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By John Curtis/Community Correspondent | June 26, 2008
Beginning soccer coaches that will be working with boys and girls ages 4 to 7 years attended coaching clinics hosted by Region 97 AYSO at Harper School Wednesday and Thursday. The clinics answered questions concerning the everyone plays AYSO rules, and information was presented on what to expect as a teacher/coach for very young players. AYSO's mission of enriching children's lives was underlined. Eighteen coaches attended each clinic and more than 45 coaches are expected to be working with small teams of 5 to 7 players starting in the fall.
NEWS
January 27, 2001
IRVINE - Amoeba 2000, a Newport Beach-based AYSO under-14 boys team, defeated the Marauders, 2-0, to win the league's area playoff tournament Sunday at Windrow Field. The Amoeba won all four games in its flight, before emerging victorious in the title game. The locals, coached by Tom Acosta, were led by Jon Mena, who scored both goals in the final from his left wing position. Sean Rowe, Niko Hendricks and Brandon Sowers were additional offensive catalysts Saturday, while the defense, keyed by Philip Houten, Chase Nelson, Luis Ordaz, Clayton Heiser and goalkeeper Tony Rivas, allowed only five goals the entire tournament.
NEWS
June 28, 2003
Deirdre Newman The American Youth Soccer Organization has filed a lawsuit against a youth soccer leader who allegedly misappropriated more than $100,000 by spending it on his company, his landlord and tickets to a professional soccer team match. On June 20, AYSO filed the lawsuit with the Superior Court of Orange County against Anthony Anish, the former commissioner of AYSO Region 97, which is made up of Newport Beach and part of Costa Mesa. The lawsuit accuses Anish of four main improprieties and "numerous other instances of misappropriation, conversion, misuse and fraud."
NEWS
November 8, 2001
EDITOR'S NOTE: There's nothing quite like the first time in most any endeavor. This AYSO coach from Region 97 tells it like it is and it pretty well sums up that first-year soccer experience for youngsters. Some call it swarm ball, or ameba ball. What do you really expect from 5-year-olds? Our team is the T-Rex's and our cheer is "HAVE FUN!" As a first-year coach, I had virtually no experience with the "world's sport" of soccer. Although, with the fabulous help of Larry Webb, AYSO Region 97 coaching coordinator, he provided the coaches with all the tools to "make a difference."
SPORTS
By Dominic Perrone | July 13, 2006
Four years in, it was time to take the relationship to the next level. The Costa Mesa Team Spirit 14-and-under soccer team has competed in tournaments throughout Orange County and even ventured slightly further on occasion. Being an AYSO team, not a club team, meant lengthy travel was never discussed. But the wins piled up and the players got to know each other in detail on the field, establishing a comfort few teams experience. After three years, Coach Andy Lamb decided the team could step up its level of competition and applied to AYSO to be allowed to take the team to the Umbro International Soccer Cup in Manchester, England.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 11, 2012
You wouldn't take candy from a baby. So why, local mom and American Youth Soccer Organization Region 120 board member Silvia Casasola wondered, would someone steal all the candy and Gatorade from a snack bar that raises money for young soccer players? "It's just kind of disappointing," Casasola said of the Monday night theft from the AYSO parent-run snack bar, which is open most afternoons and all day Saturdays at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa. It wasn't exactly a grand heist, Casasola said: About $300 in Ring Pops, Sour Punch straws, chocolate bars, sunflower seeds and other goodies was taken.
NEWS
March 13, 2004
Lolita Harper A pretrial hearing for a former AYSO commissioner accused of embezzling from the nonprofit group was postponed Friday, because the amount of money that he is accused of stealing is still up for debate, a judge decided. Anthony Leon Anish, the former American Youth Soccer Organization regional commissioner who pleaded not guilty in October to charges of embezzling $108,000, was in court Friday morning to set a trial date. He carried with him a packet of photocopies of canceled checks and other documents.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 5, 2007
Mike Wade never watched soccer, didn't know the sport, but he became an AYSO referee 15 years ago. He blames his then 6-year-old son Chris for that. "They needed referees back then," said Wade, who tried to distinguish a yellow card from a red card. Which one is for stop? The whistle, he learned it halted play. Now the Newport Beach resident is the country's oldest youth soccer organization's national president. No more blaming his kid. He credits Chris and his two daughters, Katie and Natalie, whom he coached, for sticking with AYSO and becoming its leader.
NEWS
January 11, 2000
CORONA DEL MAR - The Corona del Mar Blue Bombers from AYSO Area Q, Division 5, knocked off the Costa Mesa Alleygators, 1-0 and the Tustin Red Bulldogs, 4-2, in weekend action. In the win over Costa Mesa, the Blue Bombers' Mitchell Williams scored the game's lone goal, with assists from Nick Freeman and Parker Rhodes. Solid offensive pressure was provided by Peter Yould, Camden Higginson, Reed Williams and David Schwartz, while Evan Lividas, Andrew Halladay, Bret Weinberger and Russell Goldberg led the defense.
NEWS
December 6, 2007
American Youth Soccer Organization players flipped the switch on $150,000 worth of lighting at Lincoln Athletic Center in Corona del Mar last week. The AYSO region 57 board donated the lighting funds to help fix an increasing competition for field space from lacrosse and soccer leagues. Region 57 offered to donate the money to light the field in April, but had to gain approval from neighbors, officials at the state and city level, and also work in coordination with Lincoln Elementary School and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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SPORTS
November 30, 2013
The Highlighters, a girls' 10-and-under Recreation League from Region 57, Corona del Mar, capped off an undefeated regular season run last weekend with a 6 -1 victory in the title game at Lincoln Elementary. The Highlighters went 10-0 during the regular season in Region 57, and outscored opponents, 46-5. They then went through the league playoffs allowing just one goal, which came in the final, and earned the right to represent Region 57 as its top girls' U-10 seed in Area Q competition.
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SPORTS
May 22, 2013
The Newport-Mesa girls' U10 Yellow Tigers soccer team won the Spring AYSO Regions 57, 97 and 120 Tournament Championship on Sunday. The team, coached by Eric Rans and David Heaslip, had a solid season but due to some late-game losses came into the tournament championship as the No. 7 seed. On Saturday, the Newport-Mesa girls handily outscored two teams from Corona del Mar, 9-1, earning a spot in the semifinals on Sunday. In the semifinal game, despite falling behind early, 1-0, the Tigers roared back with three straights goals from forwards Fiona Batstone, Bridget Walton and Sofia Rans, eventually winning the game, 3-2. In the afternoon championship game, the Tigers again fell behind early but the bend-but-don't-break defensive team effort led by Sydney Anderson, Hannah Barrett, Mary Grace Anderson, Mary Kelly and twins Shea and Holly Heaslip, kept the Tigers in the game until the offense woke up in the final quarter.
SPORTS
May 16, 2013
The Corona del Mar boys' U14 Spring Select Soccer team won the Spring AYSO Championship on May 5. The team, coached by Dr. Dave Wirta , were 8-1-1 on the season. In the championship game, the CdM boys avenged their only loss of the season by beating North Irvine (Region 213) in overtime. CdM trailed, 1-0, with five minutes remaining, but then Brett Wirta hammered home the tying goal. In overtime, Will O'Conner nailed a header to capture the victory. Over the course of the season, the CdM boys outscored their opponents 36-11.
SPORTS
February 22, 2013
The Corona del Mar Silver All-Stars won the AYSO boys' 10-and-under division and completed their season with a 3-1 victory over South Irvine on Feb. 9. South Irvine started strongly the first quarter, dominating play and keeping the ball in front of the CdM goal, but CdM defended well and both teams were scoreless going into the second quarter, when CdM's Ian Schoenbaum scored the first goal of the game. Just before the halftime whistle, South Irvine conceded a penalty, which Iain Kennedy converted to a goal with a well-placed penalty kick to extend CdM's lead.
SPORTS
February 8, 2013
The Corona del Mar AYSO boys' 14-and-under All-Stars completed an unbeaten run in the Area All-Star Tournament with six wins and two ties to capture the championship. The four-week tournament included teams from Costa Mesa, Irvine and Tustin. The CdM All-Stars completed their season on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Tustin, the only other previously unbeaten team. Luke Mink scored the winning goal on a well-placed corner kick from Christian Cernich. Over the course of the All-Star tournament CdM outscored their opponents, 19-3.
SPORTS
January 24, 2013
The Orange Cheeseballs, playing out of AYSO Region 57 (Corona del Mar), are having an amazing season. The Orange Cheeseballs started back in August and have played 21 games and have only lost one. They have scored 72 goals and have given up 22 goals. They won the Mayors Cup tournament (teams from CdM, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa) and advanced to the Area Q tournament, which includes the best teams from the surrounding cities of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Tustin and Yorba Linda.
SPORTS
November 23, 2012
In a real nail-biter of a match, the unbeaten AYSO Region 97 boys' U9 Newport Beach extra team headed by Coach Bruce Skibby won the championship match, 2-0 over the previously unbeaten Irvine extra team headed by Coach Mark Miller. The championship match was played at the Tustin Sports Park Nov. 18. In very fitting fashion, the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the regular season faced off to decide who would be the winner of the Fall AYSO Extra season. Both teams had an impressive 11-0-1 record arriving to the championship match.
NEWS
By Jill Cowan | October 11, 2012
You wouldn't take candy from a baby. So why, local mom and American Youth Soccer Organization Region 120 board member Silvia Casasola wondered, would someone steal all the candy and Gatorade from a snack bar that raises money for young soccer players? "It's just kind of disappointing," Casasola said of the Monday night theft from the AYSO parent-run snack bar, which is open most afternoons and all day Saturdays at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex in Costa Mesa. It wasn't exactly a grand heist, Casasola said: About $300 in Ring Pops, Sour Punch straws, chocolate bars, sunflower seeds and other goodies was taken.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | July 26, 2012
Lexi Osso gave her dad the best birthday gift: a trip with her and her under-12 girls' soccer team to Walt Disney World. "I was with 15 12-year-old girls, how fun could that be?" Jeremy Osso said with a laugh. The day after her father turned 35, Lexi and Jeremy joined other family members of the Costa Mesa Envy, a select team from AYSO Region 120. The team hopped on a plane to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament last week. This was Lexi's first out-of-state trip.
SPORTS
July 20, 2012
The U-12 Slammers Maroon team finished runner-up in the prestigious Slammers Summer Classic tournament last weekend. The entire team is comprised of former Corona del Mar AYSO All-Stars that have just recently moved over to the Slammers Club soccer team. This was their second club soccer tournament. The boys played outstanding defense over the four games played. They allowed only five shots on goal and only two goals scored. In the championship game they were forced to play with no substitutes and narrowly lost 1-0 to a team from Anaheim.
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