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LOCAL
February 23, 2010
LA MIRADA — The Estancia High boys’ soccer team had rebounded well from a 1-6-2 start. But the Eagles struggled to respond against La Mirada in a CIF Southern Section Division IV second-round match Tuesday. In the end, La Mirada held off visiting Estancia, 2-1. The Eagles (14-9-3) were forced to rally from a 2-0 deficit, even though they dominated play during the game, Eagles Coach Robert Castellano said. La Mirada, which lost to Estancia in the playoffs last year, scored within the first five minutes.
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SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | February 22, 2010
The Sage Hill School boys’ soccer team received some good news Monday. The Lightning (19-8-2) won’t be playing on the road today for their CIF Southern Southern Section Division VII second-round game against Saddleback Valley Christian. The game is at Sage Hill at 5 p.m. Initially, the CIF Southern Section ruled that the Lightning violated CIF rule 2400, Article 240, for not using a Spalding ball in last year’s playoffs. But Sage Hill’s Dean of School Life Jon Poffenberger, the former athletic director, called the CIF Southern Section office Monday morning to point out the error.
LOCAL
February 23, 2009
The Estancia High girls’ soccer team will play host to Mayfair of Lakewood in a rematch of last year’s CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs today at 3 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium. The teams meet again in the second round. This time, the Monsoons (18-8-1) are seeded No. 4. Last year they were the top seed and knocked off Estancia, 3-0, on their way to winning a share of the CIF championship with La Mirada. Estancia (11-7-5) beat Westridge, 3-2 in the first round, the Eagles’ second playoff victory since 1993.
LOCAL
By DAVID CARRILLO PEÑALOZA | February 23, 2009
Coach Gannon Burks has two strong goalkeepers. He chose Jose Castrejon’s gloves in the Estancia High boys’ soccer playoff opener Friday. Castrejon saved the Eagles from another early ouster. Castrejon made nine saves as No. 4-seeded Estancia held on to beat La Mirada, 1-0, to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division IV second round. The Eagles (14-1-7) play host to Inglewood (11-9-4) Wednesday. “J.C. has been with me for four years,” Burks said was his reason for going with Castrejon instead of sophomore goalie Edgar Vega.
LOCAL
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 20, 2009
COSTA MESA — The highlights for Estancia High were on the top of its boys’ soccer players’ heads. Some highlighted just their Mohawk, others their entire hair, all this for a CIF Southern Section Division IV first-round playoff match. So much for a new look. None of them were able to finish an offensive highlight in the first 65 minutes. The player with the best blond highlights also had the brightest highlight Friday night. Jorge Olivas took a ball off his chest, controlled it and raced for his life, his teammates’ soccer playoff lives.
FEATURES
December 5, 2008
When: Tonight, 7 Where: Newport Harbor High CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinals Key Sea Kings: Sr. QB-CB Mitch Sands (108 for 208 passing for 1,475 yards and 21 TDs and eight interceptions); Jr. LB-FB Alex Swigert; Jr. RB-SS J.D. Abbott (158 carries for 1,014 yards and nine TDs) Key Monsoons: So. RB Dominique Small (101 carries for 1,039 yards and eight TDs); Sr. QB Jimmy Ohiri (90 for 168 passing for 1,591 yards and 21 TDs and seven interceptions)
FEATURES
November 28, 2008
Corona del Mar vs. Laguna Beach CIF Southern Section Southern Division quarterfinal When: Tonight, 7 Where: Laguna Beach High Key Sea Kings: Sr. QB Mitch Sands (98 for 194 passing for 1,322 yards and 19 TDs and eight interceptions); Jr. RB-SS J.D. Abbott (148 carries for 985 yards and eight TDs); Sr. WR-CB-KR-PR Dillon Norton (18 catches for 312 yards and four TDs, three kickoff returns for TDs) Key Breakers: Sr. RB-LB Zach Smith (132 carries for 964 yards and 13 TDs)
FEATURES
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 21, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — A drawn-up play for this particular football game for Corona del Mar High worked to perfection. Not the first time. The second time, yes. Dillon Norton raced out of the backfield and underneath a pass, taking it 60 yards for a touchdown with 61 seconds left before halftime. Mr. Big Play finally delivered against La Mirada at Newport Harbor High. Fourteen seconds into the second half, Norton was off and running again. Norton’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown proved to be the game-winner as the No. 2-seeded Sea Kings won, 26-15, in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs Friday night.
FEATURES
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 20, 2008
Jason Hitchens makes his coaching playoff debut in his first year at Corona del Mar High tonight. On paper, the No. 2-seeded Sea Kings (8-2) open with a first-round game, just as the rest of the schools in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs. Hitchens said the game against La Mirada (4-6) at Newport Harbor High at 7 p.m. feels more like a quarterfinal game. “You kind of need to get past the formula and look at the team itself,” said Hitchens, referring to La Mirada earning the Suburban League’s third playoff entry despite sharing second place with two others teams.
FEATURES
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 13, 2008
Down the stretch, Sage Hill School rested, whereas Costa Mesa was restless. These two are the only local high school baseball teams making the playoffs. But they’re also entering on losing streaks. The Lightning aren’t as concerned. They wrapped up their first league championship in school history before closing out the regular season with back-to-back Academy League losses. As for the Mustangs, they should be worried. They lost out in claiming their first league title in 31 years by dropping three in a row in the Orange Coast League.
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