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SPORTS
January 3, 2001 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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NEWS
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.
SPORTS
December 30, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
December 26, 2000 | MELANIE NEFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
December 24, 2000
Picking up where it left off last spring, when it won its first title in The Times' Orange County All-Sports award competition, Newport Harbor has taken the lead in the large-school division after the fall season. The Sailors won only one Southern Section title, in boys' water polo, but reached the title game in football and the title match in girls' tennis.
NEWS
December 19, 2000
CENTURY CANYON (5-5, 2-3) 7 Pomona 18 35 Riverside La Sierra 9 24 Estancia 7 7 Anaheim 18 24 Walnut 3 7 Foothill 35 0 El Modena 23 14 Villa Park 31 38 Orange 0 54 Santa Ana Valley 0 EL MODENA (8-3, 4-1) 36 Garden Grove 0 47 Sunny Hills 6 13 Loara 21 8 El Dorado 0 15 Fullerton 14 13 Villa Park 35 23 Canyon 0 21 Santa Ana Valley 7 21 Foothill 14 51 Orange 6 21 Lakewood Mayfair * 28 FOOTHILL (5-6, 4-1) 0 Tustin 6 7 Woodbridge 10 20 Buena Park 3 13 Laguna Hills 20 14 La Habra 41 35 Canyon 7 55
SPORTS
December 16, 2000 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation has sustained the athletic suspension of Villa Park junior Martin Iti, ending Iti's hopes for a return to the basketball court within the CIF appeals framework. But Ronald E.
SPORTS
December 16, 2000 | DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several high school soccer coaches in Orange County rallied Friday to the defense of Huntington Beach boys' Coach Kevin Smith, who is taking a leave of absence while the Southern Section reviews an investigation of a possible rule violation.
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