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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 11, 2013
At this point in the football season, 18 weeks in, Corona del Mar High has shortened its practices. The Sea Kings have entered unchartered territory this late in the year, yet there is no need for long, grueling practices. "If we can't tackle, throw or catch right now, we've got issues," CdM Coach Scott Meyer says. "I think having that bye week early in the season, before [opening Pacific Coast League play on Oct. 11], kind of gave us all a good break to catch our breath a little bit. " Since that week off two months ago, the Sea Kings continued their perfect season, never losing in the next nine games.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 5, 2013
Any time the Newport Harbor High football team holds a practice on Thanksgiving, the Sailors are in for a treat. Players from the past returned to campus last week and spoke to the team. It has been a tradition under Coach Jeff Brinkley to bring back alumni. The day they come is the day before the Sailors play in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The message players like Chris Manderino give is easy. Enjoy this moment because it will be the best time of your life.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 26, 2013
With Sage Hill School in control in the fourth set, four points away from extending its girls' volleyball season, the opposing team sent the wrong player to serve. One player from San Diego Cathedral Catholic yelled at her teammate behind the service line, saying, "Drop the ball!" It turned out that Sage Hill almost ended up dropping the ball. The Lightning allowed the Dons to force a decisive fifth set, but Sage Hill survived a near collapse. The team opened a new tournament on Tuesday, three days after winning the CIF Southern Section Division 3A title, and Sage Hill barely continued its season.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 23, 2013
NORWALK - The Sage Hill School girls' volleyball program has found its secret recipe for winning CIF Southern Section titles. Share the Academy League crown during the regular season and then beat the team you split it with in the section finale. For the third time in Sage Hill's 14-year-old history, it has claimed a section championship. Crean Lutheran spoiled Sage Hill's attempt at finishing perfect in league last month, but no one would deny the Lighting a perfect ending in the Division 3A playoffs.
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November 20, 2013
NEWPORT HARBOR •For the first time since the 2004-05 seasons, Newport Harbor High has won back-to-back opening-round games in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The Sailors traveled to Dana Hills and prevailed in the Southwest Division first-round game, 32-13, last week. Newport Harbor (6-5) advanced to the quarterfinals to play host to La Habra (10-1) on Friday at 7 p.m. Coach Jeff Brinkley, who improved to 16-6 in playoff openers in his 28 years with the Sailors, is glad Newport Harbor gets to play at Davidson Field next.
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By Matt Szabo | November 15, 2013
After watching his team commit five turnovers Friday night and fail to generate the running game it typically does, Costa Mesa High football coach Wally Grant said that Katella appeared to want the game more than the Mustangs did. It seemed surprising, given everything that Costa Mesa had going for it heading into the CIF Southern Section Southern Division first-round game at Jim Scott Stadium. The Mustangs had won six games in a row and were undefeated Orange Coast League champions.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 15, 2013
DANA POINT - The Newport Harbor High football team went into Friday down. Marred by injuries to their starting tailback, tight end and defensive end, the Sailors couldn't afford to lose any more players. Yet, two more went down in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division playoffs at Dana Hills. Ramsey Hufford, a two-way standout lineman, hurt his ankle late in the first half, and then star quarterback Cole Norris left after he got the wind knocked out of him in the third quarter.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 15, 2013
GARDEN GROVE - Listed at 5 feet 7, 180 pounds - both likely embellished - Estancia High senior Diego Herrera would hardly appear to be the one player the Eagles could not afford to lose. But when Herrera went down with a right ankle sprain midway through Estancia's first offensive possession Friday in a CIF Southern Section Southern Division first-round playoff game against Los Amigos at Bolsa Grande High, it may just as well have been a blow to the visitors' Achilles' heel, as the Eagles trailed from the outset and couldn't recover, falling, 33-12.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 14, 2013
In agony, Tyler Thomas asked his dad for one thing before he took him to the hospital eight weeks ago. "I wanted In-N-Out [Burger]," says Thomas, who soon found out he would be out of the lineup for the Estancia High football team. Thomas learned the pain from that night on Sept. 20 was due to injuries he suffered on the field while playing at Irvine High. Irvine is where Christopher Thomas, Tyler's father, played football. He watched his alma mater take down Estancia, 40-6, and his son. The young Thomas says he dislocated his left shoulder and fractured his collarbone.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 13, 2013
From the sound of things in the locker room, Coach Justin Taylor figured his Costa Mesa High boys' water team was ready for revenge. The Mustangs were about to play host to Temecula Chaparral in the wild-card round of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 playoffs again. Last year's match went to Chaparral. And it turned out to be close, a four-goal game. Going into Tuesday night's contest, Taylor believed his Mustangs had a better shot at beating Chaparral. He still felt that way, even after Chaparral won, 16-4, to advance to the first round.
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