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SAN DIEGO COUNTY 1986 YEAR IN REVIEW : It Was All Wrapped Up in a Single Word--Changes

January 01, 1987

Figure This One Out: Quarterback Todd Santos was second team All-WAC at quarterback, but finished second to Colorado State running back Steve Bartalo in balloting for WAC Offensive Player of the Year.

Costly Goal: United States International University soccer player Cem Er, racing toward a bouncing ball, suffered a small tear in heart after a collision with the Cal State Los Angeles goalkeeper.

Er, who underwent open-heart surgery, was out of the hospital in less than two weeks.


Going, Going, Gone: The Sockers sold forward Steve Zungul to the Tacoma Stars for a reported $200,000. Zungul was the leading scorer in the MISL with 28 goals and 33 assists at the time of the sale. Socker managing general partner Bob Bell said money and particularly the salary cap that would be implemented in the 1986-87 season were the primary reasons for the transaction.

Only in the MISL: Tacoma Stars President John Best agreed to let Zungul play a farewell home game with the Sockers a day after the sale.

"Let him get injured," joked Socker midfielder Brian Quinn. "That way, he'll stay for the rest of the season."

One for the Thumb: Trailing three games to one in the best-of-seven championship series, the Sockers won three straight games to capture their fifth straight indoor championship. On May 27, in front of a sellout crowd of 12,881 at the Sports Arena, the Sockers beat the Strikers, 5-3, in Game 7.

Socker midfielder Brian Quinn--as inspirational as he was brilliant throughout the championship series--had two goals and an assist in the final game. Quinn, who had 13 goals and 10 assists in 15 playoff games and five goals and two assists in the championship series, was named the playoffs' most valuable player.

Red or Burgundy Ferrari?: Socker midfielder Branko Segota was 55 minutes away from becoming a millionaire Dec. 16. Segota was expected to sign a six-year contract worth $1.25 million . . . plus a Ferrari. It would have been the longest and most lucrative contract in the history of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

At 11:05 a.m., Segota called Socker managing general partner Bob Bell to say he would not be at the scheduled noon press conference. He had decided not to sign.

"Branko is acting childish and immature," said Hal Kolker, who was representing Segota. "We made him a millionaire and he didn't like the color of his Ferrari. I saw him yesterday and all he said was that he wanted a real red Ferrari instead of a burgundy one."


Champs, Again: The Point Loma High girls' basketball team won its third straight Division I basketball championship in March at Oakland. Led by Terri Mann, the Pointers defeated Sacramento Grant, 56-50, in the finals.

In three years, Point Loma has compiled an 87-1 record under Coach Lee Trepanier.

Three for Poway, Not Oceanside: Dominick Johnson scored 28 points and Jud Buechler added 27 at the Sports Arena March 8 to lead Poway High School to a 74-66 win over Serra and its third consecutive section 3-A championship.

Earlier in the day, Oceanside High failed in its bid for a third-straight 2-A title, losing to El Camino, 61-35.

Victory, at Long Last: It took three days for the Bonita Vista High baseball team to beat Valhalla in the first round of the 3-A playoffs in May. Bonita Vista originally won the game, 4-2. However, because of a protest by Valhalla Coach John Marlow, the end of the game had to be replayed with Valhalla leading, 2-1, in the sixth inning. Communication problems held up the replayed game until three days after the original. Finally, Bonita Vista scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win, 3-2.

Sibling Rivals: Brothers Carl and Michael Chang of San Dieguito get together nearly everyday to play a little tennis. And June 4 was no different, except that the two were battling for the San Diego Section tennis title. Second-seeded Michael, 14, and an eighth-grader playing on the San Dieguito varsity squad, defeated his 17-year-old brother, top-seeded Carl, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7).

Michael became the youngest player to win the section singles title.

Beginner's Luck?: As a freshman, Eileen Maul went out for the diving team at Santana High School "just for fun," never dreaming that she would be good enough to compete in the section championships. But last May, Maul, as a sophomore, won her second consecutive title.

Maul only spent 30 minutes a day practicing diving. She spent two hours daily training for her other sport, gymnastics, in which she earned a second-place in the finals, a week after the diving championship.

Best in the Land: Cross-country is the only sport to have a national champion at the high school level and San Diego High's Marc Davis, 16, won that title in the Kinney National Cross Country Championships Dec. 13. His time of 14:38.1 over the Morley Field course was only 1.3 seconds off the record time of 14:36.8 set by Reuben Reina (San Antonio) in 1985.

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