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Newport shines in Winter Classic

February 04, 2011

The Newport Region 97 boys' under-9 flex team defeated Ladera Premier Barcelona, 3-1 in the championship game of the UCI Winter Classic.

Zach Forbath scored two goals and Cameron Harper added another, as the Newport team defeated the previously unbeaten squad from Ladera Ranch to win the U9 championship.

Newport was led by strong performances in goal by Aiden Goltz and Kyle Binford.

Newport's solid defense led by Evan Fischbacher, Hutton Wooters and Kory Griscom allowed only three goals for the entire tournament.

Alec Blower, Daniel Woods and Robbie Spooner played strong up front keeping the play on Ladera's side of the field.

Newport 97, an AYSO Flex-team, dominated the club teams in the tournament, finishing undefeated and outscoring the competition 16-3 for the tournament.

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The Newport team was led to victory by coaches Dave Wooters and Ian Goltz.

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All-Net team wins title

The Newport-Mesa fifth-grade All-Net boys' basketball team captured the highly competitive Swoosh Basketball tournament title last weekend.

Newport-Mesa, currently the No. 2-ranked fifth-grade National Junior Basketball team in Orange County faced the Five-on-Five, a top AAU team, for the championship.

Down by 12 at halftime, Newport-Mesa battled all the way back to a two-point deficit with seven seconds left when Kevin Kobrine drained a three-pointer to give Newport-Mesa the win.

In the ACES MLK AAU tournament Newport-Mesa competed against some of the elite fifth-grade teams from Los Angeles and Orange County. The team ended up with an impressive second-place finish in the gold division.

The team members are Ben Coffman, Morgan Cortens, Jake Griffin, Preston Hartsell, Kevin Kobrine, JT Murphy, JT Schwartz, Jack Seybold and Cole Whitelaw.

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Swanson wins gold

Local Costa Mesa Middle School student Sammy Swanson took the gold in slopestyle last weekend at Bear Mountain in the United States of America Snowboard Assn. first contest of the season.

Swanson qualified, but could not compete at Nationals last year due to a broken collarbone injury during training the week prior. He came back strong this season.

Competition is for snowboarders and freestyle skiers with 26 age groups for men and women from 7-and-under to 70-and-older.

Winners qualify for the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colo., set for April 1 through 8.

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