Capistrano Valley baseball coach Bob Zamora is shown near scoreboard at the Bob Zamora Field in 2015. (File photo: Leonard Ortiz, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER)
PUBLISHED: August 14, 2018 at 5:33 pm | UPDATED: August 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm
Bob Zamora resigned Tuesday as Capistrano Valley baseball coach, a position he held for 41 years.
Zamora, 71, will be replaced by one of his former players, Adam Sorgi.
Zamora will remain in the Capistrano Valley baseball program as an assistant coach. He will coach first base and serve as a bench coach as needed. Field maintenance always has been a Zamora hobby and source of pride, so he will continue to work on what years ago was named Bob Zamora Field at Capistrano Valley High.
His resignation was expected after he coached Capistrano Valley to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship this past season. He had hinted that the 2018 season would be his last as head coach.
For Zamora the timing and circumstances are ideal: his final season was a CIF-championship season, a former player of his is replacing him and he gets to stay involved.
Capistrano Valley coach Robert Zamora watches from the dugout during Capistrano Valley’s 4-2 victory over Orange Lutheran in the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 baseball playoffs on May 29, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
“This is just what I wanted,” Zamora said. “It’s perfect.”
The 2018 title was the Cougars’ seventh CIF-SS baseball championship during Zamora’s tenure. His teams won 17 league championships.
Zamora’s 746 career wins is second-most in Orange County high school baseball history. Former La Quinta coach Dave Demarest is ahead of Zamora with 753 wins. Ex-Esperanza coach Mike Curran has 751 wins, but some of the wins were collected when Curran coached at St. Paul.
Among the pro and college players Zamora coached is Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks.
Zamora expects that Sorgi will run the program and handle game management differently from him. And he’s OK with that.
“Adam’s a great coach,” Zamora said. “He has a great mind. It’ll be fine.”
Sorgi was an All-Orange County player in 2003 and went on to Stanford where he was an all-conference baseball player. Sorgi was the head coach for one season at Laguna Hills and more recently has been an assistant coach at Santa Margarita. He will teach health sciences at Capistrano Valley.
Capistrano Valley also announced that Tony Nieto has been hired as a baseball assistant coach. Nieto had been the baseball head coach at California High of Whittier in recent years.
Capo Valley fans get fired up before the kickoff of Friday’s game. Tustin High School took on Capistrano Valley in a non-league football game at Capistrano Valley High, Friday, August 17. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)
PUBLISHED: August 18, 2018 at 12:03 pm | UPDATED: August 18, 2018 at 12:28 pm
Editor’s note: Manny Alvarez will be writing for OCVarsity about the Orange County high school Student Sections throughout the football season. Follow him on Twitter at @MAlvarez02.
It is time for the high school football season, which means it is time for those hard tackles, fantastic catches and amazing runs to the end zone.
It is also time for the loud and funny chants, the painted faces, the themed T-shirts, the rowdy mascots and of course the baby powder.
The Student Section season is underway and it has become a beast of its own the last few years. Students and fans show up not only for the school spirit and to cheer their friends and family on, but also to show everyone who has the best fans in Orange County.
Check out our photos from the Week 0 football games
Week Zero began much earlier than previous seasons, which means some Orange County high school are not in session yet. so It made it hard for some student sections to rally together for the season openers on Thursday and Friday, but we found a few rowdy kids that showed up in the middle of August already in midseason form.
JSerra fans cheer during JSerra’s 49-7 victory over Corona del Mar in a non-league football game at JSerra High in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, August 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
The Lions Den of JSerra showed up in big numbers and got a good showing from their football team in a 49-7 victory over Corona del Mar. You know that got the Den rattling.
The Clan of La Habra showed up to their brand new stadium in their old fashion – loud and colorful. The Clan started where they left off despite the tough 24-12 loss to Upland.
La Habra plays Upland in their non-league game at La Habra High School on Friday August 17, 2018. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer)
The San Juan Hills Stampede showed up in sea of white. It was a loud white in a 27-7 loss to Orange Lutheran. The game was closer than the score appeared. It’s going to go up from here for the team and that student section.
San Juan Hills fans cheer during a non league game against Orange Lutheran in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, August 17, 2018. (Photo by Foster Snell, Contributing Photographer)
But the student section that stood out the most was The Cage of Capistrano Valley. The Cage showed up in yellow, but it was difficult to tell given the white baby powder and white smoke covering them for much of the game. It was the same white smoke you might see the University of Miami team run through in their pregame entrance. The Cage had the same swagger as ‘The U’ and they seemed to rattle Tustin on Friday in a 42-7 victory for Capo Valley.
Capo Valley fans are sprayed with fog before the game. Tustin High School took on Capistrano Valley in a non-league football game at Capistrano Valley High, Friday, August 17. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)
“The Cage is a place where the students of Capo can unleash their inner Cougar and let their spirit run free” said Capo Valley ASB president Andy Ceja.
The Cage wanted this and reminded myself and the OCVarsity staff how much they wanted this by using the #ocvstudentsection on their social media post. The spirited section never quieted down, which is normally the case in a one-sided affair, but the cheerleaders and band made sure the noise stayed the course throughout the whole game. This was a team effort.
As previously mentioned, The Cage showed up before school was in session, which impressed teachers and even their principal.
“The first day of school is still four days away,” Capistrano Valley principal John Misustin said. “Yet the student section is full and loud for all four quarters. There is not a better, more spirited student body anywhere in Orange County.”
Principal Misustin could be right – which is why the 2018 Student Section season starts with The Cage of Capo Valley taking the title of OCVarsity Student Section of the Week for Week 0.
Don’t rattle ‘The Cage!’
Outfielder Nathan Manning of Capistrano Valley catches a fly ball in a game against El Toro during a South Coast League baseball game at El Toro High in Lake Forest on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
PUBLISHED: July 7, 2018 at 8:55 am | UPDATED: July 7, 2018 at 1:31 pm
Capistrano Valley multi-sport standout Nathan Manning has committed to Cal for baseball, the senior announced on Twitter on Friday night.
I am very excited and proud to announce that I have committed to my dream school, the University of California, Berkeley! This has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember but this would’ve never come true if it wasn’t for my friends, family, coaches, and God. #GoBears pic.twitter.com/raBoop8heD
— Nathan Manning (@n8manning22) July 7, 2018
Manning helped the Cougars capture the CIF-SS Division 1 baseball title last month as their All-County center fielder. He also is the school’s quarterback and led Capistrano Valley to the CIF Division 4 semifinals last season.
He batted .392 with 40 hits and 18 RBI in the spring and threw for 3,023 yards in football.
Manning’s father, Tim, committed to Cal for football coming out of Trabuco Hills in 1990.
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|Mary||Brascia||Univ of Dayton||Tennis|
|Ryan||Daugherty||St. Mary's College||Baseball|
|Madi||DeVries||University of Findlay||Lacrosse|
|Blake||FitzGerald||UC San Diego||Baseball|
|Haley||Herberg||Univ of Oklahoma||Cross Country|
|Andrew||McSweeney||UC Santa Barbara||Volleyball|
|Dane||Nakatsuka||UC San Diego||Baseball|
|Nolan||Reeve||Colorado School of Mines||Football|
|Zach||Ritner||Univ of Hawaii||Football|
|Bryce||Willits||St. Mary's College||Baseball|