Instead of throwing a discus, you might see Cecil Whiteside fire a different object this spring.
The UC Berkeley-bound football player is embarking on a new varsity sport at Newport Harbor High.
The senior’s decision to forego his final boys’ track and field season for baseball has thrown throwing coach Tony Ciarelli a curveball. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Whiteside said he tried out for the baseball team in hopes of participating in his fourth sport at the school.
The move is one Ciarelli said he couldn’t understand. Last season, Whiteside finished third in the discus throw at the CIF State track and field championships after defending his CIF Southern Section Masters meet title.