September 23, 1985 |
Bonnie Gadusek beat Kathy Rinaldi at her own game Sunday. Hitting steady base-line shots, she defeated her 18-year-old opponent, 6-1, 6-3, to win the $150,000 Virginia Slims tournament at Chicago. It was the third championship of the season for Gadusek, who earned $27,000 to Rinaldi's $13,600. In beating Rinaldi for the first time in three career matches, Gadusek was consistently able to get her first serve in, while Rinaldi wasn't.
July 19, 1995
Jon Cuccias had two hits and pitched a complete game for Encino in a 14-10 victory over Van Nuys East in the first round of the American Legion District 20 playoffs on Tuesday at Burroughs High. Brian Luderer, who had three hits, and Andy Campanella, who had two, each homered for Encino (14-9). Justin Bunch hit a grand slam for Van Nuys East (15-7), which had a 10-game winning streak snapped.
July 11, 1998
Fourth-seeded Gene Malin of Woodland Hills defeated unseeded Steve Lott of Canoga Park, 6-0, 6-2, Friday to advance to the semifinals of the USTA National Men's 45 Hardcourt Championships at the Westlake Tennis & Swim Club. Malin will face second-seeded Peter Bronson of Scottsdale, Ariz., at 12:30 p.m. Bronson advanced, 7-5, 6-4, over Len Wofford of Portland. In the other semifinal, set for 11:30 a.m., 13th-seeded Ross Boling of Whitelake, Mich., will meet 12th-seeded Pete Kelly of Palm Springs.
July 12, 1997
Pitching coach Tim Montez, who lost his job when Cal State Northridge dropped baseball last month, accepted a job at Arkansas on Friday. "What a relief to get this over with," Montez said. "Professionally, there is no doubt it's the right move for me. But for my wife and two kids, it will be tough to leave the home we bought two years ago in Newbury Park."
July 16, 1993 |
Gene Malin of Woodland Hills advanced to the quarterfinals of singles and doubles play in the 45-plus Men's National Hardcourt tennis championships Thursday at the Westlake Tennis and Swim Club. Malin, the No. 5-seeded player, defeated Dean Schlobohm of Moraga, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in a fourth-round singles match. He will face fourth-seeded Jim Rombeau of Houston, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Juergen Janson of Westlake Village, in a quarterfinal match at 10:30 this morning.
September 26, 1998
Funeral services for Pete Kokon will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Memorial Park (22601 Lassen St.) in Chatsworth. Visitation will be conducted Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Praiswater Meyer-Mitchell Mortuary (5940 Van Nuys Blvd.) in Van Nuys. Kokon, who covered high school sports in the San Fernando Valley for more than 60 years, died Thursday at the age of 85.
June 30, 2000
Defending champion Bob Wright of Redmond, Wash., is top-seeded in the U.S. Tennis Assn.'s 2000 Men's 45 Hardcourt National Championships on Monday through July 9 at Westlake Tennis and Swim Club in Westlake Village. Gene Malin of Woodland Hills is seeded No. 5. Malin, the 1998 singles champion, won the doubles title with Anand Amritraj of Calabasas last year. Amritraj has not entered and Malin will team with Ron Cornell of Los Angeles.
December 3, 1993 |
Warming up to play in the City Section team tennis playoffs last month, Brahna Pastorini twisted her ankle and collapsed. More painful to her than the injury was her opponent's reaction. "The girl was laughing at me," said Pastorini, a senior at Taft High in Woodland Hills. "That really just ticked me off." As Taft Coach Marvin Jones helped carry his star off the court, Pastorini told him not to forfeit the match. "Mr. Jones, I'm not going to give up," she said.
March 26, 1994 |
Rita Maria Pichardo had no immediate plans to defect. At least not in October in the middle of Mexico. The decision came spontaneously. She said it was as if she had grabbed the idea out of the air. Pichardo, 23, a native of Cuba, had long considered fleeing her country. But not on this day, not during a tennis tournament in Zacatecas, Mexico. It was a sweltering autumn afternoon--Pichardo guesses Oct.