The Corona del Mar High School and UC Irvine alumnus is a recognized name in entertainment as the producer of TV's "The O.C." and director of "Terminator Salvation." On Sept. 5, the former Daily Pilot paper boy picked up a wooden racquet alongside his longtime buds Clay Peterson and Johnny McCray for the 12th annual Wood Racquet Classic, which raised thousands for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
Some of our staffers met with U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) not too long after his recent move to Costa Mesa. The self-described populist conservative was cordial, funny and willing to say just about anything that popped into his head. It could be argued he was at the "tea party" long before the movement. But he's also known for making strange choices, including a 2009-10 trip to Honduras that flew in the face of White House foreign policy.
Drive by the CdM track on Eastbluff Drive any weekday afternoon, and there's a good chance you'll see Bill Sumner. For 28 years, the longtime Corona del Mar High School cross-country and track coach has been building one of the country's top programs. He is also involved with his Magic Shoes Foundation, which has donated more than 20,000 pairs of shoes to children throughout Southern California.
Bill Barnett is a water polo legend. The Newport Harbor High girls' water polo coach has been roaming the decks at the Sailors' pool for decades. Barnett was the U.S. men's national team coach from 1985 to 1992, leading the U.S. to a silver medal at the 1988 Olympics. He has led Newport Harbor to 13 CIF championships since 1966, 10 on the boys' side. The girls' teams have won three Division I titles.
April Ross, Jennifer Kessy
April Ross and Jennifer Kessy turned into the best women's tandem on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour and a formidable one on the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball World Tour. Ross, a former Newport Harbor High School star, claimed four AVP events, going 31-4 before the AVP folded because of financial issues. In FIVB, Ross and Kessy won twice and placed second.