Monthly Archives: March 2016

Rare Whale Birth Caught on Camera Off San Clemente Coast

Whale watchers aboard a vessel off the coast of Dana Point obviously hoped to see whales or dolphins, but instead they caught the show of a lifetime when a rare false killer whale gave birth.

Passengers on Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari were awe-struck when right beside their vessel, a false killer whale gave birth to a newborn calf.

Captain Dave Anderson said the Pseudorca bumped against their boat before a burst of blood gave way to the baby whale by pushing it to the surface multiple times, Anderson said.

The false killer whale is the largest member of the dolphin family, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

False killer whales were discovered from fossils, and researchers didn't know they still existed until 15 years after the fossils were found, according to NOAA.

Esperanza’s Osborn set O.C. records

SAN CLEMENTE – Personal records are set nearly every time a track and field competition is held. Orange County records? Not so much, but two fell at the Triton Invitational on Saturday at San Clemente High.

Canyon’s Rachel Baxter defeated Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt (now at Stanford) in the the girls pole vault for the first time at last year's Orange County Championships. On Saturday, she eclipsed Merritt for good.

Baxter jumped 13 feet, 10 inches, surpassing Merritt’s county record of 13-9. Baxter also set a national age-group record for 16-year-olds.

“It’s unbelievable,” Baxter said. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet because it felt like such an easy bar. It just doesn’t seem true.”

Esperanza’s Bronson Osborn extended his county record for the shot put to 70 feet, 4½ inches. He first broke the county mark, which had been held for 31 years by Capistrano Valley’s Brian Blutreich (69-6½), with a 70-foot heave in the Corona Relays on Feb. 27.

Baxter and Osborn both lead the nation in their events.

Osborn said breaking the O.C. record the first time was more of a shock for him.

“When I did that, it was like breaking a mental barrier,” Osborn said of breaking 70 feet. “It was a good feeling when I first did that. Now, it’s just the same feeling as getting a (personal record).”

After clearing 13-10, Baxter took aim at the state record. She made three attempts at 14-2, which would have bested the state record of 14-1, set by Tori Anthony (Castilleja of Palo Alto) in 2007.

Baxter nearly had the state record, but she barely grazed the bar on her second try.

“I didn’t realize how close I was until watching the video,” Baxter said of her attempt at 14-2. “It felt pretty close. Just knowing that it didn’t seem super high when I was jumping it, it does seem possible. It feels like I can do it within this year and then go for the national record.”

Osborn credited Esperanza throws coach Bill Pendleton for putting him and his teammates on a path for success.

The Aztecs have produced one of the most accomplished  throws squads, with six athletes topping 150 feet in the discus. The others to reach the mark are Clint MeyerJordan AmmannSteve MacielPatrick Campos and JP Ross-Tupper.

“Coach Pendleton is definitely the reason why we have so many good throwers,” Osborn said. “He runs a good program. It’s very disciplined, and he’s got his system down. I’ve learned from him how to be successful.”




The talented son of a former BYU star has committed to the Cougars.

Isaac Rex, 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end prospect out of San Clemente High School in San Clemente, CA has committed to play for BYU. Rex received his offer from BYU back on February 19th and let BYU's coaches know he intends to be a Cougar a month later.

Rex's father, Byron, played for BYU in the early 90s and is a part of the Cougars rich tradition at the tight end position. No doubt BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer is hoping the younger Rex can help the Cougars as he seeks to revitalize that tradition. The elder Rex caught 38 passes from Detmer in 1991 for 547 yards and two TDs.

BYU is the only offer to this point, but he has received interest from a number of Mountain West and Pac-12 schools including Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, and Utah State. The Cougars' old coaching staff in Virginia also shown interest in Rex.

Rex has not received a 247sports composite rating, but has been rated a three-star prospect by Scout. He plays both tight end and linebacker for San Clemente. His size and good hands should make him a threat in the passing game. He moves well for his size and has the frame to add additional bulk if needed. If he holds true to his commitment and ends up at BYU, Rex should be an important part of Detmer's offense in the future.