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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 1, 2014
Spencer Keith used to be a serious rock climber. With no rock climbing team at Corona del Mar High, Keith ran. Three years ago, Keith joined the boys' cross-country and track and field teams at school. During the first two seasons, he still found time for his first passion. Coach Bill Sumner caught wind of the rock climbing. In the past, Sumner, in his 31st year at CdM, has had runners rock climb recreationally. Sumner, who is 66, has seen a lot during his life. Not much fazes him. When Sumner saw pictures of Keith, his jaw dropped.
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August 19, 2009
Bill Burke of Costa Mesa will talk about his record-breaking ascent of Mt. Everest and show a 28-minute video that he has produced using footage that he took in May, while climbing the peak, at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Sept. 13. The 67-year-old became the oldest known American to climb to the world’s highest summit May 23. Burke, who started climbing mountains much later in life, attempted Everest for the first time in 2007, but turned back 300 feet from the top, feeling that he didn’t have the strength to continue.
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May 27, 2007
For those of us who get winded climbing a few flights of stairs, we are awed by Bill Burke nearly summitting Mt. Everest. The Costa Mesa man came within 330 feet of the tallest mountain's peak and had to turn around. That's roughly the length of a football field. If you're anything like us, you'd have trouble running across a football field, much less scaling it at that altitude. If he had gotten to the top, climbing colleagues believe the 65-year-old would have been the oldest to summit Everest.
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By Jessie Brunner | June 27, 2007
Brent Jacobsen is not simply looking for another challenge as he prepares to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. The Newport Beach business developer is attempting to raise $1 for each foot of the 19,340-foot inactive volcano he climbs, with the money going to fund breast cancer research. With a week-and-a-half to go before he departs for Tanzania, Jacobsen is about $4,000 short of his objective. "If I am going to climb it anyway, it's even better if I can also raise funds," he said.
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By Jessie Brunner | March 10, 2007
Bill Burke isn't out to set any records, but if he succeeds in his quest to climb Mt. Everest in the coming months, he will not only have scaled the world's tallest mountain, but approaching 65, fellow climbers believe he will be the oldest American to do so. Friends and family of the Costa Mesa resident who "tends to get into things in a very big way" hardly expected he would ease into a quiet and relaxing retirement when he left his 40-year career...
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By By Lindsay Sandham | November 20, 2005
At Rockreation in Costa Mesa, novices and advanced climbers get their fix scaling walls. For some it's a rush; for others, a challenge. And for all, it's a strenuous workout. Kate Keith takes a moment to assess the situation, mapping out her next move and the best way to keep climbing upward. If she tries the move and hesitates too long or doesn't make it, she could fall almost 30 feet. Carefully thinking it over, she goes for it. She removes her hand from the rock she's been clinging to and reaches far above her, grabbing for another rock.
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April 4, 2002
HE IS Teaching people to fight gravity LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING Don't let the friendly smile and charming personality fool you. Kenny Ristau will work you until your muscles are so fatigued you will literally lose your grip. Ristau, a 24-year-old rock climbing instructor at Rockreation in Costa Mesa, encourages his students to push themselves and tackle challenging routes."The only person you are competing with in this sport is yourself," Ristau said.
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December 6, 2007
Good for beginners and experts, Hanger 18, established in 1997, offers more than 10,000 square feet of space with routes varying by degree. The gym was recently renovated and features a boulder wall for free climbing, rock walls and a party deck. Routes can range up to 70 feet. The gym offers belay classes for beginners so even the most novice of climbers can get on the wall quickly and safely. Most people who venture to the walls are regulars; employees and patrons mingle and are often friends.
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December 28, 2004
Jeff Benson A formidable mountain of homework wasn't enough to harness six local children over their holiday break. They needed to stretch their legs out with something much, much bigger. So now those children, ages 6 to 14, are climbing rock faces in RockReation Sport Climbing Center's "Recreate, Educate And Climb Higher" winter camp. The camp, which runs through Thursday, teaches children safety, skills and techniques to help them scale the Costa Mesa center's 30-foot walls quickly and without injury.
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August 5, 2003
BRIEFLY IN THE NEWS Boy, 3, injured after climbing off ride In another ride-related injury, a 3-year-old boy climbed out of a moving ride at the Orange County Fair on Saturday, sustaining minor bruises, the fair reported. The boy and his sister were seated in the Up, Up & Away ride when, at about 4:15 p.m., the ride began to move and the boy slipped out of the ride's restraining harness, climbing out of it and falling 3 feet to the grass below.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 1, 2014
Spencer Keith used to be a serious rock climber. With no rock climbing team at Corona del Mar High, Keith ran. Three years ago, Keith joined the boys' cross-country and track and field teams at school. During the first two seasons, he still found time for his first passion. Coach Bill Sumner caught wind of the rock climbing. In the past, Sumner, in his 31st year at CdM, has had runners rock climb recreationally. Sumner, who is 66, has seen a lot during his life. Not much fazes him. When Sumner saw pictures of Keith, his jaw dropped.
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By Jill Cowan | March 29, 2014
After giving birth to her second child by cesarean section in 2010 at Newport Beach's Hoag Hospital, Kimberlee Streiff felt something wasn't right. She and baby Rhone, now a curly-headed 3-year-old, were fine; it was the process, and her sense that the birth was out of her hands, that had unsettled her. Streiff, whose oldest son was also born by cesarean, had hoped to attempt a vaginal birth after C-section, or VBAC, she said. But when her labor didn't progress fast enough, her doctor quickly ushered her into surgery.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 25, 2014
SANTA ANA — Orange Coast College hitters banged the ball all around, even out of the yard at Santa Ana College on Tuesday. But the difference in the Pirates' crucial 5-4 Orange Empire Conference baseball triumph came down to a distance barely beyond a bunt. The Pirates took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning when Tommy Bell scored from third on an overthrow back to the pitcher from Dons catcher Cory Bistline with the bases loaded and two outs. With OCC ahead, 5-4, in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pirates catcher Daniel Delaney chased down a pitch that popped out of his glove and made a 25-foot flip to pitcher Dominic Purpura at the plate.
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By Emily Foxhall | February 20, 2014
The city of Newport Beach may fork over almost $2.2 million more toward its nearly $140-million Civic Center Project. The City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposed settlement for contractors' project-related claims, which include compensation for revised skylight supports, substitute walkway concrete and custom mounting bolts. Several subcontractors submitted claims totaling more than $9 million to builder C.W. Driver after the project's completion in April, according to the city's staff report.
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By Mary Ellen Goddard | February 7, 2013
Climbing Mt. Everest is the theme of the program at the Feb. 23 Speaker's Series event sponsored by the Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries. Bill Burke, who has reached the summit of Mt. Everest twice, will be the evening's speaker. Burke has scaled the highest peaks on seven continents and has done this after reaching the age of 60. One of Costa Mesa's own, he is a corporate lawyer, husband, father and grandfather. He will bring some of his climbing equipment to demonstrate its use. The talk will follow a Mexican dinner from Taco Mesa and a very short business meeting.
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By Barry Faulkner | August 15, 2012
UC Irvine women's volleyball coach Paula Weishoff said she doesn't like to coach effort, though she has come to realize the necessity of managing it. Coaching effort typically refers to the need to generate energy from players, most often on the practice floor. But Weishoff, entering her fourth season, said she has not had to motivate her players in this regard. Instead, she believes that her players' propensity to try too hard has contributed to shortcomings that have produced a combined 18-41 record the last two seasons, including a 7-25 mark in Big West Conference play.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 4, 2012
COSTA MESA - Jake Knapp said it had been five years since he and older brother Ryan played in the same group in an official tournament. Boy did the hometown guys make Saturday count. Ryan Knapp shot seven-under-par 63 while Jake shot 64 playing alongside on the Mesa Linda course at Costa Mesa Country Club in the first round of the 40th Will Jordan Classic (Costa Mesa City Championship). Ryan, an incoming UC Irvine junior who graduated from Estancia High and played a year at Orange Coast College, is tied for the lead of the championship flight with Lyon Lazare while Jake Knapp, playing in his first Costa Mesa City Championship, is in third place heading into today's final round on the Los Lagos course.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 21, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - This week is becoming quite memorable for Stewart Hagestad. The 21-year-old Big Canyon Country Club member qualified for his fourth United States Amateur championship at the Old Works Golf Course in Anaconda, Mont., on Monday. Then Saturday at his home course he shot a three-under-par 69 to move into second place after 54 holes of the Southern California Golf Assn. Amateur championship. Hagestad, playing the SCGA Amateur for the first time, is four-under (70-73-69 - 212)
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By Sarah Peters | May 26, 2012
Six months ago, Lori Fallace had never spent a night in a tent. In June, with subtemperature gear and ice pick in hand, the Irvine schoolteacher will scale the 14,179 feet to Mt. Shasta's peak in a show of perseverance and support for all those who have been affected by breast cancer. "What I want to achieve is to empower people," Fallace said. "There are steps you can take to decrease your risk. " Fallace, Irvine Unified School District 2012 middle school teacher of the year, has taught science and health classes for years.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 30, 2012
Under Coach Ryan Schachter, the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team has finished first in the Pacific Coast League in four of his first five seasons. In Schachter's sixth season at the school, the Sea Kings are back in contention for a league crown. But they're looking up, instead of down. The Sea Kings have reeled off three straight wins in league play, putting them in second place, two games behind first-place Woodbridge. The Sea Kings can get closer to the top spot on Tuesday, when they have a showdown at home against Woodbridge at 7 p.m. Three weeks ago, CdM (12-9, 4-2 in league)
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