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July 4, 2009
Corona del Mar High product Jeff Carlson and Will Montgomery, who redshirted as a freshman with the UC Irvine men’s volleyball team last season, have been named to the national beach training team by USA Volleyball. Carlson, a 6-foot-3 setter, collected 25 assists in three matches for USC in 2009, helping the Trojans reach the NCAA title match, where they fell to UCI. Carlson and Montgomery have begun training for the Junior World Championships (for players ages 21 and under)
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August 13, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Hailey Hogan, who will be a sophomore at Corona del Mar High in the fall, and her partner, Clarke Spinosa of Claremont, completed a dominant run to the title at the National X-Treme World Tennis High School Championships, completed Sunday at Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club. Hogan and Spinosa finished 5-0 in round-robin play, then defeated the second-best qualifier, Sacramento's Robert Rugen and Blair Reed, 18-7, in the title match. Andrew Kurzwell and Jaclyn Smrecek, who both attend Sage Hill School, finished sixth in the six-team field in which teams played one set of boys' singles, girls' singles and mixed doubles.
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May 31, 2007
The Newport-Mesa Intermediate School Track and Field preliminaries took place Tuesday with Corona del Mar enjoying success. The finals will be held today at Corona Del Mar High at 3:30pm. CdM dominated the 400-meter individual qualifying heats with eighth-grader Sarah Craig and seventh-grader Katie Donahue, both qualifying first. On the boys' side, eighth-grader Zach Morton finished first to secure a No. 1 seed in his division. The Corona del Mar trio will enter the finals competition against Ensign, Dwyer, Sowers, Tewinkle, Costa Mesa, and Harbor Day. — From staff reports
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July 31, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Carsten Ball is putting together quite a run at the Los Angeles Tennis Open. The former Corona del Mar High standout, unseeded at the tournament, advanced to the semifinals Friday at the UCLA Tennis Center. Ball will face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer today in the semifinals. Ball, representing Australia, made it out of the qualifying rounds and opened the main draw with a 6-2, 7-6 (6) win against Marc Cicquel of France. In the next round, Ball recorded an upset against No. 3-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.
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August 1, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Carsten Ball’s rags-to-riches story continued Saturday at the Los Angeles Tennis Open. The former Corona del Mar High standout, a qualifier in the tournament and ranked 205th in the world, advanced to today’s final with his seventh consecutive straight-sets win. He defeated Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, 7-5, 7-6, in the semifinals at the L.A. Tennis Center. Ball’s victory came a week after contemplating to pull out of the tournament because of a back injury, according to Reuters.
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By Steve Virgen | May 12, 2010
There’s a part in the pronunciation of Sam Mikulak’s last name that could best describe his persona as he competed in the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships this past weekend in Tennessee. You pronounce his last name, Ma-cool-ack. Mostly everyone could see the Corona del Mar High senior was cool under intense pressure amid a battle against Jesse Silverstein. Mikulak, bound for the University of Michigan on a full-ride scholarship, edged Silverstein by eight-tenths of a point to become the all-around champion of the 16-18-year-old division May 8. Mikulak’s top score on vault definitely helped in the end, as he totaled 181.450 points.
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By Matt Szabo | August 16, 2007
Jill Damion knows that tennis can be an expensive sport. True, all you technically need is a racquet, a tennis ball and a court. But the recent Corona del Mar High graduate also needed money, for both traveling to far-away tournaments and paying their entrance fees. Damion, the No. 1 singles player for the Sea Kings' undefeated CIF championship team last fall, also had another advantage. Outside of school, she has been coached by Phil Dent, who is a former ATP Tour member and reached the finals of the 1974 Australian Open.
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By Steve Virgen | March 25, 2010
Cierra Gaytan-Leach is at a happy place in her life right now. The former Corona del Mar High standout is playing pro tournaments and training at Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine before she leaves for the University of Texas in August. Since she was a sophomore at CdM it had been her dream to play for the Longhorns. Now as the months approach to summer, the 18-year-old is gaining more excitement. It’s been a little more than three years since a controversial article was published about her in the Daily Pilot.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 20, 2009
Max Bergeson was well-situated in the gene-pool department, and he spent time during his youth playing on the pool deck as his dad coached the boys’ water polo team at Beaverton High in Oregon. But when it came to immersing himself in the actual pool, and the sport, it took some time before he drank the chlorinated Kool-Aid. “I didn’t start playing water polo until the sixth grade,” said Bergeson, who should soon earn his third straight All-CIF Southern Section Division I designation after leading Corona del Mar High to its 11th straight Pacific Coast League championship and a berth in the division semifinals.
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May 1, 2012
Orange Coast College sophomore setter Michael Ensign tops three Pirates named first-team All-Pacific Coast Conference in men's volleyball as conference Player of the Year. Ensign, a 6-foot-5 product of Corona del Mar High, helped guide the Pirates (15-5) to the conference title and a berth in the state title match. He had 667 assists, 81 digs, 28 kills, 10 ace serves, nine solo blocks and 36 block assists. Joining Ensign on the first team are fellow Pirates Chris Van Vuuren and Dillon Emery.
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By Jill Cowan | February 27, 2014
The new sports complex, Bill Sumner insisted, will not be a 5,000-seat behemoth of a stadium. Its lights will not shine into neighbors' homes through the night, the longtime Corona del Mar High School track coach said. And its footprint, Sumner added, will not be any larger than the aging, patched-up track and field that are already there. Sumner - who is spearheading the high school's efforts to revamp its outdoor sports facilities - wanted to make that much clear Thursday, as he showed off a series of illustrations depicting a state-of-the-art field complex that would seat about 1,400 and include lights, new bathrooms, two team rooms and two snack bars.
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By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | February 21, 2014
When Andrew Francini and Nate Pozin aren't playing soccer for Corona del Mar High, you can find the two playing inside a garage on Point Loma Drive. They cannot blast the soccer ball inside, just music. Francini and Pozin are part of a three-member Indie Rock band. The band's name is "Point Loma" and it named itself after the street it jams on. The teenagers use Pozin's garage as their jam pad and it can get loud whenever Francini is on guitar, Pozin is on the drums, and Kyle Mohan is on the mic. Neighbors can hear the three CdM seniors rock out and they have complained.
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By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 21, 2014
The detailed cheating scheme that resulted in the suspension of roughly a dozen Corona del Mar High School students probably began in April 2013, court documents show. The students are accused of attaching a keylogger - a small device that can be placed in the back of a computer to monitor keystrokes - to several teachers' computers to swipe logins and passwords, allegedly with the help of a private tutor. With the recorded data, the students allegedly altered grades and accessed English, science and history exams, some at the honors and Advanced Placement levels.
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By Hannah Fry | January 19, 2014
Students involved in the Corona del Mar High School grade-changing incident may not be forced to leave the district. The roughly dozen CdM students accused of hacking into the high school's computers to access tests and change grades are facing various disciplinary actions, including expulsion and stipulated expulsion, which allow them to transfer to another NMUSD high school, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss. Stipulated expulsions also seal students disciplinary records, so they are not available during the college admissions process.
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By Michael Miller | December 14, 2013
Brandon Fischer may not be the king of the world, but considering his dancing experience, he was happy to settle last year for king of Corona del Mar High School's male faculty. The math teacher was crowned co-champion of the school's first Dancing with the Teachers contest, in which faculty members paired with students to hoof it onstage. Fischer's group got the assignment of lyrical dance, and someone - he's not quite sure whom - decided on the "Titanic" anthem "My Heart Will Go On" for the music.
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By Emily Foxhall | October 22, 2013
Aralia Street residents may soon rest easy. The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday night approved a resolution to establish a one-hour parking limit on the street for any cars without a permit. The one-hour limit would apply between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days. The vote marked a major step in what residents describe as a years-long battle to have their voices heard. Students at the nearby Corona del Mar High have been clogging the spaces in front of the homes on the street rather than park in school lots because of the convenience.
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By Beau Nicolette | August 14, 2013
Their online surf and style magazine averages 2,000 hits a day, they have thousands of followers on Instagram, manage a team of contributing writers from Orange County to Australia - and they're only 17. While many girls their age are reading style magazines like Teen Vogue and Nylon, Courtney Garkani and Amanda Penna have been busy creating their own: CREST Independent. "We want to cater it to the youth, but at the same time I want it to inspire people to go out and be more creative," Garkani said as she sipped her latte.
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April 20, 2013
Junior Sam Mikulak, a Corona del Mar High alumnus, won his second career NCAA all-around crown and helped the University of Michigan men's gymnastics team capture its fifth NCAA title in program history Saturday at Penn State. Mikulak, a U.S. Olympian and the Big Ten Gymnast of the Year, won the all-around with 91.150 points, ahead of teammate Adrian de los Angeles' 88.350. Mikulak, the 2011 NCAA all-around champion, won the high bar (15.65) and finished second in the parallel bars (15.350)
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By Steve Virgen | April 14, 2013
There has been talk of Jim Rosing going after his coveted sub-three-hour time at Monday's Boston Marathon. But it seems more just like playful teasing between he and his wife, Mollie. The actual general hope is that they run together, husband and wife, and cross the finish line together. It would be another sign of their love. They have four children together. There is love there. There is love that is in their home at the port streets in Corona del Mar, where they moved in August.
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By Matt Szabo | March 27, 2013
In a move that has stunned much of the Orange County aquatics community, Corona del Mar High girls' water polo coach Sam Bailey resigned Wednesday to take the vacant boys' and girls' water polo head coaching positions at Beckman. Bailey's resignation comes just more than a month after he guided CdM to its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title in girls' water polo. Bailey said Wednesday night that he also has accepted a social sciences teaching position at Beckman, which was the main reason for his decision.
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