High School Athletics

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    Costa Mesa High Baseball Player's $28k Claim Over Lost Teeth Brings Back Painful Memories

    There were off-season weeks on my high school football team--I secured a permanent spot at left out--when we could not practice in pads or make any "football" moves on a field. So our coaches threw us in the pool to play water polo or onto a ball field for rugby, the latter ritual ending after I "kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    John Juul Nielson, OC High School of the Arts Dance Teacher, Accused of Sexting Student

    ​I'd once contemplated rounding up all the recent hit-and-run or distracted-driver fatalities, but these keep taking all of my time: teachers getting arrested for diddling, touching or otherwise acting inappropriately around students or other children.Authorities just announced the second arrest i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Anaheim Schools Axe 'Humiliating' Color-Coded Student ID Program

    ​The Anaheim Union High School District went under fire last week for segregating kids based on color, though not in the way you may think.   Two schools, John F. Kennedy in La Palma and Cypress in Anaheim, required students to carry around identification cards and matching planners in colors ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    San Clemente High School Bus Drivers: Unsung Heroes of the Bomb Scare

    ​As you may have previously read, an empty bomb threat on the first day of school at San Clemente High School drew a response from the FBI, the Navy, the Marines, U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, a regional counter-terrorism team, the Capistrano Unified S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    UPDATED: ACLU Announces Settlement of Suit Tied to Corona del Mar High's Production of "Rent"

    Photo by Matt Coker Karyl Ketchum and Mike Wiggins talk about the hell their 17-year-old daughter Hail endured at Corona del Mar High School last school year.​Three varsity football players at Corona del Mar High School posted a video on the school's Facebook page in January in which they describe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    The Devolution of a Mater Dei Apologist

    Until we upgrade our blog, many of ustedes might not know about the many fights raging on blog posts of the past--the old posts that seem to get the most attention include those on local Armenian genocide denier Ergun Kirlikovali, Laotian Secret Army general Vang Pao, and my review of Lola Gaspar. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Deification of Gary McKnight Must Stop

    Both the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register have tripped over themselves this month in the attempt to give the swooning-est review of Mater Dei High's current varsity basketball squad and its head coach, Gary McKnight. The Times says McKnight "is used to ridiculous riches,"while Reg co ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 11, 2007


    'Genius? That wouldnt be for me to decide. Reaching thousands of people from a dark little garage in Costa Mesa, that certainly takes talent.'

  • Food

    December 14, 2006

    Of Hummus and Hezbollah

    Good food trumps ugly Americanism at Meejana

  • Columns

    August 26, 2004
  • Unknown

    September 13, 2001