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By Dominic Perrone | February 2, 2007
NEWPORT COAST — After playing as if they had forgotten, the Sage Hill School boys' basketball players were reminded at halftime by Coach Steve Keith and his staff about the importance of Thursday's game. The Lightning left the locker room with thoughts of the playoffs riding on the outcome. While the situation was not that dire, a 38-point second half led to a 63-44 Academy League victory over Whitney. A win in either of the Lightning's final two league games will clinch third place and an automatic berth in the CIF Southern Section IV-AA playoffs.
By Barry Faulkner | November 14, 2008
NEWPORT BEACH — This Corona del Mar High football team has scored the most regular-season points of any in the program’s 47-year varsity history. And, with Friday’s 20-10 Pacific Coast League triumph over Beckman at Newport Harbor High, the Sea Kings’ eight wins are the most in a regular season since the 1988 CdM squad went on to finish 12-0-2 and claim a CIF Southern Section Division IV championship. Now, as they enter the CIF Southern Division playoffs, potentially as a top-four seed, the CdM players and coaches hope all that amounts to more than footnotes and banquet chatter.
By Dominic Perrone | August 30, 2006
Tom Monarch began thinking about the 2006 Sage Hill School football season back in 2003. As the coach of a CIF Southern Section Division XIII school (renamed this year to the Northeast Division), looking ahead and preparedness take on new meaning. With Sage Hill's first varsity football season coming in 2002, the Lightning lost a large group of experienced football players to graduation for the first time last spring. "High school football is like mutual funds," said Monarch, the only coach the program has had. "You have to invest time, money and effort."
For the first time in the same season, each of the five high school baseball programs in the Newport-Mesa area qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. It's a milestone considering two of the teams, Newport Harbor and Estancia, last appeared in the postseason in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Estancia and Newport Harbor are back, joining Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa and Sage Hill, three teams that reached the playoffs last season. The playoff draw, announced Monday, has the Sailors, Sea Kings and Mustangs playing today, while the Eagles and Lightning have some time off before they open the playoffs.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 21, 2009
COSTA MESA — All game, Nick Pederson faced the same pitch. In his final plate appearance with the Costa Mesa High baseball team, Pederson told himself it was coming again. Look for the outside fastball. With a runner on first and two runs down, one swing of the bat ties the game and keeps the Mustangs’ season alive. An out ends it Thursday. “He’s been throwing me fastballs all day,” Pederson reminded himself in the bottom of the seventh inning.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 1, 2009
Last year ended oddly for Newport Harbor High Coach Jeff Brinkley. The Sailors won the Sunset League football championship, their first in the league since 1974. What went wrong was four other teams in league claimed a stake of it as well. Two teams lost out on a CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division playoff berth due to a random tiebreaker process. For only the sixth time in his Newport Harbor career, Brinkley watched some other coach’s team compete in the playoffs.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 21, 2010
CAMARILLO — Jack Grace asked for the baseball for the second time in three days in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs. Newport Harbor High first-year coach Patrick Murphy gave it to him to start Thursday. Who else was Murphy's best available option? The Sailors lost their scheduled starter a day before they traveled to Adolfo Camarillo for a first-round game. Murphy said the pitcher was one of four players removed from the program after being involved in an incident at school.
November 9, 2006
TODAY Basketball Community college men -- Orange Coast College at Ventura Tournament. Football High school -- Costa Mesa vs. Laguna Beach at Newport Harbor High, 7 p.m. Tennis High school girls -- Redondo Union at Estancia, CIF Division I playoffs first round, 2 p.m.; Sage Hill vs. Yucca Valley at Balboa Bay Club Racquet Club, CIF Division IV playoffs first round, 2 p.m. Volleyball ...
November 13, 2003
TODAY Football High school -- Brethren Christian at Sage Hill, 2:30 p.m.; Pacifica at Estancia at Newport Harbor, 7 p.m. Tennis High school girls -- First round CIF Division I playoffs: Northwood at Newport Harbor, 3 p.m.; Bishop Montgomery at Corona del Mar, 3 p.m. First round Division V playoffs: Magnolia at Estancia, 3 p.m.; Wild-card winner at Sage Hill, 3 p.m. Volleyball High school girls...
May 26, 2009
BASEBALL Pasadena Poly 6, Sage Hill 2 PASADENA — Senior Chris Griffin went two for two with a double and a walk Tuesday, but for the second straight year the Lightning lost in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division VI playoffs. Griffin batted .833 with three doubles and three runs batted in the playoffs for Sage (16-5), which finished with the program’s best winning percentage (.800) in school history. Junior Alex Jimenez pitched six innings and struck out eight.
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