A crystal ball forecast for highschool sports activities in 2023

It’s time to look into my crystal ball to see what 2023 has in retailer for the Southland’s highschool athletes (and some former ones), coaches and followers.

Ralphy Velazquez of Huntington Seaside will hit so many residence runs that he’ll be referred to as the subsequent Aaron Decide. …

Rodrick Nice of Gardena Serra will obtain an NIL deal from Nike, then run the quickest 100 meters by a highschool athlete in U.S. historical past. …

Bryce Younger would be the first decide within the NFL draft and have fun with a Dr Pepper. …

Juju Watkins of Chatsworth Sierra Canyon can be so good on the basketball courtroom {that a} debate will ensue whether or not she ought to skip faculty and go on to the WNBA. …

Lake Balboa Birmingham will win the Metropolis Part baseball championship at Dodger Stadium behind pitcher Daniel Flores, permitting coach Matt Mowry to interrupt into tears. …

After going 29-0 in tennis through the common season, Skye Belker of L.A. Windward will head to Princeton for basketball and problem anybody on campus to a recreation of H-O-R-S-E adopted by a set of tennis, with the winner declared finest athlete on campus. …

Junior guard Trent Perry of Harvard-Westlake will signal an NIL cope with a toothpaste firm as a result of he smiles a lot on the courtroom. “That will never go away,” he stated. “If I don’t have a smile, I’m not enjoying the game. And if I’m not enjoying the game, what’s the point of playing?” …

Basketball coaches Todd Wolfson (La Canada St. Francis) and Matt Sargeant (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) will compete for NIL water illustration, matching Pellegrino in opposition to Italian glowing water. …

Jack Turner of Bellflower St. John Bosco can be contacted by a shampoo firm after they see his hair is ideal for a TV business. …

The primary greeting for a highschool soccer recruit to a school recruiter can be, “Show me the money.” …

Marcus Adams Jr. of Harbor Metropolis Narbonne will shatter a glass backboard with a dunk. …

Newport Seaside Sage Hill would be the shock spoiler in ladies’ basketball. …

The San Juan Capistrano JSerra baseball program, which has 20 gamers dedicated to high schools, can be ranked No. 1 within the nation and scrimmage the Angels. …

Quarterback Elijah Brown of Santa Ana Mater Dei will have fun the top of his highschool profession with a Division 1 championship and an total file of 43-1. …

The Arcadia Invitational on April 8 may have a sold-out crowd that goes loopy when the gun goes off for the 100 meters, that includes Serra’s Nice operating in opposition to Lengthy Seaside Jordan’s Jordan Washington and Los Alamitos’ Devin Bragg. …

Sylmar basketball coach Bort Escoto will have fun the New 12 months by choosing up his thirtieth profession technical in his thirtieth 12 months of teaching, making him an ideal candidate for ESPN’s 30 for 30. …

Lengthy Seaside Poly may have the most effective ladies’ flag soccer staff within the Southern Part. …

Deion Sanders, Jedd Fisch, Lincoln Riley, Chip Kelly, Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin and Jim Harbaugh will turn out to be social media friends with Newbury Park quarterback Brady Smigiel. …

There can be so many followers eager to attend the Sierra Canyon-Harvard-Westlake basketball recreation in Studio Metropolis on Jan. 20 that the Wolverines will implement a lottery ticket system and seek the advice of with Taylor Swift to verify it really works. …

Oklahoma-bound Ella Parker of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame can be so feared in softball that one opponent will deliberately stroll her with the bases loaded. …

Gavin Grahovac of Villa Park will show to be the most effective professional baseball prospect from Southern California. …

Quentin Younger, a 6-foot-5 freshman baseball participant at Westlake Village Oaks Christian and the nephew of former main leaguer Dmitri Younger, may have folks predicting “future first-round draft pick.” …

Trevor Ariza and his 14-year-old freshman son, Tajh, who scored 15 factors for St. Bernard.

(Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Instances)

Somebody will manage a celeb basketball recreation matching the sons in opposition to their NBA fathers named Arenas, Ariza, James, Pippen and Horry, and the sons will shock the aching, limping dads. …

St. John Bosco will lastly get to play Mater Dei at SoFi Stadium in a soccer recreation that brings out greater than 20,000 followers and, most necessary, doesn’t cost $100 for parking. …

Dijon Stanley of Granada Hills will break the Metropolis Part file within the 400 meters. …

Extra highschool athletes will begin carrying jerseys with the identify Messi on the again than Curry. …

The perfect basketball recreation of 2023 can be unbeaten Etiwanda dealing with unbeaten Sierra Canyon for the Division 1 ladies’ title. …

Anthony Hrboka of San Pedro will make 10 three-pointers in a recreation, then ask to follow extra threes afterward. …

Gavin Taylor of Birmingham will hit for the cycle. …

Ryon Sayeri of West Hills Chaminade will break the state file with a 64-yard discipline purpose, then do a dance that finally ends up on TikTok. …

Pasadena La Salle principal Jamal Adams, the previous basketball coach at L.A. Loyola, can be both the subsequent Southern Part commissioner, the subsequent assistant commissioner in control of basketball, the subsequent principal at Loyola or no matter place he desires. . . .

There can be so many quarterbacks switching faculties through the off season that their mother and father will assist finish the true property recession on the lookout for housing.