November 28, 2002
April Ross completed yet another brilliant season for the USC Trojans Tuesday. And, now its time for the playoffs. Ross, the former Newport Harbor High girls volleyball star, was named to the first-team All-Pac-10. She is one four Trojans on the first team which is the most of any conference school and the most in USC history. This is the third career first-team All-Pac-10 honor for Ross, a junior who led the team with 314 kills this season. Ross had eight kills and 14 digs to help lead the top-ranked Trojans to a three-game sweep over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night to complete the regular season.
July 20, 2001
COSTA MESA - Erikka Gulbranson, the former Director of Operations of USC volleyball, is Vanguard University's new women's volleyball coach, Athletic Director Bob Wilson said. Gulbranson assumes her first collegiate head coaching position after nine years of coaching experience. She has served as an assistant at Cal State Bakersfield, where she played, University of Idaho, Utah State and USC, where she was involved in all aspects of the Trojans' volleyball program.
December 26, 2002
Game plans prepared by opposing defensive coordinators were not the only paperwork significantly altered by a trio of Newport-Mesa running backs who recently capped prodigious prep careers. The Newport-Mesa rushing record book was notably shuffled by the efforts of Costa Mesa High's Keola Asuega, Newport Harbor's Dartangan Johnson and Corona del Mar's Mark Cianclulli. Asuega, the Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player, did the most damage. With 2,023 yards and 21 touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to the Golden West League title, Asuega upped his three-year varsity total to 3,932 yards and 49 TDs. The latter breaks the Newport-Mesa record of 45 set by former Newport Harbor standout Steve Brazas in 1982-83.
December 30, 2003
The Newport Harbor High boys basketball team won for the second time in two games Monday at the Capital City Classic in Juneau, Alaska. But the Sailors may have sustained a season-altering loss. Jamie Diefenbach, a 6-foot-8 senior center who missed his junior season after tearing the ACL in his right knee, injured his left knee Sunday night in the tournament's slam dunk contest, Newport assistant coach Bryan Cottriel said. "He came down funny and, after looking at it on videotape, I'd be surprised if it wasn't a torn ligament," Cottriel said.
March 20, 2003
Steve Virgen They will be the boys behind the scenes this season. While the Costa Mesa High girls track and field team will grab most of the accolades and headlines, the Mustangs' boys squad will be working to improve in the background. But that doesn't mean, the Costa Mesa boys won't have anything to boast about. On the contrary, the unnoticed squad will feature talent from seniors Zach Powell (800 meters) and Danny Krikorian (jumps) and junior Marco Huipe (distance)
December 17, 2002
Newport Harbor High alumni has been earning accolades and high praise as the college fall sports season draws to an end. Brooke Flamson, a Newport Harbor standout in girls soccer, closed out a star-studded career at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo by earning All-American honors. Flamson has been the Big West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons. The Mustang senior was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas Women's NCAA Division I All-America third team last week.
November 12, 2003
Steve Virgen There were three teams with one victory that pulled off upsets Sunday. Just another day in the NFL. In San Diego, a 41-year-old quarterback further established his magic, while a rookie punter took his lumps, booted three solid punts and gained more experience in the league. Like Doug Flutie, Eddie Johnson has come a long way to reach the NFL. Johnson, a former standout at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, is also seeking a trademark such as Flutie's magic.
May 22, 2012
The UC Irvine women's basketball program's nationwide search for a coach to replace Molly Goodenbour found its man just a few feet down the bench. Doug Oliver, whose coaching resume extends nearly 40 years and includes stints as an assistant with the UCI men's and women's program in the last three seasons, was named Monday to become the Anteaters' eighth women's coach. Oliver, a men's head coach at Idaho State for eight years (1998 to 2006) is known best for his two tenures as a men's assistant at Stanford, where in 14 seasons, the Cardinal made eight NCAA Tournament appearances, including the Final Four in 1997-98.
July 14, 2006
Corona del Mar High representatives Shaun Mohler and Matt Burgner said they used the 10 practices leading up to tonight's Orange County All-Star Football Game to prove a point. Newport Harbor High product Charles Schultz, however, said he used the preparation time to rediscover his edge. All three recent graduates will be in the starting lineup when the South, coached by Laguna Hills head man Bruce Ingalls, battles the top graduated seniors from the North in the 47th edition of the summer showcase at Orange Coast College.
October 21, 2001
Steve Virgen They're called statement games, and they provide momentum, mystique and bragging rights. When the Orange Coast College women's volleyball team defeated visiting Golden West Friday night, the Pirates made a huge statement to the Orange Empire Conference and any other community college in California. OCC is No. 1. The Pirates' statement also ended the Rustlers' dominance in the OEC. Golden West, which entered ranked No. 1 in the state, had not lost a conference match since 1997.