Hometown Horns: Mission Viejo, Calif.
Similar to its Orange County counterparts, the land where Mission Viejo, Calif., now sits was originally populated by vaqueros and cattle, but Mission Viejo did not become a full-fledged city until March 31, 1988.
This makes the town younger than the two UT student-athletes who hail from there. Volleyball senior and soccer sophomore call the sun-filled town of 95,000 home.
Magee, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Texas' first match of the season versus No. 9 Wisconsin, was a big loss to the program. Last year, she led the team in hitting percentage (.377) and was ranked 24th nationally and third in the Big 12 in that category. She also garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors and was named a third-team 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American.
"Mission Viejo is cool because it is pretty laid back and a real easy-going place," Magee said. "It's not exactly a beach town, but not your typical city either."
In high school, Magee was voted MVP of her team as both a junior and senior and was named Capistrano Valley High School Athlete of the Year. She earned a place on the Orange County All-Star team and her high school team won the South Coast League in 2001 and 2002, reaching the CIF semifinals in 2002.
UT's other Mission Viejo native, Kasey Moore, has been crucial to Texas soccer's success of late. Moore, a defender, netted the lone goal of the match to help the Longhorns defeat No. 5 Texas A&M 1-0 on October 27. She was named Soccer America's National Player of the Week for that performance. Moore also added a penalty kick in the overtime match against Colorado to win the Big 12 Tournament.
As a freshman she earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was named Big 12 Rookie of the Year in addition to starting every game and being UT's top scoring defender.
In her stint as Capistrano Valley High School, Moore was a four-year starter who helped her to team win the Division I CIF High School Championship after reaching the semifinals in 2003 and the finals in 2002. In 2005, she was awarded first-team all-county, all-league and All-California Interscholastic Federation honors in addition to being team MVP and named the Capistrano Valley High School Athlete of the Year.
"I've lived in Mission Viejo since I was born," Moore said. "I lived in the same house my whole life." Since the city was only recently recognized as an official town, Moore was technically born in Riverside, Calif.
The city began on blueprints in 1963 after the Mission Viejo Company bought a 10,000-acre section of a ranch belonging to the O'Neill family. The company drew up plans indicating the number of homes, parks, and retail spaces were to be built.
The Mission Viejo Co. has been a huge influence on the planning of not only the city itself, but also its community activities, and the identity of the city itself, dubbing it the "California Promise."
Some points of interest in Mission Viejo include Kaleidoscope Courtyards and the Saddleback Civic Light Opera. Kaleidoscope Courtyard is an entertainment and shopping complex which features everything from specialty shops and restaurants to wine tastings and live music on the weekends. The light opera offers summer entertainment at Saddleback College's McKinney Theatre and featured renditions of Footloose and Smokey Joe's Café last year.
Although the community was drawn up by a company, Moore says it's not much different than any other town.
"The housing area is set up the same, in gated communities, but it's unique because everything looks the same," Moore said. "I like it because you know when you are in Mission Viejo."
Magee says that Mission Viejo is like any other town. "We have shopping malls, movie theatres, and different high schools, just like most cities its size."
Naturally, a favorite pastime for these ladies is going to the beach, but they don't agree so easily on food. Magee's choice is a place called Islands. Its menu features burgers like "the Bleunami and Big Wave," while Moore prefers In-N-Out.
"It's a great burger joint," Moore said. "I miss it a lot. There are definitely Mexican restaurants though, since we're two hours from the border, but the food doesn't compare to Tex-Mex. "
Moore decided to make the big move to Texas because of UT's reputation.
"I was looking at different schools," Moore said, "but I knew I wanted to go to a big school. It's such a big sport school and the academics are good here. It's the whole package. I knew when I left my recruiting trip this is where I wanted to go.
"The feel of Austin is a lot like southern California. Austin is bigger because it's the capital and there are a lot more things going on. In Mission Viejo, the beach is close by and I miss being able to wake up and drive 10 minutes and be at the beach. The cities are alike in that they are laid back. Although the weather is similar, it doesn't get as hot there. It usually stays between 60 and 85."
The construction of the city has been completed and the Mission Viejo Co. has withdrawn from control, but one thing is certain: they have delivered "The California Promise."