January 21, 2009
The 5-year-olds at Lil’ Lighthouse Preschool at Lighthouse Coastal Community Church in Costa Mesa bow their heads each afternoon to recite a simple prayer. “Thank you for our healthy bodies,” one line in the prayer goes. The children recite in unison, sitting on the carpet of the church chapel with red and blue book bags still strapped to their backs. The children ask daily about their absent classmate, Julian Dunn— a happy-go-lucky 5-year-old with an infectious smile who is interested in cars and loves to play with his friends, said Lil’ Lighthouse teacher Michelle Rieke.
December 29, 2004
For the first time in Daily Pilot history, the sports department is launching a series focusing on some of the best golf holes in the Newport-Mesa community, while creating a fantasy round from holes 1 through 18. The Newport-Mesa Dream Round, which includes all 10 courses in this newspaper's circulation, concludes today with holes 14 through 18, capping the four-week series. It's likely that some of the holes selected in the series weren't even considered the best at that particular golf course.
March 14, 2003
Richard Dunn The beginning stages of the Toshiba Senior Classic came at an interesting time in Orange County sports history. It was June 1994, and major league baseball players were preparing to go on strike, about six weeks from the union's self-imposed deadline to walk, with the threat of the rest of the season being canceled, including the postseason (the '94 World Series was indeed canceled). It was also a time in Orange County when the Rams were preparing to bolt Orange County and play their final NFL season at Anaheim Stadium.
May 31, 2002
Richard Dunn The final amateur spot in the Jones Cup is up for grabs beginning today in the men's club championship at Newport Beach Country Club. With defending champion Vinnie Brascia out of the picture, the race for the club title appears to be wide open. The three-round club championship concludes Sunday and the winner will also receive an invitation from head professional Paul Hahn to team with him in Jones Cup III on July 26 at Big Canyon Country Club.
January 7, 2002
Richard Dunn The tougher the competition, the more Bill Greschner liked it, whether it was football, basketball, track and field, tennis or engineering. Greschner, one of Newport Harbor High's first and finest all-around athletes, played quarterback on the Sailors' varsity football team for three years under legendary former coach Ralph Reed, after his freshman year on the Cee team. An excellent runner with out-of-reach leaping ability, Greschner played at Newport Harbor with players like Al Irwin and Dave Phoenix in the single-wing formation days, then starred at Santa Ana College in the Dons' original glory years under Coach Bill Cook in 1936-37.
January 4, 2002
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - Neither coach was particularly pleased with the performance of their team Thursday night and both walked away shaking their head as if their players had overindulged during the holiday and lost some bounce in their step. "We looked like a 5-10 team, instead of a 10-5 team," said Costa Mesa High boys basketball coach Bob Serven, whose team improved to 11-5 with a 60-53 nonleague home victory over Orange (13-3). Orange rallied from two 13-point deficits to tie the game in the fourth quarter, 49-49, as 6-foot-4 junior forward Quenton Parker scored 24 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, while making 12 of 15 from the floor, mostly on short jumpers in the key. "I know their coach (Andre Smith)
July 12, 2001
Richard Dunn Once you win a club championship, that's it. You collect your trophy, buy a few rounds and go home. See ya next year. But, since the Tea Cup Classic was launched in 1997, club champions in the Daily Pilot circulation have earned a ticket into the locally famous event for women. "Once you win a club championship," said first-time Big Canyon Country Club champion Olivia Slutzky, "there's really no drama after winning it. So, now, it's great to look forward to this.
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.
June 22, 2001
Richard Dunn To cap Irrelevant Week XXVI, BYU tight end and hopeful Arizona Cardinal Tevita Ofahengaue will be the featured guest today in the inaugural Survivor Challenge at Palace Park in Irvine. The Challenge consists of teams of four in perfectly irrelevant events like wacky golf, bumper boat relays, go-cart races, laser tag and other virtual reality games. Try your skills against Mr. Irrelevant while competing for immunity, food and other benefits befitting a true "survivor."