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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.