Servite linebacker Harrison Cofell has enrolled at Trinity League rival St. John Bosco, the senior confirmed Tuesday.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound Cofell joins a group of St. John Bosco linebackers led by Andrew Simpson and Benny Lockhart among others. Simpson (6-1, 215) has committed to Kansas.
USC-committed linebacker Ma’a Gaoteote would be another name to watch with the Braves’ linebackers but he has transferred to Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.
Cofell’s strong offseason makes him an intriguing contender for key playing time with the reigning state and national champion. His highlights last season with the Friars included eight tackles in an early-season game against Bishop Gorman.
Another new St. John Bosco defender with Servite ties is junior safety Sione “Riz” Hala (6-3, 200). He impressed last season with Paramount in the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals against San Juan Hills.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most new athletic directors who take over in July have the luxury of getting acclimated to their new school before things really ramp up in two months. That isn’t going to be the case for the start of Martin Jarmond’s tenure at UCLA.
“You would like have something resembling normalcy, but I have to come in and embrace the challenges,” said Jarmond, who officially took the helm on Wednesday. “I’m not the only one going through what is an uncertain time.”
The 39-year old Jarmond was named UCLA’s first Black athletic director in May. He is also the first AD in the program’s 101-year history who has no prior ties to the university. He replaces Dan Guerrero, who led his alma mater for 18 years.
Jarmond, who was hired in Westwood after three years leading Boston College’s athletic department, has a lot on his plate. Not only is there trying to navigate 23 teams in 15 sports through the coronavirus pandemic, but there is the added challenge of Under Armour trying to terminate its record apparel contract with the university. The company informed UCLA last week of its intentions.
The two sides are four years into a 15-year deal worth $280 million, which remains the highest in college athletics. Under Armour pays $11 million per year in rights and marketing fees as well as contributing $2 million per year to aid in facility improvements. Under terms of the contract, the company is supposed to supply $6.85 million in athletic apparel, footwear and uniforms.
Jarmond reiterated last week’s statement that the matter is being evaluated by the university and its attorneys.
Under Armour cited the team’s struggles in its highest profile sports as a reason for ending the partnership. The football program has had a losing record four straight seasons, including a 7-17 mark in Chip Kelly’s first two seasons, which has led to declining attendance at the Rose Bowl. Men’s basketball struggled the first half of last season but won nine of its last 11 in Mick Cronin’s first season.
On-field performance though will eventually rise on Jarmond’s list of priorities. His first task is trying to make sure UCLA’s teams can return healthy once games begin. The campus started welcoming athletes in football and fall Olympic sports last week, beginning with testing before they could progress to offseason conditioning drills.
The NCAA recently approved a plan allowing for extended football and basketball workouts, but the county has not cleared UCLA for that timeline yet. The university reports that 75 members of the campus community have tested positive, but doesn’t specify whether they are athletes. This past week, 18 students and six staff members had positive tests.
When football players expressed concerns about returning to campus two weeks ago, Jarmond met with the team via Zoom to answer questions along with Kelly.
“I thought it was important to make sure everyone was heard, along with trying to show coaches that things can be addressed head on,” Jarmond said. “I think our safety plan is thorough but we can’t control the spikes going on throughout the country.”
Jarmond is known as one of the country’s best athletic fundraisers, not only at Boston College but when he worked in the athletic programs at Michigan State and Ohio State. That will be needed at UCLA, which ran an $18.9-million deficit during the 2019 fiscal year. That figure could more than double this year.
Jarmond is still doing most of his work from Boston while trying to relocate to Los Angeles. He was on campus last month for the first time after all of his interviews with the search committee were done remotely due to the pandemic.
In order to find out more from students and supporters, he has launched MJ Listens on the athletic program’s website.
“It is critically important to listen and learn from key stakeholders. I have a pretty good idea of where to start but a lot of things will be dictated with what is currently happening,” he said.
The assaults on California property owners and taxpayers never stop. And once again the California Legislature has advanced a massive tax increase at the last possible moment when they thought no one was paying attention.
Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 11 (ACA11), approved by the California Legislature, takes away Proposition 13 protections that California families have under current law and replaces them with a billion-dollar tax increase. Voters will have an opportunity to reject this scheme come November, as ACA11 will appear on the ballot as Proposition 19.
After the historic passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, Californians finally had certainty about their future property tax liability because increases in the “taxable value” of property were limited to 2 percent per year. Property would be reassessed to market value only when it changed hands. To prevent families from getting hit with huge tax increases, voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 58 in 1986, changing the state constitution to ensure that transfers of certain property between parents and children could occur without triggering the sticker shock of reassessment.
Under Prop. 58, a home of any value and up to a million dollars of assessed value of other property may be transferred between parents and children without reassessment. Proposition 19 (2020) would repeal Proposition 58 (1986) and force the reassessment of inherited or transferred property within families. The only exception is if the property is used as the principal residence of the person to whom it was transferred, and even that exclusion is capped.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates that the repeal of the “intergenerational transfer protections” guaranteed by Props. 58 and 193 will result in 40,000 to 60,000 families getting hit with higher property taxes every year. Prop. 19’s massive tax increase has been included in this initiative to offset another proposed constitutional change: the expansion of the ability for older homeowners to move to a replacement home and transfer their base-year property tax assessment from their previous home to the new property. While this “portability” expansion has some merit, voters rejected this idea in 2018. Oddly, the backers of the proposal think they can sell it again by adding a tax increase.
As ill-advised as Proposition 19 is as matter of policy, the contortions executed by the California Legislature to place it on the ballot were nothing short of bizarre. The primary sponsor of ACA11 was the California Association of Realtors (CAR) which first wrote a similar proposal as an initiative and gathered signatures to put it on the ballot. It appears CAR is motivated by the desire to churn more home sales, even at the expense of a multi-billion-dollar tax increase.
For reasons related to placating progressive Democrats in the Legislature as well as labor unions, CAR wanted to withdraw its previously qualified initiative and have the Legislature replace it with a similar tax increase proposal.
But something funny happened on the way to the ballot. CAR missed the constitutional deadline for withdrawing its initiative, so as a matter of law, it appeared that there would be two nearly identical measures on the ballot, causing confusion, not to mention additional costs. So Secretary of State Padilla dutifully took the CAR measure off the ballot even though he had already certified it under the procedures set forth in the California Constitution.
Our current political establishment ignores all rules and laws when it comes to achieving a desired political end. And, as usual, the desired end here is billions of dollars in higher property taxes.
Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
A combination of high tides and violent surf Friday night on the Balboa Peninsula flooded homes, reduced a sailboat to splinters and prompted several near-death rescues offshore, according to authorities.
The flooding was centered near A Street and East Balboa Boulevard, said Newport Beach police Sgt. Steve Oberon.
The flooding was about knee deep and had reached three blocks inland.
In addition to street flooding, the big waves and extreme high tide also flooded the beach parking lot near the Balboa Pier. Lifeguards scrambled through the day with several dangerous rescues.
“All three rescue boats were very busy with several near-death rescues that occurred,” said Newport Beach Lifeguard Skeeter Leeper.
Police were spotted pumping water near Main Street, and witnesses reported that a house near Lifeguard Tower P had flooded. A couple in a golf cart handed out water bottles to people stuck in their cars. A large sailboat that washed ashore at Coronado Street was in splinters, said witness Diane Edmunds.
The swell, the biggest of the year so far, was expected to build on Friday but showed up in force. The waves should be even bigger on Saturday, July 4.
Diane Edmonds, a photographer who was out shooting the Wedge, was stuck in traffic for more than an hour, waiting with her car turned off with a line of others as traffic stopped on Friday evening. “Water came up like a lake, that lake turned into a river. The whole pathway was just like a river.”
Edmonds said the water was flowing up from the Newport Harbor, flowing over breakwalls into the streets, and was also coming from the ocean side.
She watched a bulldozer head toward the Wedge, likely to build a berm to protect houses. Some people said a lifeguard tower had been destroyed by waves. Edmonds said the waves were so strong, beachfront houses were getting slammed, something she’s never seen in her years shooting the Wedge.
“Water was going up to houses, big lakes everywhere. A full-on river flowed out to the road and down the streets around Wedge,” she said. “As we left the beach, there was a river of shoes all along the path to Wedge and all the way down the street. I was trying to grab them and match up pairs for anyone looking.”
The area is prone to flooding when big waves combine with an extreme high tide, which reached 6.7 feet at 8:33 p.m. Waves are expected to be even greater on Saturday, reaching up to 20 feet at the Wedge, with a 6.6-foot tide at 9:15 p.m.
“It’s going to be worse tomorrow night, it’s higher tide. The swell didn’t even peak yet, I can’t image what tomorrow will be like,” she said.
The last time Newport Beach flooded from high tide and big surf was July 12, 2018. However, it was less severe than what the Balboa Peninsula endured Friday, witnesses said.
The beach is shut down for the Fourth of July as well as on Sunday, July 5, a decision local officials made after other Southern California beaches started announcing closures earlier in the week. They feared crowds would flood into Newport Beach during the big swell, and worry heightened after two lifeguards tested positive for coronavirus and several others were forced into quarantine.
Capistrano Beach in Dana Point also was getting battered by the big waves. A concrete beam across the end of the parking lot was broken, said Toni Nelson, who heads a community group called Capo Cares.
“Mother Nature just eating up our parking lot,” she said. “The county has red-marked much of the remaining sidewalk at Capo. It’s broken and undermined and they need to remove it so people don’t get hurt. It’s just so sad to see our little beach disappearing.”
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Down a couple of All-Stars, the L.A. Sparks have filled Chiney Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver’s slots at forward and guard with Reshanda Gray and Te’a Cooper — opportunities that feel fateful for both women.
Gray is a 27-year-old native Angeleno who grew up going to Sparks games, screaming for T-shirts and waiting afterward to meet players: “When I put that Sparks jersey on, I think I might cry,” said Gray, who Wednesday sported a T-shirt that read “Change Has No Offseason,” a reference to the team’s new social justice initiative. “Like, it’s like a dream come true that I get to rep the purple and gold and play for my home team.”
Cooper, 23, is a rookie point guard who grew up in Georgia and who just might have sung the Sparks’ invitation into existence. She hasn’t forgotten the song she created for school when she was about 6 years old, rapping the lyrics for reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday: “I was like, ‘It’s Te’a from the arc / I shoot it from the park-ing lot / I’m hot, I should be on the Sparks.”
An aggressive rebounder, after two seasons out of the WNBA, Gray thought she’d established herself last season with the New York Liberty, and said she was hurt when she was waived May 26.
Cooper was one of the most exciting prospects in the WNBA Draft, but when the pandemic robbed her and other rookies of a training camp to prove themselves, the Phoenix Mercury waived her on May 26, too.
Both players said they were dutifully staying in shape, but that neither was expecting the call from the Sparks to join the team — considered among the WNBA title favorites heading into a 22-game regular season and prospective playoffs, all of which are set to take place this month at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The 2020 season was supposed to start May 15 before being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic that first shut down play in South Korea, where Gray was was playing well for Asan Woori Bank Wibee, and then abruptly curtailed Cooper’s college career at Baylor.
“Korea was really well prepared,” said Gray, a former Washington Prep high school standout who who credits advice she received from Kobe Bryant when she was 14 with helping her navigate life’s challenges en route to professional basketball career and her position as a mentor for L.A. youth.
“They had tests ready, they had temperatures ready, they had heat sensors ready,” Gray added. “(And then) when things started calming down in Korea and getting back safe, that’s when the United States started to take a toll. And it was scary, because I’m leaving one quarantine and going into another.
“I just leaned on my faith in the end and I just tried to — I feel like if you’re gonna get it, you’re gonna get it. But that doesn’t mean you go out there and be like, ‘Give it to me.’ You take care of yourself, you social distance, you wear a mask, you wash your hands, and you stay out of people’s faces. I just lean on my faith and I just try to be positive about the situation and try to be prepared and worry about safety.”
Ogwumike and Toliver were among the players who’ve opted out of this truncated WNBA season, citing a desire to focus on their health. Other players have said they want to dedicate the time to advocate for racial justice in the United States following the killing of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.
For her part, Cooper said she isn’t concerned about playing in the confined environment that will be instituted by the WNBA in order to limit players’ potential exposure to COVID-19. There will be regular coronavirus screenings and limited contact with those outside of the league.
“I’m not really an outside type of person, so I’m not really struggling with the idea of the bubble,” Cooper said. “I mean, beside that you can’t bring a plus-one. I would like for my family to be there, but other than that, I mean, we get to play. I get to be in the WNBA. I’m considered a professional. I get to get a jersey. I’m pretty optimistic about it. This is the opportunity I get, so I’m pretty happy and blessed.
“With everything that’s going on in the world, I get to take my mind off that.”
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Editor’s note: The Orange County Register is having the area’s spring sports coaches take part in a Q&A about the 2020 season that was cut short by the coronavirus crisis.
Zach Henderson, Aliso Niguel boys lacrosse
Q: How are you adapting to being home every day during the spring?
A: It was certainly very difficult. In relation to everything, us being asked to stay home isn’t necessarily a “huge” sacrifice. However, in terms of work and seeing the team every single day, it was absolutely an adjustment period and a constant reminder of what was happening and what the team may have missed out on.
Q: As a coach, what do you miss most about your “normal routine” (pre-coronavirus)?
A: I simply miss seeing the young men every single day. In terms of a “routine,” I miss the pregame aspect right before the games took place. It was these moments where the young men were completely autonomous in their pregame warmup, and that was a lot of fun to watch.
Q: When you think about your team these days, what stands out the most?
A: How special this group was. With the adoption from CIF, this particular team had an outstanding opportunity in front of them as one of the front-runners in Division 2. We had tremendous leadership on and off the field, and it would have been incredibly special to see where it may have taken the program.
Q: As a coach, what has been the worst moment for you this spring and why?
A: The worst moment of the spring or season was us driving two hours to Santiago High School in the pouring rain, only to find out that our game (and season, eventually) was cancelled. At the time, there was so much uncertainty with everything going on. I truly believed that we were going to be able to play again during the spring. I feel like I unintentionally lied to my players, and seeing the amount of disappointment top to bottom from the team was excruciating.
Q: And what has been the best moment for you this spring and why?
A: The best moment of the spring is being able to reflect and recognize just how special these young men are and how important the program is as a whole. We can often get caught up in wins and losses with lacrosse, but talking to my seniors especially has opened my eyes to how incredible and strong they have been through this entire process. It makes me very proud to lead them.
Q: If you could play one game tomorrow, what would that look like?
A: One game: Aliso Niguel vs. San Juan Hills. Any place and any time. I think this game had major CIF Division 2 implications, and may have been a battle for the best D2 Orange County team. Not to mention, a league rival. Can’t beat that!
Q: What do you want your players to learn from all of this?
A: I want my players to learn that this is life. While this may have been an unprecedented event in every person’s life globally, it is life. We must always do our best to prioritize things that are most important and not get caught up in surface-level things that don’t matter.
I hope they learn that they are stronger for this than making a deep playoff run. Of course, they want to play and win. But we pride ourselves in developing young men who attack life head on and look straight ahead.
Q: For fun, which player(s) on your team made you laugh the most?
A: I think it is safe to say that Tommy Walsh made the entire team laugh the most. He ALWAYS has something interesting to say, no matter the mood or situation.
Q: For fun, who on your team would you like to challenge to a friendly showdown on the field? And would it be a faceoff or do you go 1-on-1 on offense or defense?
A: My days are long behind me! I am proud to say that nearly every player on my team would have no problem against me 1-on-1. Signs of an improving program!
Q: For fun, what song do you play on the team bus for the final bus ride home?
A: That really isn’t up to me. The players fought to win their game, they get to pick the music. Just keep it clean!
NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan said Monday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially leaving the Brooklyn Nets without two starters when the NBA season resumes.
Jordan said he won’t be in Florida with the Nets when they return from the suspension of the 2019-20 season, while Dinwiddie told The Athletic that he was experiencing symptoms and it was unclear if he would be at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
At least six players on the Nets have tested positive for the virus. The other four were back in March, when Kevin Durant said he was one of them.
Both players said they tested positive after returning to New York to rejoin the team. Some players left the city, which was a hot spot at the time, after the NBA halted play.
Dinwiddie said he tested negative for the virus multiple times after returning to Brooklyn and took part in a couple practices. But he has since tested positive and said he has a fever and chest soreness.
His absence would be a significant blow to the Nets, given he has played so well this season with Kyrie Irving out of the lineup because of injuries. He is averaging 20.6 points.
Jordan announced his status on Twitter, saying he learned of his diagnosis Sunday night and it was confirmed again Monday.
The center signed with the Nets last summer along with Durant and Irving. The 2016 U.S. Olympic gold medalist spent most of the season as a reserve but had moved into the starting lineup for both games after Jacque Vaughn replaced Kenny Atkinson as coach in March.
The Nets have a half-game lead over Orlando for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. They are set to face the Magic on July 31 in their first game back.
SACRAMENTO — Forty years after a sadistic suburban rapist terrorized California in what investigators later realized were a series of linked assaults and slayings, a 74-year-old former police officer is expected to plead guilty Monday to being the elusive Golden State Killer.
The deal will spare Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. any chance of the death penalty for 13 murders and 13 kidnapping-related charges spanning six counties. In partial return, survivors of the assaults that spanned the 1970s and 1980s expect him to admit to up to 62 rapes that he could not be criminally charged with because too much time has passed.
Yet nothing is certain until he actually speaks in a Sacramento State University ballroom pressed into use as a courtroom to provide for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve been on pins and needles because I just don’t like that our lives are tied to him, again,” said Jennifer Carole, the daughter of Lyman Smith, a lawyer who was slain in 1980 at age 43 in Ventura County. His wife, 33-year-old Charlene Smith, was also raped and killed.
Investigators early on connected certain crimes to an armed and masked rapist who would break into sleeping couples’ suburban homes at night, binding the man and piling dishes on his back. He would threaten to kill both victims if he heard the plates fall while he raped the woman.
Gay and Bob Hardwick were among the survivors.
They are now looking forward to DeAngelo admitting to that 1978 assault. The death penalty was never realistic anyway, she said, given DeAngelo’s age and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moratorium on executions.
“He certainly does deserve to die, in my view, so I am seeing that he is trading the death penalty for death in prison,” she said. “It will be good to put the thing to rest. I think he will never serve the sentence that we have served — we’ve served the sentence for 42 years.”
A guilty plea and life sentence avoids a trial or even the planned weeks-long preliminary hearing. The victims expect to confront him at his sentencing in August, where it’s expected to take several days to tell DeAngelo and Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman what they have suffered.
All four brothers were successful, but “Keith, the youngest of all of us, was the smartest,” he said. “It’s just such a loss. And every time this comes up I think of all the lives he would have saved as an emergency room doctor.”
Their father found the couple two days later.
“It was so gruesome,” Harrington said. ”My dad was never the same.”
The killer racked up a series of monikers for his crimes over the decades.
East Area Rapist.
Original Night Stalker.
Diamond Knot Killer.
But it wasn’t until years later that investigators connected a series of assaults in central and Northern California to later slayings in Southern California and settled on the umbrella Golden State Killer nickname for the mysterious assailant whose crimes spanned 11 counties from 1974 through mid-1986.
The mystery sparked worldwide interest, a best-selling book and a six-part HBO documentary, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” that premiered Sunday.
It was only the pioneering use of new DNA techniques that two years ago led investigators to DeAngelo, who was fired from the Auburn Police Department northeast of Sacramento in 1979 after he was caught shoplifting dog repellent and a hammer. He previously had worked as a police officer in the Central Valley town of Exeter from 1973 to 1976, near where the Visalia Ransacker struck more than 100 homes south of Fresno.
Investigators painstakingly built a family tree by linking decades-old crime scene DNA to a distant relative through a popular online DNA database. They eventually narrowed in on DeAngelo with a process that has since been used in other cases nationwide, but said they confirmed the link only after surreptitiously collecting his DNA from his car door and a discarded tissue.
His defense attorneys have publicly lobbied since then for a deal that would spare him the death penalty, though they did not respond to repeated requests for comment before Monday’s hearing.
Prosecutors who had sought the death penalty cited the massively complicated case and the advancing age of many of the victims and witnesses in agreeing to consider the plea bargain.
“Death doesn’t solve anything. But him having to sit though a trial or preliminary hearing, that would have helped,” said Carole, who said neither she nor her slain father believed in capital punishment.
She was so committed to seeing the case through that she temporarily moved from Santa Cruz to her adult daughter’s Sacramento home, where she has slept on an air mattress in a spare bedroom. She has told the story of her father’s death and her own recent experiences through podcasts called The Lawyer’s Daughter.
But she said it “absolutely” makes sense for prosecutors to agree to a life sentence without parole, both to spare older victims and witnesses who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus from having to appear in court, and to save taxpayers the $20 million projected cost of a trial.
Harrington supports the death penalty, but also agreed with prosecutors’ decision “just to give some degree of closure.”
“This will be a relief for all of us, to move on with our lives,” said Hardwick. “We’ve dealt with the effects of the attack for 42 years.”
These are the charges faced by DeAngelo. The charges linked to rapes were filed as kidnappings to commit robberies because the statute of limitations for sexual assaults has expired.
Contra Costa County:Four counts of kidnapping to commit robbery using a gun and knife between Oct. 7, 1978, and June 11, 1979, with the victims identified as Jane Does numbers 10-13.
Orange County:Four counts of murder in the Aug. 21, 1980, slaying of Keith Harrington, 24, and rape and slaying of Patrice Harrington, 27, of Dana Point; the Feb. 6, 1981, rape and slaying of Manuela Witthuhn, 28, of Irvine; and the May 5, 1986, rape and slaying of Janelle Cruz, 18, of Irvine.
Sacramento County:Two counts of murder in the Feb. 2, 1978, shootings of Kate Maggoire, 20, and Brian Maggoire, 21, as they walked their dog in their Rancho Cordova neighborhood.
Nine counts of kidnapping to commit robbery using a gun and knife between Sept. 4, 1976, and Oct. 21, 1977, with the victims identified as Jane Does numbers 1-9.
Santa Barbara County:Four counts of murder in the Dec. 30, 1979, rape and slaying of Debra Manning, 35, and slaying of Robert Offerman, 44, of Goleta, and in the July 27, 1981, slaying of Gregory Sanchez, 27, and Cheri Domingo, 35, of Goleta.
Tulare County:One count of murder in the Sept. 11, 1975, slaying of Claude Snelling, 45, during an attempted kidnapping of the victim’s daughter from their home.
Ventura County:Two counts of murder in the rape and slaying of Charlene Smith, 33, and slaying of Lyman Smith, 43, of Ventura between March 13 and March 16, 1980.
Source for charges: Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.