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By Matt Szabo | April 13, 2014
After Estancia High senior Celia Duran earned Newport-Mesa Girls' Basketball Player of the Year honors last year, she received congratulations from Corona del Mar sophomore Natalia Bruening. The two players ran into each other at club basketball tryouts last spring. Soon, they were talking about being co-Players of the Year this year. "We called it," Duran said with a smile. Duran is a 5-foot-7 guard, while Bruening is a 6-foot-3 forward. While they played much different roles, both Duran and Bruening helped ensure big years for their respective squads.
By Matt Szabo | April 10, 2014
Junior midfielder Shelby Brown called the end of the Corona del Mar High girls' soccer season "crazy," and nobody who saw the games would argue. Two tight wins on the road at the end of league helped the Sea Kings win their fourth straight outright league title. In the first, CdM had to survive a last-minute, penalty-kick attempt against Beckman. In the second, the Sea Kings had to rally from a two-goal deficit at Northwood in the final 20 minutes. CdM then earned two shootout wins in its first two games of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, against Fountain Valley and Upland.
April 9, 2014
BASEBALL Corona del Mar 5, Woodbridge 3 IRVINE — Junior Konrad Lyle broke up a 3-3 tie in the top of the sixth inning with a two-out, two-run single, lifting the Sea Kings in a Pacific Coast League game at Ryan Lemmon Stadium on Wednesday. CdM's Ryan Pierce went two for five with a double, while Sam Younesi and Wyatt Zalewski each went one for three with a run batted in. Tyler Duncan and Teddy Stuka each doubled for the Sea Kings (3-11, 3-4 in league). Brett Olson threw six innings and got the win. Blake Schneekluth picked up the save.
By Matt Szabo | April 8, 2014
Winning a Pacific Coast League game is a definite goal of the Corona del Mar softball team this year. It might not sound like much, but it would mean a ton to the program. The Sea Kings, who have had a strong preseason, haven't won a league game since 2008. They will not win any by playing "scared," as their coach said they did during Tuesday's league opener against Irvine at home. CdM fell behind early and suffered an 11-1, six-inning, "mercy rule" loss to the Vaqueros. It is the program's 51st straight league loss.
April 8, 2014
BOYS' TRACK AND FIELD Costa Mesa 81, Calvary Chapel 44 Senior Quinton Bell won two events to help the Mustangs win Tuesday's Orange Coast League meet at Jim Scott Stadium. Bell won the 100-meter race in 10.3 seconds, and the 200 in 21.7 seconds. Marco Zalpa, who captured the shot put (39 feet, 11 inches) and the discus (102-10), was another double winner for Costa Mesa. — GIRLS' TRACK AND FIELD Costa Mesa 90, Calvary Chapel 18 Sophomore Paige LaBare won two sprint races for the Mustangs in Tuesday's Orange Coast League meet at Jim Scott Stadium.
April 5, 2014
Corona del Mar High sophomore Natalia Bruening has earned first-team All-Pacific Coast League status for the recently completed girls' basketball season. Bruening, a 6-foot-3 forward, produced team-best averages of 14.5 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game for the Sea Kings, helping them finish third in the league. CdM's 6-4 league record was the Sea Kings' best in Coach Mark Decker's eight-year tenure. Six-foot-two sophomore center Krista Anderson, who averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game, was a second-team all-league honoree for CdM. Bruening and Anderson helped CdM (21-10)
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 4, 2014
TUSTIN - As Corona del Mar High began to mount a comeback on Friday, an assistant coach told the boys' lacrosse team of what he believed was the inevitable. "They're going to fall," said Jeremy Sieverts, referring to Beckman. In the past, that has always been the case. The Sea Kings always beat the Patriots, and they always beat them up badly. The teams met a dozen times in the previous six seasons, CdM winning by an average of 11 goals per game. Eleven goals are how much the Sea Kings needed to score in their latest matchup to knock off Beckman again.
April 3, 2014
Duran named MVP Estancia High senior guard Celia Duran was named Orange Coast League MVP in girls' basketball. Duran is joined on the first team by Eagles junior Slade Garnett and sophomore Maya Van Der Heever, while Costa Mesa senior Danielle Obong and junior Aubriona Mathis are also first-team selections. Duran, who shared league MVP honors as a junior, averaged a team-best 16.7 points per game for league champion Estancia (24-4, 9-1 in league). She helped the Eagles win their third league title in her four varsity seasons.
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