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January 22, 1989 | JIM CARLTON, Times Staff Writer
Troy Thomas rummaged through an old bunkhouse, trying to figure out what links to the past he could take. Three generations of his family had lived in the house since 1923, so Thomas' biggest decision was not what to take but more what to leave behind. The two wood stoves were too big, so he sold them off. The dresser drawers in which he slept as a baby were also too large, so he left them behind.
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August 3, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
It's 6:30 a.m. Saturday and the 69 football players who slept in the gym overnight at Encino Crespi High haven't stopped yawning. They are getting a wake-up call unlike any other. They're lying on their backs in the weight room. Each player has a partner who's supposed to look into his eyes as they encourage each other to make it through a grueling 30 minutes of push-ups and sit-ups while counting out "One, two, three . . . " in unison at the top of their lungs. It's called, "Countdown," and to see it unfold under the direction of new Coach Troy Thomas would probably make any parent cringe, then applaud.
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March 9, 2005 | Eric Sondheimer, From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Troy Thomas, who took over a football program at Encino Crespi that had gone 1-19 the previous two years and turned it into a Southern Section Division X champion four years later, has been named the coach at Anaheim Servite. It was a big decision for Thomas to leave his alma mater, where he was also the athletic director. Under Thomas, Crespi was 33-14 in his four years as coach, capped by a 32-14 victory over North Torrance in last year's Division X final.
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June 28, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The college football season is still two months away, but the story of former Anaheim Servite defensive back Blake Brady is too good to hold back. On June 13, Brady went into the office of Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez and was told he had been placed on full scholarship. One of the first things Brady did was call his mother, Suzanne, a single parent. "I was so excited to be able to tell my mom she did not have to pay for school," he said. He also sent a text to his high school coach, Troy Thomas.
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December 19, 2000 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Troy Thomas, a successful defensive coordinator who played on Crespi High's 1986 Southern Section championship team, has been named the Celts' football coach. He replaces Ron Gueringer, who resigned after a two-year record of 1-19. Thomas spent this season as a graduate assistant at Fresno State after serving as defensive coordinator at Westlake in 1999, when the Warriors won the Division IV championship.
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September 1, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.
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September 21, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
Football is about tackling, blocking and executing fundamentals, but success also comes from the character of a team's quarterback, which makes Friday's showdown between No. 2 Anaheim Servite (3-0) and No. 6 Huntington Beach Edison (3-0) at Huntington Beach High so intriguing. Forget that Edison's Matt Viles passed for a school-record 485 yards last week against Dana Hills. Forget that Servite's Cody Fajardo has engineered consecutive victories over longtime powers Long Beach Poly, Fresno Clovis West and Encino Crespi.
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June 28, 2012 | Eric Sondheimer
The college football season is still two months away, but the story of former Anaheim Servite defensive back Blake Brady is too good to hold back. On June 13, Brady went into the office of Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez and was told he had been placed on full scholarship. One of the first things Brady did was call his mother, Suzanne, a single parent. "I was so excited to be able to tell my mom she did not have to pay for school," he said. He also sent a text to his high school coach, Troy Thomas.
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November 28, 2007 | Eric Sondheimer, Times Staff Writer
When Troy Thomas was in his first year coaching football at Encino Crespi in 2001, a student came into his tiny office and said, "I want to play bagpipes for you." "He shut the door and starts playing," Thomas said. "I got chills." So started Crespi's tradition of having a bagpiper lead the team onto the field. Thomas brought the same idea with him to Anaheim Servite, which means Friday's 4:30 p.m.
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August 3, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
It's 6:30 a.m. Saturday and the 69 football players who slept in the gym overnight at Encino Crespi High haven't stopped yawning. They are getting a wake-up call unlike any other. They're lying on their backs in the weight room. Each player has a partner who's supposed to look into his eyes as they encourage each other to make it through a grueling 30 minutes of push-ups and sit-ups while counting out "One, two, three . . . " in unison at the top of their lungs. It's called, "Countdown," and to see it unfold under the direction of new Coach Troy Thomas would probably make any parent cringe, then applaud.
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September 1, 2011 | By Eric Sondheimer
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.
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August 2, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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April 28, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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December 19, 2010 | By Steve Galluzzo
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.
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December 18, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
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."
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October 23, 2009 | Ben Bolch
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.
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April 8, 1996 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When his day's work was done, when he had blazed one more fastball past Frank Thomas for strike three, Troy Percival did what came naturally. He punched the air with a wild overhand right in a dramatic show of celebration. If it offended, so what? That wasn't his intent. Certainly he hadn't planned his reaction. It was Percival's game to save and he had done it, making the Angels 6-5 winners over the Chicago White Sox before 16,970 at Anaheim Stadium on Sunday.
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August 2, 2011 | Eric Sondheimer
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.
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September 21, 2009 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
Football is about tackling, blocking and executing fundamentals, but success also comes from the character of a team's quarterback, which makes Friday's showdown between No. 2 Anaheim Servite (3-0) and No. 6 Huntington Beach Edison (3-0) at Huntington Beach High so intriguing. Forget that Edison's Matt Viles passed for a school-record 485 yards last week against Dana Hills. Forget that Servite's Cody Fajardo has engineered consecutive victories over longtime powers Long Beach Poly, Fresno Clovis West and Encino Crespi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2009 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Los Angeles police have arrested a suspected leader of a small but sophisticated crew of burglars who allegedly broke into the homes of executives, celebrities and sports stars, stealing millions of dollars worth of cash and property, law enforcement sources said Tuesday.
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