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September 14, 2013
GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY Laguna Hills Invitational LAGUNA HILLS - Corona del Mar High freshman Raquel Powers won the freshman Division III race as the Sea Kings earned team titles in the freshman, sophomore and junior races on Saturday at Laguna Hills High. Powers completed the three-mile course in 19 minutes, 20 seconds. Sophomore Jackie Choi (19:34), junior Elin Wolker (19:34), sophomore Lilly Schmidt (19:52), sophomore Hannah Crane (19:55), freshman Madi Greenberg (20:05)
June 4, 2012
Hayley Hodson, a standout freshman at Corona del Mar High, made the U.S. Girls' Youth National Volleyball team, which will compete at the NORCECA Youth Under-18 Continental Championships in the Dominican Republic from June 24 to July 2. Hodson earned one of the 12 spots on the team after a recent tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The upcoming tournament is the qualifier for the 2013 FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth World Championship. Hodson, an outside hitter, helped the Sea Kings reach the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A title match in November.
November 1, 2012
Amy Matsuoka is a shy and quiet type. The Corona del Mar High freshman is not one to speak much. This season, she is just letting her play do all the talking on the golf course. Matsuoka made quite the statement Thursday when she shot seven-over-par 79 to finish tied for 27th at the CIF Southern Section Individual Final to qualify for next week's CIF Regional State Qualifier. She made three birdies on the challenging course at Western Hills Golf & Country Club in Chino Hills.
September 11, 2013
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Southwestern CHULA VISTA - Freshman outside hitter Sierra Brown, a Newport Harbor High product, recorded 21 kills to help lead the Pirates to a 23-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20 nonconference win Wednesday. Kayla Mayer, a freshman outside hitter, added 12 kills, while freshman setter Megan Ritchie amassed 45 assists and freshman libero Carina Perez finished with 25 digs for OCC (2-0). Southwestern is 0-3. The Pirates play host to San Bernardino Friday at 5 p.m.
December 14, 2012
Corona del Mar High product Ben Zepfel, a freshman at Harvard, was named first-team Collegiate Water Polo Assn. Northern Division by the conference coaches. Zepfel, named Northern Division Rookie of the Week a record four times during the season, had 78 goals to pace the Crimson (15-19). He was third on the team with 40 regular-season steals. He was the lone freshman recognized on the first team. - From staff reports
May 18, 2011
McKay Smith, the Co-Most Valuable Player in the Pacific Coast Conference in 2011, as well as Danny Baker, a freshman libero out of Corona del Mar High, are among six Orange Coast College men's volleyball players to secure futures with four-year schools, Pirates Coach Travis Turner said Wednesday. Smith is bound for Long Beach State, while Baker, a first-team all-conference performer in 2011, is ticketed for reigning NCAA champion Ohio State. The duo helped lead the Pirates to a 16-3 record, including the PCC title and a berth in the state semifinals.
By Barry Faulkner | September 10, 2013
COSTA MESA - Unlike what happened five days hence, Orange Coast College men's soccer coach Kevin Smith said he believed, on the field at least Tuesday night, his team got what it deserved. Days after a blanket probation was announced for violating off-season practice restrictions on Friday, for which fall sports teams including men's soccer had to give up one schedule contest as a penalty, the Pirates rallied to earn a 1-1 tie against a strong Long Beach visiting side. "I don't feel like we did anything wrong," Smith said of the imposed probation for all OCC sports, which is being appealed to the California Community College Athletic Assn.
October 22, 2012
GIRLS' GOLF CIF team divisional RIVERSIDE — Corona del Mar High freshman Amy Matsuoka was oneunder par through 12 holes, then finished with a four-over 75 to place third individually and help the Sea Kings place ninth among 22 teams in the Eastern Divisional on Monday at Jurupa Hills Country Club. CdM, an at-large entry after finishing fourth in the Pacific Coast League, received strong rounds from Karlie Moses (88) and Emily Turner (95), the team's only senior. Matsuoka will represent the Sea Kings on Wednesday in the individual CIF Southern Regional event at Recreation Park Golf Course in Long Beach.
By Barry Faulkner | February 28, 2013
COSTA MESA — Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli said he really doesn't have a classic No. 3, cleanup, or No. 5 hitter this season, but rather a bunch of No. 6 and No. 7 hitters to fill in between the top and bottom of the order. Regardless, the Pirates are showing they are all about producing numbers from every region of the lineup, as was the case Thursday in their 14-6 win over visiting Golden West in the Orange Empire Conference opener for both teams. De facto OCC cleanup hitter Austin Saenz certainly acted the part against the Rustlers, driving in five runs and going three for five with a single, double and triple.
By Barry Faulkner | August 31, 2013
COSTA MESA - Much of the allure of an NFL preseason is the play of the quarterbacks. Often, the story line calls for fans to get behind a backup they hope might eventually displace a starter. There is also the flat-out competition for the starting job that overtakes some NFL training camps and plays out before the fans in preseason games. But if one was apt to read too much into the play of four Orange Coast College quarterbacks in the team's intrasquad football scrimmage on Saturday, Pirates Coach Mike Taylor might wish to quell such a notion.
April 29, 2014
UCI's In recognized UC Irvine freshman Kaley In was named second-team All-Big West Conference by women's golf coaches. In, who leads the Anteaters with a 76.0 scoring average over 22 rounds, has two top-10 finishes, including leading UCI with a seventh place performance at the Big West Championships. UCI senior Ronnie Valerio received honorable mention. — From staff reports — OCC divers shine Orange Coast College sophomore Rae Adams won the one- and three-meter events at both the Orange Empire Conference and Southern California women's diving championships recently.
By Matt Szabo | April 3, 2014
Even with a very young squad this year and rough preseason results, the Newport Harbor High softball team may still be the class of the Newport-Mesa district. The Sailors continued building their case for that Thursday. Freshman pitcher Sammy Del Toro recorded both her first win and first save of the season and the Sailors hung on to edge Estancia, 10-9, in a nonleague game at Newport Harbor High. "Any win is good," said Newport Harbor Coach Russell Hartman after his team improved to 2-11-1.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 28, 2014
The food truck pulled up an hour before the first pitch at Sage Hill School. The cook started up the grill right away inside the truck on Friday. St. Margaret's bats never caught on fire for the first six innings, and pitcher Brett Super was the reason why. The burger truck parked near the field was about to name a menu item after Super. The "Super Burger" sounded about right after the freshman right-hander went into the seventh with a no-hitter. In the seventh, Super lost the no-hitter and then the game.
By Matt Szabo | March 21, 2014
Estancia High senior Kelly Hinkle said her softball pitching three years ago was "bad. " Eagles assistant coach "Papa" Joe Salcido put it more bluntly, saying that Hinkle "couldn't pitch a lick" as a freshman. It wasn't totally unexpected. She had only began playing softball two years before that, starting as an outfielder. When Hinkle volunteered to pitch in her freshman year, it started off as just an inning or two per game. She couldn't really find the strike zone. "She was walking an average of 12, 13 players a game," said Salcido, who couldn't blame Hinkle for this.
By Barry Faulkner | February 6, 2014
UC Irvine freshmen Luke Nelson and Mamadou Ndiaye were freshmen in high school the last time someone other than Long Beach State won the Big West Conference regular-season men's basketball championship. But Nelson and Ndiaye combined to help UCI move another step closer to displacing the 49ers by leading the Anteaters to a dramatic 61-58 victory in front of 2,979 at the Bren Events Center on Thursday. Nelson, an import from Worthing England, scored a career-high 28 points, including five three-pointers and the final three points of the game for the winners.
By Barry Faulkner | January 23, 2014
Twenty games into a college career already draped with mythology, UC Irvine's 7-foot-6 Goliath has already established some Mamadou's and don'ts. The don'ts include extreme caution for opponents when entering the vicinity of the basket, before which the Anteaters' wide-eyed leather detector typically anchors himself, his tentacle-like arms raised high to just about rim level. Ndiaye stood his ground and defended his air space well enough to record seven blocks to help host UCI earn a 72-66 Big West Conference men's basketball victory over Cal State Northridge on Thursday at Bren Events Center.
By Matt Szabo | January 9, 2014
The close-knit water polo community has continued to grieve the loss of USC freshman Jon Walters, a Newport Beach resident who died Wednesday afternoon at Santa Ana's Western Medical Center at the age of 19. Bill Walters told the Orange County Register that his son died of a heart attack. Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that an unresponsive Jon Walters was admitted to Chapman Medical Center in Orange on Jan. 1. Walters was moved to Western Medical Center a few days later.
By Matt Szabo | December 6, 2013
As No. 24 for the Los Angeles Lakers nears a comeback, No. 24 for the Newport Harbor High girls' soccer team is in her first days of high school soccer. Sailors freshman Sianna Siemonsma doesn't yet have a cool nickname on the pitch, like the "Black Mamba" nickname that people sometimes call Kobe Bryant. But give her time. She is that good. What Siemonsma gives the Sailors is something they have struggled to find in recent years, a playmaker up top. She scored a goal and had an assist Thursday night, as Newport Harbor earned a 2-0 nonleague victory over host Estancia at Jim Scott Stadium.
December 5, 2013
UC Irvine outside hitter Cassidy Pickrell has been named to the Big West Conference All-Freshman Team to highlight Anteaters recognized by coaches' all-conference voting in women's volleyball. The 6-foot-1 Pickrell had 245 kills and averaged 2.69 per set. She was ranked fourth in the conference with 29 aces and a .32 average while picking up 116 digs. UCI senior outside hitter Aly Squires and sophomore outside hitter Marisa Bubica received honorable mention. The 6-3 Bubica averaged three kills per set to lead the Anteaters, who finished 14-16, 5-11 in conference play.
By Steve Virgen | November 13, 2013
Alyaa Abdulghany has heard plenty of compliments about her game and her great potential in golf. She'll smile and say, "thank you," but in no way does that indicate she is content with the praise. "People will say that I'm good when I'm out there, but I'm not sure about that," said Abdulghany, Corona del Mar High's freshman phenom. "I know I just want to do better than what I did that day or the day before. " It's this type of drive that keeps those compliments coming and several accolades too. Her motivation keeps her on track to achieve her goals: for this year to reach the CIF state championship; after high school to play in college and put herself in position to turn pro. Remember that name, it's pronounced Ah-lee-yuh Ahb-dool-gon-ee.
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