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December 21, 1997 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
It's time to present awards, citations and honors for the 1997 football season: Walk-on of the year: Former Chatsworth High and Pierce College quarterback David Muir, who ends his career on New Year's Day playing for Washington State against Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Muir is the holder on field goals and extra points, and the roommate of future NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf. Playing Michigan is particularly special for Muir because his father, uncle and brother graduated from Michigan.
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June 25, 1998 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One by one, they arrive wearing Laker jerseys, Georgetown jerseys, white tank tops, cutoff T-shirts and sometimes no shirts at all. They're tall and short, young and old, muscular and thin. On weekdays, they show up when the sun begins to fade and a refreshing breeze takes hold. On weekends, they arrive early in the morning before the summer heat chases many inside. It doesn't matter if they come alone or with friends. The only question is, "Can they shoot the rock?"
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December 31, 1994 | JEFF FLETCHER
Mike Scyphers, the fiery baseball coach who led Simi Valley High to national prominence, was cleared of wrongdoing and restored to his position after a 10-week investigation for alleged financial and disciplinary improprieties. The controversy began May 3, when Scyphers was suspended as coach pending police and district investigations.
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January 2, 1998 | DAVID WHARTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a year of looking for silver linings. So when two young men died suddenly, both practicing the sports they loved, we mourned. And then we found solace in the astonishing exploits of other teen-aged athletes. It was a year of trying to remain optimistic. So when Northridge cut four men's sports in response to a budget crunch and gender-equity laws, the community rose up in indignation. Something must be done, we said. And something was done. It was a year of taking the good with the bad.
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December 31, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Remember the old line? "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature. . . ." Boom. Tick her off and risk her wrath of lightning bolts, claps of thunder and torrential downpours. Funny stuff when it's make-believe and part of a margarine commercial. Not so hilarious when she decides to make the earth move for real. When the ground shook ever so violently in the early morning hours of Jan. 17, the fortunes of several Valley-area athletes and teams shifted along with everything else.
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December 31, 1997 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Professional golf has had a significant presence in the Valley-Ventura County region for quite some time, but in 1998 the sport will impact the region like no other sport ever has. The PGA Tour, at an all-time high in popularity, will visit Valencia Country Club during the last week of February for the Nissan Open. And when it does, it will not only be the biggest golf event to take place in the region but the most prominent sporting event.
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January 2, 1997 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the Olympic Games to the Little League World Series, the sporting events of 1996 were brought to life with help from Valley and Ventura County newsmakers. From sprawling Cal State Northridge to tiny St. Bonaventure High, schools in the region made headlines.
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June 23, 1996 | ROB O'NEIL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It required a journey to Casper, Wyo., but 15 jubilant San Fernando Valley girls ended up with a Western region soccer title Saturday by beating another California team in their 12-and-under league. The United Valley Stars of Reseda defeated the Northern California San Juan Spirits, 8-0, making them Far West National Champions. The Stars had toppled the Spirits, 6-0, two days earlier in quarterfinals, so Saturday's championship win was not unexpected.
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March 25, 1995 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One Dorado, two Dorado, three Dorado four, five Dorado . . . Well, you get the idea. When it comes to baseball, especially at Valley College, there are plenty of Dorados to go around. Four Dorado brothers--Juan, Javier, Jorge and Jaime-- are in the Monarch program this season and younger sister Norma is a junior third baseman on the St. Genevieve High softball team. That's a whole lot of cleats, gloves and rubbing liniment for one family. "It's great to be together," said Juan, the oldest at 25.
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April 19, 1997 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ryan Millar of Brigham Young has dyed his hair a color that would make Dennis Rodman do a double take. UC Santa Barbara's Donny Harris, a mechanical engineer, shaves his mutton-chop sideburns to different shapes and lengths for one reason: fun. Jason Ring of Hawaii plans to become a fisherman for a year after his college volleyball career. Kevin Barnett of Pepperdine owns a pair of iguanas, Eeyore and Oscar. And Tom Stillwell of UCLA was a self-described gangly and awkward player in high school.
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January 2, 1998
"I'm pretty fired up about finally getting to meet the so-called man." --Oxnard High's Desmond Davis on playing against Notre Dame's Justin Fargas * "He's a great player and he showed me he can really run." --Desmond Davis after Notre Dame's Justin Fargas rushed for 239 yards and five touchdowns against Oxnard * "Because I'm twice as good." --Taft High running back Marquis Brignac on why he switched his uniform number from 12 to 24 * "For me money has never been an issue.
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December 31, 1997 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Professional golf has had a significant presence in the Valley-Ventura County region for quite some time, but in 1998 the sport will impact the region like no other sport ever has. The PGA Tour, at an all-time high in popularity, will visit Valencia Country Club during the last week of February for the Nissan Open. And when it does, it will not only be the biggest golf event to take place in the region but the most prominent sporting event.
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December 21, 1997 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
It's time to present awards, citations and honors for the 1997 football season: Walk-on of the year: Former Chatsworth High and Pierce College quarterback David Muir, who ends his career on New Year's Day playing for Washington State against Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Muir is the holder on field goals and extra points, and the roommate of future NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf. Playing Michigan is particularly special for Muir because his father, uncle and brother graduated from Michigan.
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November 18, 1997 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Several players from the region could be taken in today's expansion baseball draft, if mock drafts held by various publications can be believed. Baseball America magazine has the Arizona Diamondbacks taking Baltimore Orioles double-A infielder David Lamb (Newbury Park High) and the beat writers for the Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected Boston Red Sox right-hander Jeff Suppan (Crespi) and Cincinnati Reds first baseman Dmitri Young (Rio Mesa).
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April 19, 1997 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ryan Millar of Brigham Young has dyed his hair a color that would make Dennis Rodman do a double take. UC Santa Barbara's Donny Harris, a mechanical engineer, shaves his mutton-chop sideburns to different shapes and lengths for one reason: fun. Jason Ring of Hawaii plans to become a fisherman for a year after his college volleyball career. Kevin Barnett of Pepperdine owns a pair of iguanas, Eeyore and Oscar. And Tom Stillwell of UCLA was a self-described gangly and awkward player in high school.
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December 31, 1993 | JASON H. REID, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a rule, journalists are leery of high school coaches who rave about their players. Reporters accept that many coaches fudge heights, weights and statistics to help players receive attention. They also understand that a little hyperbole is an integral part of coachspeak . Too much hype, however, can be plain annoying. Anyone who has covered high school sports long enough has dealt with such coaches. I thought I had encountered this situation for the first time in August.
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December 31, 1994 | KENNEDY COSGROVE
It wasn't so much what the Alemany High girls' basketball team did last season. It was the way the Indians did it. Posting a 30-1 record, winning a Southern Section Division II-A championship, and advancing to the State Division II semifinals are noteworthy events, to be sure. But rare is the team that endured a more-trying season than the Indians. In mid-December, Coach Melissa Hearlihy gave birth to her first child.
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February 1, 1997 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, she spent her weekends hovering near the basketball courts at neighborhood parks, trying to slide into groups of burly young men playing pickup games. Mostly they let her play--she had good moves, a decent shot, and she didn't seem to mind being the lone woman on the court. But today, when Carmit Weissman dons her basketball jersey and takes to the floor, she won't be surrounded by men.
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January 2, 1997 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From the Olympic Games to the Little League World Series, the sporting events of 1996 were brought to life with help from Valley and Ventura County newsmakers. From sprawling Cal State Northridge to tiny St. Bonaventure High, schools in the region made headlines.
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