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October 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  It was a good weekend for Moorpark long snapper Garrett Frum. The senior competed among 66 long snappers at a camp run by private tutor Chris Rubio and came out as the winner of the camp competition. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 7, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
  It was a good weekend for Moorpark long snapper Garrett Frum. The senior competed among 66 long snappers at a camp run by private tutor Chris Rubio and came out as the winner of the camp competition. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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October 10, 1996 | JIM HODGES
Seemingly overshadowed in the new tiebreaker procedure in college football this season was another rule change that prohibits a defensive player from hitting a long-snapper until one second after the ball is centered on a punt or placement kick. Chris Rubio didn't miss it. Life for Rubio, UCLA's long-snapper, got a little easier and safer--and cleaner. "Now you don't have somebody in front of you, spitting on the ball or breathing on the ball or yelling at you, 'Don't snap it, Rubio,' " he said.
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January 30, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
If Tanner Gibas of Covina Charter Oak ever makes it to the NFL, those who knew him early in high school will have a hard time believing it. "I was never into sports," he said. "I never liked football. I played Gremlin flag football and didn't like it at all. My dad said, 'Try one more time.' I thought I was going to be skateboarding and go to film school to make movies because that's all I liked to do. I never thought I'd be playing college football. It's very weird. " Guess what position Gibas plays?
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October 19, 1997 | BILL PLASCHKE
There were dropped punts and passes and handoffs. There was a three-point deficit after one quarter, a 100-yard deficit after one half. The eventual comeback decision--UCLA 34, Oregon State 10--felt more like a gasp than a victory. In all, a wonderful day for Bruin Chris Rubio. Then again, for the last three years, every fall Saturday is a wonderful day for Chris Rubio. The imperfect Mr. Perfect. For three years, Rubio has done nothing but hike the ball on Bruin special teams.
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January 30, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
If Tanner Gibas of Covina Charter Oak ever makes it to the NFL, those who knew him early in high school will have a hard time believing it. "I was never into sports," he said. "I never liked football. I played Gremlin flag football and didn't like it at all. My dad said, 'Try one more time.' I thought I was going to be skateboarding and go to film school to make movies because that's all I liked to do. I never thought I'd be playing college football. It's very weird. " Guess what position Gibas plays?
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October 23, 1999
Pasadena 14, Hoover 12--Hoover quarterback Daniel Shepard was stopped short on a two-point conversion attempt with 3:25 remaining at Pasadena City College. Joshua Witkop had scored on an eight-yard run for Hoover (1-6, 0-2), following a 76-yard kickoff return by Chris Rubio. Pasadena improved to 2-5, 1-1.
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February 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Blake Johnson of Los Alamitos is listed as the No. 1 punter from the class of 2015 from Chris Sailer's kicking group. No. 4 is Monrovia's Blake Cusick. Chaminade's Ben Kreitenberg comes in at No. 9 among kickers. Westlake's Kevin Robledo is at No. 14. Among Southern California long snappers, Servite's A.J. Carty ranks No. 1 from the class of 2015 after participating in Chris Rubio's Las Vegas camp. Other top local long snappers include Matt Foley of Temecula Valley, Ryan Simmons of Dana Hills and Richard Wilcox of El Dorado.
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August 27, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
The long-underappreciated long snappers are starting to be recognized, and not for bad things. They've become important contributors in the success of a football team. Competent snaps on punts, extra points and field goals have helped lead to victory. Chris Rubio , a private tutor, has come up with a list of top long snappers in Southern California, led by Damien's Tanner Carew (see video above). Carew, an Oregon commit, also is pretty good at figuring out a Rubik's Cube.
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August 30, 1997 | JIM HODGES
Linebacker Brian Willmer calls Fullerton home, but his ties to Washington are as strong as his first name. When Willmer's father, Wes, was a student at Seattle Pacific in the 1960s, he served as an orderly and traveling companion for Brian Sternberg, who set the world record in the pole vault at 16 feet 8 inches while at the University of Washington. Sternberg suffered severe spinal injuries in 1964, losing the use of his arms and legs, in a trampoline accident while preparing for the Olympics.
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October 19, 1997 | BILL PLASCHKE
There were dropped punts and passes and handoffs. There was a three-point deficit after one quarter, a 100-yard deficit after one half. The eventual comeback decision--UCLA 34, Oregon State 10--felt more like a gasp than a victory. In all, a wonderful day for Bruin Chris Rubio. Then again, for the last three years, every fall Saturday is a wonderful day for Chris Rubio. The imperfect Mr. Perfect. For three years, Rubio has done nothing but hike the ball on Bruin special teams.
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October 10, 1996 | JIM HODGES
Seemingly overshadowed in the new tiebreaker procedure in college football this season was another rule change that prohibits a defensive player from hitting a long-snapper until one second after the ball is centered on a punt or placement kick. Chris Rubio didn't miss it. Life for Rubio, UCLA's long-snapper, got a little easier and safer--and cleaner. "Now you don't have somebody in front of you, spitting on the ball or breathing on the ball or yelling at you, 'Don't snap it, Rubio,' " he said.
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September 13, 1995 | STEVE SPRINGER
Will Bruin tailback Karim Abdul-Jabbar, sidelined because of a deep bruise in his lower back, play in Saturday's Pacific 10 opener against Oregon at the Rose Bowl? "Right now," he said Tuesday, "I'm leaning toward not playing." Abdul-Jabbar felt well enough Tuesday to make it onto the practice field as a spectator. He felt well enough to jog a bit and do some high-stepping in place. But that's when he felt a jolt in the injured area.
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August 24, 1994 | JIM HODGES
The drill was testing outside defenders' ability to rush during field-goal attempts, so when Andy Colbert flashed in front of holder Kevin Walker, he was doing what he was supposed to do. Up to a point. That point was kicker Bjorn Merten's right leg, which hit Colbert in the helmet Tuesday afternoon. Colbert walked away, but Merten, an All-American as a freshman, suffered a gash that required bandages and ice. Colbert suffered the wrath of Coach Terry Donahue.
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