May 11, 2011
The Giants parlayed a catcher's interference call and an error into the winning run Tuesday as they defeated the Twins, 3-2, in Fountain Valley Little League Majors Division action at Mile Square Park. The interference call and outfield error occurred in the bottom of the third inning. The Twins took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Nathan Young singled before Riley Hanson drove a two-strike pitch over the center-field fence. In the bottom of the first, Drake Sueda and Azael Peralta singled for the Giants and Derrick Weinheimer's grounder to shortstop was thrown away, the two-run error tying the score.
April 20, 2011
The Twins scored four runs in the bottom of the first and used that strong start to score an eventual, 5-0 shutout win over the Giants in Fountain Valley Little League Minor A Division action. Nathan Young brought in the first run on a single, Riley Hanson hit a two-run home run and Steven Gonzalez singled and later scored on a wild pitch. Hanson also singled in the third and scored on Shane McCarthy's ground out. Young, Hanson, Gonzalez and Nick Taylor had two hits each. Taylor also allowed two hits, walked two and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings to get the pitching win. Young closed and allowed one hit. Azeal Peralta led the Giants with two hits and one stolen base.
April 13, 2011
The Fountain Valley Twins completed the first round of Majors Division play in first place with a 7-3 record, thanks to a 6-3 victory Saturday over the Westminster Padres. Shane McCarthy had a two-run double to open the scoring in the second inning but the Twins trailed, 3-2, entering the bottom of the fifth. There, Garrett Gilmore hit his second double of the game and Mark Volkert's bunt single put runners at the corners before McCarthy's single scored Gilmore. Volkert scored on Brian Allen's single, Jon Kerchenfaut singled home McCarthy and Simon Costa drove in Allen, to put the Twins in front, 6-3. Riley Hanson struck out the three Padres he faced in the sixth to complete the comeback win and record his first complete game of the season.
January 5, 2011
Vic and I took off for Big Bear Lake on Christmas to enjoy the snow there. The roads were clear, but there were several inches of snow on the ground, making a beautiful scene. Our son Scott rented a large house on the lake so we could have our traditional post-Christmas snow play. It was large enough to hold the whole family — Scott, Nicole, Nicole's mother Maria and the three granddaughters, plus Vic and me. We made good use of the fireplace, keeping a cozy fire going from morning until bedtime.
June 10, 2010
Adriel and Aian Vissani plan to board an airplane for the first time in their lives in August 2011. And they don't expect the life-changing experience to end there. The twin brothers are among the members of St. Wilfrid's Episcopal Church in Huntington Beach flying to Arusha, Tanzania next summer to help renovate a school and soccer field. The Vissanis have been out of the country before when they went on church missions to Tijuana, but they expect the shock to be even greater when they land in the impoverished African country.
June 18, 2009
As actors prepare for the opening night of ?Oliver!? ? checking the lights and sound, making sure they don?t forget their lines and preparing for dress rehearsal ? 12-year-old Jake Olson is trying to memorize the set-up of the stage, so he doesn?t run into any props or scenery. During the play, Jake has the added challenge of remembering how to get around. Not only are the lights bright on stage and the theater dark between scenes, but he is also legally blind. Jake, who will appear in the play alongside his twin sister, Emma, will be taking the stage Friday for the first time since losing most of his vision.
February 26, 2009
Twins David and Travis Wear, residents of Huntington Beach and seniors at Mater Dei High, have been selected to the 2009 McDonald?s All-American High School boys? basketball game. The Wear brothers will play for the West in the April 1 game at the BankUnited Center in Miami. The game will be televised live on ESPN. Tipoff is 8 p.m. ET. Next year, the Wears ? both forwards ? will play at the University of North Carolina. David Wear scored 19 points and Travis Wear had 10 points Tuesday to help get top-ranked Mater Dei past visiting Rancho Verde, 72-65, in a CIF Southern Section Division I-AA quarterfinal game.
November 12, 2008
Twinless Twins International, a nonprofit that reaches out to twins who have lost their halves, will have its regional meeting Saturday in Huntington Beach. Member Suzanne Goldman, whose identical twin died in 2006, said the support group has meant a great deal to her in the grieving process. “[The meeting] is meant to increase our understanding of a poignant and completely unique kind of loss,” Goldman said. “It is an exploration of loss of twin or any other kind of multiple.
October 22, 2008
My daughter-in-law Nicole Murray picked me up the other morning on her way from San Diego to Beverly Hills. Baby Megan is signed up with a modeling agency and has been getting lots of auditions, and even some paid work, most of it in L.A. Last week’s audition was for Old Navy. I often go along to watch the twins while Nicole and Megan are at the photo shoots. It’s a great excuse to see more of my grandbabies while Vic is teaching. As I got into the car, Lauren asked, “Where Papa Vic?