News HeadlinesSaddleback High News

Saddleback High School News Submitted by Alumni

Facebook Alumni Page

August 2, 2019 by Nancy Delano Bachus (Register to contact)

To protect privacy, contact info has been removed from this post. Register to see the original with contact info.

You are all welcome to join the Saddleback High School Alumni Page on Facebook. *****.com/profile.php?id=50040893086&ref=content_filter


August 8, 2012 by Elaine Maes (Register to contact)


Football: Rishard Matthews

April 16, 2009 by Victor Mendez (Register to contact)

After all, the closest any blue-chip football players usually get to their school is when they pass through the city on their way to Santa Ana Mater Dei.

"I thought he was a coach," said senior Joaquin Avalos, the second-year starting quarterback.

Avalos was right about one thing: Matthews has looked like a man among boys since his arrival from New Mexico, where he was considered one of the state's best returning players.

Since sitting out Saddleback's first game while waiting to become eligible, Matthews has intercepted a state-leading nine passes and scored 10 touchdowns, including eight on pass receptions.

The Roadrunners, who have not won a playoff game since 1988, are 4-3 overall, 2-0 in the Golden West League.

More important, teammates say, Matthews has improved everybody's work ethic.

"He has really made us work harder," said senior Steven Kroth, a returning starter at defensive end. "We know we have a weapon over there."

Matthews, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound senior who plays receiver, safety and returns kicks, said he moved to Southern California so he could re-join his father, Andre, who recently retired as a master sergeant in the Marine Corps.

They had lived together in the San Joaquin Valley while Andre was stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore, but as Andre approached retirement, the next phase of his life appeared unsettled.

"I wasn't sure where we wanted to be, but I knew we needed to get out of there," Andre said. "Besides, I didn't like some of the friends he was hanging out with."

In February of his sophomore year, they decided Rishard should move in with his 22-year-old sister, Avien, who was then stationed at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Matthews had not played tackle football since the sixth grade, but it didn't take long for his athleticism to shine through. During his junior season at Clovis (N.M.), he scored 20 touchdowns, among them a school-record 12 on receptions, and helped the Wildcats reach the state championship game. He was an all-state selection at receiver.

After starring for the Clovis basketball team last winter and performing well at spring and summer football camps, Matthews verbally committed to Texas El Paso in July.

Saddleback High School News From Around The Web

Public high schools in Santa Ana: What are this year's top-rated and most improved?  Hoodline Los Angeles

Find out which schools made the grade in reading, math and other key areas.

Gang member gets 31 years to life for killing outside Saddleback High in 1993  OCRegister

A gang member who gunned down a rival during a shootout in front of a Santa Ana high school more than 20 years ago was sentenced Friday to prison.

Photos: Orange County valedictorians for the Class of 2019  OCRegister

Name: Michael Zhu -- Age: 18 -- High school: Troy High School Class of 2019 -- GPA: 4.0 -- High School Activities or Groups: Troy Science Olympiad Team Boy ...

Santa Ana Unified School District Celebrates 11.5% Gain in Graduation Rates, Surpassing Both State and Orange County Averages  VoiceofOC

As the school year winds down, and students are working hard to finish their final projects and exams, the Santa Ana Unified School District is celebrating a ...

Popular Music Teacher Declared Brain Dead Following Hit-And-Run Accident In Santa Ana  CBS Local

SANTA ANA ( — Authorities on Friday said a popular teacher struck last week in a hit-and-run accident in Santa Ana has been declared brain dead.

Woman arrested on suspicion of killing Santa Ana drumline teacher in hit-run crash  KABC-TV

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Santa Ana police arrested a woman Saturday night who is suspected of killing a Saddleback High School drumline instructor in a ...

Rishard Matthews: Let your red flags fly, but we’ll pass  Who Dat Dish

It's been a month since the Saints signed Rishard Matthews. As he gains momentum with New Orleans sports bloggers and journalists, we're taking a hard pass.

CIF soccer champs lack funds for rings  OCRegister

The Saddleback High School boys' soccer team is CIF champion this year, but the players have yet to celebrate their victory. The team is still cobbling together ...

Orange County schools join student walkouts to protest gun violence  OCRegister

Students at about 150 schools around Southern California – and an estimated 2,800 campuses nationwide – expected to leave classes or gather during breaks ...

Santa Ana drumline teacher seriously injured in hit-and-run  KABC-TV

Police are looking for a woman in a black BMW who ran a red light and struck a 26-year-old drumline instructor in Santa Ana, then fled the scene.

Artist of the Year 2019: Dance nominees  OCRegister

The following students have been named as nominees for the 2019 Artist of the Year in dance. We received 86 nominations from teachers and private instructors ...

OC registered sex offender accused of engaging in sex act with 7-year-old relative  KABC-TV

A 36-year-old man was arrested a third time for sexual offenses against a child, and Santa Ana detectives think there may be more victims.

Outstanding music teachers  OCRegister

With Varsity Arts coverage coming to an end, we asked Orange County high school teachers to identify colleagues from their campus or other schools who do ...

Where are 2017 Orange County film students going to college?  OCRegister

We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 115 film students. Some plan to go to work and ...

Where are 2017 Orange County visual arts students going to college?  OCRegister

We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 486 visual arts students. Some plan to go to ...

Woman who got face tattoo, changed hair pink sentenced to 6 years in hit-and-run death  OCRegister

SANTA ANA – A 36-year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for a hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana that killed a high school band teacher.

Where are 2017 Orange County dance students going to college?  OCRegister

We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 159 dance students. Some plan to go to work ...

How OC Law Enforcement Locked Up an Innocent 14-Year-Old Boy for Two Years  OC Weekly

Eyewitness statements can be notoriously unreliable, a fact Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) detective Andy Alvarez knew when he investigated a 2009…

Orange County Prosecutors Covered Up Misuse of Informants  The Intercept

More than a dozen serious felony cases have unraveled as a result of systemic misconduct by police and prosecutors in Orange County, with charges dismissed ...

Where are 2017 Orange County vocal music students going to college?  OCRegister

We asked graduating high school seniors to share with us their post-graduation plans for the fall. We heard from 172 vocal music students. Some plan to go to ...

Orange County official Hugh Nguyen just wants to find his father  OCRegister

If you were born in Orange County, married here or ever bought a home here, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen has a record of it in the Hall of Records. His staff ...

This ‘Unsung Hero’ was a convicted murderer until Gov. Brown set him free immediately  OCRegister

He stared across the San Quentin State Prison yard at an old man, a lifer hopelessly sitting, white hair, slumped shoulders, blending into the gravel dust and ...

Special report: O.C. teacher dismissals  OCRegister

Orange County educators who've lost their teaching license in recent years are not all sexual predators and criminals. The individuals tasked with ensuring the ...

Woman killed in crash known for big heart  OCRegister

SANTA ANA – Jackie and Randy Lee's worlds revolved around their only child, Cara, a girl known for her big, dimpled smile and even bigger heart.

Cesar Chavez Day event draws O.C. residents, groups  OCRegister

A Cesar Chavez Day event held in Santa Ana over the weekend attracted residents and community groups from across Orange County. A group of day care ...

News headlines by Google News for Saddleback High School Santa Ana CA

We have listed the latest news headlines that include Saddleback HS . This site has been created to offer a place for SHS alumni to reconnect and share memories.

In addition to these news headlines, you may also want to join the Saddleback High alumni directory and check out the yearbook listings.