Burt’s Eye View on Irvine Sports

by Tim Burt

FORMER WARRIOR

ADAM KEEFE STILL FOLLOWING NBA

Former Woodbridge High basketball player Adam Keefe, who became the first athlete inducted into the Woodbridge Hall of Fame last month, said he still follows the NBA. Keefe led the Warriors to the state title in 1987 and played for nine seasons in the NBA, including with the Utah Jazz. “There are certain players who I enjoy following so I cheer for people who I know and who I know are good people and really hope that they have success,” he said.


RECORD-SETTING GUARD HUYNH MAKES COLLEGE CHOICE

Jacob Huynh, the all-time scoring leader at Northwood (1,638 points), made it official and signed with San Francisco State University to continue his basketball career. He will major in business.


Woodbridge Softball ChampsPROUD OF SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS

Woodbridge softball coach Jerry Rose was hoping his senior-dominated group of players would capture the Pacific Coast League title and they did with a 9–1 record. Many of the players on the team began their softball careers as youngsters playing on the same field at Bill Barber Park where Woodbridge has its home games.

Early on they were playing for teams in the Irvine Girls Softball Association. “I wanted them to be the undisputed champs, just because I have so many seniors and they’ve all been here (at Barber Park) since they were 6, 7 and 8 years old,” Rose said.


WILD FINISH TO PCL GIRLS SOFTBALL

It was an exciting finish to the regular season for Pacific Coast League softball. Woodbridge won the league title outright but Irvine, Beckman and Northwood all tied for second place, forcing a playoff tournament for second place. Irvine defeated Beckman 12–1 and Northwood 10–0 to capture second place.



ANNUAL RYAN LEMMON SHOWCASE IN JUNE

The Ryan Lemmon Baseball Showcase will have four games over two days Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, at Ryan Lemmon Stadium in Irvine. Players who are seniors from each of the Irvine high schools will play for the Pacific Coast League which will face players from the South Coast League on June 9 at 4:45 p.m.


Tim Burt has covered Irvine sports since 1984, writing for the Irvine World News, Orange County Register and OC Varsity.