Former Crean Lutheran High and Stanford swimmer Ella Eastin announced Tuesday, May 18 that she won’t race at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials because she has developed chronic fatigue and a nervous system disorder.
Eastin, 24, shared the conditions in a post on Instagram, writing that “for the first time, the health of my body and mind had to take priority” over her swimming career.
“Over the past year and half, I have been battling a seemingly undiagnosable illness that has incapacitated me,” she wrote. “I lost my ability to manage daily activities and had to be taken care of by family and friends.”
Eastin was expected to be among the contenders in the individual medley events at the Trials in Omaha, Neb. She is a member of the national team in the 200 and 400-meter individual medley.
Her last major appearance with the U.S. national team was in 2019 at the World Championships, where she placed 12th in the 200 IM.
Eastin helped Stanford win three NCAA team championships during a decorated collegiate career. She won eight individual NCAA titles and set four American records.
Eastin’s collegiate career came after a record-setting career at Crean Lutheran and rising the ranks with the SOCAL and Irvine Novaquatics club.
She said her nervous system disorder affects her cardiovascular health, energy and mental stability. She said she will continue to swim as a “restorative” activity and hopes to pursue a nursing career.
“I have been blessed by my swimming career in that it gave me lifelong friends, priceless experiences and prepared me to take on any challenge that may come my way,” she said. “You may just see me again behind the blocks one day.”
Gregory Johnson, 43, admitted federal counts of interference of commerce by robbery and using a firearm in a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Johnson faces between seven years and life in federal prison, with sentencing set for Aug. 2.
The defendant admitted that from last Aug. 28 to Dec. 4, he robbed Trader Joe’s stores in Eagle Rock, Sherman Oaks, Chatsworth, Pasadena, Culver City, Rancho Palos Verdes, Agoura Hills, Brea, Santa Ana, Tustin and Chino Hills, and attempted to rob locations in Simi Valley and Corona.
During many of the robberies, Johnson brandished a handgun. On two occasions, he robbed stores in Rancho Palos Verdes and Brea, and returned weeks later to rob them again.
Johnson and his son, Gregory E. Johnson, were arrested following the Chino Hills robbery on Dec. 4, after a witness gave authorities a description of their getaway vehicle and license plate.
The younger Johnson, 20 at the time he was charged in December, pleaded guilty to participating in the Chino Hills and Chatsworth robberies. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced July 12 in downtown Los Angeles.
Americans took out $1.7 trillion in government loans for college tuition.
Now, some don’t want to pay it back.
President Joe Biden says they shouldn’t have to. He wants to cancel at least $10,000 and maybe $50,000 of every student’s debt.
“They’re in real trouble,” says Biden, “having to make choices between paying their student loan and paying the rent.”
But wait: Shouldn’t they have given some thought to debt payments when they signed up for overpriced colleges? When they majored in subjects like photography or women’s studies, unlikely to lead to good jobs? When they took six years to graduate (a third don’t graduate even after six years).
Shouldn’t politicians also acknowledge that it’s taxpayer loans that let bloated colleges keep increasing tuition at twice the rate of inflation?
But they don’t.
“Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe points out that students’ demand for loan forgiveness is “kind of self-involved.”
“I know guys who worked hard to get a construction operation running. Some had to take out a loan on a big old diesel truck. Why would we forgive the cost of a degree but not the cost of a lease payment?”
It’s a good question.
“For some reason,” continues Rowe, “we think a tool that looks like a diploma is somehow more important than that big piece of metal in the driveway that allows the guy to build homes that you … are in.”
The political class does focus on subsidizing college.
“Now everybody is armed with a degree. What kind of world is that?” asks Rowe. “Everybody dreams of being in the corner office, but nobody knows how to build the corner office?”
Lots of good jobs in skilled trades don’t require a college degree, he points out. “The push for college came at the expense of every other form of education. Shop class was taken out of high school. We have denied millions of kids an opportunity to see what half the workforce looks like.”
It’s a reason America now has a shortage of skilled trade workers.
Yet, plumbers, elevator mechanics construction managers, etc., make $100,000 a year.
MikeroweWORKS Foundation gives young people scholarships to schools where they learn such trades. He seeks to make skilled labor “cool” again.
One Rowe scholarship recipient, Chloe Hudson, considered college but was shocked at what it cost.
“I was like, ‘I can’t afford this!’ I don’t want to be saddled with student debt the rest of my life!”
Instead, thanks to her Rowe scholarship, she learned how to weld, and now she has no trouble finding work.
“I’ve been under nuclear plants … been in water systems,” Hudson recounts. “Those jobs make me appreciate what I have now so much more.”
“What do you make?” I ask Hudson.
$3,000 a week,” she responds.
She’s appalled by today’s college student’s demand for loan forgiveness.
“There is not a single loan I have ever taken out where I didn’t have an expectation put on myself that I was going to repay it,” says Hudson. “That’s getting up at four o’clock in the morning and making sure I’m at work on time. That’s staying late. That’s working weekends.”
But now she will have to help pay for all those college students who won’t pay their debts.
“I am taxed heavily,” complains Hudson. “It’s not a good feeling to know that the government thinks that they can spend my dollars better than I can.”
Right. Government doesn’t spend our dollars better than we do. “Forgive student loans” really means workers must pay for privileged students who don’t.
John Stossel is author of “Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media.”
HUNTINGTON BEACH — The situation appeared dire for Huntington Beach High’s girls basketball team in the fourth quarter on Thursday, April 29.
Orange County’s eighth-ranked squad trailed hot-shooting No. 25 Fountain Valley by five points with less than five minutes left in the Surf League game.
But the Oilers’ seniors leaned on the theme of the night for some extra motivation.
“It’s Senior Night,” senior center Andie Payne later said with a laugh. “It’s kind of one you want to win.”
And Huntington Beach’s seniors showed how much they wanted it.
Payne, Jessica Doke, Minami Cheever and Alyssa Real each made key plays in the clutch to help the Oilers rally for a hard-fought 57-48 victory to improve to 10-0 overall, and 2-0 in the Surf League.
Huntington Beach, the two-time defending league champion, closed the fourth on a 16-2 run to hold off the Barons (6-4, 0-2) and twins Audrey and Margaret Tengan.
“All the seniors stepped up,” said Payne, who scored 23 points and a grabbed a season-high 25 rebounds. “I’m so happy we won this game.”
After Fountain Valley took a 46-41 lead on a 3-pointer by Audrey Tengan with 5:26 remaining, Huntington Beach started its surge on a long 3-pointer from Real.
Cheever then tied the score 46-46 by finishing a strong, post-up move with her off hand with 3:26 left.
After Payne recorded her fourth block, sophomore guard Akemi Tanga drove for the go-ahead layup with 2:50 remaining. Payne and Doke, listed at 6-foot-1 and 6-foot respectively, used their height advantage to add baskets in the post and the Oilers were on their way.
A three-point play by Doke off a putback rebound capped a 12-0 run and gave the Oilers a 53-46 lead with 1:35 left.
“They’re just too big for us,” Fountain Valley coach Marianne Karp said. “When you got big players like that who are strong, that ‘s difficult to overcome sometimes but our kids are quick. They work hard.”
Karp played a smaller lineup in the third quarter and the Barons responded by erasing a 27-18 deficit at halftime to lead 39-36 going into the fourth.
Margaret Tengan, a junior guard, scored nine of her team-high 18 points in the third. Audrey Tengan also reached double figures with 10 points.
Fountain Valley showed plenty of progress with the effort. The Barons, playing without starter Enya Nguyen (concussion), lost 60-41 to Corona del Mar earlier in the week and fell 53-27 to the Oilers in a nonleague game.
Despite his team fast start, Huntington Beach coach Russ McClurg knows his team faces a challenge at Corona del Mar on Tuesday. “They’re the team to beat,” he said.
Police released more details about the vehicle involved in the collision that killed 29-year-old pedestrian Jacob Andrew Conroy of Midway City on Jan. 24.
Police are looking for a full-sized SUV with dark tinted windows similar to a newer-model Chevrolet Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, according to Lt. Brian Smith of the Huntington Beach Police Department.
The SUV was going southbound on Goldenwest Street north of Oxford Drive when it struck Conroy, who was crossing outside of a crosswalk, Smith said. The driver fled the scene and Conroy was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith added.
A second vehicle struck Conroy, but that driver stopped and cooperated with investigators.
The suspect vehicle is believed to have sustained moderate front-end collision damage, Smith said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact investigators at 714-536- 5231 or 536-5670. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.
A bat darted through the outfield of Easton Stadium on Saturday night, chasing insects through the air for a late-night dinner. Over in right field, Aaliyah Jordan leaned back, ready to swat at the nocturnal animal.
The UCLA softball team played well into the night on Saturday after starting a doubleheader against Washington with a game that lasted nearly three hours. But the effort was worth it, as the Bruins won the second game, 6-1, after dropping the matinee, 7-4.
“There was a lot of action, there was a lot of hits on defense and that, emotionally, can wear on you,” said UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez. “Being out here as long as we have all day, we knew this was a mental challenge and we’re really focusing on our mental toughness and our ability to stay focused and play the game one inning at a time, but it is a challenge for all teams.”
After beating the Huskies just a day before, Washington snapped the Bruins’ seven-game win streak. UCLA put up two runs in the first two innings and two more in the final two. Meanwhile, the Huskies only had two innings without denting the scoreboard.
Aaliyah Jordan hit an RBI single in the first inning, then Kinsley Washington singled for an RBI in the second for the Bruins (27-3 overall, 9-2 in Pac-12)
Maya Brady cracked a solo home run in the sixth inning and Delanie Wisz (2-4, RBI) followed up in the seventh to score Briana Perez (1-3, two runs).
The homer was the second of Brady’s freshman campaign, and she went on to add another in the second game.
“I’d like to say that I’m happy with how I’m doing,” said Brady, “but I honestly can’t because I hav a lot more high expectations for myself and I want to contribute more to my team. I want to say tonight is the beginning of the real season.”
Baylee Klingler homered for the Huskies (35-8, 13-3) in the top of the first inning and Washington (1-3, RBI, two runs) scored an unearned run for UCLA in the bottom. It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Bruins’ offense fully came to life.
Washington started the five-run flurry, scoring Kelli Godin (3-3, run) on a single. Jordan sent Washington home on a ground out, then Wisz hit an RBI single and Brady wrapped up the party with her two-run homer.
All the while, Holly Azevedo pitched a complete seven innings, recording six strikeouts and giving up seven hits.
“Our head coach brought us together before the inning started and told us, ‘What are we doing?’ and how we need to help our pitcher out because she was pitching a great game against a great team,” Brady said. “So just really wanted to help out our pitcher, Holly, and get our team some run s especially coming after the loss. Getting a lot of runs is a huge confidence booster for our team.”
In the first game, Megan Faraimo pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Bruins, recording five strikeouts while giving up 10 hits. Rachel Garcia entered in the second inning and dealt four strikeouts and yielded four hits.
UCLA finishes the four-game series against Washington at 1 p.m. on Sunday, an event that should end much faster than Saturday’s six-hour endeavor.
“We just have to play us,” Godin said. “The only people that are going to beat us are ourselves, so I think if we go in there tomorrow, and just play some UCLA softball, we’re going to be just fine.”
ANAHEIM — An opportunity to go unbeaten in the Empire League in consecutive seasons was squandered by Cypress last week when it lost to Pacifica.
The Centurions (4-1, 4-1) made sure to end this season on a winning note as they recorded a 31-8 victory over Kennedy on Thursday night at Western High.
Cypress coach Rick Feldman said he started 10 underclassmen on offense in the season finale and was grateful to send his seniors off with at least a share of the Empire League title in back-to-back seasons.
“We lost a lot (of players), so we didn’t know what it was gonna be like coming back (this season), but they just picked up where our defense left off last year,” Feldman said. “It feels great to win league twice in a row, at least get a share of it this second year.”
Junior quarterback Dylan Eldredge threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns and sophomore Matthew Morrell caught seven passes for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Centurions.
Cypress only needed three plays to open the scoring as Eldredge hit Morrell with a beautifully timed pass in stride for a 46-yard strike and a 7-0 lead.
Kennedy (1-4, 1-4) countered when Alex Herrera hit Hunter Benton for a 40-yard pass that gave the Fighting Irish first-and-goal at the Cypress 9. Benton finished with seven catches and 129 yards.
The Centurions kept Kennedy out of the end zone on the next three plays and when Richard Celis lined up for a 22-yard field goal, Muhammed Hassouneh blocked that attempt to keep them off the scoreboard entirely.
Tomas Ramirez scored on a 10-yard jet sweep in the second quarter to double Cypress’ lead, 14-0.
The Centurions made it 21-0 when Eldredge found Morrell for a 58-yard touchdown pass on a trick play.
In the third quarter Devin Cobb scored on an 8-yard reception from Eldredge and a blocked punt helped set up a 28-yard field goal by Michael Lajos to make it 31-0.
Feldman credited his staff, especially defensive coordinator Jeff Crooks, with constructing a successful game plan that held the Fighting Irish to eight points, which game on a fourth-quarter TD catch by AJ Frieson.
“He dials up great game plans and gets them fired up and ready to go every week as well,” Feldman said of Crooks.
Seniors Ryan Alamo, Michael Bygrave and Jake Ruiz helped anchor the defensive effort against Kennedy’s running game, and Alamo was also in on a couple of sacks of quarterback Alex Herrera, who was replaced in the second half by Kaos Devinney.
GARDEN GROVE — Had there been a postseason to look forward to, Pacifica football coach Vinnie Lopez said he would have liked his team’s chances.
Lopez was feeling particularly confident after his Mariners finished their season by defeating Crean Lutheran, 52-27, Thursday at Bolsa Grande High School to earn a share of the Empire League title.
The victory was the third in a row for the Mariners (4-2, 4-1), who defeated Cypress, 26-21, last week and Valencia 36-13 on April 2. Because the season started so late, there are no CIF-SS playoffs this season.
“We’re playing our best football right now,” Lopez said. “Every week, I saw improvement in the guys. They just played fantastic football the past couple of weeks.”
The Mariners, ranked No. 25 in Orange County, will share the Empire League championship with No. 23 Cypress (4-1, 4-1), which defeated Kennedy 31-8 on on Thursday.
If Tustin (3-2, 3-1) defeats Valencia on Friday, the Tillers, Mariners and Centurions would finish in a three-way tie for first.
“It’s kind of disappointing that the season ends,” Lopez said. “But winning a league championship is hard, so shout out to these guys and everything they’ve done. It’s been a fantastic year.”
A trio of skill position players, who are all returning next year, capped their season with fantastic performances Thursday.
Sophomore quarterback Darius Cowens completed 14 of 20 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. But Cowens covered more ground with his feet, rushing 13 times for 262 yards and a 69-yard touchdown.
Sophomore Jeremiah Ingram had a 49-yard punt return for a touchdown, which gave Pacifica a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, and added a 54-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Freshman Jordan Ross had six receptions for 129 yards, with touchdown catches of 56 and 51 yards.
Ross also had a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown which gave the Mariners a 12-0 lead in the first quarter.
With such young playmakers and losing only three seniors on offense and three on defenses, Lopez said he is optimistic about next season.
The Mariners led 40-7 heading into the fourth quarter when the Saints (2-4, 1-4) put on a late surge, scoring 20 points in the fourth quarter, with the three scores coming on touchdown passes from quarterback Gavin Rogers.
The sophomore quarterback threw for 231 yards and four touchdowns.