10 YEARS AGO
The Capistrano Valley boys’ basketball team had a 12-game winning streak when it visited Mission Viejo for a South Coast League game. The Cougars played well past the regulation end of their 13th consecutive game before their streak was stopped; Mission Viejo won in three overtimes, 74-70.
Capistrano Valley entered the game 14-2 and ranked No. 3 in Orange County. Mission Viejo had won 47 games over the previous two seasons but had struggled to a 6-7 start, much to the disappointment of Diablo Coach Bob Minier.
Minier attached extra importance to the triple-overtime victory because it was against an intracity rival: “This win makes up for some early frustrations we experienced in preseason,” he said.
Rauol Montalfo had 30 points and 17 rebounds and Randy Sherwood 22 points and 12 rebounds for Mission Viejo.
5 YEARS AGO
“Rest easy, Walt Hazzard. Be patient UCLA basketball fans. Help is on the way.”
That’s what Tom Hamilton wrote in The Times after Kevin Walker scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in three quarters to lead Brea-Olinda to an 81-42 victory over Savanna.
“I used to wonder if Walker was really a big-time player when my smaller players used to take it to him last year,” Savanna Coach Tom Gregory said. “But this year he’s added 20 pounds, and he’s so much more aggressive inside. He’s really improved.”
Walker, a 6-foot-10 center, made 12 of 18 shots and was four for four from the free-throw line against Savanna.
At UCLA, Walker was a solid contributor if not a superstar. He started all 31 games at center as a junior, averaging 9.9 points. He started 12 as a senior, becoming more of a role player. He made his mark not inside but out; Walker set the UCLA record for three-pointers made in his career with 116.
1 YEAR AGO
Call it the harmonic convergence, but if it’s the third week in January and your team is going to play against Deanna Harry, then you had better eat your Wheaties.
Harry, a center for Woodbridge, was The Times’ Athlete of the Week for Jan. 15-20 in 1990, scoring 52 points and grabbing 57 rebounds in three games.
Harry also was The Times’ Athlete of the Week for Jan. 14-19 this year, with 54 points and 35 rebounds in two games.
Harry said her big week in 1990 was because of away games: “I don’t know what it is exactly, but on the bus ride over there I have time to think about the game and visualize. When we play at home we talk more before the game.”