April 10, 1996
Rick Nadeau, a power-hitting outfielder at College of the Canyons, has committed to Cal State Northridge. First baseman George Tavaglione of Riverside Arlington High and pitcher-third baseman Rick Chessman of Servite High have committed to Pepperdine. Jim DeBiase, a right-handed pitcher at Pierce, has committed to University of the Pacific. Mike Amundson, a pitcher at Newbury Park High, will sign with University of San Diego.
September 19, 2000 |
The year is 1953. Linebacker Don Shinnick is a star at Valley College. Marsha Tatlow is homecoming queen. The year is 2000. Receiver Kevin Carlsen is a star at Azusa Pacific who made 11 receptions and scored two touchdowns against La Verne on Saturday. Without Shinnick meeting and eventually marrying Tatlow, Carlsen probably never sets foot on the Azusa campus. Diagramed on paper, the path connecting the two events looks like a desperation play drawn up by a coach charged with caffeine.
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March 18, 1996 |
Former Valley College football player and coach Don Shinnick--also a Super Bowl veteran--has been inducted into the California Community College Sports Hall of Fame for 1995. "From the Valley College standpoint, Don began at Valley and he ended at Valley, and he spent 13 years in professional football in between," said Dale Beck, the school's sports information director. "He's recognized by his peers as an outstanding linebacker.
November 24, 1999 |
Gulp. That had to be his reaction, when USC Coach Jess Hill told backup quarterback Ellis Kissinger to go kick a field goal to help beat UCLA. Major problem here. Kissinger, filling in for an injured kicker, had never kicked a field goal before. Not even in high school. USC, holding a 7-0 lead early in the fourth quarter, had a fourth and eight at the UCLA 10-yard line. And so 43 years ago at the Coliseum, the 21-year-old Kissinger, from York, Pa.