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Volume 20, #6: May 14, 1982


Anaheim homes destroyed by fire


By James Garde

On Wednesday, April 21, 1982, Anaheim suffered one of the most disastrous fires in Orange County's history, estimated at $50 million dollars worth of damages. Fifty structures were destroyed, which contained a total of 524 dwelling units. The fire caused an excessive amount of damage to the apartment complex and homes on Euclid and Ball streets in Anaheim. Firefighters were hampered by the excessively strong Santa Ana Winds. These winds prevented firefighters from controlling the fire from 6:00 am until 12:00 noon at which time the fire was brought under control.

Fire units were called from Orange County to as far away as Los Angeles County. The fire chief in charge made an official statement that the fire apparently started when the 60 M.P.H. wind blew an electric line into a palm tree. The tree caught on fire, dropped embers onto a roof, which in turn caught on fire. One of the biggest problems was the type of shingles used on the apartments. The shingles designed to be flame resistant, were weak and brittle after a few hot summers. Fire officials felt that much of the damage to the complex could have been avoided if the proper roofing were used. As a result of the shingles failing to perform their job as intended in Orange County, this type of roofing has been temporarily banned, and several homeowners have changed their roofing in fears of the same type of disaster.

The fire came close to burning the home of Mr. Richey who is a work coordinator at Savanna High School. Richey, who was watching the fire from his house, stated that, "The fire started at 5:45 in the morning. I was not aware of the fire until a police officer with a loud speaker told the people to evacuate from their homes at 6:45 in the morning, Wednesday. The wind was blowing very strong towards the East. While standing on top of my roof, watering, I could feel the heat underneath me. Even though I had rock roofing, I wanted to be on the safe side. Most of the apartments burned on the North side of my house. I was horrified while watching the people leave their valuables to burn in the blaze."

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency for the 1,500 homeless fire victims. The sight was declared a disaster area so that the victims could apply for government aid to rebuild their lives. Donations were made by the Red Cross and several other big corporations. The Red Cross made Ball and Trident Jr. High Schools as headquarters for the fire victims.

Although there were no desk deaths in the blaze, a dozen firefighters and 20 other people were treated for minor injuries.

There were no looting attempts during the night, while police and Explorer Scouts from Anaheim, La Habra, Laguna Beach and Fullerton guarded the rubble as others aided survivors.

Savanna gains six year accreditation

By Dan Kelton

Recently announced by the Accrediting Commission of the Western Association of schools, Savanna received an accreditation of six years, the most years possible. The accreditation is a means used by the Accrediting Commission for the purpose of insuring excellence in elementary and secondary education. Through a process of continuous self-study and evaluation, it encourages school improvement and assures a school and its public that the school has a clearly defined set of educational goals and objectives.

On March 22nd and 23rd, the Accrediting Commission surveyed the school after a school self-evaluation involving the entire staff was conducted. The visiting committee reported areas of strengths as well as where improvements were needed.

Savanna was evaluated on the basis of the degree in which it accomplished creating conditions under which achievement could be reasonably expected, could accomplish them substantially, and could continue to do so. Goals and objectives were developed and reviewed and developed by the community, administration, staff, students and governing board. The structure was to specify the functions of the administration, staff and students, along with the administrative relationships among the groups and the limits of responsibility and authority.

The main reason for the Accreditation is for the upgrading of the educational program in each school it serves. This is accomplished through regular evaluations of each school and followed by commendations and/or recommendation. The terms are then granted according to how acceptable the quality and progress of each school and its ability to meet the educational needs of its students.

New twist in culture: a Spanish play

Joe Pereda and Delilah Moreno

By Paula Bisogni

On Wednesday, May 12, the advanced Spanish class, under the supervision of Spanish teacher Charles Koskela, presented a play in Spanish. "Rosina es fragil" is a comedy written by Gregorio Martinez Sierra, which Koskela describes as "entertainingly romantic." Among the characters we find Rosina, the protagonist, as a girl who couldn't decide among her lovers; Serafinito, the rejected lover, and Antonio, the uncle who is not the uncle in reality.

The cast in this play was composed by Maria Alvarez, Twila Kelly, Recardo Lopez, Reyes Mesa, Glen-day Miranda, Delilah Moreno, Jorge Sanchez, Jose Pereda, Victor Pinamonti and Hetal Patel. Others who contributed are: Eileen Jones, Sandy Nelson, Syed Zaide, Mike Howard, Heidi Vion, Dennelle Dietz, Dede Lenhardt, Elizabeth Beech, Chip Burns and Beth Filadelfia. Although some of them are not members of the Spanish class, they offered to lend their talents to put on the play.

Asked about the reasons for this play, Koskela explained, "Plays in Spanish have been done some years ago and this year I thought I had a special group of people capable and interested in doing it." He also expressed how positive this experience is for language students to do plays because, "it improves the pronunciation and helps in the understanding of the language."

"Drama is the best way of learning, since you are experiencing living the language...I only wish there were time to dramatize everything," says Koskela who was a former actor in his college days.

With Jose Pereda as director, this group worked for one month to offer Savanna students the possibility to see something different and they all hope you have enjoyed it.

NFL players miss fund raiser

By Jennifer Griggs

As a fundraising event, Savanna's football club scheduled 14 members of the National Football League to play a slow-pitch softball game; and of those fourteen, only four chose to play. The 4 players that participated were John Cappeletti, Jeff Rutledge, Bill Simpson, and Jim Jodat.

The Players Association meeting was held on the same day in New Mexico where Carl Ekern and Jim Youngblood attended that meeting. Johnnie Johnson attended the game but because of injuries sustained in practice the week before, he stayed in the crowd and did not make himself known. LeRoy Irvin also showed but could not play because of leg injuries; he too did not make himself known. The whereabouts of McInally and Waymer was not know but according to Tod Hewitt, the assistant equipment manager for the Los Angeles Rams, they were in the East "visiting their families."

Sporting Goods West, a store in Cypress, California, has been sponsoring the N.F.L. softball/basketball team for the past three years. Their representative, Shane West, said, "Since we have been working with these men for so long, we don't feel the need to call up the players every time there is a game. They are informed when there is a game and the choice is theirs if they want to participate." The same announcement information is sent out for each game.

"The players take time out of their busy schedule to try to help out a worthy charity. We have a game almost every Sunday from now until the end of May and people have to do this on their own time to try and help out your causes and your needs. From what I could see, both the players and the crowd had a great time," commented Tod Hewitt.

In memoriam

Steven Ivan VanHorn, son of Savanna teacher Rita VanHorn, died on March 19, 1982 at the age of 21. He died as a result of an accident in Mexico.

Steven was a graduate of Estancia High School. He attended Fullerton College where he played basketball for his father, Ezra. He was a sophomore at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

He is survived by his three sisters: Ellen Morton, Sally Wade, and Eileen Jeranko; and his brother, Stuart VanHorn.

Memorial Services were held on March 25, 1982 in Tustin; he was buried at sea.

Dispatch wins 11 awards in four competitions

San Francisco

By James A. Ollinger

Over the past few months the Dispatch staff has spent much time to help their publication win 11 awards from competition with other newspapers, schools and students.

Six members of the staff went to a Journalism Education Association convention in San Francisco. In competition, Dan Kelton received an honorable mention for Editorial Cartooning, and Larry Lee won an honorable mention for Critical Review. At the same time, the Savanna choir took a trip to San Francisco, where they performed at Sacred Heart High School, Galileo High School, the PSA airport terminal, and on the plane.

Santa Ana College and the Register co-sponsored a competition also. Kelton received a first place for his cartooning abilities, Greg Inzunza won third place for newswriting; the Dispatch itself ranked eighth for sweepstakes, and tied for tenth place in general excellence.

The Orange County Journalism Education Association held a writing competition at Irvine High School. Kristin Dragoman won seventh place for feature writing; Inzunza took tenth place in editorial; and James A. Ollinger, Esq. took twelfth place in news. From there they went to the Southern California Journalism Educational Association's writing competition at Brea-Olinda High School. Dragoman received honorable mention for feature and Inzunza won an honorable mention for editorial writing.

Receiving a total of 11 awards in for competitions is the best the Dispatch staff has ever done.


Book Banning: An infringement off rights

Medfly cartoon

By Kristin Dragoman

"I would like to reserve the book, Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut."

"I'm sorry but that book is no longer in this library."

The pulling and restricting of books from library shelves is nothing but a case of censorship or as it is commonly called, BOOK BANNING. The censorial spirit at work in the United States this past year has focused more and more on books. Efforts to remove certain titles from public and school libraries, from paperback racks and bookstores, from the eyes of adults as well as children, have greatly increased. School and library officials across the nation say attempts to curb access to books is the most divisive issue to hit many communities in years.

A Federal Court of Appeals declared last year that it was "permissible and appropriate" for local school boards "to make decisions based upon their personal, social, political and moral views". Isn't this sort of action by a school board preventing students in the district from access to certain books, thus unconstitutional under First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech. This objection to book banning does not seem to stop those groups who would censor books.

The main reason given by censors and would-be censors often is that a book is unsuitable for minors because of its vulgarity or its descriptions of sexual behavior. Censors are also condemning the depiction of unorthodox family arrangements, sexual explicitness, even in the biological context, speculations about Christ, unflattering portraits of American authority, criticisms of business and corporate practices, and racial political views. Censors many times object to certain books because of the specific words, lines, or passages. They do not take into account the entire context of the book and what point the author is trying to make.

Although the Court of Appeals has declared in a sense that book banning is "legal", the laws concerning this are less than clear. Court decisions about book banning are constantly changing from year to year and even month to month. One year, the law says teachers and students do not "shed their rights to freedom of speech and expression at the school gates." Yet the courts have upheld other decisions allowing the school authorities to remove volumes from shelves. Still others, in sharp contrast, have been more concerned with protecting the rights of readers and students.

Books that are required reading here at Savanna at one time have been removed from libraries and taken off reading lists in schools across the country. Many great classics are among those that were objects of book banning. Titles such as: Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, (objection to use of word "nigger"); The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (objection to vulgarity used by characters); Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (highly disapproved of); Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (denounced as "wicked and obscene"); and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (offends public morals).

What the future holds for book banners is uncertain though many hope that "they don't get their own way". Whether the Supreme Court will agree with these views and whether the conflicting rights can be reconciled in practice have yet to be seen. It seems as if it will be a waiting game to see just how far they will go. Maybe next thing we hear is that the banners have just banned the Bible.

Public schools receive short end of tax breaks

By James A. Ollinger

The year is 1982. A 100 billion dollar deficit has been projected; inflation has left recession in its wake; drastic tax cuts are being made; plans to cut public school money are being implemented; and an actor is in the white house. The movie rolls on.

But that's ludicrous. Why, Ronald Reagan is in the white house! The same man who proposes to give tax credits to parents of children attending private or religious schools. At full force (in 1986) the tax credits will cost the federal government 1.4 billion dollars in lost revenue. Why? Especially now, with the current economical problems at hand? Reagan believes that it will promote competition and make the public schools perform better. This is unrealistic, to say the least. Public schools and education were never designed to run like Standard Oil. Public schools were designed to give a free education to everyone, hopefully to promote higher intelligence (at the very least it should give an individual basic skills in mathematics and English language). Private schools were designed to give a better education to those who want to pay the money. Private schools often do give a better education because they have the funds necessary to do so.

For the most part, the rich are the people who sent their kids to private hands, and like Reagan's other moves, the rich will benefit.

Tax credits make switching to private schools worth while. In incomes up to 50,000 dollars a year, a family may be able to use 50% of each child's tuition as a tax credit. Credits are not deductions in the conventional sense. Tax credits are subtracted directly from money owed the government. Above $50,000 and below $75,000 scale downward to nothing. But how many families with 75,000 dollar incomes will jump at the chance to save a few bucks on income taxes they probably no longer pay due to another of Reagan's brilliant tax breaks? How many of the working class with $50,000 incomes are going to pull their kid out of Savanna to go to a private school? Better yet, how many people with 50,000 dollar incomes have a kid enrolled in a public school to begin with? How many parents are going to go without meals to send their kid to a private school? Not many. How many inner-city students can afford to go to a private school with or without tax breaks?

Reagan's ideas seem to be prevalent when it comes to education. His indirect segregation of the anti-septic rich and the working class in education seems to show shades of Alexander Hamilton. All for the rich. We all want to be rich (turn slums into condos, foreclose on old ladies' mortgages), but right now, we are the ones getting burned!

Rebel with a cause

By Greg Inzunza

In just a few short weeks, the same students who ate doughnuts together in room 17 will branch out to various jobs, colleges, and armed force bases throughout the country. When asking some seniors what they would remember most about high school, it was not too surprising to find only a few discussing the major events which occurred during their three years as Rebels.

Events such as the Iranian crisis, reinstating draft registration, the Space Shuttle, Mount Saint Helen, the presence of the Freeway Killer, the deaths of John Lennon, John Bonham and John Belushi, along with the election of Ronald Reagan, and the appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor were all just misty remembrances to students who went to football games, took tests, and sang an alma mater in a little world called Savanna High School.

Once the graduation ceremony is over, however, seniors will travel through the Looking Glass of life and like Alice in Wonderland, venture off into the society we've only been able to glimpse at.

As we try to set the foundation of our future there will be those shouting, "Off with his head!" These attacks may come in the form of a tight job market, an inability to meet high college costs, and finally from the new burdens we place on ourselves.

Until the day when we are assured a safe spot on the checkerboard of life, we must strive to keep our head (and our marbles) clear from the mounting pressures which will be new to us.

Soon, perhaps too soon, there could be another conflict and the person who sat behind you in U.S. Government may be the same person who was shot while defending a U.S. embassy.

We still have a short time to remain confined in our safe little world; but, once we start walking down the procession aisle, there's no turning back. When the graduation ceremony is over, the class of '82 won't just read the news, but will be making the news also.

'Much Ado About Nothing'

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By Dan Kelton

Due to a lack of copy on the editorial page, our esteemed editor, Greg Inzunza allowed me to write this address. If there's a blank spot on the side of the page, that means he didn't like it and decided not to print it.

Throughout my lengthy and confusing life, I have been many things. Among them, a winner, a loser, a hero, a villain, a clown, and a pallbearer; but over the past three years I've been a Rebel. As of this June 17th I will no longer be a Rebel, but rather a part of society. The things that are read in the paper and seen on television will have direct effects on me.

It's a frightening feeling when one thinks of how the state takes care of students up until the twelfth grade, then suddenly they're on their own. No more mandatory education or pep assemblies or names on chalkboards with a check after them for speaking out of order.

I'm sure most seniors share the feeling that Savanna will 'cease to exist' after our graduation. It seems understandable. How could the school possibly continue once the class of '82 departs? Our views are obviously self-centered when we think the best jocks, jockettes, musicians, performers, academic scholars, and student leaders will be leaving, as though deserting a sinking ship.

Perhaps the thing that plagues me the most is the fact that I'm not leaving as someone important. Until a month ago I had never won anything in my life. Suddenly, I was presented with two awards for some of my editorial cartoons. The prestige I attained from the morning announcements of my awards (which I personally wrote) made me feel as though I were capable of anything.

In barely a month, we seniors will traverse the long stretch of red carpet at the graduation ceremony to receive our diplomas. After which, we may never see each other again. So in the next month come up to me and say 'hi', tell me what a wonderful person you think I am (even if you have to lie) and wish me the best of luck. As for all females reading this, please write nice things in my yearbook and put in a lot of phone numbers.

It will be interesting to see in the future who in the class of '82 makes it and who fails. It will be interesting to discover who will be tomorrow's leaders and businessmen and who will be tomorrow's killers and rapists. I only hope I can be one of the few who succeeds and makes it.


'Quest for Fire' blazes with uniqueness

By Dan Kelton

Try and imagine a movie whose sole premise concerns a group of primitive humans 80,000 years in the past searching for a life-sustaining element, fire. Also imagine all the action taking place without the aid of one English word, but with only grunts and gestures with body language. Surprisingly enough, the idea works a little better than expected.

Based on the very popular French novel by J.H. Rosny, "Quest for Fire" deals with a tribal group called the Ulam. They are a simple people who sleep in huddled masses, eat lice and moths, and consider fire a sacred and essential tool. Although they use fire extensively, they lack the knowledge of how to make it. Complications arise when the Ulam are attacked by the Wagabou tribe. They are driven from their dwelling and their precious fire is lost.

Three of the Ulam warriors. Naoh, Gaw, and Amoukar; portrayed by Everett McGill, Nameer El Kadi and Ron Perlman respectively, are sent out for the purpose of bringing back fire. They encounter sabre tooth tigers, vicious cannibals and wooly mammoths, all effectively recreated for the camera. Our furry friends fight with the cannibalistic Kzamm and obtain their fire. During the battle, a captive member of the Ivaka tribe, by the name of Ika, escapes.

Ika, who is played by Rae Dawn Chong under a layer of body paint, is from a more advanced people, and acts in ways that puzzle the Ulam warriors during their trek back home. In typical female style, she babbles incessantly in a high irritating voice and laughs uncontrollably at such hysterical things as rocks falling on people's heads.

The rest of the story not only deals with primitive peoples and their customs, but the evolution of other human emotions. Ika teaches Naoh about love, humor, and eventually gives his people the secret of making fire.

It is apparent a great deal of time and effort was put into "Quest for Fire" to attain its authenticity. Anthropologist Desmond (The Naked Ape) Morris was called in to create the body language for the film, and linguist Anthony (A Clockwork Orange) Burgess created the unique tribal language. It is a nice change of pace from the regular movies bombarding the public, and it is worth seeing at least once, but critical claims of it being another "2001: A Space Odyssey" or "Star Wars" are completely unwarranted.

In fact, the only real reference to 2001 occurs at the end of the picture when Naoh sits with the pregnant Ika and stares at the full moon in the sky above. Like in 2001, the audience is given the impression of an advancing people taking step in their social and technical evolution. All in all, the makeup, music, scenery and acting are all excellent, but a trend of such adventure/documentaries could become old hat after the second screening.

McCartney and John are back where they belong

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By Larry Lee

Elton John — Jump Up! Paul McCartney - Tug of War

Does anybody remember the last time Elton John or Paul McCartney made a good album? Think back a few years. I imagine some of you can't remember who your friends were.

After all those years, John and McCartney have made albums that should regain old fans and bring along some new ones for the ride on what turned out to be well-executed attempts at starting over for two of pop music's most respected names.

Tug of War as the title implies is an album about conflicts, covering life's highs and lows in typical McCartney fashion: average lyrics and potent instrumentals.

What makes the music so interesting is the reuniting of McCartney with Beatles' producer George Martin. Martin brings out the quirkiness of "Take It Away" and "Ballroom Dancing" while sustaining the beauty of "Wanderlust" and "Ebony and Ivory" on this simple but eloquent emotional roller coaster.

The optimism of such cuts as "Somebody Who Cares" brings the record full circle giving hope for the peace asked for in "Ebony and Ivory". "Here Today" is the cut most people will remember simply because it is a tribute to John Lennon in McCartney's most personal expression since "Yesterday".

Elton John's Jump Up! also includes a tribute to Lennon, "Empty Garden" which compares Mark David Chapman (Lennon's assailant) to an insect in a garden, with some of John's most instinctive, energetic work since his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road period.

Although the album lacks the thematic ties of Tug of War, Jump Up! contains some highly inspired melodies and punch from the uptempo "Dear John" and "Spiteful Child" to the isolation of "All Quiet on the Western Front". Two ballads, "Blue Eyes" and "Princess" are marred by weak lyrics.

In "Legal Boys" John offers a poignant look at divorce backed by a powerful melody and the albums most striking lyrics (I'd rather call you darling/Than defendant in the case/but lovers left here long ago/and clients took their place).

For both McCartney and John it is a glorious return to the love of music that brought them their earlier fame. I just hope it isn't time for class reunions next time they pull off efforts this pleasing.

Teens ready to break away

By Vera Maestas

Many young people out of high school feel they are ready to move out of their parent's house and live on their own. Doing this can be very hard these days, considering we're in a recession and unemployment is staggering.

The only young people who can really afford to live on their own, are those with full time jobs. Many of these young people feel they'll be able to go back in a year or so and get their college education. But in most cases things don't work out that way.

Take Jean for example. Jean was having many problems at home with her parents and she ended up moving out much sooner than she expected.

"Things just weren't going well at home, so I moved out before I could really afford it. I was really scrimping for every penny. I'm doing O.K. now, but I don't think I'll ever go back to school."

These days, a decent apartment will cost around $300 to $350. If a person desires a nice place, the prices can go much, much higher.

This generation has been introduced to economic hardships early in life. The federal government takes a big chunk out of each paycheck they receive, teens don't make much as it is, and the state and social security still get their share, too.

Donna works part time at a fast food restaurant. She averages 20 hours a week and is graduating this fall.

"I want to get a full time job after I graduate and save for my own apartment. I plan to move out with a friend because its too expensive to live alone."

When asked if she plans to attend college she replied, "Probably in a couple of years I'll go to college part time to pick up a skill, but I'm not ready for more school just yet."

Allen is another example of an independent teen who is ready to live on his own early in life. Greg is 18 and plans to rent a house with three other guys. He will be going to college barely full time and working part time to pay the bills.

"I'm ready to live on my own, but I don't want to live alone for a few years. I'm independent but I like people around."

Many of the young people moving out for the first time, move out with roommates. Jean is one of these people.

"I don't know what I would have done without my roommate. It's too expensive to live alone and its nice to have someone to talk to."

It takes a lot of sacrifices for someone young to live on their own. But for those who want their own place bad enough, say the sacrifice and responsibility are definitely worth it.


Track runs away with Orange League crown

By Greg Inzunza

It was a cold night at Bradford Stadium but that didn't stop the Savanna varsity track team from blazing past their competition in the Orange League track finals held on May 7th.

Savanna, which went undefeated the entire season, entered the meet with 23 qualifiers and eventually won with 160 points; giving the Rebels the title of league champions.

The team relied a lot on its depth in the races. One example is the 300 meter low hurdles where Rudy Carmona started things off by taking 1st place in 39.6. Close behind were Joe Webber in 4th and Nick Follmer in 6th.

In the 400 meter relay, Roy Urrea, Vince Rivera, Carmona, and Mike Jones went unchallenged as they came in first and ran a personal best of 43.7.

Besides the relays, Rivera also ran the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes in 11.3 and 22.7 respectively. By taking first in both, Rivera was named athlete of the meet.

Another first place award was received by Jones in the 400 meter. Jones ran a personal best by clocking a 49.7.

Savanna also gained valuable points in the 110 meter high hurdles where Nick Follmer place 2nd in 15.7 and Carmona took 3rd in 15.9.

Meanwhile in the distance events, "Thrill Seeker" Larry Follmer covered the 800 meter race in 2:04 and finished 3rd overall.

Savanna's key to success, team depth, came through in the field events also. Nick Follmer went 21'7" in the long jump, giving him first place. In the same event, sophomore Randy DeVargas took 3rd with a jump of 20'11".

William West, who took 3rd in the triple jump, also cleared 6'0" to give him a 3rd in the high jump. Also in the HJ was Mike Jones a first place winner with a height of 6'3".

Shot putter Dean Hunter threw 51'11" giving him a first place while Peter Poching received 5th. Poching also placed 3rd in the discus with a throw of 133'10" while Kurt Mitchell took 4th place and Hunter got 6th place.

In the pole vault Dave Chase outdid a tough field as he placed 2nd with a height of 11'6".

The final event was the 1600 meter relay where West, Carmona, Jones, and Rivera ran a 3:25 with a nine second lead over Brea-Olinda, the second place finisher.

For the girls, Twila Kelly placed 3rd in the high jump with 5'0". Leticia Robledo ran 5:47 in the 1600 meters and place 3rd. Also, Glenda Miranda place 4th in the 100 meter low hurdles.

In the Frosh-Soph competition Ruben Gomez and Brian Hillenberg placed 2nd and 3rd in the 800 meters, respectively. Also, Steven Wilkerson placed 2nd in the discus.

Swimmers capture second consecutive title

By Larry Lee

Although the popular axiom says "quality is better than quantity" it is doubtful that Savanna's girls swimming coach Robert Linn would agree as the Rebels won their second consecutive league title simply because they "had all the bodies."

Savanna's closest competition in the Orange League finals held last Thursday at Cypress College was Brea-Olinda who scored 293 points in comparison to Savanna's 324. Savanna outscored the Wildcats 54-27 in the consolation events to make the margin of victory greater than might be expected.

Sheena Clark and Andrea Embry each captured a first place, Clark in the 500 yard freestyle and Embry in the 50 yard freestyle. The pair also placed in other events, Embry second in the 100 yard freestyle and Clark third in the 200 yard freestyle. Other swimmers who placed in the top three for the Rebels were Michelle Cote, second in the 100 yard backstroke and third in the 100 yard butterfly; Judy Nakamatsu finished third in the 100 yard freestyle; and Karen Gustafson place third in the 50 yard freestyle. None of the times was good enough, however, to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) which were held this week.

Savanna finished the season 3-1 in league and 10-2 overall losing only to Brea-Olinda and Garden Grove in dual meets but "did not expect to win the league" according to Linn who added that "the Orange League is much weaker than the Freeway (Savanna's league last season)."

During the season, Clark set two records with times of 1:00:07 in the 100 yard freestyle at the Los Alamitos Invitationals and in the 100 yard butterfly against Valencia she had a time of 1:07:05.

Only two girls, Karen Gustafson and Irma van der Helm, are graduating, leaving Savanna with the remainder of the team in tact. It will not make things any easier next season as both Brea-Olinda and Valencia are returning the bulk of their squads.

Tennis undefeated for first time in history

By Chris Makimoto

Finishing their season with a victory over the Anaheim Colonist, the Boys' Varsity Tennis Team swept the Orange League going undefeated in 15 games. This is the first time in Savanna's history a boys' varsity tennis team has gone undefeated as well as to California Interscholastic Federation play.

Among those seeded in choice positions within the Orange League are Savanna's singles player, Curt Olbricht, who was seeded No. 1; and doubles team, George Kalin and Greg Ducolon, who were seeded No. 3 with the league. The entire team will be submitted to the Orange League finals, and the top three singles and doubles teams resulting from the tournament will continue and go to CIF individually.

This year's team was very versatile and equally strong in both singles and doubles teams. There are many players who were on the team this past season that will be returning lettermen the following season. Parish Patel and Rob Ackles, both Juniors, played both singles and doubles this year and will further enrich the team next year. Freshman Sam Zeller contributed many points for the varsity squad this past season.

Coach Dean Anderson was truly impressed with Zeller's performance and commented, "Sam was a pleasant surprise this season. He contributed many sets to help our matches appear to be easily won over our opponents." Coach Anderson commented, "The team played very well, and their confidence is up. I feel we will have a good showing in the CIF play and further our winning record."

Spring athletes obtain mixed results

By Doug Forsythe

As the 1982 spring schedule closes many teams including girls' gymnastics, both varsity and junior varsity, girls' varsity softball, boys' frosh-soph baseball, and the boys' frosh-soph swim team captured league titles.

Under the leadership of coach Sandra Ring the girls' varsity gymnastics squad along with the JV squad took league with a victory over Garden Grove. Results from league finals were not available at press time.

Girls' varsity softball also took the league crown with a 4-1 victory over Anaheim. The schedule for CIF playoffs has not been drawn up yet. This will be the second time in as many years that the girls have gone to playoffs and the first time Savanna has won a league title in softball.

In boys' sports, two frosh-soph teams took honors. Boys' frosh-soph baseball finished their season with an unblemished record and the league title. Coach Mike Quigley led his boys to an overall record of 16-2. Varsity baseball did not fare as well however, posting a 4-9 record in league. Coach Maenpa commented that the record was not a fair indication of how well they played.

Boys frosh-soph swimming took honors too. They posted a 3-1 record in league, and led the way at both prelims and finals. The varsity squad lacked participation. Several times they would be out scored because the second and third place slots were left open by Savanna and the other teams used anybody to fill them for points. Coach Dobkins was pleased with the performances from the boys that did come out. He hopes that next year, the advancing frosh-soph boys will provide the depth that they lacked this year.

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