School: El Toro High
Position: No. 1 player
Garner, the South Coast League champion last season as a freshman, hasn't let up a bit this year. Last week, he shot a cumulative three-under par in two South Coast League matches to help the Chargers to victories over Irvine and Dana Hills, which appear to be the Chargers' main competition in the league. Tuesday, Garner and his older brother, Joe, each shot three-under 33 in the victory over Irvine at Rancho San Joaquin. Thursday, in the victory over Dana Hills, Ben shot even-par 72 at El Toro Marine Base, making a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to defeat Dana Hills' Scott Richardson. "He works hard on his putting and that's what separates him from other players," El Toro Coach Bob Bosanko said. Garner also shot two-over 38 at Coto de Caza as the Changers took a one-stroke lead over Trabuco Hills in a match that will be completed next month at the Marine base. El Toro and Trabuco Hills are tied for first in the mid-season Orange County coaches' poll.
Other top performers:
Anthoni Davis, a Santa Ana Valley sprinter who won the invitational 400 meters in 48.83 seconds at the Pasadena Games and helped the 400-relay team to fifth place. He also won the 100 in 11.1 seconds and the 200 in 22.6 in a dual meet against Foothill.
Rich Lambourne, who was named the most valuable player of the Foothill volleyball tournament after he led Foothill to a 15-10, 15-10 victory over Elsinore in the title match.
Tony Mancuso, a Newport Harbor shotputter who had a personal best of 56 feet 1 inch in a dual meet with Saddleback, had the best mark at the Tustin Relays (54-0) and finished second to state champion Jeff Buckey of Bakersfield with a throw of 56-8 3/4 at the Pasadena Games.
Tony Zuniga, who pitched a three-hitter and hit a three-run home run in Saddleback's 8-1 victory over Corona del Mar.