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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 29, 2014
LAGUNA BEACH - The last time the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team beat Laguna Beach, Mike Molina played in the game. Seven seasons later, he is back with the Mustangs and facing the Breakers. He no longer takes shots for the team. He now calls the shots as Costa Mesa's coach. As a 23-year-old, Molina has made a lot of strides for a first-year coach. His alma mater just cannot seem to defeat the Breakers, even with him in charge of Costa Mesa. The Mustangs traveled to Laguna Beach and suffered their worst setback of the season, losing the Orange Coast League game, 81-53, on Wednesday.
By Matt Szabo | January 24, 2014
Laguna Beach High girls' water polo coach Ethan Damato is well aware of the numbers. In his first several years as head or assistant coach of the Breakers, the girls had beaten Newport Harbor just one time. It hurt to Damato, a Laguna Beach alumnus who was a two-time All-CIF player in 1999 and 2000. "We're tired of losing to Newport," Damato said. "That is a fact, for sure. We talked about it this year with this group of girls; we don't want to lose to the CdMs and Newports anymore.
By Matt Szabo | January 23, 2014
Get Newport Harbor High senior Cleo Harrington and junior Carlee Kapana together out of the water, and they are prone to fits of giggling. They play off each other well, which certainly is also true in the water for the Sailors' girls water polo team. The consensus in the water polo community is that they're the top two goalies in the CIF Southern Section, which by extension could make them the top two prep girls' goalies in the country. It's a nice problem for Newport Harbor Coach Bill Barnett to have, except that it's not a problem at all. Last summer, Barnett started instituting a very simple rotation.
By Rhea Mahbubani | January 21, 2014
On Saturday, the Irvine Barclay Theatre will be the site of classical music - and caffeine. Organic coffee company Urth Caffe is coming to Laguna Beach in the summer. But married co-owners Shallom and Jilla Berkman plan to introduce their product at the performing arts center this weekend. The store has a loyal following at its locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Pasadena and elsewhere. Now it's Orange County's turn to get a taste of its custom coffee and tea: Each patron of the Barclay performance will be given a packet to take home.
By Matt Szabo | January 19, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - Two of the best junior girls' water polo players in CIF were just a couple of feet apart late Saturday afternoon at Santa Barbara High, and it was fun to watch. Newport Harbor goalie Carlee Kapana had an answer to back-to-back shots from point-blank range from Laguna Beach junior Makenzie Fischer. Kapana made two impressive stops, blocking each one late in the third quarter. The problem was, the Breakers already were up by four goals. And when Fischer scored on a perfectly executed lob from the left side a quarter later, all Newport Harbor Coach Bill Barnett could do was pull half of his regulars from the game.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 17, 2014
LAGUNA BEACH - In stoppage time, Coach Robert Castellano wanted to know how much time remained in the Estancia High boys' soccer match. He asked the referee, who in turn raised one finger, signaling one minute. Sixty seconds proved to be more than enough time for the Eagles to break a scoreless tie on Friday night. In such a short period, they put together two scoring chances. The second shot on goal, the one furthest out, found the back of the net at Laguna Beach. Abarham Cortez blasted a shot from outside the box, putting it where the goalkeeper stood no chance of stopping the ball.
By Michael Miller | January 7, 2014
You know the feeling: You're watching a movie you loved 20 years ago and wonder, all of a sudden, what happened to the actor who played that brilliant bit part. Someone mentions "alt-country" in a conversation about music, and you realize you don't know the difference between alt-country and regular country. You find yourself staring at that weird contraption each time you visit the theater, but you can't say for the life of you what it actually does. In all three cases, we can help.
By Matt Szabo | January 4, 2014
A shocking development took place Saturday afternoon at Newport Harbor High. For the first time in three years, the Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar girls' water polo teams did not meet each other in a high school tournament. The teams that have met in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 title match the last two years did not face off in this weekend's Holiday Cup. Yet the Sailors and Sea Kings each found positives to the first tournament of their season, after winning three out of four games.
This post has been corrected, as noted below. | January 2, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Tea Party is hosting a forum next week that features four state Assembly candidates for the 74th District. The session is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Halecrest Park Swim and Tennis Club, 3107 Killybrooke Lane, Costa Mesa. Candidates scheduled to attend are Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry; Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper; Irvine resident and former Santa Ana City Council candidate Karina Onofre; and Emanuel Patrascu, district director for 72nd District state Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
By Matt Szabo | January 2, 2014
There are some changes when it comes to this weekend's Holiday Cup girls' water polo tournament. The tournament is being played after New Year's Day, for one. And Corona del Mar High is not hosting, as new locker rooms are being installed at the Sea Kings' pool. Newport Harbor and Santa Margarita are the hosts for the two-day tournament, which begins Friday morning. What has not changed, however, is that the 16-team tournament is stacked and provides a good early-season measuring stick for the top programs in the CIF Southern Section.
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