March 22, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - The best is yet to come for the Estancia High boys swim team. This will not be the year for a Pacific Coast League championship banner, but Eagles' Coach John Carpenter is optimistic for the future, when Estancia joins the Golden West League for the spring of 2003. With eight freshmen gaining varsity experience, the Eagles are soaring toward one possible destination: Titletown. "We're looking forward to the new league because we'll be able to compete for the league title," Carpenter said.
November 8, 2002
A six-goal first quarter started the scoring for Mater Dei High and the visiting Monarchs went on to defeat Estancia High in a nonleague boys water polo game, 18-12, Wednesday. The Monarchs jumped to a 6-1 lead after one quarter and held off the Eagles, 8-12, 3-3 in the Golden West League, in the Eagles' final game of the season. Jess Hellmich led the Eagles with five goals while Frank Gamboa added four goals, Anthony Hermann contributed two scores and Ananth Varma scored one goal.
February 1, 2001
IRVINE - Estancia High senior Somer Flaherty scored to force overtime, then assisted on the game-winner by Katie Menden in the first of two three-minute overtime periods as the Eagles earned a 7-6 double-overtime girls water polo win over Pacific Coast League host Northwood Wednesday. Estancia (3-9, 1-2 in league) was down, 5-1, at halftime. But with newly appointed coach John Carpenter, filling in after Michele Spanley resigned, directing his players, the Eagles shut down the Timberwolves and prevailed for their first league victory.
October 28, 2005
Water polo match between Eagles and Mustangs, already postponed once, gets pushed back once more. The Golden West League contest between the Costa Mesa High and Estancia boys' water polo teams is on hold again. Estancia Coach John Carpenter said the match, which was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at Santa Ana College, had to be postponed due to insurance liability issues with the college. Thursday's cancellation was the second time the match had been postponed. The teams were supposed to meet Sept.
October 27, 2005
est-polo-no-pool-briefThe Estancia High boys' water polo team is starting to feel like a bunch of vagabonds. Extracted from their own faulty pool this season, the Eagles had been playing their home games at Costa Mesa High. Wednesday, they found out they would have to find another site after a pump at Costa Mesa's pool broke down. The team's next stop will be Santa Ana College for today's Golden West League showdown against Costa Mesa. Estancia Coach John Carpenter said he expects the game to begin around 2:45 p.m. The pools at Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar were unavailable because the schools are hosting a freshman-sophomore tournament.
October 19, 1999
COSTA MESA - The Estancia High boys water polo team dropped two games Monday in the opening rounds of its own tournament, but is showing definite signs of improvement, according to Coach John Carpenter. The Eagles (5-9) trailed Saddleback (which defeated them, 18-1, in the season opener), 5-4, through three quarters, before surrendering an 11-5 verdict. Estancia also lost to former Pacific Coast League rival Aliso Niguel, 11-3, to fall into the consolation bracket of the 12-team tournament.
September 28, 2011
BOYS' WATER POLO Estancia 14, Godinez 7 COSTA MESA — Senior Paul Sugano-Dyson had six goals to lead the Eagles in their Orange Coast League opener Wednesday at Estancia High. Brooks Watkins added three goals for Estancia (2-4), and Garrett Henshied made eight saves. Coach John Carpenter said the team had a great counterattack working off its defense. Estancia plays at defending league and CIF champion Laguna Beach on Oct. 6. * CROSS COUNTRY Sunset League preview meet Newport Harbor High junior Maggie Goodson finished seventh to help the girls' team finish third with a 3-2 record Wednesday.
November 10, 2010
LA VERNE — The Estancia High boys' water polo team finished the season in the same fashion it did a year ago. The Eagles lost in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. Second-seeded Damien of La Verne eliminated the Eagles with a 20-9 home victory Wednesday. "Eight guys on their team scored," said Estancia Coach John Carpenter, adding that his team fell behind the Spartans, 15-4, at halftime. "They have a lot of depth. " Senior Charlie Umansky led Estancia with eight goals.
August 26, 2000
Joseph Boo COSTA MESA - Last year's growing pains mean Estancia High's boys water polo team is experienced this season. Only two seniors were on last year's youthful squad. With a season under their belt, the Eagles are a veteran bunch. "Quite a few of our guys are seniors," Estancia Coach John Carpenter said. "Most of the guys played 2-3 years of water polo." Estancia's starting lineup saw significant action last season. Its top returning scorer is senior Phil Westfall, who was second on the team in goals behind the graduated David Collier.
September 5, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - This is not a rebuilding year for the Estancia High boys water polo team, but an opportunistic and advantageous season. Eagles Coach John Carpenter, entering his 23rd season, realizes postseason play is a longshot with Pacific Coast League powers Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach and University vying for the title. But, Carpenter is planning to make the most of this year to be all the more prepared for when the Eagles enter the Golden West League next year.