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By Matt Szabo | March 18, 2009
Before Jim Harris’ eyes gravitate toward the basketball court, he’s looking in the stands prior to a big game. The pregame preparation and strategy sermons are over, but there’s one last thing to attend to. Harris wants to make eye contact with his wife, Sandi. “I’ve had a 30-plus year love affair with this school and basketball, and she is involved in sharing that with me,” Jim Harris said. “Or sharing me with that, however you want to say it. I try to get eye contact with her before a game and give her a signal, just to make sure she knows she’s still foremost on my mind and my heart.
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December 12, 2002
Mike Sciacca It's not often that a son will say no when his father asks something of him. Especially when a father-son relationship is as close as the one forged between Jim and Jimmy Harris. But when Jim Harris asked his son last year if he would be interested in sharing head coaching duties for the Ocean View High boys' varsity basketball team, his son came back with a negative. "I told him no because I really felt that you could not go into coaching half-heartedly in this program," said Jimmy Harris, already a varsity assistant on his father's coaching staff.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | November 23, 2006
The start to the 2006-07 prep basketball season is a week away, and the Independent will preview the boys' and girls' teams from Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina and Ocean View beginning with this issue. The previews begin with Ocean View and continues with teams from Edison, Huntington Beach and Marina in the Nov. 30 issue. Girls School: Ocean View League: Golden West Head coach: Jim Harris (3rd-year; 59-22) Coaching staff: Kim Morris, Aaron Mason 2005-06 record: 21-6 League finish: 11-1 (first place)
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January 15, 2004
Mike Sciacca Jim Harris knew he would be approaching a milestone victory during the 2003-04 boys' basketball season, but when it began in November, the exact date remained a complete unknown. The mystery was solved on Jan. 7, and it happened in a gymnasium that has become his home-away-from-home since becoming Ocean View High's first boys' basketball coach 26 years ago. Harris, who is co-head coach of the Seahawks, along with his son, Jimmy -- himself a former all-CIF player at Ocean View -- celebrated his 500th coaching victory at the school on a night when Ocean View downed visiting Costa Mesa, 57-50.
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November 27, 2003
Mike Sciacca If ever you need to find Jim Harris, look no further than the gymnasium at Ocean View High, it's a safe bet you'll find him there. A math teacher on campus, Harris begins his 26th year as head coach of the Seahawks' boys' basketball program on Dec. 4. Four days later, he'll begin his first year coaching the girls' program. "Needless to say, I'll be pretty busy," Jim Harris said. "I'm looking forward to what should be a very interesting season."
NEWS
February 3, 2005
Mike Sciacca When Ricky Butler played basketball at Ocean View High, he was a player among players, according to his coach, Jim Harris. Once dominant on the court, Butler now sits in the stands, rooting on his daughter, DJ, a starting center who now plays for Harris. The 6-foot-2 sophomore, whose given name is "Dannieka Jean," also shares the court with another Harris, Kelsey, who used to sit in the bleachers at Ocean View games and now plays varsity for her father.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | March 18, 2010
He sat at a chair at the very end of the bench, right leg taped up, watching his team’s shooting go cold in the fourth quarter and unable to do anything about it. This wasn’t the way to end a brilliant four-year varsity career for Ocean View High senior Avery Johnson, who sprained his right ankle in Saturday’s 50-45 loss to Serra in a CIF Southern California Regional Division III semifinal at El Camino College. “We lost our best player,” Ocean View Coach Jim Harris said of Johnson, who always seemed to be smiling on the court and was really his team’s heart and soul.
NEWS
December 12, 2002
Not even home for 24-hours after a five-day stay in Texas, the Ocean View High boys' basketball team took to the court Monday afternoon to play Ayala in the first game of the Tournament of Champions. The good news was that Ocean View was at home, hosting the prestigious tournament. Even better for the Seahawks was that they were able to overcome a four-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bulldogs, 66-54. Ayala maintained a steady lead throughout the first half, and led by as many as six points.
SPORTS
October 19, 2011
Wednesday of last week was such a strange day. The mercury pushed up near 100 degrees throughout the region, the sort of strange, unseasonably arid kind of day that will prompt at least a few to start wondering about "earthquake weather. " It was a summer day that didn't happen all summer, and the odd, almost-eerie stillness that comes with such an afternoon was obliterated about 1:30 when a gunman in Seal Beach opened fire, killing eight innocent people (and injuring a ninth).
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By Mike Sciacca | October 26, 2011
Jim Harris, the face of Ocean View boys' basketball and the man who gave the program its identity, died Sunday night after a struggle with kidney cancer. The only boys' basketball coach in the school's history was 67. Harris' coaching career at Ocean View spanned 33 years. During that time, his teams won 19 league championships and three CIF Southern Section titles. He also coached the Ocean View girls' varsity program, which is now headed by his daughter, Kim Morris. His son, Jimmy, was an All-CIF player for his father and later an assistant coach.
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By Mike Sciacca | December 5, 2012
The Ocean View High boys' basketball team played the opening game of its own Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions on Monday afternoon and, at the same time, recorded its first victory of the 2012-13 season. Ocean View had little trouble with South Gate and cruised to an 83-42 victory. The Seahawks (1-1) took control early, played strong defensively, went to the glass hard and got their transition game going, which they parlayed into easy baskets. They also were able to substitute freely, and nine players reached the scoring column.
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By Mike Sciacca | December 28, 2011
Another year on the high school sports scene has come and gone, but not without local athletes again turning in outstanding performances. Below are some of the highlights from the 2011 calendar that were reported to the Independent. * January-June The only CIF Southern Section championship won by a local school during the 2010-11 school year came in girls' basketball . It happened during late-winter and was captured by Edison. Senior Bonnie Samuelson stole an inbounds pass in the closing seconds and hit the winning shot before the clock expired to give the top-ranked Chargers an exhilarating 45-44 victory over No. 2 Troy in the Division 1A final March 3 at Anaheim Arena.
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By Mike Sciacca | December 7, 2011
The first full week in December traditionally has been the week that the Ocean View High boys' basketball tournament gets underway. Such was the case again this year, but on Tuesday, the annual event, that has drawn some of the top prep teams to the Ocean View gymnasium had a new look and feel to it. For starters, the tournament - formerly known as the Tournament of Champions - has been christened the Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions,...
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | October 26, 2011
Jim Harris, the face of Ocean View boys' basketball and the man who gave the program its identity, died Sunday night after a struggle with kidney cancer. The only boys' basketball coach in the school's history was 67. Harris' coaching career at Ocean View spanned 33 years. During that time, his teams won 19 league championships and three CIF Southern Section titles. He also coached the Ocean View girls' varsity program, which is now headed by his daughter, Kim Morris. His son, Jimmy, was an All-CIF player for his father and later an assistant coach.
SPORTS
October 19, 2011
Wednesday of last week was such a strange day. The mercury pushed up near 100 degrees throughout the region, the sort of strange, unseasonably arid kind of day that will prompt at least a few to start wondering about "earthquake weather. " It was a summer day that didn't happen all summer, and the odd, almost-eerie stillness that comes with such an afternoon was obliterated about 1:30 when a gunman in Seal Beach opened fire, killing eight innocent people (and injuring a ninth).
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By Matt Szabo | March 18, 2010
He sat at a chair at the very end of the bench, right leg taped up, watching his team’s shooting go cold in the fourth quarter and unable to do anything about it. This wasn’t the way to end a brilliant four-year varsity career for Ocean View High senior Avery Johnson, who sprained his right ankle in Saturday’s 50-45 loss to Serra in a CIF Southern California Regional Division III semifinal at El Camino College. “We lost our best player,” Ocean View Coach Jim Harris said of Johnson, who always seemed to be smiling on the court and was really his team’s heart and soul.
NEWS
By Matt Szabo | March 18, 2009
Before Jim Harris’ eyes gravitate toward the basketball court, he’s looking in the stands prior to a big game. The pregame preparation and strategy sermons are over, but there’s one last thing to attend to. Harris wants to make eye contact with his wife, Sandi. “I’ve had a 30-plus year love affair with this school and basketball, and she is involved in sharing that with me,” Jim Harris said. “Or sharing me with that, however you want to say it. I try to get eye contact with her before a game and give her a signal, just to make sure she knows she’s still foremost on my mind and my heart.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2009
Avery Johnson got the steal near midcourt, took off and slammed the ball at the buzzer. It was an exclamation point — and the buzzer only signified the end of the third quarter. But Johnson and his Ocean View High teammates had already shown they wouldn’t be denied. They made a powerful statement in winning the Seahawks’ first CIF boys’ basketball title since 1998, and second overall. Ocean View cruised by an overmatched Inglewood squad, 76-47, Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA title game at Mater Dei High.
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