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    Mission Viejo’s track and field teams produced six finalists and two champions at Saturdays CIF finals. 

    Diablo Devalle Pedrogo won the 100 meter hurdles and teammate Sean McNanny was champ in the pole vault.  Mission’s sprinter Joey Branker took 4th in the 100 meters and 3rd in the 200 meters.  James Cameron finished 7th in the 1600 meters.

    Trabuco Hills placed 4th in the 1600 meters.  Chad Rozean was 6th in the 400 meters for Trabuco, and Michael Miela came in 5th in the 110 meter hurdles for the Mustangs.


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    Capo Valley defeated Long Beach Wilson 8-4 in the first round of the CIF baseball playoffs.  They will next face Orange Lutheran.

    Tyler Maztek was pulled from the game after pitching four no-hit innings and leading 4-0.  He had struck out six and thrown only 38 pitches, but now will be able to throw against Lutheran on Tuesday.

    “I’d rather win CIF than get a no-hitter,” he told the Times.

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Trabuco Poster AnnouncementI AM MISSION VIEJO is a photographic journey to all places that make up a student’s world. The exhibit will be displayed Wednesday, May 27, by the Trabuco Hills Photo Department in the MPR, rooms 701-702 from 6 pm to 8 pm. All photos are images and impressions created by students. Admission is free. 

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Sheep   Mission  Viejo  High’s  Future Farmers program has parted with three sheep raised by students.  The animals were exported to San Diego, not for their wool, but for their propensity to eat weeds, according to Wine Tasting San Diego

    The Eagles Nest Winery and Cottage doesn’t use herbicides or chemicals, so the three male Olde English Southdown Babydoll Sheep help the vines stay healthier and produce more wine.  The Babydoll sheep are docile and about the size of a medium sized dog.

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    Mission Viejo’s Capistrano Valley High School boy’s swim team dominated at the CIF-SS Division I swim finals. The team placed first and is ranked number one in Orange County by OC Varsity.

    In the 400 meter relay Capo Valley’s Spenser Goodman, Chris Colgan, Tyler DeShon and Lucas Norman touched second in 3:05.70.  Capo Valley’s boys teams didn’t win an event but used their depth to improve on a projected fourth-place finish to win a tight overall race. The Cougars scored 188.5 points to outdistance runner-up Loyola of Los Angeles at 169.5.

    “Everyone stepped up,” Cougars coach Steve Yancey said. Colgan made one of the biggest leaps, going from 16th seed to a tie for 10th in the 50 free (21.63).

    In addition, Mission Viejo High’s Jon Daniec won the 500 free in a lifetime-best 4:22.19 — 10th-best in county history.

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Soccer Matheson    MVHS  soccer  player  Lauren  Matheson  has  been named Gatorade’s California Girl’s Soccer Player of the Year. Matheson maintained a 3.49 grade average while leading the Diablos into the CIF Souther Section playoffs.

    Lauren is now a candidate for national player of the year, which will be decided soon. She has also been a member of the Southern California Blues Soccer Club and will play for Santa Clara next year, according to the Times.

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Dylan Moore

Gerry Schiphorst(L) & ER Jim Humphrey(R) present to scholarship winner Dylan Moore

    The Mission Viejo Elks recently presented their annual Youth Appreciation Awards to several boys and girls who excelled in scholastics, sports and scouting during the past twelve months. Elks Exalted Ruler Jim Humphrey welcomed the guests and read a decree from the Mission Viejo City Council proclaiming the week of May 4 to 10 as Elks Youth Week.

    Elks Scholarship Chairman Gerry Schiphorst presented achievement certificates and scholarships to Morgan P Sheldon, Daniel C. Yi and Ryne L. Contreras of Trabuco Hills High who were among six Saddleback Valley winners. The other recipients were Jenny V. Le, Dylan J. Moore, and Gabriella Hoffman.

Vincent Nicandro

Vincent Nicandro

    Elks are second only to the US government in the amount of scholarship dollars awarded annually. Schiphorst advised the next round of scholarships applications will be available in September.

    Elks Americanism Chairman Irene Romero presented essay awards to  5th, 6th, & 7th grade students: Vincent Nicandro, Scott Bartolucci, Aidan McDaid, Ariell Spencer, Andee Higgins and Melissa Rogers. The essay topic was, “What freedom means to me.” Sixth grader Vincent Nicandro received a standing ovation for his winning essay.

Irene Romero presents to Melissa Rogers & parents

Irene Romero presents essay award to Melissa Rogers & parents

    Elks National Hoop Shoot awards were presented by Youth Activities Chairman Pat Martino. Recipients were: Connor Haskell, J.T. Pugliese, Brendan Rankine, Ali Mohtashami and Chris Sims. Winners advance to district, state and national competitions. The 6 national free-throw finalists have their names inscribed on the Elks Hoop Shoot recognition plaque at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

    Two of the most coveted awards in Girl Scouting, the Silver and Gold awards, were announced. Silver award recipients were Hannah Gaines, Christine Girolamo, Andi Hougland and Daniella Legan. Scouting’s highest Gold awards went to Kelsey Bongo, Marissa Girolamo, Alyssa Masters, aubra Rauchwerger and Krista Rodriguez.

    Youth activities are among the top priorities of the Elks. Elks National President Paul D. Helsel set key goals for the more than 1 million men and women who make up the Order of Elks: to champion community services; provide help and hope to underprivileged and the disabled; encourage family involvement in the Elks; provide for the needs of the nation’s veterans; and increase sponsorship of youth activities and programs. The local group is very active in accomplishing that goal.

    For more information on Elks Charities or membership call (949) 830-3557.

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