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January 1, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
It's time to look into my crystal ball and see what 2010 has in store for the world of high school sports and beyond. Here's what I'm seeing: Santa Ana Mater Dei's Gary McKnight , after becoming the winningest basketball coach in California prep history, will be invited to appear on "Dancing With the Stars." Wide receivers will be the No. 1 target of college football recruiters in Southern California this fall, with an intense debate breaking out over who's best among George Farmer of Gardena Serra, Victor Blackwell of Mater Dei, Antoine Arnold of Temecula Chaparral and Nelson Spruce of Westlake Village Westlake.
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there ever were a unanimous pick for boys' basketball player of the year in Southern California, this would be the season, and Stanley Johnson would be the player. The Santa Ana Mater Dei star was the best player from start to finish. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. He's the only boys' player in California history to win titles in four consecutive seasons at the upper-division level.
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December 28, 1995
Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight got his 400th victory Wednesday when the Monarchs played a strong second half and beat Compton, 73-54, in the second round of the Orange Holiday Classic at Chapman. McKnight, in his 14th season at Mater Dei, has a 400-31 record. The score was tied, 27-27, at the half but Tom Lippold scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter as Mater Dei outscored Compton, 22-8.
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February 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Santa Ana Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight has been selected winner of the 2014 Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball by the Naismth Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. McKnight is California's winningest coach. He's in his 32nd season.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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February 5, 1989
One day following Mater Dei High School Coach Gary McKnight's public comment that he might apply for Fullerton's head basketball coaching position, the school made public a job description that calls for college coaching experience. The job description, which had been posted but had not been made available to reporters, calls for "experience in coaching and administering a highly competitive intercollegiate basketball program."
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December 14, 1989
Mater Dei High School Coach Gary McKnight won his 200th game as the Monarchs defeated Westchester, 78-48, Wednesday in the Tournament of Champions at Ocean View High. Andy Karich scored 19 points and guard David Boyle added 18 points for Mater Dei (7-0), which led at halftime, 46-18. McKnight has a 200-18 record in eight seasons, winning six Southern Section titles and a state championship.
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March 16, 1999 | PAUL McLEOD
Mater Dei boys' basketball Coach Gary McKnight escaped serious injury Monday morning when the car he was driving crashed near the Santiago Canyon exit of the Eastern toll road. McKnight said he was traveling in rainy conditions at approximately 35 mph in his Ford Expedition when the vehicle "hit a puddle of water and did three or four circles," bounced off a guard rail and came to a stop facing on-coming traffic. "I'm fine," McKnight said. "But my shoulders are very sore."
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October 27, 1994 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
Clay McKnight of Mater Dei orally committed to play basketball at UC Irvine, Monarch Athletic Director Gary McKnight said Wednesday. "We've been fortunate to see a lot of kids come through our school and earn scholarships," said Gary McKnight, also Mater Dei's basketball coach. "But it's kind of neat to see it happen for your own son. It's an exciting time for our family. "(Irvine Coach) Rod Baker did a great job working with us and Clay will get a real chance to play right away."
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June 15, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Coaching at the same high school as Gary McKnight and Bruce Rollinson is like hanging out at the same beach as Elle Macpherson and Charlize Theron. It's hard to get noticed. McKnight is the winningest boys' basketball coach in California history and Rollinson presides over a football program that won two unofficial national titles in the 1990s. Neither legend's body of work this year could match that of Burt Call. The Santa Ana Mater Dei baseball coach guided a team that had lost its best player and only proven starting pitcher to its third Southern Section title and first since 2005.
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March 16, 1990
Mater Dei High School basketball Coach Gary McKnight is suffering from severe muscle spasms in his back, but he said Thursday he would not miss his team's state championship game against San Francisco Riordan Saturday night in Oakland. McKnight injured his back lifting a bag of baseball equipment after his son's Little League game Monday night. Assistants Dave Taylor and Phil Bellomo have conducted practices this week in McKnight's absence, but McKnight said he plans to go to Oakland.
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March 13, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
How does a basketball team lose all five starters to graduation, then make it back to the Southern California regional championship game a season later? That's the extraordinary accomplishment Santa Ana Mater Dei (30-3) has pulled off in what might be the best coaching job in Gary McKnight's 29 seasons. McKnight is the winningest coach in California prep history with a record of 890-81, and the Monarchs' 72-55 rout of the supposedly invincible Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits in a Division I semifinal Saturday will surely rank as one of the most meaningful victories in school history.
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January 28, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
For those who anticipated Santa Ana Mater Dei going through a rebuilding season after losing five basketball starters to graduation, forget it. Gary McKnight, the winningest coach in California prep history, has his young team at 20-2 and in position to win a 23rd consecutive league championship. "They've exceeded what I thought we'd do," McKnight said. With a little more improvement, the Monarchs could join Long Beach Poly, Etiwanda and Corona Centennial in the mix for the Southern Section Division 1AA championship.
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June 15, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Coaching at the same high school as Gary McKnight and Bruce Rollinson is like hanging out at the same beach as Elle Macpherson and Charlize Theron. It's hard to get noticed. McKnight is the winningest boys' basketball coach in California history and Rollinson presides over a football program that won two unofficial national titles in the 1990s. Neither legend's body of work this year could match that of Burt Call. The Santa Ana Mater Dei baseball coach guided a team that had lost its best player and only proven starting pitcher to its third Southern Section title and first since 2005.
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May 25, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
UCLA's basketball future received a big boost Tuesday when it was announced that twin forwards David and Travis Wear would be joining the Bruins. The Wears, both 6 feet 10 and muscular, disappointed UCLA Coach Ben Howland two years ago when they spurned scholarship offers from the Bruins to sign with North Carolina. But Howland sounded excited on a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, saying he was "happy" and even "elated" to add the former McDonald's All-Americans to his roster.
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January 19, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican Republic winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field. Offerman, a former All-Star shortstop with the Dodgers and Boston Red Sox and manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Reyburn in the face or neck with a fist during a playoff game Saturday against the Cibao Giants. Reyburn fell to the ground. The Dominican league's president, Leonardo Matos Berrido , announced the ban Monday.
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January 1, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
It's time to look into my crystal ball and see what 2010 has in store for the world of high school sports and beyond. Here's what I'm seeing: Santa Ana Mater Dei's Gary McKnight , after becoming the winningest basketball coach in California prep history, will be invited to appear on "Dancing With the Stars." Wide receivers will be the No. 1 target of college football recruiters in Southern California this fall, with an intense debate breaking out over who's best among George Farmer of Gardena Serra, Victor Blackwell of Mater Dei, Antoine Arnold of Temecula Chaparral and Nelson Spruce of Westlake Village Westlake.
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December 22, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER
Costa Mesa's Bryan Luxembourger has orally committed to play football at Villanova. Luxembourger was an offensive lineman/linebacker for the Mustangs, who won the Pacific Coast League championship and reached the Southern Section Division VIII title game. He was named second-team All-Orange County by The Times. * A room at the inn: Mater Dei basketball Coach Gary McKnight and family are going to get to spend Christmas at home--something that was in doubt a couple of weeks ago.
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March 3, 1995 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some things don't change. Saturday, Mater Dei will be favored to win its 10th Southern Section boys' basketball championship in 13 seasons under Coach Gary McKnight. The Monarchs are led by some of the area's top players, including Shaun Jackson and Schea Cotton. And at guard, swishing three-pointers: Clay McKnight. Twelve years ago, Mater Dei won its first section title. With Southern Section player of the year Matt Beeuswaert leading the way, Mater Dei defeated Long Beach Poly, 62-44.
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November 30, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
If possessing top guards and playing stellar defense is the secret to winning a basketball championship, then Westchester High is the team to beat when action begins tonight. "They're pretty much by themselves in the elite group," said Santa Ana Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight . With banners in the gym celebrating 10 City Section championships and five state championships, Westchester has established a standard of excellence under Coach Ed Azzam that's based on aggressive man-to-man defense.
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March 22, 2003 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
When Santa Ana Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight starts yelling, his players know there's only one way to quiet him: Start performing. "How come we can't score?" McKnight shouted angrily during a timeout late in the third quarter of Friday night's state Division II boys' basketball championship game. Leading by only five points, Mater Dei responded with an 11-0 surge, culminated by a dunk from Harrison Schaen.
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