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By Barry Faulkner | October 28, 2009
  Editor’s note: A memorial service for Ken Millard will take place Friday at noon at the Mesa Verde United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, 1701 West Baker Street. Those who knew Ken Millard, the former Estancia High baseball coach and physical education teacher who died Monday at age 76, said he had a story for everything. He also generated more than a few, some of which those who knew him will remember him by. Here is a sampling:  Bob Flint, who coached against Millard’s Estancia teams and coached with him at Irvine and Woodbridge high schools, said his introduction to Millard when his Irvine team played Estancia in the 1980s, was memorable and less than benevolent.
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By BY STEVE VIRGEN | September 29, 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.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 14, 2007
Softball Dream Team Michelle Tolfa, Corona del Mar Leslee Kaczmarek, Corona del Mar Allie Duernberger, Corona del Mar Emily Pulaski, Costa Mesa Danielle Morton, Costa Mesa Taylor West, Estancia Josie Flores, Estancia Kiele Brown, Estancia Taylor Brown, Estancia Lina You, Estancia ...
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 10, 2009
COSTA MESA — On a board, Coach John Carpenter wrote three letters that fired up the Estancia High boys’ water polo team. The letters didn’t spell out “win.” They meant more, an achievement none of the players had reached in the sport until Tuesday. “It’s been [four] years since I wrote CIF,” Carpenter told his team before it entered the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. “I said, ‘This is the new season. We did everything to get here.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 3, 2009
COSTA MESA — The fire alarm flashed before the football game started at Estancia High. No one figured a way to turn it off. The Eagles obviously played with fire in their season opener. Trabuco Hills, ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division preseason coaches’ poll, proved to be too dangerous. Estancia complained about the 100-degree heat in last year’s opener on the road. This year at home, not enough help. No one came to the rescue as the Mustangs stomped their way to a 42-7 nonleague victory at Jim Scott Stadium Thursday night.
LOCAL
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 24, 2009
Alex Abalos learned as a kid to keep moving those wheels as the running back if he wanted to progress. As a teenager, Abalos left Fresno and went to Costa Mesa for another chance to move his legs on a football field, for a chance to change his life. Grades and gangs battered Abalos off the field in his freshman year at a high school in Fresno. In trouble, Abalos said his mother, Maria Cuenca, called her sister in Costa Mesa for a change of scenery for her son. Once Monica Cuenca agreed to take in the nephew before his sophomore year, off he went.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 10, 2007
In the world of high school girls’ tennis, Estancia High junior Ellie Edles might be the most humble standout one would ever find. Ask her about her favorite moment in tennis, and she doesn’t really know. Edles knows she won a pair of tournaments in August, the Cerritos Summer Junior Tournament and the Orange County Tennis Academy Junior Open. And, most recently, she captured the Orange Coast League singles championship on Nov. 2 with a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (4) victory over Madeline Jaeger of Laguna Beach.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 5, 2011
COSTA MESA — Alipa Peters has experienced a lot of adversity, from financial hardship to the death of loved ones. Tuesday afternoon was a time to celebrate his ability to rise above it all. At Estancia High's training center, teammates applauded the soft-spoken 17-year-old who received the surprise of his lifetime. He was one of two Orange County football players selected into the Legacy Leadership Project, a mentoring program that includes an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | November 24, 2011
During Thanksgiving, Sho Watanabe will have plenty of reasons to give thanks. The fall of 2011 is so much better than what took place during last year's football season. There wasn't much of a season for the Estancia High senior last year. During preseason practices, Watanabe tore his right ACL and was out for the season. He didn't play a game for his new team. He had just transferred in from Newport Harbor and was ready to make an impact. But then came the season-ending injury.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 14, 2014
It's rare to see Kevin Pizarro get embarrassed on a soccer field. He's that talented as a player. Yet, embarrassed is how Pizarro said he felt when during a December practice he lined up with the rest of his Estancia High teammates. As the Eagles prepared to wrap things up, Coach Robert Castellano introduced them to a special guest, Gannon Burks. Burks used to run the program for six seasons, before Castellano succeeded him four seasons ago. When Burks led the Eagles, players held a high opinion of themselves in the first couple of seasons.
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