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By Matt Szabo | February 8, 2014
IRVINE - Every tournament, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo sophomore goalie Heidi Ritner seems to get better and better. There are some other, more well-publicized goalies out there in CIF this year, including two across the Back Bay. But that's fine with CdM Coach Ross Sinclair. "She's right in the mix with them," Sinclair said. "We're happy to have her. " The girls across the bay aren't going to argue that point, either. "I think it's kind of a bummer that she's almost flying under the radar," Newport Harbor senior Christina O'Beck said.
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February 7, 2014
BOY'S BASKETBALL Newport Harbor 72, Fountain Valley 65 FOUNTAIN VALLEY — Senior guard Nic Sargeant had 27 points to match a season high, and added 10 rebounds Friday to help the visiting Sailors clinch one of the Sunset League's three automatic berths into the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Newport Harbor (14-11, 5-3 in league) is in third place, one game back of second-place Edison. Los Alamitos is in first at 8-0. With two games left next week, the Sailors have to win out and hope Edison loses once to share second place with the Chargers.
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February 1, 2014
WRESTLING Pacific Coast League finals IRVINE — Six Corona del Mar High wrestlers qualified for the CIF Southern Section tournament by placing in the top three Saturday at Irvine High. Sophomore David Kaye (126 pounds), seniors Chris Croxton (126), Adam Reines (138) and Kaden Ebbinga (148) all placed second. Sophomores Eric Asario (195) and Matt Morton (220) placed third. Placing fourth and serving as alternates were sophomores Falcon Freeman (132) and Dean Ames.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 22, 2014
One boys' soccer team that has never beat Estancia High in the past five seasons at Jim Scott Stadium is Godinez. Time began to run out on the Grizzlies' chances in an Orange Coast League showdown on Wednesday. They appeared to earn one last chance to knock off host Estancia. The Grizzlies hurried to get a corner kick off before the match ended. They never struck the ball again. The referee blew his whistle and the only two unbeaten teams in league remained unbeaten. The Eagles and Grizzlies finished in a 2-2 tie on a cold night.
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January 15, 2014
Corona del Mar High center Giovanni Gentosi earned the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Offensive Player of the Year award and CdM defensive end Parker Chase the Defensive Player of the Year award for leading the Sea Kings to a historic football season. Gentosi and Chase are two of 10 CdM players to make All-CIF after the Sea Kings claimed their second straight undefeated Pacific Coast League title, their third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division title, and their first CIF State Division III title.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 10, 2014
Kaden Ebbinga hasn't lost much during his senior year, just three times in 29 matches. The first two setbacks came during a two-day tournament in December, a time he says he felt drained. The week going into Corona del Mar High's holiday break, Ebbinga wrestled four days in a row. During the stretch, he competed in eight matches. The first three went well for Ebbinga, as he earned wins against wrestlers from Irvine, Newport Harbor and Estancia in dual meets over a two-day span. The next two days, Ebbinga entered the Mann Classic.
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January 2, 2014
Sage Hill School junior outside hitter Kekai Whitford earned the CIF Southern Section Division 3A Player of the Year award, highlighting one of four Newport-Mesa girls' volleyball players receiving All-CIF honors. Whitford is on the Division 3A team with Sage Hill junior outside hitter Halland McKenna and junior setter Maddy Abbott, while Corona del Mar junior outside hitter Hayley Hodson made the Division 1AA team. Sage Hill Coach Dan Thomassen was named the Division 3A Coach of the Year.
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By Matt Szabo | December 26, 2013
To say that Luca Cupido provided memorable moments this year for the Newport Harbor High boys' water polo team would be a bit of an understatement. Cupido, a senior transfer from Italy, always seemed to be turning heads on the Sailors' pool deck. Two plays specifically come to mind. There was the penalty shot lob of Mater Dei's 6-foot-8 senior goalkeeper McQuin Baron in the final of the South Coast Tournament. And there was the backhand shot from mid-tank that went in at the buzzer, accentuating the Sailors' 13-7 win over Huntington Beach in a battle for first place in the Sunset League.
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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 21, 2013
CARSON - Corona del Mar High made history on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Kings are the first high school football team in California to finish a season a perfect 16-0. They capped their historic run with a 27-15 win against Atherton Sacred Heart Prep in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game at the StubHub Center in Carson. Corona del Mar made it look easy early on, jumping out to a 21-0 lead in the opening quarter, before running into trouble in the second quarter. Sacred Heart Prep made it a contest, cutting the deficit to 21-15 before halftime.
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