CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2005 |
In the fast-growing suburbs of Southern California, where few things matter more to parents than their schools, the lines that separate attendance areas often double as boundaries of class and culture, race and ethnicity. District administrators tinker with them at their peril. Consider the case of the Capistrano Unified School District, in south Orange County, where some parents are angrily protesting the coming transfer of their children to a gleaming new $67-million high school.
April 13, 2004 |
Coolness is a state of being much appreciated in Southern California, and no one exudes it better than pitcher/outfielder Jason Corder of Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley. There's nothing fake or disingenuous about his coolness. At 18, Corder already possesses a professional sports mentality that doesn't rely on wearing designer sunglasses or using the most technologically advanced equipment.
April 11, 2003 |
As a young boy, Jason Corder used to fall asleep at night with his baseball glove at his side because he "loved the game." At 17, he no longer sleeps with his glove, but his dreams haven't changed. "My life revolves around baseball," he said. A junior at Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley High, he's a 6-foot-2, 190-pound pitcher and outfielder with exceptional talent. Last season, he set school records with 11 home runs, a batting average of .500, 37 runs batted in and 16 doubles.
September 15, 2002 |
In bold, black type on a yellow background, block letters shout "Under Construction." That's the headline over Mission Viejo Capistrano Valley High's football schedule poster. It's also the team's slogan, a motto adopted by Coach Randy Blankenship, who was hired last winter to supervise a reclamation project. The Capistrano Valley Cougars, winners of only eight games in the last three seasons, are Blankenship's fourth team in five years.
June 19, 2001 |
One must wonder about Bob Janko. What kind of charmed life has this man been living that he could coach Capistrano Valley into Orange County's top 10 with a lineup that hardly registers a blip on an opponent's radar? What smoke and mirrors did he use to get this team to the Southern Section Division I semifinals?
May 15, 2001 |
Capistrano Valley won its first softball league title in 24 years of competition with a model as its pitcher. Now, Brooke Weekley looks to take the Cougars to the end of the runway in the wide-open Southern Section Division I playoffs. "Capo Valley has as good a chance as anyone to win this thing," said Fountain Valley Coach Cary Baker. Baker should know.