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October 5, 2003
ROGER CARLSON Prep basketball is not far around the corner and there is a sequence that always seems to circulate within my mind when the subject comes up. Best coach? Larry Sunderman. Best run? Estancia High's 17-0 burst at the start of that state championship game when Tim O'Brien's Division III Eagles defeated Washington High of Fremont, 82-72, in 1991 at the Oakland Coliseum. Best micro-moment? When the cords snapped with no time left as the ball fell through for the winning margin in Estancia's memorable overtime victory over Foothill in a 1982 CIF playoffs encounter before a packed house at Villa Park High.
NEWS
February 4, 2003
Steve Virgen In a matter of four weeks, he has become the poster boy of UC Irvine athletics. He has become the superstar of the surprise story of the year at Anteaterland. Jimmy Pelzel should take a bow. He should do a dance, maybe even take a Sharpie and sign his name on a volleyball. But, that's not his style. First of all, there are 16 regular-season matches remaining. But most importantly, Pelzel won't take all of the credit. He wants his teammates to grab all the attention.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Patrick Laverty Estancia Coach Craig Fertig came out to practice Tuesday in Bear Bryant's houndstooth hat, given to Fertig by the former Alabama coach himself, and gave his football team a history lesson about one of the winningest coaches in college history before telling his players what Bryant would have said to the Eagles. "There's two things in football," Fertig said, mimicking Bryant. "When things are not going good, you block and you tackle."
NEWS
March 29, 2004
Barry Faulkner Parker Collins has neither sought nor discovered the key to the conscious mind some use to lock out distractions during competition. As such, the former Corona del Mar High tennis standout, now a senior on the No. 3-ranked USC Trojans, absorbs, perhaps even attracts, every element of oppressive atmosphere that can envelope a match. In a sport where ego can fend off opponents as effectively as polished ground strokes, Collins often spends changeovers volleying with self-doubt.
NEWS
August 23, 2000
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - While the three-day conditioning period which precedes full gear Thursday can be considered a glorified chalk talk, Costa Mesa High football coach Jerry Howell says there is a big difference from spring practice. "It's much more intense than spring, because you have a game plan," said Howell, who will endure the final day of helmets, T-shirts and shorts today with his 68 varsity and junior varsity athletes. "We try to do as much conditioning as we can, without hurting the kids.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Barry Faulkner IRVINE - When it has been 12 years since the last Sea View League championship and that drought had been seasoned by four straight runner-up finishes, it's probably OK to dance and hug on the floor before the final buzzer. At least no one seemed to mind Wednesday night, when the Newport Harbor High boys basketball players began cavorting in celebration of their commanding 54-40 triumph over host Woodbridge, the two-time defending league champion which had claimed four of the previous six crowns.
NEWS
May 17, 2000
Joseph Boo CORONA DEL MAR - Now this is more like an early-round playoff game. Corona del Mar High's boys volleyball team got an opportunity to rest the wounded and try out new combos Tuesday in a CIF Southern Section Division I second round playoff game against visiting Channel Island, and the Sea Kings managed a 15-8, 15-13, 15-8 rout of the Raiders. CdM advances to Friday's quarterfinal game at El Toro. CdM, the No. 3 seed, used all but one of its players, Stanford-bound setter Kevin Hansen.
NEWS
November 3, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - If the Orange Coast College football team is looking for confidence, it should look no further than last year's Pirates. As they attempt to break out of their four-game losing streak today, the Bucs are desperately seeking confidence, a valued trait last year's squad held on its way to a Mission Conference Central Division co-championship. Those Bucs overcame a three-game losing streak that included just one offensive touchdown.
NEWS
February 27, 2002
Barry Faulkner CORONA DEL MAR - The recent wave of CIF Southern Section girls soccer playoff dominance displayed by the Mission League solidified, once again, into an insurmountable hump Tuesday for Division IV semifinal host Corona del Mar High. Despite predictions by CdM Coach Ron Evans that his team would avenge back-to-back semifinal losses to Mission League representatives, top-seeded Harvard-Westlake, which claimed a share of the circuit's fifth straight section crown last year, prolonged the final four frustration with a 3-1 victory.
NEWS
February 5, 2004
Patrick Laverty The Newport Harbor High boys basketball team went from playing a near-perfect game for three quarters to the brink of one of their worst losses of the season Wednesday in a Sea View League game against visiting Irvine. The important thing for the Sailors is they won the game. But sometimes a win doesn't always leave a good taste and Harbor Coach Larry Hirst definitely left the court looking for more from his team. Newport Harbor had a 27-point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the Vaqueros, winless in league play, cut the margin to as few as two points with under a minute to play in the game.
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SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | January 24, 2014
It was host Corona del Mar High that entered Friday's crucial Pacific Coast League boys' basketball clash with Northwood alone in first place. But it was the Timberwolves' ability to wind up alone near the rim that led to the visitors' 47-38 victory that leaves three teams sharing space atop the league standings halfway through the 10-game campaign.. Of Northwood's 21 field goals, only two came outside of six feet and the majority of them were mere layins with little or no defensive presence to deal with.
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | December 5, 2013
The game plan Wednesday night for the Estancia High girls' basketball team against taller Corona del Mar was to play a more up-tempo game. But the individual game plan for Estancia senior forward Michelle Simmons was to take her sweet time. "We've worked hard on her shooting," Estancia Co-Coach Judd Fryslie said. "She's a good shooter in practice, and if she slows down and takes her time in a game, she's a good shooter there too. " Simmons sure looked composed on a huge three-pointer late in the game, one that gave Estancia the lead back.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 16, 2013
In the first half on Saturday, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team did not give an inch. The underdog Sea Kings were playing inspired defense in their home pool, killing off five-on-six after five-on-six. They also were stepping up offensively, surprising Mater Dei senior goalkeeper McQuin Baron — who Coach Chris Segesman calls the best high school goalie in the nation — with creative plays and sweep shots. CdM was simply competing. These were two heavyweights going blow for blow.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | September 19, 2013
IRVINE - History renders it rare and the rankings tell us it's an upset. And with two penalty kicks constituting the difference, some might even call it a fluke. But UC Irvine senior leader Enrique Cardenas, who like most of the Anteaters roster experienced an excruciating 2012 campaign, believes UCI's landmark 3-1 nonconference men's soccer victory over No. 11-ranked UCLA on Thursday is merely what the determined 'Eaters deserve. "Personally I don't believe in luck," said Cardenas, who booted in two penalty kicks to help the Anteaters, ranked No. 24 by College Soccer News and No. 25 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, improve to 4-1-2 with their second win over a ranked team this season.
LOCAL
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 11, 2008
COSTA MESA — Coach Jim Huffman believed no one gave his Estancia High girls’ volleyball team a chance. The Eagles’ opponent, Huntington Beach, in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division I-A playoffs gave him a reason to think so. “Their coach was talking to our announcer. This is how much he knew they thought they were going by us,” Huffman said. “[The coach] said, ‘Yeah, you know, we’re doing this and this, so hopefully if we can make it to the finals,’ you know, [it was]
BUSINESS
By Michael Miller | June 29, 2007
It fits in the palm of a hand and operates by the touch of a finger. It offers phone service, Internet, movies, music and even weather reports. It starts at a price of $499. Those are the known facts about the iPhone, Apple's highly anticipated new product that will go on sale nationwide at 6 p.m. today. Aside from that, everything is up to speculation. Will the iPhone turn out to be a breakthrough personal accessory or a flash in the pan? Will the device compete with other cell phone technology or wipe out the competition?
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | January 28, 2007
FULLERTON — In the midst of seemingly ever-present construction on the Cal State Fullerton campus, the UC Irvine men's basketball team found itself with a useless blueprint Saturday night. Aiming to grind out points through structure, execution and synchronicity, the Anteaters instead encountered contentious, often unyielding defensive pressure. The result was a 75-60 win for the Big West Conference-leading Titans (16-4, 6-2 in conference), who, their coach said, played as well as they have all season.
SPORTS
December 5, 2005
CIF football title game plans unresolved (runs with Monday QBs)The day and site of the CIF Southern Section Division VI championship football game between Newport Harbor High and Valencia have yet to be determined, Newport Harbor Boys Athletic Director Eric Tweit said Sunday. The game had been scheduled for Friday, but could be moved to Saturday, depending on the availability of Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium. Tweit said Tesoro, which will play Northwood in the CIF Division IX title game, is also attempting to play at OCC Friday night.
NEWS
By: Dave Thorpe | October 8, 2005
The Costa Mesa High football team, searching for its first win of the season, figured it might have problems against defending Golden West League champion Westminster Friday night. Helping the Lions out with turnovers was not in the game plan. Westminster picked off four passes in the second quarter and returned two of them for touchdowns en route to a 47-6 league victory over Costa Mesa at Orange Coast College. On the first play in the second quarter, Costa Mesa's Ryan French threw a pass that went off the fingertips of Josh Lowe into the arms of Westminster's Adam Santana, who rambled 30 yards down the sideline to give the Lions a 20-0 lead.
NEWS
March 29, 2004
Barry Faulkner Parker Collins has neither sought nor discovered the key to the conscious mind some use to lock out distractions during competition. As such, the former Corona del Mar High tennis standout, now a senior on the No. 3-ranked USC Trojans, absorbs, perhaps even attracts, every element of oppressive atmosphere that can envelope a match. In a sport where ego can fend off opponents as effectively as polished ground strokes, Collins often spends changeovers volleying with self-doubt.
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