December 28, 2001
Steve Virgen ESTANCIA - To reach its seventh straight win, the Estancia High boys basketball team went to its bread and butter to gain a 59-49 quarterfinal victory over Notre Dame of Riverside in the 17th annual Estancia Coast Classic Thursday. The Eagles (9-4) depended on a full team effort, the biggest reason for their seven-game winning streak, to advance to today's semifinal against Villa Park at 6:25 p.m. "We're finally coming together offensively," said Estancia Coach Chris Sorce, whose Eagles have not lost since Dec. 12. "We have three or four guys who can score in double figures.
July 2, 2001
Richard Dunn When former Estancia High and Notre Dame football standout Vince Klees was informed of a newspaper reporter's desire to interview him for the Daily Pilot Sports Hall of Fame, he first had a simple request. "Will you please explain to my daughter what this phone call is about?" Klees said, before handing the phone to his youngest of three daughters, 15-year-old Gretchen, while his plea was granted. In these pages, of course, his name brings back tremendous memories of Estancia football and wrestling in the early 1970s, and, despite what the four women in his Geneva, Ill., household might think, Klees will always be considered one of the all-time great centers in Newport-Mesa School District football history.
May 20, 2001
Richard Dunn NORWALK - You'd expect it to come down to the last event, or at least an exciting showdown in a field event. But the CIF Southern Section Division III girls track and field team championship Saturday came down to misses in the high jump at Cerritos College. In claiming its second straight Division III title -- the third CIF girls team championship in school history -- Corona del Mar held on to beat Muir, 52-51, with Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks placing third (46)
March 15, 2001
BELMONT - The Vanguard University softball team won its 13th straight game Tuesday following a doubleheader sweep over host College of Notre Dame, 5-3, and 10-2. Cheri Smith went the distance in the opener, allowing only four hits and three runs. Andrea Saucedo's two-run triple help spark the Lions' four-run fifth inning. Vanguard (16-4) took advantage of six Argonauts errors and cruised to the win. Saucedo went 3 for 4 with three runs scored while Jill Ramsey and Rachael Rolle each added two hits and two runs scored.
December 30, 2000
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - The spirit that flowed through each player wasn't about a "consolation semifinal" and the enthusiasm from beginning to end on both benches would never lead you to believe it was the loser's bracket. But it was all about believing Friday afternoon for Corona del Mar High's boys basketball team in the Coast Holiday Classic at Estancia, where you could feel the pain of winless Notre Dame of Riverside and perhaps shed a joyful tear for the Sea Kings, who rallied from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to beat Notre Dame in a must-see finish, 61-59, and celebrated like it was a New Year's Eve party.
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.
February 23, 2000
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - The Corona del Mar High boys basketball team rode its thoroughbred in the fourth quarter, but it was a plow horse which got the Sea Kings to the stretch. CdM senior Joel Templeton, a 6-foot-7 center, scored 12 of his career-high 17 points in the first half and also turned visiting Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks away repeatedly at the defensive end. But, even with Templeton's talents, which included eight rebounds and three blocked shots, CdM was down, 49-43, with 6:59 remaining in Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division III-AA quarterfinal at Estancia High.
February 22, 2000
Barry Faulkner COSTA MESA - It took just three days to emilinate 20 of the 28 schools which qualified for the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA boys basketball playoffs. Among the elite eight are third-seeded Corona del Mar (21-6) and Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks (22-6), who square off tonight at 7:30 in a quarterfinal at Estancia High. They were expected to be here, from the start. The team there at the finish tonight will need to play one of its better games, according to CdM Coach Paul Orris.
February 21, 2000
Corona del Mar High's boys basketball was the winner Sunday in a coin flip for home court advantage in Tuesday night's CIF Division III-AA quarterfinals game with Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, and although the game will be at a neutral site (Estancia High), it's hardly neutral for Corona del Mar, which has considered Estancia its home-away-from-home for some time now. Newport Harbor (18-8), meanwhile, lost its coin flip and will have to travel to Brea Olinda (21-6)
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.