September 7, 2000 |
Taft High's football team violated rules by practicing on Labor Day and could face punishment from the City Section Rules Committee. Principal Myra Fullerton of Taft said Wednesday that Coach Troy Starr admitted he held the practice but was unaware it violated City rules. "It was a mistake," Fullerton said. "He recognizes it was a mistake. There was no intention to skirt or take advantage of the practice. He did not have a full team there." As punishment, Fullerton barred the team from practicing Wednesday and next Monday.
September 10, 1999 |
In the age of open enrollment, it was an increasingly familiar tale. A high school player with Division I college aspirations transfers to a high-profile program and is granted eligibility over the protests of his former school. Only this time there was a twist, one that resulted in Coach Troy Starr of Taft being suspended for one game while his program was placed on probation for one year.
August 28, 1999 |
Rank Player School Ht. Wt. Yr. 1. Keary Colbert Hueneme 6-3 190 Sr. * Averaged 24.8 yards per reception 2. Calvin Bell Simi Valley 6-1 180 Sr. * A big-play weapon 3. Chris Catalano Westlake 6-1 195 Sr. * Will make the difficult catches 4. Jared Bazar Hart 5-11 180 Sr. * Caught 59 passes, 11 for TDs as a junior 5. Eric Zdenek Chaminade 5-11 175 Sr. * Possesses speed and fearlessness 6. Cody Murphy Buena 6-3 190 Sr. * Made 48 receptions a year ago 7. Ontae Chaney Cleveland 5-11 180 Sr.
September 18, 1999 |
Taft High succumbed to a strong running attack for the second week in a row and was upset by Locke, 27-21, Friday in a nonleague game at Locke. Alvin Marshall rushed for 147 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 91-yard kickoff return, to lead the Saints (1-1). Locke, which was defeated last week by San Pedro, 30-8, set up the deciding score when Deshawn Cabong intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards to the Taft 24.
October 29, 1999 |
City administrators this week found no evidence that Reseda used undue influence in an attempt to keep receiver Gerard Jones from transferring to Taft last summer. Taft brought the charges after the Toreadors were placed on probation for allowing Jones to practice before his transfer was official. Jones is Taft's leading receiver with 30 catches for 283 yards and two touchdowns.