Sunday, September 22, 2019

Enjoyable Involvement for Orange County High Schools: Club Rush

High school campuses all around Orange County share two things in common: school spirit and the desire to get students active in both the school and the community. Beckman High School is no different in the fervor to get freshmen and various classes engaged in school activities through clubs in the major event: Club Rush. On October 5, Beckman students …

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El Modena Editorial: Should Boardsports be in the Olympics?

With the 2012 Olympics just recently ending, many fans cheer with pride and wish better-luck-next-time to their favorite teams and athletes. But what about all the different boardsports such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding? All have come from humble beginnings and made great names for themselves. Now that they have accomplished gaining the media, sponsors and fans one can’t …

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PacSun Surfers Have Orange County Connections

Southern California is home to some of the world’s elite surfers — and many of them are still in high school. Here’s a look at the professional PacSun team. Boys Kolohe Andino Hometown: San Clemente Profile: 5’10”, 150 lbs. Sponsors: Nike 6.0, Red Bull, Target Accomplishments: Andino has won nine National Scholastic Surfing Association championships. He holds records for being …

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Local Diver to Compete in World Junior Championship

Camryn Hidalgo, a diminutive 13-year-old diver from Mission Viejo, is making a big splash in the world of competitive diving. Next week, she’ll take on her biggest stage yet during the FINA World Junior Championships in Adelaide, Australia. Hidalgo qualified by placing first in the 1-meter event during the 2012 Junior National Diving Championships in August. She also placed second …

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Olympic Recap: How Did O.C. Stars Fare?

Nearly 80 athletes with Orange County connections competed in the 2012 London Olympics. Here’s a look back on how some of the big stars fared… Misty May-Treanor Sport: Beach volleyball O.C. Connection: Newport Harbor High School graduate Results: May-Treanor and her partner Kerri Walsh Jennings won their third consecutive Olympic gold medals. Afterward, both women announced their retirements from professional …

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Vandals Hit the World-Famous Mission Viejo Diving Club

During the weekend of Sept. 29-30, the Mission Viejo Nadadores’ dive office was broken into and the complex was vandalized.  Practice at the world-famous club was canceled on Monday, Oct. 1, as police investigated the scene. According to a statement from the club, vandals threw a large cement block through the glass door of the office and flipped a 1-meter …

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Santa Margarita Boys Cross-Country: Jog-a-Thon For the Janics

On the morning of Sept. 5, the Santa Margarita boys cross-country team took to the track for the annual jog-a-thon. This year’s event was dedicated to sophomore Ryan Janics, who was diagnosed with cancer last year and is currently undergoing treatment. Motivated to raise money for the Janics family, the 21 cross-country runners and two coaches withstood 90-degree weather to …

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Tesoro Freshman Breaks Dana Hills Invitational Record

When Tesoro freshman Amanda Gehrich crossed the finish line of the Dana Hills Nike Invitational on Sept. 22, she officially established herself as a true force in Orange County cross-country. With a 3-mile time of 16:58.8, Gehrich broke the longstanding freshmen speed record at the Invitational. She also finished first among all female competitors, beating out the second place finisher …

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Manning’s Record-Setting Game the Result of Hard Work

El Toro quarterback Conner Manning has started the season on an impressive note. During a Sept. 21 game against Valhalla, he completed 44 of 58 passes for a total 613 yards — a new county record. Seven of those passes resulted in touchdowns, which helped the El Toro team to its fifth win of the season. Although there’s no relation …

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Freshman From Santa Margarita Sets Swim Marathon Record

During the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 13-year-old Fiona Goh stepped into the water off of Anacapa Island. Just more than 10 hours and 12.4 miles later, she emerged from the brisk ocean as the youngest swimmer ever to complete a California channel passage. In order to accomplish the feat, Goh, a freshman at Rancho Santa Margarita High School …

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The Basics of Warming Up

It’s important to warm up your body before any physical activity. Warming up goes a long way toward preparing the body for exercising, both physically and mentally. It also helps prevent injuries. The term “warm-up” describes many light-aerobic and cardiovascular activities, which are separate from stretching. (Stretching works best when performed after warming up.) When you warm up, you are …

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Importance of Breakfast For Teens

A recent study found that skipping breakfast can be directly linked to excess weight gain in high school aged students. At first, it may seem strange that skipping a meal would cause weight gain. A closer look uncovers some obvious reasons why this occurs. Waiting until lunchtime to have your first meal of the day, creates a very long window (roughly …

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College Plans – Life After High School

“So, what are you doing after graduation?” Many juniors and seniors get bored answering that question over and over. Whether your plans include college, heading straight for the workforce, or taking a year off, here are some practical tips to prepare yourself for the journey. Going to College Some people know from an early age exactly what they want to …

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Note Taking Tips – Get The Most From Your Homework

Note-taking is a skill that can help you do well on all your schoolwork — everything from taking tests to researching a paper. But, unfortunately, most schools don’t have classes that teach you how to take notes. So, here are some tips. Write Down Key Facts If you have a teacher who writes notes on the board, that’s a bonus: …

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Stretching to Improve Hamstring Flexibility

Have you ever had that pain in the back of your leg while running down the field or court? Do you still wonder why you can’t touch your toes?  The hamstrings play an important role in running and can be easily injured if not flexible. Tight hamstrings can lead to low back and knee pain as well. The primary function …

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