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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 2, 2009
DANA POINT — A booster member planned to buy an ad for today’s newspaper to congratulate Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley on a milestone. The person waited a couple of days on the advice of playing it safe. That turned out to be a wise decision because on Friday night Brinkley stood no chance of collecting his 200th career victory with the Sailors. No one had to stop the presses, but Dana Hills sure stole the headline from Brinkley. Dana Hills pulled off a stunning 41-7 nonleague victory at home, upsetting the Sailors, ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division poll.
LOCAL
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 1, 2009
Tonight’s a big football game for Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley. He’ll tell you the previous 280 have been as well. Brinkley can record his 200th career victory at Newport Harbor if the Sailors can beat host Dana Hills tonight at 7. In his 24th year, Brinkley sounded a little excited a day before the nonleague game. “We’re just trying to win a game,” said Brinkley, who is 199-78-3 at Newport Harbor. “If we can do it [and get No. 200]
LOCAL
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 28, 2009
The one Newport Harbor High football game Cecil Whiteside looked forward to rubbing more than elbows in this year might take place without him. Blame it on a swollen right elbow. Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said the UC Berkeley-bound Whiteside suffered the elbow injury last week and he’s doubtful for tonight’s crucial Sunset League home game against Fountain Valley at 7. If the Sailors (4-3, 1-1 in league) upset and hand the Barons their first loss of the season, they most likely will have to do it without their senior leader.
LOCAL
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 1, 2009
Last year ended oddly for Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley. The Sailors won the Sunset League football championship, their first in the league since 1974. What went wrong was four other teams in league claimed a stake of it as well. Two teams lost out on a CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff berth due to a random tiebreaker process. For only the sixth time in his Newport Harbor career, Brinkley watched some other coach’s team compete in the playoffs.
LOCAL
February 13, 2009
Newport Harbor High seniors Brandon Kula and Michael Helfrich will do their best to make their respective college football teams as they will have preferred walk-on status at USC and Cal, respectively. Senior lineman Scott Ward will move to play at Columbia, Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said. Kula, a linebacker for the Sailors, will try to make it on the Trojans’ team as a fullback, while Helfrich is competing for a spot at safety with the Bears. Brinkley also said quarterback Andrew McDonald could possibly be a preferred walk-on at Arizona and all-purpose standout JB Green is deciding to compete with the same opportunity at Cal or Stanford.
SPORTS
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | September 6, 2007
Aliso Niguel High might choose to run its offense out of the pistol, but that’s not the only gun Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley will be monitoring tonight. The senior Wolverines quarterback, Casey Pray, provides an auspicious running threat for Aliso Niguel, matched against a Newport Harbor defensive line that’s never played one minute in a varsity game. Brinkley isn’t too worried about the looks from the same offense the University of Nevada runs, a variation on the shotgun.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 22, 2007
Something big was missing from the first day of spring football practice at Newport Harbor High. Where did the Sailors' defensive front four go? "Everyone will be asking," Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley said. "We'll be OK because we got our linebacker crew back." Making things easier last season for linebackers Brandon Kula and Cecil Whiteside, starting as a sophomore and freshman, respectively, were the linemen. They've graduated. Gone is 6-foot-1, 224-pound defensive tackle Mike Calabrese, the Sunset League Defensive Player of the Year, along with quick nose guard Charles Vickery, and ends Bryce Jardine and Andrew Ward.
LOCAL
April 10, 2009
Standout junior outside linebacker Cecil Whiteside is leaning toward verbally committing to play football at UC Berkeley after an unofficial weekend visit with Coach Jeff Tedford, Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley said Friday. “He went up there and had a good trip and he’s close to committing,” Brinkley said of the 6-foot-3, 207-pound Whiteside. “Nothing is official yet. All indications are that’s going to happen, he’s on the verge of committing.
NEWS
June 12, 2004
Rick Devereux Spring football can make it difficult for a coach to properly evaluate his team because the practices, unlike those in the regular season, lack contact. This dilemma is especially difficult if those comprising the offensive and defensive lines are fairly new. Such is the case for Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley, who led the Sailors to a 7-4 finish, 2-3 in the Sea View League, and a CIF Southern Section Division VI at-large playoff berth last fall.
NEWS
August 25, 1999
Barry Faulkner NEWPORT BEACH - Having endured the mandatory dead period which precedes the opening of fall practice, the Newport Harbor High football team spent the second of its three days in limbo Tuesday, awaiting the end of the conditioning period and the arrival of full gear and full contact. "The kids are excited about starting, but they're waiting for the gear, too," said Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley, who christened his 14th season at the Sailors' helm Monday.
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SPORTS
May 1, 2014
UC Irvine junior libero Michael Brinkley and senior middle blocker Scott Kevorken have been named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Brinkley was named first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. He becomes the third Anteater to earn first-team accolades twice in a career, joining Carson Clark (2010, 2012) and Kevin Tillie (2012, 2013). The libero averaged 2.52 digs per set and recorded double-figure digs 13 times this season, including a season-high 18 in a three-set win over Long Beach State on March 28. Brinkley, the only UCI player to play in every set this year, ranks second all-time in UCI digs.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 6, 2013
Just the other day, Jeff Brinkley summed up coaching high school football to a new Toby Keith song. The song titled "Hard Way To Make An Easy Living" aptly fits his job at Newport Harbor High. "People look at [coaching] and think, 'What an enjoyable [job],' and it is enjoyable, but it's a lot of hard work," says Brinkley, sitting in his office while he and his assistants prepare to head out to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon. "These guys put in a lot of hours and they're away from their families.
SPORTS
November 20, 2013
NEWPORT HARBOR •For the first time since the 2004-05 seasons, Newport Harbor High has won back-to-back opening-round games in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The Sailors traveled to Dana Hills and prevailed in the Southwest Division first-round game, 32-13, last week. Newport Harbor (6-5) advanced to the quarterfinals to play host to La Habra (10-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. Coach Jeff Brinkley, who improved to 16-6 in playoff openers in his 28 years with the Sailors, is glad Newport Harbor gets to play at Davidson Field next.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 15, 2013
DANA POINT - The Newport Harbor High football team went into Friday down. Marred by injuries to their starting tailback, tight end and defensive end, the Sailors couldn't afford to lose any more players. Yet, two more went down in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs at Dana Hills. Ramsey Hufford, a two-way standout lineman, hurt his ankle late in the first half, and then star quarterback Cole Norris left after he got the wind knocked out of him in the third quarter.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | November 11, 2013
Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley was disappointed about how the Sailors ended the regular season. A loss with a chance at a share of the Sunset League title wasn't the way he wanted Newport Harbor to finish. But the Sailors have a chance for redemption in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs. Newport Harbor (5-5) is one of five Newport-Mesa area teams in the playoffs, which begin Friday. "You obviously don't want to go out like that," said Brinkley, whose team opens at Dana Hills (5-5)
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 10, 2013
Whenever Newport Harbor High and Los Alamitos meet on a football field, the game always seems to go down to the wire. Sometimes four quarters isn't enough to decide a winner. For the second straight year, the Sailors and Griffins went into overtime. They closed out Sunset League play last year in overtime. This year, they opened league with overtime. Either way, Newport Harbor has a knack for outlasting Los Alamitos in the close games. The Sailors rallied for a 27-24 victory in overtime on Thursday night at Davidson Field, handing the Griffins their first setback of the season.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 12, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - Jeff Brinkley has coached many high school football games during his 36 years. Twenty-eight of those have been spent at Newport Harbor, where he has guided several kids with the same last name, just in different years. It was fitting that on a Thursday night Brinkley won his 250th career game as a coach he did so because of two familiar family names. Quest Truxton and Brett Beaudette, whose brothers played for Brinkley in the past, came through down the stretch for the Sailors.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 30, 2013
BELL GARDENS - The first thing one notices when exiting the northbound 710 Freeway in Bell Gardens is the flashing lights of the Bicycle Casino. The Newport Harbor High football team and its fans passed the casino Thursday night, on the way to a scrimmage at Bell Gardens High. When they got there, the fans noticed that chance also seemed to play a role in the Sailors' jersey numbers for the scrimmage. The Sailors played roulette with the numbers, with everything random. Coach Jeff Brinkley explained why. "We actually thought we were going to be in white," Brinkley said.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | April 30, 2013
It took Michael Brinkley all of 16 months to achieve the most lofty team and individual goals to which a college men's volleyball player can aspire. Luckily for the UC Irvine sophomore libero, there is still this pesky perfection to pursue. "I wanted to win a national championship and I wanted to be first-team All-American," said the mop-topped 5-foot-10 floor leader whose value to the 23-7 Anteaters goes well beyond his defensive dominance. Brinkley crossed off the first of his gargantuan goals last season, when he helped UCI claim its third NCAA title in six seasons.
SPORTS
April 25, 2013
UC Irvine senior outside hitter Kevin Tillie, sophomore libero Michael Brinkley and UC Santa Barbara senior middle blocker Dylan Davis have been named first-team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. UCI junior middle blocker Collin Mehring was a second-team selection. Tillie, a repeat first-team honoree, ranks ninth in kills per set (3.75), 12th in points (4.38), 14th in hitting percentage (.341) and 18th in aces (0.34). The 6-foot-6 native of France joins BYU's Taylor Sander as the only repeat first-team honorees.
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