Briefs: Vobora joining Seattle

Mr. Irrelevant in 2008 signs with Seahawks, 10 days after being released by the St. Louis Rams.

August 22, 2011
  • The Newport Mesa Waves (Boys Under-9) Soccer Club won the Coastal Classic Cup in Carlsbad recently by defeating the San Diego Surf in penalty kicks in the championship game. The Waves defeated the Surf in the Semis 3-0 to get to the championship game. Players: Luca O'Brien, Jack Newton, Max Teteak, Blake Butcher, Adrian Cazares, Hudson DeLorme, Caden Dewey, Daniel Klebau, Jared Maister, Duke Nelson, Reese Carter, Will Little. Coach Mike Whitaker.
The Newport Mesa Waves (Boys Under-9) Soccer Club won… (Hand in, Daily Pilot )

David Vobora was born in the Pacific Northwest and he played high school and college football in the region.

Therefore, the former Mr. Irrelevant is not irrelevant in the Pacific Northwest.

Vobora will now get to return home to play for the NFL team in the Pacific Northwest.

The 6-foot-1, 239-pound linebacker signed with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday, 10 days after the St. Louis Rams released the last player chosen in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Vobora joins an NFC West divisional foe after playing 34 games in three seasons with the Rams. He started 16 times, 10 during the 2009 season, when he finished with a career-high 49 tackles.

Vobora, who played at Winston Churchill High in Eugene, Oregon, before starring at the University of Idaho, will try to help Seattle defend its division title.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza

Sage's Tolver honored

Sage Hill School football coach J.R, Tolver will be recognized as ABC7/NFL High School Coach of the Week on the Sept. 3 airing of the "Sports Zone" television show on ABC7.


Tolver, entering his third season, was recognized for his coaching skills, as well as his impact on the students, school and community, after being nominated by letter from a viewer.

Tolver is 15-7 at the helm.

The Lightning football program will receive a $1,000 grant from the NFL Youth Football Fund that goes with the honor.

A segment including Tolver and his players, taped earlier in the week, will be shown as part of the show that follows the College Football Game of the Week.

— From staff reports

Robertson stands out

Newport Harbor High alumna Leah Robertson scored a team-high three goals as the United States women's water polo World University Games team defeated Italy, 9-8, in a semifinal match Saturday in Shenzhen, China.

Team USA advanced to meet the host Chinese in the final.

Robertson, who also starred at the University of Michigan, scored twice in the third quarter against Italy, once on a six-on-five and once on a counterattack. CdM Aquatics Coach Stephanie Schnugg also scored for the Americans.

—From staff reports

Couples edges Cook

Fred Couples, the 2010 Toshiba Classic champion, defeated part-time Corona del Mar resident John Cook in a playoff Sunday to claim the Seniors Players Championship at Harrison, N.Y.

It was the first senior major title for Couples, who shot par 71 to match Cook at 11-under after regulation at the Westchester Country Club's West Course.

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