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September 23, 2009 | Catherine Saillant, Ruben Vives and Kimi Yoshino
Fire season got off to an ominous start Tuesday as Santa Ana winds fueled five brush fires across Southern California, including a 6,000-acre blaze that forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes in Ventura County. The blazes erupted like clockwork on the first day of autumn, which typically marks the beginning of Santa Ana winds. Firefighters braced for a tough week ahead with more unusually strong winds and extreme heat forecast through the end of the week. "We're in triple-digit temperatures and single-digit humidities . . . and it's beginning with a bang here," said climatologist William Patzert of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
September 12, 2009 | Ben Bolch, Staff Reports
The film session that awaits Los Angeles Crenshaw High's defensive players in the coming days could get ugly, with one exception. Top-ranked Crenshaw stopped Norco on a crucial fourth down in the fourth quarter Friday night on the way to pulling out a 47-44 victory in which host Crenshaw gave up 487 rushing yards. "When we needed to stop them, we stopped them," Crenshaw Coach Robert Garrett said. "We showed character at the end." Norco, ranked No. 22 in the Southland by The Times, had pulled to within 47-44 late in the third quarter on Kelsey Young 's 66-yard touchdown run and was driving again when it faced a fourth-and-four situation at the Crenshaw 12-yard line.
September 11, 2009 | Ben Bolch
No. 12 Long Beach Poly (0-1) vs. No. 4 Ventura St. Bonaventure (1-0) at Ventura High, 7:30 p.m., Prime Ticket (tape-delayed) -- Poly Coach Raul Lara said he might make personnel changes after a 30-7 loss to Anaheim Servite. The Jackrabbits fell behind early and were forced to throw 33 times. "Hopefully, we can establish some type of running game this week," Lara said. "If we can't, we're going to have problems." St. Bonaventure had little trouble moving the ball during a 34-10 victory against Bellflower St. John Bosco; Devon Blackledge had 168 yards rushing and Logan Meyer passed for 256 yards.
June 10, 2009 | Gary Klein
San Diego State pitcher Stephen Strasburg was chosen first overall and four Southland players were selected in the top 21 picks in the annual Major League Baseball first-year player draft. As expected, the Washington Nationals selected Strasburg, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior who throws a fastball that has been measured at more than 100 mph.
June 7, 2009 | Staff Reports
Jogging around the bases as if nothing special had happened, Josh Mason of Encino Crespi seemed to be in his own little world after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the Southern Section Division II championship baseball game at Angel Stadium. "When I hit that home run, I didn't believe it," Mason said. "I was just shocked." There was nothing shocking about the way Crespi performed Saturday.
It's time to call grandma and grandpa, load up the minivan, pack the camcorder and head to the game of the year in high school baseball: Norco (25-4) at Santa Ana Mater Dei (23-5) today at 3:15 p.m. This Southern Section Division I quarterfinal playoff game is worthy of being played at Angels Stadium. There won't be a better matchup all season than Mater Dei and its ace pitcher, Aaron Northcraft (9-2, 1.
May 21, 2009 | Melissa Rohlin
Norco High's softball team was at a restaurant, and the waitress thought she'd play a little game of her own. So she went around the table, guessing each girl's position. When she got to Teagan Gerhart, she guessed right -- for the wrong reason. "You must be the pitcher," the woman said. "It looks like you took a line drive to the face." The remark led to an awkward moment, which Gerhart handled with maturity beyond her years.
April 11, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
BASEBALL RESULT Huntington Beach Marina 1, Norco 0, 9 innings. Top contributors: Paul Strong of Marina struck out 10 in eight innings. Wes Hatton of Norco struck out 11 while pitching into the ninth inning. The scoop: It was a memorable pitchers' duel under the lights at Norco. Marina finally pushed across a run in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded walk. Kevin Stoops came in and got the final three outs in relief in a semifinal game of the Darryl Kile Memorial tournament.
April 10, 2009 | Ben Bolch
Huntington Beach Marina (12-2) at Norco (9-2), tonight at 7 Why it matters: This semifinal of the Darryl Kile Memorial Tournament matches two of the top pitchers in Southern California in UC Irvine-bound left-hander Paul Strong (3-1, 1.90 earned-run average) of Marina and Cal State Fullerton-bound right-hander Wes Hatton (3-0, 1.17) of Norco. The Cougars, ranked No. 24 in the Southland by The Times, also feature pitcher/first baseman Matt Hobgood, who hit his sixth homer Thursday during a 5-0 victory over Wildomar Elsinore.
October 18, 2008 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Stanford football Coach Jim Harbaugh is partial to athletes whose fathers coached them, because he used to be one of those athletes. So when his star running back, Toby Gerhart, calls home nearly every day to talk to his father Todd, and maybe hears a nugget of advice about the way his feet were moving or the way he cut right or left, Harbaugh isn't insulted. He's pleased. "Kids who have been coached by their fathers, they are almost always really coachable kids," Harbaugh said.
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