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Top 10 stories of the year, as voted on by the Orange County Edition sports staff: 1 Janet Evans wins three gold medals and sets a world record during the Summer Olympics.

2 Gene Mauch quits as Angel manager less than a month before the start of the 1988 season, citing health reasons.

3 Michael Chang becomes the youngest male to win a singles match at Wimbledon and establishes himself as one of the top young players in U.S. tennis.


4 The Angels fire Cookie Rojas with eight games left in the season and a 75-79 record.

5 George McQuarn, who quit and then came back 3 seasons ago, quits for good as Cal State Fullerton’s basketball coach.

6 The Rams, coming off a 6-9 season, make the playoffs as a wild-card team with a passing offense and an Eagle defense.

7 Servite running back Derek Brown sets an Orange County single-season high school rushing record with 2,301 yards.

8 The Mater Dei boys’ basketball team, despite not winning its league title, wins its fourth consecutive 5-A championship.

9 Bob Boone, after having his best season hitting, bolts the Angels for the Kansas City Royals for 1 more dollar than he earned with the Angels in 1988.

10 Michele Granger assures her place as the best softball pitcher, setting numerous career and season records as a senior at Valencia High.