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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 9, 2014
Three years ago, Marco Pineda played much bigger than his size as a freshman at Estancia High. Pineda, then 4-foot-10, made sure no one pushed him around on the soccer field. Size didn't matter to Pineda, who proved it as a defender with gritty play. The frosh-soph coach raved about Pineda to the head varsity coach, Robert Castellano. One day, Castellano came out to watch Pineda, before he walked away with one question. "Could Pineda perform on the varsity level with his tiny size?"
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April 3, 2014
In a six-month span, Paul Muñoz has left both of the Estancia High volleyball programs. Muñoz stepped down as the girls' coach on Wednesday, said Jessica Perry, the girls' athletic director at Estancia. Perry said Muñoz resigned for the same reasons he did from the boys' post in October, citing family, wanting to spend more time with his newborn son, Mason, and running his growing club team, Ohana Athletic Club. "It's going to be hard to replace someone who has the kind of credentials he has," Perry said of Muñoz, who played on the U.S. national men's volleyball team and professionally overseas.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 28, 2014
Coach Ricardo doMonte stayed in bed sick for the last three days. With doMonte out, his assistant coach, Miles Evans, ran the boys' volleyball practices at Estancia High. By Thursday, doMonte's health improved, enough for him to get out of bed and lead his Eagles. He also happened to face his former team, Costa Mesa, on the road. The road to recovery for doMonte's current team has had its share of setbacks. The Eagles are winless this season in 10 matches. The Eagles dropped all their matches last season.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Five Orange County high school students, including three from Costa Mesa's Estancia High, recently received portions of a $115,000 Girls Inc. scholarship, according to a news release. All the girls are members of Girls Inc.'s Orange County chapter, based in Costa Mesa, and are first-generation college students. The recipients are junior Melanie Hercules and seniors Briseida Miranda and Jennifer Lopez, all of Estancia High; senior Amber Gibson of Edison High School in Huntington Beach; and senior Emily Ramos of Garden Grove High School.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 18, 2014
The Battle for the Bell baseball opener went eight innings, and the usual team won yet again. It wasn't the usual dominating effort turned in by Estancia High. Costa Mesa appears to have closed the gap in the rivalry. Extra innings decided the outcome at Costa Mesa on Tuesday. A two-out error and a two-out single proved to be the difference in the Eagles taking the opener in this week's three-game Orange Coast League series against the Mustangs, 6-5. "It's huge for us," Estancia Coach Nate Goellrich said of opening league with a victory.
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March 18, 2014
The Estancia High girls' basketball program is hosting a free skills clinic on Tuesday and Thursday nights from March through May. The clinic is for girls in fifth- through eighth-grade, and will take place from 6-7:45 p.m. in the Estancia main gym. For more information, contact Coach Xavier Castellano at coachxavi@yahoo.com or (714) 625-7644. — From staff reports
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 14, 2014
HUNTINGTON BEACH - With his Estancia High boys' volleyball team outside the gym, Coach Ricardo doMonte stood and watched Marina warm up on the court. He observed the host Vikings swing the ball, their timing, and how they distributed the ball. "Then I saw that we were in trouble," doMonte said. The Eagles faced their toughest nonleague opponent to date and suffered their fourth straight loss in three sets. Marina swept, 25-9, 25-8, 25-4, on Thursday night. The contest was the Eagles' fourth in eight days.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 7, 2014
Chris Moya has arguably the best hair, the best nickname and the best shot on the Estancia High boys' soccer team. Coach Robert Castellano doesn't care much for the hair and nickname. As for the shot, it's special. With the shot comes the other two. Moya tends to run his fingers through his hair after he strikes the ball. Moya then hears teammates on the bench call him "The Beast. " Castellano just shakes his head when he hears anyone refer to a 5-foot-6 and 140-pound sophomore as "The Beast.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | March 4, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified District trustees voted Tuesday evening to appoint a long-time Costa Mesa resident and Parent Teacher Association member to fill the soon-to-be-vacant seat on the school board. Vicki Snell, who has spent the past 15 years volunteering on superintendent interview panels, various district committees and PTA executive boards, beat out five other candidates for the Estancia zone seat that Trustee David Brooks will vacate this month. After four hours of interviews and discussion among board members, trustees voted 4 to 2 - with Katrina Foley and Walt Davenport dissenting and David Brooks absent - to appoint Snell to the board.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 4, 2014
Fans began to chant, "Si se puede!" and the Estancia High boys' soccer team never lost hope. The Eagles trailed by one late in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs and they kept fighting. Time was running out on the Eagles against Baldwin Park on Tuesday. Their coach, Robert Castellano, raced to the fence to track down a ball with 5 minutes left, trying to save time to give the Eagles another chance to tie the match. He then turned to the home crowd, the biggest to see his team play during his five seasons in charge.
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