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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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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 15, 2014
Agustin Heredia is back on the bench as the coach of the Estancia High boys' basketball team. He took last season off for personal reasons. Before the Eagles opened Orange Coast League play, Heredia joked that he should've stayed away another year. You wouldn't blame him. His team went into Wednesday's matchup at rival Costa Mesa with six straight losses. To top things off, Costa Mesa has its best team Heredia said he has seen or coached against. Right away, he saw his Eagles fall behind, by as many as 14 points.
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By Matt Szabo | January 14, 2014
Crazy things tend to happen when Estancia High visits Costa Mesa in girls' basketball. The Eagles barely earned one-point wins each of the past two seasons in the Mustangs' gym. And on Tuesday night in the Orange Coast League opener for both teams, Estancia nearly came back from a 12-point deficit with three minutes left. This time, the Mustangs finally had an answer. Her name was Aubriona Mathis. The junior scored a season-high 18 points and also stepped up defensively, helping Costa Mesa earn a 67-64 victory in the first Battle for the Bell game.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | January 14, 2014
Brandi White seems to keep spraining her ankle on the soccer field. She has tweaked it three times this season. The last time was two days before Estancia High returned from the holiday break. She went down during an alumni match on Jan. 4. Coach Jessica Perry tried to keep her talented sophomore off her feet during the last 10 days. Perry let White return to action on Tuesday. White ended up helping the Eagles get off on the right foot in Orange Coast League play. She used the foot that's right to produce two goals, lifting the Eagles to a 2-0 victory against rival Costa Mesa at Jim Scott Stadium.
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