August 17, 2001 |
Chris Frome, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound All-Southern Section defensive end from Newhall Hart High, has selected Notre Dame over Michigan as his college choice. He'll be a three-year starter for the Division III champions.
June 15, 2001 |
Tens of thousands of dollars weren't up for grabs. Nor was the competition shown live on network television. Yet, Brian Edick of Hart High credits his participation in two skins games golf tournaments in April for his strong finish to the high school season in May and June. Edick, The Times' Valley-Ventura County boys' player of the year, averaged 1.9-strokes-over par per 18 holes played during the season. But his average was 2.
June 9, 2001 |
Imagine seeing John Elway, Steve Young and Joe Montana on the same football field. It would offer inspiration to any aspiring quarterback. So understand the special moment that took place at Hart High this week. On the same practice field were Kyle Boller, starting quarterback at California; Kyle Matter, bound for Stanford, and Matt Moore, Hart's next prolific quarterback.
June 5, 2001 |
Retirement, Dennis Ford quips, will suit him to a T. Or is that a tee? Either way, Ford, 61, among the region's most respected coaches, will call it a career next week when he retires after 33 years as a science teacher and coach of several sports at Hart High. Known widely as a guru among softball pitchers, Ford also is architect of one of Southern California's best high school golf programs over the last decade, as well as a five-time club champion at Vista Valencia Golf Course.
May 15, 2001 |
Hart and Westlake highs traveled different paths this season, but they begin the Southern Section baseball playoffs seeded No. 1. Hart (25-1) enters the Division II playoffs after winning the Westside and Villa Park tournaments, leading the Foothill League from start to finish, and only losing to Canyon. Westlake (21-6-1) struggled early, losing to Thousand Oaks and tying unheralded Newbury Park. But the Warriors rallied to win the Marmonte League title and earn the top seeding in Division III.
May 9, 2001 |
When defensive end Mike Linn of Hart High shaves his legs and arms for an important swim meet, football teammates look at him as if he were from outer space. When swimmers hear football coaches telling Linn to eat ice cream before he goes to bed or encourage him to gain 15 pounds, they shake their heads in disbelief. Welcome to Linn's confusing world. From August to December, he's a football player. From January to July, he's a swimmer. The sports are not supposed to be compatible.
April 18, 2001 |
"Gone fishin'." That's the message Bill Susdorf of Hart High should have left on his bedroom door last weekend, telling friends he was taking a break from baseball. Except no one needed a sign to figure out Susdorf was out of town. Neighbors along Wildwood Canyon in Valencia woke up to an eerie silence instead of the usual "ping, ping, ping" coming from the backyard batting cage of Susdorf's home.
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April 15, 2001
Soledad Canyon Road has seen more than its share of makeshift memorials, those heartbreaking assemblies of flowers, candles and crosses that bloom along a road where someone died in a traffic accident. But the shrine that appeared last week near the landmark Saugus Speedway must have struck Santa Clarita Valley residents especially hard. It honored a young man the community had rallied around during an earlier disaster, first to support his recovery, then to celebrate it.
March 8, 2001 |
Nearly two months ago, Matt Moore suddenly doubled over at the dinner table, complaining of stomach pains and ended up on the operating table undergoing an appendectomy. His strength has returned, not to mention his appetite. He pleaded with his father to buy him chicken nuggets at a fast-food restaurant after contributing two run-scoring singles in Hart High's 5-4 victory over Camarillo on Wednesday in a battle of top 10 teams in the Westside tournament.
December 28, 2000 |
Lorenzo Booker will be counting the yards, Jon Mack will be counting the days and the St. Bonaventure High football team will be counting the victories. In Ventura County, the Seraphs will again be the team to beat and the team to hate next season. The small Catholic school has built an empire in the back yard of the big schools in the Channel League. "When you have success, one of two things is going to happen," said Mack, St. Bonaventure's coach of 11 years.