Building a bigger trophy case may need to be added to graduating senior Sam Darnold's to-do list before he heads off to play quarterback for USC in the fall. Culminating a storied high school career, Darnold was named Male Athlete of the Year by the Orange County Athletic Directors' Association.
In basketball this year, Darnold was offensive player of the year for the Triton Varsity, co-MVP of the South Coast League (with teammate Nick Crankshaw), second team All-CIF and fourth team All-County. He also was named to the school's All-50 team. Head Coach Marc Popovich said, "He's not just one of of top 50. He's, in my opinion, one of the top five players in program history.
In football this year, Darnold was named Brea Lions Orange County Player of the Year, OC Varsity Player of the Year and CIF Offensive Player of the Year. In July, he committed to play football for USC.
Darnold is one of only three San Clemente basketball players to earn two varsity league championships during their playing careers. He was a starter on both of those teams and Sea View League MVP as a sophomore.
The Three Point Club, the official booster organization of Triton Basketball, has selected a new president and board of directors to lead the group through the 2015-16 season, which begins next week with the first official summer practice. John Hauser, who has served as a board member and webmaster of TritonBasketball.com for the past two seasons, has been named president. He is a former board member of San Clemente NJB and a founding advisory board member of South County Basketball Academy.
The board will be comprised of Craig Birmingham, vice president of finance; Mary Ellen Butler, vice president of special events; Amaury Medrano, vice president of support services; and Joe Spurgeon, vice president of program development. All board members are parents of players expected to be on the 2015-16 varsity roster.
"We're going to have strong teams in every division next year, so we need a strong board to support the coaches and players in all they do. With these board members, there is no doubt at all we have achieved that," said Hauser. "I am very excited to work with and for them. We hope to get an early start on planning for the season, so fundraising and all of the other important support functions are well-organized and less stressful for everyone involved."
It's important to note that while the board sets overall direction for the Three Point Club during the coming year, there are actually more than 200 unique volunteer slots needed during any given season to fulfill the organization's responsibilities. These range from coordinating Adopt-A-Player or Picture Day through running the Summer Barbecue to working a shift in the snack bar or scorekeeping at a game.
Among the goals for the Three Point Club during the coming year are:
Because of a high level of local interest in Wednesday's meeting of the CUSD Board of Trustees, the mandatory player/parent meeting for returning players participating in summer basketball has been postponed until 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, in the Little Theater at SCHS.
The mandatory annual Player/Parent meeting for all returning players participating in summer basketball will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the Little Theater at SCHS. Head Coach Marc Popovich will be discussing the summer schedule and Three Point Club information, as well as making sure everyone is ready for summer.
A cardiac screening opportunity for SCHS students will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Auxiliary Gym at SCHS. The fee for the screening is $85, considerably less than the approximately $1,500 normally charged for such a screening at a hospital.
The PTSA points out that a young athlete dies from sudden cardiac arrest every three days. Click here for the event flyer.