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By Barry Faulkner | November 13, 2009
PLACENTIA — Not bound by the tug of subjectivity, a philosopher might suggest there’s a lesson in the second helping of coin-flip futility forced upon the Newport Harbor High football program Friday night. But without the luxury of objectivity, Sailors Coach Jeff Brinkley found almost no words, and even less reason in the scene that brought a sudden halt to the postgame celebration after a 13-10 Sunset League win over host Esperanza at Valencia High. Not more than 10 minutes after the Aztecs’ would-be game-tying field goal from 37-yards out sailed wide left with three seconds left, giving the Sailors (6-4, 3-2 in league)
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LOCAL
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)
NEWS
By Barry Faulkner | May 28, 2009
IRVINE — Will he or won’t he? San Diego State Coach Tony Gwynn was adamant about not revealing whether junior pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg would start today against Virginia in the first game of the Irvine Regional at 4 p.m. at Anteater Ballpark. But he might have inadvertently done just that Thursday after the Aztecs’ brief workout at UCI. After showing some frustration with media inquiries about whether Strasburg — the projected No. 1 pick in the June 9 major league draft who is 13-0 with a 1.24 earned-run average and has 180 strikeouts in 102 innings this season — would get the opening-game start or be held until Saturday, Gwynn might have slipped when talking about Strasburg’s pitching prowess.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
By James Fonda | March 11, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH - No. 1-ranked Back Bay Rugby Football Club was surely in the cross hairs of Old Aztec’s Rugby Club on Saturday morning.  The match had all the ingredients for epic confrontation. The recipe:  Start with the very aggressive and physical style of play for which the Old Aztecs are known. Next combine the arch rival status of Back Bay and Old Aztecs with the fact that Back Bay came into the match sitting atop a pedestal of an undefeated 5-0 record in league play.
SPORTS
By James Fonda | March 3, 2009
Newport Beach, CA, February 28, 2009 The Back Bay Rugby Football Club of Newport Beach was host to Kern County Rugby Football Club last Saturday at Peninsula Park/Balboa Pier Athletic Field. The Back Bay Sharks returned to their prized home turf Saturday looking to extend their winning streak to five in a row. Back Bay has proven formidable in league play by any measure; the Sharks have won every league game this season, fielding two teams each week, and each week and claiming back to back wins in eight matches over four weekends.
NEWS
February 17, 2009
CHULA VISTA — UC Irvine sophomore Hillary Packard won her first collegiate tournament capturing the Aztec Invitational as the Anteaters placed second at the Salt Creek Golf Course Tuesday. Packard claimed medalist honors with a two-over 218 (68-77-73), three shots ahead of Long Beach State’s Lee Lopez and San Diego State’s Malin Enarsson (221). Her first-round 68, which was the low score of the tournament, is tied for the seventh lowest round in program history.
LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | January 4, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — After coming up short in its attempt to steal a win Thursday, the Newport Harbor High girls’ soccer team settled for the next-best thing. The Sailors stole a tie. Sophomore Melissa Hancock headed in a goal in the 76th minute on sophomore Elizabeth Eddy’s cross, helping the Sailors salvage the 2-2 tie with Esperanza at Newport Harbor High in both teams’ Sunset League opener. “We’re a team that loves to tie,” said Newport Harbor Coach Larry Draluck of his Sailors (5-3-6)
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | January 4, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — On the same night as the Iowa caucuses, Newport Harbor High girls’ basketball coach Randy Larson polled his players following Thursday’s 70-21 loss to Esperanza. The first-year coach said he asked his players if they thought they gave 110% in their Sunset League opener. The average vote, Larson said, was “about 55%.” “That doesn’t work against too many teams, especially against Esperanza,” Larson said. The Aztecs had their press working.
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