December 3, 1987 |
Although Tim O'Brien is the third coach for Estancia High School in the past five years, little else has changed in the Eagles' basketball program. Estancia remains a relatively small team of overachievers that relies on hustle, poise and free throw shooting to win. The formula was never more evident than Wednesday night when the Eagles beat Los Alamitos, 53-49, in the second round of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor tournament at Costa Mesa.
November 26, 1988 |
The Orange League boys' basketball race boils down to experience and size. All six teams have plenty of experience, but only two have good size. Not coincidently, the two with the size--Brea-Olinda and Savanna high schools--are favored to take the league title. The other four teams--Anaheim, Magnolia, Valencia and Western--figure to fight it out for the third playoff spot.
February 15, 1989 |
With no byes, no at-large entries and no easy games, the 3-A division of the Southern Section boys' basketball playoffs is, in a word, tough. Compared with the other eight divisions, the 3-A has the best depth, basically making this year's championship wide open. "The 3-A? I like it," said Estancia Coach Tim O'Brien, whose Eagles are one of 11 Orange County schools in the competition. "It's solid top to bottom--there's no dominating teams.
February 17, 1989 |
Tom Gregory, Savanna High School basketball coach, has conceded as much before his team meets Trabuco Hills at 7:30 tonight in the second round of the Southern Section 3-A division basketball playoffs: Opposing center Rick Swanwick will score his share of points. Swanwick, 6-feet-10, averages 20.3 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. An estimated two dozen college coaches and scouts watched him score 23 points and grab 11 rebounds in Wednesday's opening-round 84-58 victory over Rancho Alamitos.
November 15, 1991 |
The unknown has returned to Orange Empire Conference basketball this season after a year of the obvious. Even before the season started last year, Rancho Santiago was expected to defend its state title. And the Dons did just that, behind the play of Southern California player of the year Corie Blount and all-state selection Erik Martin. But Blount and Martin are now at the University of Cincinnati. Cypress also had a sure thing in forward Eric Pauley, who was also an all-state selection.
November 26, 1989 |
The Orange League basketball race boils down to this: Three high school teams with exceptional talent, experience and size stand head and shoulders above three without the same level of talent, experience and size. The league's coaches can't identify one clear favorite, but name Brea-Olinda, Savanna and Western as the field from which the winner should emerge. Anaheim figures to be the best of the rest, with Magnolia and Valencia hoping for vast improvement and a few breaks.
December 16, 1987 |
For a team that has had only two 45-minute practices with its entire squad, Santa Ana High School looked impressive Tuesday night in the second round of the Irvine World News boys' basketball tournament. The Saints rolled to their sixth straight victory without a loss, downing Mission Viejo, 57-47, in UC Irvine's Crawford Hall. Santa Ana and Fountain Valley are the only undefeated teams in the county after top-ranked Marina was upset by Estancia, 63-62.
April 21, 1989
Kelly Graton broke her school record in the 110-yard low hurdles in leading Loara High School to a 90-31 Empire League victory over El Dorado Thursday at El Dorado. Graton won the event in 15.1 seconds, breaking her record time of 15.23 set last year. Graton also won the 330 low hurdles in 46.8. In Empire League boys' track and field: Loara 102, El Dorado 33--Miguel Galindo won the mile (4:42) and the two mile (10:33), and Kurt Hughett won the 100 yards (10.3) and anchored the Saxons' winning 440 relay.
November 30, 1988 |
Players? High school players? Orange County's got 'em. And heeeere they are . . . THE A-TEAM * Scott McCorkle (6-foot 5-inch junior forward), Capistrano Valley--Best player in Orange County. McCorkle can shoot, and shoot and shoot and. . . . However, his abilities are not limited to filling up the hoop. He's a good defensive player and can rebound. McCorkle was the top scorer in a national tournament in Phoenix during the summer and was named to the all-tournament team.
March 18, 1989
Angelus Players of the Year--Jason Quinn and Mike Morris, Mater Dei. Offensive player of the year--Greg Willig, St. Paul. First team--Jason Hart, St. Paul; Andy Karich, Mater Dei; Steve Marusich, Servite; Mike Morris, Mater Dei; John Overbeck, St. Paul; Pablo Patino, Bishop Amat; Jason Quinn, Mater Dei; Dylan Rigdon, Mater Dei; Greg Willig, St. Paul. Second team--Darrell Daniels, Bishop Montgomery; Jason Green, Bishop Amat; Chris Johnson, Servite; Derrick Stone, Mater Dei; Art Villegas, St.