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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 19, 2007
The last time Newport Harbor High faced Esperanza, all Coach Jeff Brinkley recalls is the football field being wet. The Sailors definitely got their feet wet in their return to the Sunset League last year. In their first league game, they pulled out a stunning 21-13 victory at home. No showers are in the forecast for Round 2 tonight at 7, as Newport Harbor plays Esperanza at Valencia High. Again the Aztecs enter the game undefeated and ranked in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division.
March 8, 2003
The UC Irvine baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a 10-5 nonconference victory over San Diego State Friday at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs (6-13) opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first, but UCI (5-11) answered swiftly, bringing 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second and tagging starter Mike Moat for five runs on seven hits. San Diego State narrowed the game to 5-4, but UCI extended its lead with a run in the top of the fifth and two more runs in the seventh.
By Barry Faulkner | October 14, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? In wet, slippery, muddy conditions that contributed to the ball squirting about like a freshly hooked tuna, it appeared the most difficult thing to hold onto Friday night at Newport Harbor High was going to be the Sailors' surprising 14-0 halftime lead. But the hosts not only managed to retain possession of the lead and the ball, they eventually held the latter aloft, a metaphoric antidote to assumption, by upsetting heavily favored Esperanza, 21-13, in the Sunset League football opener for both.
March 12, 2009
The Back Bay Rugby Football Club will be out for revenge and will put its undefeated record on the line against the North San Diego County Gurkhas at Peninsula Park Saturday at 2 p.m. Last year, the Gurkhas knocked the Back Bay Sharks out of playoff contention. This season, you can bet that the Sharks can smell blood in the water. The Back Bay rugby club (5-0) showed it can be a top team in its league with a dominating win over rival Old Aztec Rugby Club Saturday. The Sharks won, 81-0 The match had all the ingredients for an epic confrontation.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | October 22, 2007
It was a feat not to be repeated. Newport Harbor High had already stung Esperanza once last season when the Tars upended the Aztecs, 21-13, ending a five-game winning streak. Determined not to suffer the same fate two years running, the Aztecs came out particularly inspired. Maybe too inspired, if you ask Newport Harbor (5-2, 1-1 Sunset League) coach Jeff Brinkley. “We’re walking out of there and people are spitting on us and calling us names,” Esperanza coach Bill Pendleton told the Orange County Register Friday night, referring to last season’s loss at Davidson Field.
By Matt Szabo | October 4, 2008
GARDEN GROVE — The La Quinta High football team jumped around and yelled, celebrating like would be expected for a team that hadn’t won a game in nearly three years. Estancia, meanwhile, quickly ran off the field and toward the bus Saturday night at Bolsa Grande High. Eagles Coach Mike Bargas said he was left with plenty of questions, but not too many answers after the Aztecs won, 17-0, to end their 27-game losing streak, which dated back to Oct. 14, 2005. “They played harder than we did,” Bargas said.
By Barry Faulkner | December 16, 2011
IRVINE - The UC Irvine women's basketball team got a jump on the temperature gauge Friday night, as its nationally-ranked shooting proficiency cooled considerably in a 76-57 nonconference home loss to San Diego State. The Anteaters (4-6), who had won three straight, came into the week ranked No, 16 nationally, shooting 45.4% from the field. But the taller, quicker, more aggressive Aztecs limited UCI to a 29.5% clip from the field (18 for 61). Junior Jazmyne White, who came in shooting 59.5% (No. 11 in the nation)
By Barry Faulkner | October 1, 2009
Mike Bargas coaches football and teaches health. But the Estancia High head man also dabbles in psychology. So the Eagles’ third-year coach believes his team’s ability to extend a recent winning streak when it faces winless La Quinta tonight at 7 at Estancia, is as important as continued improvement with Orange Coast League play approaching. Estancia (3-1), having matched the program’s longest winning streak since a 5-0 start in 1996, is heavily favored to make it four straight victories when it meets the Aztecs (0-3)
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | May 19, 2011
PALM DESERT — Twenty hours after the Estancia High baseball program was on a high it last experienced 19 years ago, the Eagles came back down to earth Thursday. Tyler Rios said he was exhausted when he got off the bus at Palm Desert. Making a 115-mile trip after Estancia the night before won its first CIF Southern Section playoff game since 1992 took its toll. A second postseason victory in Division IV was out of the picture. The 2½-drive to Palm Desert lasted longer than the actual first-round game.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 16, 2012
COSTA MESA - The Estancia High girls' basketball team picked a bad time to play its worst game of the season. Twenty-one points is all the Eagles managed to score in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3A playoffs. They have struggled shooting all season, but never like Thursday's contest at home. Despite converting just six field goals, Estancia still had a shot to beat Azusa. The Aztecs shot slightly better and it was enough for the at-large team to pull off a 25-21 victory.
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