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A plan to raise money for school athletics by imposing a 3% tax on tickets for professional sporting events died Wednesday before a hostile state Senate committee. Proposed by Assemblyman Steve Clute (D-Riverside), the ticket tax would have raised more than $7 million next year, of which 90% would have been earmarked for recreational and competitive sports at public K-12 schools and community colleges in the state. The remaining 10% would have gone to California State University sports programs.
April 24, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Will D'Antoni be back to coach the Lakers? The franchise has yet to announce the future of Coach Mike D'Antoni, but assistant Dan D'Antoni may be moving on to coach at Marshall University. Mike had been linked to his alma mater but on Thursday, Mike Hamrick, athletic director at Marshall, tweeted Dan will be the Thundering Herd's next coach. I am proud to announce that Dan D'Antoni will be the next head basketball coach at Marshall University. #THEHERD - Mike Hamrick (@TheHerdAD)
One day after Katella softball Coach Rhonda Weyer pushed an umpire and a player during a game against Esperanza, people who viewed the incident on videotape have questioned umpire Mike Callahan's version of what transpired. Katella Athletic Director Tom Danley said Friday night that three school administrators viewed the tape and told him that Callahan remained on his feet.
April 20, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The Los Angeles Student-Athlete Symposium for boys' and girls' high school athletes grades 9 through 12 will be held on May 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Loyola Marymount's University Hall. Cost is $30, and lunch will be included. The organizers will provide workshops and information about sports nutrition, college recruiting timelines, transitioning into college, standardized tests (SAT and ACT)  and other issues. The symposium reviews the complicated process of becoming a student-athlete in college.
After a boys' varsity water polo game last fall, an admirer from the rival school asked Magnolia starter Dawn Sanchez out on a date. That someone turned out to be the goalie Sanchez had scored twice against half an hour earlier. Magnolia went on to win the Orange League title, and Sanchez was later named second-team all-league. The date never took place. Who-likes-who is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to issues revolving around athletic gender-blending.
December 26, 2000
What would be an appropriate New Year's resolution for the athletes, coaches and other officials who are involved in Orange County high school athletics? Responses to this question will appear in the Jan. 9 issue of Prep Extra.
September 19, 2009 | Lance Pugmire and Stuart Pfeifer
In a city known for gangs, corruption and poor schools, Coach Russell Otis stood for excellence and opportunity. Over two decades, Otis led the basketball team at Dominguez High School in Compton to five state titles and a top national ranking. He helped dozens of players win college scholarships and saw four make it to the NBA. In 2000, USA Today named him high school basketball coach of the year. These days, the 47-year-old Otis is not to be found at the Dominguez gym, getting ready for another season.
November 29, 1989
Mike Penner, a Times staff writer since 1983, has been named Orange County Edition sports columnist. Penner, a resident of Anaheim for 18 years and a Western High School graduate, holds a degree from Cal State Fullerton. Before joining The Times, he worked for the Anaheim Bulletin for six years, the last three as its sports editor. He has covered the Angels the past four seasons. Prior to that, he covered tennis, UC Irvine basketball and high school athletics. His column will regularly appear Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
February 9, 1992
Last Friday night at the Mater Dei basketball game with Santa Margarita High School at UCI's Bren Center, the CIF Division I championship football team was saluted before the game. My heart was warmed by the reception given to the Mater Dei team by the Santa Margarita fans. Although rivals, the Santa Margarita following joined the Mater Dei supporters in giving the Mater Dei football team a standing ovation. This kind of sportsmanship that transcends friendly rivalries is what high school athletics should be all about.
December 29, 1990
I read the article on CIF Southern Section Commissioner Stan Thomas (Dec. 10) with great interest. As Mark Landsbaum points out, Thomas has done remarkable work at resolving some of the knotty problems of Southern California athletics. What Landsbaum doesn't say, however, is even more important--how the commissioner fulfills his important duties. By that, I mean how much Stan Thomas has done to promote and make possible the educational value of athletics for all youngsters. Thomas is a rare commissioner of high school athletics, one who pays just as close attention to the value of athletic competition for all students as he does to the superior programs and highly sought-after athletes.
November 6, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Kentucky cross-country athlete Codie Thacker was told at a recent meet she had to wear bib number 666. So, she decided not to race. And that gives her something in common with Ronald Reagan (see below). Thacker told local NBC affiliate LEX 18 she had trained for Saturday's race for months.  But she could not bring herself to put on that number. She felt it put her relationship with God at risk . Some background: The number 666 is the biblical mark of the beast.  In the book of Revelation, two beasts arise -- the first a seven-headed beast from the sea. It's this monster whose number must be imprinted on everyone's right hand or forehead.
October 1, 2013 | Melanie Mason and Patrick McGreevy
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Monday expanding protections for student athletes who are believed to have sustained a concussion in school sports and activities. Since 2012, public school districts have been required to immediately remove a student athlete from a game or activity if the student may have suffered a concussion or head injury. The student can return to the activity only after being cleared by a licensed health professional. Now, private and charter schools will be subject to the same rules, under the measure, AB 588, by Assemblyman Steve Fox (D-Palmdale)
December 29, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Barry Alvarez had trouble adjusting his chair at Saturday's Rose Bowl media day but eventually settled in without even spilling his coffee. Alvarez said no other adjustments would be necessary. "This has been easy," he said. "Just give me a whistle. I need a whistle, that's all. " Wisconsin's legendary coach, who retired in 2005 to concentrate on becoming the school's athletic director, never contemplated a return to the sideline. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule He had a record of 118-73-4 in 16 seasons at Wisconsin, with an 8-3 postseason record that included a 3-0 record in the Rose Bowl.
December 5, 2012 | Wire reports
Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez will coach the Badgers in the Rose Bowl, the Wisconsin State Journal of Madison reported. A person close to the football program said the team's captains reached out to Alvarez and asked him to coach the team. Alvarez said he would be "honored" to do so. A news conference has been set up for Thursday morning in which Alvarez will address the departure of coach Bret Bielema to Arkansas. Alvarez, who retired from coaching following the 2005 season, has a 3-0 record in the Rose Bowl, with the wins coming in 1994, 1999 and 2000.
September 19, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
A lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and Santa Ana Mater Dei against the CIF Southern Section lives on, and attorney fees for the CIF have exceeded $109,000, CIF Executive Director Roger Blake said Monday. A status conference is scheduled for Nov. 5 in Orange County Superior Court. No trial date has been scheduled after a previous date last February was vacated. The status conference will come just days after a scheduled Oct. 29 vote at the CIF State Federated Council, where Mater Dei and the Trinity League are supporting a proposal that would remove the wording "athletically motivated transfer" from all CIF rules.
September 18, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
There is growing discontent in Southern California over the issue of transfers in high school sports, and the debate is about to heat up. During a phone call last week, Marie Ishida, executive director of the California Interscholastic Federation, was asked whether any changes needed to be made to a state rule that makes a student who transfers for athletically motivated reasons ineligible for one year. Ishida said, "It is what it is right now until there's an effort to change it, and so far, there isn't.
June 25, 1987 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD and ROBERT YOUNT, Times Staff Writers
The Times interviewed Stan Thomas, Southern Section commissioner, and Hal Harkness, the director of interscholastic athletics in the L.A. Unified School District, about gang influence in Los Angeles area high school athletics. Question--Do gangs have a negative effect on high school athletics? Thomas--We have schools in the Southern Section that have concerns with gangs, that's for sure. I don't think athletic programs are affected by gangs.
May 18, 1989 | DON PATTERSON
Acting on phone calls from parents and coaches concerned with a possible basketball recruiting violation, Kendall Webb, San Diego Section commissioner, has requested a written report from Christian High School Principal Ed Giles and fund-raiser Gary Jenkins explaining a meeting with several top underclassmen and their parents in Chula Vista Monday. According to coaches familiar with the situation, Valhalla's Tony Clark, the county's leading scorer last season, and Joe McNaull, a junior center at Monte Vista, were among the players involved.
June 9, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Grant Rohach, the standout quarterback at Moorpark High, just got back after spending five days in Iowa on his grandfather's farm, helping feed cows and goats. "It's very quiet," he said. "There's not a lot of people. " It was one of the few breaks Rohach will get this summer, because high school athletes simply don't have time to stop training. "You wake up in the morning. It's not, 'I'm going to the beach today.' I have football," Rohach said. "It's just a continuous thing.
April 13, 2011 | By Steve Galluzzo
The 53rd annual Mt. SAC Relays begin Thursday and run through Saturday, with hundreds of high school, college and elite-level track and field athletes participating at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Thursday's "distance carnival" includes divisions of the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000-meter races. Friday's schedule includes college events, which continue Saturday along with the meet's top international participants. Also on Saturday, high school competitors take center stage, with several individuals and relay teams coming in fresh off impressive performances at last weekend's Arcadia Invitational.
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