CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 |
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.
April 21, 2001 |
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.
April 13, 2001 |
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.
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.
December 23, 2000 |
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.
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.