April 3, 1990 |
Shannon Akau of Buena Park High School pitched two no-hitters last week, which surprised no one. Akau, The Times' Athlete of the Week, is a threat to pitch a no-hitter every time out. Dating to March 23, she had pitched three consecutive no-hitters until giving up four hits in a 7-2 victory over Walnut Friday. "I don't feel (the consecutive no-hitters are) surprising. It's not even a topic," Buena Park Coach Brenda Sapp said. "She's a power pitcher.
May 24, 1990 |
In the span of several hours Friday night, Susannah Thrasher won a Southern Section track title, taking six seconds off her career-best time in the process, and was named queen of her senior prom at Villa Park High School. A magical evening, to be sure. Thrasher had not expected to be named prom queen, but the track title--the 3-A 1,600 meters--was a bit less surprising, considering it was something Thrasher had been working toward for the past three years.
April 8, 1990 |
Never mind that the announcer had trouble pronouncing his name, or that the evening was a bit too chilly for most of his peers. Phouphet Singbandith was simply having the night of his life Saturday at the Arcadia Invitational. From his first hop, skip and jump of the evening, the Magnolia High School senior knew the triple jump competition was his. By the time he had finished his third jump, Singbandith owned not only a first-place medal, but also a meet and Orange County record as well.
May 17, 1990 |
Elinor Tolson fidgeted, squirmed and tried her best to look poised and unaffected as she concentrated on the next flight of hurdles. But it was obvious that the attention focused on her--from a photographer, a reporter and the small crowd gathered to watch her practice Tuesday afternoon--was more than enough to make the La Quinta High School freshman nervous. "You're going to have to get used to it, Elinor," an onlooker suggested. "This is how it's going to be in the big time."
April 10, 1988 |
Kaleaph Carter of Edison High School threw the shotput 63 feet 2 3/4 inches, the best mark in the nation this season, to win the event at the Arcadia Invitational track and field meet Saturday night at Arcadia High School. Carter, a senior, surpassed his previous best, 63-0, that he set as the runner-up at the 1987 state meet last June. He achieved his winning mark in his very first attempt. Carter followed with marks of 62-7, 62-10, 61-6 and 63-0.
May 26, 1990 |
At 6-foot-4 and just under 130 pounds, Kevin Carlson of Katella High School has a physical stature of a human knitting needle. An intimidating presence, he is not. But Friday night at the Southern Section Masters meet at Cerritos College, Carlson kept cool when the others couldn't, winning the high jump with a leap of 6 feet 9 3/4 inches.
November 19, 1989 |
There may come a time when Shelley Taylor of Edison High School realizes that she has become one of the finest female distance runners in Orange County history. In only her second year of competition, she has accomplished more than most runners her age dare dream. But now, Taylor seems content with running, winning and heaping praise on the few who have been able to challenge her this season. Such was the case on Saturday at the Southern Section cross-country championships at Mt.
June 2, 1990 |
Seventeen Orange County athletes and one relay team qualified Friday night for the finals of the CIF state track and field championships. But another, Susannah Thrasher of Villa Park High School, never got the chance to compete. Thrasher, a senior, finished seventh in the 1,600 meters in last Friday's Southern Section Masters meet, two places out of qualifying for the state preliminaries.
January 20, 1990 |
The showdown for the fastest prep sprinter in Orange County got its official start Friday night at the 31st Sunkist Invitational at the Sports Arena. The tally so far? Tim Martin 1, Erik Mitchell 0. Martin, from San Clemente, and Mitchell, from Los Alamitos, did not actually face each other in the same race--Martin ran in the boys' 50 meters while Mitchell ran the Football 50--but Martin came out the winner nevertheless, winning his race in 5.86 seconds, a nick off the national record of 5.
June 3, 1990 |
Kevin Carlson of Katella High School had just missed on his first attempt at 7 feet Saturday night at the CIF state track and field championships, when a diminutive girl rounding the Cerritos College track caught his attention. Carlson's teammate, Martha Pinto, was heading down the homestretch en route to a surprising second-place finish in the girls' 3,200 meters. Seconds after Pinto finished in a career-best 10 minutes 42.