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Who made this year's DP 103?

Chosen people (or animals) include City Council members, public safety officials and religious leaders.

December 31, 2010|From Daily Pilot staff

The UC Irvine men's volleyball coach has guided the Anteaters to two national titles and three Final Four appearances since 2006. Considered one of the brightest volleyball minds anywhere, he was an assistant with the 2008 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. men's national team and has coached several lower-level national teams. Speraw is one of two to have won an NCAA crown as a head coach, assistant coach and player.

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No. 62

Danny Bibona

A two-time All-American, UC Irvine's Danny Bibona won the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as the top senior student-

athlete in Division I baseball in 2010. The left-hander, 22, was dominant when healthy, posting a 9-2 record and a 2.48 earned-run average as a senior. He returned after being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009 and electing not to sign. St. Louis chose him again in June, and he signed.

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No. 63

David Ellis

David Ellis had a busy, if not bumpy, 2010. The Newport Coast political consultant worked on Ed Reno's Newport Beach City Council bid against eventual District 3 winner Rush Hill. Ellis also took over for Kristina Dodge as chair of the OC Fair & Event Center Board of Directors, whose members bore the brunt of community criticism for the proposed sale of the property. Ellis remains a top political player.

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No. 64

Barbara Venezia

Barbara Venezia's columns in the Orange County Register are like an oncoming train — strong, powerful and fast. Politicians find themselves having to jump off the tracks. But Venezia backs up her sharp tongue with a sharp mind, careful reporting and knowledge of Newport-Mesa. The Newport Beach resident has that ideal mix of guts, brains and humor missing from so much of today's whiney online discourse.

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No. 65

Geoff West

We have a confession about Costa Mesa blogger Geoff West: He scoops the Pilot more than any other news outlet. Although we hate being beaten, we also love his site, A Bubbling Cauldron, which mixes his views with breaking news. West is wired at City Hall and beyond. He also brings an involved resident's passion to his blog, and that's what makes it work. The guy cares about where he lives, and it shows.

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No. 66

Crissy Brooks

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