Third-graders capture NJB title

March 24, 2010

The Newport-Mesa third-grade All-Stars went undefeated, 4-0, at the Southern California National Junior Basketball Sectional Tournament March 20-21.

Led by coaches Jeff Hamilton and Joe Schimmelpfennig, all players contributed in all four games.

Newport-Mesa defeated Irvine, 53-48, in the championship game.

Newport-Mesa will travel to Hanford March 26-28 to participate in the national tournament. The Newport-Mesa All-Stars will contend with All-Star teams from all over the west region.

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Newport-Mesa wins title

In its first game, the Newport-Mesa NJB fifth-grade boys’ All-Stars beat Los Alamitos, 37-22.


Newport-Mesa came from behind to win and was led by Brennan Greenwald’s 12 points, Drew Johnston’s four steals, four rebounds and a blocked shot, and Danny Rogers’ six points and four rebounds.

Then against the Irvine Shockers, Zach Blaine led Newport-Mesa in scoring with 12 points and also had five rebounds. Billy Shaw, who stood out on defense, had five rebounds and four points. Brett Super took on Irvine’s top scorer and held him scoreless while picking up five points and six steals. The Shockers won, 40-37.

Newport-Mesa then beat Tustin, 43-22, to stay in contention for the title. Kyle Hatch scored 10 points of his game-high 15 points in the third period. Jake Pearson had seven points and six rebounds, Jack McClintock had three points, three rebounds and two assists and Chase Grippo dished out six assists. With his four points and eight rebounds in the game, Fritz Miller had four points and eight rebounds. Miller had 10 points and 17 rebounds in the tournament.

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Wolverines collect title

The Wolverines captured their postseason tournament to become boys’ Division 3 champions in Newport-Mesa NJB.

The Wolverines won the tournament after finishing the regular season in fourth place with a 6-4 record. Coached by Mike Coffman, the Wolverines are Clyde Moore, Sam Barela, Benjamin Coffman, Peter Larsen, Anthony Di Ferdinando, Mitch Harvey, Max Morris and Ben Kwong.

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Bockrath lights it up

It all came together for the Newport-Mesa Longhorns boys’ under-13 basketball team in the March Madness Swoosh tournament last weekend. Playing against a seasoned Orange County Swoosh team, the game became like a heavyweight fight with each team getting hit, yet no one would fall down.

The Longhorns came back in the second half to win the game, 78-73.

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