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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
A.G. Longoria's curiosity was piqued on his morning commute more than a decade ago. Driving on the 73 toll road to his job as professional tennis coach at Mission Viejo Country Club, Longoria couldn't help but notice the mounds of dirt off to the side in Newport Coast. Then he received a phone call from Ken Stuart, who owns the Palisades Tennis Club and was on the athletic committee for this new campus. "I read this article in the Daily Pilot about this incredible school they were going to build," Longoria said.
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February 18, 2008
Sage Hill School tennis coach A.G. Longoria has been named 2007 California High School Tennis Coach of the Year, the California division of the United States Professional Tennis Assn. announced at its recent awards dinner in Manhattan Beach. Longoria, who coaches the boys’ and girls’ teams at Sage Hill, has been at the school since its inception in 2000. His teams at Sage Hill, which competes in CIF Southern Section Division IV and is part of the Academy League, have won four league titles.
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By Steve Virgen | November 15, 2006
NEWPORT BEACH ? The words were simple, yet stern coming from A.G. Longoria, the Sage Hill School girls' tennis coach. "Here we go," he said, not shouting but loud enough to be heard. "One point at a time." He was talking to his No. 3 doubles team of Salen Andrews and Raya Tasker, who were involved in a thrilling set with Walnut at the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club Tuesday. Andrews and Tasker, who were playing in just their seventh set of the season together, trailed, 5-1, in a tiebreaker to 10, but started to rally.
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March 23, 2004
Bryce Alderton In his fourth year as the Sage Hill School boys tennis coach, A.G. Longoria has seen the maturation of a program that won its first CIF playoff match a year ago and has eyes on even greater prizes this season. The Lightning return five from last year's squad that went 9-8 and finished third in the Academy League. Longoria said Sage Hill can make a strong run for the league title this season. "Whitney and Fairmont played in the [Division V]
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June 27, 2007
The Newport Beach Breakers won't be the only team playing World TeamTennis in Newport Beach this summer. Sage Hill School will have two teams in the High School World TeamTennis Summer League. The matches will be played at the Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club and will coincide with the Breakers' July season. "It's been really exciting," said A.G. Longoria, the league's commissioner who started it up five years ago. "It's a good way to get ready for the next season. Coaches love it because they get to see incoming freshmen and it's a good way to experience with doubles lineups."
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 24, 2010
One of the two local high school boys’ tennis teams in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs expected to be alive in this round. The other program wasn’t so optimistic of its chances. Corona del Mar achieved its goal. Sage Hill School has surprised itself. Each school doesn’t want its respective playoff run to end today. The third-seeded Sea Kings (18-2) travel to second-seeded Santa Barbara (16-1) for a Division I semifinal match at 3 p.m. The Lightning (10-10)
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March 7, 2003
Richard Dunn When possibility thinking, Sage Hill School boys tennis coach A.G. Longoria sees his program as a virtual paradise with private-school amenities in the hub of a tennis hotbed. "We had 50 kids out for the tennis programs in boys and girls this year, and I told the athletic director and head master that a third of the school either plays varsity or junior varsity tennis," Longoria said. "It's a very small school. This is only our third year (with a varsity team)
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By Matt Szabo | August 28, 2007
After a sterling senior class from a year ago graduated, Sage Hill School girls’ tennis coach A.G. Longoria could feel like he is starting over. But he doesn’t. The future looks bright for the Lightning, even after losing talented graduates like Sarah Geocaris, Stephanie Langer, Alle Hsu, Erica Spivack, Carissa Cummings and Salen Andrews. Included in that group are the top two singles players and four of the top doubles players from last year. That senior class helped Sage make it to at least the CIF Southern Section Division V semifinals for three straight years, winning the championship in 2005.
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By Dominic Perrone | August 21, 2006
Not too many coaches brag about their team's schedule. But Sage Hill School girls' tennis coach A.G. Longoria happily points out that his team only plays against Division I competition in nonleague matches. The Lightning are the defending CIF Southern Section Division V champions, but a move up to Division IV has brought a heightened focus on scheduling to secure a critical top seed. Longoria also said highly touted teams are coming in from Las Vegas and Australia to face Sage Hill.
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By Barry Faulkner | September 24, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - It wasn't quite a double date, but at a crucial moment in their doubles engagement on Tuesday, there Sage Hill School doubles partners Paige Reyna and Crystal Yu were, darting off to the ladies room together to freshen up. Tied, 5-5, against the Newport Harbor No. 1 team of Anna Burke and Kendall Cosenza, it was more like a fresh perspective the two Lightning freshmen needed. "We went to the bathroom to refocus," Reyna said. "We splashed water on our face and got focused and came up with a new strategy.
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By Matt Szabo | September 14, 2012
Liana Korber is now in her third straight year playing at No. 1 singles for the Sage Hill School girls' tennis team. In a way it makes perfect sense. Korber definitely is her own individual. She's the one who wears the multicolor shoes while on court, the shoes that are purple, pink and neon yellow with turquoise laces. "I saw these shoes on a commercial during the French Open, and I ran to the computer," Korber said. "I had to get them. They're just very 'me.' It's almost as if they had consulted me on what colors they should use ... I often clash, but I think it works, because it's me. " Korber also is the one with whom Sage Hill Coach A.G. Longoria will often joke, because she's always running off to go to some concert.
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By Matt Szabo | April 24, 2012
CERRITOS - Each coach pulled out all the stops Tuesday in a key Academy League boys' tennis match. Sage Hill Coach A.G. Longoria put his top singles player, senior Robbe Simon, at No. 3 singles. Whitney Coach Wes Williams split up his top doubles team of Gabe Cupino and Alex Pham, putting them with other partners to try to bolster his overall doubles strength. Maximizing the number of sets won - or even games if it came to that - is nothing new for Longoria and Williams.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | May 31, 2011
A.G. Longoria's curiosity was piqued on his morning commute more than a decade ago. Driving on the 73 toll road to his job as professional tennis coach at Mission Viejo Country Club, Longoria couldn't help but notice the mounds of dirt off to the side in Newport Coast. Then he received a phone call from Ken Stuart, who owns the Palisades Tennis Club and was on the athletic committee for this new campus. "I read this article in the Daily Pilot about this incredible school they were going to build," Longoria said.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | February 10, 2011
A.G. Longoria took two unseeded high school tennis teams deep into the CIF playoffs in 2010. Longoria's Sage Hill School boys' and girls' teams may have been unseeded, but he makes sure they're never unprepared. Longoria has been named the California High School Tennis Coach of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Assn. Newport Beach resident Rick Leach, a pro at Newport Beach Tennis Club, was named California Touring Coach of the Year. They received the honors during a luncheon Sunday at the USPTA's annual convention, at the Manhattan Country Club in Manhattan Beach.
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August 2, 2010
Sage Hill School boys' and girls' tennis coach A.G. Longoria will be coaching a team in the World Team Tennis Junior Team Nationals for the second year in a row. This year the tournament will be played at The Barnes Center in San Diego, today through Thursday. The event is the brainchild of Billie Jean King. This is the 15th annual event featuring teams from the 16 United State Tennis Assn. sections of the nation. King will be in attendance throughout the event and each team will play two matches a day in a 16-team compass draw to determine the national champion.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 25, 2010
One of the two local high school boys' tennis teams in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs expected to be alive in this round. The other program wasn't so optimistic of its chances. Corona del Mar achieved its goal. Sage Hill School has surprised itself. Each school doesn't want its respective playoff run to end today. The third-seeded Sea Kings (18-2) travel to second-seeded Santa Barbara (16-1) for a Division I semifinal match at 3 p.m. The Lightning (10-10)
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By Mark Ratto and Daily Pilot | May 19, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — Sage Hill School boys' tennis coach A.G. Longoria and Cate Coach Robert Bonning stood side by side for an intense five-minute meeting after Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division IV quarterfinal match at The Tennis Club. Why? They were conducting an official recount of total games won by each team because the two squads tied, 9-9, at the end of 18 sets. The result? With both teams crowded around, fans swarming and parents pacing in the background, Longoria announced that Sage Hill had won, 80-79.
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