January 30, 2014 |
When Elijah Stewart arrived at Westchester High as a sophomore from DeRidder, La., population 10,578, the junior varsity basketball coach, Dewitt Cotton, started calling him "Texas. " "That was the first thing that came out of my mouth, because he was from the South," Cotton said. Stewart, an unassuming, polite, 6-foot-4 senior who lived in Cajun country most of his life, simply went with the flow. "The story is they didn't think I was going to last in the program," Stewart said.
February 11, 2005 |
The red-and-white championship banners hanging from the rafters in Albright-Van Woy Gymnasium are reminders to all who enter that Inglewood Morningside High is a basketball school. The retired jersey numbers of Byron Scott (11) and Elden Campbell (14) hang above one side of the court, and those of Lisa Leslie (33) and Tina Thompson (14) hang above the other.
October 28, 2010 |
Word has been slowly trickling out about high school freshmen who could be major varsity contributors this season. Fans get excited because a freshman on the varsity means the future is bright. Coaches get nervous because it can be tricky starting a freshman over a senior. Sportswriters get pumped because they think they could be watching the next big star. It's wise to be appreciative, but stay calm as these members from the class of 2014 begin to emerge. They're going to be fun to watch, but starting on varsity as a freshman is no guarantee of a college scholarship.
September 18, 2009 |
On the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Steven Manfro of Valencia did his best to make a statement that life must go on. He's 16 now and living far away from New York, where he was in 2001. "I was in school," he recalled. "It was pretty traumatic, and the fact it almost killed my father made it worse." His father, Marc, was a New York police officer who became ill in the aftermath of the attack. The family moved months later to Castaic to start a new life.
July 20, 1997
WATER POLO Position: Varsity and junior varsity water polo. School: Pacifica. Basics: Looking to hire a varsity coach, who will then have a hand choosing the junior varsity coach. No teaching position available. Prefer someone with previous varsity experience, but open to all applicants. Prefer to hire someone by Aug. 11. For information: Call Athletic Director Chris Hurst, (714) 663-6515.
March 26, 2014 |
The first month of the baseball season is almost complete, and sophomore left-hander Zack Noll of Great Oak deserves attention for bursting onto the varsity scene as if he were a senior. He played freshman ball last year, and in his first varsity season, he's 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA for 9-1 Great Oak. He's 6 feet 5 and still growing. He throws in the mid-80s, and what's interesting about him is that his velocity gets better as the game goes on. That makes it difficult for Coach Eric Morton to try to remove Noll.