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By Matt Szabo | March 12, 2014
Some of the top high school boys' tennis teams in the country will converge on Newport Beach this weekend, like they always do on a weekend in March. The 15th annual Corona del Mar All-American Invitational boys' tennis tournament begins Friday at The Tennis Club Newport Beach and Corona del Mar High, promising elite competition like always. CdM begins its tournament at 8:30 a.m. Friday at The Tennis Club, against Rancho Bernardo High of San Diego. "There will be more depth this year, but not as many superstars," said All-American Tournament director Tim Mang, the former longtime CdM coach.
March 4, 2014
Nicole Ballestero, a returning first-team All-American who led Vanguard to the program's fourth undefeated regular season, has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball. Ballestero, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged a conference-best 22.2 points per game, which was third in the NAIA. She led the GSAC in free-throw percentage (83.5%) to help the Lions finish 25-0, 14-0 in conference. Russ Davis, in his 18th season at the Vanguard helm, was named GSAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.
By Barry Faulkner | February 12, 2014
For more than a decade, the UC Irvine baseball program has prided itself on playing little ball, relying on pitching, defense and just enough offense to compile a record suitable to make the postseason. But as the Anteaters learned last season, there is a fine line between little ball and too little offense. For the second straight year, UCI failed to make an NCAA Regional in 2013 and those willing to point fingers might cite the 'Eaters 17-18 record in games decided by three or fewer runs.
By Bradley Zint | January 24, 2014
A private Super Bowl party in Newport Beach promises a rousing good time, even if those attending don't care much about football. Corona del Mar residents Gary and Julie Crisp, owners of Costa Mesa-based C2, a printing services business, are having their sixth all-day Super Bowl party Feb. 2 for 300 guests: 150 veterans and 150 active-duty Marines from Camp Pendleton. It will benefit the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. Organizers are calling the invitation-only party at the American Legion's Newport Harbor Post 291 "the biggest, liveliest party these military service people have ever experienced.
January 22, 2014
UC Irvine junior Taylor Sparks has been named first-team preseason All-American in baseball by Perfect Game. It's the third entity to recognize Sparks, the 2013 Big West Conference Co-Player of the Year, as a preseason All-American. Sparks, a third baseman, hit .360 with 10 home runs, 50 runs batted in and 25 extra-base hits as a sophomore and enters the 2014 season as Perfect Game's No. 26 prospect. Sparks and the Anteaters open the season Feb. 14 at home against Fresno State at 6 p.m. — From staff reports
By Michael Miller | December 30, 2013
When I saw the ads for "American Hustle," the new Jennifer Lawrence movie that's fast racking up Oscar buzz, I realized I had reached a breaking point of sorts. It's easy, after all, for a tried-and-true property to cross the line into media saturation. I can only see the same image on movie posters and magazine covers so many times. No doubt it's in Hollywood's nature to beat a brand name into the ground, but it's high time we moved on to the next marketable commodity. Do you think I'm talking about Lawrence?
December 18, 2013
UC Irvine infielders Taylor Sparks and Connor Spencer, as well as pitcher Andrew Morales, have been selected first-team preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Sparks was named Big West Conference Co-Player of the Year in 2013, when the sophomore third baseman batted .360 with 10 home runs and 50 runs batted in. He was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and was an ABCA Gold Glove winner. Sparks, named second-team West Region by the American Baseball Coaches Assn.
December 13, 2013
UC Irvine seniors Marco Franco and Enrique Cardenas have been named second- and third-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America. Franco, the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a first-team All-West Region honoree after helping lead the Anteaters to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. With Franco anchoring the back line at center back, UCI posted 10 shutouts and its 0.8 goals-against average was the stingiest in the Big West. He had two assists in 2013.
By Barry Faulkner | December 12, 2013
"There's a symphony inside you, there's a thousand things for you to do. " - James Taylor - Nicole Ballestero plays basketball with an orchestral range that makes coaches, teammates and spectators hum approvingly along. But somewhere in the bleachers, her father, Carlos, is savoring every swish and shoe squeak of this specific full-court symphony with even greater toe-tapping delight. "If he had a choice, I think my Dad would have had a family band," Ballestero said.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 30, 2013
In the front window of his store on Marine Avenue on Balboa Island, Neil Roberts turned over a batch of candles in to smooth out the bottoms. The store was empty Saturday morning, but reusable bags with a small-business slogan hung on the bench outside and beckoned people in from the crowded sidewalk. This year, as in past years, the two owners of CandlEssence took part in Small Business Saturday, a promotion American Express created in 2010 to help mom-and-pop stores compete with big box retailers' Black Friday bonanza of shopping.
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