Canyon’s Zatarain follows teammates

first_imgAlexia Zatarain has shouldered much of the responsibility this year in upholding Canyon High’s girls’ soccer tradition. Although the Cowboys fell short of a fifth consecutive Foothill League title, Zatarain has done her best to ensure Canyon’s return to the Southern Section Div. II playoffs. The senior midfielder also made sure she’ll play soccer after her time with the Cowboys is over, signing a letter of intent Tuesday to compete at Division II UC San Diego. Zatarain, an all-league first-team selection last season on a team with six players who went on to college soccer last fall, is following the path of former teammates Nini Loucks (USC), Shannon Omahen (Loyola Marymount) and Bree Caceres (Arizona), among others. “It was kind of hectic, and it got scary at times, because I didn’t know if I’d play in college,” said Zatarain, who had a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 3-2 victory over Saugus. “Now I can relate to (my former teammates) more, because I know what they all had to go through.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card At the beginning of the season, Zatarain was pursued by several East Coast schools, but she decided to remain closer to her family. “I really like the school I’m going to,” said Zatarain, who is expected to compete for a position in the midfield. “They have a really good science program, which is what I’m looking to focus on, and I really like (coach Brian McManus). He is (who) did it for me.” With the pressure of making a college decision out of the way and Canyon focusing on a strong showing in the Div. II playoffs, Zatarain wants to extend her prep career as long as possible. “(Not winning league) was not a completely bad thing. I’m not disappointed about how things turned out,” said Zatarain, who plays her final regular-season game today at Valencia. “I realize my time here is coming to an end, and I just want to go out there and play and enjoy the experience and get these girls ready for next year.” A change in focus: Thanks to Zatarain’s performance, Saugus (15-3-1 overall, 7-2 Foothill) enters today’s finale against visiting Hart (21-3-1, 8-0-1) no longer contention for the league title and instead in need of a victory to hold on to second place. The Centurions’ 11 seniors set out to win the program’s first league title since 1995, but a 3-0 loss Jan. 20 to Hart, combined with Tuesday’s setback at Canyon, eliminated Saugus from the championship picture. Hart defeated Burroughs 7-0, then enjoyed an early celebration by watching Canyon (13-4-3, 6-3) defeat Saugus, enabling the Indians to clinch their first league title since 2000. Saugus defeated Hart in the regular-season finale last year to move into a tie for second with Valencia. The Centurions need a similar result today to build momentum for the playoffs. “We can’t do what we did (last month) at Hart, that’s for sure,” Saugus coach Lisa Rollo said. “We need to win (today). We need to polish what we need to polish and sharpen what we need to sharpen and come out with intensity and consistency and just want it more than they do. “They’re playing really well right now. They’re playing with a lot of energy, and they’re communicating, and everything’s clicking for them. We need to play our best game (today). We need to shine our shoes and come out strong from the beginning.” Something at stake: Hart is seeking to finish unbeaten in Foothill play for the first time since the 1997-98 season, something they can accomplish with a victory at Saugus today. Hart finished 9-0-1 in league in 1997-98 during its run of seven titles in 1994-2000. Erik Boal, (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rise And Fall Of The Dhoti

first_imgWearing a sparkling-white dhoti in Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi, the Mahatma’s role player Sir Ben Kingsley not only made the film an international box office hit, but also forever established the magic this traditional Indian men’s wear can weave on the silver screen. Aamir Khan as Bhuvan wins the heart of Rachel Shelly, playing Elizabeth in LagaanBollywood heroes in dhotis can not only beat up smart suit and tie-wearing villains troubling Indian damsels, they can even ride motor cycles or jump from horse back to perform any other act of ultimate chivalry. They can even win the hearts of ultra-sophisticated heroines with comfortable ease in their ancestral dresses. In Lagaan, Elizabeth (Rachel Shelly) falls head over heels for dhoti-clad Bhuvan (Amir Khan). And dhoti-sporting Shah Rukh Khan wins over hearts of every stripes in Devdas.The dhoti can be traced to the first Bollywood talkie Alamara in 1931. It baptized fame on Mithun Chakravorty in Mrigaya, although he traded it in for suits and tie subsequently in his career.Over the years, the silver screen has played hide and seek with the dhoti, featuring it on Amitabh Bachhan, screen world’s ever smiling “laughing Buddha” Govinda, Amir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar and Anil Kapoor. Amir wears the dhoti in Sarfarosh, disguising himself as a Rajasthani gaon while trying to bust a terrorist network. Evergreen Dev Anand might now be identified with his trademark full sleeve shirt and pant, even jeans, but he performed his dhoti clad shtick in four block busters of yesteryears – Hum Ek Hai, Jeet, Age Bado and Mohan. Balraj Sahni made the dhoti famous in Do Bigha ZaminBollywood’s super character artists “Dadamoni” Ashok Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Raj Kumar Guru Dutt, Dilip Kumar, Bharat Bhooshan, Rajendra Kumar and Manoj Kumar all romped through Bollywood in the dhoti.Remember Raj Kapoor driving a bullock cart with Wahida Rahman on the rustic-rural roads in Teesri Kasam chanting “sajan re jhoot mat bolo, khuda ke pas jana hai…” (darling, do not tell a lie, we have to answer for them to the god)?Or Balraj Sahni who spun magic in the early 1950’s in the dhoti in Do Bigha Zamin. Now was it Rawalpindi style or Lahore style? No matter. So who introduced the firangi dress, pant and shirt, which displaced the dhoti in Bollywood? Incredibly the man to do so, is the dhoti icon of Indian films, Ashok Kumar, who in 1941 first wore the suit in the film Naya Sansar.The dhoti trend among males ebbed around 1974-75. Indian films turned urban and the dhoti all but vanished, even though the saree stayed. But the dhoti returned with a bang around 1982 with Anil Kapoor in Ishwar, and later Who Saat Din and Virasat.   Rajesh KhannaThe dhoti now holds a special appeal even among NRIs, a la the success of Amrish Puri in Pardes. In Aankhen, Bollywood’s laughing Buddha Govinda successfully indulged in all sorts of pranks efficiently managing his dhoti, rousing jealosy among trouser-wearing super heroes. Dhoti zindabad!  Guru Dutt Ashok Kumar in Nirmala Dhoti RisingActorMovieShah Rukh KhanAsoka, Devdas, Karan, Arjun Govinda Raja Babu, Coolie, No.1, Aankhen, Bade Mian Chotte Mian, Jis Des Mein Ganga Rehta Hai Suhail Khan Ab Ke BarasAmir Khan Mein Ne Dil Tukhko DiyaVenkatesh Lagaan, SarfaroshJackie ShroffAnadi Arjun RampalPhool aur Pathar, Devdas Abhisekh Bachhan Pyar- Isq-MohabbatSalman KhanYuva, Mumbai se Aya Mera , DostAkshay KumarKaran Arjun, Tumko Na Bhul , Payenge, Har Dil Jo pyar Karega, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam  Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu Related Itemslast_img read more