September 1, 2011 |
For the first time in his seven years as coach at Anaheim Servite, Troy Thomas allowed his 8-year-old son, Houston, to join him on the sideline. That's about the only change you can find in a championship football program in which players come and go, but the winning and teaching continues nonstop. On a cloudless Thursday night in Oceanside, the No. 1-ranked Friars found some new players to contribute while relying on a tough, determined veteran in linebacker Butch Pauu to come away with a 20-0 season-opening victory over the seven-time defending San Diego Section champion Pirates.
August 2, 2011 |
Break out the champagne, roll out the red carpet and let the trumpets blast. It's time to unveil the top five high school football teams based on summer performance, personnel changes and projectability. No. 1: Anaheim Servite. When Coach Troy Thomas speaks, people need to listen. His teams have won or shared six consecutive Trinity League titles and won consecutive Pac-5 Division titles. So when Thomas says "We have a typical Servite team," that means beware of the Friars.
April 28, 2011 |
It's 6:30 a.m., and the weight room at Anaheim Servite is about to become warm, stuffy and full of sweat. I've driven 50 miles to learn how the Friars have won consecutive Pac-5 Division championships in football, and the answer can be found in a renovated classroom that has no air conditioning, peeling paint on the outside and hardly fits the model of a modern fitness center that's on the wish list for every top program. Except this is the ideal environment for Coach Troy Thomas to build a team.
December 19, 2010 |
Standing in the pouring rain on the 50-yard line at the Home Depot Center half an hour after Saturday night's CIF state championship Open Division bowl game, Anaheim Servite Coach Troy Thomas was still trying to find the words to describe what had happened to his proud team against Concord De La Salle. "We tried our best but they dominated us up front and I take the blame for that," said Thomas, covered head to toe in a clear plastic rain suit. "We got beat by a better program tonight but I'd like to think we've reached a point in our own program where we can bounce back from this.
December 18, 2009 |
Jake Slemmer's face was covered with eye black. A steady stream of tears rolled down both cheeks. The Anaheim Servite defensive back, known as his team's emotional leader, was in the middle of a rain-drenched Angel Stadium last weekend not only celebrating a Pac-5 Division championship but remembering that his father wasn't there to share the moment. "After the game, everything hit me at once," he said. "I was crying for a few good minutes. It was bittersweet, being able to share the victory with my teammates but still not have my dad there."
October 23, 2009 |
No. 5 Anaheim Servite (5-1, 1-0) vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei (3-3, 0-1) at Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m. -- Servite is having a better season than its Trinity League nemesis, but that doesn't seem to matter when these teams play. Mater Dei has not lost to the Friars since 1988, though the teams played to a scoreless tie in 1992. Servite Coach Troy Thomas, who is 0-4 against the Monarchs, said, "Servite expects to win every game that it plays in." Each team features a solid quarterback -- Servite has Cody Fajardo, Mater Dei has Max Wittek -- and Thomas said the team that runs the ball better will have an edge.