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By Barry Faulkner | July 20, 2013
COSTA MESA - It was a win so coveted, it turned parents into paparazzi, too-cool teenage older brothers into sentimental supporters, and silenced crosstown bragging rights that had blared, uninterrupted, for more than a half-decade. But Saturday's 4-2 baseball victory that gave the Costa Mesa American Little League Majors Division All-Stars their first best-of-three Mayor's Cup series title in seven years, wasn't enough to disconcert 12-year-old winning pitcher Matthew Ingram. "I knew he was a good choice [to start the game]
By Barry Faulkner | July 19, 2013
COSTA MESA - One manager clung to discretion when asked about his next starting pitcher, but there is no secret who will have recent history on their side when the Costa Mesa Mayor's Cup Little League Baseball tournament is decided Saturday at Costa Mesa High. The Costa Mesa American Little League Majors Division All-Stars seized an 8-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 victory over Costa Mesa National on Thursday at TeWinkle Intermediate, evening the best-of-three series at one game apiece.
July 3, 2013
Costa Mesa resident April Ross teamed with former UC Irvine standout Whitney Pavlik to remain unbeaten in three pool play matches on Wednesday at the Federation Internationale de Volleyball Beach Volleyball World Championships in Stare Jablonki, Poland. Ross, a Newport Harbor High product, and Pavlik, the No. 3 women's seed, topped Laura Bloem and Rebekka Kadijk from the Netherlands, 21-19, 21-15, in 37 minutes to advance to the first round of single-elimination play on Thursday.
June 13, 2013
UC Irvine junior pitcher Andrew Morales was named second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, adding to the third-team All-American honors he received earlier from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Assn. Morales, a transfer from Rio Hondo Community College, went 10-0 in his first season with the Anteaters. He posted a 1.89 earned-run average, the third-lowest in UCI single-season annals. The first-team All-Big West Conference performer made 17 appearances, including 13 starts for the 'Eaters.
June 12, 2013
Corona del Mar High senior attacker Jack Ortlieb was one of the top 50 high school boys' lacrosse players on the West Coast that played in the Adrenaline All-American Game at Orange Coast College on Saturday. Ortlieb, who's bound for Holy Cross, scored two goals and assisted on two goals, helping the South defeat the North, 20-12. "Saturday's game went really well," said Ortlieb, who played in his third straight game since injuring his hamstring on April 20. "I played half the game.
By Barry Faulkner | June 12, 2013
Ben Orloff, the most decorated player in UC Irvine baseball history, retired as a professional player on Friday, in the middle of his fifth minor-league season with the Houston Astros organization. Orloff, who won the Brooks Wallace Award that goes to the nation's top shortstop, was Big West Conference Player of the Year, won Rawlings and American Baseball Coaches' Assn. Gold Glove awards and was a first-team All-American as a senior in 2009, went four for five in his final game on June 4. In 41 games and 131 at-bats this season for the Corpus Christ Hooks of the Double-A Texas League, Orloff hit .298 with 11 runs batted in, 20 runs and five stolen bases.
By Barry Faulkner | June 8, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR - After a week's worth of postseason drama for both teams, Saturday's Newport Beach Little League Triple-A division championship game could only manage about an inning's worth of suspense. Pimco, which unexpectedly found itself battling out of the playoff loser's bracket, after dominating the American League regular season, took on Murray Home Theater, which finished fifth in the National regular-season standings, only to knock off the four teams that finished ahead of it to reach the division final at Lincoln Elementary.
By Rhea Mahbubani | June 8, 2013
Julie Elkins cried only twice during her 11-year battle with breast cancer. The first time was while walking out of a clinic with the words, "You have cancer" ringing in her ears. The second was when her husband shaved her head. The Costa Mesa resident was also unprepared for the chemotherapy-induced loss of her eyebrows and eyelashes, she recalled. "I looked like Charlie Brown when I was bald," said Elkins, 52, laughing. "I learned how to tie scarves so I wouldn't look stupid.
May 31, 2013
UC Irvine baseball players Andrew Morales and Taylor Sparks became the school's first All-Americans since 2011 after earning second- and third-team honors, respectively, from Collegiate Baseball. Morales, pitching his first season with the Anteaters, was 10-0 mark on the mound with a 1.89 earned-run average. He is the first Anteater to hold a perfect mark, with a minimum of 10 decisions, and his ERA is third-best in UCI single-season annals. Morales, a first-team All-Big West Conference performer, struck out 85 and allowed 78 hits in 95 1/3 innings.
May 22, 2013
Vanguard sophomore Nina Pudar earned second-team All-American recognition in women's tennis. She helped lead the Lions to the second round of the NAIA National Championship. Pudar was 16-10 in singles for Vanguard. Freshman Michaele Sullivan was an honorable mention for the Lions. - From staff reports
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