January 7, 1989 |
When 3-time defending Century League champion Santa Ana High School played Foothill earlier this season, the Saints escaped with a 6-point overtime victory. When the teams met Friday night in the Century League opener for both schools, it took 2 overtime periods before Foothill turned the tables on Santa Ana with a 49-47 victory in Chapman College's Hutton Sports Center. Foothill forward Mark Wilkinson's shot with 5 seconds remaining in the second overtime period decided the game.
December 27, 1989 |
It's not often one loses a 6-foot-7 center and goes on a winning streak, but that's what Foothill High School has done since Jamal Duff quit the team two weeks ago. Foothill rolled to its seventh consecutive victory since Duff's departure, defeating Orange Lutheran, 65-41, in the opening round of the 25th Orange Holiday Tournament Tuesday at Chapman College's Hutton Sports Center. Foothill (7-3) went on an 11-1 run to open the second half and break open a close game.
December 3, 1988 |
Just in case anybody ever thought Tustin High School's senior shooting guard Cheavly Ly was shy about casting off from long range, Ly buried those doubts Friday night, along with 4 3-point shots. In the early minutes of Tustin's season opener against Foothill, Ly sank a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers. Then, after sitting out the second period with foul trouble, Ly opened the second half with another 3-pointer to give Tustin a 10-point lead.
January 25, 1992 |
Jared Winger will never forget his 17th birthday. His two free throws in the final four seconds gave Foothill a 45-43 upset victory over El Modena Friday in a Century League boys' basketball game at Foothill High. El Modena's Aaron Seltzer fouled Winger on his missed attempt from inside the key to send Winger to the line. "The noise in the gym was louder than heck, and I really had to concentrate to make them," said Winger, a 6-foot-2 junior guard.
December 16, 1987 |
Dan Abel followed Leo Parker just about wherever he went in Foothill High School's 71-58 victory over Tustin Tuesday night before a near-capacity crowd at Foothill. Abel, a burly 6-foot 5-inch Foothill forward, denied Parker the ball continually and pestered him when he did get it. Parker--Tustin's leading scorer, who had 27 points against Huntington Beach in his last game--missed his first five shots before he made a short jumper late in the second quarter.
January 27, 1989 |
It's almost a given that anytime Santa Ana and Foothill high schools play basketball, one can expect a close and exciting game. The teams have played some memorable games for the Century League championship, with Santa Ana winning the title in 4 of the past 5 seasons. But this season, the teams have played it close. Santa Ana defeated Foothill, 43-37, in overtime in the Irvine World News tournament, and Foothill rebounding with a 49-47, double-overtime victory to open league play.
February 20, 1988 |
In the final six minutes of Foothill High School's 48-45 come-from-behind victory over Perris Friday night, Knight guard Bill Mazurie began to bring to life certain scenes of his favorite daydream. It went like this: two blocked shots, two powerful drives, 4-for-4 at the free throw line and a tremendous steal. Together, it added up to a dream come true for Foothill, which never led until the final 39 seconds.
January 20, 1993 |
Coaches' kids aren't always model student-athletes. Former Foothill Coach Jim Reames recalled the summer of 1989, when he took a traveling team to Lubbock, Tex. "We had just finished playing in the BCI (Basketball Congress International) tournament in Phoenix and I asked (former Newport Harbor Coach) Jerry DeBusk's son, Craig, to play for us in Lubbock. "We hadn't been at the hotel in Lubbock for more than 20 minutes when I got a phone call from the front desk.
January 10, 1991 |
Sean Amos had two chances to win a game Wednesday night and the Foothill High School forward needed both opportunities before the Knights could claim a 60-59 overtime victory over Canyon in a Century League game in Anaheim. Amos was fortunate to be at the free-throw line with two seconds remaining in overtime. He was fouled while trying to take an off-balance 16-foot shot and was awarded two free throws.
November 23, 1986 |
The Century League's complexion may have changed, but substance remains the same for basketball. The Century League has lost two teams since last season--Orange and Tustin high schools--and has three new coaches--Tim Tivenan at El Modena, Frank Palminteri at Villa Park and Jeff Bishop at Santa Ana Valley. But some things haven't changed--the league favorites remain Santa Ana and Foothill.