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January 2, 2001
Temitope Sonuyi knew he could do it. There wasn't a doubt in his mind. As he sat in his living room last August, discussing his hopes for his senior season, the Esperanza running back talked about how a wrist injury the year before had kept him from displaying his abilities. "I feel like a lot of people haven't seen what I can do," he said. It took only one game for them to find out.
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November 14, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A frail professor with a yarmulke pinned to his white hair scribbled a complex series of numbers and symbols on the chalkboard and asked his students to find the maximum voltage that would not cause diffraction. Temitope Sonuyi, his biceps bulging as he put pencil to paper, solved the problem with the same determination that a year ago helped him become one of Southern California's top football recruits, as a running back at Anaheim Esperanza High.
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NEWS
September 1, 2000 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
You can call Temitope Sonuyi simply Tim, or Timmy, just not in front of his parents, please. Abayomi and Labake Sonuyi, who emigrated from Nigeria to the United States in the late 1970s, prefer to call their son by his given name, which means, roughly, "All mine is worth to give to God." In June, though, the Esperanza running back's parents might have to relent in their steadfast ways. After all, it's every parent's dream to call his or her son "valedictorian," right? Sonuyi, No.
SPORTS
September 8, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another season, another powerful running back for Anaheim Esperanza High School. But this one has a name that's not so difficult to pronounce. Shaun Wildenstein, who has taken over at tailback for Temitope Sonuyi, rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns in 25 carries as No. 10 Esperanza hammered No. 23 Upland, 49-7, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Upland.
NEWS
November 7, 2000
Edison (8-1, 4-0) vs. Esperanza (8-1, 4-0) 7 p.m., Thursday, Huntington Beach High The long-awaited clash between these Sunset League heavyweights is finally here. The victor will capture its first league title in quite some time; No. 2 Edison hasn't won the league since 1990, No. 1 Esperanza since 1997. This should be a high-scoring affair, with Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi and his Edison counterpart, Darryl Poston, gaining huge chunks of yardage at a time.
SPORTS
September 9, 2000 | DALE RUHE
Esperanza High spotted Upland a 14-point first-quarter lead before rallying behind the 250-yard rushing performance of Temitope Sonuyi to defeat the Highlanders, 28-14, Friday night at Valencia High School. Sonuyi, who missed the first half of his junior season with a broken hand, began his senior year quietly; Upland held him to 51 yards in the first half. He got Esperanza on the scoreboard just before halftime with the first of three touchdown runs, which cut Upland's lead to 14-7.
SPORTS
November 18, 2000 | JOEL BEERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anaheim Esperanza's 17-10 first-round playoff victory Friday over visiting Lakewood proved the validity of what is usually a stock saying this time of year: In the playoffs, don't take anyone for granted. Top-seeded Esperanza (10-1), which won the Empire League, narrowly averted a humbling first-round defeat to Lakewood. Not until Matt Hathaway intercepted a pass with one minute remaining was Esperanza's Division I victory assured.
SPORTS
September 22, 2000 | MARTIN HENDERSON
Temitope Sonuyi rushed for 227 yards and Greg Farrell passed for 251 as sixth-ranked Esperanza made a statement in the most convincing fashion Thursday. One week after a second-half embarrassment that cost them a victory, the Aztecs defeated Fallbrook, the top-ranked team in San Diego County, 42-23. "They're better than [Orange County's top-ranked] Mater Dei," said Fallbrook Coach Randy Blankenship, his team having lost to Mater Dei two weeks ago, 28-21. "We got our hats handed to us."
SPORTS
November 16, 2000
CITY SECTION 1. CRENSHAW: 10-0 Cougars should outmuscle South Gate and move easily to quarterfinals. 2. SYLMAR: 10-0 Spartans must contain Van Nuys Grant running back Perry Clayton. 3. WESTCHESTER: 8-2* Comets have better players, but Granada Hills rarely is unprepared. 4. CARSON: 7-3 Defending champion Colts will be tested from outset by Dorsey. 5. SAN PEDRO: 7-3 Pirates play Jefferson in what might be the most even first-round game. 6.
SPORTS
April 21, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi, The Times' Orange County football player of the year, said Friday he will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and play Division III football for the Engineers, at least during his freshman year. Sonuyi, who chose MIT over Harvard and California, had been debating whether to play football or focus on his studies until learning that MIT uses a pass-fail system for freshman students.
SPORTS
April 21, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi, The Times' Orange County football player of the year, said Friday he will attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and play Division III football for the Engineers, at least during his freshman year. Sonuyi, who chose MIT over Harvard and California, had been debating whether to play football or focus on his studies until learning that MIT uses a pass-fail system for freshman students.
SPORTS
January 2, 2001
Temitope Sonuyi knew he could do it. There wasn't a doubt in his mind. As he sat in his living room last August, discussing his hopes for his senior season, the Esperanza running back talked about how a wrist injury the year before had kept him from displaying his abilities. "I feel like a lot of people haven't seen what I can do," he said. It took only one game for them to find out.
SPORTS
December 23, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Temitope Sonuyi wanted to play football. He wasn't sure why. He was big and strong and in eighth grade and maybe he just wanted to hit people. Who knows why eighth graders decide to do things? For his birthday present, Temitope asked his father, Abayomi, and his mother, Labake, if he could try out for Pop Warner. Yes, his parents said. Temitope was made a nose tackle. And he liked it. A year later, Temitope asked his parents if he could try out for the freshman team at Esperanza High.
SPORTS
November 18, 2000 | JOEL BEERS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anaheim Esperanza's 17-10 first-round playoff victory Friday over visiting Lakewood proved the validity of what is usually a stock saying this time of year: In the playoffs, don't take anyone for granted. Top-seeded Esperanza (10-1), which won the Empire League, narrowly averted a humbling first-round defeat to Lakewood. Not until Matt Hathaway intercepted a pass with one minute remaining was Esperanza's Division I victory assured.
SPORTS
November 16, 2000
CITY SECTION 1. CRENSHAW: 10-0 Cougars should outmuscle South Gate and move easily to quarterfinals. 2. SYLMAR: 10-0 Spartans must contain Van Nuys Grant running back Perry Clayton. 3. WESTCHESTER: 8-2* Comets have better players, but Granada Hills rarely is unprepared. 4. CARSON: 7-3 Defending champion Colts will be tested from outset by Dorsey. 5. SAN PEDRO: 7-3 Pirates play Jefferson in what might be the most even first-round game. 6.
NEWS
November 14, 2000 | BEN BOLCH
Second-seeded Esperanza is playing so well that the temptation might be to say the road to the Division I championship goes through Placentia, where the Aztecs play their home games. But then, Esperanza Coach Gary Meek's 1-6 record in the Division I playoffs comes to mind and that theory gets thrown out the window. Or does it?
SPORTS
September 8, 2001 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Another season, another powerful running back for Anaheim Esperanza High School. But this one has a name that's not so difficult to pronounce. Shaun Wildenstein, who has taken over at tailback for Temitope Sonuyi, rushed for 233 yards and three touchdowns in 25 carries as No. 10 Esperanza hammered No. 23 Upland, 49-7, in the season opener for both teams Friday night at Upland.
SPORTS
December 23, 2000 | DIANE PUCIN
Temitope Sonuyi wanted to play football. He wasn't sure why. He was big and strong and in eighth grade and maybe he just wanted to hit people. Who knows why eighth graders decide to do things? For his birthday present, Temitope asked his father, Abayomi, and his mother, Labake, if he could try out for Pop Warner. Yes, his parents said. Temitope was made a nose tackle. And he liked it. A year later, Temitope asked his parents if he could try out for the freshman team at Esperanza High.
NEWS
November 7, 2000
Edison (8-1, 4-0) vs. Esperanza (8-1, 4-0) 7 p.m., Thursday, Huntington Beach High The long-awaited clash between these Sunset League heavyweights is finally here. The victor will capture its first league title in quite some time; No. 2 Edison hasn't won the league since 1990, No. 1 Esperanza since 1997. This should be a high-scoring affair, with Esperanza running back Temitope Sonuyi and his Edison counterpart, Darryl Poston, gaining huge chunks of yardage at a time.
SPORTS
October 20, 2000 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Figuring it was his team's only chance of upsetting No. 3 Esperanza, Marina Coach Mike Dodd wanted his quarterback, Beau Brown, to pass the ball 20 to 30 times Thursday. Brown threw six passes. Once again, Esperanza was treated to an impressive display by Temitope Sonuyi, the county's leading rusher, and a sterling performance by its defense, especially Alex deBrucky, in a 42-15 Sunset League victory at Westminster High. Esperanza (6-1, 2-0 in league) won its fifth consecutive game.
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