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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 1, 2014
The place the Estancia High boys' soccer team frequents is where Abarham Cortez, one of its players, works. Subway is the spot the Eagles bond off the field. Coaches and teammates say they enjoy watching Cortez make them a sandwich. They joke that he's a sandwich artist after all. The plays Cortez has been making on the field lately are also artistic. Those are what the Eagles admire the most, him serving up goals with his right or left foot, not foot-long sandwiches behind a counter.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Don't bring up the last time the Estancia High boys' soccer team won the CIF Southern Section title to Robert Castellano. He begrudgingly will thank you for reminding him. That special season 14 years ago can be a sensitive issue for him at times. He missed being a part of that section championship team because he graduated the year before the school won it all. Castellano never played for a section title, but he is now one win away from coaching the Eagles in one. As the coach, Castellano is in full control, always composed.
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February 20, 2014
THERMAL — Senior midfielder Abarham Cortez scored in the 84th minute off a throw-in from Christian Monroy to lead the Estancia High boys' soccer team to a 1-0 win at Desert Mirage in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs. Thursday. Goalie Enrique Valle made five saves for the Eagles (14-5-5), who took 10 shots on goal. Estancia will play host to Granite Hills in the second round Tuesday. Eagles Coach Robert Castellano said he will try to schedule the game for 5 p.m., but will receive confirmation Friday.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 20, 2014
There wasn't this much gridlock in the passing lanes during Jamzilla. Estancia High and Gladstone combined for 75 turnovers in their 32-minute first-round CIF Southern Section Division 3A girls basketball playoff game Thursday, prompting Eagles Co-Coach Xavier Castellano to hope his team turns over a new leaf for Saturday's second-round clash. "I think our girls came out nervous today," said Castellano, whose No. 5-seeded Eagles posted a 57-36 win to extend their winning streak to 10. "They were a little too anxious and it showed.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 19, 2014
Two months ago, Estancia High was one of the host sites of the North Orange County Classic. One of the schools in the boys' soccer tournament was Pomona Diamond Ranch. The two programs didn't play each other at Jim Scott Stadium because they played in different divisions. They finally squared off on Tuesday, at the start of another tournament. The winner kept playing and the loser went home for good in this tournament. The Eagles played host and they stayed alive by beating Diamond Ranch, 2-0, in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
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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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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 11, 2014
SANTA ANA - One point is all that separated Estancia High from first-place Godinez in the Orange Coast League. The two boys' soccer teams met on Tuesday and the one-point deficit in the standings turned into four. The host Grizzlies distanced themselves from Estancia on Tuesday and they moved closer to repeating as league champions after a resounding 4-0 win at Centennial Regional Park. The Eagles' league title hopes are dashed. They had to become the first team this season to defeat Godinez to have a chance at the league crown, their first in four seasons.
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By Matt Szabo | February 4, 2014
They say that everything is bigger in Texas. In Texas, though, Estancia High junior Slade Garnett didn't have the chance to ring a bell after a girls' basketball game. Garnett, who transferred to Estancia from Texas last June, made sure she had the opportunity to do so Tuesday night at home. There was the season-high 20 points. There was the defensive job on Costa Mesa's top scorer. In the end, Garnett perhaps had the most fun of anyone after the Eagles beat cross-town rival Costa Mesa, 64-50, winning the girls' basketball Battle for the Bell series for the fifth time in six years.
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By Matt Szabo | January 30, 2014
"The curse of the ties is gone," Estancia High girls' soccer coach Jessica Perry proclaimed Thursday evening. The Eagles had five wins and five ties in league last year, which was good enough to win the program's second Orange Coast League title in three years. Through six league games this year, the Eagles have just one tie. But a tie still is better than a loss. Laguna Beach handed Estancia its first league loss in two years Thursday at Jim Scott Stadium. Breakers sophomore Katelyn Carballo scored off a corner kick in the 32nd minute, helping the visitors win, 1-0, and pull into a tie for first place in league with four games left.
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