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By Lauren Williams | December 31, 2012
A man killed in a pedestrian-versus-bicycle accident on the Santa Ana River bike trail was a Newport Harbor High School alumnus, according to classmates. Johnathan "Johnny" Coontz, 58, died at 6:58 p.m. Friday at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana about an hour after a bicyclist hit him near where Atlanta Avenue meets the bike trail in Huntington Beach, according to the Orange County coroner's office. More recently Coontz was homeless, and court records show several convictions for drinking in public, among other offenses.
By B.W. Cook | November 21, 2012
I suppose it is downright anti-American to voice protest concerning Black Friday. OK, I get it; I am working for a publication that exists based on ad revenue. Further, I fully understand that the American retail economy is uber-dependent on fourth quarter holiday sales. That being said, I mourn the loss of civility in holiday shopping. I don't understand how people can afford to take a week off and camp out to save a few dollars on more electronic gadgets. I hope dear reader, that you are home on this Black Friday, reading the Daily Pilot, sitting in your favorite chair perhaps having a bit of breakfast and planning to do your holiday shopping without losing your sanity.
November 15, 2012
A couple who met and dated more than 50 years ago as college freshmen at Chapman University are now married, according to an ABC News report. They are currently honeymooning in Laguna Beach. Emilie Danielson, 70, and Terry Britton, 69, dated for two years in the early 1960s while attending school together, but the pair drifted apart after leaving Chapman, according to the story. "We do not know how we lost touch. That's the weirdest thing," Danielson is quoted  as saying in the article.
October 23, 2012
MEN'S SOCCER Orange Coast 6, Norco 1 COSTA MESA - Freshman forward Jorge Sanchez, a Costa Mesa High product, recorded a natural hat trick to lead the host Pirates in the Orange Empire Conference game Tuesday. Sanchez scored the first three goals of the game, then added a pair of assists to help the Pirates (9-3-3, 5-2-2 in conference) open a six-goal lead. Sophomore Baji Chela had two goals and one assist, while sophomore Brandon Bauman had three assists for the winners.
By Barry Faulkner | October 14, 2012
COSTA MESA - The Santa Ana College football team scored on the final play of regulation and had the first and only score in overtime to earn a 45-38 victory over host Orange Coast in a Southern Division thriller Saturday night. The Dons scored on the third play of overtime, when Brett Hurley sprinted 15 yards off left tackle for the game-winning touchdown. OCC's subsequent overtime possession ended when freshman quarterback Cameron Biedgoly was sacked on fourth down at the Santa Ana 34-yard line.
October 12, 2012
Orange Coast (3-3, 1-1) vs. Santa Ana (4-2, 1-1) When/where: Saturday, 7 p.m. at OCC Key Pirates: So. OLB Nick Cody (60 tackles); Fr. MLB Chris Aguilar (54 tackles); So. RB Robert Penny (128 carries, 608 yards, nine TDs rushing); So. WR Tyler Duncan (21 catches, 379 yards, three TDs). Key Dons: Fr. LB Marc Millan (37 tackles, 4.5 sacks); So. WR Joshua Webb (28 catches, 527 yards, nine TDs); Fr. QB Hayden Gavett (1,112 yards, 11 TDs passing). Breakdown: Heading into this Southern Conference game, OCC has lost two straight and Santa Ana has won two in a row ... The 101 points OCC allowed the last two games was topped only once in school history (104 in 1999)
October 9, 2012
MEN'S SOCCER Orange Coast 4, Santa Ana 2 SANTA ANA - Dong-Gi Shin scored two goals to help the Pirates deal the Dons their first Orange Empire Conference loss of the season Tuesday. Jorge Sanchez had one goal and two assists, while Brandon Bauman had two assists for OCC (7-3-1, 3-2 in conference). Chase Nugent also scored for the Pirates, while goalie Connor Nelson made seven saves. Santa Ana (7-2-3, 4-1) scored in the 37th minute, but Shin responded with two goals in the 38th and 46th minute.
By Barry Faulkner | October 5, 2012
COSTA MESA - The road to the Orange Empire Conference men's soccer championship clearly goes through 17-time defending conference champion Santa Ana College. But, as Orange Coast College discovered Friday, Golden West may be hitting the Santa Ana recruiting trail in order to forge a pathway to making a run at the dynastic Dons. Golden West, with eight players on its roster who list Santa Ana as their home town, defeated host Orange Coast, 3-1, in a conference clash Friday to keep pace with Santa Ana atop the conference standings.
By Mike Reicher | September 14, 2012
Despite cries from equestrians and their supporters, the Newport Beach City Council voted this week to delay building a planned multiuse trail in Santa Ana Heights. Some homeowners on Mesa Drive on Tuesday protested the proposed trail, claiming it would devalue their property and that riders have enough trails already. The conflict stretches back years and stems from when the city annexed the area, inheriting a trail plan from the county. The trail's public right of way today is filled with landscaping and other encroachments from private estates overlooking Upper Newport Bay, which rides contend is unfair.
By Bryce Alderton | September 13, 2012
SANTA ANA - Either Newport Harbor High or Estancia would win its first match of the girls' golf season Wednesday at Santa Ana Country Club. The victors added a few "bests" in the process to help going forward, too. Newport was buoyed by freshman Grace Ferrell's one-over-par 37 en route to a 240-275 nonleague victory against the Eagles. Ferrell was the only player on either team to shoot in the 30s, notching a high-school best by five strokes, Sailors' Coach Scott Tarnow said.
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