October 1, 2009
Tonight’s a big football game for Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley. He’ll tell you the previous 280 have been as well. Brinkley can record his 200th career victory at Newport Harbor if the Sailors can beat host Dana Hills tonight at 7. In his 24th year, Brinkley sounded a little excited a day before the nonleague game. “We’re just trying to win a game,” said Brinkley, who is 199-78-3 at Newport Harbor. “If we can do it [and get No. 200]
August 1, 2009
When my children were between 5 and 8 years old, we happened to be driving south on the San Diego Freeway below El Toro when I saw a strawberry field that was covered in plastic sheeting and said, “Look kids, that’s where they grow plastic.” All three responded with words like “Really, Daddy, really?” I just kept quiet. And then, about 20 miles later, one of my sons said something like “Oh come on, that’s not true.” I view that experience as one of the important lessons I have provided to my children, which is to question information, regardless of the source.
February 27, 2009
LAKE FOREST — Mike Ditta reached a stage in the boys’ soccer season he never believed before the season was possible for the Newport Harbor High boys’ soccer team to reach. You can understand why. The coach took over a 2-11-3 club, far from possibly still being a factor during this time of the year. Ditta’s first year ended Friday and he felt honored to be a part of the Sailors’ turnaround. Newport Harbor fell at No. 1-seeded El Toro, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
February 26, 2009
The Newport Harbor High boys’ soccer team will try to upset the top seed on the road today in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals. The Sailors (13-6-4) play at El Toro (20-1-5) at 3 p.m., the third time the teams have met. They’ve split, with Newport Harbor winning, 3-2, Dec. 15, and the Chargers scoring a 3-1 win Jan. 3. El Toro needed penalty kicks to win at Alta Loma in the second round Wednesday after a 1-1 tie. The Chargers then won, 3-0, on penalty kicks.
February 5, 2009
The Corona del Mar High frosh-soph girls’ water polo team won the El Toro Charger Cup Tournament this past weekend. The Sea Kings defeated Back Bay rival Newport Harbor, 6-4, in the championship game. CdM, coached by former standouts Christina Hewko and Vivian Liao, also beat Laguna Hills High, Woodbridge and Tesoro on its way to the title game. The team includes: Ashley Forman, Victoria Gabert, Devon Greenlee, Chloe Havercroft, Alyssa Hornby, Lauren Marks, Shannon McCormick, Yoko Morita, Diana Murphy, Alex Musselman, Victoria Pierotti, Maddie Schwartz, Brooke Stinson, Anna Venturini and Alanna Woods.
January 30, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH — Out of her swimsuit and in street clothes, Nicolina McCall exited the Newport Harbor High locker room. A reporter asked her for an interview and then he brought out his handheld camera. He planned to record the interview. “I don’t look my best,” McCall said. The reporter caught McCall at the wrong time. She definitely looked great earlier in the pool in a girls’ water polo match against El Toro Friday. The senior helped the Sailors rally from an early deficit.
December 23, 2008
NEWPORT COAST — There wasn’t a specific play drawn up for Sage Hill School’s winning basket, but Tierney Danner and Hannah Jeffrey sure made the game’s final points seem as if it came from the perfect call. Danner, the Lightning’s senior forward, scored on a layup with three seconds left that lifted the Sage Hill girls’ basketball team to a 43-42 win against visiting Estancia Tuesday night. Sage Hill Coach Lou Silverman said Danner cut to the basket and Jeffrey found her shortly after the Lightning had inbounded the ball.
December 9, 2008
CORONA DEL MAR — Screened by teammates and the opposition deep in the box, goalkeeper Emily Browne’s eyes stayed on the loose ball a few feet in front of her. Time was only on Browne’s side late in the Newport Harbor High girls’ soccer match against Back Bay rival Corona del Mar. The traffic and a sprained right thumb were not. In the freshman’s biggest match of her life, Browne made the best save of...