Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Inspiration & Determination: Three Sport Athlete Jake Straughan Overcomes Broken Leg

Three Sport Athlete Jake Straughan Overcomes Broken Leg to Lead Colton to State Titles in Two Sports 
and Earn Player of the Year Awards (Photos by Jerry Morse and Max Aquino) Although today the three sport athlete is becoming a dying breed, Jake Straughan of Colton High School is one of those rare student-athletes who excels in everything. While maintaining …

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Follow Your Heart – Larry Tuileta Makes School Choice After Stellar High School Career

By Joey Ramirez Photos By Kristen Collat & Jessica Homrich “People are gonna have their opinions on what people think you should be doing,” Tuileta says. “But only you know in your heart what you should be doing for yourself.” For Larry Tuileta, sports have always been about giving back, whether to his family, teammates or community. So when it …

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Katie Ta: Capo Valley Tennis Star and 2014 Player of the Year

For Capo Valley High School junior Katie Ta, what started as a way to be more like her brother and sister has turned into a dedicated activity. Katie was just 10 when she started to tag along with her brother Matthew and sister Ashley to tennis matches and practices, and soon tagging along turned into championship tennis. “I really liked …

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Grady Williams: Support + Determination = Success

What is it in us that reaches for more? How do we decide whether something is worth every breath we take, every injury, every sacrifice? For Grady Williams, the Center Defender for the Dana Hills Dolphins, there is no question, you do something with focus and commitment or you don’t do it at all. A long-time swimmer, Grady craved the …

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Discipline and Determination: Marcelle Preston – A great runner and a fine young man.

By Kevin Wilson Since 1996, Largo High School head track Coach Darryl Hamilton and Assistant Coach Michael Roberts have won countless county and state championships, with the support of former Largo Lion runners lending a helping hand. This 2A track and field program is a national powerhouse. And, this year, the Lions have a great runner who has been ranked …

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Double Threat: The Best of Orange County Softball

Taylor McQuillin, pitcher, and Alyssa Palominos, center-field, both attend Mission Viejo High School and are currently in their junior year. Both girls earned numerous athletic achievements, titles, and rankings in softball. Alyssa was ranked OC Player of the Year and broke the OC record for homeruns her sophomore year with 18 homers. Alyssa is also the co-MVP for the South …

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Santa Margarita Athletes Sign Letters of Intent on NCAA Signing Day

Sixteen athletes from Santa Margarita Catholic High School made their futures evident on Wednesday, April 16 as they officially signed or verbally committed with colleges across the country for their sport. The following student-athletes were a part of the NCAA National Letter of Intent Signing Day: Alex Ury of Mission Viejo has committed to Washington University, St. Louis for Football. …

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Alumni Spotlight: Dan James & Chasen Ford – El Toro High School 2013 Graduates

From a similar start in Little League baseball, Dan James and Chasen Ford followed varied paths to successful high school baseball careers, college scholarships in the sport they both love. Dan James and Chasen Ford were both highly regarded baseball players at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, CA. Dan is now a utility infielder at Oregon State University …

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Cool 2 Be Kind – Students Against Bullying

On May 1st of 2009, San Clemente was shocked by the tragic loss of 16-year-old, Daniel Mendez. Daniel loved football and skateboarding, and he was an outstanding student and friend. He lost his life to bullying-related suicide. After his death, Daniel’s friends banded together and fought back. They started the Cool 2 Be Kind club to combat bullying on campus …

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Enter our Photo Contest

Want a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card? Enter High School Illustrated’s photo contest and you just might win! We’re looking for your best sports action or school spirit/activity photos. We’ll choose one and announce it in our Summer 2014 issue of High School Illustrated, plus give the winner a $100 Visa Gift Card. To enter, download the …

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