May 21, 1998
Garrett Lepisto of Agoura High, above in the 40-yard dash, and Nick Czernek of Newbury Park High, right in the vertical leap, were two of 76 players from 16 schools who participated in the fourth Ventura County football combine at Rio Mesa High, co-sponsored by the Ventura County Coaches Assn. and The Times. Recruiters from 34 colleges attended, including Nebraska, Wisconsin and six Pac-10 schools. Recruiters were given the players' academic transcripts, then evaluated them in four events.
December 18, 1991
Kim Templeman, a Saugus High senior competing for the first time, set world records in the bench-press and the strict curl Saturday in two competitions at a gym in Selma, Calif., and took home four trophies. Templeman weighed in at 159 pounds and competed in the under-165 weight class.
October 5, 1990 |
Just as it is in the community for which it is named, reality at Hollywood High School is sometimes blurred by the fantasies of filmdom. This is a school that adopted its nickname, the Sheiks, from characters portrayed by Rudolph Valentino in silent-screen desert dramas of the 1920s. The legend goes that actress Lana Turner, a former student, was discovered by director Mervyn LeRoy at Schwab's Pharmacy.
June 12, 1988 |
The cruelest cut occurs every morning at practice for Angela Rock. That is when and where the line is drawn: "Starters on this side, everyone else over there." This unforgiving reminder, couched in the form of a coach's simple instruction, tells Rock that not only is she no longer the most valuable player on the U.S. women's volleyball team, she is not even a starter. For the first time since she joined the U.S.
April 24, 1988 |
AT 4:56 P.M. ON MAY 1, 1987, William Dillon entered Junior's Deli on Westwood Boulevard, sat in a booth and learned he was going to be assassinated. Leonard Swirda ordered French fries and gave him the bad news. "I'll say, 'Let's not talk here . . . ,' " Swirda said, describing how the hit would take place at a future date. "We go out to the car, I put a gun to your head, and I shoot you and throw you in the trunk, drive you to the desert, dig a hole and throw you in it.
May 23, 1996 |
Jim Newton, a 6-foot-8 offensive lineman from Newbury Park High, was certainly tall enough to turn heads Wednesday at the second Ventura County football combine at Rio Mesa High. Unfortunately for the lanky junior, only his stomach was turning as he prepared to run the 40-yard dash. "It's kind of scary, actually," Newton said. Who could blame him?
April 12, 1990 |
Wilt Chamberlain collected more rebounds than anyone in NBA history, but he cheated himself out of even more. Harvey Pollack, Philadelphia 76er statistician, recalled that Chamberlain once complained that statisticians were short-changing him on rebounds and took the complaint to owner Eddie Gottlieb. At the next game, Gottlieb had a friend of Wilt's, Vince Miller, keep his own rebounding statistics.
September 11, 1998 |
College recruiters were apprehensive about Nevada Blonstein's ankle and back injuries, so the Notre Dame High senior setter began a grueling workout schedule. Sometimes she rises at 4:45 a.m., other days, she begins her workout at 9 p.m. Squats, bench press, more squats, more bench press. In less than a month of working with Mark Hoffman, a pro beach volleyball athletic trainer, Blonstein has added four pounds of muscle and lost 5% body fat.
October 2, 1985 |
Dave Elecciri, Capistrano Valley High School assistant football coach, sits in the Cougars' weight room with the same sense of pride that a young couple has in their first home. The room is filled with enough barbells, weights and weight machines to satisfy the body building appetites of Arnold Schwarzenegger or Lou Ferrigno. The walls are lined with slogans such as "If There's No Pain, There's No Gain" and "Whatever a Weak Muscle Can Do, A Stronger One Can Do It Better."