Weekly roundup: High-profile fans wish San Clemente Tritons luck ahead of playoffs, Teachers of the Year honored, and more

San Clemente High School football team
The San Clemente Tritons earned the South Coast League’s 2023 championship title after beating Capistrano Valley High School in late October. (Courtesy of San Clemente High School’s football team)

Support continues to pour in for the San Clemente Tritons as they gear up for an intense matchup on Friday against St. John Bosco High School in a CIF-SS Division 1 playoff game.

According to reporter Steve Fryer from the Orange County Register, the Braves finished first in the Trinity League, which is widely considered the best high school football league in the state. San Clemente, one of two public-school teams in Division 1, shares this distinction with Centennial High School in Corona.

“It’s an honor for our kids to be in one of the toughest brackets in the nation,” said San Clemente football coach Jaime Ortiz in an interview with Fryer. “It’s going to be a tough test but our kids are excited for the opportunity.”

In the days leading up of the game, some big names including San Francisco 49ers quarterback Sam Darnold, Las Vegas Raiders tight end Cole Fotheringham, retired Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Bill Kenney and legendary Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid passed on some words of wisdom and well wishes to the Tritons.

“Big fan of yours,” Reid, from his hotel room in Germany, said. “I’m wishing you guys good luck coming this week against St. John Bosco. Go dominate the game. Best of luck on this thing. I know you guys will take care of business. If in doubt coach, go deep baby. Get after them.”

The high school is inviting the community to cheer their hometown team as they depart from campus at 2:45 p.m. on Friday to face the Braves in Bellflower.

Here are the other stories we’ve been following this week:

  • Out of an abundance of caution, the Tustin Unified School District closed all campuses on Thursday after air quality experts detected asbestos at the historic hangar that burned down Tuesday. 

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