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By Cesar Gonzalez | February 19, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — Senior Lauren Smits delivered the clincher, helping the Corona del Mar High girls’ soccer team overcome a first-half deficit Friday. The Sea Kings beat Montclair, 4-2, in penalty kicks, as Smits’ PK won the game for the Sea Kings in a CIF Southern Section Division II first-round game. CdM (13-6-5) rallied from an early one-goal deficit and tied the game to send it into overtime. In the PK shootout, the Cavaliers shot first. Junior forward Erica Rivas had her back turned to the goalie and she prayed to score, but was unable to convert as her shot went over the crossbar.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 29, 2007
NEWPORT COAST — When it was over, Sage Hill School Coach Lou Silverman pointed out the player coming up with the clutch shots. “Numerous times,” Silverman told his girls’ basketball players, none of which forgot who stepped up. Morgan Hembarsky left her mark each time visiting Corona del Mar inched closer Friday night. Whether it was banking a three-pointer to thwart off a threat, swishing a jumper, or hitting two free throws, the junior guard kept pushing the lead back to eight.
By Matt Szabo | September 15, 2007
LAGUNA BEACH — It was an impressive first drive for the Corona del Mar High football team Friday night against Troy. The Sea Kings marched 79 yards, only to come up empty on a missed field goal. Troy, by comparison, didn’t waste a lot of time with formalities. Josh Swaney caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from his cousin, Tyler Swaney, on the Warriors’ first play from scrimmage. Two more times, the Warriors scored a touchdown on the first play of a possession in Troy’s 27-7 nonleague win at Laguna Beach High.
June 30, 2012
At the U.S. Olympic gymnastics trials, Sam Mikulak, a Corona del Mar High alum, gained more notoriety, especially scoring the highest in the all-around Thursday. Cheers for Mikulak could be heard throughout the HP Pavilion in San Jose, especially from Team Sam, a group of fans supporting Mikulak. Team Sam did not have many opportunities to cheer during the men's finals Saturday. Mikulak, who had been third in the overall standings, competed only in the pommel horse because of a sprained left ankle from his performance on Thursday.
By Steve Virgen | November 13, 2013
Alyaa Abdulghany has heard plenty of compliments about her game and her great potential in golf. She'll smile and say, "thank you," but in no way does that indicate she is content with the praise. "People will say that I'm good when I'm out there, but I'm not sure about that," said Abdulghany, Corona del Mar High's freshman phenom. "I know I just want to do better than what I did that day or the day before. " It's this type of drive that keeps those compliments coming and several accolades too. Her motivation keeps her on track to achieve her goals: for this year to reach the CIF state championship; after high school to play in college and put herself in position to turn pro. Remember that name, it's pronounced Ah-lee-yuh Ahb-dool-gon-ee.
By Emily Foxhall | January 21, 2014
West Newport could become home to the Newport Beach Police Department's new headquarters, Mayor Rush Hill told the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday. But no specific sites are under consideration, he explained, as the city begins to examine alternatives to the current location on the outskirts of Newport Center. West Newport requires a stronger police presence and lacks community centers, such as those found in other parts of the city, Hill explained following his remarks to a group of about 50 gathered for the chamber's networking lunch at Five Crowns restaurant.
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.
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.
June 22, 2010
Former Corona del Mar High standout Taylor Dent will face No. 3-seeded Novak Djokovic today in the second round at Wimbledon. Dent defeated Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, in the first round. He also previously won three qualifying matches to reach the main draw. Beating Chela, who is ranked No. 50 in the world, already qualified as a minor upset for Dent. He is currently ranked No. 96 but has been ranked as high as No. 21, in 2005. Dent is in his seventh Wimbledon and has made it past the first round for the fifth time.
By Tom Ragan | June 11, 2010
S urfers are still wearing their wetsuits, but it's getting closer to the time of year when they're going to start showing up on the beach in just swimsuits or rash guards. Ocean water temperatures increased by 10 degrees in two weeks, going from a relatively chilly 55 degrees to 65 degrees, said Capt. Mike Halphide of the Newport Beach Fire Department. "The surf is clean, the water is warming up and even though it's drizzling, there are at least 50 surfers along that half mile stretch near the Santa Ana River," said Halphide, referring to the body of water that separates Huntington Beach from Newport Beach.
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