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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 5, 2013
On Tuesday night, three days before Costa Mesa High tries to wrap up an outright Orange Coast League title, almost half the team spent it inside a computer classroom. The 18 players focused on schoolwork, not their next opponent. Frank Albers, one of the team's assistant coaches, sat in the room. He volunteers his time to make sure the players are doing their homework or making up missed assignments. He remembers a time five years ago, when the Mustangs finished perfect in league.
November 5, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR •The Corona del Mar High football team clinched at least a share of its second straight Pacific Coast League title when it beat Beckman, 41-0, on Friday night at Davidson Field. The Sea Kings (9-0, 4-0 in league), top-ranked in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division, will return to their home field for the third time in four weeks this Friday. It will be senior night, and the Sea Kings want to clinch the title outright by beating Northwood (3-6, 2-2), and they will be big favorites to do just that.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 2, 2013
SANTA ANA - Coach Mike Bargas went into Saturday's football game with two motives. The first was for Estancia High to beat Saddleback and the second was for everyone to play. The Eagles easily met both objectives, coming away with a 26-8 road win to keep their CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoff hopes alive. Estancia is in a two-way tie for third place in the Orange Coast League with Laguna Beach. With one league game left, Estancia can jump to second place and move closer to securing one of the league's two guaranteed postseason berths.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 1, 2013
Leading up to the first-place showdown in the Orange Coast League with Calvary Chapel, Costa Mesa Coach Wally Grant talked about a track meet. He watched the Eagles score touchdowns in a hurry on the football field last week, producing a school-record 62 points. If Friday's game was a track meet, Calvary Chapel dropped the baton and flung it around way too many times. Six turnovers cost Calvary Chapel and helped Costa Mesa clinch at least a share of the league title. The Mustangs finished ahead of the Eagles, 58-41, at Jim Scott Stadium.
October 30, 2013
BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY Orange Coast League finals ORANGE - Costa Mesa High senior Brett Bermudez finished second in 15 minutes, 20.45 seconds and led the Mustangs to a second-place finish Wednesday at Irvine Regional Park. Costa Mesa qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division 4 preliminaries Nov. 16 at Mt. San Antonio College. Juniors Anuare Magana (sixth in 15:38.44), John Hernandez (11th in 16:36.21) and Andres Avelar (21st in 17:11.36), as well as freshman Francisco Ruiz (22nd in 17:32.72)
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 30, 2013
Toward the end of the third period, Costa Mesa High lost its coach. With a four-goal lead, the boys' water polo team didn't need Justin Taylor to stick around on Wednesday. Tim Postiff, an assistant, took over after Taylor left for a meeting for new teachers. The Mustangs were on their way to staying undefeated in Orange Coast League play. At home, the Mustangs defeated Sage Hill, 12-7, and improved to 4-0 in league. They pretty much eliminated the Lightning from earning one of the league's three guaranteed berths into the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.
By Jeremiah Dobruck and Hannah Fry | October 23, 2013
For the first time in more than three years, the Costa Mesa Fire Department will have a long-term chief at the helm. Dan Stefano, a fire marshal and division chief for the Laguna Beach Fire Department, will take the job within the next few weeks pending a final background check, city officials announced Monday. Stefano will end a string of interim fire chiefs who led the department while it underwent an extensive reorganization and city officials considered outsourcing operations to the Orange County Fire Authority.
October 23, 2013
CORONA - Corona del Mar High sophomore Amy Matsuoka shot three-under-par 67 to capture the Pacific Coast League individual girls' golf championship at Dos Lagos Golf Course Wednesday. She is believed to be the first individual champion in school history, longtime Coach Mike Starkweather said. Matsuoka's two-day total was three-under 137 after shooting even on Tuesday and was tied with teammate Alyaa Abdulghany. They were two shots behind the leader. Abdulghany shot 70-73-143 and finished fourth.
October 18, 2013
The top-seeded men's and women's pro beach volleyball teams advanced to Saturday's second round of the $200,000 smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach, the AVP Tour's 2013 season finale taking place through Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier. Seeking their fifth consecutive AVP tournament championship this weekend, Costa Mesa resident and two-time Olympian Jake Gibb and Huntington Beach resident Casey Patterson toppled qualifiers Andrei Belov and Jake Elliott, 21-16, 21-16, in their first-round match Friday.
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