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May 3, 1989 | Scott Miller
There will be an interesting preliminary to tonight's opening-round MISL playoff game between the Sockers and Dallas Sidekicks at the Sports Arena: The boys' soccer teams from Valhalla and San Diego High Schools will play at 4:40 p.m. It's a rematch of their grueling, 100-minute (including overtimes) San Diego Section 2-A championship game, which was played two months ago and ended at 1-1. Jeff Stoff, Sockers' publicity man, suggested the game. The problem was that players from both teams had other commitments--mostly to the State Cup Youth Soccer--and couldn't agree on a date.
July 23, 2010
In capturing the beauty and culture of three far-flung islands endangered by climate change, "Beautiful Islands" director Tomoko Kana has created more of a travelogue with a message than a satisfying documentary. Though its stirring imagery and evocative human interactions sincerely attempt to reflect global warming's effect on the South Pacific's Tuvalu (the world's fourth-smallest country); Venice, Italy; and Shishmaref, Alaska; the film's lack of effective structure or unifying narration — not to mention a more discerning editor than Kana — make for a mostly uninvolving sit. In short, it's pretty but dull.
June 15, 1989 | KIM Q. BERKSHIRE
Tony Clark, section basketball player of the year and a first-team all-section baseball pick as a junior, has announced he will transfer from Valhalla and play his senior year at Christian High School in El Cajon. Clark led the county in basketball scoring with 29.3 points a game for the Norsemen and also led the county in home runs (11). He said he doesn't know much about the athletic programs at Christian but that he plans on playing both sports for the Patriots. His decision was based on the private school's "attitude and atmosphere, not athletics," Clark said.
November 6, 2006 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
In increasingly commercial Santa Monica, arts and artists are in danger of becoming a scenic coast's next endangered species. But cultural environmentalists are working to prevent that from happening. And one particularly successful tactic has been the planting and cultivating of Jacaranda. Jacaranda is a chamber music series that focuses on the 20th century and has the motto "Music at the Edge of Santa Monica."
May 6, 1989 | LAURA PALMER
Jim Early has been in a bad slump the past two weeks, and after he struck out three times against Mount Miguel last week, Grossmont Coach Jeff Meredith decided to sit him down for Friday's showdown against Valhalla. But during Monday's practice, Early convinced Meredith that he was ready to break out. Sure enough, Early not only made contact, he hit a grand slam with two outs in the first inning Friday, giving the Foothillers a four-run lead en route to their 8-4 victory. It put No. 10 Grossmont (13-7-1, 3-1)
February 17, 1992 | JIM LINDGREN
Should Kearny and University City high schools be forced to forfeit their Friday night basketball game, it would be only the second "loss" for the second-ranked Komets, who have won 23. The first was a 54-49 overtime loss to Poway in December. Kearny was leading University City, 61-43, with 6:09 left Friday when a fight broke out, fans poured onto the court, and the game was subsequently halted.
January 11, 1989 | RICK HAZELTINE
Rafid Kiti wasn't really worried. Well, maybe just a little uncomfortable. Kiti watched as fourth-ranked Valhalla's 20-point lead over Santana in a Grossmont League 2-A boy's basketball game dwindled to 5 points before time ran out, and the Norseman walked away with a 73-68 victory at Valhalla Tuesday night. Kiti hit a 3-point shot with 3:41 remaining to give Valhalla a 71-51 lead. Then Santana went on a run, with Paul Newark hitting three 3-pointers.
January 19, 1992 | JIM LINDGREN
Citing personal reasons, John Odom resigned Friday as the head football coach at Valhalla High School. Odom spent only two years as the head coach at the East County school--compiling 4-6 records both seasons--but it seemed much longer to him. This past year alone, Valhalla linebacker Marc Beeson was killed in a one-car accident in October.
March 14, 1991
Two Valhalla High baseball players crossed home plate minutes before the rain, enabling the 10th-ranked Norsemen to escape with a 2-1 upset of No. 4 Mt. Carmel in an Orange Sporting Goods Warhawk Classic game Wednesday at Valhalla. After a 30-minute rain delay, the game was called with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. Valhalla (6-2) had scored both its runs with no outs in the inning. Sophomore Courtney Arrollado led off a home run.
February 24, 2001
That Dale Earnhardt perished from the earth on the last turn of the last lap at his favorite race on his favorite track is almost poetic. That he perished while guarding victory for his friend and his son is more than heroic. In life, he transcended his sport. In death, he resides in Valhalla. RHYS THOMAS Van Nuys You must have heard from countless shocked readers by now concerning Dale Earnhardt's appalling lack of judgment in driving a passenger vehicle 60 mph in rain so hard he couldn't see the highway, narrowly averting collision with numerous vehicles stopped in front of him because of the bad visibility ["An Unforgettable Drive," Feb. 20]
August 25, 2006 | Thomas Bonk
Even though every player paired with Tiger Woods in the final round of a major failed to win, Bob May came as close as anyone. In the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., May shot his third consecutive 66 and Woods closed with a 67, tying Woods after 72 holes, but lost by one shot in a dramatic three-hole playoff. May's 72-66-66-66 at Valhalla was 18 under par and gave him a share with Woods of the PGA Championship scoring record in relation to par.
January 26, 2003 | Diane Mapes, Special to The Times
We started off in the middle of a sweaty Dallas rainstorm, a huge spring downpour that darkened the sky and pounded the top of our rented Chevy Suburban like fists against the window of a closed Krispy Kreme. Our goal lay 300 miles south in the bucolic cow country of Texas, a usually sedate corner of Fayette County that transforms itself every April and October into a sprawling city of circus tents packed with trash, treasures and the transcendentally odd.
Tom Crosby kicks the gravel at the entrance to the last tungsten mine in America, mining memories of the men who came before him. There was his grandfather, who hauled the ore that would be used to make weapons for war, and then his father, who helped chart the location of the rock. Crosby followed their footsteps to the "mine in the sky" that sits at 8,000 feet in the eastern Sierra Nevada, nestled into a glacial valley of rising rock and falling stones. But Crosby came not to mine it.
What does this all mean? The first round of the PGA Championship is sunny and the course is dry and Tiger Woods shoots a 66. The second round is mostly overcast and the course is soft and Woods shoots a 67. Well, if it snows today, Woods is liable to do something really crazy, like putt with a ski pole, birdie every other hole, make root beer floats at the turn and slalom across the finish line with the trophy in one hand. Hey, don't think he couldn't.
For everyone who isn't Tiger Woods, and you know who you are, there may be hope this week. When the 82nd PGA Championship begins today at Valhalla Golf Club, the 149 players who are not Tiger need only to check back to 1996 and feel better about their chances. Four years ago in the PGA at Valhalla, the tournament came down to a race on the last day between Mark Brooks, Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran. Yes, Mark, Kenny and Russ battling it out in a major.
The 82nd PGA Championship begins Thursday on a golf course that is younger than Tiger Woods. Woods is 24 and Valhalla Golf Club is still a teenager at 14, which means it has sort of reached that awkward stage. Out here in the heat and humidity and bluegrass, Valhalla is gangly, hard to love and still trying to grow up and find personal acceptance. Could that happen this week? Well, it's going to be a struggle.
March 5, 1988 | SCOTT MILLER
Thirteen minutes of fury overcame 80 minutes of sound and gave Valhalla High School a perfect ending to a near-perfect season in the San Diego Section 3-A boys' soccer championship Friday night at Torrey Pines High School. Valhalla (23-0-1) shocked Torrey Pines, which was playing before a large crowd on its home field, by scoring three goals in a 13-minute span early in the first half to earn its third section championship in three seasons with a 3-1 victory.
June 20, 1987
Valhalla and San Pasqual high schools were honored this week by the San Diego Hall of Champions for all-around excellence in athletics among San Diego County schools for the 1986-87 academic year. Valhalla won the Don Clarkson Award for the best boys' athletic program, after winning San Diego Section 3-A titles in water polo and wrestling. The Norsemen also won Grossmont League titles in water polo, cross-country, soccer, golf and tennis and tied for the league championship in wrestling.
August 13, 2000 | DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press GOLF WRITER
Tiger Woods makes it seem as if many more than four years have passed since the PGA Championship was last played at Valhalla Golf Club. The rivalry back then was Nick Faldo and Greg Norman. The rising stars were Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson. The records set by Jack Nicklaus figured to be safe forever. Only four men had won a career Grand Slam. Woods was still at Stanford, the NCAA champion who was getting ready for his first run at history--an unprecedented third straight U.S. Amateur.
Out here in the land of horses, bluegrass and bourbon, local knowledge helps. That may be why Kenny Perry, the slow-talking, sweet-swinging pride of Franklin, managed to take the lead in the uncompleted first round of the rain-splattered PGA Championship. It's only about a two-hour drive from Franklin to Valhalla Golf Club, if you travel by four-wheel horseless carriage, and Perry needed a mere nine hours to make his way around the golf course and post a six-under-par 66.
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