Newsmakers: Mira Costa alum earns 200th coaching victory

Mira Costa alum John Featherstone won his 200th game as head football coach at El Camino College.

Head football coach John Featherstone won his 200th game for the Warriors when El Camino defeated visiting College of the Canyons 42-21 Saturday in the National Division Northern Conference opener. “It feels great,” Featherstone said. “But I’ve always said that this isn’t a one-man show. I have always had a great coaching staff and we all came from (El Camino). Blood is thicker than water and we all bleed the navy and blue.” Now in his 26th year at the helm of the El Camino football program, Featherstone has compiled a 200-88-1 record and produced more than 35 NFL players. A standout athlete at Mira Costa, El Camino and San Diego State University, Featherstone returned to SDSU where he coached under Don Coryell, who later became known as an offensive genius as head coach of the San Diego Chargers. Former Mira Costa players Andrew Brenner, Derek Largent, Kellen Lockwood, Mike Miller and Jordan Tavai have helped El Camino record a 6-0 this season. The Warriors return home to take on rival Bakersfield Saturday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

Redondo Beach paddling champion Danny Ching returned to the winner’s podium at the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point, taking first in a field of 230 racers in the 10-mile stand-up paddle (SUP) race. The previous day, Ching beat Australian Jamie Mitchell – a 10-time prone paddleboard champion – for second place in the Elite race. Connor Baxter, 17, of Maui finished first to win his first SUP title.

Former Mira Costa standout Lane Carico is one of 10 NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes to be named finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®) Award. Carico, an outside hitter at the Universityof Miami, is the first player in school history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career and became the school’s first AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-American when she was selected to the third team in 2010. Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award winners are based on four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition – and determined by a selection process that includes NCAA Division I college coaches, national media and fans. Carico is an Exercise Physiology major with a Psychology minor and has a cumulative GPA of 3.553. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity events during her collegiate career and, for three years has been involved in Dig Pink (a breast cancer awareness event) and Women and Girls in Sport Day (clinic and interaction). Daily voting for fans is being held through Nov. 21 at http://www.seniorclassaward.com/vote/.

Former Mira Costa standout Stevi Robinson (Hermosa Beach) became the all-time leader in digs for Pepperdine’s women’s volleyball team, breaking Christina Hinds’ record of 1,404 set in 2004. Pepperdine is ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA Division 1 poll.

Pedaling non-stop for nearly 25,000 revolutions, 55-year-old Terry “UniGeezer” Peterson, of Redondo Beach, completed the 26.2-mile Long Beach Marathon while riding his 36” unicycle. “I finished in two hours and 12 minutes, which is not bad considering I had no gears and one less wheel than the other 3,000-plus riders,” said Peterson, who also filmed his journey. For more information, visit www.unigeezer.com.

Go Kart racer Henry Morse, of Redondo Beach, became the first 11 year old to win the K1 Speed Torrance Teen Racing League Championship, edging Reese Barnett, 10, of Redondo Beach by fractions of a second. Driving 20hp electric karts with speeds up to 40mph, racers maneuver through 13 turns on the 1/3-mile track. For more information on the monthly racing league, visit www.K1Speed.com.



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