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March 12, 2009
The Back Bay Rugby Football Club will be out for revenge and will put its undefeated record on the line against the North San Diego County Gurkhas at Peninsula Park Saturday at 2 p.m. Last year, the Gurkhas knocked the Back Bay Sharks out of playoff contention. This season, you can bet that the Sharks can smell blood in the water. The Back Bay rugby club (5-0) showed it can be a top team in its league with a dominating win over rival Old Aztec Rugby Club Saturday. The Sharks won, 81-0 The match had all the ingredients for an epic confrontation.
NEWS
July 21, 2003
Steve Virgen The boy was 10 when his father was killed in an automobile accident. Life for the child was destined to be empty. But football, wrestling and rugby, came into the picture and soon the boy became a man. Soon the boy became a coach. This is the story of Myron Miller. Miller, the former Costa Mesa High football coach who is now the head man at Tustin, found his calling while rolling on the mats and discovering adrenaline on the gridiron.
NEWS
January 15, 2005
Bryce Alderton Down at Peninsula Park, mere steps from the sand and surf of Newport Beach that attracts surfers and bodyboarders, lies a pitch of grass for a sport that is rarely associated with the Southern California landscape. The sport isn't sanctioned by CIF and often its only exposure comes from a slot on late-night television, unless you have a satellite system that grants access to professional games. But beginning today and lasting through mid-April, players on the Back Bay Rugby Football Club will run, pass, tackle and no doubt collect enough grass stains to warrant a double dose of detergent, in a rite that has become a 20-year tradition in Newport Beach.
NEWS
October 28, 2005
As expected, the Vanguard University women's basketball team opened the season as the top-ranked team by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Lions received all 11 first place votes in the poll. The Lions were also tabbed No. 1 in the NAIA Sports Talk rankings, which came out earlier this week. Last season, Vanguard finished 32-4 and earned its third straight Golden State Athletic Conference title. The Lions made it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
SPORTS
July 22, 2007
SACRAMENTO — Lindsay Davenport gave the Sacramento Capitals a big boost Saturday in her first match since giving birth to her first child last month. She won in mixed doubles, 5-1, and in women's doubles, 5-2, to help lead Sacramento to a 23-13 victory over the visiting Newport Beach Breakers. Davenport, who won three Grand Slam titles, dealt her former World Team Tennis team its third straight loss on the road. Davenport is the sister-in-law to the Breakers' Rick Leach, as she is married to Leach's brother, Jon. Davenport and Mark Knowles defeated Rick Leach and Michaela Patikova in mixed doubles.
SPORTS
By Natalie Venegas | May 18, 2006
Back in November, about 75% of Back Bay Rugby Football Club's Under-19 team's players hadn't even played the game before. So who would've thought that six months later, the Sharks ? mostly made up of local football players ? would be competing in the USA Rugby High School Championships this weekend at Dartmouth College? The club, barely even two years old, will be taking its blue jerseys and undefeated league record to Hanover, N.H., for the two-day tournament. Back Bay is one of 16 teams that will play four games in their tier starting Friday.
NEWS
April 17, 2004
Corona del Mar High's boys volleyball team faced a familiar foe Friday, beating Tesoro, 25-23, 25-16, 24-26, 25-18, in Pacific Coast League action. The two teams played Wednesday at Tesoro, with CdM sweeping three straight games. The schools played twice this week because they were the only two not on spring break. "It was unusual circumstances," Sea Kings Coach Steve Conti said of the back-to-back matches. Corona del Mar (11-7, 4-0 in league)
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By Steve Mensinger | March 7, 2009
Even as my investments dwindle, I was reminded recently of a basic premise of life, when I saw my son exuberant and filled with glee as his team played rugby last weekend at Parson’s field here in Costa Mesa. In the midst of the worst economy in 40 years, my 10-year-old knows little about the trials and tribulations of being associated with life’s little curve balls. The previous day, I was sitting in an office, absorbing salary cuts and searching for equity partners to breathe life into a once-flourishing development business.
NEWS
February 7, 2012
Jack Butefish August 17, 1932 to January 30, 2012 Jack Butefish passed away from Parkinson's Disease at Silverado Residence in Newport Beach California on Monday morning. Jack was raised by Clinton and Margaret Butefish who came to California from Kansas and were successful in the post WWII baby store business. Jack worked in their stores as a child and then, as his height soared to 6'7”, he excelled as an athlete at Inglewood High School.  When he and his friends went down to the train station in LA to enlist in the Korean War, his height caused him to be sent home because “he couldn't fit into the uniforms and beds”.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 16, 2007
Daily hardships and family sacrifices have been incurred in order for Kevin Ah-Hi to pursue the chance to earn a free college education in the United States. So, Saturday, with his father in the stands, having flown in from Idaho, Ah-Hi was more than happy to show he, too, was carrying his share of the load. Carry, and carry, and carry he did. An Orange Coast College-record 48 carries later, Ah-Hi had amassed 266 rushing yards, just nine shy of the school single-game record, while helping the Pirates earn a 20-14 triumph over Mission Conference American Division rival Long Beach at OCC. After being blanketed with congratulations from teammates and coaches from both teams, and also dealing with the media after Saturday’s game, Ah-Hi was eager to share the experience with his father, Vena.
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October 23, 2013
Orange Coast College's Bill Alvarez Memorial Wheelchair Rugby Exhibition, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed. The Disabled Students Programs and Services group was unable to find enough players for the 10th annual match. The event will be held in the spring, but the college has not announced a date, said OCC spokesman Doug Bennett. The rugby exhibition raises money for student scholarships and honors a popular OCC staff member, Bill Alvarez, who died nine years ago. Alvarez, who used a wheelchair after suffering a spinal cord injury, worked at the college for 14 years as coordinator of its High Tech Center, according to a news release.
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NEWS
October 9, 2012
Get a look into the world of wheelchair rugby with an exhibition that raises money for disabled students. Orange Coast College is hosting its ninth annual Bill Alvarez Memorial Wheelchair Rugby Exhibition at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Peterson Gymnasium, 2701 Fairview Road. The exhibition, which is sponsored by the Spirit of Ability Club and Disabled Students Programs and Services, honors longtime OCC staffer Bill Alvarez, who died eight years ago after serving as coordinator of the college's High Tech Center for 14 years.
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February 7, 2012
Jack Butefish August 17, 1932 to January 30, 2012 Jack Butefish passed away from Parkinson's Disease at Silverado Residence in Newport Beach California on Monday morning. Jack was raised by Clinton and Margaret Butefish who came to California from Kansas and were successful in the post WWII baby store business. Jack worked in their stores as a child and then, as his height soared to 6'7”, he excelled as an athlete at Inglewood High School.  When he and his friends went down to the train station in LA to enlist in the Korean War, his height caused him to be sent home because “he couldn't fit into the uniforms and beds”.
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By James P. Gray | January 16, 2010
Last week you heard from my good friend Judge Andrew Guilford about his thoughts and involvement in the preparation of this column for the past 2½ years. And, as you have seen, he has been constructive and helpful in developing those thoughts, even though at times, he did not even agree with some of them. My wonderful wife, Dr. Grace Walker Gray, has sometimes been in the same situation, and has been equally helpful. But that says a great deal about a person, and that is one reason why I would trust important decisions about the safety of my family and treasure to people like my wife and Guilford.
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By James FondaCommunity Correspondent | April 28, 2009
OBJECTIVE COMPLETED!!  Back Bay Rugby Football Club made club history on Saturday at Peninsula Park by the Balboa Pier.  The Sharks faced the North County San Diego Rugby Football Club for the Men Division II Southern California Championship.  On a cool day, the Sharks were focus on completing the season with no defeats and they started to do just that.  The Sharks were on the scoreboard first from a successful penalty kick from the South African fullback #15 Jon Luc Del Fante.
SPORTS
March 12, 2009
The Back Bay Rugby Football Club will be out for revenge and will put its undefeated record on the line against the North San Diego County Gurkhas at Peninsula Park Saturday at 2 p.m. Last year, the Gurkhas knocked the Back Bay Sharks out of playoff contention. This season, you can bet that the Sharks can smell blood in the water. The Back Bay rugby club (5-0) showed it can be a top team in its league with a dominating win over rival Old Aztec Rugby Club Saturday. The Sharks won, 81-0 The match had all the ingredients for an epic confrontation.
SPORTS
By James Fonda | March 11, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH - No. 1-ranked Back Bay Rugby Football Club was surely in the cross hairs of Old Aztec’s Rugby Club on Saturday morning.  The match had all the ingredients for epic confrontation. The recipe:  Start with the very aggressive and physical style of play for which the Old Aztecs are known. Next combine the arch rival status of Back Bay and Old Aztecs with the fact that Back Bay came into the match sitting atop a pedestal of an undefeated 5-0 record in league play.
NEWS
By Steve Mensinger | March 7, 2009
Even as my investments dwindle, I was reminded recently of a basic premise of life, when I saw my son exuberant and filled with glee as his team played rugby last weekend at Parson’s field here in Costa Mesa. In the midst of the worst economy in 40 years, my 10-year-old knows little about the trials and tribulations of being associated with life’s little curve balls. The previous day, I was sitting in an office, absorbing salary cuts and searching for equity partners to breathe life into a once-flourishing development business.
SPORTS
By James Fonda | March 3, 2009
Newport Beach, CA, February 28, 2009 The Back Bay Rugby Football Club of Newport Beach was host to Kern County Rugby Football Club last Saturday at Peninsula Park/Balboa Pier Athletic Field. The Back Bay Sharks returned to their prized home turf Saturday looking to extend their winning streak to five in a row. Back Bay has proven formidable in league play by any measure; the Sharks have won every league game this season, fielding two teams each week, and each week and claiming back to back wins in eight matches over four weekends.
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