Birmingham is coming out of the health and safety break in full force

Birmingham played its first high school basketball game since December 11th after a health and safety hiatus due to COVID-19 on Tuesday. Nobody looked more excited than coach Nick Halic, who gave the players high fives ahead of the Arleta game. It was the first time that Birmingham was finally on the pitch together with football players and top transfer student Brooklyn Caldwell from El Camino Real.

The defending champion City Section Champion Patriots (5-4) was a bit ragged with his shots in the first quarter and incompatible with his offensive, as he only had two training sessions. But their athleticism took over along with improved efforts, and the Patriots secured an 87-37 victory in an opening game of the San Fernando Valley tournament at Kennedy.

You will meet Venice in an important meeting of the city section on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Kennedy Square. Larry Olayinka scored 16 points and Caldwell had 14.

Let’s hear it for two-sport athletes. Sophomore All-City CB Peyton Waters is quite nice on his first shot of the basketball season for Birmingham. pic.twitter.com/YczxpQZ4Nj

– Eric Sondheimer (@latsondheimer) January 5, 2022

Venice defeated Kennedy 68-52. Tyler Hunt had 20 points and Percy Jackson added 10. David Alfaro had 23 points for Kennedy.

King / Drew 67, Hamilton 48: Kalib LaCount scored 30 points for King / Drew.

Rancho Cucamonga 48, Los Osos 36: Shadale Knight finished a Baseline League opener with 19 points.

Capistrano Valley Christian 75, Pacifica Christian 69: Kaih Williams had 34 points.

Girls basketball

Eagle Rock 58, Narbonne 35: The Eagles (12-3) are still one of the surprise teams in the City section under first year coach Julie Wilkins. Regine Go, Gabby Diaz and Haylee Weatherspoon each scored 10 points.

Birmingham 67, Cleveland 30: In an opening game of the West Valley League, the Patriots were led by Annette Jones with 14 points.

Girls soccer

San Clemente 2, Aliso Niguel 0: Goals from Malia McMahon and Lizzie Martin led San Clemente to victory in the South Coast League opener.

Beach ball for girls

Newport Harbor 7, Laguna Beach 5: The Breakers’ winning streak of 66 league games came to an end. They hadn’t lost to a league opponent since 2006. Bia Diaz scored four goals.

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