May 25, 2000 |
Memo from Western to the rest of the Orange League: What do you think of us now? The Pioneers, which finished third in league and were left for dead as the lowest seeded team in the Division IV baseball playoffs, are still standing after upsetting top-seeded La Quinta in the first round and defeating defending division champion Corona del Mar in the second round. Valencia and Brea Olinda, the top two finishers in the Orange League, both lost in the first round of the Division III playoffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2000 |
The Cypress School District will host the 33rd annual Little Olympics event tomorrow at Handel Stadium at Western High School in Anaheim. Almost 800 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders will compete in a variety of Olympic-style events such as running and field competition from 8 a.m. to noon. Admission is free. Information: (714) 220-6960.
December 30, 1999 |
High school sports serve as a rite of passage for the athletes who play them, the student, friends and families that gather to watch them and the sportswriters who cut their professional teeth covering them. High school football games in Los Angeles date to 1896, but it wasn't until 1934 that the Los Angeles City Section was born. The Southern Section was established in 1912 and held its first athletic competition in 1913.
December 4, 1999 |
They attempted to hold a Southern Section playoff game Friday night at Western High. Problem was, apparently no one told the officials. Western's Division IX semifinal against Brea Olinda was delayed about 1 hour 15 minutes after the scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff before officials from both schools decided it would be unreasonable to hold the game with a makeshift officiating crew composed of officials who had never before worked with each other. The game will be made up at 7 tonight at Western.
September 3, 1999
1998 RECORD: 10-3 overall, 4-1 in league COACH: Toby Howell (19-15 at school) RETURNING STARTERS: 7 on offense, 4 on defense TOP RETURNERS Dwayne Alexander, LB, 6-0, 195, Sr.; Tre Ballard, SE/DB, 5-9, 165, Sr.; Jacob Chavira, OL, 6-3, 285, Sr.; Gilbert Esquivel, OL/DL, 6-1, 210, Sr.; David Gober, SE/DB, 5-9, 170, Jr.; Pete Kim, OL, 5-9, 205, Sr.; Jeff LaMendola, TE, 6-0, 180, Sr.; Will Ruffin, WB/DB, 5-10, 185, Sr.; William Thomas, OL, 6-5, 325, Sr.; Rich Trujillo, OL, 6-1, 215, Sr.
September 3, 1999 |
Will Ruffin has been underrated to the point of being unknown. Overshadowed enough to be invisible. If the Western High senior did make a name for himself, it was usually because of someone else. But that can happen when you spend two seasons sharing the offensive backfield with Trevell Jackson, who rushed for 3,321 yards and 44 touchdowns for the Pioneers during that period. "I was more of a decoy on offense," Ruffin said. "I didn't get the ball as much as I wanted."