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September 21, 2013
Robbie Rosoff threw three touchdown passes to lead Sage Hill School's football team past host Escondido Charter Friday night. Rosoff completed 12 of his 20 pass attempts and had no interceptions for the Lightning (2-2), which led, 14-0, at halftime and held off Escondido Charter in the second half. Vince Whetmore proved to be Rosoff's go-to guy. Whetmore had seven catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Will Burns had four catches for 48 yards and one touchdown. Burns led the defense with seven tackles.
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By Steve Virgen | April 30, 2013
Randy Hamilton, the director of the high school football documentary "Touchdown Newport," hopes the movie becomes popular nationwide after its premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. That desire may sound lofty, but Hamilton has seen the seemingly improbable become reality while working on the film about the Newport Harbor High School 1970 football team over the past three years. On a whim, the Newport Beach resident reached out to Emmy-award winning actor Kyle Chandler to be the narrator of the documentary.
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By Britney Barnes | October 24, 2011
COSTA MESA - The barbershop was buzzing - literally - as the Estancia High School football team got their heads shaved Monday night. Community members, local officials and Estancia cheerleaders gathered outside talking and eating pizza as the players inside took turns getting shaved. As the hairs fell to the ground, their fellow teammates snapped pictures using cell phones and drank ice cream floats using the barbershop's root beer tap. "I don't care. It's hair," said junior Dustin Long, 17. "It grows back.
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By Steve Virgen | August 28, 2013
COSTA MESA - There were several messages delivered, and messages within messages, and symbolism wrapped in tragedy and triumph when Kermit Alexander spoke to the Costa Mesa High football team Wednesday afternoon. But before he talked about his life and challenged the young players, he gave some advice intended for the day and the future. "A lot of times," he said, "if you keep your mouth shut, you'll learn a lot more. " And with that, the CMHS varsity football team listened, as Alexander, the former NFL football player, talked about his life and provided direction.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | April 18, 2011
COSTA MESA — Mayor Gary Monahan will honor Estancia High School's head football coach with an award at the start of Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Monahan will give Coach Mike Bargas the Costa Mesa Mayor's Award for April in recognition for leading his team during the fall to its first outright league championship in 21 years. "I wish I had a coach like this as a kid," said City Councilman Steve Mensinger, who nominated Bargas. "He takes it to a different level. " Bargas, a Costa Mesa resident, said he didn't do anything differently in the fall than when he started at Estancia four years ago, but that everyone was on the same page and committed to winning.
NEWS
December 13, 2013
The majority of high school football coaches want to teach their players to become men who will be productive in whatever career they choose. Winning? That's usually a bonus. Well, members of Corona del Mar High School's football team have earned plenty of the bonus this season. They are working hard and having fun. Winning is fun. Coach Scott Meyer's Sea Kings are 14-0, and last week they won their third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship. No other football team in the school's history had won three straight CIF section titles.
SPORTS
August 31, 2013
Darren Fells, a former UC Irvine men's basketball player attempting to make the Seattle Seahawks as a tight end, was waived by the football team Saturday. Fells caught two passes for 22 yards in the preseason for the Seahawks, who signed him to a three-year contract for $495,000 in March. He was released by the team in May, but Seattle signed him 12 days later. But the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder, who last played football at Fullerton High, could not make the team. Fells, a second-team All-Big West Conference performer as a senior in 2006-07 at UCI, played four seasons of professional basketball in Europe, Mexico and Argentina.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013
Estancia High's football team stepped up with a 24-14 upset against Calvary Chapel at Jim Scott Stadium and received a little help from its rival Friday night. Estancia (5-5, 3-2 in league) claimed second place in the Orange Coast League and the league's No. 2 entry into the CIF Southern Section playoffs after Costa Mesa won at Laguna Beach, 56-30. Estancia built a 16-0 lead in the third quarter and held off any hope of a Calvary Chapel comeback. Calvary Chapel entered ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll.
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December 26, 2013
Saturday was a great day for Luke Gardner of the Corona del Mar High football team. He is holding up a sign that was presented to him by a girl, Ella Fairon, who thought of a clever way to ask Gardner to CdM Winter Formal. The girls ask the boys for winter formal. Fairon's sign read: Since we just won state, will you be my formal date? She held up the sign after Gardner helped the Sea Kings (16-0) win the CIF State Division III Championship. Gardner ran up the stands to get the sign, and to say, yes. - Steve Virgen
NEWS
November 1, 2012
LEO ARRANAGA     Leo Arranaga, beloved husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law was greeted into heaven on October 9, 2012. He was born November 15, 1925 in El Paso, Texas. The family moved to Los Angeles four years later. He graduated as Student Body President of Jordan High, and after high school enlisted in the Coast Guard as a Pharmacist's Mate during World War II.  Upon his return he continued his education at Compton College and Occidental College from where he graduated with a Masters Degree in Administration, and was a member of the 1947 Junior Rose Bowl Championship football team and 1948 Raisin Bowl Championship football team at the respective schools.
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By Matt Szabo | March 28, 2014
In a span of just hours Friday, four Corona del Mar High juniors got both bling and bragging rights. Hoyt and Hugh Crance, Brett Greenlee and Chad Redfearn, all starters on defense for the CdM football team that won CIF Southern Section Southern Division, CIF State Southern California Regional Division III and CIF State Division III championships last fall, got their championship rings in a ceremony on campus. Later Friday afternoon, they again started on defense, this time for the CdM boys' lacrosse team against rival Newport Harbor.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | March 5, 2014
Even now, Jennifer Friend wonders if her former classmates from sixth and seventh grades bought the stories she would spin. Growing up, she masked her family's financial instability and episodic homelessness by claiming that her phone wasn't working or that she was house-sitting. She wanted to avoid visits and sleepovers at all costs. "Really, it didn't matter if they [believed me] or not," she said. "I was just too ashamed to tell them the truth. " Friend and her three brothers, who split their youths between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, were raised by a technology-entrepreneur father and a mother who taught preschool.
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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 Steve Virgen | December 31, 2013
The BCS National Championship game has returned to the Rose Bowl, and just like in 2010, the No. 1 team has become prominent in Costa Mesa. Florida State's football team, which includes Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, arrived in Costa Mesa on Tuesday. The Seminoles begin practicing at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex on Wednesday in preparation for Monday's championship game against Auburn, said Bob Knapp, the city's recreation manager. The Auburn Tigers are training at UC Irvine.
SPORTS
December 26, 2013
Saturday was a great day for Luke Gardner of the Corona del Mar High football team. He is holding up a sign that was presented to him by a girl, Ella Fairon, who thought of a clever way to ask Gardner to CdM Winter Formal. The girls ask the boys for winter formal. Fairon's sign read: Since we just won state, will you be my formal date? She held up the sign after Gardner helped the Sea Kings (16-0) win the CIF State Division III Championship. Gardner ran up the stands to get the sign, and to say, yes. - Steve Virgen
NEWS
December 13, 2013
The majority of high school football coaches want to teach their players to become men who will be productive in whatever career they choose. Winning? That's usually a bonus. Well, members of Corona del Mar High School's football team have earned plenty of the bonus this season. They are working hard and having fun. Winning is fun. Coach Scott Meyer's Sea Kings are 14-0, and last week they won their third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship. No other football team in the school's history had won three straight CIF section titles.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 5, 2013
Any time the Newport Harbor High football team holds a practice on Thanksgiving, the Sailors are in for a treat. Players from the past returned to campus last week and spoke to the team. It has been a tradition under Coach Jeff Brinkley to bring back alumni. The day they come is the day before the Sailors play in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The message players like Chris Manderino give is easy. Enjoy this moment because it will be the best time of your life.
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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.
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November 8, 2013
Estancia High's football team stepped up with a 24-14 upset against Calvary Chapel at Jim Scott Stadium and received a little help from its rival Friday night. Estancia (5-5, 3-2 in league) claimed second place in the Orange Coast League and the league's No. 2 entry into the CIF Southern Section playoffs after Costa Mesa won at Laguna Beach, 56-30. Estancia built a 16-0 lead in the third quarter and held off any hope of a Calvary Chapel comeback. Calvary Chapel entered ranked No. 10 in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division poll.
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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.
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