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October 23, 1990 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The football team at Santa Ana Valley High School sailed the doldrums for so long it seemed hopelessly lost. It wasn't always that way and maybe that's what made the Falcons' fate seem so cruel. For more than 15 years, Santa Ana Valley had one of Orange County's best programs. Guys like Myron White, who set the county's career rushing record, and Isaac Curtis, who later played for the Cincinnati Bengals, ran circles around defenders.
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May 17, 2000
Ken Stancil has been named boys' basketball coach at Santa Ana Valley High, Athletic Director Leon Smith announced Tuesday. Stancil, who will give up his position as activities director at the school, was the Falcons' varsity coach from 1989 to 1991 and an assistant from 1986 to 1989. He replaces Kevin Stipp, who resigned in April to explore opportunities closer to his home in Murrieta.
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March 25, 1991
Johnny L. Williams, assistant principal of Santa Ana's Valley High School, has been honored as one of this year's 100 distinguished alumni of the nation's historically black colleges and universities. The award is bestowed by the National Assn. for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Williams, 52, received his bachelor of science degree from Grambling State University in Louisiana in 1963. He also earned a master's degree in counseling and administration from Cal State Fullerton in 1974.
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March 1, 2000 | Diane Pucin
When she was in first grade, Crystal Davis entered a 50-yard dash. Without thinking, without doing anything but listening to her father, Patrick, tell her to run as fast as she could, Davis left all those other little kids 25 yards behind her. Crystal doesn't remember exactly what her time was in that monumental race, but she knows she set a first-grade record and she knows that from then on her nickname became "Speedy Gonzalez." Davis is a junior now at Santa Ana Valley High.
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June 23, 1989
Herschel Musick said he will take over as Santa Ana Valley High School baseball coach for the third time since 1960. Musick coached at Santa Ana Valley from 1960 to 1976 and again from 1982 to 1983. He retired from coaching in 1984 but returned the following season as an assistant to Bill Ross at Santa Ana. Musick, a math teacher at Santa Ana Valley, replaces Bonifacio Contreras, who resigned at the end of the season. Musick, 56, led Santa Ana Valley to seven league championships and coached Garry Templeton (1974)
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April 10, 1991 | TOM HAMILTON
Scott Strosnider, an assistant line coach at Santa Ana Valley High School last fall, has been named to succeed Dan Castanon as the school's varsity football coach. Strosnider, 27, becomes the youngest head football coach in Orange County. He previously was an assistant for eight years (1982-89) at Edison High. Strosnider was a starter for Edison's 1979 Big Five Conference champion as a junior and helped Edison go 14-0 and win the Big Five title again in 1980.
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August 13, 1994 | CHRIS FOSTER
The Santa Ana Valley High School boys' basketball program has been placed on one-year probation for playing a potential transfer student in a summer league game, Santa Ana Unified School District officials announced Friday. Century's Ike Harmon, the player in question, played three games for Santa Ana Valley in July but was not officially registered at the school. Harmon has announced his intention to attend Santa Ana Valley in the fall.
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September 23, 1995 | RENE LYNCH
A former high school basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he had sex with a 16-year-old student and embezzled nearly $8,000 from a sports booster club, according to court records. Former Santa Ana Valley High School English teacher Richard D.
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September 14, 1988 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Rodriguez, Santa Ana Valley High School cross-country runner, will remain eligible through the 1988-89 school year, Southern Section officials announced Tuesday afternoon. The officials received a phone call Monday claiming that Rodriguez, one of Orange County's top runners, was older than allowed for by Southern Section Rule 201. That rule states: "No student whose 19th birthday is attained prior to Sept. 1 shall participate or practice on any team . . .
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January 10, 1995 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rich Prospero, boys' basketball coach at Santa Ana Valley High School, has asked to be relieved of his coaching duties for personal reasons, the school announced in a release Monday. Kevin Stipp, the girls' varsity coach, was named interim boys' coach. He will coach both teams the remainder of the season. "I have no comment other than the press release," Santa Ana Valley Principal Robert Nelson said. Santa Ana Valley is 10-6 and ranked third in Orange County.
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February 3, 2000 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An on-court incident between Orange and Santa Ana Valley high schools on Tuesday resulted in one arrest, 12 ejections and the subsequent forfeiture of a boys' basketball game. Orange Athletic Director Ed Howard said the Panthers will forfeit Friday's game against Villa Park because nine of their players were ejected during a 64-61 victory over visiting Santa Ana Valley on Tuesday.
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September 2, 1998 | MICHAEL ITAGAKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was another sweltering day in Orange County, and Santa Ana Valley's Yesenia Campos could have escaped the heat at the beach, or at South Coast Plaza, or even at a summer job in an air-conditioned office. Instead, she's toiling along with her teammates on the football field, preparing for the Sept. 10 opener against Rancho Alamitos. OK, so Campos isn't the first girl in the county to play football. Last season, Melissa Stearns was the kicker for La Quinta.
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January 30, 1996 | MIKE TERRY
Five years ago, Harmon was a 5-foot-10, rail-thin basketball prodigy at Spurgeon Intermediate School in Santa Ana. He could run, shoot, dribble with either hand, and embarrass those who tried to defend him. Five years later, he has become even better. Harmon, a 6-foot-7 senior at Santa Ana Valley, has been the Falcons' most consistent performer this season, averaging 20.8 points and 10.6 rebounds. Part of his success stems from his talent.
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December 2, 1995
Julie Van Vooren has been named girls' basketball coach at Santa Ana Valley, girls' Athletic Director Terry Orabona said Friday. Van Vooren replaces Cardell Taylor, who was unable to commit enough time to the job, according to Orabona. Van Vooren is a graduate of Villa Park High, where she competed in swimming.
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November 28, 1995 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is Olujimi Mann. He's a doe-eyed, 6-foot-4 point guard at Santa Ana Valley. The kid with the dopey smile. Couldn't you just imagine him standing for hours trying to guess what shell the pea was under? A kid so naive that he said to his high school counselor: "You're coming to UCLA with me, right?" No, wait, that's not him. This is Mann. He's a shifty-eyed operator. The kid with the I'm-up-to-something grin. Couldn't you just imagine him shouting, "Hurry, hurry, step right up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 1995 | RENE LYNCH
A former high school basketball coach has pleaded not guilty to charges he had sex with a 16-year-old student and embezzled nearly $8,000 from a sports booster club, according to court records. Former Santa Ana Valley High School English teacher Richard D.
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March 25, 1992 | TOM HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rich Prospero will always remember his first day at Santa Ana Valley High School. "It was Oct. 3," Prospero said. "It was also the day my father had a stroke." Prospero got a late start at Santa Ana Valley this season as he attempted to turn around a basketball program that had had nine losing seasons.
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November 30, 1992 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During the week, Anthony Porter works out with the Santa Ana Valley High School basketball team. The practices are grueling, with lots of running and pushing, not to mention diving for those loose balls. Had enough, Anthony? Hardly. It's off to the park for some pickup games. Lots of running and pushing there. Especially, the pushing part. Tired yet, kid? Nope. Time to head home now to do a little homework.
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April 22, 1995 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Velina Gibson walked on the floor, dribbled the basketball and made a gliding move past a defender. And she opened some eyes. It was earlier this month at one of those postseason all-star games, and the opposing coach, Brea Olinda's Jeff Sink, looked at his assistant on the bench. Then they looked to a courtside observer. "Who's that? " they asked.
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January 13, 1995 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Ana Valley's Ike Harmon drove to the basket against El Modena last week. Not even he, let alone his teammates, knew what was coming. Harmon passed the basket, jumped and did a reverse dunk. "I wondered what he was doing," guard Olujimi Mann said. "Then he dunked in that guy's face. It was the most impressive thing I've seen him do." Said junior varsity coach Paul Hoover: "Only two players in this county can do that. (Mater Dei's) Schea Cotton and Ike."
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