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April 9, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jay Wilkerson landed a football scholarship to Fresno State in spring 1986, but he found a tougher sport after a few weeks on campus. Rugby. Wilkerson, a linebacker from Mater Dei, had led Saddleback College to the national junior college football title the previous fall. He wanted to stay in shape after enrolling at Fresno State that spring, so he tried out with a Fresno rugby club. No big deal.
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April 9, 1993 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jay Wilkerson landed a football scholarship to Fresno State in spring 1986, but he found a tougher sport after a few weeks on campus. Rugby. Wilkerson, a linebacker from Mater Dei, had led Saddleback College to the national junior college football title the previous fall. He wanted to stay in shape after enrolling at Fresno State that spring, so he tried out with a Fresno rugby club. No big deal.
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December 8, 1985 | GUY GRUPPIE, Times Staff Writer
For years, Saddleback College has been regarded as the second-best community college football team in Orange County, but no longer. Saturday afternoon in the fifth PONY Bowl, the passing and running of quarterback Jason Schmid led the Gauchos to a decisive 32-13 victory over Fullerton before 7,200 fans in Costa Mesa's LeBard Stadium.
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July 22, 1990 | ADAM STEINHAUER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as Jay Wilkerson crossed the finish line Saturday, he sat down in the shallow water and did nothing but gasp for several minutes with the surf lapping over him. Wilkerson had been chasing defending champion Chad Hundeby throughout the national championship 16-mile course at the 22nd annual Seal Beach Rough Water Swim. He finally overtook Hundeby in the final 100 yards to win the race in a course-record time of five hours five minutes 21 seconds.
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September 7, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In "Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq," the HBO documentary about wounded soldiers and Marines and their struggles to resume -- regain, really -- their lives, Army Pvt. Dexter Pitts talks about his post-traumatic stress disorder. "Everything seems like a dark place now," Pitts tells "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini. "I don't feel comfortable anywhere in the civilian world." Army Staff Sgt. Jay Wilkerson tells Gandolfini about the day his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.
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July 13, 1988 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, Times Staff Writer
The gods and the Rams must be crazy. The team that last year couldn't sign a draft choice to save its season is now shuffling rookies into camp through the express check-in lane. Tuesday, the Rams signed one fifth-round choice--UCLA safety James Washington--and agreed to terms with another--Mississippi running back Robert Delpino--bringing to 10 the number of draft choices delivered after just two days of training camp.
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November 17, 1985 | GUY GRUPPIE, Times Staff Writer
Undefeated Saddleback College turned six Rancho Santiago turnovers into 25 second-half points Saturday night and rallied to beat the Dons, 39-32, in front of 1,800 in Santa Ana Stadium. The Gauchos, the No. 3 team in the nation and the No. 1 team in the Southland, ended the regular season with a Mission Conference record of 8-0 and an overall record of 10-0. This is the ninth straight year Saddleback has either won or shared the Mission title.
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January 24, 1986
Athletes in Action will bring its best-ever shooting basketball team to Costa Mesa at 7:30 tonight to play Southern California College in an exhibition game. AIA (22-6) comes into the game shooting 57% from the field and 79% from the free-throw line. It has beaten No. 10 Nevada-Las Vegas, No. 18 Alabama-Birmingham, Pepperdine and Marquette. AIA has several former collegiate standouts on its roster.
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July 10, 1991 | THERESA MUNOZ
When Brian Jacobson wins, it is as much a personal victory as a triumph for the unusual training system that he adheres to under Bellflower Aquatics Coach Don Watkinds. Jacobson, who will compete Saturday through Monday in the U.S. Olympic Festival at USC, swims less than half the distance most of his competitors swim each day in practice. Moreover, Jacobson's workouts are heavy on vertical kicking and using only their arms to stay in one spot. Most swimmers kick horizontally.
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September 4, 1989 | Tracy Dodds
A U.S. national team of distance swimmers broke the Long Beach-to-Catalina channel relay record Aug. 11, taking one-hour shifts and completing the channel swim in 7 hours 2 minutes 45 seconds. Jay Wilkerson, Jim McConica, Martha Jahn, Karen Burton, Chad Hundeby and Erica Reetz shattered the previous record of 12 hours 22 minutes. So, which is more of a surprise? That the record was broken by more than five hours or that there is, indeed, a national team of distance swimmers?
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