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February 20, 2013
GIRLS' BASKETBALL Chaminade 80, Estancia 40 WEST HILLS — Estancia could not keep up with top-seeded Chaminade and was eliminated after losing in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinals Wednesday. Celia Duran led Estancia (20-8) with 23 points. Estancia, the Orange Coast League champion, made its first appearance in the quarterfinals in five seasons under Coach Xavier Castellano. Estancia trailed, 19-9, in the first quarter, and stayed within 10 points until late in the second quarter when Chaminade (25-3)
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 10, 2009
Marcus Franco might find himself next school year teaching the same students he will coach against. Two years after turning Costa Mesa High into a respectable softball program, Franco said Tuesday he was let go as coach due to a philosophical difference with Principal Edward Wong on what an athletic program is supposed to offer students. It didn’t take Franco long to find another coaching job. Costa Mesa’s loss is its rival’s gain, the 42-year-old said he is now a co-coach at Estancia with Judd Fryslie.
February 10, 2013
The Estancia High girls' basketball team dropped just one game in the Orange Coast League and won the league title. The effort helped the Eagles earn a first-round bye in the CIF Southern Section Division 3-A playoffs, as the playoff brackets were released Sunday. Estancia (19-7), the No. 9 seed, will play host to the winner of Hemet Tahquitz at Ridgecrest Burroughs on Saturday in the second round. Corona del Mar (9-17) finished sixth and last in the Pacific Coast League and is in the Division 3-AA playoffs as an at-large entry.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 6, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - The last time Estancia and Newport Harbor played each other in a high school boys' basketball game, their current head coaches were assistants. One team also only suited up eight players. That team was Estancia, and with a depleted roster last season, it had enough to come back and beat the Sailors for the second straight season. The Eagles brought nine players to Newport Harbor on Saturday. The extra body didn't help them rally against the Sailors again. A day after suffering a heartbreaking loss at the buzzer in a Sunset League opener at home, the Sailors bounced back.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | February 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — After pleading for a timeout from the sideline with less than three minutes left in the first half, Costa Mesa High Coach Bryan Rice got it a little too late. Rice yelled toward the referees when Estancia took a two-point lead. No one heard him. The lead then grew into double digits in just 43 seconds. The whistle finally blew for Rice. The Mustangs never recovered and it cost them a share of second place in the Orange Coast League and the Battle for the Bell.
September 15, 2011
Re. "School Flight," Sept. 4, 6, 7: The fact that many (it used to be about 50%) Westside Costa Mesa kids go to Newport Harbor High School is an important piece of the total Costa Mesa schools issue, in my opinion, when analyzing white flight from Mesa Verde and where we go from here. For many years, NHHS and Ensign Intermediate School have been raising the bar with high expectations for all students regardless of race or if they live in Costa Mesa. NHHS parents have been digging in, donating and helping where needed with the NHHS well-funded foundation for years.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | May 18, 2011
ANAHEIM — Playing a high school baseball game under the lights is rare. But that was the situation for Estancia Wednesday night and it shined in the unlikeliest of places. The Eagles traveled to Anaheim and accomplished something they had not done in 19 years. The postseason drought is over for Estancia after it prevailed, 5-3, in a CIF Southern Section Division IV wild-card game at La Palma Park. The last time the Eagles won in the playoffs, their current players were not even born.
By Barry Faulkner | December 28, 2013
GARDEN GROVE - Estancia High Co-Coach Xavier Castellano said it is the chip on their shoulders that is propelling his girls' basketball players to the program's best start in recent memory. But it's also the scabs on their knees and the sweat on their collective brow that is likely even more responsible for a 12-2 record that includes two tournament titles. The Eagles collected their latest championship trophy by defeating South Hills, 64-54, in the final of the Santiago Tournament on Saturday night at Santiago High.
By Matt Szabo, | August 29, 2011
The Estancia High football team got plenty of good ink last year on the way to capturing its first outright league title in 21 years. Star tailback Robert Murtha spent part of the off-season getting a good amount of ink permanently placed on his upper right arm. Murtha got a large tattoo with the word "Boy. " It's the name he's called by his father, Robert Sr., who Coach Mike Bargas said did the tattoo. Around the "Boy" lettering are what Murtha said are Filipino tribal designs.
November 7, 2013
Estancia (4-5, 2-2) vs. Calvary Chapel (7-2, 3-1) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium Key Estancia players: Jr. RB Christian Laurent (869 yards and three TDs on 179 carries); Jr. RB-KR Indiana Taylor (483 yards and five TDs on 60 carries, one kickoff for TD); Fr. CB Dylan Laurent Key Calvary Chapel players: Sr. QB Danny Mattero (2,559 yards, 28 TDs and seven INTs on 187 of 298 passing, 495 yards and nine TDs on 58 carries); Jr. WR Joey Cox (53 catches for 799 yards and 10 TDs)
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