FOOTBALL: AREA TEAMS PASSED OVER L.B. POLY WINS TOURNAMENT, AS LOCALS FAIL TO ADVANCE.Byline: LINDSAY CZARNECKI
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LONG BEACH -- With a little passing pride on the line at Veterans Stadium at the 5th annual Nike 7-on-7 Passing Championships it was the four beach and Orange County area teams that dominated by defeating all four area teams.
Birmingham of Lake Balboa, Crespi of Encino, Hart of Newhall and Notre Dame Notre Dame IPA: [nɔtʁ dam] is French for Our Lady, referring to the Virgin Mary. In the United States of America, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks all came up shorthanded by losing in the first round at the eight-team tournament.
Long Beach Poly was the eventual winner, defeating Mater Dei Mater Dei is Latin for "Mother of God", referring to the Virgin Mary. The term has been used to name various institutions, often Catholic, including:
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Randall Cox was named the MVP (Multimedia Video Processor) A high-speed DSP chip from Texas Instruments, introduced in 1994. Officially introduced as the TMS320C80, it combines RISC technology with the functionality of four DSPs on one chip. for Poly while Andrew Abbott was given the award for Mater Dei.
Mission Viejo Mission Vi·e·jo
A community of southern California southeast of Irvine. It is mainly residential. Population: 96,300. and Edison of Huntington Beach Huntington Beach, city (1990 pop. 181,519), Orange co., S Calif., on the Pacific coast, across from Santa Catalina Island, in an oil-producing area; inc. 1909. It manufactures aerospace vehicles, aircraft parts, optical instruments, and heat transfer equipment. were the two other teams that advanced into the winner's bracket.
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See : Luck, Bad : While playing eventual champion Long Beach Poly in the first round, Crespi coaches and players swore their big late stop had forced the game into overtime.
The referees ruled differently despite the uproar, saying Poly had won 36-34.
"I'm upset because it takes away an opportunity for our kids to compete but it's an imperfect sport, we all make mistakes, so what are you gonna do?" Crespi coach Jeremiah Ross said. "Our guy is filming right next to the Poly guy, and the Poly guy says it's a tie game, so that's what upsets me, because they knew it was tied."
Just touch football? The low-key, less-contact image of high school passing games received another big blow when Mike Gerski from Notre Dame ruptured his pancreas after being sandwiched by two Mission Viejo defenders while trying to catch a pass in the Knights' first game of the day. The Knights lost in overtime 36-30 and later defeated Hart 14-6.
"Usually there's not collisions like that; hopefully, he's OK," Coach Kevin Rooney Kevin Rooney born on May 4, 1956 in Catskill, NY and is a boxing trainer and former boxer. Amateur Boxing Career
Rooney won the 1975 147lb Sub-Novice New York Golden Gloves Championship. Rooney defeated Kevin Higgins of West Point in the finals. said.
Two weeks ago Delano Howell, a senior from Hart, was sent into the air after a collision with a teammate left him with a severe mouth injury.
"It's been tough without him because he's going to get the ball for us a lot in the fall," Hart coach Mike Herrington said.
Other teams took some precaution as a few players from Long Beach Poly wore large mouthpieces while Edison sported softly-padded helmets.
Summer school slump: Birmingham's troops arrived much later than the seven other contenders because some players were attending summer school, coach Ed Croson said.
Birmingham got off to a shaky start, losing its opening-round game 24-0 to Edison and later 22-20 against Crespi.