Yes, coaching (Brian Walsh is in his first season as his alma mater St. Anthony’s head coach, and Calvin Bryant has only been Compton’s head coach for two years) can make a significant difference on a football program’s fortunes. Moore football stuff OK, raise your hand if, a month ago, you thought there was a decent chance that the St. Anthony and Compton High school football teams a combined 1-19 in 2004 would open their respective seasons going 4-0. And keep that right arm pointed upward if, prior to the start of the season, you had a hunch that the Friday night Compton at Dominguez contest would prove to be the area’s most intriguing matchup in the second weekend of October. Uh, yeah. … The Bruins’ defense will face the most challenging offense on its schedule so far when UCLA plays host to Cal Saturday evening in the Rose Bowl. And the Trojans, after punching out Arizona Saturday afternoon in the Coliseum, still have dates at Notre Dame (Oct. 15) and in Berkeley (Nov. 12) that loom as potential streak busters. Stunning college score of this past weekend: Penn State 44, (then) No. 18 Minnesota 14. So much for Joe Paterno hanging it up anytime soon. Orange Lutheran’s athletic programs move into the Serra League beginning in the 2006-07 school year and that’s got to make the schools in the league (the Empire) down-right giddy with the Lancers’ departure. The move will have a major impact on CIF Southern Section Division I football, for sure. The Lancers, who will have to settle for a second consecutive Division VI title in December, have knocked off Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and Crenshaw and could be the second-best team in the Southern Section this season. The best? It’s the club that resides in Mission Viejo. A sportswriter knows he really is getting old when he’s in a group having dinner with the Moore League football coaches and he realizes that he covered three of them Raul Lara (Poly), Scott Meyer (Jordan), and Marcus Turner (Cabrillo) when they were players for Poly, Wilson and Jordan, respectively. Yikes. Even if Adrian Peterson can’t lug the pigskin (dig the football terminology) for Oklahoma Saturday, I still kind of like the Sooners’ chances to upset Texas. Basketball stuff Spencer Hawes is expected to announce at a press conference at Seattle Prep High today that he will sign a national letter of intent with the University of Washington next month after narrowing his choices to the Huskies, North Carolina and Stanford. The 6-foot-11 Hawes is one of the two best prospects (along with Greg Oden of Lawrence North High in Indianapolis) in the national prep class of 2006. His impact on the Pacific-10 Conference and national scenes in his freshman and, likely, only season of college hoops will be immense. He could have the same caliber of impact on Lorenzo Romar’s program in 2006-07 that Carmelo Anthony had on Syracuse in 2002-03. For those with short memories, Anthony led the Orange (then called the Orangemen) to a national title in New Orleans that season. Sophomore forward Josh Shipp is expected to be out of action for eight to 12 weeks after undergoing hip surgery last week. But UCLA is much better equipped to handle the loss of one of its three best players (along with classmates Arron Afflalo and Jordan Farmar) now than it would have been in the first two seasons with Ben Howland as its coach. The Bruins have a multitude of options to turn to in order to fill in for Shipp, including senior Cedric Bozeman (sidelined last season after suffering a torn ACL) and freshmen Mike Roll and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. They could also slide Afflalo into Shipp’s spot and have another freshman, Darren Collison, join Farmar in the backcourt. All that being said … the Bruins will be a better team once Shipp is back on the floor. If you’re so inclined, there’s enough high school basketball action on tap this weekend to keep you from having to watch football or the Major League Playoffs. The fifth Fullcourt Press All-Frosh/Soph Camp will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Southern California Basketball Academy in Cypress. Many of the better ninth-and 10th-graders in the West, including the usual suspects Brandon Jennings (Dominguez), DeMar DeRozan (Compton), Larry Drew (Taft), Jrue Holiday (Campbell Hall), Troy Guillenwater (Fremont) and twin freshmen David and Travis Wear (Mater Dei) are expected to participate. The Cerritos College Winter League, with hefty representation from Moore, San Gabriel and Suburban League schools, is being held on Saturdays, beginning at 9 a.m. And Cal State Dominguez Hills will play host Sunday to the 4th Southern California Competition Clinic from noon to 5 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! My size 11’s are still firmly planted on that USC bandwagon, even with as poorly as the Trojans played in the first half at Arizona State Saturday. But they’ll have to clean up their first-half act, considerably, if they are going to depart South Bend on Oct. 15 with a 28-game winning streak. I finally saw that Bud Light commercial the one where the real estate agent is showing the couple the rundown house during ABC’s USC-ASU broadcast Saturday. A “beer tree” man, who thinks of those things? Is it way too early to contemplate the likelihood of USC and UCLA hooking up with 11-0 and 10-0 records at the Coliseum on Dec. 3?