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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.
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December 6, 1999 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
For Rosary Coach Todd Sprague, the number of coaching resources at his fingertips is almost embarrassing. That's because longtime county coaches Jim Sprague, Todd's father, and Hank Vellekamp, the Rosary swimming coach, are his assistants this season. What could be better than to have some 60 years of coaching experience on your bench?
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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.
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November 12, 1999 | ERIK HAMILTON
When talking to Jim Sprague, you tend to listen to every word he says. He's knowledgeable, articulate and loves to talk about the youth of America. And given his credentials--24 years as a teacher at Sunny Hills High and the past eight at Servite, where he also is the water polo coach--Sprague could be considered an expert. "Kids today, they don't bother to listen," Sprague said. "Like today, we had to start a drill four times because they don't listen.
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May 9, 1989 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
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...
SPORTS
November 22, 1985
Jim Sprague, Sunny Hills water polo coach, is one game away from coming through on what, at the time, seemed like a boast. Early this season, Sprague predicted the Lancers would win the CIF Southern Section 4-A championship. He said Sunny Hills had so much talent that anything but the championship would be a disappointment. The Lancers get the chance to prove themselves at 8:30 tonight in Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Pool when they play Corona del Mar for the title.
SPORTS
December 6, 1999 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI
For Rosary Coach Todd Sprague, the number of coaching resources at his fingertips is almost embarrassing. That's because longtime county coaches Jim Sprague, Todd's father, and Hank Vellekamp, the Rosary swimming coach, are his assistants this season. What could be better than to have some 60 years of coaching experience on your bench?
SPORTS
September 29, 1985 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Jim Sprague, the Sunny Hills High School water polo coach, is apparently afflicted with the same condition that made life tough for "The Honeymooners" Ralph Kramden. Sprague will tell you. He has a big mouth. But unlike Brooklyn's most famous bus driver, Sprague is happy with the results of his big words.
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October 28, 1997 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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November 22, 1986 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 28, 1997 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
May 9, 1989 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD
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...
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
November 22, 1986 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 29, 1986 | GERALD SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
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.
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January 29, 1986 | GERALD SCOTT, Times Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
May 12, 1985 | PAT CANNON, Times Staff Writer
Darren Ward claimed he was tired Saturday night, but it didn't stop the Sonora sophomore from breaking two records in the Southern Section 3-A swimming championships at East Los Angeles College Saturday night. In the boys' team competition, El Dorado, a bridesmaid last year, upended defending champion Loyola, 143 1/2-140 1/2. In the girls' competition, junior Kim Rosso won two events to lead Sunny Hills to its first-ever swimming title, a convincing 127-92 edge over Long Beach Wilson.
SPORTS
November 22, 1985
Jim Sprague, Sunny Hills water polo coach, is one game away from coming through on what, at the time, seemed like a boast. Early this season, Sprague predicted the Lancers would win the CIF Southern Section 4-A championship. He said Sunny Hills had so much talent that anything but the championship would be a disappointment. The Lancers get the chance to prove themselves at 8:30 tonight in Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Pool when they play Corona del Mar for the title.
SPORTS
September 29, 1985 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Jim Sprague, the Sunny Hills High School water polo coach, is apparently afflicted with the same condition that made life tough for "The Honeymooners" Ralph Kramden. Sprague will tell you. He has a big mouth. But unlike Brooklyn's most famous bus driver, Sprague is happy with the results of his big words.
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