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By: Tom Moulson | September 1, 2005
We stood by a stone marking the center of the universe, the surrounding hills forming a magnificent natural amphitheater facing the Gulf of Corinth. This was Delphi, home of the oracle and center of the ancient world. I was with my wife, Tita, and our friends, Theo and Matina. Greece is steeped in history. We had just driven through Thermopylae, where, in 480 BC, King Leonidas and 300 Spartans were slaughtered while trying to hold off 10,000 invading Persians.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012
Corona del Mar High senior twins Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis will play for a title Sunday at the inaugural FINA Youth World Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia. The Haralabidis sisters and Greece topped the United States, 8-3, in a semifinal Friday. Stephania Haralabidis scored a goal for Greece, which will play Hungary in the championship match Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Perth time (12:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time). The United States, which features Newport Harbor High graduate Maddy McLaren, CdM senior Cassidy Papa and Newport sophomore goalie Carlee Kapana, will play Russia in the bronze-medal match on Saturday at 11:10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
NEWS
July 23, 2003
Coming off a first-place finish in their pool-play group at the 2003 World Championships, the U.S. men's national water polo team had high hopes of advancing to the medal round, but those were crushed in a 4-2 quarterfinal loss to Greece Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain. Featuring five former UC Irvine players, the U.S. had advanced to the quarterfinals by scoring 32 goals in three games, including two victories and a tie with 2003 European champion Serbia and Montenegro.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012
The UC Irvine men's basketball program should bring new meaning to the "Big" West Conference, after it announced Friday that Giannis Dimakopoulos, a 7-foot-2 native of Greece who is a senior at Cathedral High in Los Angeles, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Anteaters in 2013-14. Dimakopoulos joins 7-5 signee Mamadou Ndiaye, a touted recruit from Brethren Christian High in Huntington Beach, to give Coach Russell Turner unprecedented size. Next season's roster figures to also include current 7-0 freshman center Conor Clifford, as well as current sophomores Mike Best and John Ryan (both 6-10)
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | December 11, 2012
Corona del Mar High twin seniors Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis hope to help the Sea Kings win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 girls' water polo title in February. But over the weekend, the transfers from Greece earned another big title - and a gold medal. The Haralabidis sisters helped Greece's youth national team win the inaugural FINA Youth World Championships in Perth, Australia. Greece beat the United States, 8-3, in the semifinals before topping Hungary, 9-5, in the championship match on Sunday.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 17, 2010
From a distance it looked a little like the toga party scene in the movie "Animal House." But, upon further inspection, the 100-some sixth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School were competing Wednesday in its annual Olympic games. They were acting out essentially what they'd learned in their Greek history class over the past year. Every year, in a nod to their seniority and in the absence of any sort of graduation ceremony, the school in Corona del Mar encourages the students to dress up like ancient Greeks and compete in javelin throws, foot races, tug of war, and the shot put and discus.
NEWS
July 10, 2004
Steve Virgen At the turn, Aaron Peirsol could see himself winning. Somewhere in the distance he could also see Athens, Greece. Peirsol, the former Newport Harbor High phenom, won the 100-meter backstroke with the fastest time in the world this year, 53.64 seconds, earning a spot on Team USA Friday at the U.S. Olympics swim trials in front of 9,411 in Long Beach. He came within three one-hundredths of a second of the world record, which is held by Lenny Krayzelburg, the three-time Olympic gold medalist who finished behind Peirsol in 55.05, most likely qualifying for the U.S. team.
NEWS
September 28, 2000
SYDNEY, Australia - The United States Olympic men's water polo team advanced to the medal round with a 9-3 win over Greece Wednesday night in Sydney. Corona del Mar High grad and U.S. team captain Chris Oeding scored two goals in the win. The U.S., coached by current CdM Coach John Vargas, will take on Russia in the quarterfinals. Eighteen-year-old Tony Azevedo led the Americans with three goals, while Wolf Wigo chipped in with two. Goalie Dan Hackett was strong, holding the Greeks scoreless for three quarters, but will have a much tougher opponent in Russia, which routed Slovakia, 21-5, to reach the medal round.
NEWS
July 17, 2004
Steve Virgen With a bandage on his forehead to stop a gash from bleeding, Omar Amr typified the U.S. men's water polo team that also suffered a blow from Greece in an opening game of the FINA World League Super Final. Team USA, which includes five former UC Irvine standouts, lost, 13-12, in a penalty shootout to a physical Greece squad in front of 3,417 fans, that were rather subdued, at the Charter All-Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach Friday night.
SPORTS
August 2, 2013
Newport Beach resident Kelly Rulon helped the U.S. women's national water polo team place fifth at the FINA World Championships in Spain by producing a goal in regulation and converting a goal in a shootout against Greece. The U.S. outlasted Greece in a shootout after the match was tied, 11-11, at the end of overtime. In the shootout, Rulon was one of four Americans that converted their penalty goal shots. Greece failed on its first two attempts, ruling out the need for the U.S. to send out a fifth shooter.
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By Matt Szabo | February 7, 2014
Corona del Mar High senior Marina Coskinas is the only returning starter for one of the top girls' water polo programs in the country, a program that is coming off winning its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title. It's something that Coskinas doesn't take lightly. There is the responsibility of being one of four senior team captains this year. There is the responsibility of scoring goals, much more than last year, when her primary offensive focus was often just to hold position at two meters.
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SPORTS
August 2, 2013
Newport Beach resident Kelly Rulon helped the U.S. women's national water polo team place fifth at the FINA World Championships in Spain by producing a goal in regulation and converting a goal in a shootout against Greece. The U.S. outlasted Greece in a shootout after the match was tied, 11-11, at the end of overtime. In the shootout, Rulon was one of four Americans that converted their penalty goal shots. Greece failed on its first two attempts, ruling out the need for the U.S. to send out a fifth shooter.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 14, 2013
Gladiators, facing both mental and physical challenges, will invade Sage Hill School in Newport Beach this weekend. With trebuchets, chariots and PVC-pipe weapons, they'll compete in physical challenges. And armed with history, mythology and the Latin language, they'll compete in events testing their mental prowess Sage Hill, a small private school of more than 450 students, will be bathed in ancient culture as it hosts this year's California Junior Classical League's statewide convention Friday and Saturday.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | December 11, 2012
Corona del Mar High twin seniors Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis hope to help the Sea Kings win the CIF Southern Section Division 1 girls' water polo title in February. But over the weekend, the transfers from Greece earned another big title - and a gold medal. The Haralabidis sisters helped Greece's youth national team win the inaugural FINA Youth World Championships in Perth, Australia. Greece beat the United States, 8-3, in the semifinals before topping Hungary, 9-5, in the championship match on Sunday.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012
Corona del Mar High senior twins Stephania and Ioanna Haralabidis will play for a title Sunday at the inaugural FINA Youth World Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia. The Haralabidis sisters and Greece topped the United States, 8-3, in a semifinal Friday. Stephania Haralabidis scored a goal for Greece, which will play Hungary in the championship match Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Perth time (12:30 a.m. Pacific Standard Time). The United States, which features Newport Harbor High graduate Maddy McLaren, CdM senior Cassidy Papa and Newport sophomore goalie Carlee Kapana, will play Russia in the bronze-medal match on Saturday at 11:10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
SPORTS
November 16, 2012
The UC Irvine men's basketball program should bring new meaning to the "Big" West Conference, after it announced Friday that Giannis Dimakopoulos, a 7-foot-2 native of Greece who is a senior at Cathedral High in Los Angeles, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Anteaters in 2013-14. Dimakopoulos joins 7-5 signee Mamadou Ndiaye, a touted recruit from Brethren Christian High in Huntington Beach, to give Coach Russell Turner unprecedented size. Next season's roster figures to also include current 7-0 freshman center Conor Clifford, as well as current sophomores Mike Best and John Ryan (both 6-10)
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | April 23, 2011
COSTA MESA — Sixth-grade student Diana Goodling portrayed the story of one of the most hideous characters in Ancient Greek history in a way that was not only cute, but made the audience laugh. The 11-year-old acted as the title character in a short play about Medusa, a Gorgon with snakes for hair and the ability to turn onlookers to stone, in a student-made production that mixed in lines that would have done "Clueless" proud. "I'm so pretty that when you look at me you'll fall in love with me, like, for sure," Diana said, acting as Medusa.
SPORTS
November 25, 2010
Collin Woods, the Arizona 5A-II Division Player of the Year last season who is ranked No. 48 among high school point guards by ESPN.Com, picked UC Irvine in the November signing period for men's basketball. The 6-foot-2 Woods averaged 17.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game last season at Horizon High in Scottsdale. He chose UCI over Air Force, Arizona State, Colorado, Colorado State, San Diego State, Fresno State and UTEP. Another early signee for the Anteaters is 7-0 center Thanos Thodos from Greece.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 17, 2010
From a distance it looked a little like the toga party scene in the movie "Animal House." But, upon further inspection, the 100-some sixth-graders at Lincoln Elementary School were competing Wednesday in its annual Olympic games. They were acting out essentially what they'd learned in their Greek history class over the past year. Every year, in a nod to their seniority and in the absence of any sort of graduation ceremony, the school in Corona del Mar encourages the students to dress up like ancient Greeks and compete in javelin throws, foot races, tug of war, and the shot put and discus.
FEATURES
By Matt Szabo | September 1, 2008
Aaron Chaney has been girls’ water polo coach at Corona del Mar High for seven years, but that’s not the only way he gets his feet wet with the sport. Chaney, 52, has also been a high-level referee for several years. He was the only referee representing the United States in both the 2004 Athens Olympics and the recently completed 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chaney was passed over for one of two U.S. officiating spots at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, but he worked four games in Athens and six more in Beijing, including the fifth-place game that pitted Croatia against Spain.
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