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October 26, 1987 | STEVE KRESAL
With each cross-country race that Marcial Beltran runs for Fullerton College, Coach Jim Keifer becomes more intrigued. Beltran, a 19-year-old freshman, is one of the most pleasant dilemmas Keifer has ever had. Beltran is the top runner for Fullerton and among the best community college cross-country runners in Southern California. But Beltran hasn't had much formal training at distance running, and Keifer is working to find the style that will work best for him.
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December 27, 1995
Maureen Skehan was the topic of a recent conversation between Saddleback women's basketball Coach Jack Single and trainer Brad McReynolds. They went down the list of minor injuries Skehan, a sophomore guard, has suffered this season in helping Saddleback to a 10-0 start. The cut above her left eye came up first, then the ankle she recently sprained. And there was her finger. "She told me it was just jammed," McReynolds said. Said Single: "No, it was dislocated. I saw it.
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April 18, 1989 | Steve Kresal
When Carl Hinds was deciding whether he wanted to continue playing competitive tennis after high school, he knew it would not be in his native Australia. There are no teams on the college level, and only a select few make it to the country's sports academy. Hinds, who played on club teams and won the Victorian 18-and-under Schoolboys' Championship in 1986, knew he would have to look to the United States to keep playing. Hinds and his father came to the West Coast last summer to get a firsthand look and to talk with coaches.
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December 19, 1995 | STEVE KRESAL
Although he was a starting forward all last season at Cypress College, Jason Krauss was easy to miss. Krauss, who is 6 feet 5, was the closest thing Cypress had to a center. Because of this, he regularly guarded the opposition's biggest player. Some games, he gave up only a few inches but other times he took on players five or six inches taller than him. But in an odd way, Krauss found the experience freeing. "I knew I was going to play no matter what," he said. "I had nothing to lose.
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May 16, 1989 | Steve Kresal
Sure, the Orange Empire Conference baseball season ended 10 days ago. And sure, there already have been two rounds of the state playoffs with a third to start Friday. But, somehow, it doesn't seem all that different from the Orange Empire Conference season. First, Orange Coast and Rancho Santiago colleges played Saturday to decide which team would advance to the third round of the playoffs. Rancho Santiago won, 2-1, in the fifth meeting this season between the teams, both Orange Empire Conference members.
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May 2, 1989 | Steve Kresal
Orange Coast and Golden West colleges, less than 10 miles apart, will travel close to 500 miles to most likely decide the state women's swimming title this weekend. Orange Coast, which had won four consecutive state titles before finishing second to Diablo Valley last season, is back as the favorite. Golden West and Diablo Valley figure to be the only two teams strong enough to challenge OCC. The meet starts Thursday and continues through Saturday at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, near Oakland.
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October 16, 1986 | STEVE KRESAL
Riverside College Coach Barry Meier used some odd strategy Saturday night, but his defense made it work in the Tigers' 21-16 upset of Saddleback, which ended the Gauchos' 49-game home winning streak. Leading 21-16, the Tigers were driving for an insurance score late in the fourth quarter and had third and one at the Gaucho 16 with 2:35 left. Mike Moore, the Mission Conference's leading rusher with 661 yards in 83 carries, lost a yard trying for the first down.
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May 9, 1989 | Steve Kresal
Cypress College, which won the Orange Empire Conference baseball title Saturday, is in the midst of a 13-day break. The Chargers won't play again until May 19 in the first round of the double-elimination Southern California Regionals. Second-place Rancho Santiago and third-place Orange Coast don't have such a long wait. Both are in the playoffs, all right, but both must play in the single-elimination wild-card round, which starts Thursday. Rancho Santiago (27-15) plays host to East Los Angeles and Orange Coast (30-10-1)
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April 11, 1989 | Steve Kresal
During her days at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Ore., Kristin Jacobs was known pretty much as a homebody. She was jokingly voted "most likely to live at home the rest of her life" at the end of her senior year. Jacobs didn't think the mock award was too funny at the time, but mention of the award now brings a quick smile and a laugh. After her senior year in 1987, she was offered a scholarship as a softball pitcher to Arizona. Then in July, she found out she would be academically ineligible her first year.
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October 23, 1986 | STEVE KRESAL
Stacy Parker, a sophomore wide receiver for Golden West College, suffered a freak injury during last Saturday's 21-3 victory over Long Beach City. After catching a pass for a first down in the fourth quarter, Parker was forced out of bounds by a Long Beach City defender. He cut his right leg from just above the knee to the middle of the shin on a nail that held a tarp covering the portion of the sidelines where players stand during games.
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November 21, 1995 | STEVE KRESAL
A busy two weeks of postseason activity starts today when the women's volleyball and men's and women's soccer playoffs begin. Here's a quick sport-by-sport rundown. Women's volleyball: Golden West, which has won five of the last seven State titles including the last two, is the top-seeded team in the Southern California playoffs. The Rustlers play host to Rio Hondo (13-3) at 7 tonight in the first round.
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August 9, 1995 | MARTIN BECK and STEVE KRESAL
Payne Stewart, veteran PGA Tour professional and fledgling golf course design consultant, dedicates most of his time to the former pursuit. Monday, between tour stops, he pursued the latter, taking a side trip to Fullerton to inspect the progress on Orange County's newest public golf course. Stewart's primary reason for being in the Southland is to play in the PGA Championship this week at Riviera.
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April 10, 1995 | STEVE KRESAL
Christina Mazurie got a different perspective on softball once she started playing for Rancho Santiago College. It wasn't so much that the game had changed; just her view of it. Mazurie played third and first base and hit third or fourth while at Foothill High. But when she came to Rancho Santiago, Coach Kim Nutter moved her to shortstop, a position she had rarely played even in age-group leagues, and moved her up to the leadoff spot. She adjusted quickly and has had great success.
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March 20, 1995 | STEVE KRESAL
Bob Murphy made some impressive shots Sunday in the final round of the Toshiba Senior Classic at Mesa Verde Country Club, and then he took some more at the greens. Murphy made seven birdies and two bogeys to close with a five-under 65. "I think they (greenskeepers) should have jumped on the course a lot faster than they did," Murphy said. "I know there has been a lot of rain here, and you can say what you want about that.
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