October 28, 1997 |
Given its miles of coastline and beach-playground image, Orange County's long history of success in aquatic sports is no surprise. Children who grow up around the water are more likely to make an athletic splash. So when you search for the reasons behind the area's dominance in high school water polo, you can start with the refrain from an old beer commercial: It's the water--and a whole lot more. First, Orange County has the pools--you can't play water polo in the Pacific Ocean.
May 21, 1992
Jim Sprague, a USC assistant coach and one of the most successful high school water polo coaches in Orange County history, has been hired to coach at Servite next season, Servite Athletic Director Tom Vitello said Wednesday. Sprague coached at Sunny Hills 23 years, helping the Lancers win four Southern Section titles and 21 Freeway League championships before resigning in 1989 to become an assistant at USC. Sprague will also teach math at Servite.
May 9, 1989 |
Jim Sprague is leaving behind quite a legacy at Sunny Hills High School in order to become an assistant water polo coach at USC. As the Sunny Hills water polo coach for 23 seasons, Sprague's teams won four Southern Section championships and 21 league championships, including the last 19 in a row. Sprague, 53, will join Coach John Williams' staff at USC. "Probably more than anything, it's an opportunity," said Sprague, who has been a...
May 8, 1989
Jim Sprague, water polo coach at Sunny Hills High in Fullerton for the last 23 years, was been named assistant volleyball coach at USC.
November 22, 1986 |
A year after it was supposed to happen, courtesy of a player whose varsity time this season spans all of one month, Sunny Hills High School won the 4-A Southern Section water polo title Friday in Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Pool, beating Corona del Mar, 6-5. Sunny Hills entered last season's final undefeated and heavily favored. But Corona del Mar beat the Lancers in overtime, 7-6. Friday's loss ends Corona del Mar's 41-game winning streak, the longest ever in the Southern Section.
January 29, 1986 |
Ted Clark, Buena Park High School water polo coach, faces a monumental task each fall when he prepares his team for the upcoming season. Clark must get his players ready to challenge one of the country's best high school programs at Sunny Hills, about two miles from the Buena Park campus. Buena Park, Fullerton, Sonora and the other Freeway League teams have played in the shadow of Sunny Hills, which has not lost a league match since 1969.