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By Steve Virgen | March 5, 2010
For the past four girls’ water polo seasons, Kate Klippert has spent at least fours a day, Monday through Friday, with Coach Bill Barnett. She knows him well, respects what he says. For most who have been under the guidance of the legendary coach, they know Barnett doesn’t just throw around compliments. So when he described Klippert as a player, she was taken aback. The words made an impact. “She is the finest female athlete I’ve coached at the high school level,” Barnett said of the senior captain.
By Mark Ratto | May 21, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Going into Friday’s CIF Southern Section Division VI first-round playoff game against Calvary Chapel of Moreno Valley, Sage Hill baseball sat in the unknown. Any time a squad starts a 36-team tournament with schools from all over Southern California not knowing who or what you are facing can be crippling to a team. Sage Hill on the other hand, was not fazed. And if anything, the Lightning can rest a little easier now that they know hitters one through nine are capable of putting up big numbers.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | March 29, 2007
The force inside and the distributor fought through knee problems. How Costa Mesa High's Jennifer Courtney and Michelle Figueroa saw it, they had to have a high threshold for pain. They said the constant jumping, bending over and moving laterally on the court proved strenuous. Sometimes after games they said they couldn't raise their knees. But the duo managed to lift the girls' basketball team to a memorable season, making the pain worth it. For their fortitude and ability, Courtney and Figueroa are the Daily Pilot Dream Team Co-Players of the Year.
By Matt Szabo | February 20, 2008
Tierney Danner knew her time to lead the Sage Hill School girls? basketball team would come. It can be expected when you?re a 5-foot-11 freshman on a small-school basketball team. Back then, Danner was playing more on the perimeter. She didn?t have to play in the post, not with senior Haywood Wright dominating down low. Wright, the 6-foot-2, two-time Newport-Mesa Player of the Year who now plays for Yale, helped lead that 2006 team to the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A semifinals.
By Matt Szabo | May 24, 2007
CALABASAS — The kills from Matt Talamantes and Julian Nagendran were overpowering at times — and for good reason. For the Viewpoint High senior outside hitter and middle blocker, respectively, Wednesday night's CIF Southern Section Division V semifinal match represented a chance to get one step closer to defending the Patriots' back-to-back CIF titles. On the other side of the net was Sage Hill School, a program that's still trying to get to that point and has just one senior, Luke Droulez.
By Matt Szabo | May 12, 2007
LONG BEACH — Things have admittedly changed for Corona del Mar High's Stephanie Gabert since last season. Her CdM girls' swim team is no longer in CIF Southern Section Division II and, following knee surgery in January, she wasn't swimming her familiar events — the 100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley — at Friday's CIF Division I finals at Belmont Plaza. The University of Arizona-bound senior won both events at the Division II finals last year.
By Barry Faulkner | January 23, 2010
The pregame routine is now ritual for Newport Harbor High senior Krissy Burger. After she has done all she can to forget everything but the job ahead, Coach Bill Barnett gets in her ear, giving her the same singular bit of wisdom to remember. One last reminder for the Sailors' last line of defense. "He tells me, 'Burger, you know if they don't score, we win,' " said the girls' water polo goalie, who noted that she finds comfort and confidence in her coach's comment. "It's mostly to let her know the team depends on her," said Barnett, who along with Burger's teammates, has come to rely upon the talented second-year starter.
June 24, 2010
Corona del Mar High senior catcher Beau Attyah received first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division III honors in baseball, while Sage Hill School senior pitcher/third baseman A.J. Wolfson and senior catcher Dusty Orrantia made the first team in Division VI. Estancia senior pitcher Marc DeFrenza was a second-team selection in Division IV. Sage Hill senior pitcher Alex Jimenez received second-team recognition in Division VI. ...
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