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Articles by Ted Apodaca

The Los Alamitos High boys tennis team reached the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern California Regional Team Championships before falling to third-seeded San Marino, 5-2, on Friday at The Claremont Club.

The Griffins had qualified for the event as the No. 11 seed out of 13 teams from Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. They topped the No. 12 team, El Camino Real, 7-0 in the opening round to move into the match with San Marino.

Dante was feeling sick, but he couldn’t tell anyone. Dante is a dog. But the Cypress Great Pyrenees, who belongs to Greg and Kelly Harris had someone else who was looking out for his best interest.

Nalani Dutro, a 10-year-old Cypress resident and student at Los Alamitos Elementary School already has dreams of becoming a veterinarian. She loves animals and was familiar with Dante and his brother Michajeh.

The 32ndAnnual Southland Credit Union Race on the Base drew its largest number of competitors this year on a cold Saturday morning at the Joint Forces Training Base.

There was also a large number of local competitors who placed high in their divisions or in certain events. Organizers were extremely pleased with the event and are already looking towards next year’s race.

The Los Alamitos High girls water polo team saw its season come to an end in the second round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs on Saturday. The Griffins fell to Corona del Mar, 7-5 at Corona del Mar High.

The Griffins took a 3-2 lead into the half, but the Corona del Mar defense held the Griffins scoreless in the third period to take 4-3 lead into the fourth quarter. The Griffins were able to put two more goals on the board in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Sea Queens added three more goals for the final score.

In his State of the County address, Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach highlighted a local real estate market that is on the upswing, but noted that there are still several “torpedoes” that the county must avoid in getting the economy back on track.

Moorlach spoke to a filled banquet room at the Old Ranch Country Club on Feb. 7, noting that after a three year drop in sales tax revenue in the county, figures show that in 2010-11 there was a 6.5 percent increase in tax revenue for the county.

On Jan. 24, Leisure World resident Charlotte Sthol, a one-time resident of Stanton whose family resides in La Palma, passed away just shy of her 104thbirthday.

Like many local business corners, the intersection of Ball Road and Bloomfield Avenue has undergone many changes over the past 45 years. While the make-up of the corner has changed in many ways, there remains one constant: Gary’s Barber Stylist.

The small barber shop has survived for 45 years, and at the same location and under the same owner: Gary Helseth.

The Los Alamitos High boys soccer team won its pool at the Marina Holiday Tournament, but a loss to St. John Bosco in the championship bracket took the Griffins out of contention for the tournament title.

The Griffins would wind up in the fifth place game, where they would fall 2-1 to Sunset League rival Newport Harbor. The Griffins have had a solid pre-league season, but head coach Donovan Martinez knows they need to improve to compete for a Sunset League title.

"Our league is going to be very challenging," Martinez said.

The Los Alamitos High football team had a solid defensive effort but could not muster enough offense, as the Griffins were eliminated from the CIF-SS Southwest Division playoffs with a 10-7 loss to La Habra on Friday at La Habra High.

The Griffins compiled just 141 total yards of offense and suffered some key turnovers to end scoring chances. While the Griffin defense exchanged big stops and turnover with the La Habra defense, the Highlanders were finally able to take advantage of a big play late in the game.

The city of Los Alamitos presented a check for $300,000 to the Los Alamitos School District at their Nov. 13 board meeting to assist with the renovation of Oak Middle School Gymnasium and athletic fields.

The money will be approximately one-third of the cost to renovate the gym. The plan also calls for the installation of a new public restroom at the facility that will serve not only gym patrons, but those who use the athletic fields.