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September 15, 2011
Estancia (1-0) vs. Buena Park (2-0) When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Buena Park High Key Eagles: Jr. RB Robert Murtha (92 yards rushing, two TDs); Jr. WR-DB Ben Beck (131 yards receiving, three TDs; one punt return for TD); Jr. QB Brad Wilson (147 yards passing, four TDs). Key Coyotes: Sr. WR-DB Kameron Taylor (230 yards receiving, four TDs); Jr. RB-DB Hakeem Williams (three total TDs); Sr. QB J.J. Christy (426 yards passing, six TDs, one INT). Breakdown: Estancia is ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll, the Eagles' highest ranking in Coach Mike Bargas' five years at the helm … Bargas said the Eagles will be without junior tight end/linebacker Colby Koste, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the season-opening 56-0 victory over Bolsa Grande.
January 2, 2014
BOYS' BASKETBALL Crean Lutheran 66, Estancia 53 IRVINE — Josh Mendoza scored 15 points for the Eagles in the nonleague game Thursday. Gunnar Johnston added 11 points for Estancia (5-10), which plays host to Katella on Tuesday.
By Matt Szabo | April 18, 2007
COSTA MESA — Well into the boys' volleyball season, Estancia High Coach Mark Cygan thinks his team is getting better with every match. But, on a team with no returning varsity players, progress is relative. And the Eagles will take a moral victory if they can get one. So, though Estancia suffered a 25-8, 25-9, 25-16 sweep to visiting Calvary Chapel in an Orange Coast League match Tuesday night, the third game was impressive. Estancia (3-12, 0-4 in league) battled back from an 11-3 deficit in Game 3, pulling within 15-12 on a service ace from freshman Kyle Prevel.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | April 12, 2011
LAGUNA BEACH — The Estancia High pitching staff combined to walk eight batters and hit two on Tuesday. Half of those runners found their way home at Laguna Beach. Six games into Orange Coast League play, the Breakers appear as if they are going to walk away with the league title. They sure walked past the defending league champion Eagles, staying perfect in league with a 9-6 victory. Laguna Beach was due for a win after losing its first two games of the season last week while in nonleague action.
March 15, 2012
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL Estancia def. Segerstrom COSTA MESA - Middle blocker Christian Aguilar had seven kills and four blocks in the Eagles' 25-22, 25-14, 25-11 nonleague sweep on Thursday. Lucas Perreira contributed nine kills for Estancia. The Eagles (2-5) open Orange Coast League play at Laguna Beach on Tuesday at 6 p.m. * BOYS' GOLF Estancia 200, Lakewood 208 COSTA MESA - Senior Jake Knapp shot a two-under-par 33 to earn medalist honors in the Eagles' nonleague match Costa Mesa Mesa Linda Golf Course on Thursday.
January 20, 2012
BOYS' BASKETBALL Estancia 54, Calvary Chapel 27 COSTA MESA - Senior center Rashad Davis had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Eagles in the Orange Coast League game Friday night at Estancia. Junior guard Chad Fackler added six points and 10 rebounds for Estancia (12-9, 3-1 in league). Senior forward Lucas Pereira had nine points and eight rebounds, and sophomore guard Martin Harry added seven points. Estancia moves into a second place tie in league with Costa Mesa, and the rivals play in the first Battle for the Bell game Wednesday night at Costa Mesa.
By Soraya Nadia McDonald | August 17, 2007
COSTA MESA — Estancia High Boys' Athletic Director Tim Parsel doesn't expect his head coaches to stick around for much longer than five years, and the ones that do are more exception than rule. It's part of the ebb and flow of high school athletics, he said Wednesday afternoon during the first freshman football practice of the season. Still, coaching turnover for boys' sports has been markedly high at Estancia lately, and the school's Bermuda triangle of unlucky circumstances are partially to blame.
February 21, 2013
BOYS' TENNIS Estancia 12, Bolsa Grande 6 GARDEN GROVE - Robert Marrone swept at No. 1 singles, winning 18 of 20 games for the Eagles in the nonleague road match Thursday. Marrone is unbeaten in singles this season. Estanica (2-0) visits El Modena on Friday.
May 1, 2014
The Estancia High boys' golf team captured a share of the Orange Coast League championship after defeating Calvary Chapel, 208-225, at Mesa Verde Country Club Thursday. Estancia shared the title with Calvary Chapel. Freshman Kobi Uta shot the low for Estancia, finishing at four-over-par 40. Parker Ohland (41), Gunnar Johnston (42), Davin Ortiz (42) and Brad Ehrhorn (43) also scored for Estancia (11-8, 7-2 in league). Estancia next plays in the OCL individual finals Monday at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
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.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 30, 2014
When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears. Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks were prompted by happiness. Such has been the overwhelmingly positive response to the Costa Mesa school's Disney-inspired production, Maranian remarked. "These kids were crazy for this show," she said. "They went wild when I just mentioned it. They were on the edge of their seats, crossing their fingers and praying that I would choose it. " Maranian, who makes it a point to consult her students, recalled tossing around ideas including "Catch Me If You Can," "Legally Blonde," "Honk!"
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 22, 2014
Toward the end of the second set on Tuesday, someone at Estancia High turned on the bright lights in the gym. The lights shined right into the eyes of the Costa Mesa players on the court. The lights appeared to blind the Mustangs, keeping them from finishing the Eagles at set point. Their coach, Todd Hanson, argued that the point should not have counted because of the lights. There would be no replay, but the Mustangs didn't have to squint against rival Estancia. They swept the Eagles, 25-12, 25-19, 25-21, and swept the Battle for the Bell boys' volleyball series for the second straight season.
By Matt Szabo | April 15, 2014
As the younger sister of Tyler Rios, the 2013 Newport-Mesa Baseball Player of the Year, Felicia Rios feels a bit of pressure. And, as a sophomore in an Estancia High softball infield that otherwise has nothing but seniors, Felicia Rios feels the need to rise to the occasion. "It's tough trying to keep up with them," said Rios, the shortstop. "Yeah, it's tough having to prove myself and show what I got. It's fun, though. " Rios said that she struggled with her hitting at times in the Eagles' preseason.
By Steve Virgen | April 14, 2014
Sophomore went up against sophomore with one out, the bases loaded and the score tied, 4-4. This wasn't necessarily a play that defined young players pitcher Connor Brown of Estancia High and Evan Larsen of Corona del Mar. It actually turned out being a bit anticlimactic as a pass ball became the final play when Nick Premer scored to give CdM a 5-4 victory in a Beach Pit Classic game at CdM Monday. But both players, Larsen's a pitcher too, made plays throughout the game that caused their coaches to continue to be excited about their respective futures.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 13, 2014
A week had gone by since the Estancia High baseball team saw live pitching. The Eagles returned to the field on Saturday and they almost went hitless. Their first game back was in the Beach Pit Classic opener at home against Sun Valley Village Christian. With their opponent having won two games during the week to stay in a first-place tie in the Olympic League, the Eagles figured to see someone who hasn't thrown a whole lot for the Crusaders. They were right, as David Barta had pitched just one inning this season.
By Matt Szabo | April 13, 2014
After Estancia High senior Celia Duran earned Newport-Mesa Girls' Basketball Player of the Year honors last year, she received congratulations from Corona del Mar sophomore Natalia Bruening. The two players ran into each other at club basketball tryouts last spring. Soon, they were talking about being co-Players of the Year this year. "We called it," Duran said with a smile. Duran is a 5-foot-7 guard, while Bruening is a 6-foot-3 forward. While they played much different roles, both Duran and Bruening helped ensure big years for their respective squads.
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