Matt Barkley, USC's starting quarterback, led the Trojans to an 8-5 record (5-4 in the Pac-10). He passed for 2,791 yards, 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Newport Beach native, who prepped at Mater Dei High School, has proven he can handle adversity well. As a true freshman, Barkley earned the starting quarterback spot at USC in 2009 and threw for 2,735 yards, 15 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
The veteran UC Irvine men's soccer coach has shaped what has become one of the nation's most dynamic programs. In 2010, UCI ranked among the national leaders in scoring and has been ranked as high as No. 7 nationally. His history of producing recent All-Americans and a highly respected staff of assistant coaches are attracting a level of talent that figures to continually keep the 'Eaters on the national landscape.
Irvine Terrace's Val Skoro was among the homeowners in neighborhoods on the east side of Newport Bay who put up their dukes in 2010 against engine noise from airliners straying overhead. The planes were tracking a new take-off procedure out of John Wayne Airport called DUUKE TWO, which corrected an error made in plotting flight coordinates for DUUKE ONE.
Share Our Selves (SOS) can serve as a necessary bridge between economic hardship and the streets. That is largely because of the work of Executive Director Karen McGlinn, who has led the organization for nearly two decades. It goes without saying that in an economy like this one, and when government programs aimed at helping are cut to the bone, people like McGlinn become essential.