January 25, 2001 |
Under unusual circumstances, Butch Fredlow, the Marina girls' basketball coach, missed his team's Sunset League game on Tuesday because he was ejected from a game earlier in the day while coaching the Vikings' frosh-soph team.
January 12, 2001 |
The showdown between the county's No. 1- and No. 2-ranked girls' soccer teams was postponed Thursday because of rain and poor field conditions. Top-ranked Capistrano Valley will host second-ranked Mission Viejo on Jan. 22 in a South Coast League game. "There is no way we could play," Capistrano Valley Coach Jack Peterson said. "Our field is a disaster." By the time they meet, the rankings probably will have changed.
January 4, 2001 |
Move over Sunset League. It appears that the South Coast is ready to take over as the county's toughest league in girls' soccer. After featuring the strongest league competition for much of the 1990s, the Sunset League has lost some of its depth and now, from top to bottom, the South Coast is the best. Five of the six South Coast teams competed in the recent Excalibur tournament, with four finishing in the top 10 of the 32-team bracket.
January 3, 2001 |
The boys' soccer playoffs don't begin for six weeks, but that really isn't the case for Sunset League teams, which begin their own brand of the playoffs next week. "In our league, I really believe it will be harder to get into the playoffs than it will be to make a run in the playoffs," said Fountain Valley Coach Jason Smith, whose seventh-ranked team completed the nonleague season with a 6-2-4 record.
January 2, 2001
FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE Matt Leinart Quarterback, MATER DEI SR. Completed 62% of his passes for 2,847 yards and 27 touchdowns and was one of the best ever to wear Monarch uniform. Should excel whether calling signals for USC, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech or Arizona State. * Temitope Sonuyi Running Back, ESPERANZA SR. What more could you ask for? Led Orange County with 2,492 yards rushing and could be school's valedictorian.
January 2, 2001
PASSING (Minimum 110 Attempts) *--* Player, School PA PC Pct. Yards Avg. TD Int. Rating Mike Hicks, Western 126 73 57.9 1410 19.3 19 4 195.2 John Henry Jackson, 196 118 60.2 2085 17.7 18 10 169.3 Villa Pk Matt Leinart, Mater 309 192 62.1 2847 14.8 27 10 161.8 Dei Steve Stagnaro, Brea 220 109 49.5 2104 19.3 22 9 154.8 Olinda Chris Johnson, 160 104 65.0 1412 13.6 11 8 151.5 Laguna Hills Michael Echaves, 198 111 56.1 1629 14.7 19 5 151.5 Fullerton Kenny Valbuena, 150 82 54.7 1439 17.5 9 3 151.
December 30, 2000 |
Juan Ruiz can smell his opponent. Ruiz can smell the sweat that the wrestler in his arms has worked up in warmups, he can smell the soap he's used, smell his mouthwash, smell his shampoo. Ruiz can feel the shape of his opponent. Ruiz can tell with his fingers how hard this young man on the wrestling mat has worked out, whether he lifts weights often by the size of his biceps, whether he bikes by the muscles in his thighs. What Ruiz can't do is see his opponent.
December 27, 2000
The El Toro boys' basketball and football teams had to forfeit their first victories because of an administrative error, El Toro Athletic Director John Johansen said. The Chargers' basketball team, ranked No. 3 in the county and undefeated on the court this season, was forced to forfeit its 63-56 victory over Los Alamitos and the football team its 24-21 victory over Jurupa Valley in Week 3 after the Southern Section discovered it had not received forms completed by two athletes, Johansen said.
December 26, 2000 |
There were a lot of talented position players in boys' water polo this year, but none with the all-around skills of Newport Harbor's Peter Belden. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior did it all. He could score from two meters, he could score on the drive. He won 90% of his sprints and was usually the first player in scoring position on the counterattack.