Catching Up with LMU alum Sam Lagana ’85, LA Rams public address announcer

Instantly, the voice you hear resonates throughout the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on a perfect Sunday afternoon.  The deep, booming, and confident voice projects a variety of feelings – excitement, enthusiasm, passion – in perfect clarity that culminates in the deafening roar of the crowd and an instant surge of adrenaline and emotions.   That roar belongs to none other than LMU alum Sam Lagana ‘85.  I caught up with Sam, who was in between NFL preseason games, just before the official start to the Rams’ 2017 season, its second in their return to Los Angeles after more than 20 years in St. Louis.

 

 

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FORMER LMU STAR EVAN PAYNE TURNS PRO

Former LMU Star Evan Payne, who just graduated from Long Beach State has turned pro. Payne has been playing in the The Worldwide Invitational in Las Vegas.

PF Mikail Simmons Commits to LMU

LMU filled their last open roster spot with the commitment of 6’8”210-pound PF Mikail Simmons from Plano East High School in Plano, Texas. Read the rest of this entry »

Zafir Williams Adds All-Star MVP to Honors

Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that incoming freshman Zafir Williams was named the MVP of the 2017 Collision All-Star game.  The prestigious All-Star game routinely features some of the best players of the LA City Section against some of the best of the Southern Section.  Former Collision All-Star players include NBA players Russell Westbrook, Jordan Hamilton, Darren Collision and Solomon Hill to name a few.  Zafir scored 25 points en route to winning MVP honors.

Zafir Williams named boys basketball Press-Telegram Dream Team Player of the Year

Incoming Freshman Zafir Williams has been named boys basketball player of the year. Story here: 

Documentary on Anthony Ireland Skills Academy

Here is a great documentary on a Skills Academy LMU great Anthony Ireland has set up in his home town of Waterbury, Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Six Future Lions Nominated as All-Americans

This may be a first in the history of LMU basketball.  All six incoming Lions men’s and women’s recruits  has been nominated as McDonald All-American nominees.   With five graduating men’s  seniors, there will be plenty of opportunity for such a talented class to push for immediate playing time and an immediate impact on the court.

The incoming women’s recruits who are ranked in 50 and 53 in the top 100 recruits in America, will be joined by McDonald’s All- America Gabby Green who transferred from Cal,  and 6-5 Minnesota transfer Josie Buckingham.

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Women’s 

Turk’s Take WCC preview.

Once again, Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and BYU should finish at the top of the West Coast Conference standings.  After that trio of teams, it could be anybody who fills spots 4-8.  In fact, I changed the order of finish about six times.  The first part of the schedule is favorable to a couple of those teams, and a few early wins could breed some unexpected confidence and propel one of those teams to a top-5 finish in what we know to be yet another poor year for the WCC past the top 3 spots.

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Catching Up with Tower Pizza’s Tony Seruto and Muralist Jonas Never

muralBy Andy Hui

In the 1980’s, the highly successful television sitcom, Cheers, opened its show with an immediately recognizable theme song about the neighborhood bar, “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came.  You want to be where you can see, the troubles are all the same, you wanna be where everybody knows your name.”  For every city, town, and hometown in America, there lies a watering hole, bar, or restaurant that fits the Cheers theme song perfectly and in Westchester, that establishment is undeniably Tower Pizza.

 

 

 

 

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Aquira DeCosta LMU top 2018 recruit

adAquira DeCosta, a 6-2 wing from Sacramento, California is ranked as one of the best players in nation in the 2018 class. She is the # 6 prospect overall and ranked #1 at her position. Undoubtedly DeCosta has a very long list of schools from across the nation recruiting her. Recently, she cut her this list down to 14 schools and LMU was included.

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