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By Leigh Steinberg | October 26, 2013
I love the game of football. It is America's passion for a reason. Athletes learn invaluable life lessons from their participation in football at whatever level they participate. The ability to stay self-disciplined, put hard work ahead of immediate gratification, master a complex playbook, work within a team concept and elevate levels of performance in critical situations are skills transferable to success in any non-football endeavor. The sport models those values every day in a way that inspires young people.
NEWS
May 30, 2002
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - This time last year, Jay Noonan was preparing his resume. This spring, he is relieved to be preparing his Estancia High football team for the 2002 season, his second at the school. Toward that end, as many as 70 players are wrapping up their first week of spring practice, enjoying the familiarity with the program in place and determined to turn around a winless record in 2001. "I've been very impressed with the enthusiasm, but the thing I notice most is how relaxed the kids seem," said Noonan, who was hired after the completion of a makeshift spring practice last season.
NEWS
September 24, 2001
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - First, the Costa Mesa High football team shared the wealth Friday night. Then, Coach Dave Perkins' Mustangs distributed the dough. The dough in question was pizza crust, which Mesa and the Canadian visitors from Centennial High in Coquitlam, British Columbia, shared as part of a little postgame football fellowship at a local pizza parlor. The aforementioned wealth refers to offensive opportunities, as Mesa (2-1) utilized 11 different ball carriers and four different receivers to post a 58-20 nonleague triumph.
SPORTS
April 17, 2013
Costa Mesa High senior defensive back Kurt Williams has committed to play football at the University of La Verne, a Division III program, said Coach Wally Grant. Williams finished with 67 tackles last season for the Mustangs. Williams was nominated to play in the 54th Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on June 28. - David Carrillo Peñaloza Twitter: @DCPenaloza
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | August 29, 2007
Every summer, across the country, high school boys line up in the heat in cleats and clothes made for muddying. They run countless drills, endure merciless barking from coaches and find themselves nightly nursing sore muscles and bones. They eagerly subject themselves to abuses called two-a-days and hell week . It’s no different in Orange County. Before practicing in full pads, the boys run plays in shorts, T-shirts, and helmets, resembling sweaty, panting, life-size bobble-head dolls.
SPORTS
January 28, 2008
Seven local high school athletes were named to their respective All-Southern California Football Coaches Assn. teams, formerly All-CIF Southern Section Division honors. Seniors Connor McKendry (Estancia), Cody De La Mater (Costa Mesa), and Erik Rask (Corona del Mar) claimed honors in the Southern Division. Nick Witte and Jamie McGee of Sage Hill were both named to the Northeast Division team. Robbie Boyer and Matt Barkley, Newport Beach residents who attend Mater Dei, both took Pac-5 Division honors.
SPORTS
March 9, 2013
In previous columns, I suggested that the increased size, speed and strength of today's NFL players are creating a dramatically more damaging set of collisions. We have known for years of the devastation these collisions cause on every joint in the human body. It has become crystal clear that the effects of blows to the head affect emotions, memory, reasoning — what it means to be human — in frightening ways. The ticking time bomb and undiagnosed health epidemic that is developing consists of the cumulative effects of millions of sub-concussive blows that are rarely recognized or treated.
SPORTS
May 24, 2012
Estancia High senior offensive tackle Zach Bateman, a first-team All-Orange Coast League pick, has been added to the 53rd Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South All-Star Football game at Orange Coast College on July 6 Bateman replaces an injured player on the South All-Star team, said Phil Anton, the game's director. Bateman helped the Eagles (10-3, 5-0 in league) to back-to-back league titles for the first time and the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs, the program's first semi appearance.
FEATURES
By Kelly Strodl | February 5, 2007
It's a party that's been raging annually for 13 years. Inside the home of Chuck and Elaine Cassity, Super Bowl fanatics have gathered since 1994 to revel in the football game of the year, and more good food and libations than both team's starting lineups could put away during all the expensive commercials. Hundreds of family, friends and football enthusiasts packed into nearly every square inch of space at the Cassity's home on Boa Vista Drive in Costa Mesa to watch the Indianapolis Colts take on the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, Sunday.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | October 18, 2007
Even though there are 17 seniors on Estancia High’s football team, there are three who just might be the group’s oldest souls. Eddie Tomasek, Ryan Redding, and Mike Morley are close friends who have all known each other since they were about 11 years old. They used to play in Little League together, and they went to the same middle school. Now, the three all laugh over episodes of Seinfeld (which stopped taping original episodes in 1998) and argue over sports, especially football.
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April 9, 2014
Fifteen Newport-Mesa seniors have been nominated to play in the 55th Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on July 10. If selected in the coming weeks, the locals will represent the South team. Costa Mesa has the most nominations out of the four Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools with a half a dozen. Oronde Crenshaw, a running back and linebacker, leads the group, along with Joseph Quiroz, a tight end and defensive end, Quinton Bell, a wide receiver and safety, lineman Marco Zalpa, Oliver Ferris, a quarterback and safety, and Daniel Lawrence, a receiver and cornerback.
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By Steve Virgen | March 26, 2014
When Daniel Lawrence was a freshman, he could easily be described as scrawny, not really someone you'd expect to play football. He was 5-foot-9, 115 pounds and what's worse he began to lose confidence. A lack of playing time can do that to any competitor, and especially a beginner. But Lawrence didn't want to give up on the game. He didn't want to quit on himself. Lawrence had always set the goal that he would play all four years of high school football. He saw the game as a connection to his father, George, who also played the game and remains a big fan. They both follow the New York Giants, because Dad is from New York.
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February 13, 2014
Corona del Mar High's Scott Meyer earned the MaxPreps.com California Division III All-State Football Team Coach of the Year honor, while three CdM players, senior center Giovanni Gentosi, junior defensive end Parker Chase and senior safety Charlie Griffin made the first team, and Costa Mesa senior linebacker Oronde Crenshaw made the second team. Newport Harbor senior left tackle Ramsey Hufford is on the MaxPreps.com California Division II All-State first team, and Newport Harbor senior cornerback Cory Stowell on the second team.
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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.
SPORTS
January 15, 2014
Corona del Mar High center Giovanni Gentosi earned the CIF Southern Section Southern Division Offensive Player of the Year award and CdM defensive end Parker Chase the Defensive Player of the Year award for leading the Sea Kings to a historic football season. Gentosi and Chase are two of 10 CdM players to make All-CIF after the Sea Kings claimed their second straight undefeated Pacific Coast League title, their third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division title, and their first CIF State Division III title.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 8, 2014
Two days after the end of the Corona del Mar High football season on Dec. 21, Giovanni Gentosi skipped town. All beat up from playing a 16-game schedule he went on a much-needed vacation. Gentosi spent the holiday break with family in Mammoth Mountain, where he planned to rest his body for five days. On three of those days, his body endured a little more as he joined his family on hikes. Nature eased the pain from a grueling season. Those trails gave Gentosi time to reflect on his senior season and his team's climb to a place no other CdM team had reached.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 7, 2014
Ramsey Hufford's dream is to play in the NFL. If that doesn't pan out, he wants an education to fall back on. Hufford, Newport Harbor High's 6-foot-4, 300-pound lineman, said on Tuesday he verbally committed to the UC Davis football program. He said academics played a key role in his decision to join the Aggies, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision program, instead of Fresno State, which competes in the higher NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. Fresno State and UC Davis each gave Hufford offers before his senior season at Newport Harbor, where he went on to excel at left tackle and defensive tackle.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | December 31, 2013
When it comes to the top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories of 2013, as selected by the Daily Pilot sports staff, a singular mantra emerges: Work hard. Compete. Win. Celebrate. Repeat. Five of the top six stories in 2013 shared similar status in 2012, though all but one moved to a new position in the lineup. Corona del Mar High football, which added a CIF State title to its three consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division crowns, tops the list for the second time in three years.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013
Orange Coast College sophomore right tackle Taylor Evans was named Most Valuable Player at the postseason football banquet, Pirates Coach Mike Taylor said. "We haven't had an offensive lineman named MVP for a long, long time, but he was our best football player," Taylor said of the 6-foot-4, 300-pounder out of Fort Union, Va. Taylor said Evans, a two-year starter for the Pirates, is considering scholarship offers from Boise State, Nevada, Indiana State, Memphis State and Middle Tennessee.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 20, 2013
Orange Coast College has begun the process of hiring a new football coach, who may be the head coach, share head-coaching duties with current coach Mike Taylor, or merely be a coordinator while being groomed to eventually take over for Taylor, Pirates Athletic Director Michael Sutliff said Friday. Sutliff said a notice announcing the opening will likely be posted online as quickly as Jan. 2 and it will list the job as a head-coaching position. "There has been a big debate about how we want to advertise [the position]
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