March 16, 1989 |
The Channel League was as dominant last season as a tall left-hander with command of four pitches. Several teams enjoyed fine seasons--Rio Mesa, Ventura, Hueneme, Buena, even Oxnard, which won more games than it had in 15 years. But like the left-hander who loses the edge on his fastball, the league is getting rocked this year. Chatsworth--a top San Fernando Valley school--has defeated Ventura, Rio Mesa and Hueneme by a combined score of 44-9.
October 18, 1986 |
KEY PLAYS Ventura running back Buddy Huang ran 27 yards for a touchdown to complete a 21-point first quarter. . . . Ventura running back John Brown went 87 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage for a touchdown. . . . Also in the first period, Kiron Johnson intercepted a Rio Mesa pass and ran 62 yards for a touchdown. . . . Rio Mesa quarterback Steve Carolan ran 11 yards for the team's first score in the third quarter. . . .
May 4, 1991
Marion Jones and Alycia Burnham of Rio Mesa High each won three individual events, and both contributed legs to a victorious 400-meter relay effort as the Spartans began their quest for a second consecutive Southern Section 3-A Division title in the Channel League finals at Santa Barbara City College on Friday. Jones, the defending state champion in the 100 and 200 meters, won the 100 in 11.5 seconds, the 200 in 22.9, the 400 in 55.5, and anchored the Spartans' 400 relay to victory in 48.6.
September 14, 1989 |
To beat favored Oxnard High this year, Channel League opponents are going to have to tackle the elusive Johnel Turner. But first they have to find him. Turner, best known for his exploits as quarterback in the Yellowjackets' wishbone formation, will also play wingback, tailback and fullback in various sets. Last Friday against Camarillo, Turner spent several series as the fullback in an I formation that also included Bryant Taylor at tailback and Mitch Watkins at quarterback.
September 30, 1992 |
Ventura High football Coach Harvey Kochel has taken a leave of absence from the Ventura Unified School District for unspecified reasons and will not be with the team Friday night for its Channel League opener. Kochel and a school administrator said they have been instructed not to discuss the matter. "There's a situation that I can't talk about," said Kochel, who began his 13th season as coach this fall. "I'm supposed to stay mum about it."
January 16, 1998 |
Hueneme High, 5-9 overall and 1-4 in the Channel League, might seem to be headed for another long boys' basketball season. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Vikings are on the rise in their second season under former Cal State Northridge assistant coach Tom McCollum, 49. Hueneme was blown out in most of its 13 league losses last season but hasn't been beaten by more than 12 points in league play this season and lost to league-leading Dos Pueblos, 64-63, last Friday.
December 30, 1995 |
Discussion of Channel League girls' basketball begins and ends with perennial champion Buena. Santa Barbara and Ventura have occasionally defeated the Bulldogs over the past 20 years, but emphasis is on the word occasionally. Although Buena is as strong as ever, there is a new topic in the league, and it has to do with the new campus at Oxnard. The Yellowjackets attracted new players like bees to a hive during the off-season, gaining transfers from Hueneme, Channel Islands and St. Bonaventure.
January 10, 1997
Buena High goalie Andy Davies recorded his fourth consecutive shutout and the Bulldogs defeated Dos Pueblos, 2-0, Thursday in a Channel League match at Buena. Davies had five saves in his sixth shutout of the season. He has not allowed a goal in Channel League play. Randy Glaser and Luis Sanchez scored for the Bulldogs (9-1-2, 4-0 in league).
January 10, 1995
Torey Ellis tapped in a rebound after three missed shots in the final seven seconds in overtime to give Chaminade High a 78-76 Mission League victory over Alemany at Chaminade Monday night. Chaminade (10-4, 2-1 in league play) forced overtime on Tony Castleberry's layup with three seconds left. Harvard-Westlake 59, Crespi 53--Jarron Collins made five of six free throws in the final minute to seal a Mission League win for the host Wolverines (15-1, 3-0).