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By Matt Szabo | September 17, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Nobody needs extra motivation before the Battle of the Bay girls' volleyball match. But when Newport Harbor High ran onto its home court Saturday night in blue T-shirts that said "We run this town" in white letters, rival Corona del Mar definitely noticed. "We don't look at their shirts like, 'Oh, they think they're going to beat us,'" CdM senior libero Mary McKennon said. "We look at their shirts like they want to fight us. It's going to be a big battle no matter what … [but]
By Matt Szabo, | December 11, 2010
ORANGE — Ellie Nadal was in a hurry Saturday evening. The Corona del Mar High senior guard turns 18 on Tuesday, and was having an early birthday dinner. After getting large ice packs applied to her shoulder and knee, she smiled while accepting her Orange Tournament all-tournament award. Soon, she sped out the gym door. "Where are you going?" Coach Mark Decker asked. "The Melting Pot," Nadal replied, and Decker nodded. "Good choice," he said. It made sense after the Sea Kings melted down while falling to Katella, 26-18, in the Orange Tournament championship game at Orange High.
By Matt Szabo | November 18, 2011
Corona del Mar High boys' water polo coach Barry O'Dea said senior Ben Zepfel can be laid back sometimes. Zepfel is more of the lead-by-example type. He's the guy who shows up and plays within the flow of the offense, then you look at the stat sheet and somehow the two-meter man has already scored five goals. Outside of the water, O'Dea said Zepfel has learned to speak up more. "When he does talk, people listen," O'Dea said. And when he stares down the goalie, people notice.
By Barry Faulkner | May 14, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — A newly condensed CIF Southern Section playoff schedule is a pressing concern for any boys' volleyball team battling health issues. But, having to play potentially four matches in eight days to earn a berth in the Division I final may generate more harmony than harm for Corona del Mar High. The No. 2-seeded Sea Kings showed Thursday night that fewer breaks between matches might enhance the crispness with which they have now dispatched their first two playoff opponents.
By Matt Szabo, | May 17, 2011
VALLEY GLEN — The bus ride to Los Angeles Valley College is getting pretty familiar for Corona del Mar High tennis coach Brian Ricker. Ricker traveled there twice during the girls' season last fall, only to have his Sea Kings lose to eventual CIF Southern Section Division I champion Campbell Hall of North Hollywood. The second time it was a season-ending loss in a Division I semifinal match. On Tuesday afternoon the CdM boys played a different opponent in a different playoff round.
By Matt Szabo | November 29, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR - Karléh Wilson said it was a shock how the season ended last year, with the Corona del Mar High girls' basketball team falling to Estancia in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A playoffs. The Sea Kings have usually beaten the Eagles in recent years. That playoff loss last year hurt. "We went into that game and didn't really think that we had a problem," Wilson said. Driving to the basket and scoring was no problem for the CdM senior forward Tuesday.
By Matt Szabo, | February 24, 2011
SAN CLEMENTE — The San Clemente High girls' soccer team planned to relentlessly attack Corona del Mar. The Sea Kings planned to counterattack and possibly score on a set piece. Both plans nearly worked in Thursday afternoon's CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinal match at San Clemente High. Only the top-seeded Tritons move on. San Clemente sophomore Danielle Mellem scored midway through the second half and the hosts held on to win, 1-0, ending Corona del Mar's season in the quarterfinals for the third straight year.
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 14, 2012
CORONA DEL MAR - The Battle of the Bay high school rivalry between Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor in track and field is unique. "It's not like the other sports," CdM Coach Bill Sumner said. "The other sports are a little tougher. " The Back Bay schools tend to go all out against each other no matter the athletic event, just not in track and field. Sumner remembers when it used to be that intense 10 years ago. "In the old days, what happened is doggone it alumni show up and they're all hanging on the fence here, going, 'What's going on today?
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, | August 10, 2010
One of the top distributors at Corona del Mar High last season is passing up a chance to graduate from CdM this upcoming school year. Ramon Mejia said he is not returning to CdM for a fifth year of high school. The 19-year-old said he plans to enroll at an adult school and at Irvine Valley College, where he hopes to play for the men's basketball team. "It was really tough," Mejia said of the decision to leave CdM, a program expected to contend for a CIF Southern Section Division III-A title in the winter with guards Danny Cheek and Clayton Ragsdale returning for their senior years, and Marcus Bradley, a 6-foot-6 transfer from Beaumont High, joining the Sea Kings as a senior.
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