April 28, 1998
Mark Gleason Mission Viejo, Senior; Track and Field Gleason led the Diablos to the boys' team title at the Orange County Championships Saturday. He won three races and posted the county's fastest times this season in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. He won the 1,600 in a personal-best and meet-record time of 4 minutes 14.45 seconds, the 3,200 in a meet-record 9:14.46 and the 800 in 1:55.64. Pete Montrenes/Baseball/Pitcher * Ocean View, senior.
June 4, 1998 |
James Thornton recalls getting his first Junior National qualifying time when he was 14. He remembers thinking how easy it was. So it only seemed natural for him to believe a Senior National qualifying time, his next big step, would come just as easily. He was wrong. What followed was four years of frustration for Thornton, a senior at Foothill High.
February 28, 1999 |
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER; By Stephen Chobsky; (MTV Books: 214 pp., $12) "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written as a series of letters to an unnamed friend by a 15-year-old boy, is not really a coming-of-age story. Think of it more as a portrait of the saint as a young man. Charlie is such a completely good, pure human being (the way we were supposed to come off the production line) that you wonder how he sprang from the imagination of an ordinary adult author.
March 6, 1997 |
When James Thornton started to swim at Blue Buoy Swim School in Tustin, he was a pudgy little boy with a natural talent for the breaststroke. That was 10 years ago. Today, the breaststroke is Thornton's worst stroke. And as far as being pudgy, well, that's a different story too. Thornton, a junior at Foothill High, has developed into one of the top middle and distance high school freestyle swimmers in Orange County. His tall, slim shape epitomizes the form of most distance swimmers.
March 5, 1998 |
* Foothill at Irvine, 3 today: An early look at two of the county's top swim teams. The Irvine boys' team will be bolstered by some strong freshmen, but Foothill counters with such veterans as Robby Arroyo (50 and 100 freestyle) and James Thornton (200 and 500 freestyles). * Capistrano Valley relay finals, Saddleback College, 9 a.m. Saturday: This girls-only meet will feature some of the county's top swimmers, including Olympian Amanda Beard from Irvine.
April 10, 1997 |
Three of the top schools in the county will be competing in a triangular meet at 3 p.m. Friday at Mission Viejo High. The Mission Viejo boys, ranked first in the county, will face Foothill and Santa Margarita. Look for the Diablos' James Davison, Foothill's James Thornton and Santa Margarita's Philippe Demers to battle in the 200 freestyle. The 50 free also could be up for grabs between Demers, who has recorded the fastest time this season (20.91), and Mission Viejo's Matt Burny.