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October 28, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
All it was going to take in a back-and-forth game of big plays was one break. Anaheim Servite got it, and now the Friars are in control of the Trinity League race. Defensive end Connor Einck recovered a fumble early in the fourth quarter Friday night, helping Servite turn a one-point game into a 35-27 victory over host Bellflower St. John Bosco. Manaitovini Pauu had a three-yard touchdown run five plays after Einck's recovery, giving the Friars (7-1 overall, 3-0 league)
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September 5, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Someone needs to check whether Estuardo Marcos, a 5-foot-4, 154-pound junior at Hacienda Heights Los Altos, is wearing a Mighty Mouse T-shirt under his football jersey, because he keeps producing superhero-like results. How else to explain someone his size returning kickoffs 98 and 95 yards for touchdowns last week against L.A. Salesian? He also had a 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and a 15-yard touchdown run. "I've got a real good kickoff return squad," Marcos said.
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December 4, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
After Anaheim Servite had held off Mission Hills Alemany, 28-21, Saturday night in a Pac-5 Division semifinal game at Cerritos College, there was agreement by both sides that in defeat, Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams was simply marvelous. "I think he's a darn good player," Servite Coach Troy Thomas said. Adams rushed for 153 yards and completed 19 of 34 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. But Servite (13-0) made the big plays when it counted to earn a spot in next Saturday's Pac-5 final against Mission Viejo (13-0)
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October 28, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
All it was going to take in a back-and-forth game of big plays was one break. Anaheim Servite got it, and now the Friars are in control of the Trinity League race. Defensive end Connor Einck recovered a fumble early in the fourth quarter Friday night, helping Servite turn a one-point game into a 35-27 victory over host Bellflower St. John Bosco. Manaitovini Pauu had a three-yard touchdown run five plays after Einck's recovery, giving the Friars (7-1 overall, 3-0 league)
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September 4, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, ON HIGH SCHOOLS
Good defensive linemen are worth the price of gold in the NFL and at the college level, so understand the value of 6-foot-4, 285-pound senior Kirifi Taula of Anaheim Servite. A crowd of nearly 10,000, eager to experience the first night of high school football, came to Long Beach Veterans Stadium on Thursday night and saw an overpowering Taula help Servite knock off the preseason No. 1 team, Long Beach Poly, 30-7. Taula's first half was unforgettable. On Poly's opening possession, he sacked Dylan Lagarde on the Jackrabbits' six-yard line, then Rudy Guerrero blocked a punt, resulting in a safety.
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September 24, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
As a 5-foot-4, 140-pound freshman cornerback, Karlton Dennis rarely played at Anaheim Servite. "Sometimes I used to go home and cry and ask God: 'Why am I the small one? Why wasn't I born with the talent?' " he said. "Sophomore year came around and the coaches told me I was too slow, so they moved me to linebacker, and I still didn't play. " Others might have quit, but not Dennis. He joined the track team and got faster. In the weight room, with sweat dripping down his face, he was relentless in trying to become stronger.
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September 26, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
For those who thought Huntington Beach Edison was a mere passing-league power, take notice. The Chargers inflicted so many tattoos on hard hits against Anaheim Servite on Friday night at Huntington Beach High that the Friars are going to need buckets of ice to recover. "They kicked our butts," Servite Coach Troy Thomas said. Edison's 23-9 victory over Servite, ranked No. 2 by The Times, ought to put to rest any doubts about the No. 6 Chargers, who were unbeatable last summer in seven-on-seven passing competitions but untested with pads on. Let's just say their fourth consecutive victory this season will silence the skeptics.
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September 5, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
Someone needs to check whether Estuardo Marcos, a 5-foot-4, 154-pound junior at Hacienda Heights Los Altos, is wearing a Mighty Mouse T-shirt under his football jersey, because he keeps producing superhero-like results. How else to explain someone his size returning kickoffs 98 and 95 yards for touchdowns last week against L.A. Salesian? He also had a 27-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown and a 15-yard touchdown run. "I've got a real good kickoff return squad," Marcos said.
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October 14, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Something strange happened Friday night at Cerritos College. I kept seeing players named Pauu all over the field for Anaheim Servite. Butch Pauu is Servite's indestructible, immovable senior middle linebacker. For 36 consecutive games, he has answered the call of duty, lining up as a starter for Servite's defense. He was hammering Orange Lutheran ballcarriers all night. But in the second quarter, on a decisive 93-yard, 15-play scoring drive, Butch; his younger brother, Neil, a sophomore; and cousin Mana, a junior, all made major contributions to ignite No. 1-ranked Servite during a 21-8 victory over Orange Lutheran (5-1)
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August 30, 2008 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
The wait is almost over for 16-year-old defensive tackle Kirifi Taula, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound Samoan giant who sat out his sophomore football season after transferring to Anaheim Servite from Orange Lutheran. "There's hype about how good I am, but no one has seen me play," he said. Servite Coach Troy Thomas said Taula was his team's best defensive lineman last season even though he never played in a game. His job was to emulate the opposing team's top lineman in practice.
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October 14, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
Something strange happened Friday night at Cerritos College. I kept seeing players named Pauu all over the field for Anaheim Servite. Butch Pauu is Servite's indestructible, immovable senior middle linebacker. For 36 consecutive games, he has answered the call of duty, lining up as a starter for Servite's defense. He was hammering Orange Lutheran ballcarriers all night. But in the second quarter, on a decisive 93-yard, 15-play scoring drive, Butch; his younger brother, Neil, a sophomore; and cousin Mana, a junior, all made major contributions to ignite No. 1-ranked Servite during a 21-8 victory over Orange Lutheran (5-1)
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December 19, 2010 | By Steve Galluzzo
Standing in the pouring rain on the 50-yard line at the Home Depot Center half an hour after Saturday night's CIF state championship Open Division bowl game, Anaheim Servite Coach Troy Thomas was still trying to find the words to describe what had happened to his proud team against Concord De La Salle. "We tried our best but they dominated us up front and I take the blame for that," said Thomas, covered head to toe in a clear plastic rain suit. "We got beat by a better program tonight but I'd like to think we've reached a point in our own program where we can bounce back from this.
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December 13, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Get ready for public-school supporters to start believing that the sign of the apocalypse arrived Sunday, when for the first time in the 5-year history of the CIF state championship bowl games, two Catholic schools were chosen to play in the premier bowl game. It will be Anaheim Servite (14-0) facing Concord De La Salle (13-0) on Saturday night in the Open Division championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson. If you thought public-school coaches had insecurities before, just think about their sleepless nights ahead after watching these two big-time programs with unlimited attendance boundaries being featured on live statewide television in front of a large and vocal fan base.
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December 4, 2010 | By Eric Sondheimer
After Anaheim Servite had held off Mission Hills Alemany, 28-21, Saturday night in a Pac-5 Division semifinal game at Cerritos College, there was agreement by both sides that in defeat, Alemany quarterback Vernon Adams was simply marvelous. "I think he's a darn good player," Servite Coach Troy Thomas said. Adams rushed for 153 yards and completed 19 of 34 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns. But Servite (13-0) made the big plays when it counted to earn a spot in next Saturday's Pac-5 final against Mission Viejo (13-0)
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September 24, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
As a 5-foot-4, 140-pound freshman cornerback, Karlton Dennis rarely played at Anaheim Servite. "Sometimes I used to go home and cry and ask God: 'Why am I the small one? Why wasn't I born with the talent?' " he said. "Sophomore year came around and the coaches told me I was too slow, so they moved me to linebacker, and I still didn't play. " Others might have quit, but not Dennis. He joined the track team and got faster. In the weight room, with sweat dripping down his face, he was relentless in trying to become stronger.
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December 5, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
It's that time of year when championship teams find a way to win, and that's what Anaheim Servite did Friday night to defeat Mission Viejo, 19-18, in a Pac-5 Division semifinal at Cerritos College. Never leading for most of the game but always sustaining hope because they have a player the caliber of electrifying senior quarterback Cody Fajardo, the Friars waited patiently until Fajardo worked his magic. It came with 2 minutes 55 seconds to play. Rolling left, Fajardo found a way to slip a tackle, then saw a wide-open Rudy Guerrero and lofted the ball barely over the hands of another helpless Mission Viejo defender.
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December 13, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Get ready for public-school supporters to start believing that the sign of the apocalypse arrived Sunday, when for the first time in the 5-year history of the CIF state championship bowl games, two Catholic schools were chosen to play in the premier bowl game. It will be Anaheim Servite (14-0) facing Concord De La Salle (13-0) on Saturday night in the Open Division championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson. If you thought public-school coaches had insecurities before, just think about their sleepless nights ahead after watching these two big-time programs with unlimited attendance boundaries being featured on live statewide television in front of a large and vocal fan base.
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November 28, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Emotionally exhausted. Physically drained. And that was how the fans felt after making it through Friday night's Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff thriller between Long Beach Poly and Anaheim Servite at a packed Veterans Stadium. This was a game that will be talked about and debated for years. There were so many game-changing plays that anyone who thought they knew which team was going to win deserved to be considered a psychic. In the end, Servite, the heavy favorite, survived with a 21-18 victory over a Poly team that proved it had made dramatic progress over the course of the season.
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November 28, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Emotionally exhausted. Physically drained. And that was how the fans felt after making it through Friday night's Pac-5 Division quarterfinal playoff thriller between Long Beach Poly and Anaheim Servite at a packed Veterans Stadium. This was a game that will be talked about and debated for years. There were so many game-changing plays that anyone who thought they knew which team was going to win deserved to be considered a psychic. In the end, Servite, the heavy favorite, survived with a 21-18 victory over a Poly team that proved it had made dramatic progress over the course of the season.
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September 26, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
For those who thought Huntington Beach Edison was a mere passing-league power, take notice. The Chargers inflicted so many tattoos on hard hits against Anaheim Servite on Friday night at Huntington Beach High that the Friars are going to need buckets of ice to recover. "They kicked our butts," Servite Coach Troy Thomas said. Edison's 23-9 victory over Servite, ranked No. 2 by The Times, ought to put to rest any doubts about the No. 6 Chargers, who were unbeatable last summer in seven-on-seven passing competitions but untested with pads on. Let's just say their fourth consecutive victory this season will silence the skeptics.
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