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February 25, 2011 |
Chuck Allen, a onetime high school surfing coach in Southern California who established amateur surfing and snowboarding groups that organized and elevated the sports, has died. He was 74. Allen, who was the special events manager at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, died of emphysema Feb. 14 at Redlands Community Hospital, his son, Robert, said. A former rodeo cowboy, Allen set out to civilize surf culture after starting a surfing team at El Toro High School in Lake Forest in the early 1970s.
February 24, 2011 |
If anyone remains unconvinced about the magic of sports competition, here's the story of how three baseball players from rival high schools in southern Orange County became best friends. Austin Saenz of Mission Viejo, Kris Paulino of Tesoro and Kyle Hunt of Capistrano Valley got together last November with family and friends and signed letters of intent to Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine and Nevada, respectively. "It was kind of surreal," Hunt said. "I've always dreamed of signing a D1 letter and playing baseball, and I'm sure they had the same dreams.
January 14, 2011 |
The cinder-block locker room is little bigger than a gas-station restroom. Squeeze in 15 high school hockey players and their sweat-soaked equipment, and it smells about the same too. Yet Megan Browning, the team's freshman goalie, can't think of any place she'd rather be. "Just because you play hockey doesn't mean you have to act like a boy," Browning explains as she checks her makeup and adjusts the twin braids in her hair. "I wear pink. I'm still girly. But when I come to the rink, I get intense.
December 19, 2010 |
Monday was supposed to be the day for a hearing in Orange County Superior Court matching lawyers for the CIF Southern Section against their counterparts representing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange on behalf of its client, Santa Ana Mater Dei High. I was hoping Mater Dei grads Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley could make an appearance to add to the spectacle. The honorable Judge Gregory H. Lewis was scheduled to preside. I doubt he's a Servite grad, so that's good for Mater Dei. The hearing, however, was postponed because the lawyers are reviewing amendments filed last week (probably at $150 an hour)
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February 27, 2010 |
Orange County students on Friday were grieving the death of softball standout Nadia Brianne Matthews, who, according to the county coroner's office, committed suicide a day earlier. The sophomore was a well-liked honor student at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. "Everybody's shocked," said Mater Dei softball Coach Doug Myers. "We're just absolutely devastated." The 16-year-old hanged herself Thursday night. Police and fire officials were called to an apartment in the 2100 block of East Almont Avenue in Anaheim shortly before 8 p.m., Anaheim police Sgt. Rick Martinez said.
January 31, 2010 |
One of the strengths of the Pacific Symphony's annual American Composers Festival has been its inclusion of a wide range of arts groups and voices. This year, in exploring the themes of "The Greatest Generation," the challenges and hardships faced during the turbulent 1930s and '40s will be seen through the eyes of the newest generation. The symphony has partnered with the Orange County High School of the Arts, tapping students from the film and TV conservatory to produce documentary shorts that bring the experiences of this older generation to a younger audience.