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November 20, 2013
UC Irvine senior Camille Buckley was recently named Big West Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball. Buckley, a 6-foot-1 forward, led the Anteaters with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds in a season-opening victory against South Dakota on Nov. 10. She also recorded two steals in 27 minutes. Buckley, a first-team All-Big West honoree as a junior, drained two key free throws with 1:29 remaining to put the Anteaters up by six in an eventual 68-64 victory. It was UCI's first win in a season opener since 2002.
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November 20, 2013
UC Irvine junior Will Davis has been named Big West Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball. Davis, a 6-foot-8 forward, shot 73.1% from the field (making 10 of 12 attempts) en route to 22 points to lead the Anteaters to an 86-72 nonconference win at Washington on Thursday. He also added seven rebounds and two blocked shots in 26 minutes. Davis, the conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, collected 12 points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in an 84-79 loss at Pacific on Nov. 12 and he finished the week with 13 points in just 11 minutes of a 110-73 home blowout of Pacifica on Sunday.
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March 5, 2014
Orange Coast College sophomores Chanelle DiCroce, Raechelle Davis and Dayanara Armenta have been named first-team All-Orange Empire Conference in women's basketball. Sophomore Jasmine Matar represents OCC on the second team. Davis, a 5-foot-11 sophomore forward, is averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 9.9 rebounds to help the Pirates finish second in conference. She has played in 29 games, starting 28, to help Coach Mike Thornton's team advance to the second round of the Southern California Regional playoffs that continue Wednesday at top-seeded Ventura.
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August 9, 2013
The Estancia High boys' and girls' basketball programs are holding free basketball clinics on campus on Monday and Wednesday nights, from Sept. 16 to Oct. 2. The clinics are intended for fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders and will provide individual instruction and conditioning to help develop the skills and attitude needed to play basketball. The clinics are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for fifth- and sixth-graders and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for seventh- and eighth-graders.
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July 5, 2013
Nic Sargeant scored 31 points to lead the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team past Mater Dei's "B" team, 60-58, in the first round of the Yardley Tournament at Newport Harbor High Friday night. Caleb O'Neil added eight points and Garrett Davis led Newport with 10 rebounds in the impressive win. In other action, Brethren Christian beat Corona del Mar, 48-47. Jurupa Hills beat Sage Hill, 54-49. El Toro defeated Costa Mesa, 77-56. Newport will play Jurupa Hills on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. — From staff reports
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March 5, 2013
Darren Fells, a former UC Irvine men's basketball standout who has not played football since high school, was signed to a three-year contract as a tight end by the Seattle Seahawks, according to NFL.com. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound Fells, the story said, worked out for the team on Tuesday. Fells played professional basketball the last year for Libertad Sunchales in Argentina. His pro basketball career also included stops in Mexico,, France, Finland and Belgium. A four-year starter at UCI, he earned second-team All-Big West honors as a senior in 2006-07, when he averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in the regular season and led the Big West in field-goal percentage (.566)
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September 4, 2012
The Newport Lighnting Basketball Club 9U boys' team finished a stellar summer season winning three club basketball tournaments and going 11-1. The Lightning boys won the Big City Sports "Summer Hoopfest," the Swoosh "Summer Series" and the South Coast "OC Slam" tournaments and placed second in the Swoosh "Summer Madness" tournament. The boys played excellent team basketball with timely passing and stifling defense each tournament. A balanced scoring attack led by Adam Garza, Tyler Li, Levi Darrow and Troy Olson continued to baffle opposing defenses.
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July 3, 2003
Joey Lindquist, who recently graduated from Estancia High, will play basketball for Cal State Monterey Bay next season, Eagle boys basketball coach Chris Sorce said Tuesday. "He pretty much got everything paid for, which is really nice," Sorce said of Lindquist's scholarship. Lindquist, a 6-foot-8 center for the Eagles the past two years, earned second-team All-Golden West League honors this past season after averaging 12.4 points per game. Lindquist averaged 11.5 ppg. in his junior season on his way to collecting second-team All-Pacific Coast League laurels.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | May 1, 2014
Angela Alford spent three months, silently, on the sidelines. The former professional athlete, who is 6-foot-5 and played for Vanderbilt University and USA Basketball in the 1990s, had a hard time believing the scene unfolding in front of her. A senior women's amateur basketball team from Raleigh, N.C., her hometown, was battling it out on the court. "I thought they must be genetic anomalies to still be playing in their 70s," she said. "Surely they just didn't age like the rest of us. " What started out as giving advice on a shot or calling out encouragement from the bleachers led to her coaching the Fabulous 70s at the National Senior Games in Texas in 2011.
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By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Mariners Elementary students greeted UC Irvine basketball players Wednesday afternoon with about as much fanfare as one might expect if a teenage pop sensation visited the Newport Beach campus. The students clamored around the college athletes for their chance at an autograph and, if they were lucky, a selfie with one of the basketball players. Six men and women from UCI's basketball programs visited the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes at the Newport Beach elementary school to talk about sports and the importance of earning a degree.
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By Matt Morrison | April 30, 2014
Like most Saturday afternoons at the Newport-Mesa YMCA, the basketball court squeaks with starts, stops, and misdirection of hard-rubber soles on varnished hardwood. On a mid-April day there was a little more spring in each step. As a championship game unfolded between two co-ed teams of young teenagers, it became clear there were nothing but winners in the gym, regardless of the final score. The Save Our Youth (SOY) Jaguars of Costa Mesa didn't take this title game but were satisfied just the same.
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April 30, 2014
Ashley Merrill, Mackenzie Piper and Olivia Montgomery have signed scholarship agreements with the UC Irvine women's basketball program, head coach Doug Oliver recently announced. Merrill, a 6-1 guard, transfers to UCI from the University of Arizona. She played in 17 games for the Wildcats, averaging 4.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. She had a season-best 13 points in 28 minutes against Iona. Merrill was prepped at Corona Centennial High, where she was a McDonald's All-American nominee.
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By Matt Szabo | April 13, 2014
After Estancia High senior Celia Duran earned Newport-Mesa Girls' Basketball Player of the Year honors last year, she received congratulations from Corona del Mar sophomore Natalia Bruening. The two players ran into each other at club basketball tryouts last spring. Soon, they were talking about being co-Players of the Year this year. "We called it," Duran said with a smile. Duran is a 5-foot-7 guard, while Bruening is a 6-foot-3 forward. While they played much different roles, both Duran and Bruening helped ensure big years for their respective squads.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 11, 2014
In the desert, in triple-digit heat, and on asphalt, Nic Sargeant has the urge to play basketball. He misses the sport that much. Sargeant is spending spring break in La Quinta, where he and a half dozen of his closest friends rented out a house with a pool. A volleyball net is set up in the back, but if it were up to Sargeant, there would also be a portable basketball goal. Sargeant last suited up for the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team on Feb. 21. Almost two months have passed since the Sailors' season ended in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoffs.
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April 5, 2014
Corona del Mar High sophomore Natalia Bruening has earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League status for the recently completed girls' basketball season. Bruening, a 6-foot-3 forward, produced team-best averages of 14.5 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game for the Sea Kings, helping them finish third in the league. CdM's 6-4 league record was the Sea Kings' best in Coach Mark Decker's eight-year tenure. Six-foot-two sophomore center Krista Anderson, who averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game, was a second-team all-league honoree for CdM. Bruening and Anderson helped CdM (21-10)
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By Barry Faulkner | April 2, 2014
One more time they packed The Pit on Wednesday to recognize a pair of noteworthy Vanguard University basketball teams. About 300 students, faculty, staff, fans and community members filed into the cozy campus gymnasium to pay tribute to the Vanguard men's team that won the program's first NAIA Division I national championship, as well as the Lions' women's team, which was ranked No. 1 all season. The men's program's most successful season ever included Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an unprecedented 32-6 record.
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