Compiled by Steve Breazeale
As 2015 draws to a close, we take a look back at the people, stories and moments that defined the sports and outdoors landscape in Dana Point over the past 12 months.
Dana Rugby Thrives in Upper Division
Playing its first season in the Southern California Youth Rugby white division, the Dana Rugby Club got off to a blistering 4-0 start in 2015. The club, which operates out of Dana Hills High School, was founded in 2014.
Dolphin Student-Athletes Sign NLIs
On Feb. 4, 13 Dana Hills High School student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent, indicating their college of choice, during a ceremony on campus. Students from the school’s water polo, baseball, track and field, football, softball and soccer programs participated.
Capo Coyotes Ice Hockey Repeats at League Champs
The Capistrano United ice hockey team defeated Villa Park in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Division 2 championship game on Feb. 25. Dana Hills’ Mike Boutoussov scored twice in the local team’s 8-3 championship victory.
Rusinkovich Resigns as Head Football Coach
Todd Rusinkovich announced his resignation as the head coach of the Dana Hills High School football program in early March. In four years Rusinkovich, who is now an assistant coach at Saddleback College, compiled an overall record of 13-28. Rusinkovich guided the Dolphins to the programs’ first Sea View League championship in 2012.
Capo-Dana National Junior Basketball Team Makes History
The Capo-Dana NJB sixth-grade boys all-star team placed third at the NJB National Tournament on March 29, marking the highest finish ever for the program at a national tournament.
Dolphins Relay Team Sets Top Mark in Nation
The Dana Hills High School boys track and field and distance medley relay teams set what were, at the time, the fastest times in the nation at the Arcadia Invitational on April 11. The relay teams included: Mason Coppi, Jake Ogden, Colin Stein, Diego Southard and Jack Landgraf.
Skinner Takes Over Dolphins Football Program
Phil Skinner, a longtime member of the Dana Hills High School football program coaching staff, was named the team’s head coach on April 16.
Dana Point Grand Prix Comes to Town
The ninth annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling rolled through the Lantern District of downtown Dana Point on May 3, attracting hundreds of top professional and amateur criterium cyclists. The 2015 edition of the race featured a $24,000 prize purse.
Dolphins Golf Team Heats Up
All six players on the Dana Hills High School boys golf team broke 80 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente on May 17 to card a CIF-SS South Coast Team Regional winning score of 371. Dana Hills junior Clay Feagler also won the CIF-SS Individual Championship tournament at Mission Lakes Country Club on May 21.
Williams, Crouse Selected in MLB Draft
Dana Hills High School senior shortstop Luke Williams was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft on June 9. Williams was the 83rd overall pick. Dolphins’ senior pitcher Marrick Crouse was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th round as the 332nd overall pick.
Shook Spears Record-Breaking Fish
Local spearfisherman Aaron Shook caught a state-record 173.3-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Dana Point on June 3, crushing the old state bluefin tuna record of 98 pounds.
DHHS Hosts 24-Hour Benefit Lacrosse Game
Dana Hills High School played host to California’s first-ever Shootout for Soldiers lacrosse event on July 31. The event, which ran continuous games for 24 hours, raised funds for local and national military veteran organizations.
San Clemente resident Mikki St. Germain was named the head coach of the South Orange County Patriots midget-level youth tackle football team, making her the first female head coach in program history. The program’s midget-level team, which practices at Dana Hills High School, went on to win the division championship in 2015.
Dana Outrigger Paddles to Record-Breaking Catalina Crossing Win
The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club women’s team narrowly edged out rival Lanakila Outrigger to repeat as the US Outrigger Championship winners on Sept. 12. Dana Outrigger traversed the waters from Newport Harbor to Catalina in a race-record time of three hours, 46 minutes and 12 seconds.
Getzlaf Shootout Returns to Dana Point
The fifth annual Getzlaf Shootout golf tournament took place at Monarch Beach Golf Links on Sept. 15. The charity event, put on by Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and his wife Paige, raised money to fund the nonprofit CureDuchenne, which is trying to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Dolphins Boys X-C Team Captures OC Championships
For a record-breaking seventh time, the Dana Hills boys cross country team won the Orange County Championship meet title at Irvine Regional Park on Oct. 17.
Dolphins Football Honors the Valor
The Dana Hills High School football program hosted its fourth annual Honor the Valor benefit game at Dolphin Stadium on Nov. 6. The program hosted 70 combat veterans, who took part in a pre-game meal and postgame jersey ceremony.
Dana Hills Water Polo Falls to Foothill in CIF-SS Championships
In a double sudden-death overtime thriller, the Foothill High School boys water team defeated Dana Hills to claim the CIF-SS Division 2 Championship on Nov. 21.
Dolphin X-C Team Takes Third at Nike Nationals
The Dana Hills High School boys cross country team closed out its season in style with a third-place finish at the prestigious Nike Cross National race on Dec. 5.