CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2011 |
Out-of-work plumber Pablo Haro scoured the postings at a Murrieta jobs center for openings at local utilities, but he didn't expect any plumbing companies to be hiring. The recession-ravaged Inland Empire is flooded with laid-off plumbers trying to scratch by, he said. That's why Haro is all for the rash of tough new laws cracking down on the hiring of illegal immigrants in this conservative, suburban valley. "They're working for almost nothing; it's hard to compete with that," said Haro, who was born in Mexicali but became a U.S. citizen a decade ago. "Construction has crashed, so everyone is scrambling to get any job out there.
November 4, 2010 |
Corona Centennial High is only 50 miles from downtown Los Angeles, about 350 from Tempe, Ariz. But looking at Arizona State's football roster, you'd never know it. Corona and nearby Norco almost qualify as Phoenix suburbs when it comes to Sun Devils recruiting. Six players from Corona Centennial High and five from Norco High, both perennial Southern Section powerhouses, are on the roster of an Arizona State team that will face USC on Saturday night at the Coliseum. Former Centennial linebackers Vontaze Burfict, Brandon Magee and Shelly Lyons, defensive linemen Will Sutton and Lee Adams and receiver Angelo Magee have been dubbed the "Corona Six-Pack.
November 1, 2010
1; MISSION VIEJO (8-0, SS-Pac -5); Def. San Clemente, 38-24; at Tesoro, Friday. (1) 2; WESTLAKE (8-0, SS-Northern); Def. Agoura, 49-13; vs. St. Bonaventure, Friday. (2) 3; CORONA CENTENNIAL (8-0, SS-Inland); Def. Norco, 45-0; vs. Corona, Friday. (4) 4; SERVITE (8-0, SS-Pac-5); Def. Mater Dei, 21-14; vs. Santa Margarita at Saddleback College, Friday. (3) 5; GARDENA SERRA (8-0, SS-Western); Def. Harvard-Westlake, 52-13; at Chaminade, Friday. (5) 6; ALEMANY (8-0, SS-Pac-5)
October 29, 2010 |
How good is unbeaten Corona Centennial? As impressive as the Huskies' no-huddle, up-tempo offense has looked this season, it was a dominant defensive performance Friday night during a 45-0 victory over No. 13 Norco that should leave teams in the Inland Division feeling very uncomfortable. "That was a great performance," Centennial Coach Matt Logan said. "To beat a tough team like that says a lot about who we are. " It was only a couple of years ago college recruiters were raving about a Centennial linebacker, Vontaze Burfict.
October 28, 2010 |
No. 3 Anaheim Servite (7-0, 2-0) vs. No. 21 Santa Ana Mater Dei (5-2, 2-0) at Angel Stadium, 7:30 p.m. ? It took a once-in-a-generation quarterback for Servite to break its 20-year hex against Mater Dei last season with a 30-20 victory. Unfortunately for the Friars, Cody Fajardo is now throwing passes for Nevada. His replacement, Cody Pittman, has been solid in leading Servite to seven consecutive victories. But a rigid defense that gave up an average of six points in its first six games appeared malleable last week during the Friars' 32-24 victory over Bellflower St. John Bosco.
October 26, 2010 |
The football career of Westlake Village Oaks Christian quarterback Trevor Gretzky might be over. Gretzky, who hasn't played since the third game of the season against Calabasas because of a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, continues to have pain, Coach Bill Redell said. "I'm beginning to think he won't come back," Redell said. "The shoulder is not healing as fast as anticipated. " Gretzky is also a top baseball player who has committed to San Diego State, so getting him healthy for the baseball season is important.
September 18, 2010 |
— Inside a dingy community room at the California Rehabilitation Center , the prisoners were segregated into two distinct populations. Members from one group awaited their cue behind a "curtain" — an old bed sheet strung from the ceiling. The other group sat in folding chairs waiting to take the "stage. " All wore garish greasepaint to variously resemble mimes or clowns, Kabuki performers or horror movie antiheroes. And all had been kitted out with funny hats, prop glasses and fake mustaches to whimsical effect.
September 11, 2010 |
The clock nearly struck midnight on Norco's bid to defeat defending Los Angeles City Section champion Crenshaw. Really. The televised game started after 8:30 p.m. Friday because it followed the Dodgers' 11-inning victory over Houston on Prime Ticket. It didn't end until 11:22 p.m. Time literally did run out on Crenshaw. A drive inside the Norco 20-yard line was thwarted when the final seconds ticked off the clock before Crenshaw could get off one last play, preserving host Norco's 25-21 victory.
September 10, 2010 |
FRIDAY'S TOP GAMES No. 7 Ventura St. Bonaventure (0-0) vs. No. 5 Long Beach Poly (1-0) at Long Beach Veterans Stadium, 7 p.m. — Poly possesses something even longtime Jackrabbits fans may not recognize: a prolific passing game. Junior Chaiyse Hales completed 15 of 24 passes for five touchdowns with no interceptions in a season-opening 42-28 victory over Bakersfield. St. Bonaventure defeated the Jackrabbits, 27-7, last season, but it was one of 11 victories the Seraphs later forfeited for using an ineligible player.