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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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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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June 8, 1989 | JOHN ORTEGA, Times Staff Writer
Rio Mesa High fell short in its bid to win a share of its second consecutive girls' title, but the Spartans' Angela Burnham reaffirmed her status as the No. 1 sprinter in the nation at the state track and field championships at Cerritos College on Saturday. Burnham, Track and Field News' female athlete of the year as a junior, won the 100 and 200 meters for the second consecutive year to lead Rio Mesa to a second-place finish behind Pasadena Muir. The Spartans scored 26 points behind Muir's 36. Bakersfield, the pre-meet favorite and defending co-champion with Rio Mesa, tied for fifth with 20 points.
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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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March 11, 1998 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of a bloody melee at Rio Mesa High School that sent two students to the hospital with stab wounds, school district officials scrambled Tuesday to beef up security and assure parents that the campus is a safe place to send their children. While still trying to piece together the events leading up to Monday's noontime assault, educators set out to review safety measures at the El Rio campus, including a look at whether a sheriff's deputy should be assigned to the campus full time.
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February 22, 1990 | KIRBY LEE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Angela Burnham graduated last June and took her talents to UCLA, Rio Mesa High track Coach Brian FitzGerald figured that another athlete of her caliber would not come along soon. After all, Burnham had won five state titles in her four years at Rio Mesa, including 100- and 200-meter titles in her junior and senior years. She had also run in the Olympic Trials and twice was honored as Track & Field News magazine's female high school athlete of the year.
SPORTS
December 2, 1995 | PETER YOON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In more ways than one, Zuzana Stunova has come a long way. The Rio Mesa High junior, an exchange student from the Czech Republic, left her sponsor's home in Oxnard at 6:30 a.m. Friday for her scheduled 9 a.m. semifinal match in the Southern Section individual tournament at Linborg Racquet Club. Although the match didn't begin until 10:20 because of wet courts, Stunova's trip was worth it.
SPORTS
January 17, 1992 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Marion Jones refuses to discuss the topic, the standout athlete transferred from Rio Mesa High to Thousand Oaks eight weeks ago primarily because she has aligned with a personal coach--an arrangement that was unacceptable to Rio Mesa co-Coach Brian FitzGerald. Marion Toler, Jones' mother, and FitzGerald also refuse to discuss the transfer.
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March 10, 1998 | CHRIS CHI DAWN HOBBS and SCOTT HADLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Rio Mesa High School students were stabbed and beaten Monday during a lunch-hour melee involving at least one gang member who sneaked onto the campus, authorities said. The latest in a string of increasingly brazen gang attacks, Monday's incident sent two teenage boys to the hospital and rattled parents and school officials across the county. "We have had these incidents on or near every campus in the county, including some of the safest cities in the state," said Ventura County Supt.
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November 2, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The lunch bell rang at Rio Mesa High School and 16-year-old Efraim Gamez headed in the opposite direction from the school cafeteria. After stuffing his books in his locker, he went straight to the concrete yard next to the gym, pulling from his pocket the small, blue hard-rubber ball he carries with him. Efraim joined about 50 other boys, who play in groups of two or four, using the palms of their hands to slam balls onto the outside gym walls, opting for the fast-paced games instead of lunch.
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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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June 9, 2001 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's a good reason Chrissy Hildebrandt of Rio Mesa High stuck with softball after playing a variety of other youth sports. "The very first time I played softball, I hit a home run," Hildebrandt said. "So I thought, 'I need to play this sport.' " That was six years ago. Hildebrandt's success and dedication to the game hasn't waned. As a four-year starter at Rio Mesa, the switch-hitting Hildebrandt batted .349 and drove in 52 runs.
SPORTS
May 6, 2001 | DAVE DESMOND
Rio Mesa High has arrived. When top softball teams in the region are discussed, the Spartans usually have been an afterthought. They can't be anymore. They routed Westlake, 7-1, on Saturday for the Thousand Oaks tournament Green Division championship at Los Cerritos Middle School, capping a day that began with an eight-inning, 2-1 upset of Valencia, The Times' No. 1-ranked team in the region. Pacific View League champion Rio Mesa, ranked No. 6, improved to 18-6.
SPORTS
April 20, 2001 | PAIGE A. LEECH
It isn't so much how you start, but how you finish. Just ask the Rio Mesa High softball team. Since losing five of their first six games, it appears the Spartans can do no wrong. Rio Mesa notched its 12th consecutive victory and all but wrapped up its first Pacific View League title Thursday with a 5-2 victory over Hueneme at Rio Mesa.
SPORTS
March 16, 2001 | From Staff Reports
Rio Mesa High used superior depth in field events to defeat host Hueneme, 73-54, in a Pacific View League boys' track and field opener on Thursday. Rio Mesa, ranked No. 4 in the region by The Times, won only three of 19 running events but outscored Hueneme, 44-1, in field events. "That saved [us]," Coach Pete Weinerth of Rio Mesa said. Junior Chris Davis won the shotput in 46-4 and the discus in 138-2 for Rio Mesa (3-0).
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February 21, 2001 | CHRIS SHAFFER
Jonathon Johnen has no one to tell him to do his homework, no parent to bring him medicine when he gets sick. He works at the factory outlets in Camarillo to help support himself. He handles his finances, which include buying food and making payments on a new truck. His parents pay for his gas and shelter. The Rio Mesa High goalkeeper has been living like a college student since he was a freshman. The lifestyle may sound glamorous, but Johnen knows better.
SPORTS
June 2, 1990 | MIKE GLAZE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Marion Jones had not decided on a strategy before she entered the 100-meter dash in the preliminaries of the state track and field championships Friday at Cerritos College in Norwalk. "I guess I was just trying to qualify, but I guess I was trying to get my best time too," she said. Whatever her goals, the result was a record-breaking performance by the Rio Mesa High freshman. Jones, 14, set a national age-group record Friday, winning her heat in 11.62 seconds to qualify for the finals tonight.
SPORTS
January 31, 2001 | DANNY SCHUMACHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Camarillo High put itself back in the race for the Pacific View League wrestling title on Tuesday night, winning five of the last seven matches for a 33-30 victory over Rio Mesa. The defending league champion Scorpions (14-1, 3-1 in league meets) forced a three-way tie for first with Rio Mesa (12-11, 3-1) and Hueneme. The winner of the league finals at Hueneme on Saturday will capture the title.
SPORTS
December 6, 2000
Events in the region today include: BASKETBALL College, men: 7 p.m.--Glendale at Ventura; West L.A. at Moorpark; 7:30 p.m.--Pepperdine at Long Beach State; Canyons at Antelope Valley. College, women: 5:30 p.m.--Bakersfield at Antelope Valley; Canyons at Compton; 7 p.m.--Pepperdine at CS Fullerton; Santa Monica at Oxnard; 7:30 p.m.--Westmont at Cal Lutheran. High school, boys: 3:30 p.m.--Cornerstone Christian at Midland; 4 p.m.--Chatsworth at Carson; Poly at Reseda; 7 p.m.
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