(“The Ten” is not a top ten, but ten items worth being included in The TEN)
1.) El Segundo, which finished 2012 with a 7-5 record and defeated La Puente in the first round of the Northwest playoffs, returns starting quarterback Lars Nootbaar. As a sophomore Nootbaar completed 112 of 225 passes for 1,428 yards and 13 touchdowns.
2.) Dodger History, on this date in 1981: “On Opening Day at Dodger Stadium, a 20-year-old rookie left-hander out of Mexico named Fernando Valenzuela took the mound for the Dodgers in place of injured starter Jerry Reuss and delivered a 2-0 shutout victory over the Houston Astros. Valenzuela, who allowed just five hits, became the first rookie to start an opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the youngest major league hurler to start an opener since “Catfish” Hunter 15 years before him.”
3.) Whittier Christian (Jr.) quarterback Ryan Esslinger’s 2012 stats: 259 of 376 for 2,736 yards, 28 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.
4.) New York Mets starting pitcher, right hander, Matt Harvey.
5.) One year ago today Baldwin Park announced Chris Williams as its new football HC.
6.) Louisville wins its third national title with 82-76 victory over Michigan last night.
7.) El Rancho (Jr.) wide receiver Javier Carrillo’s 2012 stats: 43 catches, 658 yards, 2 Tds.
8.) On this date in 1865: General Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Apppomattox, Virginia at effectively ends the Civil War.
9.) Chane Behanan
10.) Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw’s 2012 salary: $7,750,000…Dodger pitcher Josh Beckett’s 2012 salary: $17,000,000…