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Name: Kyle Jokela ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 18, 2007, 2:30 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Irvine, Ca
Message: Maybe the best HHS football team of all-time was the team of 1988 with Curtis Conway. He was an All-American quarterback. He was also the fastest high schooler in California, as he was the 100 meter state sprint champion. The team also had Travis Hannah, another speedster who played wide receiver. Both played college ball at USC. After college, Conway played in the NFL, while Hannah played Arena football. I saw this HHS team play El Toro high in the CIF playoffs at the Mission Viejo high stadium. It was great sitting on the Hawthorne side, even though El Toro had the big home field side. El Toro had Bret Johnson at quarterback (also an All-American) and an outstanding team. The Cougars played great and put up a valliant effort, but came up short 26-20. The Cougs rallied behind Conway's brilliant passing and running display. I saw Conway make a long touchdown run which defied description. He was such a threat, because if he couldn't find an open reciever, then he could run the ball. With under three minutes to go in the game and Hawthorne only down by six, Conway made a great long run down to around the El Toro 30 yard line, but the run was called back due to a penalty. The Cougs still had a chance when they had a 4th down and one around midfield, but failed making the first down. When the game was over, I felt sad for Hawthorne and also for Curtis Conway, as he was down on one knee at midfield being consoled by one of his coaches. He played such a fantastic game. Ex-UCLA coach Terry Donahue call Curtis Conway the best high school football player he'd ever seen. After seeing this game, I'd have to agree with him myself. By the way, Curtis Conway is dating Muhammad Ali's daughter Liala Ali. She is a champion boxer also, like her dad. The two are supposed to get married this July.

Name: Michael ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 18, 2007, 2:03 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Vegas
Message: Since we are on the topic of sports, the UNLV RUNNING REBELS advanced to the Sweet-16.

Name: bruce hanson ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 18, 2007, 11:22 am - HHS Time
Class: 1959
City & State: cathlamet wa
Message: Gee Mister Smith Why don't you just go to and hit history ?
Hey Bruce, Don't know what minor league Raymond is talking about as he would have been past Little League at that time, and should have been playing high school baseball, or maybe some other class like American Legion. Raymond, what minor league were you playing in?

Name: Raymond Smith ~~~~~~~~~~ Sun-Mar 18, 2007, 3:28 am - HHS Time
Class: 1981
City & State: Portland, OR
Message: Saw some mention of Baseball and ya know, it just occurred to me that I never knew why there was a MINOR and MAJOR league in Baseball. I played on the Minor League (1978/1979 seasons) for 2 years and thought I was far better than that (Minors) but never knew why I wasn't bump up in the Majors. Can someone explain me the differences of the two. Maybe...just maybe I'll get to sleep I used to think it was because of the years played for the Parks and Rec? I played on the Orioles for 2 years and we became champs both years. I have no clue what my batting average was but I remember seeing on paper it was .777. John Kumar, Mike McLoughlin (they went to Leuzinger), Ray Ayala, Ken Flood are a few I can remember who played on the team.

Name: john hagethorn ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 17, 2007, 1:49 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1960
City & State: las vegas nv
Message: In 1959 CIF football quarter final, El Rancho led 13-0 midway thru 2nd qt. We tied before halftime. 3rd qt took lead 19-13, El Rancho then took lead 20-19. With about 3 minutes left in game, we again took lead 25-20. El Rancho had the ball and they completed a 4th down pass as time expired. Semi final game we led Glendale 9-0 they scored a meaningless td and we won 9-7. CIF final against LB Poly, enough said. The Santa Monica game was the most tension filled game I played in. Santa Monica was ranked around 2 or 3 in CIF. The El Rancho game was the most exciting game I played in. Lots of fun playing for Coach Hal and coach Plum and Bravo and Semon.
PS - When the season started we weren't even an after thought as the year before we were 1-7

Name: Arno Portegies ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 17, 2007, 1:09 pm - HHS Time
City & State: The Netherlands
Message: Hello everyone,It's been a few years since I last checked in to this gr8 site. Does anyone from the class of '78 know if a 30 year reunion is being planned. I can't get enough notice living on the other side of the world. Thanks, Arno

Name: John Baker ~~~~~~~~~~ Sat-Mar 17, 2007, 10:58 am - HHS Time
Class: 1962
City & State: Lomita, CA
Message: Happy Birthday AND St. Paddy's Day to my good friend and classmate, Cheryl Christensen Nicocia. May the blarney be with you. Have a great day, girl.

Name: Marty Sasaki ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 16, 2007, 11:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1972
City & State: Arlington, MA
Message: I woke up this morning having had the second dream in a week that had Cheryl Lewis in it. Does Cheryl visit this site? Does anyone have contact information on Cheryl? I've been thinking of trying to make the reunion to the class of 1972. Who else is planning on attending? Is there a list where you can find folks who are planning to attend? Thanks a bunch. Marty
Hi Marty, No list on Cougartown, but there may be on Carl's site. Go to the Reunions Page and click on the 1971 Reunion Page link. Good Luck....

Name: Clark Millman ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 16, 2007, 7:15 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Torrance, CA
Message: Dale: The Loyola running back that Ted leveled was Fred Brown (all CIF) That was definitely a hit for the ages and Bob Armbrusts' recovery of the fumble sent a sigh of relief through all of us. In case I didn't thank you at the moment, THANKS for a great snap! I can still see the ball leaving your hands and flying through the air back to Bruce Chanceys' hands. It seems like last night instead of 33 long years ago! The stars were all aligned for us that night on Hal-Cap! We had a great bunch of guys, a great bunch of coaches, beautiful cheerleaders, great fans and outstanding community support. The crowd was four or five deep on Broadway trying to look through the fence and watch the game. I didn't want to make the kick for myself , it was for you Dale and Ralph and Steve and John and Ted and Greg Rice and Tom Fowler and all the guys who banged heads that whole night. You guys were the best teammates ever! We were a great team but I'm sitting here in my office holding the trophy the '59 team won as CIF runners-up. That group must have been awesome too. Sure would like to hear from some members of that team or Ol coach Chauncey about that season as I was born in '58 and my priorities weren't football at one year of age! If my memory serves me correctly the 59 team beat Glendale in the quarter finals with a field goal too! Come on '59, chime in!
OK Clark, you asked for it....

Name: Bob Melendrez ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 16, 2007, 2:47 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Hawthorne, CA
Message: Keith and Karen, pretty darn close...The Melendrez boys are paternal cousins, Danny?s house was on 137th Place, and mine was on Glasgow and 135th (taken years ago by the 405 expansion). Uncle Jim was indeed a cop. He was a Deputy Sheriff out of Lennox for quite a few years. My dad, after retiring from the Navy, designed switching networks for the phone company. Danny and I made the rounds of the ?garage band circuit? back in the day. Names like Jolly, Sheldon, Jordan, Kinnaman, Gloseclose, and of course, the Wilson boys were legendary back then...Thanks for the memories!

Name: D.R. Paul ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 16, 2007, 2:45 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1966
City & State: West Jordan, Utah
Message: My family moved when we were in the 7th grade at Dana. I didn't graduate from HHS in 66, but I would have if we hadn't moved. I need to find some old friends like Sue Griffee, Judy Scott, JoAnn Duncal or Duncan, Melinda and Melody Flick, Buster Rhodes. I would like to come to a reunion some time in 2007. Please email me if you know where some of these people are, thanks for trying! I went to all the schools like Cabrillo, Peter Burnett, Anza and Dana. We lived at 5153 West 133rd Street. I had a sister Penney (60) and a brother Bill (62) who all graduated from HHS.
Hey D.R., Thanks for adding your feedback and hope you find some of your old buddies.

Name: Jack Young ~~~~~~~~~~ Fri-Mar 16, 2007, 10:17 am - HHS Time
Class: 1973
City & State: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Message: Hello everyone, I think I remember my parents taking all the kids to see Santa in that fire truck. There was a handle that you could spin to make the sirene near the front passenger side of that fire truck. What a step back in time for me to see that truck. Take care, Jack
Hey Jack, Yep, I think Santa appeared at the old fire station a few times....thanks

Name: Dale Hahlbeck Jr ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 11:28 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1975
City & State: Corona CA
Message: COACH BILL!! How are ya my favorite Husker? Diana, he's right, the season is in 74' for us Football 75'ers that was a great year Coach remember our Golden Geeks Defense stopped Loyola in the 4th quarter when Ted Hastings BROKE Dave Brown's (I think that was there stud tailback) RIBS on their sideline you could hear the CRACK all through Hal-Cap field that night..we won on Clark Millman's field goal oh yeah I snapped the ball on that field goal just another Hahlbeck story stay tuned (I'll catch up to Keith Jones yet) Then we lost to the eventual champ the Green Bay I mean South Hills H.S. team still a great year for a bunch of overacheivers... Stay in touch Bill ya look great, oh wait that's not a recent pic nevermind take care H1 OUT!

Name: Bill Sloey ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 9:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1969
City & State: RB
Message: Diane, That would be the 1974 team, all the seniors on that team graduated in 1975. Don't get confused reading Jakes blogs as high school football ends before December. You are 100% correct when you call them a great team as they defeated #1 rated Loyola High School on HAL-CAP Field. This had to be the best victory Hawthorne every had in football, bar none. I was there and I was very proud of the team. Cheers....Coach Sloey

Name: Diana ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 6:10 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Sanchez
Class: 1975
City & State: Bloomington, CA
Message: Channel 7 news at 6:00 pm showed HHS and spoke of the gang problems and deaths of young people in Hawthorne. It hurt my heart to hear Hawthorne High associated with gangs and deaths. Hawthorne High was always a wonderful place for me! I have only fond memories of friends and that great football team we had in 1975!!!!!

Name: Keith D. Jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 5:13 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Karen, that must be it. I always thought it was Montez. Thank you.

Name: Karen ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 2:05 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Masters
Class: 1972
City & State: Hollyglen, CA
Message: Keith...I think the family you are thinking of is the Melendrez family. Both Bob and Danny Melendrez were in bands. They lived on 137th, right off of Isis.

Name: Debbie ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 9:20 am - HHS Time
Maiden: Miles
Class: 1977
City & State: Del Aire,CA
Message: My sister needed allergy shots once or twice a week in the 70's. The doctor's office was near the old Neutrogena building by LAX. My mom was driving her little red Pinto directly under the Concorde that day. What timing! The Montez family of Holly Glen was one of my sister's Girl Scout Leaders. I remember Mrs. Montez as a very nice lady!

Name: Dan Johnson ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 8:38 am - HHS Time
Class: 1977
Message: Just a note -- I know that Kurt Morlock is not Keith Morlock -- though both of them were, and probably still are, studs.

Name: Keith D. jones ~~~~~~~~~~ Thu-Mar 15, 2007, 12:21 am - HHS Time
Class: 1976
City & State: Kona, HI
Message: Thanks John. I wonder if they were related. Cause I am pretty sure their last name was Montez and I think the dad was a cop.
Hi Keith, Chris Montez's real name is Zeke (Ezekiel) Montanez, so probably not related.

Name: Kyle Jokela ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 14, 2007, 10:54 pm - HHS Time
Class: 1971
City & State: Irvine, Ca
Message: Talking about the 747. My dad worked for the FAA at Boeing Field in Seattle, and was on the flight crew which certified the first 747 Jumbo Jet. He's retired now, as he worked with aviation for 48 years. During WWII he was a fighter pilot with the Navy, flying the Grumman Wildcat. After the war, the GI Bill payed for his college as he got a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the U of Michigan. At the start of his aviation career, he worked at Northrop in Hawthorne. My mom worked at Northrop at the same time, and this is where they both met. Our family all started out in a nicely plastered brown house on W. 120th Street. My mom said that there were bean fields here before the houses were built. I remember as a kid, taking walks with my mom down the sidewalks of Hawthorne with her pushing my youngest sister Valerie in a baby stroller. I always liked for us to walk past the cement yard so I could see all the cement trucks. They really fascinated me, so I had some toy cement trucks as a kid. I think that cement yard might have been on Broadway. Does anyone remember it?
Hey Kyle, You're referring to E.W. French. The French Bros. owned that cement yard on Broadway and Ramona as far back as I can remember, probably the early 30s. The property is apartments now.

Name: Susan King ~~~~~~~~~~ Wed-Mar 14, 2007, 9:50 pm - HHS Time
Maiden: Bierman
Class: 1974
City & State: Thousand Oaks, CA
Message: I RECOGNIZE SOMEONE ON THAT PICTURE!! It's Mom B's first born - Steve Bierman!! I'd forgotton how cute he was - oh that's right, I was only 2 when that was taken! That's a fun pic. I'm gonna have to study that awhile and see who else I can come up with.
Glad you recognize your own brother, but see, the way the game is played is you tell me where he is IN the picture, and I add his name