August 14, 1992 |
Kent Steffes grew up idolizing Jim Menges, and for two summers watched Menges and Greg Lee dominate the pro beach volleyball tour. Fresh off outstanding athletic careers at UCLA, Menges and Lee won a record 13 consecutive tournaments in 1975-76, a streak few figured would be matched. Then along came two other former Bruins--Steffes and San Clemente's Karch Kiraly.
August 11, 1989 |
To the average sports fan, it's not exactly Koufax and Drysdale returning to Chavez Ravine. But on the beach, the names Selznick and Vogelsang and Von Hagen and Menges also conjure visions of heroic summers long ago. They played volleyball. They were kings of the beach before the tour went pro and the "beach" was extended to Phoenix and Milwaukee and Boulder, Colo. Before light beer and cable television.
June 5, 2010 |
Dwight Clay stood alone in the right corner, the Notre Dame guard waving feverishly for the basketball. A day earlier it had been quiet in the near-empty Athletic & Convocation Center when Notre Dame's brash young coach, Digger Phelps, surprised his players by bringing ladders onto the court to practice cutting down the nets. Now a wildly partisan crowd was on its feet in the sold-out arena on the Notre Dame campus. The Irish, in the midst of a frantic rally, had scored 10 consecutive points to pull to within a point of the seemingly invincible UCLA Bruins — the seven-time defending national champion UCLA Bruins — with less than a minute to play.
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June 5, 2010 |
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success" motivational program, has died. He was 99. Wooden died Friday evening of natural causes at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the university announced. He had been hospitalized since last week for dehydration. Though the stern, dignified Midwesterner's fame extended beyond the sports world, it was Wooden's achievements during 27 seasons at UCLA that put him in the company of such legendary coaches as the Green Bay Packers' Vince Lombardi and Notre Dame's Knute Rockne.
August 10, 1992 |
Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes defeated Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos, 15-11, in the championship match of the Pro Beach Volleyball Miller Lite Open at Cleveland. It was the 13th consecutive victory for Kiraly and Steffes, which ties the record for consecutive victories, set by Greg Lee and Jim Menges in 1975-76. Steffes has been in 19 of 20 finals and has 16 victories, which ties the season record set by Smith and Stoklos in 1987.
March 21, 1993 |
He wore UCLA uniform No. 43 for the last time nearly 19 years ago, and now Greg Lee--one of the top schoolboy basketball players in Valley history at Reseda High--is carving his niche as a San Diego teacher and coach. Twenty years have zipped by since Lee was the catalyst of what Coach John Wooden called his greatest Bruin team, but two decades have hardly affected this free spirit who still loves his alma mater but sometimes conceals his passion.