November 27, 2012
James (Jim) Kirkpatrick II from Newport Beach passed away peacefully at home on November 16th, 2012 at the age of 87. Jim was born April 23rd, 1925 in Norfolk, Virginia. He graduated from Fishburne Military Academy before earning his Bachelor's of Science degree from the US Naval Academy in 1947. Jim had a distinguished 25-year naval career rising to the rank of Commander. After earning his wings at flight school, Jim served as a naval aviator and...
August 25, 2009
Local sailor honored Costa Mesa resident Michael Segerblom has been recognized by the Intercollegiate Sailing Assn. for outstanding service. Segerblom recently received the Graham Hall award, which recognizes organizers, administrators, advisors or coaches who have served the best interests of college sailing at the club/team, conference or national level. Segerblom, a 1986 graduate of USC, was an ICSA All-American in 1985 and captain of the school’s sailing team.
May 13, 2009
Behind closed doors last year, judges decided Newport Harbor High’s fate in the water. In competition, the Sailors won the Interscholastic Sailing Assn. High School National Double-Handed Championship Mallory Trophy in Annapolis, Md. Outside of the water, one team filed a protest, ruining Newport Harbor’s back-to-back bid. The Sailors returned to the national stage last weekend. This time no one disputed their dominance. Newport Harbor scored 205 points and won, finishing 70 points better than the nearest competitor, San Diego Cathedral Catholic, during the two-day event held on Tampa Bay in Florida.
November 28, 2008
For many, Thanksgiving is time off with family. It is for Naval Academy students too, but for some, it’s also time to spread the word. A special program called “Operation Information,” or “Op-Info” for short, gives students of the United States Naval Academy — called midshipmen — a longer Thanksgiving break if they agree to talk to high school students about their experiences in Annapolis, Md. As part...
June 24, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — While most recent high school graduates are thinking about the next three months, planning farewell parties and picking freshman-year roommates, Jonathan Hange and Kyle McGhie are getting started on the next 10 years of their lives. Both are 18, both graduated Thursday from high schools in Newport Beach, and both are about to begin careers that could eventually put them in leadership positions in the U.S. military. "I got interested in it really young," said McGhie, who will be inducted Wednesday at the U.S. Naval Academy.
June 2, 2007
SAILING National championship ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At the 2007 Intercollegiate Sailing Association/Gill Co-ed National Championship, UC Irvine finished in fourth place. The championship, which concluded Friday, took place on the Severn River at the U.S. Naval Academy. The 18-school competition was won by the College of Charleston with 225 points through a total of 36 races. Yale and UCI tied for third with 237 points each, but Yale was awarded third place due to a tie-breaker.
July 3, 2005
Elia Powers For brothers Andy and Joey Snelgrove, milestones seem to come in pairs. Four years ago, Joey Snelgrove graduated from Newport Harbor High School and Andy Snelgrove earned his degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Fast forward to May. Joey Snelgrove, 22, received his diploma from the U.S. Naval Academy, just as Andy Snelgrove was finishing his stint in the Army. Dressed in full military regalia, Andy Snelgrove flew from Germany, where he had been stationed, to his younger brother's ceremony in Annapolis, Md. Andy Snelgrove, an Army captain, pinned a shoulder board on Joey Snelgrove's jacket, signifying his earning the rank of ensign.
June 30, 2004
Tyler J. Blackney, son of Diane and Gary D. Blackney of Newport Beach, recently participated in the U.S. Naval Academy's weeklong summer seminar program in Annapolis, Md. Blackney, a student at Newport Harbor High School, was introduced to academy life through a regimen of academics, physical training, intramural sports, sailing, leadership training and social activities ... Navy Petty Officer First Class William R....
February 23, 2004
Steve Virgen Sometimes when he thinks of the past and becomes teary-eyed, he will put his hands together, tilt his head upward and say a prayer of thanks for life. More than once, Lefteris Lavrakas has come dangerously close to death. During his 31 years of service in the United States Navy, the majority as a captain, the man they call, "Lefty," battled fate everyday. He saw many of his friends die in World War II. Such was the life he chose when he entered the Naval Academy in 1939 and left his dreams of baseball behind in Watertown, Mass.