Top 10 Stories
1 El Camino Real’s baseball team had to forfeit five league victories because it had used an ineligible player. The forfeits cost the team a playoff spot. After several appeals, the City Interscholastic Athletics Committee voted to uphold the forfeits. The next day, Sid Thompson, an associate school district superintendent, overruled the committee. That night, El Camino school officials decided that the baseball team would not participate in the playoffs because there were was too little time to prepare for the game; Canoga Park would take its place. The next morning, however, school officials decided that the team would play Granada Hills in the first round on Friday. And Canoga Park was out.
2 Cleveland basketball Coach Greg Herrick resigned after six seasons, saying he had accomplished his goals. The day before he announced his resignation, he revealed that he had dismissed junior All-American forward Trevor Wilson from the team for disregarding team philosophy.
3 Kennedy’s baseball staged a dramatic turnaround in the playoffs, going from a 4-5 Mid-Valley League team to City 4-A champion. Kevin Farlow’s dramatic two-out solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Kennedy a 10-9 win over Banning at Dodger Stadium. The game featured 21 walks and eight errors.
4 Cleveland defeated Carson, 30-29, in football. The upset had reporters writing about Cleveland for a week after the game. Consider: Cleveland was 0-3 entering the game. Carson, 3-0, was ranked No. 1 in the City by the Times, No. 1 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 3 in the nation by USA Today. Cleveland won just two games all year, while Carson went on to win the City 4-A title, beating Banning in the championship game. Some Cleveland officials said it was the biggest sports moment in school history.
5 Canyon captured its second straight Southern Section Northwestern Conference championship. The Cowboys have won 24 straight games, the longest streak in Southern California. They were undefeated in 14 games after going 13-1 in 1983-84. In 3 years as varsity coach, Harry Welch is 35-5.
6 Agoura fired Frank Greminger as football coach in 1982 after accusing him of falsifying college extension course credits that boosted his teaching salary. He didn’t coach in 1983, but returned in 1984 to lead the Chargers to an undefeated season and the Desert-Mountain Conference championship.
7 Grant hired Jeff Engilman as football coach for the 1985-86 season, then fired him after he allegedly drew female genitalia on a blocking dummy used in spring drills. He reportedly called the illustration an “attack point,” and denied that it had sexual content. Bill Foster was named his successor.
8 Granada Hills’ football Coach Wayne Quigley led his team to its first league title since 1977. After the playoffs, however, Quigley was fired by Principal Al Irwin over philosophical differences. School baseball Coach Darryl Stroh was named his successor.
9 El Camino Real continued its dynasty in softball and boys swimming. Even with a new coach and a new pitcher, the Conquistadores won their third straight City 4-A softball title. The boys swimming team lost its first league dual meet in eight years but came back to win its eighth straight City championship.
10 Camarillo had an amazing sports season. The Scorpion football team (13-1), won the Marmonte League, then became Southern Section Coastal Conference champion on a last-minute touchdown pass at the L.A. Coliseum. The Scorpion basketball team won the Marmonte League, and lost in the second round of the 4-A playoffs. The baseball team won the Marmonte League and lost in the 4-A final. The school has won league championships in football, basketball, baseball the past two years.