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July 16, 2008
LOS ANGELES — The awards keep coming for Matt Barkley, the Newport Beach resident and star quarterback who will be a senior at Mater Dei High in the fall. Barkley was named Gatorade National High School Male Athlete of the Year, at a luncheon emceed by ESPN’s Stuart Scott and attended by Matt Leinart of the Arizona Cardinals, Greg Oden of the Portland Trailblazers, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks, track star Allyson Felix and soccer legend Mia Hamm. Barkley, a former Newport Mesa Junior All-American standout, became the first junior to receive the honor.
December 5, 2003
The Jr. Midget Seahawks (12-13-year-olds) football team became the first Newport-Mesa squad to complete an undefeated season (11-0) by defeating the South County Patriots, 19-16, in the Orange County Jr. All-American Super Bowl game Saturday at Rowland Heights High. The Seahawks used a long drive in the game's final minute to seal the victory. The Patriots took a 16-12 lead with one minute, 19 seconds to play. Newport responded with quarterback Matt Barkley hitting Matthew Garza on a 14-yard completion followed by a 15-yard pass caught by Robbie Boyer, who eluded three tacklers before being stopped at the 4-yard line.
October 23, 2012
The Vanguard University women's basketball team is ranked No. 4 in the NAIA preseason coaches' poll released Tuesday. The Lions, who were 23-7 last season, lost in the first round of the NAIA Tournament, their 11th straight trip to the national tournament. Coach Russ Davis' Lions return three of their top six scorers, including All-Golden State Athletic Conference senior Esther Timmermans, who averaged a team-high 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds as a junior. Vanguard, which opens a three-game exhibition schedule on Nov. 1 at Cal and begins the regular season at home against Point Loma Nazarene on Nov. 8, also returns starters Alison Drennan, Maree Drennan and Taylor Belmont.
November 28, 2011
USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley, a Newport Beach resident, has been named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and he also earned second-team all-conference honors in football, it was announced Monday. Barkley completed 35 of 42 passes (83.3%), a school record, for 423 yards and six touchdowns in the Trojans' 50-0 blowout of crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. His six touchdown passes tied his own school single-game record set earlier this year at Colorado.
April 19, 2013
Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player Jack McBean, the former Corona del Mar High standout, and NFL official Laird Hayes highlight those involved in the inaugural KidWorks Classic Golf Tournament at Aliso Viejo Country Club April 29. In addition to McBean and Hayes, former athletes expected to appear are former USC great Paul McDonald, former UCLA quarterback Wayne Cook, former USC fullback Brandon Hancock and former UCLA quarterback Matt Stevens....
By Steve Virgen | April 25, 2009
For Steve Virgen's blog, click here. LOS ANGELES — The video footage rolled on the big screen at the Los Angeles Coliseum Saturday. It was NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the fifth pick in the draft, that the Jets traded up with the Browns to take Mark Sanchez, the quarterback out of USC. Shortly after yet another Trojans’ starter entered the NFL quarterback fraternity, young Matt Barkley took a snap from under center....
By Steve Virgen | August 12, 2009
Back in April, Matt Barkley was told he was the No. 2 quarterback for USC. The Newport Beach resident soon realized that no quarterback during Pete Carroll’s tenure — not Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty or Mark Sanchez — was demoted as the starter after winning the job in the spring. But tradition seems to be changing, albeit because of an injury. USC just might start a true freshman when it opens the season against visiting San Jose State Sept.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | January 24, 2008
When Matt Barkley walks into the first day of Mater Dei football’s off-season training Tuesday, he’ll be feeling quite a bit lighter. Not because the 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior quarterback lost any weight, but because he knows exactly what’s in his future: a sea of crimson and gold. The Newport Beach resident announced Wednesday that he has verbally committed to play for USC, following in the footsteps of Mater Dei alum Matt Leinart, now with the Arizona Cardinals.
By Steve Virgen | July 26, 2012
The City of Costa Mesa will show its pride for Olympians who hail from its town. A banner for Olympians Misty-May Treanor, April Ross and Sharon Day will be on display near City Hall during the Olympics, which begin Friday. "Costa Mesa is proud of Sharon Day, April Ross,Misty May-Treanor," are the words at the top of the banner. At the bottom, it reads "Bring home the Gold. " Photos of each athlete are placed within three of the five Olympic rings. A British flag is colored in the middle with "London 2012" on it. Day, the former Costa Mesa High standout, will compete in the heptathlon.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | November 22, 2007
The sandy-haired boy trudged from the shore toward his father’s car, tears pooling in his eyes after enduring one of the greater injustices in his 12-year life. He was leaving the beach near Peninsula Park after a Saturday of football conditioning. “What’s wrong?” his father asked. “Coach said because it’s my first year, I have to play on the offensive line,” he sniffed. And that was how Matt Barkley almost started his football career as a lineman.
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