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November 20, 2003
Patrick Laverty As impressive as Newport Harbor High has been under Coach Jeff Brinkley -- 14 playoff appearances in 18 seasons, a 25-11 postseason record, a pair of CIF Southern Section championships and three other appearances in the title game -- it is all old hat to Los Altos. The Conquerors, the No. 1 seed in the Division VI playoffs and Newport Harbor's first-round opponent Friday, have won 10 section championships since 1972, including three in the last four seasons.
NEWS
December 14, 2001
LA HABRA - The Costa Mesa High boys basketball team fell behind and could never catch up in a 79-73 loss to Los Altos in a consolation semifinal of the Sonora/Troy Tournament Thursday at Sonora High. Senior Chad Vakili had 16 of his team-high 18 points after intermission to help the Mustangs (4-4) trim a 42-34 halftime deficit to 57-55 late in the third quarter. The Highlanders, however, held Mesa off and closed out the game at the free-throw line.
NEWS
February 17, 2002
Steve Virgen CORONA DEL MAR - Throughout the Corona del Mar High girls soccer team's season, a question has developed: What would happen if the Sea Kings actually finished their scoring chances? Well, Los Altos found out Saturday, when CdM ridiculously dominated the visiting Conquerors and won, 6-0, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs. CdM (13-4-7), the three-time Pacific Coast League champions, outshot Los Altos, 32-1, and the Conquerors (14-9-4)
NEWS
February 23, 2002
Name: Kristin Hanson Born: Feb. 24, 1984 Hometown: Newport Beach Height: 5-foot-5 Weight: 120 Sport: Soccer Position: Midfield Coach: Ron Evans Favorite food: Pasta Favorite movie: "The Matrix" Best athletic moment: "It would have to be the hat trick against Los Altos, but hopefully it will be winning CIF this year." Athlete of the Week VIII: The senior team captain produced a hat trick and dished out an assist to lead the Sea Kings to a 6-0 victory over visiting Los Altos in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs Feb. 16.
NEWS
November 25, 2003
Newport Harbor's first-round exit from the CIF Southern Section playoffs means no Newport-Mesa school advanced to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive season. Heavy traffic on Friday caused the Sailors to arrive just a half-hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Newport Harbor quickly went through its pregame drills, then huddled in the corner of the stadium prior to the start of the game. Kickoff was delayed 10 minutes with the game beginning at 7:40.
SPORTS
May 20, 2006
LOS ALTOS ? With a strong traveling crowd in tow, Costa Mesa High played some of its best volleyball of the season at the right time. The Mustangs rolled in the first game and held on to defeat Los Altos, 25-6, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, in a CIF Southern Section Division III boys' volleyball quarterfinal match Friday night. Costa Mesa, the No. 2 seed in Division III, moves on to Wednesday's semifinals against No. 3 seed Orange Lutheran. The site for the semifinal will be determined by coin flip today.
NEWS
November 24, 2003
Patrick Laverty Newport Harbor senior tailback Matt Encinias said it clearly prior to the Sailors' first-round game Friday against top-seeded Los Altos. "If you want to be the best, you have to play the best," Encinias told his teammates. The Sailors just may have lost to the best team in the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs Friday, falling to the Conquerors, 28-0. While it ended a run for a collection of seniors, including Encinias, it showed all of the players who will return next year exactly what it will take to be the best.
NEWS
November 8, 2003
Wescombe-Hoppe Jacqueline Dawn Wescombe of Santa Ana and Blair Richard Hoppe of Corona del Mar exchanged vows at Community Church, Congregational in Corona del Mar on July 12. The bride is the daughter of Patricia and Gary Wescombe of Santa Ana. The bride wore an ivory duchess silk and satin gown by Vera Wang. The maid of honor was Natalie Griswold. The bridesmaids were: Lisa Hoshek, Joy Stephens, Melissa Powell, Jill Cooper, Brooke Smith, Nicole Wescombe and Erica Melby.
NEWS
November 20, 2003
Patrick Laverty All too often, Newport Harbor High's football team has been the hunted. Sailors Coach Jeff Brinkley often tells his team, they are the one game opponents circle on their schedules, hoping to knock off a school with a strong football tradition. Almost always the favorites, the Sailors finally get to reverse the tables Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs. The Sailors (7-3), fourth-place finishers in the Sea View League and an at-large entrant into the playoffs, will travel to Los Altos (10-0)
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August 9, 2013
The Newport Mesa softball 10-and-under and 14-and-under All-Star fastpitch teams had strong showings this season, each finishing second in their respective Amateur Softball Assn. District C tournament and qualifying for the ASA State C championship tournament. Prior to the district tournament, the U-10 All-Stars won the Fountain Valley tournament and placed second in the Capo Valley and Costa del Sol tournaments. Newport Mesa went on to lose to Los Altos in the district tournament title game.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 29, 2009
HACIENDA HEIGHTS — Midway through the season, Mitch Sands fired up the Corona del Mar High baseball team. More focused on individual at-bats than the team, the Sea Kings struggled because of it at the time. Coach John Emme called them out on it in early April. If the selfish play continued, kiss the playoffs goodbye for the second straight season. Just as much as teammates listened to Sands, Emme tuned into one of his few players with playoff experience. Sands reminded everyone of the program’s goal.
SPORTS
October 23, 2007
Back at Cerritos Community College in the early 1970s, Esperanza High football coach Bill Pendleton played tight end with Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley at quarterback. “He was the Joe Namath of Norwalk,” said Pendleton, after Brinkley’s Sailors lost to Esperanza, 28-7, Friday, unable to able to pull off a second straight Sunset League upset against the ranked Aztecs. Newport Harbor (5-2, 1-1 in league) just couldn’t move the ball against Esperanza (7-0, 2-0)
SPORTS
May 20, 2006
LOS ALTOS ? With a strong traveling crowd in tow, Costa Mesa High played some of its best volleyball of the season at the right time. The Mustangs rolled in the first game and held on to defeat Los Altos, 25-6, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, in a CIF Southern Section Division III boys' volleyball quarterfinal match Friday night. Costa Mesa, the No. 2 seed in Division III, moves on to Wednesday's semifinals against No. 3 seed Orange Lutheran. The site for the semifinal will be determined by coin flip today.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 17, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Edward "Mick" Miettinen began the chant from the song "Shout" during the second and third games, his Costa Mesa High boys' volleyball teammates on the bench echoing his singing. "Hey-ey-ey-ey..." It was a battle, but hey, getting to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III Playoffs was something for Costa Mesa to shout about. The Mustangs advanced past Warren in a three-game sweep, 25-15, 25-9, 25-21, at home on Tuesday night. Costa Mesa will play Los Altos in the quarterfinals Friday at a site to be determined by coin flip today.
NEWS
September 1, 2004
Rick Devereux The Newport Harbor High football team has been a steady ship in the sea of local programs. Coach Jeff Brinkley has averaged eight wins a season over 19 years with the Sailors (152-63-2), and he expects to continue that success in 2004. "The beauty of our offense is that we can feature players that make plays," he said. "We have had tight ends that have caught more than 50 balls a year. We have had wide receivers that have caught more than 50 balls in a year.
NEWS
January 13, 2004
Patrick Laverty After first-round losses in each of the past two seasons in the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs, Newport Harbor High football coach Jeff Brinkley decided the remedy should be a more difficult nonleague schedule. The Tars have finalized their schedule for the 2004 season by adding a season-opening game at Division I Fountain Valley and a Week 5 contest at Division III Mira Costa. The Barons replace Trabuco Hills, which split two meetings with the Sailors over the past two seasons, and the Mustangs take the spot on Harbor's schedule vacated by Paramount, which lost to the Tars in each of the last two seasons.
NEWS
November 27, 2003
Patrick Laverty The hush that came over the Newport Harbor High crowd every time junior wide receiver Spencer Link touched the ball told as much as any statistic. It was as if the Sailors crowd was saving up their energy for an ensuing roar, with the expectation that Link was about to do something special. He often did, turning short passes into long touchdowns and making near-impossible catches along the sidelines. His importance to the Newport Harbor team, the only Newport-Mesa school to make the CIF Southern Section playoffs, was actually magnified in the Sailors' first-round loss to Los Altos.
NEWS
November 27, 2003
Patrick Laverty Saami Khalifian admits he didn't know much about football when he decided to play the sport for the first time as a freshman at Newport Harbor High. But Khalifian knew exactly what he wanted to do. "I just told everyone, I want to be the one that hits the quarterback," Khalifian said. "They told me to play defensive line." He became a defensive end and as a starter for the Sailors this season hit the opposing quarterback plenty of times.
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