December 11, 1998 |
Rael Berkowitz, like most in Woodbridge's undersized defense, is a classic "tweener." At 6 feet, 185 pounds, he's not big enough to play a defensive line position or fast enough to play in the secondary, but the senior is good enough to be leading the county's stingiest defense in tackles (110) and sacks (10 1/2)--and into the Southern Section Division VI championship game tonight against Santa Margarita. So what's his position? That depends on whom you ask.
September 8, 1998
Corona del Mar Last appearance: 1995. Record: 15-13 in 15 appearances. Highlights: Won back-to-back Division VI titles, defeating Valencia in the 1988 final and La Quinta in 1989. El Toro Last appearance: 1996. Record: 33-14 in 16 appearances. Highlights: Team of the '80s had a 22-7 playoff record in the decade, winning a Central Conference championship in 1982 and Southern Conference titles in 1986 and '87. Added a Division V championship in 1995. Irvine Last appearance: 1996.
September 8, 1998 |
Shane Harris remembers his first exposure to the Woodbridge football program. He was, maybe, 5 years old. "I remember being in the locker room, seeing people getting all amped up, crazy," Harris recalled. "I knew that I would be there someday. "I knew I was going to be a football player."
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June 19, 1998 |
The Woodbridge High School drama department received several top awards at the 28th annual Music and Art Commendation for Youth program. The event, which recognizes outstanding performing arts students in Orange County high schools, took place last month at Santa Ana High School. Woodbridge won a Macy award for Best Musical Comedy and Best Performance in a Comedy. The school's orchestra and ensemble also were recognized.
June 12, 1998 |
Eric Bangs, who guided Woodbridge High to consecutive state basketball final appearances and its first state title, has returned to coach the Warrior girls' basketball team, he said Thursday. Bangs left Woodbridge in May of 1995 after the state championship season to become an assistant at Irvine Valley College. He was the Lasers' head coach last season. Bangs, who works in Woodbridge's special education department, compiled a 296-69 record in his first 12 seasons at the high school.
May 12, 1998
A Harvard-bound infielder . . . the Ojai tennis champion who chose USC over Stanford and UCLA . . . the captain of her high school soccer team who seeks work to help pay for her college tuition . . . a quiet girls' basketball player of the year who will attend college close to home so her family can watch her play. Too often high school athletics are presented only from the perspective of an adult--The Times wanted to hear from the student/athletes.
May 8, 1998 |
Pat Quinn said Thursday that he was fired last week as the girls' basketball coach at Woodbridge High. In his three seasons at Woodbridge, Quinn's teams had a 68-20 record, 54-7 his first two seasons, and successfully defended the Division II state title in his first season. "Team chemistry is so important to me, and ultimately, that's what they're talking about why they let me go," Quinn said.