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December 4, 2009
Foge Fazio Pitt player who became coach Foge Fazio, 71, who succeeded Jackie Sherrill as football coach at alma mater Pittsburgh and later was a defensive coordinator for the NFL's Vikings and Browns, died Wednesday in Pittsburgh after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Fazio played linebacker and center for Pitt and was chosen as the team MVP in 1959. He was drafted by the AFL's Boston Patriots in 1960 but soon thereafter moved into coaching. He spent nine seasons as a Pitt assistant, the final three as defensive coordinator, before being promoted to head coach in 1982.
January 24, 1998 | DAN ARRITT
Marina defeated top-ranked Irvine, 4-2, in a nonleague girls' water polo game Friday at Heritage Park in Irvine, but the Vikings won't have much time to celebrate the upset victory. Marina, ranked third in the county, gets another test today when it plays No. 5 Rosary in a nonleague game at Golden West. "This is great, I'm very happy and everything, but it's not over yet," Marina Coach Dave Carlson said. The Vikings (13-4) are in the middle of the toughest stretch on their schedule.
Sonya Bryant returned to the Marina lineup with a flourish on Thursday, entering the game in the second quarter, sparking a comeback from a 14-point deficit and helping the ninth-ranked Vikings to a 59-51 Sunset League victory over No. 7 Esperanza. "I would say she was intent on making an impact," Marina Coach Pete Bonny said of Bryant, who missed seven games with a bruised knee. The Vikings (14-3, 2-1 in league) are tied with Esperanza (15-2, 2-1) and No. 6 Edison (12-6, 2-1) for second place.
October 24, 1992 | MARK SPINN
For the second consecutive year, Marina outlasted Edison in a Sunset League defensive struggle. Marina took advantage of two fourth-quarter Edison turnovers to rally for a 9-6 victory Friday night at Westminster High. Last season, the Vikings edged the Chargers, 15-12, giving Marina Coach Dave Thompson his first victory over Edison. Edison's mistakes helped Marina (4-3, 3-1) and Thompson make it two in a row.
April 27, 1986
Andy Lewin's single in the seventh inning drove in two runs and broke a 3-3 tie to give Huntington Beach High School a 5-3 Sunset League win over Marina Saturday at Marina. Jeff Haack (8-2) pitched a one-hit complete game, but Haack's wildness and an error in the third inning gave the Vikings their three runs. After two walks and a single to center by Rick Vanderhiet, Haack walked in one run. A throwing error on a ground ball scored two more runs for Marina.
February 24, 1993
Coach: Dave Pickford (sixth year) 1992: Third in Sunset League; fifth in 4-A championship meet. Key Returners: Katie Danlasky, Sr.; Linda Levitan, Sr.; Alison Mijares, Jr.; Stephanie Natcher, Sr. Key Newcomers: Adrienne Leight, Fr., butterfly and distance freestyle; Kristi Rietzel, Fr., backstroke and individual medley.
November 20, 1999 | DALE RUHE
The speed and depth of Rialto Eisenhower's backfield was more than enough to offset the power running of Marina fullback Ray Mietkiewicz Friday night. The Eagles defeated Marina, 30-13, in a Southern Section Division I first-round playoff game at Eisenhower. Mietkiewicz carried 31 times for 192 yards and scored both Viking touchdowns, but it wasn't enough. Eisenhower outgained Marina in total offense, 372-258.
Can it really be that Santa Monica High lost six straight basketball games this season? That it began Ocean League play with a 4-8 record? On paper, maybe. But on the court, the Vikings of late February and early March are related to the group from December and January in name only, and that became all the more clear Tuesday night as Santa Monica earned a spot in Saturday's Southern Section 4-A title game with a 69-60 semifinal win over Diamond Bar at Glendora High.
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