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September 18, 1999
Not long ago, high school athletics was a way to build character, to learn valuable lessons about teamwork, effort and determination, and ultimately to have fun. While these still remain the objectives of any legitimate athletic program, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain these goals. Adults in education, parents and the media have taken the innocence out of the endeavor and turned it into a cynical activity solely based on winning and material reward. The most recent phenomenon is the "free agency" of student-athletes created by open enrollment, promoted by high school coaches, administrators and parents, and subsequently highlighted by the media.
January 5, 1999
Matt McNally Esperanza, Sophomore Soccer McNally scored two goals to help Esperanza (13-0-2) remain undefeated with a 4-3 overtime victory over South Torrance (12-1-2) in the championship game of the Marina tournament. McNally scored four goals in the tournament and leads his team in scoring (seven goals, four assists). Soccer Eric Gordon * Trabuco Hills, sophomore. His sudden-death goal upset No. 2 Saddleback, sending the Mustangs to the tournament title game.
June 18, 1993
Richard L. (Dick) Minasian, a Burbank High School athletic director and teacher for more than three decades, has died at his Laguna Beach home. He was 85. A Burbank resident from 1938 to 1970, Minasian died Tuesday of congestive heart failure, said his granddaughter, Dana L. Morris. Born in Fresno, Minasian received his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1933 from USC, where he was a three-year varsity letterman in baseball. He received a master's degree from USC two years later.
June 8, 1990
Funeral services for Uriel Fernandez, a 16-year-old pitcher for San Fernando High School's junior varsity team who was killed in a car accident last week, have been scheduled for Sunday and Monday. Uriel, who was recently promoted to the varsity team, had hoped to study electrical engineering at UCLA or Stanford. He died June 1 in San Fernando following an accident in Mission Hills. A rosary will be said at 6 p.m. Sunday at J.T. Oswald Chapel, 1001 N. Maclay Ave.
May 13, 2000 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
For a moment Friday afternoon, the playing field was level for developmentally disabled students at Lokrantz School as they romped with members of the Van Nuys High School football team and cheerleading squad. The ability gap between the athletic teens and the disabled elementary school children seemed to narrow as they tossed footballs, waved pom-poms and ran a Hula-Hoop obstacle course.
September 21, 2001
A Mission Viejo High wrestler has died of injuries suffered in an off-road accident Sept. 13 at Perris Raceway, his family said Thursday. Aaron Allan Ehlers Madvig, 15, who began riding at 7 and aspired to be a professional motocross racer, was practicing jumps when he flipped his Kawasaki and struck his head. He was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center but never regained consciousness and died Wednesday afternoon.
November 6, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Kentucky cross-country athlete Codie Thacker was told at a recent meet she had to wear bib number 666. So, she decided not to race. And that gives her something in common with Ronald Reagan (see below). Thacker told local NBC affiliate LEX 18 she had trained for Saturday's race for months.  But she could not bring herself to put on that number. She felt it put her relationship with God at risk . Some background: The number 666 is the biblical mark of the beast.  In the book of Revelation, two beasts arise -- the first a seven-headed beast from the sea. It's this monster whose number must be imprinted on everyone's right hand or forehead.
March 28, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
The TV networks could be scrambling for programming if the NFL lockout lasts into the fall, which is a good reason someone with a video camera should be showing up to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame scholar-athlete banquets to tape the inspiring stories of teenagers making a difference on and off the field. From Orange County to San Bernardino County, from the San Fernando Valley to the San Gabriel Valley, dozens of high school seniors are having their accomplishments recognized this month.
December 15, 1989
A Brea-Olinda High School junior and varsity football player was killed Wednesday night when his car failed to negotiate a curve on Carbon Canyon Road and landed at the base of a 10-foot embankment, police said. Brian Arredondo, 17, of Brea had left the home of his girlfriend in the Olinda Village area of the city about 11 p.m. Wednesday night and was heading home when the accident occurred. The coroner's office and the Brea police are investigating.
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