Category:Sportspeople from Huntington Beach, California
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1. Tony Gonzalez – Anthony David Gonzalez is a former American football tight end who played 17 seasons in the National Football League primarily for the Kansas City chiefs. He played college football and college basketball at University of California, Berkeley and he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Gonzalez, a fourteen-time Pro Bowl selection, currently holds the NFL records for touchdown receptions and he also is second all time in receptions with 1,325. Gonzalez was known for his durability, missing two games in his seventeen-year career. Since the start of the 2000 season, Gonzalez had 1,145 receptions and only one fumble and he is currently a studio analyst for CBSs The NFL Today. Gonzalez was born in Torrance, California, and was raised by his mother, Judy and his fathers family is of Cape Verdean, Jamaican, and Scottish descent, and his mothers family is of African American, Euro-American, Mexican-American, and Native American ancestry. Gonzalez attended Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California, where he lettered in football, baseball, as a senior, he caught 62 passes for 945 yards and 13 touchdowns and was a first-team All America selection at both tight end and linebacker. Playing basketball, he was named Orange County and Sunset League MVP as he averaged 26 points per game, after his senior year, Gonzalez shared the Orange County High School Athlete of the Year along with golfer Tiger Woods. Gonzalez chose to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in communications, as a member of the California Golden Bears football team, he played tight end under future NFL coach Steve Mariucci. Gonzalez was also an All-Pac-10 and All-America selection, Gonzalez also continued his basketball career at Cal. In his junior year, he played in 28 games, averaging 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as California made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, eventually, Gonzalez had to choose a career between basketball or football. Gonzalez decided to forgo his final year of eligibility to declare for the NFL Draft, Gonzalez was ranked as one of the top tight ends in the 1997 NFL Draft and was considered a top 15 selection. The Chiefs traded up from the 18th to the 13th selection with the Houston Oilers to draft Gonzalez, Gonzalez began his career in the 1997 season. He finished his season with 33 receptions, two touchdowns, and a blocked punt on special teams, helping the Chiefs to finish with the best record in the American Football Conference. In the 1998 season, Gonzalez saw dramatic improvements with 59 receptions for 621 yards, in the 1999 season saw Gonzalez again improving when he caught 76 passes for 849 yards and a career high 11 touchdown receptions, earning his first Pro Bowl selection. From 2003 to 2006, Gonzalez was the most productive tight end in the NFL, during this time he averaged 79 receptions,968 yards, and 6.5 touchdowns per season and was elected to the Pro Bowl every year. His best season came in 2004, when he caught an NFL record 102 passes for 1,258 yards. Gonzalezs single-season record of 102 receptions by a tight end stood for 8 years, starting late in 2006, Gonzalez began to close in on numerous team and league receiving records
2. Ian Kennedy – Ian Patrick Kennedy is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Kennedy attended the University of Southern California where he played college baseball for the Trojans. He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in 2007, and was traded to the Diamondbacks after the 2009 season, Kennedy played for Arizona through 2013, when he was traded to the Padres. As of 2016, he plays for the Kansas City Royals, Kennedy attended La Quinta High School in Westminster, California.38 ERA and strikeouts while batting.373 with seven home runs and 31 RBI. In his senior year, he earned All-CIF Division IV honors, Kennedy went on to play college baseball for University of Southern California. In Kennedys first year at USC, he went 7–2 in 16 games, with a 2.91 earned run average and he pitched 92 2⁄3 innings, struck out 120, and walked 31. He also gave up 86 hits and allowed 34 runs,30 of which were earned runs, in his sophomore year, he went 12–3 in 18 games, with a 2.54 ERA and one complete game. He pitched 117 innings, struck out 158, and walked 38 and he also gave up 171 hits, and had 33 earned runs out of 40 runs allowed. As a junior at USC he pitched in 16 games,15 of them starts and he went 5–7 with 102 strikeouts and posted a 3.90 ERA. He pitched 101 2⁄3 innings, walked 38, and gave up 44 earned runs, entering his senior year, Kennedy was 24–12 in 50 games, pitching 311 1⁄3 innings. He had a total of 380, an ERA of 3.12. In 2005 Kennedy made the USC single-season strikeout list, striking out 158 batters, fourth on the list, behind Mark Prior, Seth Etherton, Kennedy has a 12.15 strikeouts per nine innings ratio, which is fifth best in his schools history. He was also selected for the U. S. National Team twice, Kennedy was named a first-team All-American after both his freshman and sophomore years, and was also named to the Preseason All-American first team in 2006 and the USAs Junior National Team in 2002. In 2005, he became the pitcher in USC history to be named the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Year. Kennedy was drafted by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, I would like to go out and play, he said, start my professional career. I imagine its not going to be long before I start. At least thats what Im hoping, if it does take a while, Im ready for that – but I want to go out and play. He consistently throws his fastball around 91–92 mph, he is known for his pitching finesse to retire hitters, Kennedy was previously drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 14th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, but he didnt sign with them
3. Scott Lipsky – Scott Lipsky is a professional tennis player from the United States. He is primarily a doubles specialist, as a junior, Lipsky was ranked No.1 in the U. S. in singles in 1995, and No.1 in doubles for three straight years, in 1995–97. He won USTA national singles championships at both the 1995 Boys 14s Clay Court Championships and the 1997 Boys 16s Clay Court Championships, in doubles, he and Jeremy Wurtzman won the USTA national 1996 and 1997 Boys 16s Championships, and the 1999 Boys 18s Clay Court Championships. After losing only one match in school in New York, he was a three-time All-American for Stanford University. His Stanford team won the NCAA team championship in 2000, and he and his current doubles partner is Treat Huey from the Philippines Lipsky turned professional in 2003. He won his first Grand Slam title in 2011, winning the doubles title at the French Open. He reached his high in doubles, no. Lipskys mother, Gail, is a psychologist and his father, Marc, died suddenly in 2001 during his freshman year in college. His grandfather, Jack Sherry, was no.2 in the world in table tennis and he began hitting tennis balls against a wall at home at age five. He received formal lessons at the Mid-Island Indoor Tennis Courts in Westbury, New York and he also trained in Glen Cove, New York, at Robbie Wagners Tournament Training Center. As a teenager, he played for a couple hours almost every day, Lipsky attended Birch Elementary School in Merrick, New York, and Merrick Avenue Middle School. He went to school at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York. He lost only one match in his high school career for the Cougars. He was a three-time New York State high school champion and won a gold medal for the Long Island team at the Junior Maccabi Games. On the academic side, he was a member of the National Honor Society, Lipsky married Marie in July 2010. He currently resides in Huntington Beach, California, Lipsky won the 1995 United States Tennis Association Boys’ 14s Clay Court Championships in singles. At the age of 16, he was ranked #1 in the U. S. in singles and he was also ranked #1 in singles in the 1997 USTA Boys’ 16s. He won the championship at the 1997 USTA National Boys’ 16s Clay Court Championships
4. Tom Shields – Thomas Allen Shields is an American swimmer who swims for the University of California, Berkeley. In 2016, Shields placed second in the 200 m butterfly at the US Olympic Swimming Trials and he currently holds the short-course American records in the 50-meter, 100-meter, and 200-meter butterfly events, as well as the 100-yard butterfly. At the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Championships, Shields won the 100-yard backstroke, second place in the 100-yard butterfly and he anchored the second place 4×50-yard freestyle relay, the 4×100-yard freestyle relay, and 4×200-yard freestyle relay. He swam the butterfly leg for the medley relays, Shields swam for Cal at the 2012 NCAA Swimming Championships. Shields finished first in the 100-yard Butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke and he finished second to teammate Will Hamilton in the 200-yard Butterfly. He anchored the 400-yard Freestyle relay with a split of 41.79 and he swam the butterfly leg in both the 200-yard Medley Relay and the first-place finishing 400 Medley Relay. He concluded his career with two first-place finishes in the 100 fly and the 200 fly and a second-place finish in the 100 back at the 2013 NCAA D1 Championships. Shieldss 200 fly time tied Michael Phelps for the fastest short course time in history, the University of California, Berkeley, finished second in the meet to the University of Michigan. At the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, Shields earned the first international medal of his career, as the second leg, Shields had a split of 1,50.57. Shields earned his first individual medal, a silver, in the 100-meter butterfly, Shields also earned a silver medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay for his contribution in the heats. At the 2012 U. S. Olympic Team Trials, Shields finished fourth place in the 100-meter butterfly behind Michael Phelps, Tyler McGill and he finished ninth place in the 200-meter butterfly semi-finals with a time of 1,58.75. Additionally, he competed in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing twenty-first in the heats, Shields competed at the 2012 FINA World Swimming Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He finished second in the 100 meter butterfly and third in the 50 meter butterfly, shieldss time in the 50 meter butterfly was a new American Record. Additionally, the team of Matt Grevers, Kevin Cordes, Shields. After failing to qualify for the 2013 World Aquatics Championships, Shields broke the American record in the 200 short course meter butterfly at the Eindhoven World Cup and he also posted a personal best of 49.32 in the 100 meter butterfly at the same meet. When Shields was two old, his parents moved him and his older sister, Lindy Shields, to their hometown, Huntington Beach. It was there in Orange County that Shields began swimming when he was eight years old, Shields will graduate from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in religious studies. He enjoys bodysurfing and watching Game Grumps in his spare time, California Golden Bears List of University of California, Berkeley alumni Tom Shields at USA Swimming Tom Shields at TeamUSA. org Cal athlete bio, Tom Shields
5. Tito Ortiz – Jacob Christopher Tito Ortiz is an American former mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known for his stint with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, along with fighters like Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, he was one of the sports early stars. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, outside of his fighting career, Ortiz is the CEO of the Punishment Athletics MMA equipment and clothing line. He also owns an MMA training gym called Punishment Training Center, on July 7,2012, Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame. Ortiz was born in Huntington Beach, California, where he lived until he moved to Santa Ana and he is the son of Joyce and Samuel Ortiz. His father is of Mexican descent and his mother was born in Hilo, Hawaii, of Portuguese and he was given the nickname Tito by his father when he was a year old. Ortiz had a childhood as both of his parents were addicted to heroin, while Ortiz was involved with street gangs, was placed in juvenile halls. His parents divorced when he was 13 years old, and his mother took the young Ortiz with her back to Huntington Beach. When Ortiz was 18 years old, his mother kicked him out of the house and he began living with one of his brothers while doing labor work, Ortiz also trained with the UFC fighter and fellow collegiate wrestler, Tank Abbott. Ortizs mixed martial arts debut was at UFC13 in 1997, still in college, Ortiz competed as an amateur for no prize money or contracts. He beat Wes Albritton in a bout by referee stoppage at 0,31 of the first round. He was selected to face Guy Mezger in the Light Heavyweight final after Enson Inoue could not continue due to injury, despite dominating Mezger at first, Ortiz lost the fight at 2,00 in the first round by a guillotine choke submission. After returning with a TKO victory over Jeremy Screeton at West Coast NHB Championships 1, Ortiz fought top ranked fighter, Ortiz dominated the fight and won via TKO due to cut stoppage. Ortiz then avenged his loss to Mezger at UFC19 by TKO, Ortizs post fight antics towards Mezger and the Lions Den led to his long running rivalry with the teams leader Ken Shamrock. Ortiz has credited UFC Heavyweight Champion Bas Rutten for inspiration during his early days, Ortiz said, I looked up to Bas Rutten. People were just so scared of fighting him, he was like the man, I thought that was what I need to do now. If I train as hard as he then one day Ill be as good as him. Im got to say thanks to him, for helping me out by making me believe in dreams, in 1999, Ortiz fought Frank Shamrock for what is now known as the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship at UFC22
6. Mark Appleyard – Mark Appleyard is a goofy-footed professional skateboarder. His favorite trick is a smith grind. Appleyard was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, and attended Lord Elgin High School in Burlington, Ontario. Appleyard began skateboarding at the age of ten and grew up solely skating skate parks such as Hamilton, Ontarios Beasley Bowl, he skated the streets of Toronto, Ontario. Appleyards first major skateboard deck sponsor was Birdhouse, followed by Habitat, while sponsored by this company that he filmed his inaugural video part for a major skateboard brand. The video is entitled Photosynthesis and was released in 2000, in the same year, Appleyard is a senior team rider for the Globe skate shoe company that originated in Australia in 1994. Appleyard has released signature shoe models for the brand, such as the Vagrant. Following his departure from Habitat, Appleyard joined the Flip team, in an October 2010 interview, Appleyard explained his decision, I was over it. Yeah it was hard to leave, but it’s a business move, if someone’s gonna be your friend, it shouldn’t depend on what company you ride for. I just had to make a move to benefit myself. I’m really stoked on the choice I made and it was difficult but it had to be done. I mean, I had a lot of options and I just figured that Element best suits my vibe, it’s just a nice company and kinda earthy and nature-y and stuff. I just felt like, “Damn that’s where I wana be. ”And then I met up with the guys and they were really cool and we just clicked. In response to a question on whether he was disappointed by Appleyards departure at the time, former Flip rider Rodrigo Teixeira explained after his own departure from the company, Not really. Appleyard explained in an April 2013 interview that he joined Element as the company was completing the filming for a video that he was unable to appear in due to a lack of substantial footage. In regard to his position at Element, Appleyard revealed, I’m happy to be able to continue to riding for Element, I wish I wasn’t getting older. I’m 30 now, but that’s not really that old, I want to skate as long as I possibly can. When asked about his most important friendships in skateboarding, Appleyard identified Adrian Lopez, Colt Cannon, Geoff Rowley, Josh Kalis, Appleyard also explained that his solo part will be released to public free-of-charge
7. Collin Balester – Collin Thomas Balester is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Detroit Tigers organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Washington Nationals, Detroit Tigers, Balester has also played for the Samsung Lions of the KBO League. Balester was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2004, making his debut that year. By 2007, he was considered a top prospect for the newly relocated Nationals, on July 1,2008, he made his MLB debut with the Nationals, winning in his debut as a starter, becoming the first Expo or National to do so since 1999. That season, he went on to make 14 starts for Washington, in 2009, Balester began the season in Triple-A with the Syracuse Chiefs. He split the year between Syracuse and Washington, making a combined 27 starts, Balester was converted a relief pitcher the following season, in 2010, after struggling with Syracuse at the beginning of the year. In both 2010 and 2011, he would continue to split time between Syracuse and Washington before being designated for assignment in July 2011, before getting recalled a month later, the Nationals traded Balester to Detroit on December 9,2011, for pitcher Ryan Perry. Balester was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the round of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft out of Huntington Beach High School. He was one of two high school selected by the Expos in the 2004 Draft, with shortstop Ian Desmond being the other. After the draft, the Expos revealed that they hoped Balester could develop into a pitcher that would be in their rotation in three to five seasons. On July 10, Balester signed with the Expos and was assigned to the Rookie-level GCL Expos, in five games, he had a 1–2 win–loss record, a 2.19 ERA and a 1.014 WHIP. Before the 2005 season, the Expos relocated to Washington and became the Washington Nationals. To begin the season, Balester joined the Class-A Savannah Sand Gnats and made his debut for the club on April 11, on July 29, Baseball America mentioned Balester as a breakout player, along with infielder Kory Casto. In 24 games for Savannah,23 of which were starts, he went 8–6 with a 3.67 ERA, after the season, Baseball America listed Balester as the second-best prospect in the Nationals system, behind third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Balester began the 2006 season with the High-A Potomac Nationals, where he got off to a bad start, on the bad start, Balester said, It kind of has been hard. I think its going to be good for me that I am failing a little bit more so that I know how to fail, I know I can use this in the future. He also added that, I get way too high expectations for myself, in late August, after going 4–5 with a 5.20 ERA and a 1.521 WHIP in 22 starts for Potomac, Balester was called up to Double-A Harrisburg. According to the Washington Times, Balester had already booked a flight home to Huntington Beach, in three starts for Harrisburg, he went 1–0 with a 1.83 ERA
8. Jon Dorenbos – Jonathan Paul Jon Dorenbos is an American football long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003. He played college football at the University of Texas at El Paso, Dorenbos has also played for the Tennessee Titans. Dorenbos has a career as a professional magician. He was a finalist on season 11 of the television program Americas Got Talent and he finished in 3rd place for the season. Dorenbos grew up in Woodinville, Washington, and on August 2,1992, when he was 12, his mother, Kathy, was killed by his father, Alan, a software specialist. His father was charged with and convicted of murder, and sentenced to 13 years. Dorenbos was sent to a foster home, after a legal battle, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Susan and Steve Hindman. To ease his mind, Dorenbos turned to performing magic, Dorenbos attended Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, California, where he was a letterman in football, basketball, hockey and baseball. He earned all-league honors in football and baseball and he made Deans list and was an honor roll student in high school. Dorenbos originally attended Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, at the time, Dorenbos was not the long snapper at Golden West, he played linebacker and fullback. He took some video footage from high school, added footage of the Golden West long snapper and he was eventually recruited and became the long snapper for UTEP in 23 games over three seasons. He averaged almost 10 tackles each year at UTEP on punt coverage, Dorenbos earned a business degree from UTEP, with emphasis in economics, finance and marketing. At UTEPs Pro Day workout, in six teams attended. One snap was timed at 0.59 seconds, a good time in the NFL is considered between 0.70 seconds and 0.75 seconds. Louis Rams special teams coach Bobby April said of his workout, hes the best Ive seen this year. And he might be the best in a lot of years, maybe among the top guys Ive ever seen. But Ill tell you, Dorenbos is something else, he really is, Dorenbos was personally interviewed by only six teams. After college, Dorenbos was signed as a long snapper by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent following the 2003 NFL Draft
9. Chanda Gunn – Chanda Leigh Gunn is an American ice hockey player. She won a medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics. At the games in Turin, she played close to 250 minutes and had 50 saves with a percentage of 89. 3%. In the 2003-04 season, Chanda Gunn was in her senior season led the Huskies to eight wins, in doing so, she broke two school records, registering 56 saves in a game and twice recording 23 saves in one period. In addition, she finished the season ranked first nationally in percentage, with a.940 mark. During the season, she was recognized twice as Hockey East Player of the Month and she ranked first in the conference in save percentage and third in goals-against average with a 2.01 GAA. During her career, Gunn was a finalists for College Hockeys Humanitarian Award, presented annually to college hockeys finest citizen, since the 2007–2008 season, Gunn is an assistant coach at Northeastern University under head coach Laura Schuler. The two-time All-America goaltender is coaching while continuing to pursue her international hockey career, Gunn has epilepsy and is in therapy with Keppra. She is a spokesperson for Epilepsy Therapy Project. S, olympic Team bio Northeastern University Coaches bio