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Spring Sports Notebook : Well-Healed Burnham Recovers, Records Best Times in Nation, State

March 24, 1988|MIKE HISERMAN | Times Staff Writer

Angela Burnham is healthy again.

And it shows.

The Rio Mesa High junior recorded the nation's fastest high school time in the 100-meter dash last Saturday at the Alemany/Northridge Relays at Cal State Northridge.

Burnham's time of 11.53 seconds would have been a personal best by .24 had it not been wind-aided. The wind was measured at 3.7 meters per second, exceeding the allowable 2.0 for record purposes.

Burnham was state champion in the 100 as a freshman--the only freshman girl in history to win the event--but endured a hamstring injury in her right leg and illness problems last season.

"The leg is fine," she said Saturday. "I didn't have any problems with it today."

After her victory in the 100, Burnham came back to win the 200 in 24.16--the fastest time in the state this year.

"It's kind of scary how fast she ran," Rio Mesa Coach Brian FitzGerald said.

Shannon Wiebelhaus of Rio Mesa won the 400 meters in 1:01.09 and Travis Cooksey of the Rio Mesa boys' team won the 800 meters in 1:55.71. Tim Loomer of Buena won the high jump with an effort of 6 feet, 6 inches.

Alycia Burnham, Angela's freshman sister, was second in the long jump with a wind-aided 17-1.

Short-circuit: Pookey Wigington, the 5-3 guard who led Ventura College to the state junior college championship last year, did not have the same impact for Seton Hall in the NCAA basketball tournament last week.

Wigington played eight minutes in Seton Hall's 80-64 first-round win over Texas El Paso and only six minutes in its 84-55 loss to Arizona.

His tournament totals: three assists, two fouls and no points on 0-for-2 shooting.

Sweet charity: The St. Bonaventure High softball team got only four hits in an 11-1 win over La Reina last week. The Seraphs took advantage of eight walks and four errors to even their Tri-Valley League record at 1-1.

Pirates hire coach: Dick James, coach of the Ventura College football team from 1970-79, has been rehired by the school as an assistant.

James, 47, leaves a job as recruiting coordinator for Stanford to return to the school at which he coached for 13 years. He was an assistant at Ventura from 1967-69 under Coach Bob Long.

Long is now president of Ventura College.

James had a 57-34 record as Ventura's head coach. He left the school in 1980 to become Stanford's offensive line coach, a position he held for three years before being placed in charge of recruiting.

Ventura has three vacancies for assistant coaches left to fill. The Pirates had an 0-9 record last season.

Playing for pride: The Ventura County Sheriff's Department will play police officers from five county agencies in the sixth annual Pride Bowl football game Saturday night at Camarillo High.

Proceeds from the game go to the Tri-Counties chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $5 with children under 12 admitted free. Last year, the game raised $10,000. The Ventura sheriff's team has won four of the five previous games.

Information: 485-8833.

Ball and box: The Ventura County Hall of Fame's Boxing Classic will be April 2 in the Ventura College gym. Before the boxing commences, which will feature several American Boxing Federation Olympic hopefuls, there will be a slam-dunk and three-point shooting competition.

The program will benefit both the Hall of Fame and the Ventura Youth Boxing Assn. The basketball portion will begin at 6 p.m., with boxing to follow at 7:30. Tickets are available at All Pro Sporting Goods or at the door. Ringside seats are $7.50, general admission $5 and students $3.

The basketball competition will be divided into three categories: high school boys, high school girls and open. A $3 entry fee is required. Entry forms can be obtained at any county high school or junior college.

Scoreboard: Forward Cedric Ceballos of Ventura College led state junior colleges in scoring this season with a school-record average of 28.2 points a game. He also took over the top spot in several other places in the school record book. His 902 points this season is a record, as is his 1,609 points over two seasons. Ceballos' career average was 23.7, another record.

Kingsmen awards: Steve deLaveaga was selected most valuable player of the Cal Lutheran University basketball team. The junior guard averaged 27.4 points a game, second highest in Division II.

Mike Miller was the Kingsmen's most improved player, center James Faulk was most inspirational, and guard Jeff Logsdon was best all-around.

Blake Miraglia received an award for having the highest grade-point average.

Moorpark awards: Guard Tom Neumayr was selected most valuable player of the Moorpark College basketball team. Todd Johnson was honored as most inspirational player and co-captain. Gerry Walker was the other co-captain. Alex Porter was most improved and David Bussey was best defensive player.

Add Moorpark: Karina Hardman was most valuable player of the Moorpark women's team.

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