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September 3, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's basketball player Adam Folker has signed a contract with BK Nova Hut Ostrava of the Czech Republic's National Basketball League, the school announced Tuesday. Folker, who twice won the Big West Conference Hustle Award, was a 6-foot-9 post player for the Anteaters. As a fifth-year senior in 2012-13, he averaged 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 57.2% from the field to help UCI reach the final of the Big West Tournament and earn a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament.
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October 2, 2007
Thanks for publishing federal Judge James P. Gray’s outstanding opinion (“Current drug policies inefficient,” Sept. 30). It seems to me that in order to properly evaluate our nation’s drug policies, we need to compare and contrast our drug policies with those of another nation with substantially different drug policies. I suggest that we use the Czech Republic for our comparison. In the Czech Republic, citizens can legally use, possess, grow, or purchase small quantities of marijuana.
SPORTS
March 4, 2011
Andy Berglund brought winning baseball to Sage Hill School. He is planning to bring the same kind of success to the Czech Republic. Berglund said he has resigned after three successful seasons as Sage Hill's coach for the opportunity to guide the Czech Republic senior and junior national baseball programs. Berglund, who went 51-18 overall and 36-9 in the Academy League, led the Lightning to many firsts. In his first season in 2008, he guided Sage Hill to its first league title and first CIF Southern Section first-round playoff victory.
SPORTS
May 1, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Alexa Glatch, a Newport Beach resident, reached the quarterfinals where she was upset in the Boyd Tinsley Pro Tennis Tournament Friday at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The top-seeded Glatch, ranked No. 119, lost to Lindsay Lee-Waters, 6-3, 6-2. Lee-Waters advanced to face Carly Gullickson. Glatch, 19, was coming off one of the biggest wins of her young career. She scored a huge victory in her Fed Cup debut Sunday in Brno of the Czech Republic.
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August 22, 2008
It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Marta Rollova announce her passing on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 after an illness that brought her home to be with the Lord quickly. She was surrounded by family and friends as she took her last breath. She touched so many lives and showed great compassion to all who met her. She inspired us with her loving and adventurous spirit. She emigrated to the United States from the Czech Republic, spoke five languages and most recently worked in Social Services for Orange County where she was so admired.
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May 2, 2001
-- Mathis Winkler Weaving colorful ribbons around a 17-foot maypole, about 60 friends and family members celebrated Jan Webb's 60th birthday Tuesday night. Webb's husband, Don, Newport Beach's public works director, first surprised his wife with the ritual on her 40th birthday and repeated the spectacle a decade later. And while Jan was crowned May queen as in previous years, Newport Beach Councilman Tod Ridgeway, whose birthday is today, settled for a May prince title.
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January 16, 2002
Amara Aguilar Communication isn't a problem for UC Irvine men's basketball player Stanislav Zuzak, who grew up in the Czech Republic. At least, not anymore. The 6-foot-10 sophomore forward had some difficulty with English when he joined the Anteaters last season, even though he attended classes to learn the language in the Czech Republic. "It was hard," Zuzak said. "It was really different when I came here. The first month was really hard. In the classes I understood 50 or 60 percent.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
Deepa Bharath For Barbara Benish, the last 11 years have been a journey. The artist reminisces about riding her bike as a little girl to the public library on the Balboa Peninsula to read all about Czechoslovakia -- its history, culture and current affairs. It was a part of her ancestry and heritage, and she was mystified and enamored by it. That passion to find her roots and trace her family history followed Benish through her adulthood, taking her to Prague in 1992, barely three years after the exit of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
NEWS
February 25, 2005
Elia Powers More than a month into its whirlwind North American tour, the Boni Pueri choir from the Czech Republic got a taste of life in Southern California. Packed into a Greyhound bus on Thursday, the group of 28 young men rode past rolling hills in Irvine, onto a 50-mile stretch of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and were dropped off near the waterfront in Santa Monica. Their day ended back in Orange County, with a 90-minute concert at St. James Church in Newport Beach.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's basketball players Michael Wilder and Daman Starring have joined former teammate Adam Folker as members of professional teams overseas. Michael Wilder, a senior in 2012-13, is headed to Spain to play for UP Basquet Gandia. Starring, also a senior last season, has signed to play with La Fortezza Recanati in Italy. Folker, the two-time Big West Conference Hustle Award winner who graduated in the spring, signed earlier with a team in the Czech Republic.
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September 17, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's basketball players Michael Wilder and Daman Starring have joined former teammate Adam Folker as members of professional teams overseas. Michael Wilder, a senior in 2012-13, is headed to Spain to play for UP Basquet Gandia. Starring, also a senior last season, has signed to play with La Fortezza Recanati in Italy. Folker, the two-time Big West Conference Hustle Award winner who graduated in the spring, signed earlier with a team in the Czech Republic.
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September 3, 2013
Former UC Irvine men's basketball player Adam Folker has signed a contract with BK Nova Hut Ostrava of the Czech Republic's National Basketball League, the school announced Tuesday. Folker, who twice won the Big West Conference Hustle Award, was a 6-foot-9 post player for the Anteaters. As a fifth-year senior in 2012-13, he averaged 9.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and shot 57.2% from the field to help UCI reach the final of the Big West Tournament and earn a berth in the CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament.
SPORTS
March 4, 2011
Andy Berglund brought winning baseball to Sage Hill School. He is planning to bring the same kind of success to the Czech Republic. Berglund said he has resigned after three successful seasons as Sage Hill's coach for the opportunity to guide the Czech Republic senior and junior national baseball programs. Berglund, who went 51-18 overall and 36-9 in the Academy League, led the Lightning to many firsts. In his first season in 2008, he guided Sage Hill to its first league title and first CIF Southern Section first-round playoff victory.
SPORTS
May 1, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Alexa Glatch, a Newport Beach resident, reached the quarterfinals where she was upset in the Boyd Tinsley Pro Tennis Tournament Friday at the Boar’s Head Sports Club. The top-seeded Glatch, ranked No. 119, lost to Lindsay Lee-Waters, 6-3, 6-2. Lee-Waters advanced to face Carly Gullickson. Glatch, 19, was coming off one of the biggest wins of her young career. She scored a huge victory in her Fed Cup debut Sunday in Brno of the Czech Republic.
NEWS
August 22, 2008
It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Marta Rollova announce her passing on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 after an illness that brought her home to be with the Lord quickly. She was surrounded by family and friends as she took her last breath. She touched so many lives and showed great compassion to all who met her. She inspired us with her loving and adventurous spirit. She emigrated to the United States from the Czech Republic, spoke five languages and most recently worked in Social Services for Orange County where she was so admired.
SPORTS
April 4, 2008
Ramon Delgado and Michaela Pastikova will return to the Newport Beach Breakers for the 2008 World Team Tennis season, joined by newcomers Angelika Bachmann and Bruno Echagaray. They will join the Breakers’ new marquee player, Lindsay Davenport, who will play her only home match at Newport Beach Country Club on July 10. “We’re excited to have drafted a great roster of talent for this season,” Breakers Coach Trevor Kronemann said in a release. “Ramon has consistently been one of if not the best players in the league and will be the cornerstone of our team again.
NEWS
October 2, 2007
Thanks for publishing federal Judge James P. Gray’s outstanding opinion (“Current drug policies inefficient,” Sept. 30). It seems to me that in order to properly evaluate our nation’s drug policies, we need to compare and contrast our drug policies with those of another nation with substantially different drug policies. I suggest that we use the Czech Republic for our comparison. In the Czech Republic, citizens can legally use, possess, grow, or purchase small quantities of marijuana.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | July 17, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — The warmups prior to the Newport Beach Breakers' match against the Kansas City Explorers on Monday were complete and it was time to play tennis. But a loud, squealing distortion sound coming out of the speakers wasn't helping things. Eyes turned to the audio guy, who at first was unable to stop the noise. Finally, the problem was solved and the Breakers' Michaela Pastikova could serve. Pastikova did a lot of that Monday, helping Newport Beach win three of its sets in a crucial 23-19 overtime victory over Kansas City before 1,680 at Breakers Stadium.
NEWS
February 25, 2005
Elia Powers More than a month into its whirlwind North American tour, the Boni Pueri choir from the Czech Republic got a taste of life in Southern California. Packed into a Greyhound bus on Thursday, the group of 28 young men rode past rolling hills in Irvine, onto a 50-mile stretch of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway and were dropped off near the waterfront in Santa Monica. Their day ended back in Orange County, with a 90-minute concert at St. James Church in Newport Beach.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
Deepa Bharath For Barbara Benish, the last 11 years have been a journey. The artist reminisces about riding her bike as a little girl to the public library on the Balboa Peninsula to read all about Czechoslovakia -- its history, culture and current affairs. It was a part of her ancestry and heritage, and she was mystified and enamored by it. That passion to find her roots and trace her family history followed Benish through her adulthood, taking her to Prague in 1992, barely three years after the exit of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
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