Eleven days ago Aaron Peirsol confirmed to the Daily Pilot that he retired as a swimmer. He just might be the greatest athlete to come out of the Newport-Mesa School District, as the Newport Harbor High alumnus won five gold medals over three Olympics.
It got me to thinking: who could become the greatest athlete to come out of the district from today's high schoolers?
The obvious answer would appear to be Corona del Mar High sophomore Jack McBean, the soccer phenom who recently signed a professional contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Yes, he could become great.
But there's another athlete, in Costa Mesa, at Estancia High, who has the makings to be the greatest Newport-Mesa District product. It's Jake Knapp, a junior who has been tirelessly working to become a professional golfer.
Knapp actually wants more than that.
"My goal has always been to be the No. 1 player in the country," Knapp told me during a telephone interview before he went to the Estancia Winter Formal Saturday night.