Category: Uncategorized

Feb 19

MLB: No pitch clock in 2018, but mound visits, warm-up times limited

The 2018 season will mark a cap on the number of mound visits per game and decreased times for relievers entering the game and between-inning breaks.




Permanent link to this article:

Feb 12

Laguna Niguel social media star says ‘yes’ to a dance invitation from Chicago teen with cerebral palsy

Sometimes life can be sweet –– like glazed with pink sprinkles sweet.

That’s why Chicago-based teen June Osborn, 14, took a shot in the dark when she asked a social media star from across the country, Michael Gilgan, 16, of Laguna Niguel, to her winter formal.

Osborn, whose suffers from cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, wasn’t planning on going to the dance. It was only two weeks away. Then, on a whim of “why not?” she tagged his handle in a post featuring an opened box of assorted donuts with the lid inscribed in multi-color markers, asking “I donut know if you’ll go to the Winter Formal with me but … it’d be really sweet if you did.”

To her surprise, Gilgan commented one week later with “I would love to go with you! When is it?”

“It was so sweet,” he said. “The post caught my eye, and her story inspires me –– she’s a fighter.”

Osborn had no expectations. She didn’t even have a dress.

“Honestly, I think I was taking a nap at the time,” she recalled. “When I looked up, I had so many Instagram notifications.”

June Osborn, 14, opens a shirt gifted to her from her date, social media star Michael Gilgan, 16, screen-printed with one of his tweets that reads "You are my everything." (Photo by Ireland Gilgan)
June Osborn, 14, opens a shirt gifted to her from her date, social media star Michael Gilgan, 16, screen-printed with one of his tweets that reads “You are my everything.” (Photo by Ireland Gilgan)

Arrangements were funded by NSI Investigations, a local business in Laguna Niguel that helps locate missing children. The sponsorship included traveling Gilgan and his sister, Ireland, over 2,000 miles to Herscher, Illinois for the weekend to attend Herscher High School’s winter formal on Saturday, Feb. 10.

“I’m looking forward to meeting her (again), getting to know her more and just hanging out with her,” Gilgan said during a phone interview before the dance.

Osborn previously met Gilgan last month at Good Times Live in Chicago, a convention where internet influencers connect in-person with other creators, brands and supporters. The two shared conversation and photos at the meet and greet, but Gilgan’s kindness and the welcoming nature of his accompanied family are what made the lasting impression, she said.

This interaction is what ultimately inspired her to continue following him and create the fan page “smile_Gilgan.”

Gilgan currently has 822,000 followers on his most successful platform –– Instagram –– and is constantly creating content. His portfolio is largely comprised of amateur, modelesque selfies and silly, smartphone videos partial to slapstick and character comedy.

“It’s just funny. If you’re in a mood or having a bad day you can just go watch it and laugh,” Osborn said. “It could just be something really random and they just manage to make me laugh.”

Osborn was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age 3. Cerebral palsy is a congenital, neurological disorder that affects movement, posture and coordination. It is caused by brain damage while the brain is still in development and impedes fine, gross, and oral motor functions.

Gilgan has used his influencer status to dabble in philanthropy. He has donated money to children’s hospitals in Indonesia and participated in bully-awareness rallies.

“I had nothing (growing up). My mom is a single mom who raised me –– and I’m a triplet,” Gilgan explained. “That’s why I decide to donate my ticket sales (from appearances) to charities (involved with) palliative care.”

In the future, he wants to help those suffering from terminal diseases, chronic conditions, and/or cancer, he said.

But in the meantime, that means matching a corsage with a boutonniere and hitting the dance floor.

Permanent link to this article:

Feb 12

CIF-SS girls soccer playoff pairings

The CIF-SS girls soccer playoff pairings were released Monday, Feb. 12.


First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Los Alamitos bye
Rancho Cucamonga at Northwood
Vista Murrieta at San Clemente
Long Beach Poly at La Mirada
Dana Hills at JSerra
Beckman at Chino Hills
Westlake at Hart
Millikan at Santiago/Corona
Santa Margarita bye
Esperanza at Long Beach Wilson
Los Osos at Edison
Aliso Niguel, bye
Foothill at Troy
Moorpark at Harvard-Westlake
Huntington Beach at San Juan Hills
Upland bye

Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
A: Lakewood at South Torrance
B: Mission Viejo at Roosevelt/Eastvale

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at South Hills
Mira Costa at Canyon
Cypress at Royal
San Marcos at Oaks Christian
Marina at Temecula Valley
Santa Monica at Corona del Mar
Trabuco Hills at Quartz Hill
Redlands East Valley at El Dorado
Chaminade at Redondo
Claremont at Yucaipa
Agoura at San Luis Obispo
Rosary at Warren
Yorba Linda at Sunny Hills
Valencia/Valencia at Flintridge Sacred Heart
Glendora at Bishop Amat
Winner B at Villa Park

Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
Arroyo Grande at Redlands

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Wild-card winner at Pacifica
Camarillo at Oxnard
Canyon/Canyon Country at Sierra Canyon
Thousand Oaks at Marymount
Cajon at Oak Hills
La Salle at Riverside Poly
Pasadena Poly at North Torrance
Crescenta Valley at Centennial/Corona
Flintridge Prep at Buena
Knight at Culver City
Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks at Arcadia
West Torrance at Alta Loma
Estancia at Serrano
Sonora at Peninsula
Atascadero at La Serna
Downey at Mayfair

Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
A: Bellflower at Paramount
B: Ocean View at Crean Lutheran
C: Brentwood at Burroughs/Burbank
D: Granite Hills at Montclair
E: Cerritos at Kennedy
F: Highland at Mayfield
G: Paso Robles at Windward
H: San Marino at Great Oak
I: Diamond Ranch at Apple Valley

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at Paloma Valley
Barstow at Palm Desert
Winner B at Laguna Beach
Pacifica/Oxnard at Eastside
Winner C at Santa Ynez
Winner D at Bloomington
Valley View at Walnut
Winner E at St. Margaret’s
Winner F at Valley Christian/Cerritos
Temescal Canyon at La Canada
Chino at Bishop Montgomery
Winner G at Ventura
El Segundo at Viewpoint
Winner H at Silverado
Grand Terrace at California
Winner I at La Quinta

Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb 13 (updated)
A: Ontario Christian at Tahquitz
B: Sage Hill at Cathedral City
C: Godinez at Santa Fe
D: Jurupa Valley at Arlington
E: La Reina at Immaculate Heart
F: Glendale at Summit

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at Patriot
San Dimas at Rancho Mirage
Winner B at Jurupa Hills
Lompoc at Gabrielino
Winner C at Westminster
Anaheim at Animo Leadership
Nogales at Western Christian
Winner D at Hemet
Winner E at St. Genevieve
Los Amigos at Rowland
Hillcrest at Sierra Vista
Santa Ana at Katella
Schurr at Ontario
San Gorgonio at Beaumont
Maranatha at Santa Paula
Winner F at South Pasadena

Wild-card round, Tuesday, Feb. 13
A: Keppel at Pacifica Christian/Santa Monica
B: Vistamar at Arroyo
C: Aquinas at Academy of Academic Excellence
D: Templeton at de Toledo
E: Palm Springs at Arrowhead Christian
F: CAMS at South El Monte
G: Heritage at University Prep
H: Pomona at Wilson/Hacienda Heights
I: El Monte at Pomona Catholic
J: Carpinteria at Alverno
K: Santiago/Garden Grove at Moreno Valley
L: Hueneme at Orcutt Academy
M: Pacifica Christian/Newport Beach at Century

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Winner A at Mission/San Gabriel
Winner B at Da Vinci
Winner C at Vista del Lago
Savanna at Nuview Bridge
Winner D at Palmdale Aerospace
Winner E at Mammoth
Winner F at Foothill Tech
Winner G at Coachella Valley
Winner H at Santa Rosa Academy
Winner I at Archer
Winner J at Montebello
Winner K at Riverside Prep
Winner L at Nordhoff
Lennox Academy at Oxford Academy
Rialto at Garey
Winner M at Garden Grove

First round, Thursday, Feb. 15
Glendale Adventist at Vasquez
Azusa at Dunn
Ramona Convent at Calvary Murrieta
Avalon at St. Bernard
St. Paul at Saddleback Valley Christian
Yucca Valley at San Jacinto Valley Academy
Pacific Lutheran at Pilibos
Mojave at Santa Clarita Christian
Capistrano Valley Christian at Ganesha
Big Bear at Orange Vista
St. Monica at Fillmore
Santa Clarita Valley International at Providence/Burbank
Rubidoux at Southlands Christian
Thacher at Laguna Blanca
St. Monica Academy at St. Pius X-St. Matthias
Cobalt at Wildwood

Permanent link to this article:

Feb 07

CU looking forward to quiet national signing day

National signing day used to be somewhat of a holiday on the sports calendar.
This year, however, it’s more like getting a late Christmas present.

Permanent link to this article:

Jan 30

Girls basketball notes: Surprising Dana Hills catches fire in Sea View League

Count Dana Hills’ girls basketball team as one of the surprises in Orange County.

After starting the season 8-8, the Dolphins have won their first five games in the Sea View League, including a 45-40 victory against defending champion Trabuco Hills.

Coach Anne Honey and her squad are aiming for their first league crown and the school’s first since 2013.

Honey said Dana Hills (13-8, 5-0) has successfully blended two up-and-coming younger with senior leaders.

The Dolphins are led statistically by emerging sophomore point guard Maicie Saia and junior post Maya McArthur, a transfer from Mater Dei.

Saia is averaging 20 points in league and 13.7 on the season.

“She’s having a great year,” Honey said of Saia.

Last week, Saia dueled fellow rising sophomore Kayla Chang of Laguna Hills. Saia scored 22 points – just behind Chang’s 25 – to help Dana Hills collect a 69-49 victory.

“Very good shooter,” Laguna Hills coach Jim Martin said of Saia. “Certainly down this way (in South County), they’re two of the better sophomores.”

McArthur didn’t play varsity last season because of her transfer but is averaging 13.8 points and 13.7 rebounds. She grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds against Laguna Hills and ranked second in the county in clearing the glass.

Saia and McArthur combine with senior captains Peyton Romo, Dani De La Fuente and Honey’s daughter, Megan.

Romo, a guard, was averaging 11.1 points but suffered a knee injury Jan. 4 against San Clemente.

Junior Oliva Chambers helped fill the void last week by averaging 15 points in two games.

“They got a lot of ways they can beat you,” Martin said of Dana Hills.

Dana Hills plays Capistrano Valley and Laguna Hills in league this week before a showdown against visiting Trabuco Hills on Feb. 7.

The Dolphins are ranked eighth in CIF-SS Division 2-A this week; Trabuco Hills is ninth in Division 3-AA.


Chang, Orange County’s leading scorer with a 29.9 average, plays with her twin sister, Lina. The point guard averages 9.7 points and 3.7 assists. …

Mater Dei is ranked fourth this week in Division 1 behind Windward, Harvard-Westlake and Sierra Canyon. The Monarchs also are contenders for the Open Division. …

A much-improved Anaheim avenged an earlier loss against Katella with a 45-37 victory last week in the Orange League. It was the Knights’ first league loss. The Colonists are ranked third this week in Division 5-AA. …

Brea Olinda plays at fellow Division 1 contender Serra of Gardena on Saturday.

Permanent link to this article:

Dec 27

Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax to perform at Soka Performing Arts Center

Grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax will perform at Soka Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, January 16.

The program includes Mozart’s Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533/494; Liszt’s Tre Sonetti di Petrarca, Bach’s Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829; and Beethoven’s Andante Favori in F and Piano Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53, according to a news release.

Ax received Grammy Awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn’s piano sonatas. He also made Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano.

This will be Ax’s third solo piano recital at Soka, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for students, seniors and active military families at or 949-480-4278.

Permanent link to this article: