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May 24, 1996 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just call Nick Butcher a happy wanderer. At the tender age of 20, the Simi Valley resident has been to five of the world's seven continents, excluding Africa and Antarctica. He has witnessed the pastoral beauty of Great Britain, the monsoon rains and stifling heat of India, and the uninhibited exuberance of Argentina's sports fans. "It's great to meet other people and learn about their cultures," Butcher said. "I'm a very sociable person." Butcher isn't some jet-setting playboy.
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May 24, 1996 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just call Nick Butcher a happy wanderer. At the tender age of 20, the Simi Valley resident has been to five of the world's seven continents, excluding Africa and Antarctica. He has witnessed the pastoral beauty of Great Britain, the monsoon rains and stifling heat of India, and the uninhibited exuberance of Argentina's sports fans. "It's great to meet other people and learn about their cultures," Butcher said. "I'm a very sociable person." Butcher isn't some jet-setting playboy.
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August 18, 1996 | MACK REED
With congratulations, proclamations, music and refreshments, Simi Valley plans Monday to honor its four Olympic athletes. In the limelight for their participation in the Atlanta '96 games will be Justin Huish, who won gold medals in men's individual and team archery; bronze-medal men's softball player Jeff Weaver; and men's field hockey team members Nick Butcher and Tom Vano. "It's an opportunity for the athletes to meet with some of the community," Assistant City Manager Laura Herron said.
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July 16, 1996
The San Fernando Valley-area and Ventura County athletes representing the United States in the Olympic Games are: Larry Amar, field hockey, Camarillo; Nick Butcher, field hockey, Simi Valley; Gail Castro, volleyball (beach), La Crescenta; David Collins, rowing, Thousand Oaks; Sheila Cornell, softball, Taft High; Rich Corso, water polo (head coach), Van Nuys (Harvard-Westlake High coach); Mark Crear, track (110-meter hurdles), Valencia.
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July 31, 1996
Although it has managed just three goals in five losses, the U.S. men's field hockey team still has a chance to make history today if it defeats South Africa in the ninth-place semifinals. A win would be the first ever for U.S. men's field hockey, which is 0-24-4 in its Olympic history. It won't be easy, however.
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May 25, 1998 | JOEL P. ENGARDIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Tom Harris built it, he knew they would come. Not just the neighborhood kids, but teams from places like Nigeria, Taiwan and India. Nestled on the Moorpark College campus is one of this nation's few field hockey arenas that meet Olympic standards. The artificial turf plays host every Memorial Day weekend to an international field hockey tournament called the California Cup.
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August 20, 1996 | DAVID R. BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With a Boy Scout color guard leading the way and the combined power of two school bands blasting a processional march, three of Simi Valley's four Olympic athletes strode into the courtyard outside City Hall on Monday to receive the congratulations of hundreds of their neighbors. Olympians Nick Butcher, Justin Huish and Jeff Weaver were honored by city officials and more than 200 cheering, screaming residents at a ceremony late Monday afternoon.
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July 25, 1996 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Things are looking up for the U.S. men's field hockey team. The first sign of that came Monday in a game against Argentina, when the Americans scored twice, equaling a 64-year-old Olympic team record for most goals in a game. More good news was delivered Wednesday. For the first time in these Games, the U.S. made it past the midway point of the first half without falling behind by as many as three goals. Sometimes progress is measured in small steps.
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July 14, 1991 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chatsworth's Brian Spencer scored early and often in the opening match of the U. S. Olympic Festival field hockey tournament Saturday at Loyola Marymount. Spencer, a forward on the West team, scored three goals in the first half of the West's 3-0 victory over the South at Sullivan Field. And the 1984 Olympian should be dishing out scores more of high-fives off the field in the next few days. His wife, Josephine, is expecting the couple's third child momentarily.
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May 25, 1996 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shawn Hindy stands at the door of the Olympic dream, having earned a place as an alternate on the U.S. field hockey team for the Atlanta Games this summer. He'd like to take the next step, but the only way he can break through to the 16-man squad is if one of the regulars cannot compete, either because of injury or some other circumstance. Hindy knows it's a longshot, but he hasn't given up hope.
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