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Oxnard High School Freshman & Sophomore Basketball Teams to say Goodbye to 30 yr. Veteran Coach Hank “O” Ornalez

Coach “O” (in red) surrounded by sophomore and freshman basketball team (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

Coach “O” (in red) surrounded by sophomore and freshman basketball team (Photo Credit: Gary L. Harbour)

By Dr. Karen Hill-Scott and Gary L. Harbour

Oxnard, CA — On Saturday, February 11, the Oxnard Yellow Jackets freshman and sophomore teams gathered at Tomas Café. Mistress of Ceremonies, Dr. Karen Hill-Scott, serves as team mother along with Mrs. Thompson for the freshman team. Tiffany Bumpus serves as team mother for the sophomore team. Dr. Hill-Scott described the gathering as, “…a team bonding event where the freshman and sophomore players, their parents, and coaching staff can come together in unity and love to encourage each other. Many hands make light work. Many of the parents work and may need someone to provide transportation for the players. Some of the players benefit from positive male role models. Team cohesiveness and cooperation by the coaches and parents is essential for these great teams to continue doing well. It keeps the players out of trouble and keeps them excited about playing.”

Coach Hank “O” Ornalez was recognized for his 30+ years of coaching and teaching around Ventura County. Coach “O”, as he prefers to be called, discussed his drive to work with the team. He simply loves sports and his life has been dedicated to teaching physical education and coaching since his graduation from UCSB in the late ‘60s. Mrs. Ornalez had an opportunity to share with the group as well, sharing the dedication and hard work that coaches put in at home and work. Coach Thompson received accolades for his consistency with the team, while some of the students had comments for him and Coach Fukmitsu.

Dr. Karen Hill-Scott conducted team-building exercises by asking the coaches why they chose the occupation. She then asked the sophomore and freshmen teammates to share how they felt about the coaches. The parents and players showed an amazing amount of gratitude to the coaches and each other for showing love, unity and helping each other out. There were a few tearful moments, mainly by the parents and coaches. The goals of the event were accomplished.

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