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February 28, 1996
Pete Weinerth, an assistant track and field coach at Rio Mesa High for the past five years, has replaced Brian FitzGerald as co-coach and will oversee the boys' and girls' programs along with Rick Torres. Weinerth, 29, is a 1984 graduate of Buena High who coached at Santa Barbara Dos Pueblos High in 1990 before coming to Rio Mesa in '91. Although FitzGerald stepped down from his position in June to devote more time to his family, Weinerth did not apply for the job.
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April 10, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
There was a football-like capacity crowd of more than 7,000 that filled Arcadia High's stadium Saturday night for the Arcadia Invitational, and the 400-meter relay resembled an all-star team of football players. There was USC-bound Robert Woods leading the state Division III champions from Gardena Serra. There was California-bound Kaelin Clay from always fast Long Beach Poly. There was the No. 1 junior running back prospect in the state, De'Anthony Thomas, running for Los Angeles Crenshaw.
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March 3, 1992 | ERIC SHEPARD
Many have criticized the Southern Section's expanded boys' and girls' basketball tournament fields the past two years. Oxnard Rio Mesa boys' Coach Steve Wolf is not one of them. After finishing the regular season fifth in the Channel League with a 10-13 record, Rio Mesa qualified for the playoffs as an at-large entry. Although only the league's top three finishers were guaranteed berths, league officials have the option to enter other deserving teams.
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November 30, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard Rio Mesa won its first playoff game since 1991 on Nov. 19, only to discover that less than an hour later, its principal, Ed Phillips, had died of a heart attack suffered during the fourth quarter. After an emotional week, Rio Mesa lost for the first time all season, 24-2, to Agoura, a team that it had defeated, 36-16, eight weeks earlier. The next day, Saturday afternoon, offensive coordinator Rick Scott died in his bed while taking a nap. He was 55.
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June 12, 1998 | JENNIFER HAMM
After serving as acting principal for five months, Barry Barowitz has been named principal of Rio Mesa High School. Barowitz replaces Eric Ortega, who left Rio Mesa in February to become the Oxnard Union High School District's assistant superintendent of business services. Before taking over as principal, Barowitz served as assistant principal at Rio Mesa, Adolfo Camarillo and Fillmore high schools.
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February 19, 1995 | DAVE DESMOND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Crescenta Valley High girls' basketball team won a Southern Section Division II-AA playoff game Saturday night but still missed the dance. Four Falcons missed their school's junior prom to help their team defeat Rio Mesa, 46-38, in a second-round game at Rio Mesa. "It wasn't a tough decision because we all wanted to play basketball," said junior guard Amirah Leonard, who scored 26 points. Crescenta Valley (23-6) will meet No.
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April 9, 1998
John Coleman of Rio Mesa High won the 100 meters in 10.9 seconds and the long jump at 20 feet in a 73-54 victory over Camarillo in a track and field meet Wednesday at Camarillo. Rio Mesa (9-0) took a 20-3 lead after three events. GIRLS' TRACK Rio Mesa 70 1/2, Camarillo 56 1/2--Freshman Porchea Carroll won the 100 in 12.0, the 200 in 25.5 and the long jump at 17-10 for the Spartans (9-0) at Rio Mesa. Lisa Wygant won the 100 high hurdles in 15.7, the 300 lows in 48.
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October 12, 1996 | FRANK CARULLI
Rio Mesa High stopped a last-ditch Santa Barbara drive at the Spartan 25-yard line in the final two minutes to preserve a 21-14 Channel League victory Friday night at Rio Mesa. Quarterback Farhaad Azimi put the Spartans ahead for good when he capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive by completing a 21-yard pass to Scott Fujita late in the third quarter.
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October 22, 1999 | JOHN ORTEGA
Coach George Contreras of Rio Mesa is trying to jump-start the Spartans' struggling offense by reducing the number of plays. Contreras said Rio Mesa was running about 15 plays in its double-wing T offense during the first five games, but that number dropped to five last week in a 24-6 Pacific View League-opening loss to Channel Islands. "I thought we had too much offense in the first part of the season," Contreras said.
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May 2, 1990 | JEFF RILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trailing Buena High by seven runs Tuesday, in a baseball game matching teams tied for first place in the Channel League, Rio Mesa found it difficult to be patient. Yet Coach Rich Duran simply gnawed his upper lip and advised the Spartans to follow form. "I told the kids we needed to just peck away and stay within our game," Duran said. "We didn't need to go out there and start swinging for the fences."
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November 20, 2004 | Martin Henderson, Times Staff Writer
First-year Coach Bob Gregorchuk figures the turning point was the game against Agoura. A quality opponent, a strong performance by his team and a third consecutive victory for an Oxnard Rio Mesa football team that won only three games a year earlier. "After we won that game," said free safety Kevin Thomas, "we really started to believe in ourselves, that we could take this thing a long way."
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May 8, 2004 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
A collision Friday morning between a loaded cement truck and a van in El Rio caused a utility pressure valve to snap, spewing natural gas into the air and forcing the lockdown of the nearby Rio Mesa High School campus. The crash occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Rose and Central avenues in an unincorporated area near Oxnard. As a precaution, all roadways within an eight-square-mile radius were blocked to traffic. The valve was replaced within an hour and no serious injuries were reported.
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April 10, 2003 | John Ortega, Times Staff Writer
Phillip Reid of Oxnard Rio Mesa began competing in track and field at age 6, has been a distance runner since he was 10 and placed second in the boys' 1,600 meters in the state championships last June. But he's continually learning how to improve his performances. Take the Southern Section Division II cross-country final last November at the 2.91-mile course at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
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May 21, 2002 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 21-year-old El Rio gang member serving a jail term for attempted robbery was arrested Monday in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old Rio Mesa High School football player just before Christmas in 1999. Marcus Daniel Morales was booked on suspicion of murder Monday morning at Ventura County Jail for the death of Ezequiel Francisco Miramontez, who was killed as he sat in his Toyota Celica in the El Rio neighborhood where he lived and worked.
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January 7, 2002 | JENIFER RAGLAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The deaf teenagers sit in a circle at an Oxnard storefront office, venting their frustrations. Joshua Jones, 16, complains about having to travel 50 miles from his house in Ventura to see a movie with closed captioning. Angela Stegman, also 16, grouses that many of her peers at Rio Mesa High School seem to write her off as "dumb" because she can't hear. Quickly, others chime in, their hands flying wildly.
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November 17, 2001 | John Ortega
Goleta Dos Pueblos 19, Rio Mesa 0--Kyle Shotwell gained 158 yards in 24 carries and scored a touchdown to help the Chargers to their second victory of the season over host Rio Mesa. Dos Pueblos (9-2) crushed Rio Mesa, 55-12, in the seventh game of the season, but had to work much harder in the Division IV first-round rematch. The Chargers led, 12-0, at halftime before taking command of the game on a four-yard touchdown pass from Shane Lopes to Corey Sanchez with 6:35 left in the third quarter.
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November 11, 2000 | JOHN KLIMA
The road to a Southern Section Division IV water polo championship will likely run through Royal High. Ventura took the first step toward a showdown with the Highlanders, disposing of Rio Mesa, 23-3, Friday in a first-round playoff game at Ventura. The No. 4-ranked Cougars (21-5) will play Cabrillo, an 11-5 winner over Lompoc, in a quarterfinal game Tuesday at a site to be determined. No.
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December 30, 1988 | MIKE GLAZE
Jeff Garner's game-high 23 points weren't good enough for Rio Mesa High on Thursday night as the Spartans were defeated by East Bakersfield, 72-65, in a semifinal game of the Hart basketball tournament. What proved fatal for the Spartans was the loss of forward Eric Thomas, who sustained torn ligaments and a slight ankle sprain during Rio Mesa's quarterfinal victory over Channel League rival Hueneme on Wednesday. Thomas is expected to be out 2 to 3 weeks. East Bakersfield will meet St.
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