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By Joseph Serna, | May 2, 2011
COSTA MESA — As City Councilman Steve Mensinger strolled across the football field at Estancia High School's Jim Scott Stadium on the morning of April 23, English teacher Joel Flores said he saw an opportunity. Flores, 38, isn't a member of any city employee groups affected by the council's broad outsourcing plan aimed at lowering city costs, but the teacher at Estancia High is as against it as any city worker. "If you're opposed to it, you should say something to your public official," Flores said.
By Barry Faulkner | October 30, 2009
COSTA MESA — Several moments after the hour-long memorial service for former Estancia High baseball coach Ken Millard had ended Friday, even after most of the estimated 150 in attendance had exited Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, the stories about him continued. Family members, former players and students, colleagues and friends, stood in a handful of clusters, catching up with one another and sharing their memories of the man who died Monday at age 76. The man they knew as “Coach.
January 28, 2010
Coach Agustin Heredia received a text message around noon on Thursday he hoped not to get from Kohl Jones’ mom, Marykay. Jones is out for the remainder of the Estancia High boys’ basketball season. Heredia said he learned the guard has torn ligaments in the ankle he sprained during practice on Tuesday. The Eagles lost their leading scorer, more importantly to Heredia the team’s heart and soul. “It’s his senior year and it’s not the way to go out,” Heredia said, as Jones had Estancia in contention to win the Orange Coast League title, the program’s first league crown since 2004-05.
By Barry Faulkner | January 29, 2010
Those who stand sentry before a soccer goal have openly embraced mysticism in order to multiply their mystique. Estancia High junior Edgar Vega admits his persona on the pitch has as much to do with the preternatural as his vigilant preparation. In his case, inspiration has aligned with perspiration, allowing the Eagles to maintain their aspiration of defending their Orange Coast League title. The agile and aggressive goalkeeper, sidelined during the team?s 1-6-2 start with a fractured left index finger, has helped the Eagles go 9-2-1 since.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 14, 2009
COSTA MESA — Preston Schow is new to the Estancia High boys’ water polo team this year. Before transferring from Mater Dei, Schow was certain about two things. Who the Eagles’ crosstown rival was and how Costa Mesa has owned Estancia in the pool. Schow is doing his best to change things. The junior scored a career-high five goals Wednesday, lifting Estancia to a 10-6 Orange Coast League victory, the program’s first in league against the Mustangs in seven years.
By BY STEVE VIRGEN | September 28, 2009
When Baby Shane was born in January, it was safe to say that his life would include plenty of tennis, Estancia High tennis to be exact. It’s also fair to say there would be a lot of love in his life. With regard to tennis, this love meant so much more than the zero in a set. Baby Shane was born to tennis coach Rachel de los Santos and her husband, Derek Smith, the assistant coach. Instantly, he also became a part of the Estancia family, especially on the girls’ tennis team.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 29, 2008
Ryan Knapp never forgets his first set of clubs. No high-tech alloy. Try plastic. He was 2. His father Bob Knapp and grandfather Gordon Bowley introduced the toddler to golf in Palm Springs. “They got me like these little Snoopy clubs,” Ryan said. “I just kind of took a liking to it.” Knapp has definitely outgrown the Snoopy clubs. Now, he’s a lanky 6-foot-3 junior at Estancia High, with a big-time swing and a big-time set of clubs.
By Matt Szabo | June 4, 2008
COSTA MESA — The ground is assuredly more stable this year for the Estancia High football team during spring practices. That’s what getting a new on-campus, artificial field-turf stadium can do for a team. Jim Scott Stadium is also going to be the home for the Costa Mesa High football team, but the Eagles are the ones who are getting to practice in it right now. “It’s way better,” said Estancia’s Radames Gutierrez, who will be a senior in the fall and is a leading contender to be the team’s starting quarterback.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 28, 2006
COSTA MESA ? It was a long day for Estancia High's basketball team Wednesday. As host of the Estancia Coast Classic, most players arrived on campus as early as 8 a.m. The first game of eight tipped off at 9, and players worked the snack bar, the shot clock, the game clock, and escorted coaches around. By the time it was their turn to play at 7:45 p.m., the Eagles appeared fatigued. They weren't active on either end, as Chaparral of Temecula ran the Eagles off the court, winning the first-round game, 74-32.
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