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March 27, 2010 | By Mike Anton
The death of Rick Centanni of Yorba Linda was announced Friday over the intercom at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. Class of 2008. Member of the football team. Marine lance corporal killed earlier this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Just 19. A secretary put Centanni's yearbook, the one in which his photo shows off his broad shoulders and wide smile, out at the front desk. Students, she knew, were sure to ask to see it. This isn't the first time this has happened at Esperanza.
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SPORTS
July 30, 1991
John Reid said Monday that he has resigned as the boys' and girls' volleyball coach at Esperanza High School to become assistant women's coach at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. Kurt Kersten will replace Reid as the boys' coach at Esperanza. Shawn Knetusen will coach the girls' team.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
A north Orange County high school has been told it can no longer ban a Bible club from meeting on campus and must offer them listings in the school's yearbook and website. Until the federal court ruling, students had been prevented from starting a Bible club at Esperanza High School in Anaheim. Placentia-Yorba Linda School District officials argued that only curriculum-related groups are allowed on campus. But in issuing a preliminary injunction last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney said that Esperanza does allow other groups -- such as a Red Cross club -- to meet on campus, even though he said they are not directly related to academics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1998 | Debra Cano, (714) 564-1036
The Esperanza High School Speech and Debate Team recently took sweepstakes awards in the Orange County Speech League's first novice tournament, outscoring the second place team by 91 points. The team competed against squads from eight high schools in the county. Esperanza's 42 team members collected 47 awards.
SPORTS
November 7, 1990
Mark Parlin of Esperanza High School made an oral commitment to attend UCLA on a track and field scholarship, Esperanza assistant coach Bill Pendleton said. Parlin, the defending Southern Section 4-A shot put champion with a best mark of 62 feet, nine inches, visited Texas A&M, Southern Methodist, Kansas, Michigan State and UCLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ and DEBRA CANO and JOHN POPE
Holly Debus, a freshman at Esperanza High School, has been chosen as a flute player in the 1997 Southern California School Band and Orchestra Assn.'s Junior High Orchestra. Debus, who lives in Yorba Linda, auditioned for the position with about 200 other Southern California flute players. She has been in the association's Junior High Band for the past two years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2000 | Deepa Bharath, (714) 520-2513
Grades are climbing at Esperanza High School. Of the school's 3,066 students, 1,594--about 52%--earned a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher this year. Of those, 502 were straight-A students or better. These are the best grades the school's students have received in recent years, said Student Activities Director Jennifer Grace, who will help coordinate a Renaissance Assembly on March 17 to honor the students.
SPORTS
June 28, 1989
Tom Redington of the Class-A Burlington (Iowa) Braves hit a solo home run and a single to lead the South to a 4-1 victory over the North in the Midwest League All-Star game Tuesday in South Bend, Ind. Redington, who played at Esperanza High School, was voted the most valuable player of the game. He singled and scored in the sixth and hit his home run in the eighth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | JERRY HICKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's by far the biggest city in Orange County without a high school, a distinction that causes Yorba Linda no pride. For years, as city leaders have pushed for a high school, officials in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified district have countered that it wasn't financially feasible. That's all finally changing.
SPORTS
April 21, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi, The Times' Orange County football player of the year, said Friday he will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and play Division III football for the Engineers, at least during his freshman year. Sonuyi, who chose MIT over Harvard and California, had been debating whether to play football or focus on his studies until learning that MIT uses a pass-fail system for freshman students.
SPORTS
April 13, 2001 | BEN BOLCH
Esperanza, ranked second in Orange County, has a chance to make a splash starting Monday in the National Classic, one of the premier high school baseball tournaments in the country. The Aztecs are one of three county teams competing in the 16-team tournament, which runs through Thursday at El Dorado High, Esperanza High, Champions Park in Placentia and Cal State Fullerton. The championship game is 7 p.m. Thursday at Cal State Fullerton.
SPORTS
January 2, 2001
Discussion of The Times' Orange County Lineman of the Year award begins and ends with Alex deBrucky of Esperanza. "He's tough," said Tim Burnette, a 6-foot-7, 238-pound all-county defensive lineman who also played tight end for San Clemente and lined up opposite deBrucky. "He's just physical." Physical is the nature of most Esperanza linemen, and deBrucky (6-3, 240) stood out. The cornerstone of the defense, which helped the Aztecs rise to No.
SPORTS
December 23, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Temitope Sonuyi wanted to play football. He wasn't sure why. He was big and strong and in eighth grade and maybe he just wanted to hit people. Who knows why eighth graders decide to do things? For his birthday present, Temitope asked his father, Abayomi, and his mother, Labake, if he could try out for Pop Warner. Yes, his parents said. Temitope was made a nose tackle. And he liked it. A year later, Temitope asked his parents if he could try out for the freshman team at Esperanza High.
SPORTS
December 18, 2000
Esperanza senior tailback Temitope Sonuyi, who led the county with 2,492 yards rushing this season, on Sunday said he might skip football in college to focus on academics. Sonuyi, who is No. 1 in his high school class of nearly 700, said he received an acceptance last week to Massachusetts Institute of Technology and might go there for its engineering program, not its Division III football program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1996 | RUSS LOAR and HOPE HAMASHIGE
The city is continuing to work toward the annexation of the section of Anaheim that includes Esperanza High School. The City Council has passed a resolution proclaiming it will continue with studies to annex the 55-acre high school and a small part of the neighborhood surrounding it. Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Kiley said the council has been interested for years in obtaining the high school. Most of its students live in Yorba Linda, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
Esperanza High School parents displeased with traditional fund-raising methods for extracurricular school groups are proposing an easier way to come up with needed money: bingo nights. Already, schools throughout the county regularly hold nonprofit bingo events, which ease the pressure of selling candy or washing cars to pay for sports team trips or choir shows. Parents say that holding bingo nights would require less work and could make more money than other fund-raising activities.
SPORTS
December 2, 2000 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alex deBrucky doesn't need bulletin-board material taped inside his locker to get fired up for games. The Esperanza defensive end already possesses his own brand of motivation, as if there are flashing neon lights on the quarterback's helmet reading, "I'm better than you," or the running back continually mutters "Get ready to eat dirt" as he dashes into the line of scrimmage.
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