Monday, January 17, 2011
Orange County: Five things from the weekend
1. Boys' basketball teams got together Saturday and played in the name of a great cause, the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase. Four of the county's top four teams participated, including Anaheim Canyon and Corona del Mar. Canyon scored a 59-46 victory behind Chris Harrison and Alan Potrus. One of the day's surprises was host team Villa Park's 75-73 loss to Victor Valley. Proceeds from the seven games went to various cancer organizations. Villa Park coach Kevin Reynolds lost both of his parents to cancer.
2. There were some scary moments on Friday when Newport Harbor boys' basketball coach Larry Hirst collapsed in the fourth quarter of his team's game against Edison. He was taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital by paramedics, and early reports was that it was not a heart-related issue. Edison led at the time, 50-34, with about 2-1/2 minutes remaining, and the game was ended.
3. Since beating Mater Dei, 59-57, on Jan. 7, Orange Lutheran hasn't shown any signs of letting down. The Lancers have scored another solid Trinity League boys' basketball victory and on Saturday an 82-60 victory over Murrieta Valley behind Gabe York and Payton Banks, who combined for 52 points.
4. The Tony Matson Memorial Classic today at Orange Lutheran High features two of the three best teams in the nation in back-to-back evening games. No. 1 Brea Olinda plays against Rancho Cucamonga at 6 p.m., as coach Jeff Sink goes for his 703rd career victory. He got No. 700 a couple of weeks ago against El Dorado. No. 3 Mater Dei plays against Carson at 7:30 p.m. Those matchups aren't quite as good as the ones last year when Brea played Mater Dei in the first fund-raiser for the Matson family. Tony Matson was coach at Orange Lutheran, which played in the Trinity League against Mater Dei, and had previously coached as an assistant at Brea. He was 44 when he died.
5. One of the best nights of wrestling of the year in the county is tonight at Foothill High in the Orange County Wrestling Coaches Association Classic. There are 14 matches scheduled, the first to begin at 6:30 p.m., and six include the county's No. 1 vs. No. 2 grapplers, including Wyatt Baker of Servite against Carl Hulick of Esperanza at 285 pounds.