July 23, 2004
Greer Wylder With his tattoo running from his wrist to his shoulder, his short spiky brown hair and his just-rolled-out-of-bed surfer look, Todd Johnston, 30, can fool you. His head stocks an encyclopedic knowledge of fine cheeses and wines, in addition to tiki carving techniques, the latest surfing moves and guitar licks. "My lactophile friends and I like to dork out about cheese," Johnston says. A Newport Beach native, Johnston was raised by "food-o-phile" parents of European descent.
December 8, 2006
When Jasmin Day and Kyla Flores graduated from Costa Mesa High last spring they took a 48-0-0 record in league games for the soccer team with them. The two forwards were both All-CIF Division III selections, with Day on the first team and Flores on the second team. "Jasmin Day and Kyla Flores, that was a lot of our firepower," said Costa Mesa Coach Dan Johnston, who is in 14th year. "Jasmin was the state high jump champ. Kyla, she was a hustler. She never played a game where she didn't hit the floor less than 10 times.
December 22, 2000
COSTA MESA - An offensive onslaught by the Costa Mesa High girls soccer team made visiting La Quinta goalie Lilliana Cabrera thankful for the upcoming holiday break, while also producing a 4-0 nonleague win Thursday. Cabrera, whom Costa Mesa Coach Dan Johnston said "was terrific," had 21 saves, 21 more than two Mesa keepers, as the Mustangs improved to 6-2-2 to close out their preleague campaign. Sophomore Sharon Day had a goal and two assits, while Devin Denman, Natalie Masciale and Chelsea Soria accounted for the other Mesa goals.
December 17, 2004
Chris Yemma The Costa Mesa High girls soccer team lost almost its entire defense from the 2003-04 season to graduation. So, naturally Coach Dan Johnston was a little concerned for this season. But after eight games this season, the Mustangs were 7-2 after Thursday's 4-0 victory over Santa Ana, Johnston rests a little easier. The Mustangs had four shutouts in their first four games on their way to a 4-0 record. One of their losses was to traditional stronghold Aliso Niguel, 4-1, but Johnston said it wasn't a big concern.
March 5, 2003
Barry Faulkner It's a time-honored sports truth that teams take on the personality of their coach. The Costa Mesa High girls soccer team, however, appears more intent, this postseason, on mimicking Coach Dan Johnston's requirement for medical attention. Johnston, recovering from recent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, has guided the Mustangs to an unprecedented four CIF Southern Section Division III playoff victories from a wheelchair, his injured right leg elevated to help reduce swelling.
October 17, 2003
SCORE BY QUARTERS -- Saddleback 7 0 3 14 - 24 Estancia 3 0 13 0 - 16 -- FIRST QUARTER Sad - Chavez 4 run (Pena kick), 5:56. Est - Macia 33 FG, 1:42. THIRD QUARTER Est - Johnston 47 pass from Young (Macias kick), 10:18. Sad - Pena 35 FG, 3:54. Est - Johnston 54 pass from Young (pass failed), 1:19. FOURTH QUARTER Sad - Camacho 31 pass from G. Garcia (Pena kick), 11:23. Sad - A. Garcia 38 pass from G. Garcia (Pena kick)
December 28, 2002
Barry Faulkner The chances of scoring goals for most soccer teams, let alone one player, usually fall somewhere between slim and nil. But, backed by some talented, unselfish and cohesive teammates, Costa Mesa High girls standout Jenny Sparks is making a mockery of those odds this season. The sophomore forward has turned 13 of her 28 shots into goals, an eye-popping 46%, to help the Mustangs forge a 7-1-2 record, including a pair of wins to open their inaugural Golden West League season last week.
February 19, 2009
COSTA MESA — Inevitably it was the way the ball bounced that proved deleterious to the Costa Mesa High girls’ soccer team Thursday afternoon. But the speed with which it caromed off a Cypress attacker, back onto her body, then her feet as she bypassed a challenging defender, might have had more to do with the Mustangs’ 2-1 overtime loss in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs at Estancia High. The rapid-fire ricochet, which Costa Mesa Coach Dan Johnston — and the Mustangs defender directly in front of Cypress senior Emily Mizarhi — said struck Mizarhi’s hand or arm, making it an illegal hand ball, went undetected by the referee.
January 31, 2001
Tony Altobelli COSTA MESA - Practice makes perfect for the Costa Mesa High girls soccer team. Sophomore standout Sharon Day scored the game-winning goal with two minutes left off a free kick to give the Mustangs a 2-1 Pacific Coast League comeback win over visiting University Tuesday. "We've worked on that free kick play over and over again in practice and Sharon scores over and over again off that play," Mesa Coach Dan Johnston said. "If she's on her mark, it's really hard to defend."
May 29, 2008
For a photo gallery, click here. For a video, click here. COSTA MESA — Bo St. Geme ran all around the field Wednesday at the Daily Pilot Cup, and Andersen Elementary Coach Jon Johnston didn’t raise an eyebrow. “He can run forever,” Johnston said. “It goes in his family.” On a soccer field, you’re not usually running in a circle like track and field, but St. Geme does boast a pair of decorated track family members in mother Ceci St. Geme and older sister Annie St. Geme, formerly a Corona del Mar High standout and now at Stanford.