June 2, 2002 |
Placentia El Dorado on Saturday became one of the Southern Section's most unlikely softball champions. Twice beaten in the Empire League by rival La Palma Kennedy, facing a pitcher who had shut them out twice and had allowed only one run in her previous 129 innings, the Golden Hawks found a way to defeat Kennedy, 2-1, for the Division II title at Barber Memorial Park in Irvine. It is El Dorado's first championship since 1977, which was also its last appearance in a section final.
March 30, 2000 | ,
It was a victory that El Dorado needed and its big guns made sure it happened. Joe Turgeon scored on Brian Zurhellen's one-out double in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie and, one batter later, Brett Marro homered to break open the game as El Dorado beat Cypress, 7-4, in an Empire League game Wednesday at Cypress. "It's a huge win," El Dorado Coach Steve Gullotti said. "If we lose this game, we're fighting for a playoff spot after only four [league] games, and that's scary.
February 23, 2000 |
The situation seemed dire for El Dorado, which trailed by two with a minute 22 seconds left to play in a Southern Section Division I-A third round game at Marina. The vocal Viking crowd made the prospect of a road victory even dimmer. But Evan Bull powered to the basket to tie the score and Mike Wulff hit a game-winning three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining and El Dorado escaped with a 59-54 victory.
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October 6, 1999 |
First they were on. Then off again. But El Dorado's Golden Hawks marching band is back on the circuit to perform at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Band members didn't show any hard feelings Tuesday toward the Olympic committee, which had wavered over the past few months on whether to let the Golden Hawks perform; they were too busy trying to rehearse and raise money for the once-in-a-lifetime trip this summer.
September 11, 1999 |
El Dorado High's 27-12 victory over Canyon was far from perfect, but there were still plenty of bright spots for the Golden Hawks in their season opener Friday night at Valencia High. Senior running back Nick Zehner scored four touchdowns--one more than he had all last season--and rushed for 164 yards in 18 carries. Zehner and the Golden Hawks' running game flourished, producing 239 yards behind an offensive line led by returning starters Macky Bluth, Eric Rarey and Brad Roberts.
April 27, 1999 |
That bus ride to Placentia after a loss at La Mirada early last month wasn't a happy trip for the El Dorado softball team. With 10 experienced players, including eight starters, the Golden Hawks thought they had one of the best chances in recent school history to be among the top teams in the Southern Section. "It was very frustrating," pitcher Jill Jessen said. "We thought we would have a really successful team and here we were, having lost our first two games."