to respond back, gave up a pick six to the Rattlers defensive back Marquis Floyd. Now with the lead 14-7 the Rattlers never looked back after that point. When the teams went to halftime the Rattlers had stretched the lead to 16, 35-19H.

The change at quarterback for the Kiss brought future AFL HOF Aaron Garcia. He had an okay game when he wasn’t picking himself off the rug from a big hit. Garcia went 13/25 for 173 yards, 1 TD, back up Tyler Hansen add small spark two touchdown (1 yard Rush, 2 yard Pass). The constant stars for the Kiss are still Donovan “Captain” Morgan 8 catches for 89 yards 1 TD, and bunch key receptions off of sure effort. Then return man AJ Cruz who is always a threat on kickoff return to go the distance. He had 10 returns for 270 yards and a long 52 to the Rattlers 14 yard line before being face masked and stopping him from scoring.

LA Kiss Dancers showing off their skills. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss Dancers showing off their skills. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

Once the Arizona Rattlers got going those Snakes slithered through the desert with easy and little resistance. Quarterback Nick Davila slashed the Kiss backfield up for 6 touchdown amassing 236 yards on 16/25 passes.  Davila spread the ball around tonight with 4 different receivers catching touchdown passes. He did have a favorite Kerry Reed, who led all receivers with 4 touchdowns himself on 101 yards receiving.

The Kiss have another week of practice with the new members on the roster before they travel up north to face San Jose Sabercats (7-3). In their first meeting it was a close battle that the Kiss loss 48-32. The LA Kiss will be watch at home and will be looking forward to seeing their team compete and get that much need victory.

Gladiators Withstand The LA Kiss Advances

T. Lewis from Westchester HS showing off his skills in AFL. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss could only smell the endzone. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss could only smell the endzone. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

ANAHEIM, CA-The Cleveland Gladiators (4-0) had too much fire power in the end for the LA Kiss (2-2) to handle in 40-30 defeat. It was a back and forth battle until the 4th quarter when the lone touchdown belong to the Gladiators to secure the victory.  These two teams slugged it out on the field and outside lines as well. The Gladiators shut down the Kiss in Red zone late in game which was the difference.

Cleveland quarterback Chris Dieker spread the ball around to all his receivers. The hottest hand was a local Southern Californian star from Westchester high school Thyron Lewis who 3 touchdowns and 76 yards receiving. Lewis was clearly in a league of his own tonight on the field.

JJ Raterink lit up stat line throwing for a game high 259 yards with 4 touchdowns but he left a few plays on field tonight. Looking back on the game there were opportunities but they were not taken advantage of, allowing for second loss of the season.

The first half was almost dominated by Cleveland but the kicking game left them behind each score. The LA Kiss kept striking back slowly making its extra points count. Midway through the second quarter with the LA Kiss up 14-12 after a 4 yard touchdown catch by wide receiver Markee White the tone was set. These two teams have been feisty with both teams receiving unsportsmanlike penalties. LA Kiss Defensive Back Dexter McCoil was even ejected for throwing a punch during one of the exchanges to leave them shorthanded. The Cleveland Gladiators took a slim 2 point lead into the half 19-17.

LA Kiss Defense left trying to hold on. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360
LA Kiss Defense left trying to hold on. Photo by Jevone Moore / Full Image 360

The Kiss defense only reached the quarterback Dieker once in the game giving him time to pass freely. That put most of the pressure on DB’s to slow the scoring down. Andre Jones did his best keeping the receivers in front of him and accounting for 5 tackles in 1st half for a total 8 tackeles on the night.

To start the third quarter Quarterback JJ Raterick drove his team 49 yards in 7 plays finding favorite wide receiver DJ Morgan for 10 yards touchdown reception. Then kicker Kenny Spencer followed Cleveland motto of missing extra point making score 23-17 Kiss. Then the teams traded a few more scores in the quarter.

The Kiss kept it close but was not the last team standing, it was the still undefeated Gladiators. The Kiss will get back to work this week during practice and prepare for their next game on the road. The LA Kiss will travel to Iowa Barnstomers (2-2) to play on Saturday 19th of April.

Rose Bowl – Michigan State Chops Down Stanford

Pasadena, Ca- The big physical #5 Stanford Cardinal (11-3) was no match for the #4 Michigan State Spartans (13-1) in the second half of a 24-20 loss. It all came down to one play, Stanford with the ball 1:36 left on clock needing 1 yard on 4th down to get an additional four plays. That’s when 6’4 245 fullback #85 Ryan Hewitt had his first carry of day get stopped cold down low #45 Darien Harris,  #89 Shilique Calhoun & by a flying linebacker #41 Kyler Elsworth to finish the job.  That Cardinal tree chopping was heard all they back in East Lansing as the Spartans smelled the sweet victory of the 100th Rose Bowl.

Michigan State showed they could take a punch and keep fighting after trailing 10-0 at end of 1st quarter.  All seemed to be going right for Stanford but with a blue collar work ethic of State, they came charging back strong with 14 point in 2nd quarter. Offensive’s MVP quarterback #18 Connor Cook who threw for 332 yards with 2 touchdowns lead his team with poise and confidence. Cook shook off a 2nd quarter interception that was Stanford last touchdown of the game leading 17-7 with 2:06 left before half. The next series the Spartans marched down the field 75 yards in 7 plays in one minute thirty nine seconds, ending with 2 yard touchdown pass to State’s fullback #37 Trevon Pendleton making it 17-14 at the half. Even being down by three points at the half, Michigan State still had all the momentum.

The star senior running backs for both teams were the big storyline coming into the game and help their teams but pretty much ended in a draw in the stat line. Stanford #25 Tyler Gaffney had 91 yards on 24 carries with 1st quarter touchdown, Michigan State #33 Jeremy Langford had 84 yards on 23 carries and 2nd quarter touchdown. The pass and defense was difference maker when clock ticked zero. After the game the Michigan State Defensive Back all held a banner that said, “No Fly Zone” This crew was able to hold Stanford’s Kevin Hogan to 10 for 18, 143 yards, and interception.

The Centennial Rose Bowl lived up to its name of The Grand Daddy of them all. The Big Ten took home the green roses with its key stops and scoring plays that made Michigan State looked smart for signing Mark Dantonio to an extension. The report says Dantonio stands to be highest paid Big Ten coach over Ohio State Urban Myers 4.6 million. So look for State to be well coached for the upcoming seasons and to defend it Rose Bowl title well in 2014 season.

B2G South Bay BMW Bowl

B2G Advantage with Ron Allen shaping up to be a great battle this Sunday January 27th, 2013 at The Home Depot Center.

Tiger Woods 2013 Comeback

Tiger on Sherwood Country Club 14th hole fairway. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tiger on Sherwood Country Club 14th hole fairway. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tiger on Sherwood Country Club 14th hole fairway. Photo by Jevone Moore

Another great year for the #1 golfer in world Tiger Woods and the sport of golf. Most folks who casually watch the sport would label this a bad year for Woods, due to high expectations placed on him. Tiger did win 2013 PGA Tour play of the year award, beating out a good field of players. Imagine having a football team go undefeated for a season now that would be easier than a golfer wining week in and week out. It just tough to win multiples wins on tour, that’s what makes Tigers 5 win performances all the more spectacular. Only four other golfers had more than one PGA win, all tied with two wins apiece.

Many golfers fight to keep their PGA tour cards by making enough money during this 2013 golf year to make the cut, Tiger lead the field with a mere $8,553,439. Not bad for a Tiger who regained the top sport in world ranking again in March of this year. Keeping his point totals along with his stats that folks can only dream about 5 PGA tour wins, 8 top 10 finishes, & 10 top 25 finishes. This season Tiger won at the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGC, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, The Players Championship, & the World Golf Championship.

Tiger All Smiles on Practice Green Before Starting a Round. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tiger All Smiles on Practice Green Before Starting a Round. Photo by Jevone Moore

The spot light has been bright on the Stanford alum during his comeback years watching every move he makes. In the end Tigers continues to smile and work towards being the most dominating force on tour. Tiger was asked how would he summarize his season, “Pretty damn good year” So what will be next as the 2014 season approaches and this year majors await his presence. Will there be a Grand Slam for us fans to be amazed by, always a rhetorical question going into the New Year when a Tiger lurking.
The fans in Southern California will miss Tiger as he bid farewell to hosting his annual tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Westlake Ca for the last 14 years. He normally passes on the Rivera Country Club tour stop so looks like Torry Pines will be Tiger’s only stop in the far west. So be ready to watch Tiger Woods in HD and imagine that you were there watching live from the course week after week.

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