September 26, 1989 |
Ron Papazian, a football player, wrestler and kickboxer, thrives on contact sports. As a fullback/linebacker for Whittier Christian High School in La Habra, Papazian says the best part of playing football is the fact that "you get to make some incredible hits. You get to inflict pain." But Papazian also is a soft-spoken 17-year-old senior seeking a less troublesome, more virtuous life style. "I've really been struggling lately in my attitude and the way I act," he said.
September 30, 1993 |
Ron Papazian's goatee is gone, a small sacrifice to keep up with razor-happy teammates. No one made him do it. Fact was Fresno State football Coach Jim Sweeney liked Papazian's goatee. Sweeney called the junior linebacker the Armenian assassin because the facial hair made him look mean. But when quarterback Trent Dilfer and others showed off their newly shaved heads before the Bulldogs' game against Oregon State Sept. 11, Papazian felt the least he could do was trim his goatee.
November 6, 1989 |
As the star football player at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra, Ron Papazian lives the life of a typical, zealously athletic 17-year-old. On the wall of his bedroom is a photograph of his favorite football player, Gaston Green. On the family's refrigerator is a picture of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. "That's to give him incentive to build a bigger body," said Papazian's mother, Maxine. "He thinks Mike Tyson has an awesome body."
November 25, 1989
Ron Papazian of Whittier Christian scored a touchdown to increase his county-leading total to 34 touchdowns for the season in a 23-13 loss Friday night to Bishop in a Division IX quarterfinal football game. Bishop (11-1) scored in every quarter against Whittier Christian (11-1). Bishop will meet Carpinteria (11-1) in the semifinals.
October 15, 1988
Tailback Tony Anneler rushed for 3 touchdowns and halfback Ron Papazian scored twice to pace Whittier Christian to a 42-28 victory over visiting Orange Lutheran in an Olympic League game Friday night. Whittier Christian (5-1, 1-0) built a 35-0 lead early in the fourth quarter before the Lancers (4-2, 0-1) scored their first points on a 72-yard run by tailback Gil Greene. Greene also scored later on a 5-yard run.
August 17, 1994 |
Mississippi officials admitted to more than half of the 15 NCAA allegations of wrongdoing in the school's football program. Ole Miss faces its second NCAA probation in seven years after the school's internal investigation confirmed in Oxford, Miss., that all or part of nine of the 15 allegations were "substantially correct." Theft charges are being sought against two starting Fresno State football players.