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Estancia owns All-Sports Cup and meal

Eagles win overall rivalry against Costa Mesa and has claimed All-Sports Cup in each of three years of competition's existence.

June 06, 2012|By David Carrillo Pe├▒aloza
  • Estancia High student athletes gather to eat a free meal catered by Newport Rib Co. after winning the All-Sports Cup, the award from Costa Mesa United for the most points in the series against Costa Mesa.
Estancia High student athletes gather to eat a free meal… (NANCY KAPKO )

COSTA MESA — The spread has been the same around this time of the school year for athletes and coaches at Estancia High.

The sports seasons are done with. It was time for them to chow down on barbecued chopped beef brisket sandwiches or pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued beans and mashed potatoes on Wednesday.

The athletes and coaches have not gotten tired of the free food from the Newport Rib Co. They earned it again after beating out cross-town rival Costa Mesa for the All-Sports Cup for the third straight year.

"It's a great opportunity for our kids to kind of have something to fight for and strive for, beside just the general season," said Jessica Perry, the Estancia girls' athletic director, referring to the lunch and trophy, which Costa Mesa United has given the past three years to the overall winner of the rivalry. "We're hoping that it encourages the athletes to support other sports as well, the boys support the girls and the girls support the boys, because we're all in it together.

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"It's great just to have that extra little piece of pride and it doesn't matter which teams have contributed or not. We're taking a look at it as a team effort anyway. Even if some of our teams didn't beat Mesa [you get to eat]."

The Eagles ran away with the rivalry once again. Perry said Estancia more than doubled Costa Mesa's point total.

Her girls' soccer team contributed, sweeping the two matches against the Mustangs in Orange Coast League play. The contests were never close, Estancia outscoring Costa Mesa, 11-0.

The results in baseball went to Estancia in a landslide as well. The Eagles beat Costa Mesa three times, winning by an average of 12 runs per game.

Coach Nate Goellrich finally got to taste the lunch given to the annual winner of the rivalry. Before coming to Estancia this season, he was an assistant at Costa Mesa for four seasons.

"It's pretty cool that Newport Rib does that for us, for either school that wins it," Goellrich said. "It was pretty easy there at the end [when we beat Costa Mesa, 18-0 and 18-2, in the final two games]. It's a city rivalry. You never know with those things. The first time we played them, it was a 5-3 game. We scored two in the seventh. You just never know. Now you add an All-Sports Cup. You're always playing for something, which is nice."

The Estancia football team played for history in its game against the Mustangs on Nov. 11.

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