The press box at Newport Harbor High was named after longtime Daily Pilot sports reporter/editor Roger Carlson on Thursday night, before Newport Harbor's football game against Mira Costa.
After the Sailors won, 33-3, Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said Carlson is definitely deserving of the honor.
"Roger's a great guy," Brinkley said. "I love Roger. When I got the job at Newport [in 1986], he was the first guy that took me out to lunch."
Brinkley said he believes the lunch was at the now-gone The Barn, on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.
"We had a nice meeting and I felt we were close from that point on," Brinkley said. "I'm really happy for him. He's a good man."
Estancia High came close to upsetting a second straight ranked team from the CIF Southern Section Southern Division.
The sixth-ranked Eagles lost at home to No. 2-ranked Beckman, 12-10, Thursday, but Coach Mike Bargas said the effort against a section finalist from last year gave Estancia confidence.