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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.
By Matt Szabo | March 31, 2008
Jane Messersmith has been pitching for the Newport Harbor High softball team since she was a freshman. A closer look, however, reveals just how much more Messersmith means to the Sailors. She is also the leading hitter for the Sailors (6-6), batting a robust .625 with three home runs and five doubles. In Newport Harbor’s wins this season, Messersmith is 20 of 23 for an even more impressive .870 batting average. And, although Messersmith is typically the pitcher, that’s not always the case.
December 20, 2007
FLAG FOOTBALL The Andersen Elementary?s No. 3 flag football team of third- and fourth-grade boys had its great season end in the Southern Orange County Municipal Athletic Federation championship game. The team from Newport Beach suffered its first loss of the season to San Clemente, 42-24, in the title game at Santa Ana College on Dec. 8. The boys completed an undefeated regular season to win their league, beating teams from Eastbluff, Newport Elementary, Lincoln and Andersen every Friday night under the lights at Bonita Creek Park.
By Chris Caesar | November 23, 2007
It was a sunny Thanksgiving morning at Kaiser Elementary School, but mere inclement weather wouldn’t have kept Duncan Calegari from his annual Turkey Day tradition. Calegari and a handful of buddies — many of whom have known each other since their days at Santa Ana’s Mater Dei High School in the early ’90s — made their yearly trek to the Kaiser athletic fields for an annual flag football game among close friends. The group has played its annual “Turkey Bowl” every year since 1993.
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.
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.
By Steve Virgen | March 30, 2007
(For video of the semifinal game between the Bills and the Saints, click on the video link at With the game on the line and the chance to play in the championship, Ford Noe didn't hesitate to go for two points instead of the tie on Sunday at Corona del Mar High. That's his style. When he makes up his mind, he goes at it and doesn't hold back, no matter the outcome. In this instance, the result didn't come the way he wanted, but back in January he made a choice to start a flag football league and what followed has been something satisfying and even memorable.
By Barry Faulkner | October 19, 2006
The first 14 years of his life, Nick Frazier, living as he did in the civilized world, denied his primal soul. There were hints of his aggression, which was sometimes vented toward his brothers in what passed as typical sibling roughhousing, as well as in junior high flag football games, when the capture of an opponent's flag seemed an insufficient ending to the escalating violence of the play. But that all changed the fall of his freshman year at Newport Harbor High, when the potential Ivy League science major tugged on his helmet, cinched up his pads, and began smashing into his fellow human beings with surprisingly positive consequences.
By: | August 13, 2005
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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.
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