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PILOT_CUP
May 28, 2008
For a photo gallery of Tuesday's action, click here. For video, click here. College basketball has March Madness. Newport-Mesa has Pilot Cup Fever. The ninth annual Daily Pilot Cup — with a record amount of teams (164) — began Tuesday at Costa Mesa High School and the adjacent Costa Mesa Farm Complex. The tournament for grades third through sixth, features 30 Newport-Mesa schools and more than 2,500 boys and girls vying to reach Sunday’s championship games in the gold, bronze and silver divisions.
NEWS
July 28, 2003
Steve Virgen When Matt Jameson was growing up in Newport Beach he dreamed about basketball. He envisioned himself playing college basketball at an NCAA Division I school. The NBA was not a big deal for Jameson. He saw what he wanted in college basketball. And, he worked toward that dream while at Newport Harbor High. "Every kid wants to play in the NBA, but for some reason, I wanted to play college basketball and that was always a dream of mine," said Jameson, who recently graduated from Miami of Ohio and returned to Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | March 21, 2014
With the NCAA tournament underway, it's worth remembering that March Madness hasn't always been around to turn us into a nation of obsessed college basketball fans. Back in more provincial times, one man contributed as much as anyone to raising the profile of college hoops. But outside of the most knowledgeable basketball insiders, his role has largely gone overlooked. Perhaps that will change with the recent publication of "In the Shadow of a Legend," which chronicles the story of Jerry Norman, John Wooden's assistant coach during UCLA's first four championship seasons.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | November 6, 2006
Most of the time in basketball, the transition game is important, and when it's performed correctly, it can be a thing of beauty. Coincidentally, in the local sports scene, it is a time of transition and the change is appealing. The last of the college basketball exhibition games loom, but so do the start of the games that count. Meanwhile, the high school sports fall season charges on to the playoffs. That's where the college basketball teams want to be when the regular season ends.
NEWS
August 19, 2001
Steve Virgen Family matters for Norm Borucki. He'll admit he's getting up there in age and he doesn't like to talk about that. He has many years behind him, so many wonderful memories from coaching football, baseball and softball at Laguna Beach High and officiating college basketball games, including 10 NCAA Tournaments. So he's old. You won't see a withered man when Borucki talks of his family. "They're first and foremost," Borucki, who did not want to disclose his age, said of his five grandchildren.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | November 24, 2013
On the final day of its busiest weekend of the season, the UC Irvine men's basketball team made sure it had plenty of time to cruise. The Anteaters finished the opening half on a 12-0 run to claim a 21-point intermission advantage and went on to handle Eastern Washington, 81-58, in the finale of the three-game, three-day 2K Sports Classic at Bren Events Center. Freshman guard Luke Nelson had the breakout performance with a career-high 19 points, including five of the Anteaters' 11 three-pointers.
NEWS
February 10, 2003
Any team can beat any other team. That sounds like hype or cliche in men's college basketball, yet in the Big West Conference the statement has held true this season. The Wild West Conference has displayed the true essence of college basketball. It's not so much about parity, but it's all about the solid competition. With seven games and then the league tourney remaining, I'm led to one conclusion: The Big West Tournament champion will go deep in the NCAA Tournament, especially if the champ is Utah State, UC Santa Barbara or UC Irvine.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | March 8, 2013
Its no fluke that UC Irvine senior Adam Folker is a marketing whiz who has already organized and overseen a handful of companies and dozens of employees. He is, after all, a master at maximizing opportunity. In five years with the Anteaters men's basketball program, Folker has evolved from a offensively challenged, banged-around, then banged-up banger, into a productive, polished and inspirational performer on both sides of the floor. A 6-foot-9, 225-pound post player from Markham, Ontario, Canada - a Toronto suburb known more for slap shots than jump hooks - Folker has also taken advantage of several opportunities off the floor.
NEWS
March 7, 2002
I'm writing this on Tuesday evening. When you read it, I will likely be sitting happily in the Anaheim Convention Center. The election will be behind us, the opening of the baseball season will still be off in the distance, and I will be moving into the real world of college basketball tournaments. In this world, there are no charges or countercharges, no character assassination, no empty promises, no sour grapes. Just performance. You win or you lose.
FEATURES
By Joseph N. Bell | March 11, 2009
I’ll be in the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday night watching UCI play UC Davis in what is as close as Newport-Mesa will probably ever get to March Madness. Watching UCI basketball has become an almost religious rite for me since 1966 when I went to work in the English Department at UCI. There were high hopes in those early years under Coach Bill Mulligan that have deteriorated steadily over the intervening years as the Anteaters have become the Chicago Cubs of college basketball.
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By Patrice Apodaca | March 21, 2014
With the NCAA tournament underway, it's worth remembering that March Madness hasn't always been around to turn us into a nation of obsessed college basketball fans. Back in more provincial times, one man contributed as much as anyone to raising the profile of college hoops. But outside of the most knowledgeable basketball insiders, his role has largely gone overlooked. Perhaps that will change with the recent publication of "In the Shadow of a Legend," which chronicles the story of Jerry Norman, John Wooden's assistant coach during UCLA's first four championship seasons.
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SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | January 19, 2014
The scouting report on the Vanguard men's basketball team begins with the "arc enemy. " That's a trio of veteran Lions guards who pride themselves on inflicting pain from distance. And even though Golden State Athletic Conference visitor Biola knew it needed to focus on senior Preston Wynne, junior Chris Gorman and junior DeAngelo Jones on the perimeter, Vanguard's long-range arsenal made sure Eagles' hopes for victory didn't last, well, long. Wynne nailed five of his seven-three-point attempts in the first half and Jones was three for three from beyond the arc to help the hosts make nine of 12 from threesome in the opening 20 minutes.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | November 24, 2013
On the final day of its busiest weekend of the season, the UC Irvine men's basketball team made sure it had plenty of time to cruise. The Anteaters finished the opening half on a 12-0 run to claim a 21-point intermission advantage and went on to handle Eastern Washington, 81-58, in the finale of the three-game, three-day 2K Sports Classic at Bren Events Center. Freshman guard Luke Nelson had the breakout performance with a career-high 19 points, including five of the Anteaters' 11 three-pointers.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | March 8, 2013
Its no fluke that UC Irvine senior Adam Folker is a marketing whiz who has already organized and overseen a handful of companies and dozens of employees. He is, after all, a master at maximizing opportunity. In five years with the Anteaters men's basketball program, Folker has evolved from a offensively challenged, banged-around, then banged-up banger, into a productive, polished and inspirational performer on both sides of the floor. A 6-foot-9, 225-pound post player from Markham, Ontario, Canada - a Toronto suburb known more for slap shots than jump hooks - Folker has also taken advantage of several opportunities off the floor.
FEATURES
By Joseph N. Bell | March 11, 2009
I’ll be in the Anaheim Convention Center on Wednesday night watching UCI play UC Davis in what is as close as Newport-Mesa will probably ever get to March Madness. Watching UCI basketball has become an almost religious rite for me since 1966 when I went to work in the English Department at UCI. There were high hopes in those early years under Coach Bill Mulligan that have deteriorated steadily over the intervening years as the Anteaters have become the Chicago Cubs of college basketball.
PILOT_CUP
May 28, 2008
For a photo gallery of Tuesday's action, click here. For video, click here. College basketball has March Madness. Newport-Mesa has Pilot Cup Fever. The ninth annual Daily Pilot Cup — with a record amount of teams (164) — began Tuesday at Costa Mesa High School and the adjacent Costa Mesa Farm Complex. The tournament for grades third through sixth, features 30 Newport-Mesa schools and more than 2,500 boys and girls vying to reach Sunday’s championship games in the gold, bronze and silver divisions.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | November 6, 2006
Most of the time in basketball, the transition game is important, and when it's performed correctly, it can be a thing of beauty. Coincidentally, in the local sports scene, it is a time of transition and the change is appealing. The last of the college basketball exhibition games loom, but so do the start of the games that count. Meanwhile, the high school sports fall season charges on to the playoffs. That's where the college basketball teams want to be when the regular season ends.
SPORTS
By Dave Thorpe | March 4, 2006
Tony Yaghjian has been playing basketball since he was 5 years old, but he never experienced a season like the one he just concluded with the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team. Yaghjian was the point guard, and at times the go-to guy for the defensive-minded, team-oriented Sailors, who went 21-7 and nearly upset No. 4-seeded Ayala in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs last Tuesday. Yaghjian helped engineer a Newport Harbor comeback in the game by playing tenacious defense and with a sense of urgency on offense.
NEWS
January 12, 2004
Steve Virgen Al Hackney had a rare day off Saturday and he was worried. He's not used to sitting down. The 70-year-old Hackney, a former Newport Harbor High boys basketball coach, is in his 50th year of officiating and one of the main reasons he continues to work is to stay in shape. "This is my first night off in I don't know how long," Hackney said. "I wish I was out working because I know I'm going to gain a pound sitting on this chair." Hackney hasn't slowed down and he's not looking to retire any time soon.
NEWS
August 12, 2003
Steve Virgen It might as well be October for Aaron Bruce, because the 6-foot-2 guard from Australia is ready and anxious to play NCAA Division I college basketball right now. Bruce, who graduated from the Australian Institute of Sport Monday, will play for UC Irvine, pending NCAA clearance. He confirmed such just hours before his graduation ceremony. "Once I'm cleared by the [NCAA], I'm definitely looking forward to playing for UCI," said Bruce, who helped lead Australia to the World Junior Basketball championship last month.
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