Tuesday, July 7, 2015
VP completes a successful
track season Over 300 Villa Park High ath-
letes participated in track this season, capturing five out of six league titles on various levels. Villa Park had 18 CIF qualifiers; senior Steven Barnett and fresh- man Becky Obinma advanced to the CIF Masters Track Meet.
Irvine Lake has its own monster
Senior Steven Barnett (center) from Villa Park High School qualified for the CIF Masters Track finals held at Cerritos College, and broke his personal record in the 110 hurdles.
Loch Ness can brag about
its Nessie, but Irvine Lake can claim at least local rights as the home of a monster too – and this one was actually photographed. Marlon Meade checked in a 57-9 pound blue catfish that he hauled in from about 12 feet of water on a whole market shrimp doused with cheese-flavor Berkley Cat- fish dip. It took Meade a good 20 minutes to net this enormous fish that measured 44 inches. The fish was released back into the lake after its ceremonial weigh-in. The release of the lake’s big
blue cats is mandatory. Anglers who release a blue weighing 15 pounds or more receive a free lake re-entry pass. Those re- leasing whoppers weighing 40 pounds or more also receive a free motorboat rental. Bass anglers found good num-
bers of two- to four-pound large- mouth at Santiago Flats and Rocky Point. Lots of nice eating-size chan- nel catfish (three to six pounds) are coming in from mid-lake. Families with children under
Molly Sturdivant was honored as the Female Athlete of the Year at El Modena’s Hall of Fame and end-of-the-year banquet held at the Or- ange Hill Restaurant. Sturdivant was an outstanding softball player, and will head south to play for San Diego State in the fall.
Matt Casillas was honored as co-Male Athlete of the Year at the annual Hall of Fame banquet. Casillas was a diver – All-League all four years, All- County, and finished 5th in the CIF State finals.
12 found good numbers of two- to three-pound cats in the Kids La- goon using shrimp or marshmal- low/mealworm combos. Surface temp on the main lake is
Paul Gomez (left), shortstop from El Modena High School, was awarded the Ryan Lemmon Achievement Award at the Ryan Lemmon Showcase games. Gomez was joined by head coach Josh Kliner dur- ing pregame ceremonies.
Enright selected to coach the North All-Star’s football team
Former Villa Park football
player and Rancho Alamitos High School head coach, Mike Enright was appointed by the media se- lection committee to coach the North All-Stars at the 56th Annu- al Orange County Prep Football game to be held at Orange Coast College. Enright has been holding prac-
tice for the past two weeks, pre- paring this year’s All-Stars, hop- ing to keep the North on top after snapping the South’s five-game win streak. The series is tied at 26-26-3. Enright runs a no-hud- dle offensive, and advanced his team to the semifinals last year in the playoffs.
Scheduled to play in the July
9 All-Star game are, from Villa Park High School: Kory Garcia (DB, 6-0, 185 lb), Christian Wil- liams (TE/DL, 6-3, 215 lb), Xavi- er Hernandez (LB, 6-3, 220 lb). From Foothill High: Logan Weth- erholt (DL, 6-3, 220 lb). From Tustin High: Brayan Camacho (K, 5-11, 145 lb). From Orange Lutheran High: Hudson Hankins (WR, 6-1, 180 lb). FanFest, which includes NFL
player autographs, a car show, music, food and sponsor exhib- its, will be held in the parking lot from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., prior to the game. Game time is sched- uled for 7:15 p.m.
Marlon Meade shows off his monstrous catch.
76 degrees, with the lake level re- ceding slowly. Underwater visibil- ity is crystal clear. The inlet pipe in Sierra Cove is off. The Kids Lagoon and the main lake were re- stocked with catfish last week. Recent outstanding catches, aside from the one mentioned above, include: James Getty, Silverado: 5-1 largemouth bass (released) on a Nezumma Rat at Rocky Point Steve Anna, Trabuco Canyon: 5-0 steelhead on nightcrawlers at Boat Dock Cove Samantha Richardson, age 6, Orange: 6-9 channel cat on mackerel at the Kids Lagoon Shane Linehan, age 8, Orange: 6-4 largemouth bass (released) on a Bald Brothers Stickbait at the west shore.
New coaches prepare for fall season, who’s in and who’s out
At Canyon High School, Pat-
rick Bendzick has left to become the director of athletics at St. Margaret’s High School. Bendzick served as an ath-
letic director at Canyon for the past seven years, and coached the school’s track and field and cross country teams, earning him Coach of the Year in 2014 in cross country. Joe Wiley, an assis- tant coach from Brea Olinda will replace Bendzick, and Mike Na- jera, the varsity baseball coach, will move up and take over the athletic director position. Dan Hay, after nine years of
coaching girls varsity softball, announced he will step down. Hay compiled an overall re-
cord of 190-74. The Comanches won two league championships, reached four CIF semifinals, and were Division 1 runner-ups in 2011. At El Modena High School,
Lindsay Laakso, formerly at Canyon, will take over as girls head volleyball coach in the fall. Former UCI player Doug Franco will head up the girls varsity soc- cer program this winter. The new boys varsity basketball coach will be Matt Henderson, and Jorge Carrizosa will take over the successful wrestling program. At Villa Park High School,
Brad Williams has moved from the boys lower level to the girls varsity head basketball coach po-
sition. C.J. Hollingsworth, an as- sistant boys basketball coach, has landed a head coaching position at Westminster High School. Mike Ryan is the new athletic
director at Orange High School, and welcomes new head football coach Robert Pedrosa and boys basketball coach Tim Williams. At Chapman University, Da-
vid Currey has retired, and Terry Boesel will be the new athletic di- rector holding the title of “David Currey Endowed Directorship of Athletics.” If you think you have what it
takes to coach a high school team, for all positions available in the CIF Southern Section, go to cifss. org/cifss_coaches_wanted.ph
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