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Dolphins Football Preview

New league and more seasoned roster have Dana Hills poised for success SPECIAL INSERT

Dolphin linemen run through drills at a summer practice in preparation for the upcoming season. Photo by Steve Breazeale

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Lay Off 730

Dana Wharf’s Don Hansen Receives Presidential Appointment



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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 Emergency Preparedness Expo 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The city is hosting a free community emergency preparedness expo at the Dana Hills High School Sports Park, 33301 Golden Lantern. The expo, sponsored by Southern California Edison, will include emergency vehicle displays, demonstrations and exhibitors. Programs will teach residents of all ages how to stay safe in the event of an emergency via helpful information provided by public safety agencies, utilities and community groups. The


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first 500 families in attendance will receive a free starter emergency kit. 949.248.3579, expo. Veterans of Foreign Wars BBQ Noon-6 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 and The Heavy Spirits are hosting a fundraising and outreach event with fun for the whole family. Event includes a barbecue, beer, live music and games. Net proceeds will benefit the VFW for use in its outreach to combat veterans, active military and their families. Sea Terrace Park, 33501 Niguel Road.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, 949.493.2759, CITY COUNCIL DARK THROUGH AUGUST: The next City Council meeting is scheduled for September 18, 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501,


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…Don Hansen?

THE LATEST: President Obama appointed Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching founder Donald K. Hansen to a key administration post on the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. According to an August 16 news release from the White House Office of the Press Secretary, Hansen was chosen as commissioner alongside William W. Fox, vice president of fisheries at World Wildlife Fund. “I am very honored and excited to be chosen and hope to continue protecting our ocean resources,” said Hansen. Hansen currently serves as a special assistant to the director of the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and vice president of the Sportfishing Association of California, a group he has been a part of since 1974. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration honored him in 2007 with their Sustainable Fisheries Award. WHAT’S NEXT: “The extraordinary dedication these men bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people,” said President Obama in the announcement. “I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.” Hansen said that although dealing with countries worldwide will be a challenge, he vows to work diligently in his new post and hopes to make a positive contribution toward managing tuna species for the future. FIND OUT MORE: See www.danapointtimes. com. —Andrea Swayne



THE LATEST: Ninety-two percent of Capistrano Unified School District sophomores Dana Point Times August 24–30, 2012

in the Class of 2014 passed the California High School Exit Exam on their first attempt, according to an August 22 report by the California Department of Education. The rates for both the English Language Arts and math portions of the test are consistent with the last two classes, said district spokesman Marcus Walton said in a news release. The only exception is a slightly better result in the in 2010-2011, when 93 percent passed the ELA. “When you have such a high percentage of students showing they have the skills and ability to meet the state’s graduation requirements, you know that our continued emphasis on instruction is paying off,” Board President Dr. Gary Pritchard said. A significant improvement was seen among students designated as English learners. The group’s first-time pass rate rose from 49 percent to 55 percent in math and from 40 percent to 46 percent in ELA, an increase Superintendent Joe Farley said proves that the work teachers are doing to improve instruction is working. The CAHSEE, required by state law for graduation, is taken for the first time in grade 10 and may be taken twice in grade 11 and up to five times in grade 12. WHAT’S NEXT: Improvement strategies include a renewed emphasis on instruction through the District’s Academic Design and Delivery program, which encourages teachers to use the best research-based strategies. Two-thirds of the schools have undergone program training and the remainder will begin the program this school year. FIND OUT MORE: See —AS


… SONGS Layoffs?

THE LATEST: Southern California Edison announced late Monday that the company

would lay off 730 people, about a third of the current staff, at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The layoffs will begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The plant will be left with approximately 1,500 employees after the cuts. The layoffs come as the company has been comparing the costs of the facility with similar-sized facilities across the country. WHAT’S NEXT: Edison spokeswoman Jennifer Manfre said the company had not yet determined who would be cut and which units would be affected. Those determinations would begin shortly, she indicated. Dan Dominguez, business manager of the Utility Workers of America, Local 246, which represents some plant workers, said negotiations regarding the status of the approximately 800 employees represented by the union would begin soon. FIND OUT MORE: See — Jim Shilander


…the Historical Society?

THE LATEST: After serving as president of the Dana Point Historical Society for seven years, Carlos N. Olvera stepped down from the board on August 7 to avoid any potential conflicts with his run for City Council in the November 6 election. His City Council candidacy became official on August 8.


…Del Obispo Traffic Study?

THE LATEST: Traffic engineers will attempt to improve traffic flow by synchronizing and/or constructing improved traffic signals on Del Obispo Street between Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. The San Juan Capistrano City Council— the lead agency on the project—on Tuesday approved the study by Tustin-based engineering firm Hartzog & Crabill, Inc. that will monitor 16 traffic signals located along the 3.6-mile stretch of Del Obispo, from Ortega Highway to Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. A majority of the traffic congestion problem lies in Capistrano, caused by the queue-cutter signal at the Del Obispo Street railroad crossing, between Camino Capistrano and Paseo Adelanto. The project will cost $158,553, but the lion’s share will be reimbursed by Measure M2 grant funding. Dana Point will contribute $12,240 and San Juan Capistrano will pay $16,441.

WHAT’S NEXT: According to Historical Society bylaws, Vice President Barbara Johannes will now serve as president. Olvera was appointed last year by Supervisor Pat Bates to the Orange County Historical Commission and will remain in that post.

WHAT’S NEXT: The project must be completed no later than 39 months from the date of approval. “Although we haven’t had major problems with signal timing synchronization on that stretch of roadway in Dana Point, the project will make a significant contribution by upgrading or replacing older controllers that would have needed to be replaced in the near future,” said Dana Point Public Works Director Brad Fowler. Fowler also noted that the city has been, and will continue, upgrading and timing other lights in the city; the most recent improvements being completed along Golden Lantern.


FIND OUT MORE: See —Brian Park/AS

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Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala. Courtesy photo

Business Beat


News and updates on Dana Point’s business community

BUSINESS EVENT u Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala, which opened in Dana Point in 2005, is holding an open house Sunday, August 26. Free massages, yoga and Pilates demonstrations will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be juice samples from Organic Tree Juice Bar, which shares the same building as Pacific Ashtanga, as well as food samples provided by neighboring restaurants Mahé, What a Dish and RJ’s Café. In addition, instructor Lesley Fightmaster will teach a free hour-long Intro to Ashtanga class at 5 p.m. Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala is the only certified Ashtanga yoga shala in Orange County. The studio offers classes in Ashtanga and other types of yoga in addition to Pilates and circuit sculpting. Pacific Ashtanga also specializes in juice cleanses. Owner Diana Christinson, a certified Ashtanga instructor with 13 years of teaching experience, had to gain authorization from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India, to teach Ashtanga in the U.S. “Ashtanga is a more traditional practice from India—I teach specifically in that lineage,” Christinson explained. “While it is physically rigorous, Ashtanga is also moving meditation.” Christinson has traveled to India once a year for the past 10 years to work with her Ashtanga instructor in order to become a certificated Ashtanga teacher. 24901 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Ste. 130, 949.246.7315,

NEW BUSINESS u True Desire, a women’s fashion boutique that first opened in Laguna Niguel about two years ago, now has a second location in Dana Point. The Dana Point store in Monarch Bay Plaza is run by manager

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Danielle Diaz. “[We opened in Dana Point because] we felt that we would have the best of both worlds—the locals and the tourists,” owner Tony Antonissen explained. “There didn’t seem to be a boutique like ours anywhere in the center appealing to women of all ages with an affordable price point.” In addition to clothing, True Desire also sells hats, purses, accessories and more. “Our selection of stylish affordable clothing for all ages and our helpful and friendly staff sets us apart from the rest,” Antonissen said. “After one visit, you will realize that no trip to the mall is needed.” Until September 15, both True Desire stores are offering a 20 percent discount to all customers who bring in a copy of this article. 32880 Pacific Coast Highway, 949.481.1199, u Board Blazers, LED underglow lights for skateboards and scooters, is a new idea concieved by Greg Rudolph, a 2010 graduate of Dana Hills High School and owner of Grenada Innovations. A marketing and supply chain management major at Arizona State University, Rudolph designed the product after watching ASU students riding skateboards decorated with Christmas lights. “Board Blazers really illuminate a board, so they’re valuable for keeping kids safe while cruising the neighborhood at night. Plus, kids love the ‘cool factor’ they add,” Rudolph said. Board Blazers are available in eight standard colors, and customers also have the option of customizing their own color combo. The product is self-adhesive, meaning that no screws or board disassembly is required., grenadainnovations@


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Dana Point Police Services COMPILED BY KEVIN DAHLGREN All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Sunday, August 19 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Carmelita, 34400 Block (10:34 p.m.) Air Traffic Control received a phone call from a man concerned about his friend who was believed to be on his boat halfway to Catalina. The caller told dispatchers his friend was supposed to return home a few hours earlier but had not made contact. The man’s friend knew the boat had a history of breaking down and wanted to make sure his friend was not stranded.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Niguel Road/Monarch Beach Drive (12:48 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a small white truck driving toward Pacific Coast Highway on Niguel Road. The caller stated she could hear what sounded like someone pounding on the back cover of the truck every time the car stopped. She believed someone was possibly being held captive against their will. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Pacific Coast Highway/ Crystal Lantern (8:20 a.m.) A woman called police when her boyfriend began vomiting outside a McDonald’s restaurant due to excessive alcohol consumption. The woman said her boyfriend, who is a recovering alcoholic, had drunk nearly a gallon of vodka in eight hours. The man refused medical attention and was taken home by his girlfriend.

Saturday, August 18 DISTURBANCE-AUTO INVOLVED Calle La Primavera, 33900 Block (8:31 p.m.) Police were called when a man who had been working on his car refused to turn the engine off after being asked several times. The man’s neighbor told dispatchers that the engine was extremely loud and was waking up his infant daughter. RECKLESS DRIVING Pacific Coast Highway/Palisades Drive (1:49 p.m.) Several teenage boys were

Sea Scouts Kick Off 35th Year Sea Scouts hosting open house, meeting for prospective members Dana Point Times


ariners Sea Scouts will kick off their 35th fall season with an open house and informational meeting September 12 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Orange County Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place at the Dana Point Harbor and will include a tour of facility and refreshments for prospective new members. Youth from throughout south Orange County are invited to learn about the opportunities available with the local Sea Scouts program. Mariners offers a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12 to 18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands, allow participants to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. No previous boating experience is required. Mariners offers an extensive fleet of small and large sailboats along with trips aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. In addition, kayaks, rowing boats, outboard motor boats and motorized inflatable dinghies are available for member use. Mariner Sea Scouts are a part of Boy Dana Point Times August 24–30, 2012

Mariners Sea Scouts. Courtesy photo

Scouts of America’s Venturing Division and have been based at the Dana Point Harbor for 35 years under the leadership of Jim “Skip” Wehan. Mariners youth have the opportunity to sail and live aboard the Spirit of Dana Point tall ship every summer for a nineday trip at sea. Six local Mariners just returned from an international Sea Scout Regatta held at Cal Maritime Academy where they competed with other Sea Scout teams from around the world. In addition, a $10,000 college scholarship is awarded each year to a graduating Mariners high school senior. Additional information can be found at, on Facebook or via email at DP Page 6

spotted driving a gray Hyundai at a high rate of speed, northbound on Pacific Coast Highway. Two of the teens were standing with their heads out the back windows. VANDALISM REPORT Doheny Park Road, 34100 Block (8:27 a.m.) Police were called to Surf Laundromat after a passerby threw a large stone through the front window. An employee claimed to have seen the man, but could not be certain the person she saw actually threw the rock. A patrol check of the area found no suspicious activity or people.

Friday, August 17 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Camino Las Ramblas/I-5 Freeway A strange man was seen driving through several neighborhoods near the end of Camino Las Ramblas. The man was unfamiliar to the caller and had been driving up and down the street for almost two hours. He appeared to be lost but when the caller tried to assist the man, he quickly sped away. The vehicle was described as a darkcolored late model Toyota Camry. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Victoria Boulevard, 25800 Block (3:48 p.m.) Employees of a self-storage facility called police when several extension cords were found plugged into an outside wall socket and leading into a closed storage locker. Chemical smells were also reported

to be emanating from the locker. DRUNK DRIVING Crown Valley Parkway, 32400 Block (2:11 p.m.) Two people were seen lying down in the back of a GMC Enclave parked in an apartment complex. The driver had been swerving across the center lane on Crown Valley before parking. Police received a second call reporting the driver was now attempting to drive up a hill covered in bushes at the back of the complex.

Thursday, August 16 ILLEGAL PEDDLING Violet Lantern/Cordova Drive (6:50 p.m.) Two teenage males were seen walking door-to-door asking residents for donations to help their school’s orchestra program raise money. One resident believed this was suspicious when the boys could not produce any credentials and did not know the name of the individual in charge of the fundraiser. Both teens were described as 6 feet tall, with dark hair and normal-looking clothing. TRAFFIC HAZARD Avenida Las Palmas/Camino de Estrella (8:57 a.m.) A man called police after he watched a large branch fall off a tree and hit a traffic light on its way down. The man said the traffic light was now malfunctioning and the tree branch was blocking an eastbound lane of Avenida Las Palmas.



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This week we’re leaving Dana Point. While common sense told us it was time to downsize and return to our San Francisco roots, our hearts just don’t agree. For the past 23 years we’ve lived so well here and have really grown accustomed to the place. You have no idea how hard it is for us to leave these 7 square miles of Paradise. We’ve lived in many different cities and towns, but none has grabbed us heart and soul as Dana Point has. So now we’ve taken our last walk in Sea Terrace Park and down to the beach. We’ve eaten our last dinner in the Harbor. We’ve gone to Salt Creek and Strand Park to enjoy our last sunset. No more tennis or yoga at the club or picnics on the island. No more meetings with the Historical Society or the Earth/Ocean Society or presentations to the City Council. No more Civic Association Coffee Chats in the Harbor. No more happy hour Fridays with special friends. So goodbye Dana Point, and thank you. We’ve enjoyed playing and working with so many, and we’ll miss you all.


My family was in Dana Point recently and we had a horrible experience with someone we rented a beach house from. We ended up having to move out after three days and move into a hotel down the street. As a result we lost $950 and it doesn’t look like we are going to recover it. I have spoken to the Chamber of Commerce, to the Mayor of Dana Point and to the City Manager thus far. Because Dana Point does not regulate those who rent out beach homes they cannot do anything to help us out. We live in Arizona and cannot pursue any legal action either. The Mayor told me that there are a number of people Dana Point Times August 24–30, 2012

who have had these types of experiences and that the city is considering changing the way things are set up so tourists are not taken advantage of. I’m sure I am not the only one who has gone through this. I would hate for anyone to needlessly go through this again. Buyer beware!


The problem with presidents and government officials running for office these days is that the race becomes a popularity contest to decide the winner. Our founding fathers would turn over in their grave if they knew what was going on today. I feel that we need to go back to how it was in the old days when only the wisest and most humble candidates would be elected for office. Hollywood has its place in society but government is not it. The citizens of America need to do their part as well and research the truth about candidates before picking the guy that looks the best or supports gay rights rather than someone who will actually work for the best interest of the country as a whole. Given we don’t have a very good choice this year, I hope people can see through Obama’s lies and schemes he used to gain his votes in the first place, because he’s just doing the same exact thing the second time around. Anyway, I hope I have helped open a few peoples’ eyes to this issue. I realize everyone has a different opinion of what government should do, but we as the citizens of the United States have to come together and compromise for the greater good.


We got trouble my friends, right here in “DP City!” I say trouble, trouble, trouble— with a capital T and it rhymes with B and it stands for books and V and it stands for

Alan Wickstrom, Bob Fairbanks, Jim Miller and Pat Fairbanks pose for a photo during a going away party for the Fairbanks at Quench Bar & Bistro last week. Courtesy photo

volunteers… Over the last couple of months I’ve read a number of well written, passionate appeals to the current Friends of the Library bookstore management. The current occupants of FOL have caused a great deal of upheaval. This upheaval has led to the firing of long time volunteers as well as bitter feelings and sad hearts. I suggest to the new and current, inexperienced management a simple solution—if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. What a shame, and I do mean shame. I ask you—how do you fire or let go a 25-year volunteer? Or worse yet, tell her or him their views no longer matter. These steadfast volunteers have been let go for jealousy and frivolous reasons. For about a year, I had the pleasure of working with a small group of volunteers who were hard working, knowledgeable and dedicated. The bookstore was a charming and inviting place to share and exchange ideas, as well as find the perfect book for a friend. I would love to see Andrew Carnegie’s famous visual over the Dana Point Library. On a number of his libraries he placed a

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representation of the rays of the rising sun above the entrance. Above that, the words “Let there be light.” Hear, hear. Let’s be leaders and guides to ongoing fellowship and knowledge. …apologies to Meredith Wilson’s Music Man. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@danapointtimes. com or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.

CORRECTIONS: In last week’s paper, the photo of Grom of the Week Dylan Sonderegger (Surf, pg. 18) was attributed incorrectly. The photo credit should have been given to Kurt Steinmetz/steintribe. Also in last week’s issue (Newsbites, pg. 6), the report titled, “CUSD Students in the News” contained two misspellings. The $1,000 scholarship is the Jim Mizelle Memorial Water and Environmental Scholarship Program and one of three recipients is Haylee Bergstrom. We regret the errors.




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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK



JUSTIN RATOWSKY & CALI CONSCIOUS 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at The Shore. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089,

GARDEN BITES’ GRILLING CLASS 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Goin Native hosts a “Delicious Revolution: Garden Bites” Grilling Class. $60 includes food to sample, recipes and more. Register online; space limited. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386, JIMMY JAMES 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,


RANCHO MISSION VIEJO RODEO 2 p.m. Two-day rodeo featuring saddle bronc and bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, bull riding and team roping, as well as a live concert on Saturday night and much more. Gates open 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets $25 adults, $10 kids. 30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano,


CATALINA SNORKELING CRUISE 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a trip to Catalina Island packed with snorkeling, catch-and-release and a barbecue dinner onboard. Cost is $70-$78. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS BBQ 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Music, barbecue and beer at Sea Terrace Park. Proceeds go to Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934. 33501 Niguel Road Dana Point, REV’VED UP 4 HUNGER CAR SHOW & CASINO NIGHT 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Custom and vintage cars on display. Food donations accepted. Free. Then from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Enjoy casino games, auctions, raffles and more. $65-$120. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, 949.653.2900, Dana Point Times August 24-30, 2012

AT THE MOVIES: ‘SPARKLE’ SHINES DIMLY Director Salim Akil’s Sparkle is 11 years in the making. A proposed remake of the 1976 film was to star R&B singer Aaliyah and Whitney Houston in 2001. But Aaliyah’s accidental death and Houston’s personal turmoil stopped production. But Hollywood tried again, keeping Houston and adding “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks. In 1965 Detroit, girl-group Sister and Her Sisters is comprised of the three Anderson sisters, sexy lead singer Tammy or “Sister” (Carmen Ejogo), songwriter Sparkle (Sparks) and middle sister Dolores (Tika Sumpter). When young music agent Stix (Derek Luke) discovers the group, things begin to really “spark.” As a relationship blossoms between Sparkle and Stix, Sister’s marriage to a comedian Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston in Sparkle. © 2012 Stage 6 Films, Inc. (Mike Epps) becomes destructive. The sisters must also deal with their disapproving mother (Houston). But Sparkle’s gift for writing catchy tunes (mostly ‘60s Motown tracks) won’t see obstacles hold her back from success. With Houston’s death this year, Sparkle has become a swan song rather than a comeback. Adapted by Akil’s wife, Mara Brock Akil, the story isn’t bad, but it isn’t exactly fresh. But with the setting of Dreamgirls (2006), the structure of Gypsy (1962) and the melodrama of Country Strong (2010), Sparkle is entertaining if soapy. Sparks has as much acting skill as the average pop star, but the other on-screen sisters, Ejogo and Sumpter, shine brightest. Sparkle is a modest hit, with the music and performances making up for corniness. —Megan Bianco

ROLLER DERBY 7 p.m. Roller derby match featuring the Lagunatics vs. San Diego Derby Dolls at the Laguna Hills Sports Complex. $10. 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, 949.683.4782, EXPLORING COMMUNITY SCALE EDIBLE LANDSCAPING 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Landscape architect James Dockstader of Orange County Food Not Lawns, visits The Ecology Center to discuss building strong neighborhoods, families and communities by encouraging edible gardens. Free. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts the music cruise on the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar and more. Cost $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, EDITOR’S PICK: Wine Tasting at DaVine Food & Wine 3 p.m.-7 p.m. DaVine hosts a special wine tasting featuring guests Carl and Pam Bowker from Caliza Winery in Paso Robles, who will be on hand to pour their handcrafted wines and answer questions. $25 per person includes five wine tastes and light appetizers. Please RSVP for parties of four or more. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor, 949.493.4044, or find them on Facebook.


SUMMER CONCERT IN THE PARK 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Dana Point’s final outdoor concert of the season at Lantern Bay Park featuring Roy Schenkenberger and Turn the Page, a Bob Seger tribute. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,


SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK 6 p.m. The “Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” Aug. 23, 25 and 26 at the Lantern Bay Park amphitheater. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.291.5083, WINE COUNTRY SAFARI 5 p.m. Pet Project Foundation’s annual Flight of Fancy featuring an evening of food, wine and art at Café 207. $65. 207 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.595.8899, ERIC JOHNSON 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Page 8



POETRY NIGHT 8 p.m. Open mic at The Rib Joint Roadhouse. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949. 661.9500,

COUNTRY DANCIN’ WITH PATRICK & FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,



CHERYL SILVERSTEIN & ROB KOBAYASHI 7 p.m.10 p.m. Music and Taco Tuesday at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.


OPEN MIC 7:30 p.m. Perform in front of a crowd at Agostino’s open mic night every Wednesday at Agostino’s. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., #100, Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266,


MICROBREWS BY THE MISSION 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Enjoy delicious microbrews and food at great prices in downtown San Juan Capistrano at 14 different venues on the last Wednesday of every month. 949.493.4700, www.facebook. com/MicrobrewsByTheMission.



GEORGE BUTTS 8 p.m. Live music at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,

JAZZ CONCERT 7 p.m. The Saddleback College Jazz Faculty presents world premieres of new original works in McKinney Theatre. Tickets $7-$10. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, PUSSYCAT PALOOZA The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter is having a feline adoption event through August 31. Adopt a cat for $50. 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, 949. 492.1617, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





INSIDE Sea View Shakeup: Dolphins Enter New League


Behind the Lines: A Look at the Opposition

Driven on Defense: Nine Veterans Anchor Solid Returning Group



team,” Betzler said. Another important member of the Dolphin defense will be senior defensive end Dalton du’Casse, who as a starting junior had a breakout season. He tallied six sacks, 75 total tackles and caused two fumbles at the line, making him one of the Dolphins’ most effective pass rushers. The senior also doubles as a wrestler on the Dolphins wrestling team and, according to Rusinkovich, he uses some of those skills to shed blocks coming from opposing lineman.

New league and a more seasoned roster have Dana Hills poised for success By Steve Breazeale Sometimes a little change of scenery can do wonders, even for a high school football team. In 2012 the Dana Hills Dolphins are moving out of the South Coast league, where they went 0-4 last season, and into the Sea View league, where they’ve had success in the past. The Dolphins have long been a South Coast league mainstay but have struggled recently, going a combined 1-7 the past two seasons. In the last eight years the Dolphins have gone 13-24 in South Coast league play. But by moving into the Sea View league, and by having the deepest, senior-heavy team yet under two-year head coach Todd Rusinkovich, the Dolphins are hoping to put the past behind them and become competitive come October and league play. Last season the Dolphins went 3-7 overall (0-4 league). Two of those wins, however, came against opponents that are now their in-league rivals, Capistrano Valley and San Juan Hills. In those two games the Dolphins outscored their opponents by a combined score of 67-13. “We’re excited (to be in the Sea View league). We really feel like we have a good shot this year at a league title and make a solid CIF run,” senior middle linebacker Cody Betzler said. “We’re excited to see what we can do with this team we have.” With his non-league scheduling, Rusinkovich has made sure that the Dolphins transition into the Sea View League won’t be an


NUTSHELL 2011 Record: 3-7, 0-4 South Coast League (fourth) Playoffs: DNP Returning Starters: Offense 4; Defense 5; Special Teams 2 Offensive Set: Multiple Sets Defensive Set: 3-4 Head Coach: Todd Rusinkovich (Second year; 3-7, 0-4 league) Assistant Coaches: Phil Skinner (assistant head coach/offensive line/ strength coach); Jake Rusinkovich (offensive coordinator/wide receivers); Chad Rusinkovich (wide receivers/ co-special teams coordinator/speed coach); John Rusinkovich (football operations); Trent Henson (co-defensive coordinator/ defensive line); Stephen McCullough (running backs/fullbacks/ technology coordinator);

Dolphin players hone their tackling technique in a summer practice. Photo by Steve Breazeale





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Trabuco Hills Fountain Valley San Clemente Troy JSerra Irvine Aliso Niguel* Capistrano Valley* Laguna Hills* San Juan Hills*

Trabuco Hills Dana Hills San Clemente Troy Dana Hills Irvine Aliso Niguel Dana Hills Laguna Hills Dana Hills

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easy one. The coach has set up a legitimate gauntlet for the Dolphins to run through, which includes games against Fountain Valley, defending Pac-5 finalists San Clemente, Troy (7-4, 3-2 Freeway league last season) and JSerra. Rusinkovich designed the tough non-league schedule in order to keep the Dolphins on their toes and to maintain old rivalries (San Clemente). The Dolphins have the luxury this year of a deep and talented roster, filled with 26 seniors. There are also some young guns that have stepped into prominent roles over the summer and will get to start and contribute immediately. “We went in the right direction last year and now we just need to continue to build off it and get better,” Rusinkovich said. “(The team) is excited to go after teams this year and be perfect on offense and perfect on defense and special teams…The expectation is to win the league championship and to do everything you can to be that champion.” Defensive State of Mind Rusinkovich’s specialty is defense and he has the chops to prove it. He was an All-South Coast league linebacker for San Clemente High, a defensive lineman at Cornell University and a defensive assistant at the University of San Diego, where he honed his coaching skills before landing the job at Dana Hills. Last season the team’s defensive strength was its big defensive line, where Garrett Guidotti and Matt Romano, who now plays college ball for South Dakota State, combined to pose a threat to any offensive line they faced. The defense had its good moments, like when they held El Toro’s record

setting offense to just 13 points in a 13-0 loss, and bad ones, like the 63-40 loss to Trabuco Hills. “Last season, defensively, we were pretty young. This year we have nine seniors on defense and a very mature defense,” Rusinkovich said. “I anticipate a few shutouts this year. I feel like we’re strong in every one of those defensive positions…They have that good physical swagger this year that’s for sure.” In the weeks following the Dolphins’ final game of the year in 2011, Rusinkovich and his staff set to the task of trying to find the key to unlocking the potential of the 2012 defense. Their answer came in the form of their strong linebacker corps. The Dolphins have seniors Devon Vise, Cody Betzler, Matthew Slade and Trevor Tribolet all returning, and all having played considerable minutes on varsity. Rusinkovich decided to switch out of last year’s 4-3 defense and into a 3-4 so he could have his four veteran linebackers patrol the field at once. “Playing linebacker myself, these four, as a group…I don’t think there’s a better high school group of linebackers than these guys. They’re all extremely physical, very wellbuilt guys,” Rusinkovich said. “They’re going to come down hard and tackle you hard. So we designed the defense around those four studs this year.” The linebackers, especially team captain Slade and middle linebacker Betzler, have embraced their new role as defensive centerpieces. “As the linebackers we have to basically be the core of the defense so we’re trying to make the plays and set the tempo for the

Dolphin Youth Movement Rusinkovich makes it a point to dress out underclassmen for varsity home games. It’s not uncommon to see upwards of 60 to 70 players standing on the sidelines at Dolphin Stadium on Friday nights. When he first got the job, Rusinkovich came in with the mindset of building a dynasty by getting younger guys involved and already, it seems to be paying dividends. The team may be filled with seniors with starting experience, but there are a handful of young guys who have stepped up and meshed immediately with the veterans. One of those younger players is starting junior quarterback Mac Vail, who last year led the Dolphin JV squad to a 6-4 overall record, going 2-2 in league. Vail threw for 1,341 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a freshman, Vail started at quarterback for his old high school, Del Norte, in the San Diego area so he already has varsity experience. “We had a really solid JV year and built on a lot of things…So I kind of have a feel for it. I know how it feels to move the ball and get good drives,” Vail said. “It’s going to be fun trying to spread the ball around to everyone.” Vail’s experience proved useful in the Dolphins’ summer passing league schedule, which was highlighted by a 5-1 overall record at the San Diego State Passing Tournament. Two sophomores are going to be starting on varsity this year, one on each side of the ball. Wide receiver Connor Hill and nose tackle Adam Page will start alongside seniors when the Dolphins open their season on the road against Trabuco Hills August 24. Hill will join a veteran receiving corps and look to make a name for himself while Page, who stands at 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 220 pounds, will play in between du’Casse and senior Tanner Harrell on the defensive line. The Dolphins are stacked with seniors and a handful of high energy, impact-type underclassmen, which puts them in a position to better their record from last year and make some noise in their new league.

Coach Todd Rusinkovich looks on as the Dolphins linebackers run through drills. Photo by Steve Breazeale


SUMMER STRENGTH The Dolphins have been hitting the weight room this summer in preparation for the upcoming season. Here is a list of their accomplishments. Editors Note: The 800-1,100 pound club members listed below qualified by lifting X amount of weight in the bench press, power clean and squat combined. 1,100 Pound Club Kyle Strickland1,140 1,000 Pound Club Connor Logan- 1,045 Dalton du’Casse- 1,015 Matthew Slade- 1,015 Devon Vise- 1,005 Mason Cummings- 1,000 900 Pound Club Nigel Crosby- 980 Scott Aiello- 935 Marcus Hughes- 930 Cody Betzler- 930 Jacob Harbin- 925 Logan Warren- 905 800 Pound Club Andrew Dunn- 860 Blaine Wagstaff- 855 Christopher McDermott- 855 Jeffrey Ashton- 845 Henry (Hank) White- 840 Ryan Nagel- 830 Nash Parker- 825

Adam Page- 820 Tanner Harrell- 815 Trevor Tribolet- 815 Justin Scott- 815 Moises Aguirre- 810 George (Jacob) Hannah- 810 Justin Burns- 805 Nigel Ewing- 805 Timothy Alvarez- 800 Antonio Pangilinan- 800 Tyler Dickenson- 800 Best 11- Power Clean 1. Kyle Strickland- 320 2. Devon Vise- 280 3. Mason Cummings- 270 4. Jacob Harbin- 270 5. Dalton du’Casse- 250 6. Matthew Slade- 245 7. Marcus Hughes- 245 8. Logan Warren- 245 9. Andrew Dunn- 245 10. Christopher McDermott- 245 11. Scott Aiello- 235 Best 11 Bench 1. Nigel Crosby- 315 2. Kyle Strickland- 310 3. Connor Logan- 290 4. Dalton du’Casse- 290 5. Devon Vise- 290

Senior linebacker Devon Vise (left) and senior strong safety Nigel Crosby (right) are among the Dolphins’ strongest players. Photo by Steve Breazeale

6. Mason Cummings- 290 7. Blaine Wagstaff- 270 8. Matthew Slade- 265 9. Scott Aiello- 255 10. Marcus Hughes- 255 11. Logan Warren- 255 Best 11 Squat 1. Connor Logan- 540 2. Kyle Strickland- 510

3. Matthew Slade- 505 4. Dalton du’Casse- 475 5. Cody Betzler- 455 6. Nigel Crosby- 450 7. Scott Aiello- 445 8. Mason Cummings- 440 9. Devon Vise- 435 10. Adam Page- 435 11. Andrew Falk- 435


Marcus Hughes RB (No. 31), Sr. Hughes, one of the teams’ three captains, is a talented, versatile running back who led the Dolphins in carries (108) and yards (346) last season. Hughes is the type of back with good hands and is more than comfortable catching passes in the backfield, which makes him even more of an offensive threat.

Cody Betzler LB/FB (No. 44), Sr. As the middle linebacker Betzler will be a crucial part of the Dolphins’ defensive front seven. At 6 feet 1 inch and 235 pounds, Betzler is a physical specimen. Rusinkovich, a former linebacker himself, likes the way that Betzler times his blitzes and his ability to hit hard.

Dalton du’Casse DE (No. 34), Sr. Devin Rizzo-Foden du’Casse has WR (No. 10), Sr. established himself As a captain, Rizas one of the better zo-Foden will look pass rushers in the area after a to lead the Dolphin breakout junior season where he receiving corps, which is deep tallied six sacks, 75 total tackles and full of upper classmen. and caused two fumbles playing Rizzo-Foden led all Dolphins in defensive end. Now that he’s catches last season by a wide a senior, he’s looking to up his margin, pulling in 39. Coach totals from last year and lead Todd Rusinkovich expects him the defensive line. to have another solid year at Nigel Crosby the position. SS (No. 3), Sr. Elliot SutherlandCrosby will be in Dunning charge of patrolWR (No. 1), Sr. ling the Dolphins’ Sutherlandsecondary and brings a physical Dunning had a aspect to the position. Off the breakout spring last season field, he is a joker, but inside the and made a name for himself lines, he has a good combination in the Dolphins summer pass- of speed and physicality, acing league. He is a sprinter for cording to Rusinkovich. Crosby the Dolphins track and field will be another veteran in the team and his explosive speed Dolphin defense this year after has impressed the coaching getting a considerable amount staff. He also provides a big, of playing time last season. 6-foot-1-inch frame to throw to Devon Vise out on the field. LB/TE (No. 88), Sr. Mac Vail At 6 feet 5 inches, QB (No. 12), Jr. Vise is one of the Vail threw for tallest players on 1,341 yards and the Dolphins roster. Vise had 58 11 TDs as the JV total tackles and three sacks last starter last season and won season and will look to better the varsity spot outright over those numbers at the outside the summer. Vail started for linebacker position this year. the varsity squad at his old Vise has a rugby background high school, Del Norte, in San and isn’t afraid to get physical, Diego as a freshman before according to Rusinkovich. transferring to Dana Hills so Matthew Slade he does have experience and LB/TE (No. 2), Sr. seems to be meshing well with Slade, a team the offense. captain, will play Logan Warren outside linebacker WR/FS/K/P this season and lead a team that (No. 6), Sr. is in the middle of a defenWarren is likely sive scheme switch. With the the Dolphins most Dolphins abandoning last year’s versatile athlete and will be 4-2 formation, they will employ called upon to do it all this sea- a 3-4 in 2012 and Slade will be son. Warren possesses a huge called upon to anchor the Dolamount of speed and covers a phins’ strong linebacker corps. lot of ground at both receiver and free safety, according to Rusinkovich. He’s also a good kicker with 40+ yard range. By Steve Breazeale

Warren (6), Chambers (81), Falk (19


Cummings (75), Hannah (64), Wilemon (71)



Shirvan (78), Wagstaff (54), Montgomery (60)

Strickland (65), Logan (61), McDermott (62)

Hughes (31), Scott (22), Scott (26)

Burns (5), Torres (24), Williams (87)

Strong Safety Crosby (3), Vogeler (23), Falk (19)

Vise (88), Saguilan (11), Slade (2)


Vail (12), Ashton (7), Burns (5)


Y-Wide Reciever

Lawless (55), Dickenson (45), Harris (53) Tight End

Harbin (56), Page (70), Brady (73)

Hill (13), Saguilan (11), Williams (87)

Z-Wide Reciever

Sutherland-Dunning (1), Clendenen (80), Moslehi (17)

Betzler (44), Dunn (32), Pangilinan (90)




H-Wide Reciever

Rizzo-Foden (10), Burns (5), Schuyler (14)



Kicker- Logan Warren (6) Punter- Logan Warren (6) LS- Matthew Slade (2) Holder- Jeffrey Ashton (7) Kick Return- Connor Hill (13)


Nose Tackle


Harrell (77), Torbert (59), Harbin (56)

Page (70), Aiello (50), Strickland (65)

du’Casse (34), Pangilinan (90), Cummings (75)





Vise (88), Stafford (84), Hadley (91)

Betzler (44), White (8), Bill (35)

Tribolet (52), Scott (26), Sadeghi (57)

Slade (2), Boyack (33), Wagstaff (54)

Cornerback Scott (22), McCloud (15), Vogeler (4)

Free Safety Warren (6), Schuyler (14), Alvarez (20)

DEFENSE-3-4 DEFENSE 2012 DOLPHIN FOOTBALL VARSITY NUMERICAL ROSTER No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 31 32 33 34 35 36 39 42 43 44

Name Elliott Sutherland-Dunning/Senior Matthew Slade/Senior Nigel Crosby/Senior Evan Vogeler/Senior Justin Burns/Senior Logan Warren/Senior Jeffrey Ashton/Senior Henry (Hank) White/Junior Ted Fitzgerald/Sophomore Devin Rizzo-Foden/Senior Ivan Saguilan/Junior McClain (Mac) Vail/Junior Connor Hill/Sophomore Jay Schuyler/Sophomore Parker McCloud/Senior Rameen Moslehi/Sophomore Nigel Ewing/Senior Andrew Falk/Sophomore Timothy Alvarez/Senior Christopher Aguarin/Junior Justin Scott/Junior Michael Vogeler/Junior Brandon Torres/Junior Ethan Gard/Junior Brian Scott Sophomore Joseph Coppi/Junior Jesse Celaya/Junior Evan Altuzarra/Sophomore Marcus Hughes/Senior Andrew Dunn/Junior Boyack, Brody/Junior Dalton du’Casse/Senior Brett Bill/Sophomore Pierce Costello/Sophomore Harvey Williams/Junior Huang Jun Nan Zhao/Senior Brendan Villacreses/Sophomore Cody Betzler/Senior


Height 6’1” 6’2” 5’9” 5’9” 5’10” 5’9” 6’1” 5’10” 5’10” 5’7” 6’3” 6’1” 5’11” 6’1” 5’10” 5’8” 6’1” 5’9” 5’11” 5’2” 5’10” 5’10” 5’7” 5’9” 5’11” 5’9” 6’1” 5’7” 5’11” 5’11 6’0” 6’0” 5’11” 5’10” 5’9” 5’9” 5’7” 6’1”

Weight 170 215 170 170 180 170 175 200 160 180 215 175 180 170 150 155 195 170 185 150 175 160 155 160 170 150 170 150 180 200 175 230 185 170 150 145 170 235

No. 45 47 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 61 62 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 75 76 77 78 80 81 84 87 88 90 91 95 96

Name Tyler Dickenson/Junior Gabriel Wahl/Sophomore Scott Aiello/Junior Luke Gallardo/Junior Trevor Tribolet/Senior Jake Harris/Sophomore Blaine Wagstaff/Junior Zachary Lawless/Senior Jacob Harbin/Junior Aria Sadeghi/Junior Jordan Swindell /Junior Michael Torbert/Senior Connor Logan/Senior Christopher McDermott/Sophomore George (Jacob)Hannah/Junior Kyle Strickland/Junior Alexander O’Brien/Senior Ryan Nagel/Senior Chris Kartchner/Junior Nash Parker/Sophomore Adam Page/Sophomore Kyle Wilemon/Sophomore Matthew Majd/Senior Alec Brady/Sophomore Mason Cummings/Senior Joshua Montgomery/Sophomore Tanner Harrell/Senior Connor Shirvan/Junior Jack Clendenen/Junior Corey Chambers/Senior Justin Stafford/Junior Lucas Williams/Sophomore Devon Galbraith (Vise)/Senior Antonio Pangilinan/Senior Carter Hadley/Sophomore Jonathan Fer/Sophomore Thomas Columbus/Sophomore


Height 6’0” 5’7” 5’10” 6’1” 6’0” 6’0” 6’1” 6’5” 6’2” 6’1” 6’3” 6’3” 5’8” 5’10” 6’3” 6’2” 5’10” 5’9” 6’0” 6’0” 5’10” 6’2” 6”3” 5’11” 6’2” 6’1” 6’2” 6’6” 6’5” 6’4” 6’4” 5’11” 6’5” 5’9” 6’0” 6’0” 5’11”

Weight 185 150 215 290 200 210 210 220 235 190 200 190 235 215 260 260 245 195 195 210 220 230 200 190 240 200 235 310 190 195 200 155 220 180 175 200 200



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Location: Trabuco Hills High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Scott Orloff League: South Coast 2011 record: 6-4 (1-3 league) 2011 vs. DH: Win 63-10 2012 Season Outlook: The Dolphins will open the season against former South Coast League opponent Trabuco Hills, who beat the Dolphins in league play last year. However, that was the Mustangs’ only league win, as they struggled to compete against their other in-league opponents. While the Dolphins made the transition to the Sea View League, the Mustangs stayed put and will seek a playoff berth this year after not receiving one in the past two seasons. The Mustangs will feature a deep, senior roster on defense, led by senior middle linebacker J.T Land, who led the team with 70 total tackles last season.

Location: Dana Hills High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: John Shipp League: Sunset 2011 record: 4-6 (1-4 league) 2011 vs. DH: DNP 2012 Season Outlook: Like Trabuco Hills, the Barons come from a historically competitive league. The Sunset league is made up of football powerhouses Edison, Los Alamitos and Huntington Beach. Their tough, in-league schedule is why the Barons were only able to pull off a lone Sunset league victory in 2011. This will be the second game of the season for both teams so they will have some experience under their belts before going toe-to-toe in the Dolphin’s home opener and last game before school starts.

Location: Dana Hills high Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Jim Burton League: Freeway 2011 record: 7-4 (3-2 league) 2011 vs. DH: DNP 2012 Season Outlook: The Warriors come from the Freeway league, which is typically dominated by the La Habra Highlanders. Troy finished third in league play last year and look to go deeper than their early first round playoff exit, when they lost to Yorba Linda, 28-21. Troy has a strong line/ backing core this year, led by senior Nate Fleming, who finished with 63 tackles and 12 sacks last year. Troy came in second to La Habra in the Freeway league’s preseason coaches’ poll.

Location: Dana Hills High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Jim Hartigan League: Trinity 2011 record: 4-6 (1-4 league) 2011 vs. DH: DNP 2012 Season Outlook: The Lions play in one of the toughest leagues in the nation, the Trinity league, and have historically never been able to make much noise in league play. This so-called “league of death” includes three of the top 10 teams in the state in Santa Margarita, last year’s CIF Pac-5 division and state champions, Servite, who won back-to-back titles two years prior, and football powerhouse Mater Dei. An interesting quarterback battle has been taking shape in the Lions’ summer camp between two juniors, Jacob Gibson and Blake Robinson, and it will be interesting to see who Hartigan hands the ball to on opening day.



Location: Laguna Hills High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Bruce Ingalls League: Sea View 2011 record: 7-3 (2-2 league) 2011 vs. DH: DNP 2012 Season Outlook: Last year was a disappointing year for the Hawks, considering their past success. 2011 was the first time since the 2004 season that Laguna Hills did not claim either a Sea View or Pacific Coast League title. Before last season, the Hawks were almost always a lock to win the Sea View league crown, boasting an undefeated record in league for multiple years. They look to restore that dominance this year with a strong core of experienced upperclassmen. With El Toro gone, the Hawks could be the early pick to win the Sea View League.

Location: Dana Hills High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Aaron Flowers League: Sea View 2011 record: 0-10 (0-4 league) 2011 vs. DH: Loss 36-0 2012 Season Outlook: If the Stallions need to do one thing going into this year’s season, it’s to forget about last year’s results. The Stallions went winless in both non-league and league play, with an 0-10 overall record. But the Stallions are hoping that a new stadium and returning starting senior depth will help propel them up from the cellar of the Sea View League standings.

August 24 * Opening Day *

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Location: Irvine High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Erik Terry League: Pacific Coast 2011 record: 4-6 (2-3 league) 2011 vs. DH: DNP 2012 Season Outlook: The Vaqueros have never really been known to have football prowess, and they are coming off a sub .500 season. Last year, the Vaquero’s offense was fueled by a strong rushing attack, averaging 144.3 yards from scrimmage per game. Led by senior running back and linebacker Tanner Moore, the running game is where the Vaqueros can pose a problem for other teams in 2012.

Location: Aliso Niguel High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Kurt Westling League: Sea View 2011 record: 7-4 (2-2 league) 2011 vs. DH: DNP 2012 Season Outlook: This will be the first game of Sea View League play for both the Wolverines and the Dolphins, and it could be an early indicator of which one is going to clinch an automatic berth to the CIF playoffs. The Wolverines, led by third year coach Jeff Westling, are coming off a very good 7-4 season, which ended with a first round playoff loss to eventual CIF Southwest division champion Tustin High School. Senior quarterback Nathan Cole and his leading receiver, junior Ryan Walker, will be a deadly combo to watch this season.

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Location: San Clemente High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Jamie Ortiz League: South Coast 2011 record: 12-2 (3-1 league) 2011 vs. DH: Win 35-10 2012 Season Outlook: The Tritons are coming off possibly their most successful season in the history of the program. Led by interim coach Jon Hamro, the Tritons made a run to the Pac-5 CIF championship game, where they lost to Santa Margarita, 28-14. This season, the Tritons will be without 16 starters due to graduation and are looking to continue last year’s success under new head coach Jamie Ortiz, the teams’ long-time defensive coordinator. Key returners for the Tritons include senior offensive tackle and Washington commit Sean Harlow, senior free safety Christian Bailey and senior quarterback Sean Donnelly.


Location: Dana Hills High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Matt Poston League: Sea View 2011 record: 3-8 (2-2 league) 2011 vs. DH: Loss 31-13 2012 Season Outlook: The Cougars are looking to have a nice bounce back season after winning only one game in league play last year. Capo scored 22.4 points per game last year while giving up 26, causing the Cougars to play a lot of close games. Capo was able to stay competitive in these close games and went through an unlucky stretch where they lost three games by a combined total of three points. Senior quarterback Mason Dossey, who threw for 2,038 yards last season, should be even more prolific this time around with another varsity season under his belt.

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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:

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very week, I email a “On Life and Love after 50,” newsletter to approximately 2,000 older singles living across the USA and in several foreign countries. Many of the recipients respond with comments, ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 observations and details By Tom Blake of their personal dating experiences and frustrations. Last week, the responses from single women reminded me of how difficult it is for women age 50 to 90 to meet men. I share some of these emails today because many Orange County women tell me how difficult it is to meet eligible older men here. Some even ask if they should relocate to improve their chances of finding a mate. It is important for mature single women to realize that they are victims of a social phenomenon facing the 50+ generation— there just aren’t enough single men to go around. Census statistics show that by age 65, the ratio of single women to men nudges close to three-to-one. On the second Thursday of each month, there is a meet and greet event for singles over 50 at Tutor and Spunky’s, my Dana Point deli. At the first event in July, single women outnumbered single men by nearly 10-to-one. Women clamored, “Where are the men?” But more men attended the August event. The ratio of single women to men was 60 percent to 40 percent. I saw three couples leave together. Orange County women aren’t alone in asking “Where are the men?” This social phenomenon is universal. There is a shortage of older men everywhere. When Internet dating arrived on the scene, there was optimism that it would bring millions of lonely seniors together. After all, they would be able to reach out Dana Point Times August 24–30, 2012

from their small cities and towns across state lines to find a perfect match. South OC women could contact North OC men. But with any new technology, the good was joined by the bad—the scammers, jerks, rip offs and people who misrepresent themselves also started using the Internet. For single women who live in remote areas, the Internet is one of their only ways to locate men. Diane, who resides on the Big Island of Hawaii, said, “I have been on an Internet site and to this day have not found any suitable partners on this island.” Jackie, 56, Florida, twice married, said, “The men my age are generally looking for someone half my age. And the few men looking for someone my age that I have met, are not interested or able (physically or financially) to do anything other than rent a movie and eat popcorn. And some of them can’t even eat popcorn.” Lynda, a widow living in New Mexico, said, “The first man I went out with was very nice looking, dressed well, had nice manners and seemed to be successful. As we talked, he told me he was going to marry me a year from the date. He said in his next breath, ’But, you can never gain an ounce of weight, because I like my women thin.’ That was enough of him.” Lynda added, “I like to meet someone in person and look into their eyes while they are talking. It’s hard to decipher if someone is for real on the Internet.” Christina, soon to be 50, Ohio, divorced, said she devoted the last several years of her life to raising her daughters. They are off to college now and it’s time for her to live life for her. But meeting men is difficult. She said, “I have tried dating sites, I don’t go to bars, I live in ‘family town’ USA, so single men here are not in abundance and most of my friends are happily married.” Gail, a widow of nine years, resides in Bishop, along the eastern slope of the

Sierras. She said, “I am still looking, hoping for a good man in my life,” She realizes that by living in Bishop she’ll need to utilize the Internet and Facebook to broaden her reach to meet potential men. Tricia, Boston area, emailed, “I have been on several dates via Internet dating and it’s the same old thing; several do not look like their pictures. One man looked quite handsome in his picture, carried on engaging conversation and had a wonderful sounding voice but showed up for the date in soiled clothing and a skin condition on his face and arms that had flakes of skin peeling off and falling everywhere.” Antoinette, Texas, wrote, “I have been divorced for 14 years and have gone the internet dating route and have gone out with more men than I care to relay here...I am tired of the search and have decided that I’m as important to love as anyone else and have decided this is something I’m going to put solely in God’s hands. Time is passing, but we can only do the best with what we have.” Orange County women need to understand that the shortage of eligible men is nationwide, even worldwide. Relocating for the sole purpose of finding a more male-friendly place doesn’t make sense. At least, Orange County is the fifth most populated county in the country. The men are here; we just need to get them to attend singles events. When single men find out about the outstanding quality of women who attend the 2nd Thursday Meet and Greet, they will put September 13, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., on their calendars. It sure would be nice to see more couples leaving together. Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at For more information, see his website at DP

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atrons and employees of Dana Point’s Tutor and Spunky’s deli noticed a group of 10 tandem bicycles with riders decked out in black and white racing uniforms pedaling into the parking lot last month. Another 10 bikes arrived, and then another 10 bikes, for a total of 60 cyclists. Bicyclists come to the deli often, it’s not an unusual occurrence, but never in groups of 60, and there was something different about this entourage; half were sight-impaired and assisted by other riders. Most of the riders were members of a San Diego group called The Blind Stokers Club. (In tandem bicycling, the rider on the back seat is generally known as the “stoker” and the front seat rider is the “captain.”) “We use tandem bikes and pair a sighted captain in the front with a visually-impaired stoker in the back,” said Dave White, the group’s director. “This is our eighth annual Cycling for Sight three-day benefit tour covering 200 miles between San Diego and Irvine. The money we raise benefits our club as well as the San Diego Center for the Blind.” White explained that this year’s event had a special twist. Five months ago, a San Diego club member was on a business trip to Taipei, Taiwan. He read a newspaper article about a similar blind-tandem club in Taipei called the Knights in the Darkness. One thing lead to another and members of the Taipei club were invited to participate in this year’s ride. Five sight-impaired stokers and one captain from Taipei were paired up with riders from the San Diego club. A challenge for the mixed group this year was the language difference. But that didn’t seem to hinder the good time they were having. The human spirit truly knows no boundaries. Find out more at www.blindstokersclub. org and —Tom Blake

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Even in the heat of summer, hockey is still In addition to Getzlaf, special guests will inmaking noise in South Orange County. On clude pro hockey players Anaheim Ducks right winger Corey Perry and Los Angeles Kings left September 9, NHL all-star and Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf will host the 2nd Annual winger Dustin Penner, actor Kevin Connolly and more Getzlaf Golf Shootout, benefitting CureDuchenne, at the Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana A pre-golf dinner reception will be held on Point. Saturday, September 8 at Sutra restaurant in Costa Mesa. The tournament begins with a CureDuchenne is a nonprofit organization raising awareness and funds to find a cure for shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 9. Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating muscle disease that impacts one in every A golf foursome--with a celebrity or athlete Ryan Getzlaf. 3,500 boys. In the U.S. nearly 20,000 boys are Courtesy of CureDuchenne as a fifth—and admission to the pre-golf dinner living with Duchenne and over 300,000 worldreception costs $2,800. Proceeds will benefit CureDuchenne. To register or learn more about Duchwide. Boys are usually diagnosed by the age of five and in enne, visit —Darian Nourian a wheelchair by 12. Most don’t survive their mid-20s.

Softball Rec League Playoff Roundup Capo Beach Calvary comes up with clutch win against Luxe Restaurant By Darian Nourian Dana Point Times


ith the regular season officially wrapping up last week, it’s playoff time in the Dana Point recreational co-ed softball league. After a long season, Baby Brigade finished atop the standings with a 6-0 record, followed by Team Ricardo’s, who finished 5-1, and Bagel Shack at 3-3. However, regardless of their record, each team in the six-team bracket made the playoffs, which started on Wednesday, August 22. This week’s edition of the recreational game of the week had the No. 4 seed Luxe Restaurant versus the No. 6 seed, Capo Beach Calvary. Luxe finished the regular season with a 2-5-1 record, while Capo Beach Calvary went winless on the season going 0-5-1, making them hungry to get their first win. When the two teams met in regular season play, they played to a 7-7 tie, an early indicator that this game would be close. Both teams’ offenses came out strong, as Capo took an early 1-0 lead. But Luxe responded in the second inning,

Luxe pitcher John Hufford throws out a pitch to Capo Beach Calvary hitter Chris Chaires during Wednesday’s playoff game. Photo by Darian Nourian

with three runs of their own, to take the lead at 3-1. The third inning is when both of the teams’ offenses erupted, each one loading the bases multiple times. However, Capo Beach Calvary was the one who really took advantage of their runners on base, scoring the maximum of five runs in the inning while Luxe was

only able to put up two. After three innings, Capo held a 6-5 lead and never looked back. They added insurance runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to ultimately prevail 8-5. It was the team’s first win of the season. They now advance to the semi-finals August 29 to play the undefeated No. 1 seed, Baby Brigade. Capo Beach Calvary was led by their pitcher Chris Boice, who pitched a shutout after the third inning and brought back glimpses of Bill Russell with his player/manager/owner role on the team, not to mention he is a pastor at the team’s church. “It was really fun getting to know a bunch of people this season, and even with our winless regular season campaign, we made the playoffs, even though everyone does,” Boice said. “We are ready to finish the season strong, hopefully by winning it all.” Capo Beach will have to complete the ultimate underdog story should it want to achieve this championship feat. Opponent Baby Brigade will prove to be a formidable opponent having led the regular season in runs scored with 121. DP

Train for the Trot Fitness Together to offer free training program for 2012 Turkey Trot For those wishing to get in shape before the 2012 Dana Point Turkey Trot, Fitness Together has got you covered. As the official fitness club of the event, Fitness Together will host “practice” Turkey Trots every Tuesday, starting September 4, leading up to Thanksgiving Day. These runs are free and are for runners of all ages and skills, whether you want to run the 10k race or walk the 5k race. All runners will be given a free Turkey Trot game plan, a team shirt and nutritional guidelines. Those who are not members of Fitness Together will also be given two free weeks of PACK (group training). Those interested in joining these practice runs should meet at Fitness Together in Dana Point, 34255 Pacific Coast Highway #107, and from there the group will run/walk the race route. For more information, call 949.488.0005 or email Amy Elder at —Darian Nourian





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GROM OF THE WEEK Noah Atwood Age: 12, Shorecliffs Middle School Noah Atwood of Capistrano Beach competed for his Shorecliffs Middle School surf team last year, ending the season ranked No. 4 out of 37 in the SSS Middle School Boys Longboard division. This summer he’s practicing on both long and shortboards and will try out for both divisions in the fall. Noah also finished the last WSA season as the No. 7 rated surfer in the Boys U14 Longboard division. Noah speaks Spanish fluently and loves traveling to surf and use his language skills. This summer he took a trip to Mexico to surf with his older brother Jacob and friend Ethan Mudge. “It was really fun and we got some great waves in parts of Mexico I’ve never seen before. I love exploring Noah Atwood. Photo by Jack McDaniel new surf breaks. We surfed mostly K-38 and Las Gaviotas,” Noah said. In school Noah is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student. He will start 7th grade this year and is committed to working as hard as he can to get straight ‘As.’ When asked who has the biggest influence on his surfing, Noah said he likes to watch and try to emulate his favorite pro surfer Dane Reynolds. “I love how he does big airs. Also, my brother Jacob is really good and I look up to him. He’s really nice to me and he helps me out a lot,” he said. “I hope me and my brother can be pro surfers together some day like the Irons and the Hobgoods, or local guys like the Gudauskas brothers and Greg and Rusty Long.” —Andrea Swayne

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UPCOMING EVENTS August 25: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 1, Huntington Beach, Pier

San Clemente surfer Chris Ward wins the Rip Curl Cup in Bali

August 26: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 2, Huntington Beach, Pier


By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


fter a less than stellar Round 1 finish at last year’s Rip Curl Cup Invitational, San Clemente pro surfer Chris Ward made a triumphant, and literally last minute, comeback to win this year’s event, August 9 at Padang Padang in Bali, Indonesia. Ward battled his way through a field of 32 of the world’s best tube riding specialists in this year’s ninth annual event on his way to the final where he faced Bali local Mega Semadhi. As the clock wound down in the 50-minute final, Semadhi—having registered a string of 9-point rides—was well in the lead. Ward needed a score of 8.25 when, in the heat’s final seconds, he went all out on a beautiful backside barrel and was awarded with a perfect 10 for the win. “I knew I had it,” Ward said in a Rip Curl interview following the contest. “I knew it was at least an 8.5 for sure. Last year I had an onshore heat and didn’t even

Chris Ward of San Clemente Wins the Rip Curl Cup at Padang Padang in Bali. Photo courtesy of Rip Curl

get barreled and lost in the first round. Today it was a completely different story. I was feeling it out there all day. This year Padang gave me the waves.” After being presented with his $6,000 prize and being proclaimed the champion at the podium, Ward made the day even more memorable by getting down on one knee and proposing to his girlfriend. “…I told myself if I won this contest I was gonna do this right here on the stage.

FINAL RESULTS: 1. Chris Ward, (San Clemente) 17.50 2. Mega Semadhi (Bali) 15.60 3. Dede Suryana (Java) 9.25 4. Ry Craike (Australia) 9.20

So I guess it was meant to be,” he said. She said, “Yes.” For more information, photos and video of the event, log on to DP

Water Temp: 68-70˚F Water visibility and conditions: Local: 10-15’ Fair; Catalina: 15-20’+ Fair Remarks: More South swell moves in on Thursday, with trace NW windswell. Surge is light to moderate and visibility is generally fair, keeping diving conditions fair overall. Immediate: Small blend of SW and SSE groundswell along with minimal NW windswell, for knee-waist-shoulder high (2-34’) surf at the better breaks in the county. Light/variable to light south winds and fairly clean conditions prevail early, before onshore flow gradually picks up out of the West to Southwest through the afternoon. Long Range Outlook: Continued combo of Southern Hemi swells with 2-3-4’ surf at well exposed spots on Friday and through the weekend. Conditions will generally be clean in the mornings with light wind. Stay tuned to, for potential new Southern Hemi swell.

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