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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 13, 2013
From the sound of things in the locker room, Coach Justin Taylor figured his Costa Mesa High boys' water team was ready for revenge. The Mustangs were about to play host to Temecula Chaparral in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs again. Last year's match went to Chaparral. And it turned out to be close, a four-goal game. Going into Tuesday night's contest, Taylor believed his Mustangs had a better shot at beating Chaparral. He still felt that way, even after Chaparral won, 16-4, to advance to the first round.
November 12, 2013
COSTA MESA •Heading into the crucial, final two weeks of the Orange Coast League season, Costa Mesa High Coach Wally Grant saw something in his defense that had been building since injuries took their toll on the Mustangs earlier in the season. With the return of several key starters to the fold, the Costa Mesa defense played a key role in recent games against Calvary Chapel and Laguna Beach. Those two game performances, both important victories, helped the Mustangs close out a 5-0 league season that ended with a league championship.
By Steve Virgen | November 11, 2013
During the Costa Mesa High football team's six-game win streak much of the talk has been about senior running back/linebacker Oronde Crenshaw and senior receiver/defensive back Quinton Bell, and deservedly so. But another senior has also provided a big boost and he showed that Friday night when the Mustangs completed an undefeated run in the Orange Coast League. Quarterback Oliver Ferris had his most productive game of the season as he threw for 237 yards and one touchdown and completed nine of his 11 passes in Costa Mesa's 56-30 win at Laguna Beach.
By Mike Sciacca | November 8, 2013
LAGUNA BEACH - The Costa Mesa High Mustangs ventured to Guyer Field Friday with a single goal in mind - to win an outright Orange Coast League football championship. Blending a determined focus with a quick start that overwhelmed Laguna Beach, the Mustangs accomplished their mission. Costa Mesa can call itself the 2013 OCL champion. The Mustangs captured their first league title in five years by running past the Breakers, 56-30. The triumph is the sixth straight win for Costa Mesa, which finished league play with a perfect, 5-0 mark.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | 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.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 30, 2013
Toward the end of the third period, Costa Mesa High lost its coach. With a four-goal lead, the boys' water polo team didn't need Justin Taylor to stick around on Wednesday. Tim Postiff, an assistant, took over after Taylor left for a meeting for new teachers. The Mustangs were on their way to staying undefeated in Orange Coast League play. At home, the Mustangs defeated Sage Hill, 12-7, and improved to 4-0 in league. They pretty much eliminated the Lightning from earning one of the league's three guaranteed berths into the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs.
October 22, 2013
COSTA MESA •Costa Mesa put on an offensive explosion in Friday night's 64-39 Orange Coast League win over Godinez. The Mustangs' 64 points were second in program history by a single point. They beat Laguna Beach, 65-19, in 1992. Things seem to be coming together at the right time for Mesa (4-3, 2-0 in league). Coach Wally Grant said Tuesday that his team is as its healthy as it has been in two months, since the Mustangs' scrimmage against Duarte. "Now that we're healthy, we're starting to do some things that I expected from us all year long," Grant said.
By Matt Szabo | October 18, 2013
They had much different roles, but it was easy to know two of the most busy players on offense for the Costa Mesa High football team Friday night at Jim Scott Stadium. One of them was senior tailback Oronde Crenshaw, who had a career-high six rushing touchdowns. The other was sophomore kicker Cameron Curet, who was called on eight different times to convert the point-after touchdown and made each one. Costa Mesa used its high-powered attack to beat Godinez, 64-39, in an Orange Coast League game.
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