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CdM football tops list that includes championship teams and individual milestones.

December 30, 2011|By Barry Faulkner

Carlson was recognized on Oct. 6, his 75th birthday, when the press box at the Newport Harbor football stadium was officially named the Roger Carlson Press Box.

Carlson, who worked for 40 years at the Daily Pilot, was known for the passion and compassion with which he covered athletes and coaches in Newport-Mesa and beyond.

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10 – Newport-Mesa tennis finalists: Sage Hill School earned the school's first CIF Southern Section title in a boys' team sport by defeating Valencia of Placentia, 10-8, in the Division III final on June 1 at the Claremont Club.

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It was the lone tennis crown of 2011, though the girls' teams from Newport Harbor and Sage Hill advanced to their respective CIF Division finals the following fall.

The Sage boys (20-5) used a singles sweep from junior Robbe Simon and doubles sweeps from the tandems of senior captain Andrew Kurzweil and sophomore Ryan Lee, as well as senior Kevin Marshack and junior Alex Manolakas to prevail in an emotional and hard-fought final.

Newport Harbor fell to Santa Barbara, 16-2, in the Division II girls' final in November, on the same day Sage Hill was edged on games by St. Margaret's in the Division III title match.

Newport Harbor finished 20-2, while Sage ended its season with a 21-6 mark, as St. Margaret's won its fourth straight CIF crown and extended its four-year winning streak to 96 matches.

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Others – Daily Pilot Cup; Newport Harbor High field hockey wins Tournament of Champions for fourth straight year; Orange Coast College women's basketball coach Mike Thornton gets 500th win at the school; Courtney Conlogue seventh overall on women's pro surfing tour; Vanguard University women's basketball coach Russ Davis earns 400th win at the school.

barry.faulkner@latimes.com

Twitter: @BarryFaulkner5

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