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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 18, 2014
The Battle for the Bell baseball opener went eight innings, and the usual team won yet again. It wasn't the usual dominating effort turned in by Estancia High. Costa Mesa appears to have closed the gap in the rivalry. Extra innings decided the outcome at Costa Mesa on Tuesday. A two-out error and a two-out single proved to be the difference in the Eagles taking the opener in this week's three-game Orange Coast League series against the Mustangs, 6-5. "It's huge for us," Estancia Coach Nate Goellrich said of opening league with a victory.
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March 14, 2014
BOYS' TENNIS Newport Harbor 17, Costa Mesa 1 Seniors Garrett Hall and Peirce Ward won both their doubles sets for the Sailors in Thursday's nonleague match at home. Eddie Nolan and Cole Chapin also went two for two in doubles for the Sailors (4-0). Newport Harbor plays Crean Lutheran on Friday at Costa Mesa Tennis Center. — Sage Hill 10, Mater Dei 8 Adam Langevin and Kenan Torlic swept in singles for the Lightning in Thursday's nonleague match at The Tennis Club Newport Beach.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 14, 2014
ANAHEIM - This was not the kind of history UC Irvine had in mind. But for the first time in 39 Big West Conference men's basketball tournaments, the Anteaters became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 7 seed. The 61-58 setback to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ended the Anteaters' hopes of making their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UCI (23-11), will instead compete in the National Invitational Tournament for the first time since 2002. Information on UCI's NIT pairing will be available Sunday or Monday, a UCI athletic department spokesperson said.
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By Matt Szabo | February 20, 2014
Members of the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team tied a program record this year with 19 wins. They also won the Battle of the Bell series against cross-town rival Estancia for the third straight year. What they weren't able to do prior to Wednesday night's CIF Southern Section Division 4AA first-round playoff game, though, was grow several inches each. Visiting Harvard-Westlake had a size advantage, and the No. 8-seeded Wolverines exploited it on their way to a 64-48 victory that ended Costa Mesa's season.
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By Matt Szabo | February 18, 2014
Costa Mesa High girls' water polo coach Tim Postiff and senior Devon Christensen both used the word "youth" after the game. The Mustangs' youth provides hope for the future, but it also was their undoing Tuesday evening in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 wild-card game. Visiting Woodbridge jumped out to an early lead and posted a 16-4 victory at Costa Mesa High, ending Costa Mesa's season. Sophomore Shawna Kedzie paced the Warriors (13-10) with five goals, all in the first half.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 5, 2014
As a Costa Mesa High player, Mike Molina won the Battle for the Bell boys' basketball rivalry three times in four seasons. He can now say he has led the Mustangs past their cross-town nemesis as their head coach. Beating Estancia as a player and a coach is all the same to Molina, it means a lot. He grew up in Costa Mesa, playing basketball since he was 6 years old. Seventeen years later, in his debut season in charge, Molina's Mustangs showed they are the city's best team after thumping host Estancia, 68-52, in an Orange Coast League game on Wednesday night.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 4, 2014
SANTA CLARITA - The riddle of how to defeat the Vanguard University women's basketball team added another degree of difficulty Tuesday as the visiting Lions defeated The Master's College, 99-89. The top-ranked Lions (18-0, 7-0 in conference) opened a two-game lead after the first round of conference play by dropping the No. 9-ranked Mustangs to 17-4, 5-2, behind a career-high 30 points from 6-foot-3 senior center Leigha Bednar. Bednar, making her eighth start of the season, had scored 70 points in her first 16 games, for an average of 4.4 per contest.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 29, 2014
LAGUNA BEACH - The last time the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team beat Laguna Beach, Mike Molina played in the game. Seven seasons later, he is back with the Mustangs and facing the Breakers. He no longer takes shots for the team. He now calls the shots as Costa Mesa's coach. As a 23-year-old, Molina has made a lot of strides for a first-year coach. His alma mater just cannot seem to defeat the Breakers, even with him in charge of Costa Mesa. The Mustangs traveled to Laguna Beach and suffered their worst setback of the season, losing the Orange Coast League game, 81-53, on Wednesday.
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By Matt Szabo | January 15, 2014
Costa Mesa High junior Lauren Smith likes to be a team player in girls' water polo, setting up her teammates. When needed, though, she definitely can take matters into her own hands. When the ball left Smith's hand on Wednesday, it usually went right into the back of the net. She scored a career-high nine goals to help the Mustangs breeze past Estancia, 14-4, in the Battle for the Bell game at Costa Mesa High. Costa Mesa has never lost the bell game to Estancia in girls' water polo.
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