Ready or not, the Lions are about to embark on a new journey.
Oaks Christian High hired Julie Bennett to lead the varsity girls’ volleyball team. The 2005 Oaks Christian grad takes over for George Hees, the most successful volleyball coach in school history.
Hees led the Oaks Christian girls’ squad for 14 seasons. In 2013, the girls reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA finals. His Lion boys’ teams captured four CIF championships in eight years.
Bennett, nee Rubenstein, spent the previous two seasons assisting at Pepperdine. Bennett, who also starred on the court for the Waves, was head coach at Pacifica Christian High in Santa Monica for five seasons, leading the school to the Division 4A title in 2013.
The Lions are scheduled to open this season Aug. 20 at home against Grace Brethren.
UTAH JAZZ SIGN VIEWPOINT GRAD
A Patriot has hit the right note.
Miye Oni, a Viewpoint High graduate who starred for the Yale men’s basketball team, signed his first NBA contract with the Utah Jazz on July 15.
Oni, a 6-foot-6 rookie guard known for his perimeter defense and 3-point range, was drafted by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 58th overall, during this year’s draft before the Jazz traded for him.
The former Patriot is the first Ivy League player drafted in 24 years, when the Minnesota Timberwolves snagged Jerome Allen in the second round in 1995. Oni is the first Yale player drafted since Chris Dudley in 1987.
In four NBA Summer League games, Oni averaged 8.2 points, 2.8 assists and two rebounds in 25.4 minutes of action.
GUIDETTI GOES THE DISTANCE
A Regal made a splash on the national stage.
Kendall Guidetti, a Cal Lutheran junior out of Oak Park High, placed 10th in the women’s long jump at the NCAA Division III track and field championships in Geneva, Ohio.
That’s the best finish at the NCAAs in that event in Cal Lutheran history. Amanda Hamilton (Simi Valley High) was 11th in the long jump in 2016.
Guidetti is a three-time conference champ in the long jump. She owns a school record in the long jump at 5.85 meters, which she set at Redlands in May. She broke the school record three times.
The Regal owns Cal Lutheran’s fifth-fastest time in the 100-meter dash (12.27 seconds); she snared silver at the conference finals in the 100 this year. She’s also part of a quartet that’s No. 8 in the CLU record book in the 4×100 relay (48.94 seconds).