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March 10, 1998 |
A former high school English teacher pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with two female students, ages 15 and 16, and was sentenced to a year in County Jail, a court clerk said. Daniel Schmenk, 52, entered his plea to 11 felony counts of sexual misconduct stemming from incidents that occurred in 1995 and 1996, when he was teaching at Woodbridge High School in Irvine, authorities said.
March 10, 1998 |
The adage is that teams must be strong up the middle to succeed. Perhaps no team in Orange County covers that stretch of real estate from home plate to the center-field fence better than Woodbridge. The Warriors finished last season ranked third in the county and sixth in the nation by USA Today, and they lost only two players, third baseman Lizzy Lemire, who's at Notre Dame, and first baseman Ashley Boone (Florida).
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February 10, 1998 |
School trustees have selected a contractor for a $1.4-million project to remodel the Woodbridge High School theater. The Irvine Unified School District received six bids for the project, with the contract awarded to the lowest bidder, Construct One Corp. Trustees said construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks, with the project to be completed within a year.
December 26, 1997 |
When Utah State quarterback Matt Sauk played his final high school football game for Woodbridge, there were no major college scholarship offers awaiting him. "I wasn't that big, and my statistics in high school weren't all that great," Sauk said. "I wasn't 6 foot 4 like the scouts are always looking for, and my high school team didn't pass a lot." But Sauk wanted to play somewhere, and decided on Orange Coast College. It worked out well for him. Sauk had two good seasons.
October 11, 1997 |
After what her body and tennis game have been through the last few years, it's hard to believe Susanna Lingman is ready to endure any more growing pains. But Lingman, a month shy of turning 14 and already 5 feet 7, said there's room for more growth. "My goal is to be 5-9," she said. "That way, I can be that much better with my overhead and I can cover the net better. I don't want to be as tall as Venus Williams though, 5-9 is perfect."
July 11, 1997 |
Woodbridge's Cathy Joens and Debby Caine, two of the county's top returning girls' basketball players, have left one of the county's leading programs. Joens, a 5-foot-10 junior forward who was a Times all-county second-team player, has enrolled at Calvary Chapel. Caine, a sophomore point guard who averaged 7.2 assists, has enrolled at San Clemente. They are among several of the county's leading players who will change uniforms during the next school year.
June 14, 1997 |
It was an impossible task. Woodbridge sprinter Jackie Dix grabbed the baton from Janelle Loudat on the last leg of the girls' 400-meter relay at the state track and field finals last Saturday and realized the Warriors were in last place in a nine-team race. In what would turn out to be a national record-setting performance, the relay team of Playa del Rey St.
June 3, 1997 |
These are the venues that are often taken for granted. They may not be perfect, but they are certainly rich in character, style or story. If they're not the best facilities available for Orange County high school athletic programs, they're certainly not the worst. Tennis Woodbridge The Woodbridge Tennis Center took 14 years to build and Orange County's bankruptcy almost leveled it halfway through the construction process.
May 8, 1997 |
They are not two peas in a pod. In fact, Ashley Boone and Lizzy Lemire are about as far apart as two team captains can get. Woodbridge softball Coach Alan Dugard calls them the antithesis of each other. Boone has a talk-softly-and-carry-a-big-stick personality. Lemire, a superstitious cut-up, can be heard before she ever reaches your block. But they are two of the big reasons Woodbridge has won 21 consecutive games, is ranked third in Orange County and the state, and eighth in the nation.
May 1, 1997 |
Sprinters are born, not made. That's the conventional wisdom in track and field, Woodbridge Coach George Varvas says. So meet his unconventional exception, Woodbridge senior Jackie Dix. The county's top sprinter on the county's top-ranked team didn't blaze onto the scene overnight. It took four years of hard work to transform Dix from just another runner into the finest sprinter that the Woodbridge girls' team has ever seen. "It's been a slow process from the beginning," Varvas said.