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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 14, 2012
BURBANK - Over the last seven months, the Renaissance Academy and Village Christian basketball teams have developed a bit of a rivalry. Though the teams do not play in the same league, Renaissance and Village Christian met twice last season with the final one coming in March in the CIF Division V Championships Southern California Regional Final. There wasn't nearly as much at stake as last winter when the teams met Thursday night in a Burbank Summer League contest at Burbank High.
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By Charles Rich | March 3, 2006
Being the only team on campus means a lot of secrets can't be kept ? especially when the school population doesn't exceed 75. Here's a bit of information concerning Renaissance Academy senior basketball player Archie Robb that's never been classified: He wasn't always a top-notch shooter. Once upon a time, a 5-year-old might have stood a better chance at riding a bicycle without training wheels than Robb making a jump shot during a practice or contest. "I couldn't shoot during my freshman year," Robb said.
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By Andrew Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | January 28, 2012
WESTLAKE VILLAGE - Two days removed from a tough loss to open Harbor League play, the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team had a potential pitfall awaiting in the form of sub .500 Besant Hill of Ojai in Saturday's Oaks Christian Shootout. Yet, the only trap present was that of the hounding Wildcats' defense, which forced 21 turnovers en route to a 61-34 rout. "This group has been playing together for a long time and even though we subbed a lot, everyone understands what's expected of them," Renaissance Academy Coach Sid Cooke said.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | December 1, 2010
BURBANK — The Burroughs High boys' basketball team was probably hoping to ease into its season opener Tuesday. But Renaissance Academy was not going to let that happen. In a pool-play game in the 42nd annual Bulldog Tip-Off Classic, the Wildcats welcomed the Indians to their new campaign with a swarming pressure defense that took Burroughs out of its game. The defensive onslaught helped cause 24 Indians turnovers, allowing the Wildcats to breeze to a 49-25 victory at Burbank High.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | January 29, 2011
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — The schools are separated by less than 10 miles, and there's a potential rivalry budding up and down the Glendale (2) Freeway. After spending the last several seasons competing in nonleague games, the Renaissance Academy and Ribet Academy boys' basketball teams are now both part of the Harbor League. Renaissance and Ribet met Friday night in the first of two installments and Renaissance got the upper hand, as Jessy Cantinol finished with 20 points and Troy Fontanilla added 16 to lead the Wildcats to a 61-51 home victory.
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By Mario Aguirre, Special to the News-Press | December 3, 2011
BURBANK - At times, the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team has made errors that very easily could have been overlooked amid a three-game winning streak entering Saturday evening. The Wildcats pummeled opponents by an average of 26 points during that stretch, despite sometimes committing careless turnovers, fouls or leaving opposing players open for outside shots. Against Canyon Country, those lapses finally caught up to Renaissance, which lost, 53-50, in the 43rd annual Bulldog Tip-Off Classic championship game at Burbank High.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | December 30, 2011
With its star player in foul trouble and its killer instinct dulled by overconfidence, the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team nearly saw a win in the Nogales Tournament championship game go up in smoke Thursday night. Fortunately for the Wildcats, Marquise Mosley was dialed in late in the fourth quarter, where he hit three crucial three-pointers inside the final two minutes to keep charging Savanna at bay and preserve a 47-42 win. "He hit some big shots, I mean big," Wildcats Coach Sid Cooke said of Mosley, who finished with 12 points.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 30, 2010
BURBANK — Just 16 minutes into a new season, strides had been made by the Renaissance Academy basketball team. The Wildcats, who advanced to the CIF semifinals last season, graduated several key players. That's left Renaissance Coach Sid Cooke to mix and match in trying to find the right lineup combination for the young Wildcats. Renaissance held strong in the first half, but came up short in the second as it suffered a 73-52 loss to Crenshaw on Monday night in a pool-play contest of the 42nd annual Bulldog Tip-Off Classic at Burbank High.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 2, 2011
BURBANK — At the beginning of last season, Jasper Hwang wasn't familiar with the up-tempo offensive system run by the Renaissance Academy basketball team. He's making sure that he's on top of things this summer so things run smoothly next season. Hwang, a junior shooting guard, appeared in control on the court during the Wildcats' summer opener in the Burbank Summer League at Burbank High against Hart on Thursday night. Hwang came through with a team-high 15 points and Jessy Cantinol contributed 12 to lead Renaissance to an easy 61-29 victory.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | February 15, 2012
ALTADENA - Ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs, the Renaissance Academy basketball team turned Wednesday night's first-round game into a tuneup and a statement. "It's more about getting everybody involved and working on some different things," Renaissance Coach Sid Cooke said after Renaissance registered an 83-15 victory against St. Monica Academy at Alta Loma Park. "We came in focused on what we needed to do and cleaning up some things because we had a tough stretch toward the end of the regular season.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 20, 2012
The area's top-10 high school teams from the 2011-12 season were selected by the Glendale News-Press sports department. 1 Crescenta Valley High boys' swimming: Before the season began, Coach Jan Sakonju had a feeling that the Falcons might be in line to challenge for a CIF Southern Section Division II championship. He also knew it wouldn't be easy. Looking at his roster, the Falcons appeared to have everything in place to win the program's first CIF crown since 2000. With a cast that featured Young Tae Seo, Harrison Thai and Louis Wojciechowski, the Falcons were indeed ready for battle.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | June 23, 2012
WOODLAND HILLS - It's often been said that one of the benefits of participating in summer league basketball for a prospective team is an opportunity to see an array of different squads and coaching styles. For the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team, though, playing in Saturday's second day of the War on the Floor Showcase at Los Angeles Pierce College presented the chance for a small Wildcats squad to showcase its own talents. Six-man Renaissance, which was missing three players due to transfer, continued to impress in holding off Los Angeles City Section Dorsey High, 49-41, in Saturday afternoon's pool play finale.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | June 14, 2012
BURBANK - Over the last seven months, the Renaissance Academy and Village Christian basketball teams have developed a bit of a rivalry. Though the teams do not play in the same league, Renaissance and Village Christian met twice last season with the final one coming in March in the CIF Division V Championships Southern California Regional Final. There wasn't nearly as much at stake as last winter when the teams met Thursday night in a Burbank Summer League contest at Burbank High.
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April 23, 2012
Emerson Castaneda, Senior, Guard, St. Francis All-CIF Southern Section Division III-A second-team pick drew brunt of defensive attention, but still averaged 19.1 points a game and 16.5 in ultra-competitive Mission League with lethal jump shot. Darrell Dansby, Senior, Forward, La Cañada Was never tallest player on floor at 6-foot-1, but was first to come up with a block. Emerged as Spartans' No. 1 scorer with team-high 11 points and six rebounds a game and defender with 67 blocks - second best mark in a season for La Cañada.
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By Charles Rich | March 19, 2012
Exhausted from partaking in nine playoff games in less than five weeks, Vince De Guzman reflected on a historical season in which the Renaissance Academy basketball team won the CIF Southern Section Division VI championship. The Wildcats nearly returned to the Division V state final for the first time since 2008, but fell, 58-57, to Village Christian on Saturday in the Southern California regional championship game. Though still disappointed from the outcome, De Guzman received a measure of good news Monday when the CIF Southern Section office unveiled him as the Division VI Player of the Year.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 17, 2012
The following are updates on local athletes at the collegiate level. DeAndre Daniels (Renaissance Academy) freshman, Connecticut men's basketball: Daniels logged two minutes of court time in his NCAA Tournament debut, which saw the defending-champion Huskies suffer a 77-64 loss in the second round to Iowa State on Thursday. The former Wildcat, who transferred to Taft as a junior, didn't register any statistics in the loss, but did manage to make an impact on the team this season.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@yahoo.com | March 15, 2012
When the Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team captured its first CIF championship on March 3, players jumped into each other's arms, a few tears flowed and emotions ran high. None of which is an uncommon sight when a team reaches its ultimate goal together after months of striving, but for Wildcats senior guard Vince De Guzman, the moment carried an extra poignant touch of bittersweet sentiment. "It felt amazing capturing a CIF title. It feels good just winning it, not only for the team, but for my dad's memory," says De Guzman, who lost his father Napoleon De Guzman to a heart attack over the summer.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 12, 2012
Though the Renaissance Academy basketball team recently won its first CIF Southern Section Division VI championship, many of the players haven't forgotten the last loss pinned on them. That occurred Feb. 7, when Renaissance suffered a 57-56 Harbor League defeat to Ribet Academy. The Wildcats shook off the loss, having since won seven games in a row. Third-seeded Renaissance (26-6) will get another crack at second-seeded Ribet (21-10) when the teams meet at 7 p.m. today in a CIF State Boys' Division V Championships Southern California Bracket semifinal contest at Pasadena City College, with Ribet as the home team.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | March 3, 2012
SANTA ANA - Both the Renaissance Academy and California Lutheran boys' basketball teams looked to their stars to deliver a CIF Southern Section Division 6 championship. The two stars collided as Renaissance forward Jessy Cantinol and California Lutheran center Ryan Smith squared off at Mater Dei High Saturday morning with a championship on the line. Only one star was still shining when all was said and done, though, as Cantinol got the best of Smith, scoring a game-high 19 points and pulling down a team-high nine rebounds.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | February 25, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The Renaissance Academy boys' basketball team finally found an opponent that could hang with it in the playoffs on Saturday night - for all of one quarter, at least. Winners of their first three CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoff games by an average margin of 64 points, the top-seeded Wildcats pulled away from host fourth-seeded L.A. Adventist Academy in the second quarter of the semifinal contest, leaving the Eagles as just the latest foe steamrolled, 69-44, on Renaissance's rampage to its first CIF title appearance since 2007.
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