Tokyo’s Olympic Triumph Highlights the Year That Was

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tokyo olympicsFrom the local fields and courts to the international stage, there was plenty to remember in 2013. Here is just a sampling of the stories that we covered.

January

“What?!” is the cry of disbelief from American figure skater Mirai Nagasu, after finishing seventh at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha. She still has a chance to make the U.S. team for this year’s Winter Olympics.

Chapman University guard Kimi Takaoka scores 17 as her Panthers pull off a men’s/women’s basketball sweep over Occidental.

February

One of pro basketball sensations met one of its legends, as Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets was introduced to Wat Misaka, the first player of Asian descent to make it into the NBA.

Lauren Saiki seizes control of Mark Keppel’s CIF quarterfinal, scoring 10 in the fourth quarter on route to a win.

March

Tets Furukawa and Kenso Zenimura throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a spring exhibition game in Phoenix, where the Oakland A’s paid tribute to the history of Nisei baseball.

Former promising basketball center Robert Swift finally vacates his foreclosed house where had been squatting for some time, leaving a mess of feces, punched-out walls, beer cans, cigarette butts, pizza boxes, and bullet casings.

April

Takuma Sato becomes the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar race, taking the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

May

No love for the Southerners as the Northern Cal teams sweep the 2013 NAU State Tournament.

Flintridge Prep head coach Garrett Ohara is named the boys bas­ketball Coach of the Year by the The Pasadena Star-News.

June

Bowling returns to Little Tokyo, as the X Lanes opens in the former site of Little Tokyo Bowl.

Brett Urabe and the UCLA Bruins capture the school’s first NCAA title for baseball.

July

42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm becomes the oldest player to make it to the third round at Wimbledon, only to lose to the tournament’s top thirty-something, Serena Williams.

Maryknoll Karate Club celebrates its 50 anniversary.

August

Yu Darvish gets to within three out of a perfect game for the second time of the season.

September

Nick Sekiya goes 3-for-4 as his Gardena Rebels win the AA State baseball title.

October

Running back Thomas Duarte makes his college debut at UCLA.

November

Frosh Lindsay Uyematsu continues to impress, scoring 22 for Cal State San Marcos basketball.

Valencia senior Keston Hiura commits to play baseball at the Uni­versity of California Irvine.

December

Hideo Nomo becomes the first Japanese player to be listed on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot.

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