August 13, 2010
HONOLULU — The Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team has advanced to the semifinals in the Ann Kang Invitational after winning a pair of matches Friday at Iolani School. Newport defeated Kahuku, 25-21, 25-20, and Kamehameha of Maui, 25-17, 25-20. The Sailors had another match against Los Alamitos late Friday night but were already assured of making the semifinals. Alex Holbrook had six kills, and Maddy Brown and Kasey Thompson five each against Kahuku. Cinnamon Sary dished out 11 assists and had four digs, and Hunter Jennings had three digs.
April 19, 2010
Aaron Chaney announced his resignation Monday as girls’ water polo coach at Corona del Mar High, saying it was extremely difficult to leave after nine seasons. He is moving in July to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he grew up. He said he cried during an emotional meeting with players Monday in the team room near the pool at CdM. Chaney, who guided the Sea Kings to CIF Southern Section titles in his first five seasons and averaged 25 wins per year, cited his 87-year-old mother, Betty, and his 1-year-old daughter, Kaia, as major reasons for resigning.
March 6, 2010
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake off Chile reminded us that we live in an inter-connected world. It also showed that, no matter how well prepared we are for a potential danger or emergency, no response can ever be perfect. The temblor happened thousands of miles away in the Southern Hemisphere, but its ripple effect jolted locals in Newport Beach and other coastal California communities out of their Saturday comfort zone, putting city and county officials on edge. Officials were responding to reports that an oceanic surge was rolling our way. The temblor was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey at 10:34 p.m. PST on Feb. 26. Because the quake occurred offshore, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a tsunami advisory for California, and a tsunami warning — which is a different alert, warning of more severe potential dangers from a tsunami — for Hawaii and American territories in the Pacific.
December 31, 2009
With its sails unfurled and a few cannon blasts, the tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain docked in Newport Beach on Wednesday after a roughly 300-mile, three-day voyage from Santa Cruz. A few spectators gathered at the Newport Sea Base to watch the 103-foot topsail ketch slowly emerge from the gray drizzle that hung over Newport Harbor, chugging up the bay on motor power before making a U-turn to dock at the Sea Base. A reproduction of a typical European cargo ship of the 19th century, the Hawaiian Chieftain will be in Newport Beach through Jan. 10, offering tours and sailing trips.
December 2, 2009
IRVINE — Just when it appeared the UC Irvine men’s basketball team was teetering toward the brink of squandering a 20-point lead, the Anteaters stopped at the line. The foul line that is, where UCI made 20 of 23 free-throw attempts in the final 6:13, 18 of 21 in the last 3:37, to secure an 80-70 nonconference win over Hawaii Wednesday at the Bren Events Center. UCI (4-3) was 31 for 34 from the line (91.2%), including 24 of 27 after intermission, as the starters made all 19 of their foul shots in the contest.
September 5, 2009
Jesse Mahelona, a former Orange Coast College standout who played in the NFL, has died after being involved in a car accident. According to the Associated Press, agent Chad Speck said Mahelona, who was 26, died Friday night after being involved in an accident about a mile from his home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Speck said Saturday he didn’t know any more circumstances of the accident. After OCC, Mahelona played at the University of Tennessee. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Titans, where he played in 10 games as a rookie.
August 13, 2009
KHANTY-MANSIYSK, Russia — Kate Baldoni, a former Corona del Mar High girls’ water polo standout, advanced with the USA women’s junior national team into the semifinals of the FINA Junior World Championships Thursday. The goalie, bound for Stanford, watched as Team USA beat defending champion Australia, 9-5. After playing the entire game in a 16-4 win against South Africa Wednesday, Baldoni did not see action in the cage, as Sami Hill played there all four quarters.
July 8, 2009
Several former Orange Coast College football players, as well as one current Pirate, have found a home at four-year programs, Pirates Coach Mike Taylor confirmed Wednesday. London Sapolu, a Costa Mesa High product who will be a sophomore in the fall, has committed to accept a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii. Taylor said punter David Herrington is bound for Tennessee, while kicker Ryan Casano has landed at Toledo. Taylor said Shad Baichtal and Benjamin Soza, both sophomore safeties in 2008, will play next season at West Texas A&M and Lenoir-Rhyne College, respectively.
July 2, 2009
This Fourth of July weekend you’ll see to American flags everywhere. Chances are some of them were made at Flagtime USA in Costa Mesa. So this week we’re checking in with Danny Suguitan, Flagtime’s manager. Aside from U.S. flags, what are the five most popular flags you sell? Custom flags for major corporations, local sport teams, for example, soccer, football, little league baseball. We can help design any flag, or just simply provide your own art-work and we can create a beautiful flag for you. Next in line are California, novelty, military and religious flags.