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By Barry Faulkner | May 19, 2010
Ali Ton, an Orange County high school product who played at Davidson and professionally in Turkey before going into coaching, will join the UC Irvine men's basketball staff as an assistant. The official announcement is imminent as newly hired coach Russ Davis fills one spot on his staff that also includes returning assistant Doug Oliver. Ton spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Radford. The former All-Orange County point guard at Los Alamitos High spent two seasons on the staff at Binghamton University and one season as an assistant at his alma mater.
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July 14, 2001
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - Bowing, perhaps to the notion that the dominant players in the Orange County All-Star Football Game in recent years have come from the defensive side of the ball, North Coach Julian Smilowitz opted to give 6-foot, 290-pound defensive tackle Mike Patterson a little time in the backfield Friday night at Orange Coast College. Make that the "Jumbo" backfield, as Patterson, a Los Alamitos High product bound for USC, lined up alongside 6-4, 360-pound tackle John Sekona as the front men in a power I formation late in the second quarter at the South 7-yard line.
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April 21, 2005
Natalie Venegas Brian Barnes, son of Los Alamitos High head football coach John Barnes and a former Los Alamitos standout, was hired as Estancia's head football coach Wednesday. In March, Estancia was left without a coach after former head coach Craig Fertig stepped down. Barnes, who is 25 years old, graduated from Los Alamitos in 1997, after being named an All-Orange County football player and National Football Foundation Scholastic Athlete.
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September 26, 2004
Rick Devereux Water polo is a team sport where a group can rely on one another for support and help. The Los Alamitos High boys water polo team relied heavily on the play of individuals to give the Griffins an 11-8 victory over Newport Harbor in the third-place game of the South Coast tournament. "They created a lot of isolation situations for him," Sailors Coach Jason Lynch said. "Our individual defense was not as good as I wanted." Los Al took an early, 2-0 lead before Newport's Jovan Vranes blasted a shot with 3:24 left in the first quarter.
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November 10, 1999
Joseph Boo NEWPORT BEACH - Unfortunately for Los Alamitos High's girls volleyball team, its win Monday night in the wild card of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs earned it a date at Newport Harbor. The Sailors (29-2), ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA and gunning for an unprecedented third consecutive CIF championship, promptly processed the Griffins (13-9) in the first-round match like Steve Buscemi in "Fargo," winning, 15-6, 15-4, 15-6, and will duel San Gabriel Thursday night at a site to be determined by coin flip today.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 29, 2010
LOS ALAMITOS — There are many subjects that can be covered in two semesters. But baseball is not one of them. It’s a lesson Newport Harbor High baseball coach Patrick Murphy is learning, somewhat painfully, in his first year at the helm. Murphy’s Sailors have displayed a winning mentality this season, in which they have won two out of every three games. But, as they showed Wednesday in a 6-4 Sunset League loss at Los Alamitos High, they still have plenty of work do to do on their collective baseball IQ. “I really wish I had and an opportunity to work with these guys, these seniors, for a longer time,” Murphy said after the Sailors’ inability to avoid myriad mistakes, both physical and mental, led to virtually giving the Griffins (9-12, 3-7 in league)
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | October 30, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Before Monday’s game against Los Alamitos High, a message snaked its way through the internal dialogue of the Newport Harbor football collective. “Back, meet wall.” There it was again, Monday night, as the Davidson Field scoreboard ticked down from 1 minute, 37 seconds. And that was enough. Down 27-24 with 1:37 left in regulation, the Tars drove 62 yards in 56 seconds for the game-winning touchdown, a five-yard run up the middle by junior wide receiver JB Green.
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By Barry Faulkner | September 27, 2007
Tim Hutten’s passion for greatness is no less noticeable than the chlorine gleam of his clean-cut blond hair. Doubters need only ask him to unzip the leather binder he carries everywhere to reveal a standard yellow legal pad that is consumed by water polo notes, diagrams and other motivational nuggets he gleans from coaches, teammates, opponents, even his own idle thoughts. But the UC Irvine senior is seldom idle. And the lined yellow paper is hardly the only thing Hutten works over.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 30, 2006
HUNTINGTON BEACH ? The style of play in the boys' and girls' Orange County high school all-star basketball games was as diametric as it was ideal for Newport-Mesa representatives Haywood Wright and Scott Knox. Wright, a 6-foot-1 post from Sage Hill School, appeared comfortably cast in the defensive struggle won by her South squad, 45-44, at Ocean View High. Conversely, the breakneck pace of the boys' game ? a 134-130 overtime win for the North ? seemed to suit Knox, a 6-2 sharpshooter from Costa Mesa High.
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By Matt Szabo | February 12, 2014
The Los Alamitos High girls' water polo team seemed to be full of surprises Wednesday night. Coach Dave Carlson surprised some at the game, publicly saying for the first time that he plans to step down as Griffins girls' coach after 15 years. In the water, the Griffins also surprised host Newport Harbor by staying in a hard press defense virtually the whole time. And Los Alamitos used it to produce another surprise, a 6-5 upset victory that gives the Griffins their first Sunset League title in three seasons.
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SPORTS
September 26, 2013
FIELD HOCKEY Newport Harbor 6, Fountain Valley 1 FOUNTAIN VALLEY - The Sailors trailed, 1-0, in the first eight minutes, but responded with six unanswered goals for the Sunset League win at Fountain Valley High. Jordan Blanchfield had one goal and two assists. Alex Palmer had two assists. Daniela Vazquez, Cameron Dewan, Riley Flanagan, Elizabeth Muenchow and Sophie Templin scored one goal each, while Emily Contant and Caroline Gels had one assist each for Newport Harbor (11-2, 2-0 in league)
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By Matt Szabo | April 23, 2013
LOS ALAMITOS — The Newport Harbor High girls' swim team came into Tuesday's Sunset League meet at Los Alamitos High with a plan. But as the meet progressed, the Sailors saw a Griffins team that was a little bit deeper. Newport Harbor Coach Brian Melstrom said the Griffins have 57 girls in their program, while Newport Harbor has 35. The Los Al girls were maybe even a little bit more physically imposing. "They're tall," Melstrom said during the meet. "They're all two, three inches taller than our girls.
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By Matt Szabo | February 6, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - The low shot from Los Alamitos High senior Stephanie Mutafyan came in at lightning speed, forcing Newport Harbor junior goalkeeper Cleo Harrington to react quickly. It was a reaction that stunned Los Alamitos girls' water polo coach Dave Carlson in the third quarter Wednesday night. Harrington somehow dropped her hands in time to stuff the shot from about five meters. Another junior also would step up in the showdown for the Sunset League title. Christina O'Beck led all players with three goals as the Sailors held on for a 7-5 victory over the Griffins at Newport Harbor High.
SPORTS
October 18, 2012
GIRLS' TENNIS Sunset League finals LOS ALAMITOS - Newport Harbor High seniors Megan Bathen and Kaitlyn Cosenza finished second in doubles Thursday at Los Alamitos High to advance to the CIF Southern Section preliminaries on Nov. 19. No. 2-seeded Bathen and Cosenza lost to top-seeded Sarah Edwards and Sophia Bott of Los Alamitos, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 10-3, in the title match. It was the third straight league doubles final appearance for Bathen, who with then-partner Mindy Wheeler was a winner as a junior.
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By Matt Szabo | September 27, 2012
LONG BEACH - Los Alamitos High girls' tennis coach Kevin Garrett talked about wanting his team to play the best teams Southern California has to offer. He said the Griffins have already played matches against Dana Hills and University, and have Peninsula coming up. Those are three of the top four teams in CIF Southern Section Division 1. In the Sunset League, Los Alamitos might not be tested like in those matches. It sure looked that way Thursday. The Griffins blitzed Newport Harbor, 15-3, at El Dorado Tennis Center, handing the Sailors their first league loss since 2009.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | January 20, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — The Los Alamitos High girls' water polo team was tired of Newport Harbor dominating the Sunset League. Before a packed house Wednesday night, the Griffins did something about it. Big time. Los Alamitos was on from the beginning, turning the much-anticipated showdown at Newport Harbor High into a 9-3 romp that gives the Griffins the inside track on their first league title in five years. "We had won league five of the six years before Newport came into the league [in 2006-07]
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By Barry Faulkner | May 19, 2010
Ali Ton, an Orange County high school product who played at Davidson and professionally in Turkey before going into coaching, will join the UC Irvine men's basketball staff as an assistant. The official announcement is imminent as newly hired coach Russ Davis fills one spot on his staff that also includes returning assistant Doug Oliver. Ton spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Radford. The former All-Orange County point guard at Los Alamitos High spent two seasons on the staff at Binghamton University and one season as an assistant at his alma mater.
LOCAL
By Barry Faulkner | April 29, 2010
LOS ALAMITOS — There are many subjects that can be covered in two semesters. But baseball is not one of them. It’s a lesson Newport Harbor High baseball coach Patrick Murphy is learning, somewhat painfully, in his first year at the helm. Murphy’s Sailors have displayed a winning mentality this season, in which they have won two out of every three games. But, as they showed Wednesday in a 6-4 Sunset League loss at Los Alamitos High, they still have plenty of work do to do on their collective baseball IQ. “I really wish I had and an opportunity to work with these guys, these seniors, for a longer time,” Murphy said after the Sailors’ inability to avoid myriad mistakes, both physical and mental, led to virtually giving the Griffins (9-12, 3-7 in league)
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