December 20, 1990
Cal State Northridge forward Shelton Boykin is a colorful personality who acts out the momentum swings of the game--on and off the court. A steal by Northridge elicits a smile and a shake of the fist. A mistake by himself or a teammate and Boykin is crushed. But it is nothing compared to his response when an official's call goes against CSUN. Boykin's temper has boiled over so many times that he has been forced to develop an unusual way of controlling his anger.
December 31, 1987 |
People were very much aware of the talents Eric Thomas had developed on the basketball court well before he ever enrolled in high school. The question was never if he would be successful, but where. He was born and raised in the Rio Mesa High attendance area, but many doubted he would ever attend school there. He had traveled too much, seen too much and met too many people.
January 14, 1988 |
If Jack Dyck, the Beverly Hills High School basketball coach, needs a hole filled in a hurry, he calls a Plummer. To be precise, he calls on senior guard Chris Plummer, who has been filling it up from long distance this season for the Normans and is averaging 20.3 points a game.
January 31, 1988 |
Controversy and trouble cling to Vince Combs like nettles on a long-haired dog. Back to coaching the once-storied boys varsity basketball team at Inglewood High after a two-year taste of Division I life at the University of San Francisco and several years in near-limbo, Combs is also no stranger to bitterly shattered dreams. He has been accused--by opposing coaches, players and parents--of running up scores, arrogance and insensitivity.
January 17, 1990 |
When Bryan Dameworth of Agoura High School began his running career at age 12, the first race he ran was 200 meters. Fortunately, for Dameworth, he found he was not a sprinter. His performance in that race was so disheartening that he decided to begin training as a distance runner. "I only started running distance because I wasn't successful at the shorter distances," Dameworth said. "I started to like running distance only because I seemed to do better."
October 17, 1989 |
Rudy Ramirez Jr. maintains that he is 5-feet-7 and weighs 145 pounds, but the standout senior running back for Bell Gardens High School has a difficult time convincing others that he is that big. Last season, Ramirez was listed at 5-6 and 140 when he was named to the Southern Section's Division IV team after gaining 1,049 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns for the Whitmont League champion Lancers.
October 24, 1991 |
The best ever. That's what some experts are already saying about the Peninsula High girls' basketball team. The Panthers have been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Street & Smith magazine and are expected to be rated No. 1 by USA Today. Len Locher, editor of Court, a newsletter that covers girls' high school basketball in California, says Peninsula has the talent to surpass the 1981 Cheryl Miller-led Riverside Poly team (29-0) as the best in state history.
February 4, 1990 |
High school coaches, as a rule, are a conservative fraternity. Rarely do they boast or make outlandish predictions concerning their own teams to the media. Even if they think that way, coaches realize a newspaper clipping can be turned into a source of motivation by opponents. It's best to think big and talk small, most coaches would say. Not Richard Wells.
March 23, 1989 |
Nine of the 10 players selected to The Times All-Star Basketball Team entered their final high school seasons shouldering various expectations. Three seniors, in particular, had tough acts to follow: their own. Although they could have stumbled, they raised their performances another notch. All-star repeaters Harold Miner of Inglewood, John Hardy of Rolling Hills and Shawn Foster of El Segundo improved upon excellent junior seasons, as did St.
July 2, 1992 |
Beverly Hills High Athletic Director Jack Dyck says he has seen too many empty seats at his school's basketball games and fought too many political battles to raise money for a cash-depleted athletic department. Dyck, who lives in Valencia, wants to work in a community where sports play a more prominent role. If he had the power, Dyck says he would bring back the days when KNBC televised the high school game of the week and Ross Porter and Tommy Hawkins were the announcers.