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All-Sports Cup

Estancia celebrates capturing the All-Sports Cup for winning the most sporting events against rival Costa Mesa.

June 08, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com
(Scott Smeltzer…)

COSTA MESA — Boys and girls lined up to enter the Estancia High gymnasium for a special lunch Wednesday. Before they got in, they checked in with one of the coaches responsible for letting them have a free meal during the school's lunch hour.

If your name was not on the list football coach Mike Bargas had in his hand, you were not getting in.

But everyone in line was waiting for a legit reason. They all played a part in helping Estancia keep the All-Sports Cup at home.

The Eagles' treat for beating cross-town rival Costa Mesa for the trophy awarded to the best high school athletic program in the city was catered food by the Newport Rib Co. Estancia has claimed the huge prize and spread in each of the two years of the competition's existence.

This school year's competition, which Costa Mesa United runs, was not even close. The Eagles beat the Mustangs, 120-60, each boys' and girls' team contributes five points for a rivalry victory, 2.5 points for a rivalry tie, and only in football does a team earn 15 points per rivalry win.

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John Ursini, the owner of Newport Rib Co., created the All-Sports Cup because he wanted to highlight the special rivalry between Estancia and Costa Mesa.

"This was modeled after the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy that USC and UCLA does [annually]," said Ursini, who wanted to do more for Estancia and Costa Mesa, which play for the Battle for the Bell trophy in only three sports, football, baseball and basketball. "I always appreciated what the Scotts [the late Jim Scott, and now his son Jim Scott Jr.] do with doing the Bell trophy. [Jim Scott Jr.] can only do so many sports. He just got to the point where it's hard to do [for every sport]. We support that, and he brings the [winning football, baseball, boys' and girls' basketball team] over to Newport Rib Co. and it's great.

"For me, [I've] always been kind of a fan of all sports, all teams, everybody counts."

Every varsity athlete at Estancia got to taste barbecued chopped beef brisket or pulled pork sandwiches, with barbecued beans, mashed potatoes and coleslaw.

Seeing the athletes load up their plates with food, smiling as they walked toward to get a drink where the trophy was on display made Ursini's day. He used to be one of them. He was an athlete at Estancia, graduated from the school in 1982, and later coached soccer from 1989 to 1991.

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