Sunday, December 21, 2008


Southern Section to honor Character Counts contributors
On Thursday in Long Beach, the Southern Section is holding a luncheon to honor students, coaches and administrators who demonstrated the principles of "Pursuing Victory with Honor" during the 2007-08 school year.
Among the students being saluted for their character on and off the field are Molly Aloia, a soccer and tennis athlete from Great Oak High; Reann Ragoo, a basketball player from Colton; Jacob Tarabilda, a basketball player from Murrieta Valley; Layshida Clarendon, a basketball player from Cajon; Steven Melara, a wrestler from Carter; Mary Ann Jones, a soccer player from Long Beach Millikan; Michael Wilder, a volleyball player from Long Beach Wilson, and Lorne Jackson, a basketball player from Simi Valley.
Jackson Honored With CIF Character Award
Want evidence of Tom Asbury's commitment to bringing in well-rounded student-athletes who will represent the University well on the court and in the classroom? Freshman point guard Lorne Jackson was one of just 17 students from the massive CIF Southern Section to receive a Champions of Character award. The Simi Valley High School grad was presented with the honor at a luncheon on Thursday.
Posted by Roger Horne on October 24, 2008 at 01:20 PM in Basketball

"Pursuing Victory with Honor"
Daily News Article Last Updated: 10/21/2008 11:02:13 PM PDT
Pepperdine freshman basketball player Lorne Jackson, a Simi Valley graduate will be honored Thursday with Champions for Character awards at the Southern Section luncheon in Westminster.

Jackson, the Marmonte League co-player of the year and a Southern Section first-team honoree, a two-time all-state selection and McDonald's All-America nominee, averaged 22.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 4.3 steals in leading the Pioneers (26-2) to an undefeated league record and the second round of the Div. I-AA playoffs. Southern Section to honor Character Counts contributorsOn Thursday in Long Beach, the Southern Section is holding

Locals in College Notebook: Jackson growing up fast at Pepperdine
Simi Valley grad becomes starter as freshman for young Waves
By Rhiannon Potkey

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The losses never get easier. But Pepperdine freshman guard Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley) tries to keep them in perspective.
Jackson is part of a youth movement by necessity in Malibu this season. Eight members of Pepperdine's 10-man playing rotation are either freshmen or sophomores. The growing pains are evident by the 11 straight losses Pepperdine (1-11) has suffered since winning its season opener.
"It is really hard," Jackson said. "Every game you just have to have the mentality that you are going to win. You don't even really think about losing."
Last year's midseason resignation of Vance Walberg left Pepperdine's program in turmoil.
Former coach Tom Asbury came back to help revive the Waves, and is being assisted by coach-in-waiting Marty Wilson. Wilson is a former Simi Valley High point guard who started pursuing Jackson when he was an assistant at Utah. Once Wilson moved to Pepperdine, he re-opened the recruiting process of his fellow Pioneer.
"Coach Wilson and I had a good relationship and I really liked Pepperdine and wanted to stay close to home," Jackson said. "It has been fun, but school and classes are so hard and it's so much more intense than high school." Jackson was elevated into the starting point guard role after senior Ryan Holmes went down with an early-season knee injury.
He has scored a season-high 17 points twice in his six starts. "It's forcing me to be a leader on the team and will help me out in the future," Jackson said. "The college game is really different. Just the speed is so much quicker than the guys I was going against in high school. You really have to adjust your game. But I like the challenge."
Jackson's twin brother Langston is a walk-on who redshirted this season for the Cal football team. Although the brothers are happy with their college choices, Lorne said it wasn't easy to split apart. "I think it was tougher on him," he said. "He calls me all the time and texts me all the time. I think he misses me more than I miss him."
Jackson is trying to exercise patience amid the losing at Pepperdine because he is confident success will follow.
"I know we are going to be extremely good in the future," Jackson said. "We just have to wait and keep playing hard."

News and notes: Azusa Pacific freshman guard Mike Meza (Simi Valley) scored a season-high 12 points in a victory over Johnson & Wales.
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