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November 8, 2003
Steve Virgen In general, Estancia High Coach Craig Fertig loves Friday nights because that's usually when his Eagles play football. "I've coached pro football, college football, but there's just something different about Friday nights and high school football," Fertig said before his team took on Orange, which is ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division VII. "There's just something special in the air because you...
SPORTS
May 10, 2007
Bradley Fisher knew all along that the No. 1 singles spot on the Estancia High boys' tennis team would be his this season, after spending last year at No. 2 singles. Fisher took the top spot and ran with it. He lost just one set in the Orange Coast League and led the Eagles to the league championship, their second straight after going undefeated in the Golden West League last year. He also won the league singles title, beating teammate Danny O'Neil, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 6-0, on May 2 at Laguna Beach High.
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May 3, 2007
Taylor made for second base. Well, after Brown tore her right rotator cuff playing volleyball as a freshman at Estancia High. The move to second from shortstop came after Brown said her right arm could no longer make the longer throw to first base. As to how she injured herself, Brown still laughs about it. She can now as a senior. The Eagles are on the cusp of winning the Orange Coast League championship for the first time under Coach Alan Caouette. "I didn't know the right technique to hit, and I just tore it. I was swinging sidearm or something," said Brown, referring to when she would attempt a kill as an outside hitter.
NEWS
December 11, 2001
This is regarding Tim Cromwell's disturbing letter ("Close Estancia High and open a super school," Nov. 27). First of all, I am an Estancia High student. I am a blond-haired, blue-eyed "white girl" who plans to attend a good college. Last April, I voluntarily transferred from Newport Harbor High School in the beautiful "upper class" area of Newport Beach to, as Cromwell calls it, Mesa Verde's "dirty little secret." Estancia is a wonderful school. Maybe the reason his "neighbors" or real estate agents don't want to mention our school is due to their own prejudice.
SPORTS
July 15, 2008
Cyndi Richards, a 1995 Estancia High graduate and former basketball standout, passed away Thursday at the age of 31 in New York. Jill Black, a friend and former teammate of Richards, said the coroner is trying to figure out the cause of death. Black said Richards had undergone surgery in April to remove a non-cancerous tumor that had spread to the pelvis, on both sides, and was attached to the wall of her rectum. “She had an infection in the incision,” Black said.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — Going into Thursday, Persis William-Nensah said she had won every 100-meter event in the Orange Coast League this season. She still felt nervous in her final one. William-Nensah had never raced in the league track and field finals. She is a freshman at Estancia High, but she shook the jitters and left everyone behind in the 100. Racing on her home track helped. William-Nensah placed first in the 100 in 12.54 seconds and she won the 200 in 26.11 at Jim Scott Stadium, helping her qualify for the CIF Southern Section Division III preliminaries on May 14. Good thing for her is that meet is at Jim Scott Stadium.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | June 30, 2010
Somewhere during 54 holes of play in two days, Jake Knapp found his groove and then some. Most people who know Knapp talk about his great potential. Well, the Estancia High junior-to-be showed what he's capable of during a remarkable round Tuesday. Knapp shot a 10-under-par 60 to win the Junior World Qualifier at Buenaventura Golf Course. He opened with three birdies and an eagle. Overall, he had eight birdies and two eagles. He was at five-under after the front nine, and he matched that on the back.
SPORTS
May 4, 2011
BOYS' GOLF Orange Coast League finals LONG BEACH — Estancia High junior Jake Knapp won the individual championship after shooting par-72 at El Dorado Park Golf Course on Wednesday, giving him a two-day total of 136, 17 strokes better than the nearest golfer. Knapp was the Eagles' lone golfer qualifying for the CIF Southern Section individual championship at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach on May 16. The top five in league advanced to the tournament. Estancia's Jake Stone finished with an 87 on the second day after recording a 78 on the first day at Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club's Los Lagos Course.
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By Dominic Perrone | November 11, 2006
When Jim Huffman began to put together a slide show for the memorial of Estancia High football player Brian "Bubba" Kapko he made a request of the community for photos of Kapko. The next day the photos began piling up on Huffman's door step. Of the 800 Huffman said he sifted through "there were like three that he didn't have gigantic smiles." A huge smile, that was the trademark of Kapko, who was killed at the age of 19 on Aug. 28, 2005 when a car hit his Toyota 4Runner while Kapko and four friends were returning to Johnson & Wales University in Denver after watching a volleyball tournament in Boulder, Colo.
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By Steve Virgen | March 3, 2009
For Steve Virgen's blog, click here. NEWPORT BEACH — Cori Chapin smiled as she opened an envelope with a check for $10,000. “I have never seen that much money before,” the Estancia High senior said moments after posing for a photo with the check. Chapin, a soccer player for the Eagles, was one of two Toshiba Classic scholarship winners honored during a breakfast at the Newport Beach Hotel Marriott and Spa Tuesday morning. Chapin was picked among, “over hundreds of applicants for the scholarship,” said Mark Simons, president and CEO of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. Being involved in clubs, as well as competing in three sports, including cross country, soccer and track and field, made Chapin’s resume stand out. But there’s also a back story to Chapin that certainly helped her chances.
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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.
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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.
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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!"
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
NEWS
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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