March 28, 1999 |
Part of high school sports lore involves coaches and athletes finding ways to change grades when eligibility is threatened. A top athlete learns he's ineligible and lobbies a teacher to raise his grade if he completes extra credit. A coach appeals to a teacher to take a second look at a grade, pleading that if the athlete is declared ineligible, he might drop out of school. Neither scenario is acceptable to Myra Fullerton, the new principal at Taft High.
March 14, 1999 |
Here's the continuing dilemma facing coaches, parents and fans across the state: Who do you root for in the soap opera known as open enrollment? Since the state law took effect in 1994, high school students have been able to transfer without changing residence and gain immediate athletic eligibility. It has created bitter feelings, led to repeated accusations of recruiting, caused coaches to retire rather than try to prevent top athletes from leaving and challenged loyalties.
September 25, 1998 |
Alex Holmes was en route to the end zone with a defender draped on his shoulder pads when a loud groan came from the top row of bleachers. "Please tell me he's not going to be back for his senior year," said Jon Mack, football coach at St. Bonaventure High. "He's done enough damage already." Mack was one of several coaches scouting the Sept. 12 game at Harvard-Westlake.
June 30, 1998 |
Harbor City Narbonne High, which lost its appeal to the California Interscholastic Federation after being stripped of its City Section 4-A girl's basketball championship for rules violations, is likely to be stripped of its state Division I championship as well. Jack Hayes, executive director of the state CIF, said Monday that he will discuss the issue with other state officers this week. Hayes and his colleagues are in Denver attending meetings of the National Federation of High Schools.
October 22, 1997 |
Costa Mesa, which had aspirations of competing in the girls' state cross-country championships, had to forfeit three Pacific Coast League victories for using an ineligible athlete. Costa Mesa's victories over University, Estancia and Aliso Niguel were reversed. The Mustangs are ranked third in this week's Southern Section Division IV poll.
May 14, 1997 |
Jess Sanchez no longer has to wait for next year. He can hardly wait for next week. Sanchez, a catalyst for the Hueneme High baseball team, blew his junior season by blowing off class. This season, he has helped the Vikings clinch at least a share of the Channel League title and secure a spot in the Southern Section Division I playoffs. Although Sanchez entered the week batting only .