From time to time here at ESPNLA.com/preps we'd like to expose our readers to a sampling of the many positive, interesting and well-told stories being produced by reporters and bloggers all over the Southland .
With nearly 700 high schools throughout the CIF-Southern and City sections in Southern California, it's impossible to keep up with everything. Therefore, on occasion we'll try to point you in the direction of some of the best of what we've been seeing out there. Hope you enjoy.
Steve Ramirez of the Whittier Daily News checks in with La Habra linebacker Aaron Porter, a UCLA commit, and finds out what makes him one of the top players around at his position.
Tony Ciniglio of the Daily Breeze writes about Bishop Montgomery's Ashley Murray, daughter of former NBA player Lamond Murray, who is carving out a niche in volleyball, not basketball, as a 6-foot-3 sophomore middle blocker.
Tim Dutton of the Riverside Press-Enterprise has a story on Corona Centennial cross-country runner Adriana Olivas, who trains with the boys' team to help her quest for a CIF-SS title, but it's a mutually beneficial arrangment.
Keith Lair of the Pasadena Star-News has a nice story on the San Marino girls' tennis team, which is seeking its third consecutive CIF-SS title. As first-year coach John Christopher put it: "I've walked into the greatest job."
Rhiannon Potkey of the Ventura County Star has the touching story of Moorpark's Austin Munoz, a cancer-stricken football player who is bringing the same attitude he used on the field to his inspirational fight against brain tumors.
Kyle Glaser of the Victorville Daily press writes about football referee Carlos Carreon, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2007 and against doctor's recommendations continued his busy officiating schedule and today is cancer free.