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Fair Game

By TOM JOHNSON

Newport Beach resident wins U.S. Gymnastics Championship and Mike Trout moves to town

Fair Game Tom NewSam Mikulak is a gymnast that’s the best in the United States and just may be the best in the world. He’s also from Newport Beach.

Over the weekend, Sam excelled at the United States Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri. When I say excelled, I mean he took his sixth U.S. men’s championship, breaking a modern-day record that he previously shared with Blaine Wilson

Sam went to the top of the medal stand to accept gold in the all-around, the floor exercise, pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar.

Mikulak will be America’s hope in the 2020 Summer Olympics where they haven’t won the overall team event since 1984 when the likes of Peter Vidmar, Bart Connor, Tim Daggett and Mitch Gaylord starred.

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Speaking of sports, you may have a new neighbor in town. Arguably baseball’s best player in the game today, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has purchased a 9,000 sq. ft., 6 beds, 8 bath home in the Harbor Ridge guard-gated community.

The price tag was $9.15 million and the sale was handled for Trout by Celeste Gilles of Villa Real Estate. The listing agent was Gigi Thomas from Compass.

Just in case you’re wondering, it includes pretty much everything you’d expect in a $9+ million home, including a built-in backyard doggie bath for pets.

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Last Thursday night at the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA game at Staples Center, a celebration took place announcing Pat Summitt Leadership Night. Summitt, who died in 2016, was the longtime coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team.

In her 38-year career, she won eight national championships and had 1,098 wins, more than anyone ever in the sport.

That evening, the program also honored another legendary coach, our own Bill Sumner. Sumner, of course, coached cross country and track and field at Corona del Mar High School

His teams won 18 CIF Southern Section championships, nine CIF State titles and two national championships. 

Sumner was presented the Pat Summitt Leadership Group trophy and recognition during the Sparks game.

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One event in town that’s always a hit is the 22nd Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation Dinner scheduled for the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa on Thursday, Sept. 19.

I know it’s still a ways off, so you don’t have to get your Tommy Bahama Hawaiian shirt on yet, but if you want to attend, you had better buy your tickets soon. Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Steve Rosansky tells me tickets are almost gone.

Go to www.newportbeach.com if you’re interested.

Speaking of the fire department, Newport Beach will pin/promote Jeff Boyles to the role of our new chief on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.

You as a resident should be proud, as Boyles will do the job proud.

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If you’re a foodie, great. Even if you’re not, it’s still okay. Now’s your chance to vote for the Golden Foodie Awards.

Now through Sunday, Aug. 17, you can help select the local best in the restaurant industry. Some of the categories include Bartender of the Year, Best New Restaurant, Rising Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year. To vote, go to www.ocfoodies.com.

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And finally, this is the time of year I’d start hating life as a kid. I’d realize that the next school year was closing in on me. So, life as I’d grown to know it for the last three months was almost over.

For those counting, this year’s first day will be Tuesday, Sept. 3. That’s only 20 days.

So kids, enjoy life while you can.