February 10, 2011
USC quarterback Matt Barkley will be a featured speaker at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Night of Champions Friday night, 6 to 9:30, at Mariners Church in Irvine. Barkley, as well as pro surfer Jodie Nelson and UCLA football player Wade Yandall will speak at the event that targets youth. The night will also include live music and comedy. Admission is free at the church's campus and youth center, located at 5001 Newport Coast Drive. Free In N Out Burger will be provided 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.
October 6, 2003
The Newport-Mesa Jr. All-American Football Junior Midget Seahawks (ages 12-13) remained undefeated with a 40-14 victory over the host Compton Titans Sept. 27. Jacob Gildart returned the opening kickoff 81 yards for the first of six Seahawk touchdowns. On the Titans' first offensive play, Seahawk end Brett Hanrahan returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Matt Barkley then completed a pass to cousin Robbie Boyer for the two-point conversion.
January 28, 2008
Seven local high school athletes were named to their respective All-Southern California Football Coaches Assn. teams, formerly All-CIF Southern Section Division honors. Seniors Connor McKendry (Estancia), Cody De La Mater (Costa Mesa), and Erik Rask (Corona del Mar) claimed honors in the Southern Division. Nick Witte and Jamie McGee of Sage Hill were both named to the Northeast Division team. Robbie Boyer and Matt Barkley, Newport Beach residents who attend Mater Dei, both took Pac-5 Division honors.
November 20, 2003
The Newport-Mesa Jr. Midget Seahawks continued the Jr. All-American Football playoffs with a 38-0 victory over the Mona Park Pathfinders to continue their undefeated season. Robbie Boyer returned a Pathfinder punt 25 yards to set up the Seahawks' first offensive drive. Quarterback Matt Barkley found Jacob Gildart for a 40-yard touchdown. Gildart later added a 55-yard rushing TD with blocking from Matt Garza, Erik Rask, Boyer, Justin Elbourn, Corbin McNutt, Kevin Morgenstern, Frankie Russo, Max Stiegler and Steven Deverian.
September 27, 2002
With a defense that allowed only two first downs and an opportunistic offense, the Pee Wee Seahawks (10-12-year-olds) beat the visiting Corona Panthers, 36-0, Saturday. Linebackers Patrick Marin-Finn, Garrett Amoroso and Woody Yokoyama consistently tackled Corona runners for negative yards. The offense was spearheaded by running backs Austin Raiger, Travis Sorensen and Carlo Valdez, who all combined for four touchdowns. Quarterback Jordan Lusk led the team to a touchdown on their first drive as quarterback Matt Barkley threw his second TD in as many games to cousin Robbie Boyer.
November 28, 2003
The Newport-Mesa Jr. Midget Seahawks (12-13-year-olds) overcame 27 unanswered points by the Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs Saints to earn a 29-27 victory in the Jr. All-American Football championship game Saturday.Matt Barkley's 34-yard field goal with 36 seconds remaining gave the Seahawks (10-0) the victory. Seahawk safety Carlo Valdes made an open-field tackle of Norwalk running back Melvin Richardson at the Newport 15-yard line as time expired. With the win the Seahawks earned the right to play the South County Patriots in the Orange County Junior All-American Super Bowl this Saturday at Rowland Heights High.
October 23, 2003
The Newport-Mesa Jr. Midget (11-13-year-olds) Seahawks fell behind early, but came back to earn a 21-14 victory over the visiting Woodcrest Generals Oct. 11 in Jr. All-American Football action. Woodcrest took a 6-0, but the Seahawks responded with 14 straight points. Quarterback Matt Barkley threw complete to Carlo Valdes for a 29-yard gain to the Generals' 2-yard line, setting up Jacob Gildart's touchdown run for the first Seahawk score. The Seahawks stopped the Generals offense with strong play from J.P. Gormly, Tyler Harmon, John Heard, James Burger, Hunter Alder, Taylor McSunas, Richard Townsend, Kevin Rask and Evan Livadas.
October 10, 2002
A clutch stop by the Newport Mesa Jr. Midget Seahawks (11-13-year-olds) on fourth down at the Carson Colts' 45-yard line with only three seconds left allowed the Seahawk offense another chance to win the All-American Football game and the Seahawks came through. Quarterback Taylor Sepulveda launched a deep pass to Jacob Gildart, who broke two tackles on his way to the game-winning 45-yard touchdown reception as time expired in the Seahawks' 20-14 win over the Colts in a rematch of last season's Super Bowl.
August 28, 2012
The long and painful drought for college football fans ends this weekend. For many local residents it marks the return of their beloved alma mater, the University of Southern California, from the wasteland of limited scholarships and no bowl appearances to the top spot in many national polls. When my client Coach June Jones led the University of Hawaii Warriors to a record as the nation's only undefeated Division I program, they still would have been underdogs in a matchup with the Trojans.