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...
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.
December 6, 1999 |
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?
September 29, 1985 |
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.
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.