November 23, 2002
Bryce Alderton The door stayed open, if ever so slightly for the Pacifica High Mariners' football team against the Corona del Mar Sea Kings Friday night. In what appeared to be a game CdM (6-5) had in hand, leading by a 23-14 count with 7:33 remaining turned into anything but. Curtis Gladden sent his teammates and the Pacifica faithful into a frenzy following a 40-yard field goal with 18 seconds to go, lifting the Mariners into the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division IX Playoffs with a 24-23 heart-stopping win over the Sea Kings at Bolsa Grande High.
October 3, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — Sheer madness at the end. In a matter of seconds, Newport Harbor High won a football game, then thought it lost it, only to learn it had won it. Throughout it all, the Sailors never kicked themselves Friday night. Dana Hills did. Once. Twice. Then for a third and fourth time. The Dolphins’ kicking game failed. The Sailors held on for a 25-24 nonleague victory after Conner St. Clair’s 35-yard field-goal attempt barely missed winning it for the Dolphins with no time left at Davidson Field.
August 4, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - The Ultimate Soccer League may have been fun for some players and a break from the norm for others. But, Natalie Franklin and the Pasadena Star Gazers played in the league for other reasons. They played for the Ultimate Cup. Franklin, who lives in Newport Beach and plays for UC Irvine, scored two goals, 14 points, to help the Star Gazers win the Ultimate Soccer League's Ultimate Cup with a 70-48 victory over the Moorpark Moon Stones in front of 485 at Orange Coast College Friday.
November 20, 2003
Newport Harbor High's freshman football team completed an undefeated season with a 38-6 victory over Woodbridge. The Sailors went 10-0, won the Sea View League and dominated yet another opponent by defeating the Warriors to close out the season last week. Newport built a 28-0 lead before halftime, as running back Jasen Ruiz scored twice. His 7-yard scamper got things started for the Sailors. Quarterback Kevin Williams threw two first-half touchdowns, one to Jarrett Daniel and the other to Ruiz.
October 13, 2002
Steve Virgen The Orange Coast College football team was left thinking "what if," as the Pirates nearly upset host Pasadena, the No. 6 team in the nation according to J.C. Grid-Wire, Saturday night. The Bucs (2-3) almost had a chance to tie the score late in the fourth quarter, but were turned away and the Lancers (5-0) won, 14-6. PCC quarterback John Rattay injured his knee on the Lancers' third offensive play and did not return. Backup Darnell LoVett, who ran for 72 yards and one TD, led his team to the win. OCC freshman kicker Bryce Sheridan nailed two field goals, a 27-yard effort in the second quarter and a 40-yard boot in the third.
December 27, 2002
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA -- The Estancia High boys basketball team took care of its gift exchange on the court Thursday, sharing the ball like it was good will on the way to a 76-29 victory over Rancho Alamitos in the first round of the Estancia Coast Classic at Estancia High. After opening a little sluggishly, allowing the Vaqueros (0-7) to take an 11-9 lead with 2:04 left in the first period, the Eagles (9-1) scored the next 24 points and kept pouring it on until they led, 69-17 in the opening minute of the final quarter.
February 20, 2002
Barry Faulkner NEWPORT BEACH - Made field goals turned out to be tougher to come by than bleacher seats in Tuesday night's CIF Southern Section Division II-AA second-round boys basketball playoff game between Newport Harbor High and visiting Villa Park. And, in the end, it was No. 3-seeded Spartans (26-3) who won the defensive struggle, 54-41, costing the Sailors (20-7) admittance into Friday's quarterfinals. Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net and solid defensive work on both ends did not fully explain the lack of shooting touch.
October 2, 2000
Steve Virgen WALNUT - Someone forgot to tell the Orange Coast College football team it was playing the No. 4 team in the nation. Someone forgot to tell the Pirates they got shut out last week, and that they have only scored nine points in three games this season. Someone, actually OCC Coach Mike Taylor, told his players they could beat Mt. San Antonio. He never stopped believing. The Pirates never stopped playing. And with one second remaining, Rob Pate knocked in a 33-yard field goal to shock host Mt. SAC, 26-25, Saturday night.
October 17, 2004
Barry Faulkner On the way to its fourth straight game without a second-half score, an Orange Coast College offense in need of a little self-esteem boost received its "Dailey" affirmation Saturday night. Freshman cornerback Marques Dailey returned a third-quarter interception 34 yards for a touchdown to break a 10-10 tie and provide the difference in the Pirates' 17-10 football victory over Mission Conference American Division visitor Long Beach City.
December 4, 2004
Rick Devereux Every championship team needs talent in order to succeed. It also needs a little luck from time to time. The Newport Harbor High football team has plenty of talent, but Friday night's 24-17 CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinal win over Mayfair at Cerritos College was caused by a few lucky bounces with seconds remaining. Following a Travis Duffield 28-yard field goal to tie the game for Newport with 25.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter, senior linebacker Taylor Young recovered a Mayfair fumble on the Monsoons' 30 on the subsequent offensive play.