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October 19, 2011
The Costa Mesa Flag Black Eagles league champions, who went 7-1, fell a game short of the always elusive perfect season. The Mesa Eagles 5- and 6-year old flag team is the precursor to the program's tackle program. After a season in which the young Eagles earned their wings and became the first flag team in Costa Mesa Pop Warner history to finish the regular season unbeaten, their season-long flight for an undefeated season fell a game short. Falling to the Yorba Linda Rattlers, 30-6, a game in which the ball just didn't bounce the Eagles way, the Eagles displayed a valiant fight to the last whistle.
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February 1, 2013
The Newport-Mesa U8 Friday Night Lights flag football team earned second place in the recent regional tournament held in Temecula. Coaches Mike Echan and Will O'Connor led their team of 11 boys (six returning starters and five new faces, some who had never played flag football before) to an impressive showing in the preseason all-star tournament. The boys played four round-robin games against teams from Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Murrieta and Temecula. Going into the semifinal game with a 2-1-1 record, they faced the tough HB team that had tied them, 13-13, the first time.
NEWS
August 26, 2000
NEWPORT BEACH - The Newport Beach Community Services is now offering a youth flag football league for youngsters in third through sixth grades. The recreational league will take place at Anderson, Harbor View, Lincoln, Mariners, Newport and Newport Heights elementary schools as well as the Eastbluff Boys and Girls Club. Registration is $40 for Newport Beach residents and $45 for nonresidents. The fee includes a T-shirt jersey. The program features weekday afternoon practices at Newport Elementary beginning Sept.
NEWS
November 22, 2000
NEWPORT BEACH - The City of Newport Beach 2000 youth flag football champions will advance to the Orange County Municipal Athletic Association Tournament, held Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 in Garden Grove. Newport's championships were held Friday and Saturday at Bonita Creek Park. In the third and fourth grade division, Anderson Elementary defeated Harbor View, while in the fifth and sixth grade division, Lincoln/Eastbluff defeated Harbor View. Anderson's championship squad includes Danny Baker, Clayton Beaver, Randall Nelson, Alec Pastre, Hugh Russell, Mattias Russo-Larson, Parker Stone, Taylor Stone and Guy Sutherland.
LOCAL
August 24, 2007
The final game in the best-in-three flag football series between the Newport Beach fire and police departments begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Corona del Mar High School. After a slow first half, police came back around and won last Saturday’s game, and the two teams battled to a 12-to-12 tie Aug. 4. The best the Fire Department can hope for now is a tie, as neither team plans on stretching the run into a fourth game. Unlike the Corona del Mar 5K run, no side bet has been made between Police Chief John Klein and Fire Chief Steve Lewis.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | August 4, 2007
The light was running out on the Lincoln Elementary field on Thursday after 8 p.m. Still, the game was only getting more exciting. On a field with no lights, it was hard to even see the ball, let alone play flag football. But there was plenty of reason to keep playing. Pride was on the line. It was the Corona del Mar High class of 2007 flag football all-stars against the 2006 squad, Ford Noe's "The League" from this year versus last year's "NFFL" league spearheaded by Matt Burgner.
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By Jack Salisbury | August 11, 2008
The dog days of August are upon us. Pennant races are heating up and the start of school looms in the coming weeks. But what was on the minds of about 20 kids at Balearic Park on Monday? Certainly not baseball or textbooks. The kids were out to play some football. And while there weren?t any pads, helmets or cleats to be seen, the yellow and red flags were out in full force, signaling the kick-off to the weeklong flag football camp put on by Costa Mesa?s Recreation Division.
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By Bradley Zint | February 12, 2014
Roger Chadderdon describes himself as an "old guy who wants to play softball. " And for 25 years, the Costa Mesa resident has been doing just that beneath the lights of the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex, a pristine facility off Arlington Drive with three softball fields, one baseball diamond, a snack bar, ample parking and tree-lined entryways. In late January - a few days after signing up for the city's springtime men's softball league - Chadderdon, 53, received unexpected news: The players could no longer use TeWinkle on Friday evenings.
NEWS
August 28, 2003
UC Irvine junior Rick Merlo scored the game-winning goal with five seconds remaining to lift the U.S. men's water polo team past Russia, 7-6, at the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea, on Wednesday. Merlo's shot into the left corner of the cage capped the American's comeback from a 6-3 deficit with less than six minutes left in the game. Michael Hausmann scored with 5:27 left to cut the Russians' lead to 6-4, Will Quist scored an extra-man goal at 4:26, then Matt Flesher scored off a steal with 3:33 remaining to tie the game at 6-6, leading to Merlo's heroics.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 15, 2011
Char McNabb doesn't mind talking about her son, Donovan. If you mention there's a chance Donovan could be headed to the Hall of Fame, she'll tell you, "Of course. I feel that he is, from a mother's perspective. And, he's such a nice guy. " If you ask her if she was really the one starring in all those Chunky Soup commercials with Donovan she'll tell you yes and more. "That was a lot of fun," she said while at a charity event in Newport Beach Saturday. "We were the longest running mother-and-son team for Chunky's for 6 years.
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By Bradley Zint | February 12, 2014
Roger Chadderdon describes himself as an "old guy who wants to play softball. " And for 25 years, the Costa Mesa resident has been doing just that beneath the lights of the TeWinkle Park Athletic Complex, a pristine facility off Arlington Drive with three softball fields, one baseball diamond, a snack bar, ample parking and tree-lined entryways. In late January - a few days after signing up for the city's springtime men's softball league - Chadderdon, 53, received unexpected news: The players could no longer use TeWinkle on Friday evenings.
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SPORTS
November 20, 2013
The fourth-grade Minnesota Golden Gophers recently completed their championship run to capture the top spot overall in the Newport Mesa Friday Night Lights flag football league. The team finished the regular season with a 7-2 record and then won four games on the way to capturing the championship. The Golden Gophers beat out 33 other teams to gain the top spot in the third- and fourth-grade division. In the semifinal game, the team beat a scrappy N.Y. Giants team, 27-13. The Gophers scored first on a touchdown pass from Brandon Kincaid to Michael Gurka to take a 7-0 lead.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | November 7, 2013
A group of boys walked near a field at the Friday Night Lights flag football league in Costa Mesa two weeks ago. The boys were members of the Arizona Wildcats team. They were in awe about what they saw on the field: a team of girls, playing flag football and playing well. "Did you hear about those girls?" one boy said to his teammate. "Those girls are winning. They're undefeated. " There's fascination when it comes to the North Carolina Tar Heels of the Friday Night Lights fifth- and sixth-grade division.
SPORTS
February 1, 2013
The Newport-Mesa U8 Friday Night Lights flag football team earned second place in the recent regional tournament held in Temecula. Coaches Mike Echan and Will O'Connor led their team of 11 boys (six returning starters and five new faces, some who had never played flag football before) to an impressive showing in the preseason all-star tournament. The boys played four round-robin games against teams from Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Murrieta and Temecula. Going into the semifinal game with a 2-1-1 record, they faced the tough HB team that had tied them, 13-13, the first time.
SPORTS
December 7, 2011
The Region 97 boys' soccer team of Newport Beach recently captured the Mayor's Cup with a 2-1 victory over Region 120. The Region 97 team, known as Black Ops, used a strong defense and a total team effort to win the Cup. Scott Osumi coached the team. The team featured: Marvin Zacarias, Nicholas Browning, Will Vandervort, Riley Nevell, Liam Graber, Baelen Carter, Austin Osumi, Riley Antonicic, Taniel Saharyildizi, Jack Rettig, Jagger Mitchell and Connor Spence.
SPORTS
October 19, 2011
The Costa Mesa Flag Black Eagles league champions, who went 7-1, fell a game short of the always elusive perfect season. The Mesa Eagles 5- and 6-year old flag team is the precursor to the program's tackle program. After a season in which the young Eagles earned their wings and became the first flag team in Costa Mesa Pop Warner history to finish the regular season unbeaten, their season-long flight for an undefeated season fell a game short. Falling to the Yorba Linda Rattlers, 30-6, a game in which the ball just didn't bounce the Eagles way, the Eagles displayed a valiant fight to the last whistle.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 15, 2011
Char McNabb doesn't mind talking about her son, Donovan. If you mention there's a chance Donovan could be headed to the Hall of Fame, she'll tell you, "Of course. I feel that he is, from a mother's perspective. And, he's such a nice guy. " If you ask her if she was really the one starring in all those Chunky Soup commercials with Donovan she'll tell you yes and more. "That was a lot of fun," she said while at a charity event in Newport Beach Saturday. "We were the longest running mother-and-son team for Chunky's for 6 years.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
There are lockouts on the NFL and the NBA, but that doesn't mean the pros' mothers can't mix it up in the meantime. There will be a flag football game of NFL moms against NBA moms Friday night at Tustin High. There will also be a preseason conference event for the Professional Football Players Mothers Assn. Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Newport. The mothers have coordinated the events to raise money for Talk About Curing Autism and at-risk youth programs. Information on the events can be found at www.tacanow.org.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | March 2, 2011
Clay Tucker is back home, happy to be in Newport Beach. It's where he grew up. It's where he fell in love with the game of football. And now he's helping spread that love. Tucker, the son of the great Orange Coast College football coach Dick Tucker, has formed a flag football league in Newport Beach. He's also helping start another one in Costa Mesa. Clay Tucker played quarterback at Corona del Mar High and then for his dad at OCC. Before that, while growing up and playing on fields in Newport Beach, he also learned about the game in Costa Mesa, at OCC to be exact.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | August 21, 2010
COSTA MESA — Red and black are the colors for Costa Mesa Pop Warner, so there was a lot of red on the field at Jim Scott Stadium on Saturday for the organization's opening day. This was true even before league president Steve Mensinger pulled out his cell phone, with a red case of course. Mensinger improvised. "I tried to print out my speech, but my computer crashed," he told the hundreds in attendance. "I'm going to use my iPhone here, hold on a second. " Mensinger wore sunglasses, but he was able to read off his phone only so long before his eyes probably turned a little red, too. He was overcome with emotion for a bit after telling the crowd that this was his final year as Costa Mesa Pop Warner president.
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