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By Steve Virgen | August 2, 2007
In 2000, Tennelle Milligan won more than $100,000 during her first year on the women's pro bowling tour. Her first major came in Phoenix, Ariz, where she won the U.S. Open. Her career highlights also include a team gold medal at the 1999 Pan Am Games. She won six western women's professional bowler titles. She has bowled 25 perfect games. When it's time to bowl, Tennelle Milligan doesn't smile. She doesn't fraternize with people. She only concentrates on the ball, lane and pins.
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March 6, 2003
If Kona Lanes goes the way of the Ice Capades, the Fish Fry Parade and other Costa Mesa landmarks and traditions that have passed into memory, we too will lament its loss. Bowling is a piece of Americana. It is a family pastime of old that leaves many of us with nostalgic memories. But nostalgia doesn't pay the bills. And just like the drive-in movie screens before it, bowling alleys are fading from the landscape, mainly because hardly anyone goes there anymore.
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April 6, 2003
Lolita Harper Long before the showdown between recreation-loving residents and Kohl's department store, Kona Lanes bowling alley on Harbor Boulevard was scheduled to be the spot of a national political showdown. In October of 1992, representatives of President George Bush, Bill Clinton and contender Ross Perot agreed to a bowl-off, of sorts, at Costa Mesa's very own Kona Lanes. The event was billed as "Stars and Strikes Forever" but was dubbed the "Perot Challenge," by the Texas billionaire's supporters because they were the first to accept the challenge.
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January 14, 2008
The law firm of McDermott Will and Emery will host the third annual SPIN-Bowl to benefit Serving People In Need from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Irvine Lanes, 3415 Michelson Drive, Irvine. Serving People In Need is an organization dedicated to assisting low-income and homeless people by providing financial assistance for housing. The bowling competition will consist of 25 six-member teams. There will be a pre-game warm-up, two hours of bowling, food and an opportunity drawing.
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July 31, 2007
A near-perfect game and a clutch performance were some of the highlights Costa Mesa resident Tennelle Milligan produced on her way to two gold medals in bowling at the Pan American Games last week in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Milligan bowled a 299 in the final game of women's doubles, when Team USA won gold. She left the 10 pin standing. Milligan and Diandra Asbaty of Chicago finished with a 12-game total of 5,356 to win the event by 387 pins. Before bowling 299, Milligan said in a press release that her coach, Jeri Edwards, inspired her. "Coach said before that game, 'Enjoy the moment,' and we did," said Milligan, who averaged 216.58 in doubles.
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By Myrna Chan | April 22, 2008
  Sunday, April 20th - Novice bowlers from the Newport Harbor Lawn Bowling Club teamed up with Veteran bowlers from Newport and other clubs in the area to form 14 teams of triples. Since the popularity of lawn bowls in Newport has soared in the past few years, Newport needed to enlist the help of non-Newport members to help match the number of interested Newport Novices. While 14 Novices played, another 3 Novices were waiting in the wings as alternates should the opportunity to play come their way. The pool of Veteran players was equally impressive, as many have been on or continues to be a part of Team USA. The tournament setup was such that the first two positions (Skip and Vice)
NEWS
April 8, 2003
As the tenant and operator of Kona Lanes at Mesa Verde Center since 1980, my family and I wish to express our deep appreciation for the patronage of our loyal customers during our long history at this location. We are also pleased that many people have fond memories of hours passed here in earlier, more vibrant times. Regrettably, however, Kona Lanes will close its doors this summer, due to the economic reality of our situation, regardless of whether or not the Planning Commission's approval of Kohl's is overturned by the City Council.
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By: | September 5, 2005
For women who want lifestyle advice but don't want to ask Dear Abby or plan lunch with a friend, a new online option has emerged. Newport Beach resident Nikki Gutshall and colleague Kailynn Bowling offer their online thoughts on everything from how to plan a good bridal shower to the best ways to decorate a new home. Their website, www.ChicBlvd.com, launched in March. The intended audience: The oft-targeted 18- to-35-year-old female demographic. Calling it "the girlfriend's guide for the road of life," the pair wants the site to become the go-to place for young women seeking inspiration.
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March 25, 2003
A small down payment by community could save Kona Lanes I believe I have the perfect solution to the Kona Lanes versus Kohl's dilemma. The United States is a capitalistic democracy. That means we can vote with our dollars, so let's just do just that. Many people appear to want to keep Kona Lanes. They want more recreation for their kids, not less. I have two kids and I agree. So, let's all organize. Let's buy Kona Lanes from the Segerstroms. We might as well buy the closed theater and skating rink, too. I figure we only need about $20 million for the purchases.
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June 15, 2000
-- Story by Amy R. Spurgeon; photo by Don Leach HE IS Not a pinhead. TO BOWL OR NOT TO BOWL Costa Mesa resident Jose Contreras has been the head mechanic at Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa since 1990. And when you enter the alley's double glass doors off Harbor Boulevard and Mesa Verde, leave your attitude at home. This is his turf. And to abuse the lanes is to disrespect him. The 29-year-old father of three has watched many bowlers come and go. But those 40 lanes are like his babies.
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By Alexandria Bordas | March 13, 2014
On a recent morning at Costa Mesa 55 Tavern + Bowl, half of the 10 bowling lanes were the scenes of cheers, high-fives and laughter. The special occasion was a children's party, and fun was obviously being had despite a good number of brightly colored bowling balls flying into gutters. "It is best described as a boutique bowling center," said Daniel Hurd, 42, owner of Tavern & Bowl. The newest addition to The Triangle opened Feb. 27. "We wanted to bring in a project that combined a restaurant and entertainment aspect, and Tavern & Bowl does just that," said Scott Sanfilippo, partner at Greenlaw Partners, which owns The Triangle.
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February 4, 2014
Corona del Mar residents Gary and Julie Crisp hosted a Super Bowl party for more than 450 people, including veterans and active-duty Marines from Camp Pendleton, that raised $10,000. The all-day event was the Crisps' sixth Super Bowl party for active-duty service members and veterans. Previous parties were held at their former home in Coto de Caza, but Sunday's was the first at the American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 in Newport Beach. The attending veterans, who mingled with the young Marines, had participated in conflicts dating to World War II. The event featured the USC marching band and a gospel choir.
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By Jim Carnett | January 27, 2014
It was the first football game with the words "Super Bowl" emblazoned on the cover of its printed program. That game today is known as Super Bowl III. The game took place Jan. 12, 1969, in Miami's Orange Bowl. The previous two years the game's official nomenclature was AFL-NFL World Championship Game. Founded in 1960, the upstart American Football League became a serious competitor to the time-honored National Football League, and proved so by signing 75% of the older league's first-round draft choices in its first year.
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By Bradley Zint | January 24, 2014
A private Super Bowl party in Newport Beach promises a rousing good time, even if those attending don't care much about football. Corona del Mar residents Gary and Julie Crisp, owners of Costa Mesa-based C2, a printing services business, are having their sixth all-day Super Bowl party Feb. 2 for 300 guests: 150 veterans and 150 active-duty Marines from Camp Pendleton. It will benefit the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. Organizers are calling the invitation-only party at the American Legion's Newport Harbor Post 291 "the biggest, liveliest party these military service people have ever experienced.
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By Steve Virgen | December 28, 2013
As New Year's Day draws near, the excitement continues to build for Al Freeman. The Granddaddy of Them All hasn't featured his beloved Michigan State Spartans in 25 years. Yes, they are his Spartans. That's because Freeman, an Irvine resident, isn't just any other Michigan State fan. You can call him Mr. Michigan State. When the Spartans go to the Final Four in men's basketball, he's there. He's been to four of them in the past 12 years. When it became evident Michigan State would face Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Freeman went into fanatic mode, mixed with his expert touch from his career.
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December 24, 2013
(Plays of 30 yards or more) • 58 – Barrett Barbato (Corona del Mar) interception return for a touchdown • 35 – Jason Neiger (Corona del Mar) field goal • 31 – Cole Martin (Corona del Mar) run • 31 – Jason Neiger (Corona del Mar) field goal — GAMESTOPPERS • CORONA DEL MAR — Junior outside linebacker Hugh Crance stops a third-and-five run at the line of scrimmage … Junior safety Barrett Barbato leaps to intercept a pass and returns it 58 yards down the sideline for a touchdown … Junior lineman Justin Hess stuffs a run for no gain … Junior cornerback Brett Greenlee defends a deep pass that falls incomplete … Junior outside linebacker Robby Hoffman tips a pass that falls incomplete … Hess tackles the back for a one-yard loss … Hoffman brings down the back for a one-yard loss … Hess forces the quarterback to fumble and junior end Parker Chase recovers the ball on the opponent's 31 … Hess pounces on a fumble on CdM's 17 after a bad exchange from quarterback to back … Crance recovers a fumble near midfield on a bad pitch from quarterback to back … Barbato stops the tight end one yard shy of getting a first down on fourth down by pushing him out of bounds on CdM's eight.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 14, 2013
School ends next week at Corona del Mar High. The school's football season isn't quite over just yet. The Sea Kings' historic season continues into the holiday break. And they are one win away from giving themselves another gift in the form of a championship. As if CdM hasn't won enough. The school extended its season one more week and the next game is the final one. The Sea Kings are in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game after they beat Ojai Nordhoff, 24-8, in the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game at Orange Coast College on Saturday night.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 11, 2013
At this point in the football season, 18 weeks in, Corona del Mar High has shortened its practices. The Sea Kings have entered unchartered territory this late in the year, yet there is no need for long, grueling practices. "If we can't tackle, throw or catch right now, we've got issues," CdM Coach Scott Meyer says. "I think having that bye week early in the season, before [opening Pacific Coast League play on Oct. 11], kind of gave us all a good break to catch our breath a little bit. " Since that week off two months ago, the Sea Kings continued their perfect season, never losing in the next nine games.
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December 10, 2013
By winning the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship, Corona del Mar High's football team earned a berth into the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III Bowl Game. The Sea Kings (14-0), who won its unprecedented third straight Southern Division title Friday at Orange Coast College, returns to OCC Saturday to face Ojai Nordhoff (13-1), starting at 7:30 p.m. CdM has won a school-record 24 games and punched its ticket to the state bowl game by pulling away from previously unbeaten Garden Grove (13-1)
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 6, 2013
Everything seemed to be going as planned for the Corona del Mar High football team Friday night. The Sea Kings had been on this stage before, as they made their third straight trip to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division finals. For the second consecutive year and against the same opponent, CdM jumped out to a fast start against Garden Grove. Then the penalties began to pile up, seven for 80 yards. The biggest one came with less than 8 minutes left in the first half, as the usually respectful CdM sideline erupted and for the wrong reason.
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