Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Time to Catch Up

I have been neglecting the blog since Thankgiving, so let's do some catching up . . .

Camarillo Sunset

We are getting a lot of incredible sunsets this time of the year.

To wrap up the high school football season, the team that knocked us out of the C.I.F. Playoffs, Arroyo Grande H.S., really had a magical run after beating us 27-20. The Eagles would go on to defeat #2 seed Dominguez and #3 seed Chaminade before losing to undefeated Serra in the Western Conference Championship game. Serra is widely regarded as having more major college scholarship athletes on their team than any other high school in Southern California.

2010 C.I.F. Western Conference
Playoff Results
Semifinal Games
Serra 41 - Paso Robles 23
Arroyo Grande 52 - Chaminade 19

Championship Game
Serra 35 - Arroyo Grande 10

In California, we do not have a State Championship Playoff system. Instead, at the end of the season the best five teams from Northern California are arbitrarily matched up against their counterparts from the South based on enrollment and perceived strength.

Serra, who won our 2010 Western Division Playoff Championship and was the 2009 Division III State Bowl Game Champion, is currently riding a state best 29 game winning streak. They were picked to represent Southern California in this year's Division II Bowl Game.

2010 California State Championship
Friday and Saturday, December 17-18
at the Home Depot Center
in Carson, California
Northern California School Listed First

Open Division
Concord De La Salle (13-0) vs. Anaheim Servite (14-0)

Division I
Palo Alto (13-0) vs. Corona Centennial (14-0)

Division II
Folsom (13-1) vs. Gardena Serra (14-0)

Division III
Escalon (13-1) vs. San Diego Madison (12-1)

Division IV
Stockton Brookside Christian (12-0) vs. La Jolla The Bishop's School (13-0)

On the college football front, the Washington Huskies finished on a strong note, knocking off UCLA, California and Washington State to finish the season at 6-6 and bowl eligible. Our prize is a trip to the Bridgepoint Holiday Bowl in San Diego on December 30th against 10-3 Nebraska. This is Washington's first Bowl game since the 2002 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, a 34-24 loss to Purdue.

The Huskies played the Cornhuskers back on September 18th in Seattle and were barely beaten by Nebraska 56-21. This time we get them on a neutral field!

We'll be there rooting on the Dawgs to victory!

Also this Bowl season, Johan Hammarqvist's West Virginia Mountaineers (9-3) will play the North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-4) on December 28th in Orlando, Florida in the Champs Sports Bowl.

California Lutheran University, with very strong Scandanavian ties, recently celebrated St Lucia's Feast Day complete with young ladies sporting long, lit candles in their hair. For more information, click on:

Ben and Krystal, Cute Couple

We continue meeting with friends on a regular basis at Cronies Sports Grill in Camarillo. We are blessed with so many good friends all over the world as it turns out!

If it's December,
it must be Autumn in Camarillo!

We set an all-time record in Camarillo last Sunday, 88ºF = 31.1ºC for a high temperature. Still no snow in the forecast for us.

Occidental College

Last Thursday, I drove down to the Eagle Rock, the home of the Occidental College Tigers, to visit with some of their seniors and talk about the process of going to Europe to extend their playing careers.

Occidental Final Exam Study Time

I wonder if students were laying about like this studying on the grounds of Lund University in Sweden on December 9th?

Senior Tigers

We met for over an hour and had a good exchange of ideas, I really hope that they follow through!

The young man in the back row is Rocky Ciasulli. He is the Tigers' Wide Receiver Coach and a great source of Euro-knowledge for these players. Rocky has spent the last three springs playing football in Finland, Italy and Switzerland. He is going back again this spring to Germany I believe he said.

Good guy.

Donated Football Equipment

A BIG thank you to Laurie and her sister Gayle for helping me set up this picture that Johan Hammarqvist requested for an up-coming article in the NorreSkåne sports page.

Once again, the Hässleholm Hurricanes of the Swedish American Football Federation asked me to collect gear to help expand their program. This year the focus was on smaller sized gear to help equip the 40 or so young players who have turned out for the Hurricanes two proposed youth teams.

A total of 14 Ventura County high schools and two sporting goods companies responded to our request and donated helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys, pants, hip pads, thigh pads, tail pads, knee pads, face masks, chin straps and helmet repair kits!


Another Camarillo Sunset

Well, that about does it from sleepy Camarillo for now,


Ryan Bolland said...

Wow! Nice work collecting all that gear, that is very impressive. Are we shipping it over inside of a Mustang?

George said...


Are you donating your Mustang to the cause?


Ryan Bolland said...

Absolutely not.

Although, I would probably score some points if I took it cruising on weekends....