June 1, 1990 |
Forgive Alisha Knopf if she likes to get dirty. That's her style of play. Showing great grit and determination, Knopf led El Camino Real High to an 8-3 victory over Chatsworth in the City Section 4-A Division softball championship game Thursday at Cal State Northridge. It was the Conquistadores' third consecutive 4-A title and seventh in the past eight years. "I was an animal today. I was going all out," said Knopf, El Camino Real's second baseman. "This was my last game and I wanted it."
May 30, 1991 |
City Section softball and El Camino Real High have been almost synonymous for the past decade. The Conquistadores, three-time defending City 4-A Division champions, will make their 10th consecutive appearance in the 4-A title game today when they meet upstart Granada Hills (13-2) at Cal State Northridge at 5 p.m. El Camino Real (16-6) has won seven championships in the past eight years. "At the beginning of the year, I didn't expect to be in the final," El Camino Real Coach Neils Ludlow said.
March 23, 1988 |
After his team battled back from a two-run deficit only to lose the game on an error in extra innings, Coach Chuck Miller of Sylmar High approached Coach Neils Ludlow of El Camino Real and said, basically, see you in the City championship game. That was quite a statement considering Sylmar, the defending City champion in softball, had just lost, 4-3, dropping its record to 2-3, including a loss to a junior varsity team. "We'll be there. I hope they are too," Miller said.
January 21, 1989 |
Nothing much has changed for the Kennedy High girls' basketball team. The Golden Cougars, who have not lost a league game in 11 seasons, ran their North Valley League record to 5-0 this season by taking a bite out of visiting El Camino Real, 65-52. Kennedy forward Dawn Coleman led all scorers with a game-high 30 points and had 12 rebounds to spark the win. She also ignited 3 key rallies, 2 in the second half while scoring 29 of Kennedy's final 49 points.
March 19, 1987 |
If the absence of pitcher Beth Silverman was noticed before El Camino Real's softball game against Kennedy, it was less conspicuous afterward. Silverman, a junior with a 35-0 career record, is in the midst of a team controversy that began last week. She missed her second straight game Wednesday with the consent of Coach Neils Ludlow.
May 3, 1989 |
Chrissy Peck of El Camino Real High set some lofty goals for herself before the season. The first was to help the Conquistadores (18-2) win their second consecutive City Section title and sixth in the past seven years. The second was to throw a no-hitter and the third was to pitch a perfect game. While Peck considered all three goals attainable, she never expected to accomplish the second one--a no-hitter--two days after returning to school from a two-week bout with chicken pox. "I wasn't even sure if I'd be able to pitch the entire game," said Peck (17-2)
April 18, 1986 |
Thursday was Neils Ludlow's birthday, and while the El Camino Real High softball coach would rather not divulge his age, it's safe to assume the number is even higher than the number of consecutive wins his Conquistadores have piled up. El Camino Real notched its 41st in a row at the expense of Canoga Park, 2-1, in a West Valley League game at El Camino Real on Thursday. The win streak started in 1984, but the ride hasn't always been easy for Ludlow.
June 6, 1996
Senior softball player Tami Jones of El Camino Real High has been selected the City Section 4-A Division most valuable player. Jones, a shortstop and pitcher, batted .384 and had a 13-2 record with an 0.94 earned-run average to help lead the Conquistadores to the City title. Junior catcher Jodi Kent of Verdugo Hills was chosen most valuable player in the 3-A Division. Kent batted .500 with six home runs and 22 stolen bases to pace Verdugo Hills to its second 3-A title in four seasons.
January 28, 1993 |
All season, Cleveland High forward Shawn Bankhead has seen double. Two guys hanging on him here, a couple more over there. That happens when you're a team's offensive focal point. Wednesday, double vision became eye-popping anticipation when El Camino Real pretty much left him all by his lonesome. Can my eyes be deceiving me? "I had a little smile when I saw that zone," Bankhead said. More like an ear-to-ear grin, because Bankhead was in a zone of his own.
March 30, 1995 |
Members of the Granada Hills High softball team clicked their bats together in superstitious rhythm several times Wednesday afternoon in the hope of producing some hits. In the end, it was the only noise the Highlander bats made all day. El Camino Real pitcher Tami Jones allowed only three hits and the Conquistadores used a first-inning unearned run to edge Granada Hills, 1-0, in a Northwest Valley Conference game.