May 16, 2011
Fifty years ago this week, the Costa Mesa High School baseball team participated in the school's first CIF playoff game. The school opened for classes in the fall of 1958. The 1960-61 school year was the first for varsity sports on campus. The Mustang baseball squad entered the CIF playoffs for the first time in the spring of '61. Comprised solely of sophomores and juniors, the team finished second in the CIF's A division. The following season, in 1962, the senior-laden Mustang squad became the first Newport-Mesa team ever to win a varsity CIF title.
November 7, 2003
LOLITA HARPER Glamis. The word alone lights a spark in motocross enthusiasts' eyes. "Heck ya, I ride at Glamis," said 33-year-old Alex Chavez as he loaded his dusty dirt bike into the bed of his Ford F250 truck outside a Costa Mesa motorcycle shop. "I just got back from there this weekend." Chavez is lured by the expansive, rugged terrain, the feeling of wind rushing through his helmet, and the adrenaline rush he gets from riding and the overall serenity of camping under the stars at the Glamis Dunes campground.
April 22, 2005
Stephen Schneider gave the Orange Coast College baseball team a second consecutive game-winning solo home run to edge visiting Irvine Valley, 12-11, Thursday in Orange Empire Conference play. Luke Beck stole third in the ninth inning and came home on the errant throw to third, tying it at 11, and setting the stage for Schneider. With a 3-and-0 count, he sent reliever Grant Harrell's pitch over the right-field fence for the victory. Beck also provided the game-winning homer against Saddleback Tuesday.
November 10, 2005
occm-hoops-previewThe Pirates plan to run the floor and use their depth to wear down opponents this season.The Orange Coast College men's basketball team plans to come at opponents in waves this year. Fifth-year coach Scott Spencer likes his depth, and he intends to use it. In fact, Spencer would substitute every 45 seconds, on the fly, without a stoppage in play if it was within the rules because he has a good amount of talent and he likes an up-tempo style of basketball. "We have good depth, so we might substitute five players at a time, bring them in the game in waves," Spencer said.
June 20, 2007
OMAHA, Neb. — Doug Kline doesn't get to show off his Anteater gear that much these days. The Superintendent of the Calipatria Unified School District in Imperial Valley is a UCI grad and former Anteater catcher, who attends a couple of regular-season games a year. But Kline, who played at UCI from 1985-88, has used the Anteaters' appearance in the College World Series as an opportunity to boast about his alma mater, as well as connect with former teammates. Kline and Craig Brink were roommates, teammates, battery mates and, Kline said, inseparable during their time at UCI. And though they have talked virtually every month since then, logistics have kept them from seeing one another for 19 years.
August 27, 2004
JIM NIEMIEC Timing could not be any better for marlin tournaments being hosted out of Avalon harbor for private yachts. The water temperature in the channel has moved up a couple of degrees and a good bite on striped marlin occurred along the trench off La Jolla earlier this week. Most action was from blind strikes on fast trolled lures in spots of water that ranged between 72 and 73.5 degrees. Balboa Angling Club secretary Dara Stotesbury reports that there has already been 28 marlin landed by members of the club and in the best interest of conserving marlin fishery off our coast, most anglers are releasing their catch.
December 19, 2004
career TONY DODERO This was a tough week for me. I had to say goodbye to a longtime colleague in the newsroom, Joey Santos, who put in his last hours for the Daily Pilot on Saturday. Santos is going to work for a new magazine called Ciudad, published by the same people who produce Los Angeles magazine. It was February of 1999 when I interviewed and hired a then 23-year-old Santos to be part of what was a burgeoning design desk at Times Community News, producing upwards of 20 community newspapers throughout Southern California.
February 27, 2005
The UC Irvine women's swimming and diving team claimed the crown, while the Anteater men's team finished third at the Big West Conference championships, completed Saturday at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. The women's title is the program's first Big West crown. Sophomore Aubrie Smallwood won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2 minutes, 17.45 seconds, just ahead of teammate Lara Bjargardottir (2:17.79). Junior Franny Brittle defended her title in the women's one-meter diving competition with a conference-record 489.65 points.
April 23, 2005
Four Orange Coast College track and field athletes won titles on the first day of the two-day Orange Empire Conference men's and women's championships Friday at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. OCC sophomore Ludi Valdez, an Estancia High product, won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 11 minutes, 59.19 seconds, while OCC sophomore Jason Valenzuela won the men's steeplechase in 9:57.37. OCC freshman Chris Burbach won the men's javelin with a throw of 186 feet, 1 inch, while OCC freshman Aabria Lipscomb won the women's discus throw (132-7)