March 14, 1989 |
Doug Yates of Cypress College is a hitting and fielding example of just how much a player can improve, given the chance. Yates is in his second season as a starting infielder at Cypress, something Charger Coach Scott Pickler didn't expect. Yates played third base last season and hit .331 with 14 doubles, two home runs and 32 RBIs. This season, Yates has moved to first and is hitting .303 with six doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs.
April 25, 1989 |
Although there are more than two weeks left in the Orange Empire Conference baseball race, first-place Rancho Santiago College could make it a pretty dull finish with two victories this week. The Dons (25-12 overall and 14-5 in conference play) hold a one-game lead over second-place Cypress and a two-game lead over Orange Coast. Golden West is 2 1/2 games back. Rancho Santiago plays at Orange Coast (25-10-1, 12-7) today at 2:30 p.m. and then plays host to Cypress (27-12, 13-6)
January 5, 1988 |
The South Coast Conference did little damage to its reputation as one of the top men's basketball conferences in the state during nonconference play. Three of the top eight teams in the state poll play in the South Coast Conference and four of the top 10 teams in the Southern California poll are conference teams. El Camino (16-1) is ranked second in the state and first in Southern California. Pasadena (12-3) is ranked fifth in the state and third in Southern California.
April 19, 1988 |
A week ago, the transition of power in the Saddleback College men's basketball program seemed pretty simple. Bill Brummel, coach for the past eight seasons, was taking a one-year sabbatical and Rich Skelton, an assistant the past five years, was going to be the interim coach. But Skelton, a history teacher at Dana Hills High School, became the boys' basketball coach there last Thursday. And Brummel is still taking the sabbatical.
November 22, 1988 |
Blaise Bryant went into Golden West College's final game with a 19-yard lead over Leonard Russell of Mt. San Antonio in the race for the state rushing title. Bryant, a sophomore from Cypress High School, had been the leader for 4 weeks, but Russell had been drawing closer each game. But Bryant made the title chase almost a moot point by gaining 330 yards in 46 carries as Golden West defeated Riverside, 31-24, Friday.
November 8, 1988 |
Pat Merrell has proven himself on the soccer field several times. Merrell, a forward for Orange Coast College, leads his team with 21 goals, scoring 16 times in 8 Orange Empire Conference matches. His talents also have been recognized on the national level. He has a scholarship offer from Southern Methodist University, one of the top programs in the nation. But before he can head for Texas, he has to prove himself in the classroom, where he has had his share of trouble.