Cal-Hi Weekly Notebook

Some news and notes previewing the start of football and volleyball as well as news on Dominguez's new basketball coach.

* Mt. Diablo High of Concord football player suffered what was described as a "spinal cord injury" during a tackling drill last week and was reported in serious condition the next day at a local hospital. According to quoted hospital sources by the Contra Costa Times, junior wide receiver and defensive back Phil Lukens was showing no movement below his waist. Other details of the injury had not been reported by the football coaching staff or school officials.

* It won't take long to see if the hiring of former USC and pro player Mack Calvin as the new boys basketball head coach at Dominguez of Compton was a good move or not. Calvin's hiring as the replacement for Russell Otis was confirmed last week. Otis lost his job when he was charged in November with sexual molestation of a player. Even though Otis was acquitted, the Compton Unified School District did not rehire him. In Calvin, the Dons will be getting someone with ABA and NBA experience as well as long time ties in Southern California. Some still consider Calvin, in fact, to be the best who's ever played at Long Beach Poly, his alma mater. Not hiring Otis, a popular players' coach who led the Dons to the mythical national title in 2000, might result in many on last year's Div. II state title team transferring to other schools, especially if Otis is hired somewhere else. With schools opening all across the Southland this week and next and new coaches taking over at many prominent progams, the free-for-all that is the mass transferring of players should reach a new high, or is that a new low.

* Coach Carolyn Taetafa-Hudson of the Bonita Vista of Chula Vista girls volleyball team, which last year won the Div. I state title, finished unbeaten and was No. 1 in the nation by Student Sports, picked Torrey Pines, University and La Costa Canyon as the teams to beat in San Diego this season. That's how much rebuilding the coach may have to do as just about everyone has graduated. But give credit to Taetafa-Hudson for sticking around. Three key players she will be able to work with once again are sophomore Candace Saleaumua, middle Deanna Dodson and defensive ace Brianna Carrera.

* California football teams have started out 2-2 in games against Hawaii. The wins were by Dana Hills (which won 30-14 over Pac-Five) and Orange Lutheran (which won 20-6 over Hawaii Prep). The losses were by San Clemente (which lost 40-7 to nationally-ranked St. Louis of Honolulu) and Kearny of San Diego (which lost 56-0 to Iolani of Honolulu).

* More top returning football stat leaders from last season: Frederick Collins of La Quinta rushed for 2,423 yards and scored 35 TDs; Trent Edwards of Los Gatos set a state record with a 78.1 percent completion percentage and finished 125 of 160 for 2,529 yards and 29 TD passes; Dustin Kelly from St. Joseph of Santa Maria threw for 3,010 yards and broke a school record held by NFL star Mark Brunell; Ben Olson of Thousand Oaks passed for 2,907 yards and had 17 TD passes; Olson1s teammate, Dave Anderson, had 78 catches for 1,135; Steve Smith from Taft of Woodland Hills hauled in 93 passes for 1,597 yards and 17 touchdowns.

* San Jose Bellarmine needs just four more football wins to reach a reported 500 for its all-time total. The Bells are listed with 496 wins since 1897, including a state best 440-151-20 since 1940. Bellarmine will become the 13th school in the state to join the 500 club. Only one school is currently in the 600 club. It's Bakersfield as the Drillers have gone 626-211-43 in reported results since 1897. Second on the list is Long Beach Poly. The Jackrabbits start the year with a reported total of 589. It's a good bet they'll get 11 wins and will reach 600 sometime late in the season.


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