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December 12, 1987
El Toro High School, having earned a spot in the championship game with a last-second touchdown last week that beat top-seeded Santa Ana, goes for its second straight Southern Conference football title tonight at 7:30 against Los Alamitos at Orange Coast College. El Toro has an 11-2 record and Los Alamitos, known for its defense, a 12-1 mark. Tonight's other match-ups, also at 7:30: --Arroyo Grande (10-2-1) at Burroughs of Burbank (12-1) for the Northwestern title.
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March 17, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
They are the schools that bring the madness to March. Underdogs hefting double-digit seeds into the 68-team NCAA tournament that are capable of turning the bracket's orderly lines into chaos. They're expected to be early-round fodder for college basketball's name-brand programs. But one routinely sheds small-school anonymity to pull down a giant and, in the space of a 40-minute basketball game, becomes known the nation over. They waited 29 years for this chance at Mercer. That's in Macon, Ga., for those who aren't Atlantic Sun Conference aficionados.
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December 9, 1987 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, Times Staff Writer
The unstoppable offense will meet the immovable defense in the Southern Conference championship high school football game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Orange Coast College. El Toro, one of the conference's best offensive teams, will play Los Alamitos, one of the top defensive teams. Offense has been a Charger trademark for three seasons. El Toro quarterback Bret Johnson has thrown for 1,892 yards and 21 touchdowns and given up only 6 interceptions.
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March 12, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Not so long ago, Wofford College men's basketball Coach Mike Young had to spell out his school's name when calling high school guidance counselors for academic information on recruits. Wofford, as in the Spartanburg, S.C., school with a tick under 1,600 students in a town better known as the headquarters of Denny's restaurants. Wofford, pronounced Wa-ford, not Woe-ford. Three NCAA tournament appearances since 2010 -- the latest secured Monday after winning the Southern Conference title -- brought something Young never expected: name recognition.
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November 29, 1986
Lynwood High School used a powerful running game and a strong defense to defeat Loara, 16-0, Friday night in a second-round Southern Section Southern Conference game at Lynwood High School. Lynwood (8-3-1) advances to the semifinals against Santa Ana Dec. 5. Santa Ana defeated Esperanza, 17-14. Loara, Empire League champions finishes 10-1-1. Quarterback Keith Nixon put Lynwood ahead, 7-0, in the first quarter with a 35-yard run for a touchdown.
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December 15, 1985 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
Dick Hill, Santa Ana High School football coach, was carried on the shoulders of players into the middle of a scrambling, screaming hoard that roared its approval after the Saints had beaten Mission Viejo, 32-21, Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Southern Conference championship game at LeBard Stadium. Players, spectators and school officials clamored around him. They competed to hug him, have their pictures taken with him or just tell him how proud they were.
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December 11, 1987 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Cory Wayland of El Toro High School always thought his best chance of earning a college scholarship would be playing basketball. Wayland played on youth traveling all-star teams and entered high school as a 6-foot 2-inch freshman. He was a starting forward on the Chargers' varsity as a sophomore. But Wayland's plans changed during the summer before his junior season. By then, he had grown into a strapping 6-5, 220-pounder with good speed.
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December 13, 1986 | TOM HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
To know Scott Ross, El Toro High School middle linebacker, is to simply take a look at his 1961 Volkswagen. The red Bug sits in Ross' garage, battered, beaten and broken from too many wild times on the town. His mother gave him two new fenders and a front hood for his 18th birthday last week, but the prospect of Ross driving the car these days isn't good. Ross estimates that he's been in six accidents. He says that some of them weren't his fault, but those who know him, well . . .
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November 18, 1987 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, Times Staff Writer
The only sure thing in the Southern Conference playoff draw is that there is no sure thing. Coaches say that as many as 10 teams in the 16-team pairings have a good shot at the Southern Section's most competitive conference title. This season, the Southern Conference has emerged as the toughest top to bottom, eclipsing the Big Five Conference, heretofore the section's best. In the final Orange County Sportswriters' Assn. poll this week, five Southern Conference teams are included in the top 10.
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November 21, 1986 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, Times Staff Writer
Outside of his duties on special teams and an occasional appearance at defensive back, Tom Williamson spent most of the 1985 season on the sidelines, marveling at how J. T. Snow played quarterback for Los Alamitos High School. Williamson was an aspiring quarterback, but he never thought he would be as good as Snow, who set school season passing records for completions (136), yards (1,790) and touchdowns (24) in leading Los Alamitos to a 10-2 record.
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November 22, 2007 | Peter Yoon
* UC Irvine (2-1) vs. Mississippi State (2-1), 11 a.m. -- The Anteaters are coming off a 70-51 victory over Western Athletic Conference preseason favorite Utah State. Junior center Kevin Bland was named the Big West player of the week after averaging 16 points and seven rebounds in two games. Mississippi State was 21-14 last season and reached the semifinals of the National Invitation Tournament. Point guard Jamont Gordon, an All-Southeastern Conference selection last season, leads the Bulldogs.
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March 12, 2007
* America East Conference (1): Albany. * Atlantic 10 Conference (2): George Washington, Xavier. * Atlantic Coast Conference (7): Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech. * Atlantic Sun Conference (1): Belmont. * Big East Conference (6): Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Villanova. * Big Sky Conference (1): Weber State. * Big South Conference (1): Winthrop. * Big Ten Conference (6): Illinois, Indiana, Michigan St.
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February 19, 2006 | From the Associated Press
With few exceptions, major college basketball conferences have been changing their membership on a regular basis. It can make for some interesting lists as former players are honored around conference tournament time. The Atlantic Coast Conference will honor 12 players -- one from each school -- as Basketball Legends next month in Greensboro, N.C., but five of them never played in the ACC.
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February 12, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The chance for the first unbeaten Division I team since Indiana in 1976 ended a few weeks ago, but there are still a few teams undefeated in conference play. Through Thursday's games, there were six schools with perfect league records and four are ranked in the top 10. The nationally recognized teams with an "0" on the right side of their league records were No. 2 Duke, 10-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 3 Memphis, 7-0 in Conference USA, No.
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December 4, 1994 | SEAN WATERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When other high school football coaches scoff at the records of his Southern Pacific Conference colleagues, Dorsey Coach Paul Knox finds it difficult to just sit back and listen. "I don't think it will ever stop," Knox said of the seedings for the City Section 4-A playoffs. "Every time there is a team with an undefeated record in league, they think they are better than a team from our conference with three or four losses." Most of the time, those skeptics have been proven wrong.
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November 6, 1994 | SEAN WATERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Crenshaw Coach Robert Garrett shouted at the referees. He also yelled at his players. But Garrett made his biggest impact when he whispered to his quarterback. "I want to run another play," he said. Late in the fourth quarter, Garrett told Crenshaw quarterback Ricky Lumford to run a dive play instead of a sweep, and it changed the direction of the game Friday as the Cougars pulled off a 14-7 win over Banning at Crenshaw.
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December 13, 1986 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, Times Staff Writer
Few football players are fazed by news accounts of those who have died or have been confined to a wheelchair because of football-related accidents. Most continue playing, reasoning that, "Hey, that stuff only happens to the other guy. It'll never happen to me." But for a few scary moments on the night of Sept. 19, Santa Ana High School's Jose Avalos felt what it was like to be the other guy. Only this time, luck intervened, sparing Avalos from lifelong confinement to a wheelchair.
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September 25, 1994 | SEAN WATERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Late Bankouadagba left Dorsey High football practice early Monday after making a punishing block. He didn't have the intestinal fortitude to continue smashing his 6-foot-2, 300-pound body against other seemingly immobile objects. Noticing Bankouadagba was beaten, assistant Rick Mull asked Coach Paul Knox: "Should I call AAA to pick up Late?" Explained Knox to a reporter: "Late is the type of guy who can get out of shape over a weekend."
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September 4, 1994
Dorsey COACH: Paul Knox, 10th year. 1993 RECORD: 4-3 in conference; 10-4 overall. OUTLOOK: The Dons play the toughest part of their schedule at home. Dorsey is strong at the skill positions, but offensive and defensive line may be problems. Dorsey will miss 1,000-yard rushers Che Johnson and Chris Phillips, who graduated. TOP RETURNING PLAYERS NAME SIZE POS. YR. Roderick Brown 6-0/180 QB Sr. Antwon Wilson 5-9/170 RB Sr. Jamell Gordon 5-11/180 RB Sr. Darius Wesber 5-10/220 LB Sr.
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