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SPORTS BRIEFS : Lakewood Hall of Fame Honors St. Joseph Volleyballer

February 27, 1992|PAUL McLEOD

St. Joseph volleyball standout Jaimie Torromeo was honored as athlete of the year at the 11th Lakewood Hall of Fame award ceremony Monday night.

Torromeo, an outside hitter, was earlier named the state's top girl prep volleyball player. She set three California kill records to help the Jesters reach the state title game, and she was chosen an All-American by USA Today and Volleyball Monthly magazine.

Torromeo, a senior, will attend Pepperdine in the fall.

The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding accomplishments by athletes, coaches and volunteers who have performed within the city or residents who have distinguished themselves elsewhere.

Athletes from 17 sports were recognized Monday for outstanding performances. They are:

Huoi Huynh of Lakewood (badminton); David Reeser of Lakewood (baseball); Charon Johnson of Lakewood and DeAndre Austin of Artesia (basketball); T.J. Reyes of Lakewood (cross-country).

Aaron Flowers of Artesia (football); Kelly Virtue of Lakewood (gymnastics); Eric Rude of Lakewood (judo); Billy Jang of Artesia and Francisco Torres of Lakewood (soccer).

Beverly Stiglbauer of St. Joseph, Stacy Van Essen of Cal State Long Beach and Mayfair, and Courtney Asbee of Long Beach City College and Lakewood (softball).

Connie Clark of Golden West College and Lakewood (surfing); Jamie Cortz of Lakewood (swimming); Russia Madden of Lakewood (team handball); David Robles of Lakewood (tennis); T. J. Reyes of Lakewood and Lucinda Reyes of Lakewood (track and field).

Stacy Metro of Northern Michigan University and Mayfair, Erin Balderama of St. Joseph and Heather Hofmans of St. Joseph (volleyball); Dennis Kline of Lakewood (water polo), and Dana Belman of Lakewood (wrestling).

The city's scholar-athletes of the year were Karen Nunnally (Mayfair), Melissa Holden (Artesia), and T. J. Reyes and Michelle DiRe (St. Joseph).

Artesia basketball Coach Wayne Merino and St. Joseph volleyball Coach Mike Hinton shared coach-of-the-year honors.

Bob Soth of Mayfair and Lou Major of Artesia were honored for outstanding contributions to youth sports.

Former St. Joseph pitcher Lisa Fernandez, the 1991 NCAA softball player of the year from UCLA, received the Chairman's Award for continued sports achievement. She is a former Hall of Fame athlete of the year.

Distinguished nominees included Dan Bergman of Mayfair (baseball), Charles O'Bannon of Artesia (basketball), Sean Estrada, Shawn Tippet and Louie Major, all of Artesia (football), Lisa Flores of St. Joseph (soccer), Kelly Sparks of St. Joseph and Nicki Kephart of Mayfair (softball), Jenny Z. Smith (swimming), Alonzo Fonseca of Mayfair (track and field) and Pat McDonald of Mayfair and Hicham Semaan of Artesia (wrestling).

Championship team awards were accepted by Artesia coaches Nelson Herrera (girls' basketball), Nasser Sarfaraz (boys' soccer), Norm Flowers (football) and Merino (boys' basketball). Lakewood coaches receiving championship team awards were Terrel Reyes (boys' cross-country), Al Arbogast (softball) and Dow Lawson (girls' basketball). Hinton of St. Joseph received a championship team award for volleyball.

Rio Hondo College will not drop football and has rehired Al Prukop as coach.

Prukop was 15-39 as coach from 1979 to 1984. Previously, he spent eight years as an assistant with the Roadrunners. He has remained on the Rio Hondo teaching staff.

Prukop replaces Alex Henderson, who resigned after a 2-17 record in two seasons.

Henderson's resignation sparked an internal review of the program, according to Athletic Director Ellie Bewley, and for a while it appeared that football would be terminated as a cost-cutting move.

Long Beach, Compton, Cerritos and Rio Hondo have been awarded berths in the California Community College men's regional basketball playoffs, which begin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Although Long Beach (27-5) finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in Southern California, it was seeded No. 2 in the region behind Ventura. The Vikings, who have a 12-game winning streak, play host to Orange Coast College of Costa Mesa (11-18).

Compton (25-5) plays host to Mt. San Antonio College of Walnut (13-14).

Cerritos, which finished second in the South Coast Conference behind Long Beach, will play host to Fullerton (13-14). The Falcons have lost only twice in the past two months--both to Long Beach.

Rio Hondo (19-14), a surprise contender for the Foothill Conference title, stumbled in the final two weeks of the regular season. The Roadrunners take a four-game losing streak into their game at Saddleback of Mission Viejo (16-12).

The men's tournament culminates March 12-14 when the eight finalists play at San Jose State.

The women's state playoffs, which included third-ranked Long Beach City College, began Wednesday. The eight finalists meet March 5-7 at Merritt College in Oakland.

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