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By Matt Szabo | November 12, 2006
AZUSA ? As the rain started falling on an overcast day, the hopes of the Vanguard University men's soccer team started washing away. Azusa Pacific's Brandon Stirm helped cause the landslide. He scored on a header with a minute left in the first sudden-death overtime period, lifting the Cougars to a 2-1 victory in the NAIA Region II championship game Saturday at APU. It was a crushing loss for the Lions in their first-ever NAIA Division II championship game. Azusa Pacific (15-3-2)
By Steve Virgen | December 28, 2009
COSTA MESA — For three minutes in the second quarter, the Newport Harbor High boys’ basketball team provided a glimpse of the style the Sailors are capable of producing. They were fluid, showing great ball movement. They also played excellent defense and hit big three-point shots. But, unfortunately for Newport Harbor, it could not sustain such a spectacular pace. Norco took advantage and beat the Sailors, 54-42, in a consolation quarterfinal game of the Estancia Coast Classic Monday.
By Barry Faulkner | February 2, 2007
The neighboring Wasatch Mountains will serve as a majestic backdrop to UC Irvine's pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball matches tonight and Saturday at BYU. Both matches begin at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. But it's a mythical mountain the No. 2-ranked Anteaters (10-1, 5-1 in the MPSF) will be trying to summit against the No. 1-ranked Cougars (8-0, 4-0). Just as it did last year, Coach John Speraw hopes UCI can ascend to the top national ranking at the expense of the Cougars.
By Barry Faulkner | February 4, 2007
PROVO, Utah — Snow carpets the ground at BYU, but the UC Irvine men's volleyball team figured Saturday night was a chance to plant a seed. The Anteaters, ranked No. 2, were swept by the top-ranked Cougars in Friday's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match before an overflow crowd. Another 5,600 filled the Smith fieldhouse Saturday, but the Cougar rooters left disappointed after UCI rebounded for a 23-30, 30-23, 33-31, 29-31, 15-8 victory. "We were [ticked] at ourselves for how badly we played last night," UCI senior setter Brian Thornton said.
By Barry Faulkner | February 17, 2008
IRVINE — UC Irvine men’s volleyball coach John Speraw hoped his team’s impressive five-game battle in a losing effort against No. 1-ranked BYU Friday night would help the Anteaters regroup enough to upset the Cougars Saturday at the Bren Events Center. Instead, it had the opposite effect. Friday’s loss, however, affected the UCI opposite position in a deleterious way Speraw had anticipated all along. The result was a 28-30, 30-22, 30-24, 30-27 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory for the visitors Saturday.
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | September 21, 2012
MISSION VIEJO - On one swing of the Corona del Mar High kicker's leg before halftime, the momentum swung the other way. A 52-yard field-goal try by Grif Amies resulted in a 52-yard special teams return for a touchdown at the end of the first half. The finish to the first half at Capistrano Valley was bizarre. What looked like a potential go-ahead scoring drive by the Sea Kings to close the half wound up with the Cougars taking the lead instead. They never looked back after returning a blocked field-goal attempt for a touchdown.
January 3, 2001
Tony Altobelli COSTA MESA - The Vanguard University men's basketball team made visiting Azusa Pacific earn this one. Not shying away from the NAIA's eighth-ranked Cougars, the Lions nearly pulled off the upset, but a couple of defensive lapses proved costly in Tuesday night's 84-75 overtime loss at The Pit. It was both teams' Golden State Athletic Conference opener. "I feel so bad for the players because they gave a tremendous effort out there," Vanguard Coach Stephen French said.
By Barry Faulkner | March 1, 2013
IRVINE - In a showdown of the nation's men's volleyball elite, two was certainly better than one Friday night. No. 2-ranked BYU consistently came up with more answers than top-ranked UCI, enabling the Cougars to rally for a 22-25, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 15-11 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory in front of 2,906 at the Bren Events Center. UCI (15-4, 12-4 in conference), which came in on an 11-match winning streak that began after a four-game setback at BYU on Jan. 18, handled the visitors in the opening two sets and held leads of 14-8 and 19-14 in Game 3. But the Cougars (12-3, 11-2)
By Cesar Gonzalez, Special to the Daily Pilot | June 3, 2012
COSTA MESA - The College Park Elementary boys' third- and fourth-grade silver division team came out scoring with ease from the start of the whistle. A hat trick from forward John Paul Bottazzi helped College Park defeat Mariners Christian, 8-0, in the championship game at the Daily Pilot Cup Sunday afternoon at Jack Hammett Sports Complex. "Once I knew I had two goals I wanted another one and when I got it I was happy," Bottazzi said of his hat trick. The Cougars came out aggressive, and it showed.
March 29, 2012
BASEBALL Azusa Pacific 11, Vanguard 5 AZUSA - The visiting Lions led, 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3, before the Cougars erupted for eight in the eighth inning of the Golden State Athletic Conference game Thursday. Bryce Arroyo was three for four with two runs batted in and one run, while Henry Yates was two for three with one RBI and one run for the Lions (14-12, 5-10 in conference). No. 5-ranked APU is 25-6, 14-2.
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