October 28, 1999 |
Tony Ortiz of Lancaster has been a bright spot in an otherwise trying 2-5 season. Ortiz, a junior who has rushed for 659 yards, played a pivotal role in both Eagle victories. Last week, he intercepted three passes and rushed for a touchdown in a 28-8 victory over Palmdale. The 5-7, 160-pound running back-defensive back made a key tackle on a late two-point conversion to preserve a 21-20 victory over Chaminade on Sept. 10. Ortiz rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns in that game.
November 20, 1997
In mid-July, junior running back Daniel Pagnella had yet to win a spot on Lancaster High's varsity roster. By midseason, the Eagles scrapped their split-back set in an effort to better showcase the 5-foot-6, 160-pound Pagnella. Now, at season's end, Pagnella is arguably the run-oriented Golden League's top running back among underclassmen.
January 29, 2000
McKenzie Evans, who finished seventh in the girls' 300-meter low hurdles in the Class 4A final of the Missouri state championships last May, has transferred to Birmingham High. Evans, a junior, clocked 46.56 in the state final for Hazelwood East and has a best in the low 45-second range, Birmingham Coach Scott King said. Evans moved to California last summer and attended Dorsey before transferring to Birmingham.
November 21, 1998 |
Playing tough defense mixed with a ball-control offense may be boring to some but for Lancaster High its an opportunity to beat up its opponents. The Eagles, in their first playoff appearance, punished Canyon on Friday night, hammering away on the line of scrimmage during a 10-0 first-round Division III victory at Lancaster. Lancaster advanced to the second round and will play Alemany, a winner over 42-14 Pasadena. The site will be determined by a coin flip.
October 3, 1998 |
In a nonleague game Friday night matching size against speed, size prevailed as Lancaster High controlled the line of scrimmage and rushed for 239 yards and four touchdowns to gain a 28-6 victory over host Muir. After a disappointing loss to Crespi last week, Lancaster Coach Ray DeShane said his team was hungry. "A lot of kids on this team had tears in their eyes after last week's loss. We wanted to run the ball this game and that's what we did," DeShane said.
November 19, 1999 |
Lancaster High had to replace 20 starters from a team that finished second in the Golden League and advanced to the Southern Section Division III quarterfinals last year. Rival coaches picked the Eagles to finish fifth or sixth in a preseason poll. But Lancaster rallied to win three of its last four games to finish tied for second and claim a playoff spot.