December 11, 1998 |
The phrase is repeated much like a mantra, an inspirational reminder Wilmington Banning High football players freely recite after victories to anyone who will listen. "Banning football is back," running back Chris Howard said emphatically after the Pilots beat Crenshaw on Oct. 16. "Banning football is back," repeated wide receiver Mike Cockrell after Banning's victory over two-time defending City champion San Pedro two weeks later.
November 25, 1998
BIRMINGHAM 1997-98: 17-2-5, second in Northwest Valley Conference In August, 10th-year Coach Jose Freire predicted a City title for his team. Now, he's just hoping for some cooperation. With a loaded roster that includes 10 returning starters, two talented transfers from North Hollywood and several promising freshmen, Freire certainly has the players to fulfill his prediction.
November 21, 1998 |
If history repeats itself, Natalie Stein of North Hollywood High will win her second consecutive girls' title in the City Section cross-country championships today at Pierce College. If not, Valerie Flores of San Pedro will become the seventh individual champion since Robin Snowbeck of University won consecutive titles in 1990 and '91. There will be 74 other runners in the girls' race, but it would be a monumental upset if any of them beat Stein, a sophomore, or Flores, a junior.
June 25, 1998 |
Miguel Fletcher of Alemany High and Justin Fargas of Notre Dame. It was hard to mention one without the other when talking about the top 100-meter sprinters in the region the last two years. So it should come as no surprise that when it was time to choose The Times' regional boys' track and field athlete of the year, Fletcher edged Fargas to earn the honor for the second time in three years.
May 27, 1998 |
Chatsworth High School, seeking its first City Section 4-A baseball championship since 1990, is seeded No. 1 for the playoffs that begin Friday. The West Valley League champion Chancellors (26-3) will host Van Nuys (13-13-1). East Valley champion Sylmar (20-6) is seeded No. 2 and will face visiting Palisades (18-13). Pacific League champion Carson (23-8) is seeded No. 3 and North Valley champion Kennedy (22-8) is No. 4. It's the first time since 1994 that Chatsworth has received the top seed.
March 14, 1998 |
The first big weekend of the high school track and field season will burst out of the blocks today when Justin Fargas of Notre Dame, Miguel Fletcher of Alemany and Darrell Rideaux of Long Beach Poly meet in the boys' 100 meters in the Northridge-Alemany Relays at Cal State Northridge. They finished 1-2-3 in the state championships last year after an injury slowed favored Sultan McCullough of Pasadena Muir to ninth.
February 13, 1998 |
Championships in the Frontier, Marmonte, Mid-Valley and East Valley girls' basketball leagues are on the line today, in the final games of the regular season. The most intriguing matchup takes place in the Frontier League where Moorpark (20-3, 9-0 in league play) and Nordhoff (20-5, 8-1), ranked Nos. 6 and 7 in the region by The Times, meet tonight in Ojai at 6:30. Moorpark, led by junior forward Damaris Hinojosa, downed Nordhoff, 71-69 in overtime, at Moorpark on Jan 23.
January 25, 1998 |
John Madden's got his team, and I've got mine. And here to introduce the first Valley and Ventura region all-name high school soccer team is, well, Jon Madden, who also happens to play on the Chaminade High boys' team. To get us started, we should probably go with Gogo Rothbart from the Buckley girls' team. After her, we will break off the players by academic subjects. Leading all historical discussions will be Genghis Hernandez of the Burroughs boys' team.