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Your Natterer Returns To Wrigley Field

From last Thursday thru Sunday, Your Natterer, The Better Half Sharon, our son Mike Axelson and his wife Jackie Beoris Axelson, took a trip to Chicago to see the sights and take in two baseball games between the Cubs and Cardinals. I hadn’t been in Chicago for somewhere in the range of 20 years, thus missing the improvements made by the Cubs’ Owners, the Ricketts Family, to both Wrigley Field and the surrounding environs of Wrigleyville. New statues on the grounds include those of Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, along with Hall of Fame Announcer Harry Caray.

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Thursday 06/13/2019
NBA Finals Update

A week ago in this space, my prediction of the NBA Finals series between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors splitting the first two games, proved to be accurate. That was before injuries to the Warriors, and to be fair the Raptors as well, started to dominate the series. The Warriors were without shooting guard Klay Thompson in the pivotal, at least to this point, Game Three, which the Warriors lost at home 123-109, despite 47 points from Stephen Curry.

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Water Polo Alumni Games Announced

Former Islander Boys Water Polo Head Coach Randy Burgess dropped a reminder into my Inbox recently regarding the Annual Boys and Girls Water Polo Alumni Games. “Coronado will be hosting its annual Alumni Game and gathering on Friday, July 5, at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Complex, ‘The Pool at the School.’ Please squeeze this into your busy holiday schedule. The Pool opens at 11:30 a.m. and the families are welcome to splash around in the instructional pool, adjacent to the competition pool, which is shallow and warmed to 85 degrees. The Women Alums will get started with their game at 12 noon and the Men will commence at 1:15 p.m. Plans are being made to provide a social gathering place in town shortly after the conclusion of the event.”

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Islander Swimming Awards Announced

Islander Head Coach for Boys and Girls Swimming, Paul Folts checked in with his team awards, announced at their recent post-season banquet. The Junior Varsity Awards went to: Most Improved-Isabella Zabaneh and Santiago Girault; and the Coach’s Awards-Abby Allen and Javier Garcia. For the Varsity: Most Improved-Sarah Olson and Caleb McCrillis; Coach’s Awards-Abby Sylvester and Tommy Mahrer; ISF Award for Integrity, Sportsmanship and Friendship-Ryan Sund and Brandon Lee; Team MVPs-Samantha McNall and Alberto Garza.

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George Green Steps Down As Islander Track And Field Head Coach

I once wrote a feature on George Green and referred to him as “The Most Interesting Man in Coronado.” I have sent and received more emails from Green over the past 20 years than any other person I know. As either head coach or as an assistant, Green has been a major part of the CHS Boys and Girls Track & Field Team for 28 years.

At the team’s awards banquet last week, Green announced that he is stepping down from the helm of the program, but will remain on as an assistant coach, during the transition to his as-yet un-named successor. Green started coaching at CHS in 1991 to assist Jessica Lunt, one of the elite track athletes produced by Coronado High, with her distance running workouts. Four years later, when Green was looking for a high jump coach, Claudia Lunt Jessica’s mother, told Green about her brother Kerry Elders, who was a former 7 foot, 2 inch high jumper, saying he might be a good candidate for the position. The coaching tandem of Green and Elders helped create too many league and CIF champions to list in this space. Just accept the fact that for a school of roughly 1,000 students, Coronado High has had a hugely disproportionate share of track stars over the years.

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Your Natterer Returns To Wrigley Field

From last Thursday thru Sunday, Your Natterer, The Better Half Sharon, our son Mike Axelson and his wife Jackie Beoris Axelson, took a trip to Chicago to see the sights and take in two baseball games between the Cubs and Cardinals. I hadn’t been in Chicago for somewhere in the range of 20 years, thus missing the improvements made by the Cubs’ Owners, the Ricketts Family, to both Wrigley Field and the surrounding environs of Wrigleyville. New statues on the grounds include those of Hall of Fame players Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams, along with Hall of Fame Announcer Harry Caray.

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CHS Spring Sports Awards

In the past week, several of the Coronado High School Spring Sports Teams held their post-season banquets. Here’s a summary of the awards that we haven’t listed in previous editions of ‘Nado Natterings.’

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Miscellaneous Sports Natterings

With the conclusion of the CHS Sports for the 2018-19 school year, ‘Nado Natterings’ morphs into a general interest sports column. So, here are some stray sports thoughts that have accumulated over the past several weeks… As a Chicago Bear fan, players who have worn the Green Bay Packer uniform aren’t particular favorites of Your Natterer. However, the recent passing of Packer quarterback legend Bart Starr was sad but served as a reminder to sports fans of his greatness. Starr, who had been in poor health in recent years, passed away at the age of 85. He was a class act during and after his career. For younger readers, Starr and Packer Head Coach Vince Lombardi were the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick of their day… San Diego Union-Tribune Columnist Nick Canepa raised an interesting point about the NBA Draft Lottery held recently. His theory is the team with the worst record should get the No. 1 pick, which on the surface, is hard to argue with. In a perfect world where teams don’t lose on purpose to gain an advantage in player selection, he would be correct. In the first years of the NBA, specifically from 1950-66, college players could be selected by professional teams by means of a Territorial Draft Pick, which allowed teams to acquire players from their geographical area who might help attendance. If a territorial pick was exercised, which was defined as any player within a 50-mile radius of the home arena, the team lost their first round draft pick. The Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) as an example, benefitted by selecting Oscar Robertson from the University of Cincinnati and Jerry Lucas from Ohio State University and both players went on to Hall of Fame careers. For those of you who know Ohio Geography, the Royals were able to select Lucas because his hometown of Middletown, Ohio is 38 miles from Cincinnati, versus 107 miles from Columbus, the home of Ohio State, to Cincinnati. Other territorial picks included Wilt Chamberlain from Overbrook High School in Philly by the Philadelphia Warriors, the precursor to Golden State Warriors; Bill Bradley from Princeton to the New York Knicks; and Walt Hazard and Gail Goodrich from UCLA by the Lakers. The point is, the perfect draft procedure has yet to be determined for the sport where one player can turn a franchise around for a decade. The honor system has proven not to work in the NBA, and if there were a system for a true rookie free agent sale, as an example for the likes of Duke’s Zion Williamson, it’s hard to predict how expensive that would be. So for now, the weighted lottery the best option … Speaking of Williamson, some are questioning his ability to transition into the NBA. He’s not a great outside shooter, but Magic Johnson couldn’t successfully shoot a jumper into the ocean from the shore when he first entered the NBA, but he became an effective shooter and scorer for the Lakers. Williamson, if paired with an above average point guard who can get him the ball where he can use it on offense, will be a force in the NBA… One of the best NBA players I ever saw compete in person was Jerry West of the Los Angeles Lakers. Truly great on both ends of the floor, West has recently been named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Donald Trump… Somebody should tell Laker Owner Jeannie Buss that neither ownership by committee nor management by committee works. I love Magic Johnson as a Hall of Fame player, but he didn’t have a handle on what he was doing as Lakers President of Basketball Operations, including letting LeBron James have too much control of the front office… A quick shout out from the ‘Nado Natterings’ staff to our good friend Reverend Steve Mather of the Coronado Community Church, who is a big fan of alliterative column titles. Go Nado… My candidate for the most over-rated player in the five decade history of the San Diego Padres is Wil Myers. He is in the midst of a six-year $83 million contract, while currently carrying a stat line of a .225 batting average, 21 RBIs and 10 homers through 57 games this year. In addition, he doesn’t have a defensive position he can play adequately. Really bad, long-term signing by the Padres… My original reaction to the Padres signing Manny Machado to his $300 million, 10-year contract would have been better spent by acquiring two pitchers at $15 million each. But Machado is a great talent, who hasn’t hit his offensive stride yet in San Diego (.251 batting average, 9 homers, 27 RBIs and an On-base plus Slugging of .751 through Monday) due in large part to the fact he has no one to protect him in the batting order. The initial lift he gave the San Diego fan base has largely faded. But Machado’s grand slam homer Monday night against the Phillies may be an encouraging sign… Back to the NBA, my prognostication from last week that the Golden State Warriors would lose Game 1 due to the rust of being off for 10 days, as was the prediction they would bounce back and win Game 2, both proved to be accurate. In the last 24 hours, various basketball pundits have individually nominated DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, Andre Igoudala, Head Coach Steve Kerr, and the Warriors Medical Staff, all as ‘the’ reason the Warriors prevailed over Toronto in the second game of the series. Perhaps that list reflects the depth of talent the team has to call upon. But recent and past medical developments impacting the Warriors appear to have left them vulnerable. As of Tuesday morning, Thompson was officially listed as questionable to play Wednesday evening with a mild left hamstring strain; on-site reporters question whether or not star forward Kevin Durant will play at all during the series with a strained right calf; and starting center Kevon Looney, who has improved by leaps and bounds this season, sustained a non-displaced cartilage fracture on the right side of his ribcage is out for the balance of the Playoffs. Cousins, at 6-11 and 265 pounds (a better guess would be 7-0, 295) has emerged as Exhibit No. 1 that there is still a place for a big man who can play the low post in pro basketball. He played 28 minutes Sunday after essentially not playing for 45 days due to a torn quadricep muscle, and Iguodala is also banged up physically. But none of that can diminish the performance Golden State turned in Sunday night, when they amped up their game, particularly from the end of the second quarter through the first five and one-half minutes of the third, outscoring Toronto 22-0. The game from beginning to end was physical, with almost every shot contested, with the obvious exception being the three-pointer by Iguodala in the last minute that was the nail in the Raptors’ collective coffin. Curry appeared to be ill and off his game early before finishing with 23 points, Thompson left the game with hamstring tightness with eight minutes left in the game, and the Warriors still won on the road. Green was outstanding with 17 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a blocked shot. When he wasn’t defending Toronto’s Game 1 breakout star forward Pascal Siakam, Green guarded Kawhi Leonard. The former Aztec star Leonard was great again and scored 34 points to go with 14 rebounds. He took over the game offensively for the Raptors late in the third quarter. The theory in the NBA Playoffs is the series doesn’t officially begin until the visiting team wins a game, so it’s on now. The Warriors can survive the loss of Looney, although he is an accomplished low post defender who helped out on both Leonard and Siakam. What they can’t survive is a diminished Klay Thompson, offensively or defensively, as he is a great two-way player. As we noted last week, Durant’s presence on the floor improves Golden State’s odds to win their third straight NBA title. Unless or until another Warrior sustains a major injury, they are still the favorites in my book. But the prediction here is now, with injuries piling up, the Warriors will win in seven games, instead of six.

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Monday 06/03/2019
Islander Youth Lacrosse News Update

The Kindergarten-Second Grade Islander Youth Lacrosse Teams consisting of 29 players equally divided into two teams, played strong programs from all over San Diego County including La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Alpine, East County, Point Loma & South Bay. Combined on the season, the equally-divided teams had a record of 24-1. The one loss by the program was avenged twice vs. Rancho Bernardo and as such, the group claimed the bragging rights as the No. 1 team in San Diego County. Coaches for the K-2 Team included: Alex Cade, Andy Worth, Andrew Bell (Coronado CHS ’19), Joe Walsh (Coronado CHS’19), and Connor Worth (Coronado CHS ’20).

The K-2nd roster includes: Luke Baker, Mason Belong, Lincoln Blauert, Benjamin Burgess Walker, Xander Cade, C.J. Caturay, Ollie Cobb, Oliver Farrier, Konrad Fortmann, Brody Gossage, John Halttunen, Tommy Herrick, Parker Hyde, Luke Perry, Nathan Perry, Jonathan Pettit, Liam Powers, Max Ritter, Teddy Schlomer, Troy Schutt, Felix Scott, Brodie Shapiro, Lucas Urquidi, Matias Urquidi, Odin Urtnowski, Will Weber, and Gavin Worth.

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