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Pacers perfect, rule championship series

BASKETBALL: NJB team of Newport-Mesa records three wins in recent regional tourney.

March 12, 2009

The Pacers, a Newport-Mesa National Junior Basketball fifth- and sixth-grade boys’ team, recently finished the season undefeated at 13-0, winning its pool in the NJB Championship Series.

The Pacers, coached by Scott Hook, scored impressive wins over Santa Margarita, 45-42, Hacienda Heights, 59-48, and Chino Valley 55-39. The Pacers’ roster included Chad Redfearn, Cameron Hook, Anthony Tsai, Ben Resnick, Jack Denning, Braxton Andry, Drew Raguse, Shane McCartney and Sam Woodward.

The Newport-Mesa Jayhawks played in a different pool and went 3-0. The Hornets, coached by Jimmy Stone, included Beau Roth, Harry Miller, Ryan Stone, Clint Henderson, Blake Kormos, Nick Fox, Jason Simaan, Noah Linkon and Kevin Rsu.


The Newport-Mesa Trojans, led by Peter Hauser, finished 2-1 in series competition, with victories over Placentia and Huntington Beach by over 20 points. The roster included Richard Hagestad, Jordan Hauser, Charlie Stassel, Junior Johnson, Sam Skinner, Mark Thompson, Jake Whelan and Ryan Monzeb.

The Newport-Mesa Patriots finished third in the Newport-Mesa league and played hard in the series without injured point guard Jake Hastings. Coach Duane Hasting’s team also included Brett Greenlee, George MacCabe, James Turner, Kevin Langley, Daniel Henry, Patrick Jennings and Dillon Murphy.

The Newport-Mesa Lakers were coached by Buck Schwartz, and after finishing fourth in league play, finished strong in the series as the runner-up to a very skilled Capistrano Valley-Dana Hills team. Lakers included Trevor Schwartz, Grant Nutt, Milad Rohani, Christian Munson, Jack Beeker and Jerome Higman.

The Newport-Mesa Bruins, led by Nick Belida and James Pfleughaughpt, finished as champions in their pool, defeating another Newport-Mesa team, the Raptors, who were led by Hagen Truninger, Sam Silverman and Ricky Luehrs.

The Newport-Mesa Wizards were led by Richard Morton and finished runner-up in their respective pool.


The Costa Mesa Darts, a girls’ under-12 soccer team, finished second in Southern California and lost just twice during a seaon that included an AYSO Area Q championship.

The Darts reached the tile match of the Southern California regional tournament and lost to Cypress, 4-1, falling short of reaching the state tournament. The final, played in San Marcos, was the fourth match in a 36-hour span for the Darts.

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