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By Barry Faulkner | February 20, 2014
There wasn't this much gridlock in the passing lanes during Jamzilla. Estancia High and Gladstone combined for 75 turnovers in their 32-minute first-round CIF Southern Section Division 3A girls basketball playoff game Thursday, prompting Eagles Co-Coach Xavier Castellano to hope his team turns over a new leaf for Saturday's second-round clash. "I think our girls came out nervous today," said Castellano, whose No. 5-seeded Eagles posted a 57-36 win to extend their winning streak to 10. "They were a little too anxious and it showed.
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By Matt Szabo | February 20, 2014
Members of the Costa Mesa High boys' basketball team tied a program record this year with 19 wins. They also won the Battle of the Bell series against cross-town rival Estancia for the third straight year. What they weren't able to do prior to Wednesday night's CIF Southern Section Division 4AA first-round playoff game, though, was grow several inches each. Visiting Harvard-Westlake had a size advantage, and the No. 8-seeded Wolverines exploited it on their way to a 64-48 victory that ended Costa Mesa's season.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 20, 2014
On the surface, Corona del Mar High's 3-0 win in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 boys' soccer playoffs looks like an easy win. It was far from that on Thursday. Glendale, traveling a long distance for the second time in three days during the postseason, made it hard on the Sea Kings through most of the match, until the hosts scored two late goals. A goal on a penalty kick and one on a 35-yard free kick doomed Glendale's chances of coming back again in the playoffs.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 20, 2014
As players warmed up in the Corona del Mar High gym, Magnolia Coach Matt Tweed talked to a couple of fans in the stands that made the road trip to support his boys' basketball team. The topic was running, not the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA basketball playoffs. He told the fans about CdM's well-known distance coach, Bill Sumner. The school's basketball team ended up running circles around Magnolia on the court. Fourth-seeded CdM ran away from the Sentinels in the second half en route to a 58-27 win on Wednesday.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 20, 2014
As players warmed up in the Corona del Mar High gym, Magnolia Coach Matt Tweed talked to a couple of fans in the stands that made the road trip to support his boys' basketball team. The topic was running, not the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA basketball playoffs. He told the fans about CdM's well known distance coach, Bill Sumner. The school's basketball team ended up running circles around Magnolia on the court. Fourth-seeded CdM ran away from the Sentinels in the second half en route to a 58-27 win on Wednesday.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 19, 2014
Two months ago, Estancia High was one of the host sites of the North Orange County Classic. One of the schools in the boys' soccer tournament was Pomona Diamond Ranch. The two programs didn't play each other at Jim Scott Stadium because they played in different divisions. They finally squared off on Tuesday, at the start of another tournament. The winner kept playing and the loser went home for good in this tournament. The Eagles played host and they stayed alive by beating Diamond Ranch, 2-0, in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs.
NEWS
February 19, 2014
WEDNESDAY Girls' Water Polo, Divison 1 Wild-card winner at Corona del Mar, first round, 5 p.m. Dos Pueblos at Newport Harbor, first round, 3 p.m. Boys' Basketball Division 3AA – Magnolia at Corona del Mar (No. 4 seed), first round, 7 p.m. – coverage Division 3A – Estancia at Indio, first round, 7 p.m. Division 4AA – Harvard Westlake at Costa Mesa, 7 p.m. – (photo) coverage Division 4A – Sage Hill at Crossroads, 7 p.m. Girls' Soccer Division 5 – Palm Desert at Sage Hill, wild card, 3 p.m. — THURSDAY Boys' Soccer Divison 1 – Newport Harbor at Santa Barbara, first round, 5 p.m. Division 3 – Wild-card winner at Corona del Mar, first round, 3 p.m. Division 5 – Estancia at Desert Mirage, first round, 3 p.m. Division 6 – Heritage Christian at Sage Hill, first round, 3 p.m. Girls' Basketball Division 3AA – Orange at Corona del Mar, first round, 7 p.m. Division 3A – Gladstone at Estancia, first round, 7 p.m. Division 4AA – Costa Mesa at Marlborough, first round, 7 p.m. Divison 5AA – Sage Hill at Santa Clara (No. 3 seed)
SPORTS
February 16, 2014
The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team will attempt to repeat as CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion as the No. 3 seed. The Sea Kings (23-4) are the highest seeded team of the three Newport-Mesa squads that are in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Newport Harbor, which reached the CIF Division 1 title game last year, will have its work out cut out for it this season. Costa Mesa is a wild card in Division 1. CdM, the Pacific Coast League champion that won its first Division 1 title last season, open against a wild-card winner Wednesday.
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By Matt Szabo | February 12, 2014
The Los Alamitos High girls' water polo team seemed to be full of surprises Wednesday night. Coach Dave Carlson surprised some at the game, publicly saying for the first time that he plans to step down as Griffins girls' coach after 15 years. In the water, the Griffins also surprised host Newport Harbor by staying in a hard press defense virtually the whole time. And Los Alamitos used it to produce another surprise, a 6-5 upset victory that gives the Griffins their first Sunset League title in three seasons.
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