Three years ago, Travis Whitlock dreamed of today. He sat at Orange Coast College back then and watched a Costa Mesa High teammate play a football game in the summer.
Whitlock, like everyone else in the stands that night, was a fan.
Alex Swigert did not attend the game that evening. He finished his first season at Corona del Mar, looking for his shot to turn into a star.
Swigert eventually earned a chance to play a lot in his final two seasons. He just never thought he would stand out on the defensive side.
After four years, Whitlock and Swigert get to cap their high school careers on a high note. Tonight cannot get any better for them.
The recent graduates are the lone representatives from programs in the Newport-Mesa area chosen to play in tonight's 51st Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. The game kicks off at 7:15 at OCC.