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December 6, 2012
The Costa Mesa High cheerleaders won the Southern California Regional title in their division at the Universal Cheerleaders Assn. competition that took place this past weekend. The Costa Mesa girls earned first place in the large varsity non-tumbling division, bringing home the trophy and championship banner. They also received a bid to the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla. The team also won in the Time Out dance division. This season, Costa Mesa has won three division titles (Sharp, Golden State Spirit Assn.
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By Jim Carnett | August 20, 2012
Costa Mesa High School's first graduating class — the class of 1962 — will hold its 50th reunion in September. The class of '62, of which I'm a proud member, was unique in that it was the school's lead class all four years on campus. We opened the school and were upperclassmen for our entire careers! Reunion activities are scheduled for 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Mesa Verde Country Club. A family picnic will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at TeWinkle Park. A guided tour of Mesa's campus will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sept.
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By Steve Virgen | April 30, 2013
Costa Mesa High senior Alyssa Dasca admitted being nervous just before trying out to be a cheerleader for UC San Diego this past weekend. The three-day tryout didn't seem so intimidating to Dasca, the Mustangs' cheer captain. The stress really came from not knowing the San Diego area too well. But once she found the spot, she was fine. "It was different than something I was used to," Dasca said. "But I just did my best. " Dasca made the team to be a Tritons cheerleader. She went to UC San Diego Sunday to be fitted for her cheerleading gear.
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April 14, 2001
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA - Near empty classrooms and hallways at Costa Mesa High School proved safe Friday for students who braved the last day of classes before spring break, despite a bomb threat made earlier in the week. A warning that "Nazi punks" would blow up the school on Friday the 13th was found scribbled on a bathroom wall on Tuesday by two female students. School officials immediately contacted the Costa Mesa Police Department and an outside security agency, which combed the school overnight for any sign of a bomb.
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April 25, 2002
Deepa Bharath COSTA MESA -- Luther Mitchell was special. Not because the 19-year-old, 5-foot-8, 300-pound Costa Mesa High School graduate was a star football player. Mitchell is remembered by many because he had a big heart and always extended a helping hand to anybody who needed it. The teenager tragically died in a traffic accident Sunday morning when the Chevy Suburban he was driving spun out of control and hit a cinder-block wall on South Coast Drive.
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January 26, 2002
-- Deirdre Newman A fire that tore through a special-education classroom at Costa Mesa High School is raising suspicion of arson, investigators said Friday. It is the third fire to hit the school in the past few weeks -- the two previous ones, also attributed to suspicious causes, involved minor fires in portable bathrooms on the school's athletic field. Fire Capt. Marty Hugnenin said while he suspects arson, investigators are still trying to rule out ignition sources inside the classroom, such as electricity and gas lines.
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March 16, 2002
Deirdre Newman COSTA MESA -- Three students have been expelled from Costa Mesa High School for possessing weapons. School officials were alerted to the weapons by other students in late February and took action to halt a major fight that was brewing. "Typically the students are our best source of information," said Jaime Castellanos, assistant superintendent of secondary education for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Officials first heard about the presence of the weapons the day after another off-campus fight involving three to five students during the week of Feb. 25, Castellanos said.
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February 8, 2002
Roger Carlson COSTA MESA - John Carney, a fixture with the coaching staff at Costa Mesa for the past 33 years, resigned last week, citing staffing decisions made in September as the "straw that broke the camel's back." The staffing decision stemmed around an additional period in the physical education department, as opposed to a "coaching period." Although the Mustangs have a new principal in Bob Evans, Carney said he did not pursue the change. "I just decided to let it go," he said.
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September 19, 2001
NEWPORT BEACH - The Costa Mesa High football team will have a "Pop Warner Football" night at halftime of Friday night's contest between the Mustangs and Centennial High (Canada), held at Newport Harbor High. Players from all the Costa Mesa Pop Warner teams, as well as the cheerleaders will be introduced during the halftime presentation. Following the introductions, the cheerleaders will present a cheer to the audience. All football and cheer participants will receive free admission.
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August 11, 2011
The Aim High Hoops Elite 13U boys' basketball team won the AHHE Summer Smash title at Costa Mesa High last weekend. The dominant post duo of Nissan Mo (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Anthony Beltran (11 points, eight rebounds) set the tone right away for Aim High. In the backcourt, Aim High was led by Tyler Chacon (10 points, seven assists), Daniel French (four points, three steals) and Kevin Ray (two points, five assists) heading into the championship game.
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By Matt Szabo | May 1, 2014
Estancia High senior Nikkie Blinn could feel Costa Mesa junior Lauren Smith breathing down her neck. Blinn and Smith were perhaps the two best girls' water polo players in the city of Costa Mesa last winter. But they were battling in the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay at Wednesday's Orange Coast League swim meet at Costa Mesa High, and Smith was closing fast in the final 25 yards. Blinn said after the meet that she found a second wind. She held off Smith, touching in 1 minute, 52.45 seconds, with the Mustangs close behind in 1:52.78.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 1, 2014
While a gusting head wind was about the only challenge faced by Costa Mesa High boys' sprinter Quinton Bell on Thursday, Estancia girls' sprint star Persis Williams-Mensah received a rare Orange Coast League challenge in the boys' and girls' league dual track and field meet between the crosstown rivals at Jim Scott Stadium. Williams-Mensah, a senior three-time league champion in the 100 and 200 meters who has never lost a race in league competition, held off Costa Mesa sophomore Paige LaBare by a step in the 200 on Thursday.
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April 26, 2014
Corona del Mar High center Giovanni Gentosi, Costa Mesa High running back Oronde Crenshaw, Newport Harbor wide receiver Quest Truxton and Corona del Mar quarterback Luke Napolitano highlight four of seven Newport-Mesa seniors selected to play in the 55th edition of the Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on July 10. The seven locals will represent the South team, which has 36 players....
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April 18, 2014
Quinton Bell, a multi-sport standout at Costa Mesa High, will play football and compete in track and field at Texas Southern University in Houston, the Mustangs announced on Friday. Bell, who played outside linebacker and wide receiver, earned All-CIF Southern Section Southern Division honors in his senior season, despite only playing six of 11 football games. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bell overcame a hip flexor injury and a partially collapsed lung to lead Costa Mesa to an undefeated Orange Coast League title, the program's first since 2008.
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April 3, 2014
Mike Molina understands what it's like to have a new boys' basketball coach. He played for four head coaches in four seasons at Costa Mesa High. The Mustangs won't have to go through a fourth coach in as many seasons because of Molina. Costa Mesa named Molina the permanent boys' basketball coach after he served as the interim coach last season. In his debut season, Molina, a 23-year-old, led the Mustangs to 19 overall wins, tying the program's single-season record. "It's really humbling and it's really a blessing," Molina said of getting the chance to coach at his alma mater again.
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March 30, 2014
Costa Mesa High junior Lauren Smith and Estancia senior Nikkie Blinn have earned first-team All-Orange Coast League status for girls' water polo. Smith, an attacker, led the Mustangs with totals of 95 goals and 45 assists. She helped Costa Mesa (9-17, 2-2 in league) finish third place in the league, advancing to the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs before falling to Woodbridge. The 95 goals ties Smith for third among players in the Mustangs' single-season annals; Sarah Bowman scored 121 goals for Costa Mesa in 2005.
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March 29, 2014
Editor's note: Costa Mesa High sophomore Sammy Swanson, a decorated snowboarder, is in Colorado to compete in the 2014 USA Snowboarding Assn. nationals in boardercross. This is his first-person diary of the trip: I've been snowboarding since I was 4 1/2 years old, after I got a snowboard from Santa. My parents have been taking me to Big Bear every weekend since. This long road to nationals has been fun and frustrating at the same time. From winning qualifier competitions, to breaking bones, this journey has been time well spent.
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By Hannah Fry | March 28, 2014
Paularino Elementary School kindergartner Cash Gorke looked eagerly at the marine life swimming around inside the touch tank in a Costa Mesa High School science classroom. After getting a nod of approval from his mother, Cash plunged both arms into the tank, the sleeves of his black shirt quickly absorbing the water, and pulled up a bright orange sea star. He proudly displayed his catch to other children standing near him, holding it up like he had found treasure among the sea creatures.
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By Hannah Fry | March 26, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees welcomed outgoing Costa Mesa High School Principal Phil D'Agostino to his new position as director of student services during their meeting Tuesday night. The 15-year Newport-Mesa employee will assume his new role as head of discipline for the district after spring break, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss. D'Agostino thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the district in his new position. "A very dear friend of mine said the universe puts you in places so you can learn something and grow," he said.
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By Hannah Fry | March 21, 2014
Costa Mesa High School Principal Phil D'Agostino is being tapped to head up discipline for Newport-Mesa Unified, district officials confirmed Thursday. Jane Garland, former director of student services, resigned in February after she accused district administrators of mishandling the cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School. During her time at Newport-Mesa Unified, Garland assisted with implementing a restorative justice form of discipline, which focuses on helping students develop empathy, understand the reasons for their actions and take responsibility for wrongdoing.
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