November 5, 2013
On Tuesday night, three days before Costa Mesa High tries to wrap up an outright Orange Coast League title, almost half the team spent it inside a computer classroom. The 18 players focused on schoolwork, not their next opponent. Frank Albers, one of the team's assistant coaches, sat in the room. He volunteers his time to make sure the players are doing their homework or making up missed assignments. He remembers a time five years ago, when the Mustangs finished perfect in league.
March 23, 2007
COSTA MESA — As the victorious Estancia High boys' tennis team left Thursday's Orange Coast League opener at Costa Mesa High, the Mustangs yelled. But not at the Eagles. They yelled to keep count. "One! Two! Three!" The Costa Mesa players were running sprints, back and forth along the width of the court. They had to do 140 of them, 10 for each set lost after Estancia's 14-4 win. It's a rule Costa Mesa Coach Sean Lance instituted earlier this season when the Mustangs had several members missing practice.
September 8, 2006
GARDEN GROVE — A fourth coach in four years meant the Costa Mesa High football team would spend the early part of the season learning. School continued to be in session Thursday. The location of class was Bolsa Grande High and Rancho Alamitos was doing the teaching. But Costa Mesa also added in some home schooling in learning from its own mistakes. The score was 42-12, the grade was 'L' and the Mustangs dropped to 0-2 on the year as a result of the nonleague contest, Rancho Alamitos' first game of the season.
May 18, 2010
Nichole Maddox joked that she didn't know what she was getting herself into when she took over the Costa Mesa High softball team. Maddox held the title of girls' basketball coach in the winter. After a successful first season in which the Mustangs reached the playoffs, it was time to go outdoors and lead a new team. Maddox coached two sports before, never believing it would happen again. Maddox is happy she's busy again. Costa Mesa is the lone Newport-Mesa softball program in the playoffs.
March 26, 2005
Rick Devereux "The monkey is finally off our backs," said Costa Mesa High boys volleyball coach Dave Sorrells after the Mustangs knocked off Ocean View, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19, Friday in a Golden West League match. Costa Mesa had never beaten the Seahawks during the five years Sorrells has been coach. "I'm so proud of the energy we played with," Sorrells said. "We won because of our emotion. But, at times, our emotions made have unforced errors."
September 19, 2003
Patrick Laverty Statistically, there wasn't much difference between Costa Mesa High's season-opening loss to Corona del Mar and its Week 2 victory over Huntington Beach. Emotionally, it was night and day. The Mustangs gave themselves a huge boost with one game remaining before the beginning of Golden West League play by scoring 30 consecutive points Thursday to knock off the Oilers, 33-16, in a nonleague football game at Huntington Beach High.