December 13, 2013
"Hi, Mommy!" "Hi, baby, how ever are you?" "Oh, in heaven, everything is fine. There's no pain, sickness, sadness. What about on Earth?" "Well, there's all of that and we miss you terribly. " "I miss you too, Mommy, but please smile for me. I see you every day. I have a pony and I am in charge of watering the old man's garden. " If any of the 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School students who lost their lives last year were able to talk to their mothers, that's how the conversation would sound.
December 6, 2013
Everything seemed to be going as planned for the Corona del Mar High football team Friday night. The Sea Kings had been on this stage before, as they made their third straight trip to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division finals. For the second consecutive year and against the same opponent, CdM jumped out to a fast start against Garden Grove. Then the penalties began to pile up, seven for 80 yards. The biggest one came with less than 8 minutes left in the first half, as the usually respectful CdM sideline erupted and for the wrong reason.
November 30, 2013
The Galaxy youth soccer team won the 2013 Corona del Mar AYSO Region 57 boys' 12-and-under division championship last week, winning, 3-1, finishing an unbeaten region season with a record of 13-0-1, and outscoring opponents, 37-5. The Galaxy are coached by Mike Plumb and his assistant Gary Vaughan. The team consists of Michael Vaughan, Jason Plumb, Luke Joyce, Carter Duss, Christian Lopez, Kai Coop, Cole Dearmin, AJ Plumb, Tyler Whitehead, AJ Luesebrink, George Gemayel, Nicholas Stauffer and Sam Johnson.
November 29, 2013
Corona del Mar (12-0) vs. Westminster (8-4) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Westminster High Key Sea Kings: Sr. QB Luke Napolitano (2,152 yards passing, 20 TDs, eight INTs); Jr. RB Cole Martin (219 carries for 1,438 yards and 19 TDs); Jr. DE Parker Chase (67 tackles, team-best 9.5 quarterback sacks). Key Lions: Sr. QB Daniel Thomsen (1,105 yards passing, seven TDs, nine INTs; 1,547 yards rushing and 22 TDs); Jr. RB Humberto Maciel (1,364 yards rushing, 16 TDs)
November 14, 2013
Corona del Mar (10-0) vs. Loara (6-4) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Davidson Field Key Sea Kings: Jr. RB Cole Martin (1,232 yards and 13 TDs on 195 carries); Sr. QB Luke Napolitano (1,644 yards, 15 TDs and eight INTs on 127-of-210 passing, eight rushing TDs); Jr. MLB Hoyt Crance (65 tackles, two sacks, two INTs) Key Saxons: Sr. QB David Gistlinck (1,772 yards, 24 TDs and three INTs on 118-of-213 passing); Jr. WR Edson Velasquez (38 catches for 471 yards and 12 TDs); So. RB Robert Downs (620 yards and three TDs on 127 carries)
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.
October 25, 2013
This week, I spent a lot of time shuttling Duffy electric boats to and from the shipyard for prospective buyers to complete their inspection process before they purchase a boat. While on the harbor, during these warm Indian summer days, I thought back to all the good times I have had while cruising the harbor. As a college student, I recalled all the Friday nights we found a place to park the boat in the Rhine Channel, started our night at Snug Harbor and worked our way down the channel to Woody's Wharf.