February 23, 2010
Toshiba Classic organizers are hoping for a Sweet Sixteen when the tournament takes place March 5 to 7 at Newport Beach Country. If the tournament is anything like the first 15 years, everyone should be happy. Argentina’s Eduardo Romero capped it with his 11-under-par 202 victory last year, when he had 17 birdies in his three rounds. Romero, known as “El Gato (the cat),” will try to become the first repeat winner of the Toshiba Classic. That would add to the tournament’s rich history.
May 24, 2002
Christine Carrillo Hidden behind a red bandanna, black cowboy hat, a big buckled belt and, of course, white Reeboks, Gold Grabbin' Gus added to the mass hysteria of the gold rush that struck Lincoln Elementary School on Thursday. Fourth-graders scoured the field, money-hungry for gold nuggets to fill their personally fashioned satchels -- all in the name of social studies. It was a reenactment of the California Gold Rush of 1848. "It's called experience learning.
March 11, 2005
Bryce Alderton The Toshiba Senior Classic prides itself on attracting one of the best fields of any PGA Champions Tour event year after year. And players, in turn, almost always rave about everything from the course at Newport Beach Country Club, to the way they are treated, to the bevy of dinner options nearby. The golf, however, never fails to live up to the hype. This championship enters its 11th year, 10th at Newport Beach Country Club, and has already produced three playoffs -- two spanning nine holes in 1997 and 2001.
September 12, 2000
Barry Faulkner For roughly a decade, the only thing West Coast about the Costa Mesa High football program has been its geographic location. So, while Patrick Hulliger's 12 completions Thursday night in a 48-23 season-opening nonleague triumph over Saddleback didn't exactly stir the BYU recruiters, they did represent a significant aerial watershed in recent Mustang history. They were, in fact, the most completed passes the Mustangs have managed in a single contest since the seventh week of the 1990 season.
August 21, 2000
Alex Coolman It 1938, John Blaich was reading the Balboa Times when something caught his eye. "It was a contest," the 81-year-old Corona del Mar resident recalled. "You had to identify yachts." Blaich entered the contest, won, and came away $50 richer. He also acquired a new hobby, learning about the details of boats, that would stick with him for the rest of his life. Now Blaich, who has been writing the Daily Pilot's Monday column "Yachts of Yesteryear" for the last 30 weeks, has put his knowledge acquired from a life of loving yachts into a book that will go on sale Tuesday.
August 26, 2005
Tom Sargent wasted no time when asked about the role experience has leading up to Tuesday's Jones Cup. Sargent, the head golf professional at Mesa Verde Country Club, has competed in every Jones Cup since the inaugural Newport-Mesa community golf event in 2000, including last year's revamped tournament. It was his flop shot out of deep rough surrounding the 18th green at Newport Beach Country Club that set up a winning birdie putt to send the Mesa Verde team of Sargent and amateur partner Pete Daley to the title in 2000.
March 9, 2003
Bryce Alderton Walnut High's girls soccer team met its match against Costa Mesa Saturday in the CIF Southern Section Division III final at Cal State Fullerton. But, then again, the same could be said in the reverse order as the two schools dueled to a 0-0 tie at the end of regulation, both sharing the championship in their first CIF title game in girls soccer. Mesa (22-1-3) took home CIF patches and Walnut was awarded the plaque after a coin flip following the final whistle.
May 20, 2010
I went to the theater Sunday afternoon, and, as is my custom, took the Playbill to my office afterward and added it to a shelf in my bookcase that has been housing a steadily growing family of Playbills for the past 50-some years. They pretty much chart my cultural life for all those years and, I guess, also define the parameters of my soul. When I added Sunday's Playbill to my collection — also as is my custom — I lingered over the shelf. That was both a mistake and a joy. It shot my evening plans, but it also transported me back to the treasures that are still almost as vivid to me as they were at the time I experienced them.
November 25, 2011
IRVINE - The Estancia High football team practiced on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in 31 years. Starting next week, the Eagles are going to hang Christmas lights outside of their workout facility. Coach Mike Bargas said his players earned the right to stay in the holiday spirit during the season. For the first time in the program's history, Estancia has reached the semifinals of the playoffs. The fourth-seeded Eagles went on the road and rallied to beat Woodbridge, 10-7, in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division quarterfinals at Irvine High on Friday night.