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By Bradley Zint | December 26, 2013
About a year and a half and some 510 man hours later, there's a cannon again on West 18th Street. Well, it's not technically a cannon, but folks in Costa Mesa have been known to call it that. It's actually a M1902 U.S. Army field gun, built in 1911. Now disarmed, at one time it could fire 3-inch shells. In May 2012, Brenden Fettis of Boy Scout Troop 615 took it upon himself to begin restoring the old weapon for his Eagle Scout project. He got the idea from his dad, Larry Fettis, a recently retired Costa Mesa police officer.
By Barry Faulkner | December 20, 2013
The UC Irvine men's volleyball season is officially open for business. But the message sent most clearly during the Anteaters' 25-21, 25-13, 25-15, road drubbing of defending NAIA champion Concordia on Friday had to do with closing time. The Anteaters, who have won the last two NCAA titles, played their original seven starters throughout, effectively stepping on the throat of the overmatched Eagles. "Last year [a five-set win for UCI, which claimed the first two games against Concordia but couldn't finish off the sweep]
By Barry Faulkner | December 13, 2013
To fully understand the tears of vindication that flowed from Celia Duran following Estancia High's overtime victory over Tesoro in the title game of the Corona del Mar Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday night, one had to know about the tears that sprung from futility on the court six years previous. For it is only after one considers how far the Estancia High senior has come in the sport that ultimate appreciation can be conveyed. "When I was in the sixth grade, I liked soccer," said Duran, the 2012-13 Newport-Mesa Player of the Year, who has been the Eagles' unquestioned leader since her sophomore season.
December 13, 2013
Estancia High sophomore forward Kevin Pizarro converted an assist from senior Abraham Cortez in the 30th minute for the only goal in the Eagles' 1-0 nonleague win at Newport Harbor on Friday night. The Eagles (3-1) had just four shots in the defensive-oriented game, in which Estancia junior goallkeeper Enrique Valle had three saves. It was the first goal scored against the Sailors this season. Newport Harbor (0-1-2) had played Corona del Mar and Servite to scoreless ties previously.
By Matt Szabo | December 7, 2013
There is a certain underdog mentality that the Estancia High girls' basketball team carries with it. The Eagles weren't supposed to win the Corona del Mar Tip-Off Tournament. They weren't even supposed to be in the championship game. "If you see us walking down the street, you're not like, 'Oh, those must be basketball players,'" senior guard Celia Duran said. "[We're] a bunch of goofballs. " But after Saturday night, they are a bunch of goofballs who are also champions. Estancia rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to stun Tesoro in overtime, 69-67, and win the Tip-Off Tournament championship game at Northwood High.
By Matt Szabo | December 5, 2013
The game plan Wednesday night for the Estancia High girls' basketball team against taller Corona del Mar was to play a more up-tempo game. But the individual game plan for Estancia senior forward Michelle Simmons was to take her sweet time. "We've worked hard on her shooting," Estancia Co-Coach Judd Fryslie said. "She's a good shooter in practice, and if she slows down and takes her time in a game, she's a good shooter there too. " Simmons sure looked composed on a huge three-pointer late in the game, one that gave Estancia the lead back.
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