September 3, 1998 |
The road to the City Section 4-A Division title doesn't always lead through the South Bay, but that doesn't mean teams from the San Fernando Valley have had any more success in becoming champion. The field of contenders has slowly expanded since Carson High or Banning won 11 consecutive titles from 1976-86. But only two Valley teams--Sylmar and Granada Hills--have been able to wrest the title from the Southern Pacific Conference. Nobody knows this better than Taft Coach Troy Starr.
May 29, 1998 |
Quality pitchers abound in the City Section 4-A Division baseball playoffs. Kurt Birkins of El Camino Real High, Jack Cassel of Kennedy, John Ennis of Monroe and Mike Kunes of Chatsworth are all capable of leading their teams to Dodger Stadium for the June 11 final. But none may be more valuable to his team than Ivan Hernandez of Sylmar. "It's like we're a better team when he pitches," catcher Mario Pacheco said of the junior right-hander. "We hit better, we field better.
December 5, 1997 |
Carlos Meza almost always has the hint of a smile. Soft-spoken with an easygoing demeanor, Meza doesn't seem like the type who would enjoy battles along the line of scrimmage as an offensive guard for the Taft High football team. He was, after all, voted most huggable by the senior class at Taft. "I've had teachers come up to me and say he's the nicest kid they've ever had in class," Frank Grossman, a Taft assistant, said. But the 6-foot-1, 265-pound Meza has a lineman-like mentality.
November 22, 1997 |
They shared a gym in this year's playoffs and have taken turns in the spotlight of the City Section 3-A Division. Sylmar High and Poly now share a common opponent--each other. The Valley Pac-8 Conference rivals play in the 3-A girls' volleyball championship game tonight at Occidental College. Last season, Sylmar eliminated Poly in the semifinals en route to its second 3-A title in three years.
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August 3, 1997 |
Summer was slow in coming, but it arrived with pent-up fury this weekend, breaking records all over Southern California and extinguishing memories of what had been an unusually cool season until now. Record high temperatures were reached Saturday in Chatsworth, where the high reading of 106 degrees beat the old mark of 104. In Burbank it was 102, erasing the previous high for the date of 100.
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July 2, 1997 |
The Sylmar Woman's Club awarded scholarships totaling $9,000 to area students who intend to continue their educational careers at vocational schools, community colleges and four-year institutions. The scholarships--awarded in grants of $400, $500 and $1,000--will be applied directly to tuition, said Sharon DeMetz, the club's first vice president. Students were awarded scholarships based on their academic performance, Sylmar residency and the cost of continuing their education, DeMetz said.