November 10, 1999
It is interesting to note that one pro football coach who is notching high marks in the big circuit has a past harbor area connect. His name is Jim Mora, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. One high note arose recently when his Colts thumped the Dallas Cowboys in their Indiana back yard. After a pleasant scholarly turn through Occidental College many years ago, Mora chose to find a home in Costa Mesa out on the west side toward Santa Ana. Two of his close pals at Occidental were Glenn Thomas, Harbor High graduate of '55, and Jack Kemp, who advanced to quarterback the San Diego Chargers, before moving on to the political scene.
November 18, 2010
Newport Harbor vs. Alemany When/where: Tonight, 7:30 at Alemany High of Mission Hills Key Sailors: Jr. RB Buzzy Yokoyama (143 carries for 1,097 yards and 11 TDs); Sr. QB Austin Rios (913 yards and seven TDs); Sr. Parker Norton (53 catches for 485 yards and five TDs) Key Warriors: Sr. QB Vernon Davis; Jr. DB Deron Smith, Sr. K Martin Meza Breakdown: Newport Harbor (6-4) is making its second straight CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division first-round playoff appearance … The Sailors face fourth-seeded Alemany (10-0)
November 21, 2004
ROGER CARLSON Lying flat on his back and virtually helpless with future NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page smothering him, Craig Fertig could only hear what was happening as he and a receiver named Rod Sherman were immortalized in USC football history that Nov. afternoon in 1964 -- 40 years ago, yet still one of the most vivid memories in the university's annals. "It did, it changed my life," said Fertig, a 62-year-old football coach at Estancia High of his touchdown pass with 1:33 left in the game as Sherman caught it at the 3-yard line and twisted into the end zone.
September 23, 2005
Thurston Middle School was alive with excitement Wednesday when Rudy Ruettiger, the inspiration behind the 1993 film "Rudy," came to speak. The gymnasium was filled to capacity with students chanting his name, stomping their feet and cheering with excitement. As a kid, Ruettiger dreamed of playing football, but he was small, topping out at 5 feet 6 and 165 pounds in college. Ruettiger was the third child of 14, growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Joliet, Ill. His dream was to attend Notre Dame and play for the Fighting Irish.
November 20, 2007
After Newport Harbor High defeated host Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, 7-3, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division football playoffs, Sailors junior cornerback Danny Miller stood on the turf with a cell phone to his ear and a smile on his face. He was talking to junior linebacker Nick Svendsen who was confined to his bed after undergoing knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Svendsen sustained the injury in an Oct. 12 Sunset League game against Fountain Valley, but didn’t have surgery until the day before the Notre Dame game, Miller said.
June 4, 2004
UC Irvine junior Brett Smith, who will throw the first pitch in the school's NCAA Division I postseason history today, couldn't help but find the irony in the site of the 4 p.m. regional opener against Arizona. "The tradition there is almost overwhelming," Smith said of the Notre Dame campus that will host the four-team regional that continues through Sunday. "Especially when you compare it to our little niche here in Orange County." The UCI tradition was forged in the early 1970s when the Anteaters won NCAA Division II College World Series titles in 1973 and '74. Recent history has been less eventful as the Anteaters went 10 seasons without a baseball program, before reinventing themselves three seasons and one monumental recruiting class ago. "For some guys, it took a lot of courage to come to UC Irvine," said Coach John Savage, who came to UCI after gaining renown as a pitching coach at USC and Nevada.
May 23, 2004
ROGER CARLSON As a prep in Athens, Ohio, he was the team leader and quarterback. As a freshman at Notre Dame, he was on the roster, but didn't play and the football career of Dick Coury was at an end. Well, sort of. No longer the player, he became The Coach. When Orange County coaching legends are considered there aren't many who can put up the numbers which Coury and his Santa Ana-based Mater Dei High Monarchs of 1957-65 produced. These were the Friday Night showcase events which lit up the sports pages.
October 16, 2005
Orange Coast football vs. El Camino gamerPirates lead, 26-14, until unbeaten Warriors score 22 points in less than five minutes of fourth quarter to escape with a victory.COSTA MESA -- Orange Coast College football coach Mike Taylor and Notre Dame head man Charlie Weis operate at opposite ends of the college football spectrum. But, Saturday, they landed in the same boat. Both Taylor and Weis saw their teams, coming off a bye week, execute at a high level and compete with valor in an attempt to upset a highly ranked opponent.
July 12, 2005
ROGER CARLSON At what instant is it that one becomes a lifelong fan of the Dodgers or Angels, or in this case, the USC Trojans' football team? For myself it came at the age of 9 when my brother let me know the Trojans would be on the radio in the Rose Bowl against Alabama on New Year's Day in 1946. Our eyes were glued to the dial and you could hear a pin drop as we listened, alas to no avail, as the Tide rolled, 34-14, snapping USC's undefeated streak in the Rose Bowl for a span of eight games.
October 16, 2000
Richard Dunn In a career filled with glamour and tragedy, Estancia High's Steve Kraiss is lucky to walk and talk about it. An outstanding multiple-sport athlete with size and touch, Kraiss experienced the depths of sorrow and thrills of victory. A two-way varsity football starter at fullback and defensive end as a sophomore for Estancia Coach Ed Blanton in 1979, Kraiss entered his junior year as the Eagles' captain and inside linebacker with All-CIF Southern Section potential.