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Triton Football Preview New head coach and new faces hope to replicate last season’s success SPECIAL INSERT

Triton football players look on as two of their teammates go head-to-head in practice. The Tritons enter the 2012 season with a new head coach, Jaime Ortiz, and hopes of competing for the South Coast league title. Photo by Steve Breazeale

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to Lay Off 730

Blake: Older Women Face Special Challenges in Love

San Clemente’s Official Christmas Tree Axed







Traffic engineers will attempt to find a way to alleviate congestion caused by the queuecutter signal in San Juan Capistrano, after the City Council unanimously approved a $158,553 agreement with Tustin-based firm Hartzog & Crabill on Tuesday. The traffic synchronization study aims to improve traffic flow by monitoring 16 intersections located along a 3.6-mile stretch of Del Obispo Street, from Ortega Highway to Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. The queuecutter signal, located near the railroad crossing between Camino Capistrano and Paseo Adelanto, was installed as part of the city’s participation in a countywide project to create “quiet zones.” Although the queue cutter has served its intended purpose to prevent traffic from backing up onto the tracks, it’s also caused headaches for San Juan motorists, who’ve complained about significant delays during their commutes.


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Four more structures were placed on the city’s Historic Resources Register, after the Planning Commission unanimously adopted two resolutions August 13. Two are cityowned—remnants of the 1924 scenic beach/ hide trail and the arch ruins of the 1930 Dana Point Inn. Nineteenth century traders tossed hides from the bluff trail to ships below. Construction of the Dana Point Inn, on the bluff-top trail between Amber Lantern and Violet Lantern, was begun in 1930 by Sidney H. Woodruff but left uncompleted due to the Depression. Two county-owned structures were also placed on the register— the Blue Lantern Gazebo at the southern end of the Street of Blue Lantern, and the picnic facility and restrooms on the site of historic Scenic Inn at the base of the bluffs fronting Dana Point Harbor Drive.


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… SONGS Layoffs?

THE LATEST: Southern California Edison announced late Monday that the company would lay off 730 people 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, representing almost a third of the current staff. The layoffs come as the company has been comparing the costs of the facility with similar-sized facilities across the country, including the Comanche Peak facility outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo and the South Texas Project in Bay City, Texas. 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 I-5 widening?

THE LATEST: Southside residents told the City Council that the board, as well as the Orange County Transit Authority, must “draw a line in the sand,” with Caltrans on both the future aesthetics and mechanics of proposed soundwalls as part of the Interstate 5 widening project. A number of northside residents told the council that they had not been contacted by the OCTA despite being near one of the proposed soundwalls. San Clemente Times August 23–29, 2012

OCTA officials presented the council with an update on plans for the project, both in terms of the location of the soundwalls, as well as the current construction schedule and information about improvements to city streets that will go along with the project. Both Hamid Torkamanha of OCTA and Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut noted that while the city may have preferences for some aesthetic additions to the project, or for particular landscaping, it was likely that the city would have to pay for those themselves, as well as be responsible for future maintenance. Councilmembers seemed to express a reluctance to want to pay for such additions. WHAT’S NEXT: The project is currently in the design phase for all three phases of the project: Vista Hermosa to the Pacific Coast Highway, PCH to San Juan Creek Road and Pico to Vista Hermosa. Public outreach is scheduled throughout the process, as is continued contact with residents affected by the placement of soundwalls. Construction on the first two phases is slated to begin late next year. FIND OUT MORE: For information on the locations of the proposed soundwalls and a look at the future design of the Pico exchange, see —JS


according to court documents. “I’m hoping that we can get this resolved and that the City Council will take a fresh look at this and realize that there’s merit to our argument and decide to get this resolved,” Malamud said last week. The court document says not one parking space has been created in the two designated areas of the Pier Bowl and North Beach, and the money collected, plus interest, amounts to more than $9.7 million. Malamud said he paid $1,500 into the fund. The lawsuit rests its argument on a state law that requires the return of so-called developer impact fees if the purpose for them in the first place is unwarranted. City Attorney Jeff Goldfarb said by email he could not comment on the specific lawsuit, but in general, cities can charge development fees to offset a project’s impact. He also noted that the developers did not challenge the impact fee. WHAT’S NEXT: The city has 30 days to respond, which Goldfarb said he expects it will do. FIND OUT MORE: To learn more, visit Malamud’s website at — Stacie N. Galang


...the Beach Parking Fund?

THE LATEST: San Clemente is being sued to return the beach parking impact fees imposed on as many as 5,200 property owners since it was initiated in 1989. Resident Brad Malamud filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court Wednesday, August 15, claiming the lack of parking, which had been the purpose of the fund, was never an issue, and he and others who paid fees are owed a refund,

… City Sewer Waivers?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to phase out the city’s low-income ratepayer assistance program by 2015, ending a program established in 1994. Municipal Services Manager Tom Rendina told the council that the program was in effect only for city users enrolled in the San Diego Gas & Electric Low Income Ratepayer Assistance Program and who enroll with the city. None of the other water and sewer utilities operating in the area operated a similar program, Rendina

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said, including those on the Santa Margarita Water District. The fixed meter charge being written off has more than doubled since the program’s creation, from $17.81 per month to $36.87 each month. The number participating in the program has increased since 2007 from 200 to 375. WHAT’S NEXT: The program will be phased out over the next three years, as the writeoff becomes a flat subsidy, which will be decreased each year until the end of the program. FIND OUT MORE: See —JS


…the Christmas Tree?

THE LATEST: San Clemente’s iconic Aleppo Pine Tree, which has served as the city’s official Christmas tree since 1964, has become structurally unbalanced and was removed from its perch in front of the San Clemente Community Center Wednesday morning. The city’s tree service contractor, Rod’s Tree Service, concluded that after major branch failures that occurred at the San Clemente Art Craft Fair over the weekend, the tree was in imminent danger of failure. The failure was primarily attributed to the age of the tree, as well as an infestation of bark beetle. City Manager George Scarborough said that with large numbers of people using the San Clemente Community Center, removing the tree was necessary for the sake of public safety. WHAT’S NEXT: The city is currently working to develop options to either replace the tree at the Community Center or another site in order to continue the city’s annual December tree lighting ceremony. FIND OUT MORE: See — JS


CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, August 23 Oversight Board to Successor Agency to RDA Agency 3 p.m. Special meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, Pussycat Palooza The San ClementeDana Point Animal Shelter is having a special feline adoption event through August 31. Cats can be adopted half price for only $50. 221 Avenida Fabricante, 949. 492.1617,

Friday, August 24 Birthday Celebration 12 p.m. Celebrate August birthdays at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center with entertainment by Harold’s South Coast Dixie Jazz Band. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.3322.

SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY ANDREA MABEN 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 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Monterey, 300 Block (10:01 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a male and female sitting on the curb. The caller was concerned due to the time of night.

Dispatch was notified of a silver Ford Explorer with chrome rims whose alarm had been going off since Friday. The vehicle was parked in front of the Avana San Clemente Apartments. The alarm was successfully disabled. ROBBERY IN PROGRESS La Ronda, 100 Block (7:34 p.m.) A 19-year-old bald male wearing jeans punched a Stuft Pizza deliveryman and then stole the olive and ham pizza he was carrying in his hands. The deliveryman saw the male run towards the nearby hotel, behind the laundry mat.

Saturday, August 18 DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (10:05 p.m.) A group of people were lighting off “Chinese lanterns” on the beach that shot 50-60 feet into the air. It was a concern that they might go into a residential tract and start a fire.

San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

WELFARE CHECK Avenida Del Mar, 200 Block (8:01 p.m.) A patrol check was issued for a female in a wheelchair sitting behind the library with a black sheet over her face. The female had not moved for at least 30 minutes before dispatch was contacted.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Pala, 100 Block (6:18 p.m.) A caller at a drug and rehab center reported that a patient had a knife and was causing a disturbance. The 19-year-old male patient wearing a red shirt, black shorts and flip-flops, locked himself in a room before taking off on foot down a street. The male was arrested and is currently in custody.

Monday, August 27

DISTURBANCE-MECHANICAL Calle Del Cerro, 1100 Block (7:56 p.m.)

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRSUMSTANCES Avenida Santiago, 100 Block (4:21 p.m.)

Sunday, August 26

Mom Business Associates 12 p.m. Support and education group for mom business owners at Lavender Lounge Tea Company. 104 N. El Camino Real Suite B, 760-MOM2359,

Tuesday, August 28 Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361. 8463,

Wednesday, August 29 Kiwanis Meeting 12 p.m. Meeting at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, Adult Book Discussion Group 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Discuss the book “Quiet” by Susan Cain at the library, 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, Medicare & Prescription Drug Seminar 10:30-11:30 a.m. Seniors can get questions answered by professionals from MemorialCare Medical Group. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.3322. Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, San Clemente Times August 23–29, 2012


A caller reported that a woman in a flowerprint medical gown and blue medical pants came up to her and said she was “looking for friends.” DISTURBANCE Calle Sombra, 1000 Block (10:30 a.m.) Three people were using radio-controlled cars in a field. The cars were kicking up dirt and were very loud. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Guadalajara, 2900 Block (7:08 a.m.) A man reported that the previous night he had heard a tapping noise on his window and then heard a vehicle speed off. When he turned on the porch light in the morning he found a penny taped to his window attached to a fishing line.

Friday, August 17 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida San Fernando, 100 Block (4:16 p.m.) A male transient wearing a white shirt and black pants and a female transient wearing a red shirt and shorts were sitting on someone’s lawn with a dog. Prior to that, the male was seen looking into residents windows. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Camino San Clemente, 200 Block (2:20 a.m.) A 22-year-old carpenter was arrested after a patrol check was requested for a black Dodge Charger across the street that had the engine running and the headlights on. The man is currently in custody.

Compiled by Jim Shilander

PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Kiwanis Donates $10K to Courtney’s SandCastle

the Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area. The effort is a part of Staples’ annual Staples for Students campaign with teen organization Students may drop off supplies until September 15. The nearest Staples is located at 93 Via Pico Plaza.

u The Kiwanis Club of San Clemente has donated $10,000 to Courtney’s SandCastle Foundation. The funds were raised through donations, pledges and a silent auction as a part of the organization’s “Dancing for a Cause” fundraiser, where they were represented by past president Alan Anderson.

Local Artist Selected for National Exhibition u San Clemente artist Rick Delanty’s oil painting, “Fiat Lux,” has been selected for inclusion in the American Impressionist Society’s 13th annual National Juried Exhibition. From over 1,000 entries, a panel of five judges selected just over 100 paintings for inclusion in the show, which will be held in Indianapolis throughout November. All paintings accepted into the show will be posted on the AIS website after September 1 at In addition to his membership in the AIS, Delanty is also an active member of

SCHS Student Wins Scholarship The Kiwanis Club donated $10,000 to Courtney’s SandCastle Foundation. Pictured are Courtney Faye Smith, left, Jim Neilsen of Courtney’s SandCastle Foundation, Bob Elwell of San Clemente Kiwanis Foundation and Alan Anderson. Courtesy photo

the California Art Club, Laguna Plein Air Painters and an exhibitor at the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts. To view more of Delanty’s work, see his website at

Staples Collecting School Supplies for Boys & Girls Club Students in San Clemente are encouraged to bring school supplies to the nearest Staples location in order to support

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u Darian Nourian of San Clemente has been awarded a $9,000 scholarship by the Foroutan Foundation to attend the University of Southern California in the fall. The scholarship is renewable each year for up to four years. The Foroutan Foundation, which is based in Irvine, provides scholarships to first generation immigrants, with preference given to those from Iranian origins. Recipients are selected based on personal achievement, a desire to complete their education, personal character and financial need. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to


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What matters most in winning a San Clemente council seat today is not a candidate’s qualifications, but rather the size of his or her campaign sign. This proved out last council election when first-time candidate, now mayor, Jim Evert unseated longstanding, well-liked incumbent Joe Anderson. Mirror images of each other: same age, physical height, same political stance on everything. Joe ran on total enthusiasm and experience—he loves SC politics, but newcomer Evert had the bigger sign. Startlingly big. Presidential big. On the I-5 freeway at Pico big. Evert won. Lesson learned: Go Big. Sign-size matters. Do SC voters think if a candidate’s sign is super-sized, he or she is super-good? Seems like. With that, Donald Trump would sweep every seat, in every SC election. Now two new super-sized signs are up on I-5, on the winning spot Evert’s blue and white behemoth was planted two years ago. One’s even in Evert’s winning colors. Recycled maybe? Paste over

Evert’s name with a new candidate’s name and win again? Smart. And practical in these tough economic times. I’m just saying. In front of Evert’s maybe-old-newbig-sign on I-5 with a new-name, sits another super-sized beauty, boldly displaying the name of SC’s longest held seat-fillerincumbent candidate. Winning never gets old. Candidates do. Winning doesn’t. Two super-sized candidate-signs in the same spot. Supposedly, the only two allowed on that very visible I-5 adjacent chunk of private acreage. The spot reserved for SC’s mythical, someday, maybe outlet mall. Sort of makes them look bargain basement, if it weren’t for their super-sized, budget-busting candidate freeway signs. Then there’s this: This election, two SC council candidates have exactly the same name—Robert ‘Bob’ Baker. Listed as Bob Baker-1 / incumbent, running for reelection, and Bob Baker-0, newbie. Really - Bob Baker-0? Maybe SC’s first ever 0-candidate. If you saw him on the street and hollered, “You’re a Total-0!” he couldn’t deny it. The fact is there are four Robert ‘Bob’ Bakers residing in SC. Imagine if they all chose to campaign. We’d have Bob Baker-1, on your election ballot - then Bob

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Good Luck Stacie, Welcome Jim


ou’ll notice a new byline istic approach will be missed, in the SC Times startI’m thrilled to welcome Jim to our family. Jim has extensive ing this week as Jim Shilander has joined our staff community media journalism experience and will become a as San Clemente City Editor. Jim takes over the reins quick fixture out and about in San Clemente. from Stacie Galang, who has Please join me in welcomaccepted an exciting opportunity with the Ventura County ing Jim to San Clemente while wishing Stacie all the best up Star daily newspaper and has New SC Times City Editor in Ventura. departed after serving the Jim Shilander. town and the SC Times admiJim can be reached at or rably for the past 18 months. While Sta949.388.7700 x109. SC cie’s warm smile and thoughtful journal-

Baker-0 - then Bob Baker minus-0, then Bob Baker minus-minus-0, or triple-000? Too confusing. Maybe that’s the idea—voter confusion at the ballot box. It’s popular this election. No matter—it’s the size of your campaign sign that matters. So Go Big, or go home. Oh, and do your election math carefully, “Do I have 0 tomatoes, or 1-tomato?” If you’re confused, that’s called “electioneering.” You’re supposed to be. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at San Clemente 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. Please limit your letters to 350 words.

EDITOR’S NOTE Pall Gudgeirsson’s By The Numbers column scheduled for this week will run in next week’s SC Times.

CORRECTION: In last week’s paper the photo of Grom of the Week Dylan Sonderegger (Surf, pg. 22) was attributed incorrectly. The photo credit should have been given to Kurt Steinmetz/steintribe. We regret the error.



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



SAN CLEMENTE BEACH CONCERT 6 p.m. Enjoy a free concert by the San Clemente Pier featuring reggae by Common Sense. 949.361.8200,

BASIC NEEDS: SPEAKER SERIES 6:30 p.m. Join The Ecology Center for an oceanic conversation with internationally acclaimed filmmaker, surfer/diver, and founder of One World One Ocean, Greg MacGillivray. $10-$20; drinks and light fare included. RSVP. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,


FESTIVAL OF ARTS 10 a.m.6 p.m. The last weekend to see the outdoor fine art exhibition with works by nearly 150 artists. $7-$10. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,


ZOOMARS FARMYARD MUSIC FESTIVAL 10 a.m.7 p.m. ZOOMARS music festival with live performances by JD Crawford, The Kelly Boyz, Kelly Rae and more, plus a free breakfast until 11 a.m. Free admission. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.831.6550, 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. Theme for the night: “California Classics: Burgers, Fries & Malts ...with a Twist,” $60 includes food to sample, recipes and more. Register online. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386, WINE TASTING: HILL FAMILY ESTATES 5:30 p.m.9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Hill Family Estates from Yountville. Try 7 tastes for $15, plus crackers, cheese and chocolate. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, San Clemente Times August 23–29, 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


RANCHO MISSION VIEJO RODEO 2 p.m. Two-day rodeo with a live concert and dancing on Saturday night. Gates open 11:30 a.m. Sunday. $10-$25. 30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano,


COOKIES AND CATS 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. A bake sale and cat adoption featuring gourmet baked goods, a meet and greet and more to benefit Healing Hope Cat Sanctuary at PetCo Unleashed store. 979 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.498.2107, CATALINA SNORKELING CRUISE 8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a trip to Catalina Island 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 of Orange County. 8014 Marine Way, Irvine, 949.653.2900, 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,


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, Page 8

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,



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


CHERYL SILVERSTEIN & ROB KOBAYASHI 7 p.m.10 p.m. Live vocals, piano and more at StillWater; it’s also Taco Tuesday. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


BENNY / FLAMENCO 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


WINE TASTING 7 p.m.– 8 p.m. Four-course food and wine pairing at St. Roy Chef’s Pub at Vine. $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376,


OPEN MIC 7:30 p.m. Perform in front of a crowd at Agostino’s open mic night every Wednesday. 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. 949.493.4700, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to






Movin’ On Up: New Coach and QB Step Up from Supporting Roles


Behind the Lines: A Look at the Triton’s Opposition

Triton Safety Meredeth Overcomes Injuries


New Look, Same Goal

strong his 6-foot-2-inch, 205-pound frame is. Combine that strength with his speed and one can begin to understand why the senior is looking forward to running with the ball this season. “No one’s really known that I’m a dual threat. I’m not going to say I’m going to run 50 percent of the time but I’m definitely a threat in the backfield too, so I think that’s going to keep teams on their toes,” Donnelly said.

Tritons football heads into 2012-2013 season with a new coach and plenty of new faces BY STEVE BREAZEALE


hange is one of the few constants one can count on in the world of high school football. Players and coaches come and go. It’s just the way things work. Perhaps no other team in south Orange County understands this give-and-take better than this year’s San Clemente Tritons football team. The Tritons will head into the 2012 season with their third different head coach in three years, as longtime defensive coordinator Jaime Ortiz looks to lead the Tritons to another successful season in his first year as head coach. Ortiz is taking over for John Hamro, who helped guide the Tritons to a Pac-5 Finals appearance last season, where they fell to eventual state champion Santa Margarita, 27-13. Hamro has stayed on as an assistant. The Triton team should be familiar with Ortiz, who has spent the past 12 years as the team’s defensive coordinator. Ortiz knows exactly what kind of system and tradition has been instilled on campus, and he doesn’t intend to shake things up with a brand new game plan. “What we’re doing (at San Clemente), has worked. We may need to fine-tune some things and maybe put my little stamp on some stuff…But I’m a believer in ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’,” Ortiz said. That means fans can expect the Tritons to run the same pro-style offense that was so effective for them last season, only this time, senior quarterback Sean Donnelly will be the one taking the snaps. A little change is taking place on defense, where Ortiz is going to employ a combina-

Tritons in a Nutshell 2011 Record: 12-2, 3-1 South Coast League Playoffs: Lost to Santa Margarita, 27-13, in Pac-5 championship game Returning Starters: Offense 2; Defense 2; Special Teams 2 Offensive Set: Pro-Style Defensive Set: 3-4, 4-3 Multiple Defense Head Coach: Jaime Ortiz (first year as head coach at SCHS) Assistant Coaches: Pat Harlow (assistant head coach/defensive line/offensive line/ strength and conditioning), Jeff Bailey (receivers), Troy Kopp (quarterbacks), Joe Wood (runningbacks), Chris Culbertson (defensive line/kicking), Ken Goldstone (defensive backs), John Allred (tight ends/special teams coordinator) 2012 Triton Football Preview

Tritons receive instruction from coach Patrick Walker in summer practice. Photo by Brian Miller

2012 SAN CLEMENTE HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE Date 8/24 8/31 9/07 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/05 10/12 10/26 11/2

Opponent West Adams Prep Cabrillo Dana Hills La Costa Canyon Newport Harbor Edison El Toro* Mission Viejo* Tesoro* Trabuco Hills*

Location San Clemente Cabrillo San Clemente La Costa Canyon Newport Harbor San Clemente El Toro San Clemente Tesoro San Clemente

Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

* -- South Coast League game

tion of 3-4 and 4-3 defensive schemes. Last season the Tritons ran with just a 3-4 look. The Tritons lost 17 starters due to graduation and only have six returning, but Ortiz and his staff are trying to turn that situation into a positive by letting several up-andcoming players, who provide energy, get into the mix. For many of these new starters, the Tritons’ home opener August 24 against West Adams Prep will be their first varsity football game. A new coach, a new and younger roster and several returning key contributors from last season have many in the Triton camp feeling optimistic about 2012-2013. “I think there’s a lot of doubt out there about how well we’ll do, but I think that we have all the fundamental pieces that we need to be just as good as last year,” senior right tackle Jacob Bryson said. “I’m just ready to get in to league and show (all the teams) that we’re still ready to dominate.” QB 2 to QB 1 While current Utah Ute Travis Wilson was at San Clemente, Sean Donnelly patiently waited on the sidelines for his turn to step in at quarterback. He was given the nickname of QB 2, as in the second quarterback on the depth chart. Wilson was referred to as QB 1. “(Donnelly) took the clipboard, listened to what the coaches were saying and paid attention during meetings (as a sophomore and junior)… Now it’s his opportunity,” Ortiz said. With that vote of confidence from his coach and a strong spring and summer practice performance, Donnelly has erased his old nickname to become the leader of

the offense. “I’ve been behind a Division-I quarterback for the last two years…It has really made me a better player,” Donnelly said. “It’s time to come out and show up for what I’ve been training for.” Ortiz talked about Donnelly’s innate ability to throw a very catchable ball to his receivers. He will not blow you away with a cannon of an arm, but Donnelly makes good reads and smart throws for positive yards, according to Ortiz. Donnelly also has quick feet and can accelerate through gaps at the line for big gains. Over the summer, Donnelly beat out everyone on the team in the bench press, putting up 315 pounds, which shows how

The Line is Drawn In a season where starting varsity experience is hard to come by, the offensive line provides a solid core of veterans, led by senior left tackle Sean Harlow and newly converted senior right tackle Jacob Bryson, who will aim to shore up the line and dictate the tempo of the Triton offense. Ortiz has pegged Harlow, who committed to the University of Washington, as the leader of the offensive line. At 6 feet 4 inches, weighing 265 pounds, Harlow is about as big as they come. He plays with a lot of physicality and has been flattening teammates in summer practice drills. Bryson has started the last two seasons at right guard but has been asked to shift to right tackle for this season. As a guard, Bryson was used to having two linemen on either side of him to help him out. The switch to right tackle has forced him to get more technical and focus on his lateral and vertical movement. Junior left guard Sam Hunter, who transferred to San Clemente from JSerra, junior center Tyler Maxwell and senior right guard Aaskash Nagavalli round out the offensive line group that has impressed Ortiz more than any other group over the summer. Part of the key to the line’s success is their chemistry. They’ve been a tight group for years now and still continue the tradition of having an offensive lineman-only dinner every Thursday night before a game. “Our line is really tight…We’ve been together for more than one year at least so it’s awesome,” Bryson said. “You just know they have your back and if you’re ever doubting something (in a game) you can just whisper to them and they’ll help you out. They just know.” SC

The Tritons running their pro-style offense in the heat of summer practice. Photo by Brian Miller


Q&A with

Senior Free Safety Marcus Meredith BY STEVE BREAZEALE


fter months of waiting, senior free safety Marcus Meredith was finally cleared to hit in summer practice the week of August 20, just five days from the season opener. Meredith has had to spend most of the summer on the sidelines, rehabbing and strengthening his ACL, which was torn in last season’s league game against Mission Viejo. It was the second time in two years that he’d suffered the same injury to the same knee, with his first injury occurring during his sophomore year. Now, in his first healthy season in years, Meredith is the Tritons’ starting free safety and will play alongside his longtime teammate, senior strong safety Christian Bailey. In the 2011 season, Bailey was able to contribute 62 total tackles and two interceptions. In his limited time played, Meredith was still able to rack up 19 total tackles and one interception. With the two patrolling the secondary, and with Meredith healthy, they could provide a high energy boost to the

Marcus Meredith. Photo by Steve Breazeale

Triton defense. He may still wear a knee brace, but Meredith is feeling strong and ready for the opening game against West Adams Prep. The San Clemente Times caught up with Meredith, a three-year varsity player, to see how his knee feels and how he is preparing for the upcoming season. San Clemente Times: So tell us how the knee rehab has been going. How does it feel? Marcus Meredith: It’s been nine-and-ahalf months and I’m still progressing here

and there. I’ve just been cleared on game week…so I can finally start hitting and take my time. And when it’s finally feeling right, which it is, I’m ready to go...I just have to feel confident and ready to go. (The knee) is ready to go for game time. So now that you’re healthy, what are you looking forward to? I’m definitely looking forward to playing the whole season. I want to make it as successful as I can and help the team…I want to say we want to win the league champi-

onship and hopefully go undefeated, but I know there’s going to be some challenges in the way…but I think we’ll be alright and we’ll be tough. The defense has some new guys coming in, what do they add to the team? (The new guys) have been showing some really good talent. They’re very athletic and they go to the ball and they really fly around. They also bring a lot of energy, which we like, so we should be good. Tell me about the secondary, what are its strengths? We definitely won’t be as deep as we were last year, but we’ve got some athletes (in the secondary) so we’ll be fine…look out for (junior cornerback) Collin Zines. He’s good. He’ll shut you down and he’s quick. Is he quicker than you? He’s getting there (laughs). What do you see as the biggest difference between this year’s team and last year’s team? There were more returning starters (last year) and more experience. This team will get used to it after the first couple of games and get used to the tempo and speed but I think we’ll be alright. When you’re looking at the schedule, which games are you circling on your calendar? Definitely Edison, Tesoro and Mission (Viejo), especially because we get to play (Mission) at home. Our (freshman) class was the only team to beat them. So hopefully we can bring that back. SC


FIVE TO WATCH OFFENSE Sean Harlow LT/DT (No. 77), Sr. Harlow, a recent Washington University commit, is the driving force behind the Tritons strong offensive line and is the kind of player who can dominate the line of scrimmage with his mix of size and technique. He played defensive line as well last season and Ortiz anticipates much of the same this year.


No. 14 4 8 1 43 85 77 54 74 72 53 2 45 42 18 10 6 22

3 7 15 17 19 20 21 24 25 26 27 28 30 31 32 34 35

Sean Donnelly QB (No. 14), Sr. 2012-2013 is the year that finally belongs to Donnelly, a quarterback in waiting for much of his high school career. Ortiz lauded the senior’s ability to throw very catchable balls and his speed out of the pocket. Donnelly has a big frame with lots of strength to go with it, so he should be an effective runner as well.

VARSITY ROSTER NAME Sean Donnelly Dre James Landon Cook Christian Bailey

Ricky Humes Jason Wright Sean Harlow Sam Hunter Tyler Maxwell Aakash Nagavalli Jacob Bryson Bret Miller Kelsey Benoit Ryan Alvarez Sam Darnold Troy Duffy Marcus Meredith Colin Zines Marsol Wood Jake Jordan Derek Winokur Loren Applegate Peyton Garrett Arik Nesbit Matt Clark Logen Cathey Henry Bein Trent Addis Cody Mersino Grant Lyttle Jonas Kruse John O’Brien Sebastian Delgadillo Jalen Loska Ben Keene

POS HT QB 6’2 RB 5”10 RB/MLB 5’9 WR/ 6’1 SS.KR.PR WR 5’10 TE/DE 6’3 T/DT 6’4 G/DT 6’0 C 6’1 G 6’0 T 6’2 K 6’0 DE/LB 6’0 TE/OLB/P 6’3 OLB 6’3 CB 6’2 SS 5’11 CB 6’0 36 40 44 49 50 52 55 56 58 60 69 70 78 81 82 88

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Landon Cook FB/LB (No. 8), Sr. Cook is another two way returning starter that the Tritons will look to for leadership. Cook can run, catch and hit and was third on the team in total tackles last year with 73. Ortiz is going with a running back-by-committee approach so as a fullback, Cook gives the Tritons another viable threat in the backfield.


WT 205 185 195 205

GR 12 12 12 12

175 210 265 255 275 225 245 190 205 215 195 180 185 175

12 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 11 12 10 12 12 11

Eddie Tanamachi Davis Baker Jameson Klatt Chad Stuart Loren Bonnin Trey Fullerton Kieffer Munson Jules Olsen Adam Solano Dylan Harding Daniel Navarette Tom Cooper Tyler Abercrombie Rashawn Ferguson Cole Harlow Tosch Truman


Ryan Alvarez OLB/TE/P (No. 42), Sr. Alvarez is jumping into the mix at outside linebacker this season after getting a little bit of playing time as a safety last season. Alvarez has been a key contributor as the team’s punter since he was a sophomore but will try and make his mark on defense this year.

Christian Bailey WR/SS (No. 1), Sr. Bailey is poised to have a breakout year with the Tritons, playing both sides of the ball. He had an impressive junior season as a wide receiver, pulling in 24 catches for 224 yards and four touchdowns. On defense he was among the team leaders in total tackles (62) and interceptions (2).



Harlow (77)

Hunter (54)

Jason Wright TE/DE (No. 85), Jr. With the Tritons running more two tight-end sets on the offense this season, Wright will be an important player to watch. Wright will provide a big, 6-foot-3 inch target for Donnelly to throw to and his size will also prove useful when he’s blocking on the line.

Pro Set Formation



Maxwell (74) Nagavalli (72)

Tackle Bryson (53)

Wide Reciever

Tight End

Wide Reciever

Wright (85)

Humes (43)

Quarterback Bailey (1) Donnelly (14)

Fullback Cook (8)


Kicker Miller (2)

James (4)


Collin Zines CB/WR (No. 22), Jr. Zines is a junior that has stepped up in the summer and earned a starting spot on varsity. Zines is a two sport athlete and plays lacrosse and has the ability to cover a lot of ground, according to Ortiz. He saw some playing time as a sophomore and has a bit of experience.

Multiple Defense

Tackle End/LB Cornerback


Hunter (54)

Harlow (77)

Benoit (45)

End Wright (85)


Duffy (10)

Strong Safety

Zines (22)




Alvarez (42)

Cook (8)

Darnold (18)

Bailey (1)

Marcus Meredith SS (No. 6), Sr. Meredith has had a bad stretch of luck in recent years and is coming off his second major knee injury, one he suffered against Mission Viejo last season. Meredith has been rehabbing all offseason and Ortiz said he is good to go for the season opener. Meredith will bring a strong, senior presence to the Triton’s secondary.

Free Safety Meredith (6)

Ricky Humes SS/WR (No. 43), Sr. Humes has displayed a knack for the strong safety position over the summer and will also contribute as a receiver. He is another one of the new faces on defense that will benefit from fulltime playing experience.

Punter Alvarez (42)

Sam Darnold OLB (No. 18), Soph. Darnold is the youngest player on the team and the only sophomore to break through into varsity. He’s a big defender and Ortiz likes his football instincts. In practice, Darnold continually displays his ability to find the ball and make plays. He also has good hands and can catch.



By Steve Breazeale






Location: San Clemente High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Russell Shaw League: Coliseum 2011-2012 record: 6-6 (4-1 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 35-6 2012-2013 Overview: The big question heading into the 20122013 season for West Adams Prep will be how they build on last seasons’ surprise success in the Coliseum league which ended with four in-league wins in a row (including a narrow 26-25 victory over Crenshaw) to claim second place and earn a CIF playoff spot. The Panthers were senior-heavy in 2011 and will be without free safety/wide receiver Trayvon Watson and running back Chetachi Jackson, who led the team in carries. 2012-2013 will be a test for the Panthers to let everyone know that last seasons’ success wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

Location: Cabrillo High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Jason Brown League: Moore 2011-2012 record: 7-4 (4-2 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 35-6 2012-2013 Season Overview: Last season the Jaguars relied heavily on their standout senior quarterback Derek Stewart, who threw for 2,589 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also the teams’ second leading rusher. Now that Stewart has departed, the job looks to be junior George Watson’s to lose. Watson only attempted three passes last season as a backup, and if the Jaguars want to reestablish their once prolific throwing game he will have to step up. Senior wide out Latrell Flowers, who caught 33 passes last season, should be among Cabrillo’s offensive weapons in the fall.

Location: San Clemente High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Todd Rusinkovich League: Sea View 2011-2012 record: 3-7 (0-4 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 35-10 2012-2013 Overview: A move to the Sea View League should benefit the veteran heavy Dolphins this year. Dana Hills has the luxury of having 26 seniors on their varsity roster. Most of the 26 were on the varsity roster last year, when Dana Hills defeated the two Sea View League opponents they faced (Capistrano Valley and San Juan Hills). The Dolphin offense will be run by junior starting quarterback Mac Vail, who started for the JV squad last season. Vail transferred to Dana Hills at the start of last season and was a highly touted freshman varsity starter at his old school, Del Norte, in San Diego.

Location: La Costa Canyon High Time: TBA Coach: Sean Sovacool League: Avocado-West 2011-2012 record: 9-3 (4-0 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 58-7 2012-2013 Overview: The reigning Avocado-West league champions will have plenty of varsity starters returning from last season’s campaign, which will only make them tougher in 2012. Where La Costa Canyon seems to be loaded at is at the quarterback spot, as three current seniors are poised to battle for the position in training camp. La Costa Canyon is historically tough to beat at home (the Mavericks won three out of four at home last season) and will have the luxury of playing the Tritons on their own turf down in Carlsbad on September 14.

Location: Newport Harbor High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Jeff Brinkley League: Sunset 2011-2012 record: 5-6 (3-2 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 24-12 2012-2013 Overview: Newport Harbor has been a perennial playoff presence and is coming off a mediocre year that ended in a first round exit of the CIF-SS playoffs. The Sailors were a well-balanced team last year with a startlingly efficient quarterback in senior Cole Blower, who boasted a 64% completion rate. Expect Newport Harbor to continue that balanced attack, even without Blower in 2012. The team’s leading receiver, senior Landon Gyulay, will be back, as will senior linebacker/running back Marty Taylor, who played a big role on both sides of the ball last year.






Location: San Clemente High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Dave White League: Sunset 2011-2012 record: 8-3 (5-0 league) 2011 vs. SC: DNP 2012-2013 Overview: Edison tore through the Sunset league last season and has to be the preseason favorite to repeat as league champs. They proved they could hang with tough opponents (see: 22-20 loss to Mater Dei last year) and have the returning starter depth to compete with anyone. Senior kicker/punter and quarterback to-be Aleksander Torgersen will be a key player for the Chargers this season. He had some experience as quarterback last season but excelled as the team’s punter, where he averaged 41.97 yards per punt and pinned eight balls inside the 20-yard line.

Location: El Toro High Time: TBA Coach: Rob Frith League: South Coast 2011-2012 record: 12-2 (4-0 league) 2011 vs. SC: DNP 2012-2013 Overview: El Toro’s season will depend on the ability of their senior class to maintain the high level of play that they ran with last year as juniors. But El Toro should have no problem adjusting to the South Coast League with quarterback Conner Manning, Jacob Furnari and Cody White all returning on the offensive side of the ball. Manning, who has committed to Utah, was an absolute force last season, throwing for 41 touchdowns and 4,219 yards, both single-season county records. Furnari ran for 1,532 yards and 24 touchdowns. White was among Manning’s favorite targets, and pulled in 17 touchdowns.

Location: San Clemente High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Bob Johnson League: South Coast 2011-2012 record: 10-3 (4-0 league) 2011 vs. SC: Win, 29-21 2012-2013 Overview: If there’s one thing you can bet on in the South Coast League every year, it’s that Mission Viejo will be in the hunt for the league title. The Diablos will be without a few of their key players from last season but depth shouldn’t be an issue for them in 2012. Look for senior running back Marcus Collins to get a lot of touches now that the seniors are gone. Senior receiver Max Redfield was a regular target and was second on the team in receptions last season with 32. With the way Mission Viejo historically likes to throw the ball, Redfield should be a key cog in their offense.

Location: Tesoro High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Brian Barnes League: South Coast 2011-2012 record: 8-5 (2-2 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 31-6; Loss, 51-16 (CIF Southern Section Semifinal) 2012-2013 Overview: Senior Matt Adam has had the starting quarterback job at Tesoro since he was a sophomore. So experience at the position as he heads into his third year as the ‘go-to’ guy can only help the Titans in a quest for a South Coast League title. Tesoro came up short last season and lost to the Tritons in the Pac-5 semifinals, 51-16, and had a .500 record in league. If the Titans hope to push past the barrier of .500, they’ll need Adam to be on his game.

Location: San Clemente High Time: 7 p.m. Coach: Scott Orloff League: South Coast 2011-2012 record: 6-4 (1-3 league) 2011 vs. SC: Loss, 43-14 2012-2013 Overview: The Mustangs are another team in the South Coast League that will have senior experience on their opening day roster. After tallying 70 total tackles and leading the team in sacks (four) last season, senior outside linebacker and captain J.T Land will try and shore up a defense that allowed 37.75 points per in-league game (third most) in the South Coast League last season. The Mustangs will most likely field senior starting quarterback Nathan Perry, who now has a year of full-time varsity experience under his belt.

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Some Men Can’t Even Eat Popcorn E very week, I email an “On Life and Love after 50,” newsletter to approximately 2,000 older singles living across the USA and in several foreign countries. Many respond with comments, observations and details of their personal dating experiences and frustrations. Last week, the responses from single women reminded me of how difficult it is for women age 50-90 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 an age 50+ singles meet and greet event 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 meet and greet. 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 asking, ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 “Where are the men?” By Tom Blake 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 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—scammers, jerks, rip-offs and people misrepresenting themselves also started using the Internet. For single women living 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 the Internet site and to this day have not found any suitable partners on this island.”

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dance and most of my friends are happily married.” 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 OC 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 discover the outstanding quality of women who attend the second Thursday meet and greet, they will put September 13, 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., on their calendars. It sure would be nice to see more couples leaving together. To comment: Meet and Greet location: SC




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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 San Clemente 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 SC

Water Temp: 68-70˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 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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