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By Steve Virgen | August 9, 2013
For the past month, Todd Hanson has been working and starting a building process at Costa Mesa High. After he was named the Mustangs' boys' and girls' volleyball coach, it was as if he hit the ground running. He has been excited to do his best to inject life into a program that has had plenty of turnover at the head coach position. There hasn't been much winning during at least the past nine years, when there has been eight different boys' volleyball coaches. The girls' program has had its fair share of struggles.
By Rhea Mahbubani | July 10, 2013
When Daniel Tello realized his four-piece band couldn't be called the Originals - because the name belonged to a '60s R&B and soul group - he added "ites. " It wasn't an arbitrary decision, though. Tello took inspiration from legendary ska bands the Skatalites and the Israelites, because the last four letters represented a group of people united by a common love for music, he said. In the four years since, Tello, Peter Fontes and Tim Frankeny - all Fountain Valley High School graduates - and Michael Belk, whom they met through common friends, have rehearsed in Fontes' mother's Costa Mesa garage.
By Bradley Zint | June 3, 2013
A member of Costa Mesa's Pension Oversight Committee recently resigned his seat, citing difficulties with his other commitments. Shawn Dewane left the council-appointed position in late May because of a scheduling conflict, according to committee's meeting minutes. The minutes also indicate that he was unable to attend any of the first four weekly sessions, which began May 1 . Dewane said Monday that he had hoped to serve the nine-member group and provide his expertise, but the Wednesday meetings conflicted with his Orange County Water District meetings, which take place the first and third Wednesday of each month.
By Lauren Williams | April 25, 2013
Months before a Newport Beach man was kidnapped and severely beaten last year, he had traveled to Las Vegas with a business acquaintance he knew from his Orange County medical marijuana dispensary, according to court testimony given Wednesday by police detectives who investigated the attack. On that trip to the desert, the Balboa Peninsula resident spent tens of thousands of dollars on hotel suites and gambling and allegedly paid for his associate to have a massage that included a sexual act, according to the Newport Beach Police detectives.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 19, 2013
Hattie Marshall remembers the day her father took her to the library. It was 12 years ago when Brian and his 6-year-old daughter went to check out a book. She doesn't remember the book she came home with that day. What she will never forget is what she picked up from the doorsteps of the library - a new sport to play. "In front of the library, there was a table for softball signups," Marshall said. "My dad asked me if I wanted to try it. It was like T-ball and it sounded fun. " Softball has been a big part of Marshall's life since that trip to the library.
April 17, 2013
BASEBALL Beckman 3, Corona del Mar 2 IRVINE — Freshman Brenden Heuston went two for three with one run batted in as the visiting Sea Kings flirted with an upset of the Pacific Coast League-leading Patriots on Wednesday. Sam Younesi drove in the other run for CdM (6-13, 2-7 in league), for which Peter Walecka pitched a complete game, allowing six hits. A bad-hop single led to Beckman's go-ahead run in the sixth and CdM had the tying run on second with one out in the seventh, before its next two hitters struck out. GIRLS' TRACK & FIELD Fountain Valley 85, Newport Harbor 51 FOUNTAIN VALLEY — Erin Barth won the 1,600 meters (five minutes, 21.3 seconds)
By Matt Szabo | April 17, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH — Weird things happened on a windy Wednesday afternoon at the Newport Harbor High baseball field. A couple of well-hit balls carried all the way out of the park. A couple of balls appeared foul down the left-field line, only to be blown back into play for hits. But the Sailors couldn't really blame their 8-5 loss to first-place Fountain Valley in a Sunset League game on gusts of air. Errors were a bigger issue. Newport Harbor (9-10, 2-7 in league) committed five of them in falling further behind in the league race.
April 16, 2013
BOYS' LACROSSE Corona del Mar 15, Amador Valley 4 PLEASANTON - Senior attacker Jack Ortlieb scored four goals and assisted on another Tuesday, helping the Sea Kings bounce back after seeing their 36-game winning streak end on Monday. CdM (13-1), now ranked No. 7 in the state by, lost at No. 6 Danville San Ramon Valley, 10-9. Casey Mix finished with five assists and one goal against Amador Valley. Sherwin Gersten added three goals and an assist. Goalie Hoyt Crance made seven saves and Brian Leguay had five ground balls.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 10, 2013
LOS ALAMITOS - Sunset League play resumed this week for the Newport Harbor High boys' volleyball team. Coach Steve Astor said his Sailors, who didn't play last week, haven't kicked one bad habit - starting slow. They came out sluggish at Los Alamitos on Wednesday, but for the second straight night the Sailors finished strong. Newport Harbor swept the Griffins, 25-16, 25-12, 25-18, and improved to 5-1 in league play. "I wasn't happy with how we started the match," Astor said.
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