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19 Feb 19
Beyond the Backyard

~*~ A day trip exploring Quebec City ~*~ Leaving our cozy Airbnb hub in Montreal, Brian and I took the 2 1/2 hr drive to Quebec City. Neither one of us had been to Quebec City before, but we were excited for the unique finds we would discover! But first, some hearty and healthy breakfast […]

19 Feb 19
We Sail The Ocean Blue

We arrived in Bermuda on Saturday 16th, a day ahead of schedule – thanks to the ship’s propeller problems! As previously mentioned, we cut short our stay in the Bahamas to get here early, meet divers who were flying out, along with some “spare parts” and get the ship fixed. The new plan had us […]

19 Feb 19
Judy Garland News & Events

“[A Star Is Born] gives Judy THE chance of her career to really showcase the talent that turned her into an entertainment great at a relatively early age.  She handles comedy with ease, drawing laughs without straining.  Her vocal efforts are incomparable.” – The “Los Angeles Daily News,” 1954 February 19, 1938:  Here’s a fun […]

19 Feb 19
From the Backstretch by Reuben Frank

Here’s the all-time Easterns top-10 performance list, with marks going back to 1975. That’s 44 years ago! There’s some great names on this list! As always, please leave a comment in the comment section if there are any errors or omissions and I will correct it. I didn’t include events that are no longer run […]

19 Feb 19
Calgary Sun

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It’s easy to spot the golf nuts. While everybody else is focused on their footing on a challenging-but-rewarding hiking trail, they’re the ones peering over the jagged ledges for a peek at the fairways and greens below. And boy, do they ever look good from this elevated perch. The scenery from the […]

19 Feb 19
The excellent blog 4783

Seattle, werden die größte Stadt von der Bevölkerung in Washington. Wie es aussieht, besitzt einen Südlichen Stil restaurant und punk – bar in der South End verbunden mit Boston kann die Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Menschen, vielleicht bauen Sie sich ein trendiges restaurant und boutique-Hotels in der Nähe Bay Village Teil der Stadt., die einzigartige Gastfreundschaft […]

19 Feb 19
Calgary Herald

Donations should be used for research, aid, not more solicitations Re: A plea for charities to end their cheap bribery, Opinion, Feb 15 Thank you, George Brookman! This issue has been irritating me as well for a number of years. I agree that to use my donation to send out tawdry solicitation “gifts” is frankly […]

19 Feb 19
Orange County Register
Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis take a look at the five Orange County boys basketball teams – Santa Margarita, Capistrano Valley Christian, Fairmont Prep, Pacifica Christian and Sage Hill — that made it to the CIF-SS championship games on Saturday, Feb. 23. Video by Jonathan Khamis for the Orange County Register  
19 Feb 19
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Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis take a look at the five Orange County boys basketball teams – Santa Margarita, Capistrano Valley Christian, Fairmont Prep, Pacifica Christian and Sage Hill — that made it to the CIF-SS championship games on Saturday, Feb. 23. Video by Jonathan Khamis for the Orange County Register  
19 Feb 19
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19 Feb 19
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San Joaquin League basketball is much different than it was 10 years ago. The league of small private schools in the 2008-09 season had a couple of good small-schools teams in it like Fairmont Prep and Tarbut V’Torah. That season second-place Tarbut played in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6AA championship game in which the Lions had a 20-point lead over Desert Christian of Bermuda Dunes with four minutes to go and lost 54-49. (Bad times sometimes create great quotes like this postgame comment from Tarbut coach Patrick Roberts, 74 at the time, about what he was thinking when the Lions’ lead reached 20 points: “I was ready to call a limo and go clubbing tonight.”) Those Fairmont and Tarbut teams of 10 years ago might be last-place teams in this season’s San Joaquin League, which still is a league of small private schools. It might be the second-best boys basketball league – behind the Trinity League – that has Orange County teams in it. Three of the San Joaquin League’s five teams are playing in CIF-SS championship games Saturday. Second-place Capistrano Valley Christian (25-7) plays in the Division 3A final against Palm Springs (26-5) at Azusa Pacifica University at 12:30 p.m. League-champion Fairmont Prep (24-7) plays third-place Pacifica Christian (23-7) in the 4AA final at Godinez High at 8 p.m. Asked for his insight into how the San Joaquin League got so good, CIF-SS assistant Commissioner Rainer Wulf answered, “Motivated coaches.” The Fairmont Prep, Capistrano Valley Christian, and Pacifica Christian coaches – Joedy Gardner at Fairmont, Chris Childress at CVC and Jeff Berokoff at Pacifica Christian – have travel ball or AAU or other outside-of-high school basketball histories or connections. “The coaching is the No. 1 reason,” said CVC athletic director Rick Curtis about the San Joaquin’s basketball success. Curtis has been around, having been a football coach and/or athletic administrator in Orange County since the 1980s. San Joaquin League schools are attracting students from Africa and other foreign lands. CVC’s best player Festus Ndumanya, from Nigeria, is one of several African players in the league. Fairmont Prep, according to the school’s website, annually has students from more than 21 countries. Like many of Orange County’s better boys basketball teams, transfers are found on the rosters of most San Joaquin League teams. “We do have a few transfers,” Curtis acknowledged,” But some kids have come up through the ranks, too.” San Joaquin League schools, most of which don’t have thriving football programs, see basketball as the best athletics venue to build school spirit. “When you don’t have a football program,” said Berokoff of football-less Pacifica Christian, “basketball is a big deal. It’s bringing great enthusiasm and energy to the school. It’s fun and exciting to see the school rally about our basketball program.” There is an athletics ambition at the league schools that was not really there 10 years ago. “Ours school’s climate has changed,” Curtis said. “The culture has changed as far as athletics being an important part of our school.” Points in the paint: • The schedule for Orange County teams in the CIF-SS boys basketball championship games Saturday: Division 1, Santa Margarita vs. Chino Hills, Cal Baptist University, 3 p.m.; Division 3A, Capistrano Valley Christian vs. Palm Springs, Azusa Pacific University, 12:30 p.m.; Division 4AA, Fairmont Prep vs. Pacifica Christian, Godinez High, 8 p.m.; Division 5AA, Sage Hill vs. Santa Clara, Godinez High, noon. • Admission prices for CIF-SS boys basketball finals: at Azusa Pacific and at Cal Baptist, adults $16, high school students with valid student identification and children $5-13, $9; at Godinez, adults $14, students and children $5. • Parking is $10 at Cal Baptist, $5 at Godinez and free at Azusa Pacific. • All teams that advanced to the CIF-SS semifinals qualified for the CIF State tournament that begins Feb. 26 with play in the CIF Southern California Regionals and the CIF Northern California Regionals in five divisions. Regionals division champions meet in the CIF State finals March 8 and 9 at Sacramento. Regionals brackets will be released Sunday. • Mater Dei is not playing in the Open Division championship game – Bishop Montgomery of Torrance and Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth are in the Open Division final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cal Baptist. Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight is pleased that the Monarchs, with no senior playing significant minutes this season, went 2-1 in Open Division pool play with wins over St. John Bosco and Centennial of Corona and a loss to Sierra Canyon. “Especially because all three games were away games,” McKnight said. “Winning two of those three games on the road is a pretty good feat.”
19 Feb 19
Orange County Register
San Joaquin League basketball is much different than it was 10 years ago. The league of small private schools in the 2008-09 season had a couple of good small-schools teams in it like Fairmont Prep and Tarbut V’Torah. That season second-place Tarbut played in the CIF-Southern Section Division 6AA championship game in which the Lions had a 20-point lead over Desert Christian of Bermuda Dunes with four minutes to go and lost 54-49. (Bad times sometimes create great quotes like this postgame comment from Tarbut coach Patrick Roberts, 74 at the time, about what he was thinking when the Lions’ lead reached 20 points: “I was ready to call a limo and go clubbing tonight.”) Those Fairmont and Tarbut teams of 10 years ago might be last-place teams in this season’s San Joaquin League, which still is a league of small private schools. It might be the second-best boys basketball league – behind the Trinity League – that has Orange County teams in it. Three of the San Joaquin League’s five teams are playing in CIF-SS championship games Saturday. Second-place Capistrano Valley Christian (25-7) plays in the Division 3A final against Palm Springs (26-5) at Azusa Pacifica University at 12:30 p.m. League-champion Fairmont Prep (24-7) plays third-place Pacifica Christian (23-7) in the 4AA final at Godinez High at 8 p.m. Asked for his insight into how the San Joaquin League got so good, CIF-SS assistant Commissioner Rainer Wulf answered, “Motivated coaches.” The Fairmont Prep, Capistrano Valley Christian, and Pacifica Christian coaches – Joedy Gardner at Fairmont, Chris Childress at CVC and Jeff Berokoff at Pacifica Christian – have travel ball or AAU or other outside-of-high school basketball histories or connections. “The coaching is the No. 1 reason,” said CVC athletic director Rick Curtis about the San Joaquin’s basketball success. Curtis has been around, having been a football coach and/or athletic administrator in Orange County since the 1980s. San Joaquin League schools are attracting students from Africa and other foreign lands. CVC’s best player Festus Ndumanya, from Nigeria, is one of several African players in the league. Fairmont Prep, according to the school’s website, annually has students from more than 21 countries. Like many of Orange County’s better boys basketball teams, transfers are found on the rosters of most San Joaquin League teams. “We do have a few transfers,” Curtis acknowledged,” But some kids have come up through the ranks, too.” San Joaquin League schools, most of which don’t have thriving football programs, see basketball as the best athletics venue to build school spirit. “When you don’t have a football program,” said Berokoff of football-less Pacifica Christian, “basketball is a big deal. It’s bringing great enthusiasm and energy to the school. It’s fun and exciting to see the school rally about our basketball program.” There is an athletics ambition at the league schools that was not really there 10 years ago. “Ours school’s climate has changed,” Curtis said. “The culture has changed as far as athletics being an important part of our school.” Points in the paint: • The schedule for Orange County teams in the CIF-SS boys basketball championship games Saturday: Division 1, Santa Margarita vs. Chino Hills, Cal Baptist University, 3 p.m.; Division 3A, Capistrano Valley Christian vs. Palm Springs, Azusa Pacific University, 12:30 p.m.; Division 4AA, Fairmont Prep vs. Pacifica Christian, Godinez High, 8 p.m.; Division 5AA, Sage Hill vs. Santa Clara, Godinez High, noon. • Admission prices for CIF-SS boys basketball finals: at Azusa Pacific and at Cal Baptist, adults $16, high school students with valid student identification and children $5-13, $9; at Godinez, adults $14, students and children $5. • Parking is $10 at Cal Baptist, $5 at Godinez and free at Azusa Pacific. • All teams that advanced to the CIF-SS semifinals qualified for the CIF State tournament that begins Feb. 26 with play in the CIF Southern California Regionals and the CIF Northern California Regionals in five divisions. Regionals division champions meet in the CIF State finals March 8 and 9 at Sacramento. Regionals brackets will be released Sunday. • Mater Dei is not playing in the Open Division championship game – Bishop Montgomery of Torrance and Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth are in the Open Division final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cal Baptist. Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight is pleased that the Monarchs, with no senior playing significant minutes this season, went 2-1 in Open Division pool play with wins over St. John Bosco and Centennial of Corona and a loss to Sierra Canyon. “Especially because all three games were away games,” McKnight said. “Winning two of those three games on the road is a pretty good feat.”
19 Feb 19
Orange County Register
This week’s Orange County boys basketball top 25: ORANGE COUNTY TOP 25 (Records through Sunday; PRV is previous ranking.) 1. Mater Dei (27-4; PRV: 1): Monarchs beat Centennial of Corona, St. John Bosco to finish 2-1 in CIF-SS Open Division pool play. 2. Santa Margarita (22-10; PRV: 3): Eagles move up a spot in the top 25 after advancing to CIF-SS Division 1 final. 3. JSerra (23-7; PRV: 2): Lions eliminated by Brentwood in Division 1 second round. 4. Orange Lutheran (22-9; PRV: 4): Lancers beat Campbell Hall in second round, lost to Mayfair in 2AA quarterfinals. 5. Villa Park (25-4; PRV: 5): A quick exit for Spartans who lost to Mayfair in 2AA second round. 6. Canyon (21-8; PRV: 6): Comanches eliminated by top-seeded Chino Hills in Division 1 second round. 7. Cypress (27-3; PRV: 7): Centurions lost to Notre Dame of Riverside in 2AA quarterfinals. 8. Fairmont Prep (24-7; PRV: 9): Huskies advanced to Division 4AA championship game. 9. La Habra (26-4; PRV: 8): Highlanders taken out by Warren of Downey in 3AA second round. 10. Pacifica Christian (23-7; PRV: 10): Tritons get rematch against Fairmont Prep in 4AA title game. 11. Capistrano Valley Christian (25-7) 12. Newport Harbor (25-5) 13. Trabuco Hills (21-6) 14. Edison (19-11) 15. Tesoro (19-7) 16. Capistrano Valley (16-11) 17. Mission Viejo (22-7) 18. Corona del Mar (18-10) 19. Crean Lutheran (17-14) 20. Sunny Hills (18-12) 21. Troy (18-13) 22. Dana Hills (17-11) 23. Marina (16-13) 24. Sonora (19-10) 25. Beckman (21-9)  
19 Feb 19
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This week’s Orange County boys basketball top 25: ORANGE COUNTY TOP 25 (Records through Sunday; PRV is previous ranking.) 1. Mater Dei (27-4; PRV: 1): Monarchs beat Centennial of Corona, St. John Bosco to finish 2-1 in CIF-SS Open Division pool play. 2. Santa Margarita (22-10; PRV: 3): Eagles move up a spot in the top 25 after advancing to CIF-SS Division 1 final. 3. JSerra (23-7; PRV: 2): Lions eliminated by Brentwood in Division 1 second round. 4. Orange Lutheran (22-9; PRV: 4): Lancers beat Campbell Hall in second round, lost to Mayfair in 2AA quarterfinals. 5. Villa Park (25-4; PRV: 5): A quick exit for Spartans who lost to Mayfair in 2AA second round. 6. Canyon (21-8; PRV: 6): Comanches eliminated by top-seeded Chino Hills in Division 1 second round. 7. Cypress (27-3; PRV: 7): Centurions lost to Notre Dame of Riverside in 2AA quarterfinals. 8. Fairmont Prep (24-7; PRV: 9): Huskies advanced to Division 4AA championship game. 9. La Habra (26-4; PRV: 8): Highlanders taken out by Warren of Downey in 3AA second round. 10. Pacifica Christian (23-7; PRV: 10): Tritons get rematch against Fairmont Prep in 4AA title game. 11. Capistrano Valley Christian (25-7) 12. Newport Harbor (25-5) 13. Trabuco Hills (21-6) 14. Edison (19-11) 15. Tesoro (19-7) 16. Capistrano Valley (16-11) 17. Mission Viejo (22-7) 18. Corona del Mar (18-10) 19. Crean Lutheran (17-14) 20. Sunny Hills (18-12) 21. Troy (18-13) 22. Dana Hills (17-11) 23. Marina (16-13) 24. Sonora (19-10) 25. Beckman (21-9)  
18 Feb 19
Orange County Register
The Register’s Orange County girls basketball Top 25 for Monday, Feb. 18: ORANGE COUNTY TOP 25 (Records through Sunday; PRV is previous ranking) 1. Mater Dei (27-4; PRV: 1): Monarchs appear headed toward the eight-team state open playoffs after a strong showing in the CIF-SS Open Division, highlighted by a win against Etiwanda. 2. Rosary (22-8; PRV: 2): Royals went 0-3 in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs but could be a team to watch in the Division 1 state playoffs. 3. Troy (22-9; PRV: 3): Warriors also finished 0-3 in the CIF-SS Open Division and could be a hungry team in the Division 1 state playoffs. 4. Brea Olinda (21-5; PRV: 4): Ladycats finished 2-1 against Esperanza, highlighted by a victory that delivered a share of the Crestview League crown. 5. Esperanza (22-8; PRV: 5): The co-champs in Crestview League own wins against Brea Olinda, JSerra, Orangewood Academy and Los Alamitos. 6. Oxford Academy (29-3; PRV: 7): Patriots ride 16-game winning streak into Division 2A final Saturday against Lakeside, which beat No. 5 Esperanza 68-61. 7. Huntington Beach (24-7; PRV: 6): Oilers narrowly lost in the Division 2AA quarterfinals, falling short of the SoCal regionals by a mere two points. 8. JSerra (17-11; PRV: 8): Lions lost to Division 1 finalist Chaminade 67-49 in second round. 9. Aliso Niguel (23-5; PRV: 10): Wolverines will be seeking a fifth consecutive South Coast League title next winter. 10. Santa Margarita (20-10; PRV: 9): Eagles lost big to Oxford Academy in the semifinals but are headed to the state regional playoffs. 11. Fairmont Prep (14-14; PRV: 11) 12. Orange Lutheran (21-9; PRV: 12) 13. Sonora (20-6; PRV: 13) 14. Orangewood Academy (15-15; PRV: 14) 15. Los Alamitos (20-9; PRV: 15) 16. El Dorado (21-7; PRV: 16) 17. University (21-8; PRV: 17) 18. San Clemente (18-11; PRV: 18) 19. Foothill (17-12; PRV: 19) 20. Kennedy (18-9; PRV: 20) 21. Tustin (24-6; PRV: 21) 22. Sunny Hills (16-13; PRV: 22) 23. Laguna Hills (16-10; PRV: 23) 24. Crean Lutheran (24-5; PRV: 24) 25. Whittier Christian (23-6; PRV: 25) Please send feedback on rankings to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter