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December 4, 2007
Michael Jae Woo Im, a senior at Sunny Hills High, has signed a national letter of intent to compete for the UC Irvine men’s golf program, Anteaters Coach Paul Smolinski announced Monday. Im is currently No. 22 nationally No. 4 in California in the American Junior Golf Association Polo Junior Rankings. He won the AJGA CORE Realty Holdings Junior tournament at Old Ranch Country Club last summer and was second in the 2007 TEE UP Junior Challenge and ReBath Heather Farr Classic.
By Mark Ratto | July 5, 2008
Could this be the year? The Santa Ana Country Club will be entering the ninth annual Jones Cup looking for its first win in tournament history. Past Jones Cup tournaments have seen the battle for the top spot usually ending with a Big Canyon Country Club victory. The club near Fashion Island in Newport Beach has won the Jones Cup five times. But this year’s very talented group out of Santa Ana Country Club will try to change all that on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Newport Beach Country Club.
August 23, 2007
The Newport Beach Country Club will have an intriguing man in the mix when it aims for its first Jones Cup since 2004 on Sept. 6 at Big Canyon Country Club. The NBCC men’s representative in the squad of five will be Haesung Lee, who finished third in the club men’s championship. Lee will be playing in place of men’s champ Eric Vallely, who will be out of town. Brian Linley, the NBCC men’s runner-up, was also asked but he won’t be able to make it. Enter Lee. He will join head pro Paul Hahn, Richard Ortega, Debbie Fleming, and Ron Ramsey as they go up against Big Canyon, defending champion Mesa Verde and Santa Ana country clubs.
October 17, 2007
The 431 student-athletes who earned letters in 22 sports at Orange Coast College during the 2006-07 school year recorded a combined grade-point average of 2.83. Pirates athletes in 12 men’s sports and 10 women’s sports helped the school win the Pepsi Cup, awarded to the top athletic program in the state by the Commission on Athletics and the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. OCC won state titles in women’s volleyball, women’s cross country and men’s swimming and diving.
April 15, 2008
UC Irvine student-athletes have earned 2008 Winter Academic All-Big West Conference honors. The 19 Anteaters recognized are spearheaded by the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, including men’s representatives Eddie Erazo, Blaine Fletcher, Danny Giometti, Brian Johnson, David Lefstein, Cina Moheimani, Eric Nugent, Nate Rogers and Walid Wasfy, as well as women’s team members Sarah Deyoreo, Kelly Janicki; Avi...
August 15, 2008
BEIJING, China — Kevin Hansen, a Corona del Mar High product, helped the steadfast U.S. men’s volleyball team win in the return of its head coach Hugh McCutcheon this morning in China. McCutcheon missed three matches with the team following an attack on his in-laws, who were visiting a popular Beijing tourist site. Assistant Ron Larsen was interim head coach in McCutcheon’s absence, and John Speraw, the UC Irvine men’s volleyball coach, remained the lone assistant.
July 23, 2008
LINZ, Austria — A.J. Brooks and J.P. Hogan, both Newport Harbor High students, finished second in their heat to qualify for the quarterfinals of the Junior Rowing World Championships Wednesday in Linz, Austria. Brooks and Hogan, representing the U.S. in the junior men’s pair, followed Greece and finished ahead of Serbia. The junior men’s pair featured 25 nations. The teams were divided into six heats with the three boats in each heat, plus the next fastest time, advancing to today’s quarterfinals.
August 18, 2008
BEIJING — Former UC Irvine All-American Jeff Powers scored two goals as the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team defeated Germany, 8-7, Monday in China to advance to the medal round for the first time since 1992. Ryan Bailey and Tim Hutten, two other previous UCI All-Americans, scored one goal each as Team USA won Group B with a 4-1 record. The U.S. earned a bye into the semifinals and will face the winner of the Spain-Serbia quarterfinal. The U.S. men’s water polo team is scheduled to play its semifinal Friday at 7:40 p.m. in Beijing (2 a.m., PST)
November 8, 2007
In support of the UC Irvine Masters Golf Invitational to be held this Monday at El Niguel Country Club, Mark O’Meara has generously donated the opportunity for a foursome to join him for a day of golf at The Madison Club in La Quinta, Calif. A live auction for this unique item will be conducted during the dinner portion of Monday’s event which supports the UCI men’s and women’s golf programs, and UCI’s Department of Education. O’Meara earned 16 PGA Tour victories, including The Masters and the British Open, both in 1998.
May 3, 2014
Cody Caldwell, a former Newport Harbor High star, led Loyola Chicago to its first NCAA Division I men's volleyball national title, earning the tournament MVP after the junior outside hitter finished with 20 kills and 10 digs in the host Ramblers' 25-17, 19-25, 25-19, 25-15 win against Stanford on Saturday at Gentile Arena. In the opening set, Caldwell produced nine kills and top-seeded Loyola (29-1) hit a blistering .696. Third-seeded Stanford (24-9) featured junior Spencer Haly, a former Corona del Mar High standout.
May 1, 2014
UC Irvine junior libero Michael Brinkley and senior middle blocker Scott Kevorken have been named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Brinkley was named first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. He becomes the third Anteater to earn first-team accolades twice in a career, joining Carson Clark (2010, 2012) and Kevin Tillie (2012, 2013). The libero averaged 2.52 digs per set and recorded double-figure digs 13 times this season, including a season-high 18 in a three-set win over Long Beach State on March 28. Brinkley, the only UCI player to play in every set this year, ranks second all-time in UCI digs.
By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Mariners Elementary students greeted UC Irvine basketball players Wednesday afternoon with about as much fanfare as one might expect if a teenage pop sensation visited the Newport Beach campus. The students clamored around the college athletes for their chance at an autograph and, if they were lucky, a selfie with one of the basketball players. Six men and women from UCI's basketball programs visited the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes at the Newport Beach elementary school to talk about sports and the importance of earning a degree.
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 29, 2014
All it takes is one look at Thomas Castets for people to arrive at a conclusion - he must have a girlfriend. The sun-kissed surfer is then forced to drop somewhat of a bomb on them. "People just assume I'm straight," Castets, 36, said. "So every time I meet someone I have to disappoint them by saying, 'Actually, I'm not straight. I have a boyfriend.' We need to make this less of a drama, less of a surprise and less of something that is rare. " This shock factor is painfully evident among surfers, the Frenchman remarked.
By Mona Shadia | April 23, 2014
The Festival of Children Foundation and Team Kids are busy with their Letters from Home program, an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for most letters written to U.S. military personnel in a one-month period. The two nonprofit organizations teamed up for Global Youth Service Day on April 12 at South Coast Plaza in an effort to collect 10,001 letters by May 12. The campaign is a group effort, according to Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of the Festival of Children Foundation, which raises money for children's charities.
April 15, 2014
Orange Coast College earned a bye into the semifinals of the California Community College Athletic Assn. men's volleyball state championship tournament at Santiago Canyon Community College in Orange. The tournament begins with quarterfinals on Friday, with the winner of the Irvine Valley-Long Beach matchup advancing to meet the Pirates (18-1) in the semifinals on April 23 at 8 p.m. The Pirates, who shared the Pacific Coast Conference crown with Grossmont, but earned a top seed by virtue of winning more games against the Griffins, are bidding for the program's third state title, the first since 1994.
April 9, 2014
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Irvine Valley The host Pirates clinched at least a share of the Pacific Coast Conference title and assured themselves of being the conference's No. 1 postseason representative with a 25-19, 27-25, 25-21 triumph on Wednesday. Earning the conference's No. 1 playoff seeding propels OCC (17-1, 10-1 in conference) directly into the State Final Four that begins April 23 at Santiago Canyon College. OCC owns the tiebreaker advantage with PCC co-leader Grossmont, based on games won in the two matches the teams split.
By Barry Faulkner | April 2, 2014
One more time they packed The Pit on Wednesday to recognize a pair of noteworthy Vanguard University basketball teams. About 300 students, faculty, staff, fans and community members filed into the cozy campus gymnasium to pay tribute to the Vanguard men's team that won the program's first NAIA Division I national championship, as well as the Lions' women's team, which was ranked No. 1 all season. The men's program's most successful season ever included Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles and an unprecedented 32-6 record.
March 22, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Vanguard University is no longer just a women's basketball power. The Costa Mesa school's men's team defeated defending NAIA champion Georgetown of Kentucky, 93-85, on Friday to reach the NAIA Division I Final Four. The Lions (30-6) will meet St. Gregory's of Oklahoma (24-9) in the semifinals on Monday at 2 p.m. PT at Municipal Auditorium. No. 6-seeded Vanguard had not advanced past the second round in its two previous NAIA Tournament appearances. But Coach Rhett Soliday's squad, which claimed the Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships, has won seven in a row, including three straight in Kansas City, and is the highest seeded team remaining in the 32-team tournament.
March 21, 2014
Vanguard University Pregame Vs. Georgetown of Kentucky Saturday at 2 p.m. PT The Vanguard University men's basketball team is in uncharted territory when it faces Georgetown of Kentucky in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The No. 6-seeded Lions (29-6) set a school single-season record for wins by topping Benedictine of Kansas, 81-70, in Friday's second round. Vanguard had never gone further than the second round and had not won an NAIA Tournament game since 1990 until this week.
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