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November 28, 2003
Patrick Laverty Costa Mesa High has never won a boys basketball CIF Southern Section playoff game. After missing the playoffs entirely last season, the Mustangs will attempt to reverse their fortune again this season. But first things first -- making the playoffs for the fourth time in Coach Bob Serven's five seasons will be priority No. 1. With a starting lineup that is expected to include three sophomores, that might be considered a difficult expectation, but these are experienced sophomores.
NEWS
December 27, 1999
Roger Carlson In one of the most improbable of leads to a basketball scenario as the year comes to a conclusion as ever considered in this region ever - the Newport-Mesa District - comes the following: Costa Mesa High's Mustangs, 9-3 and favored to do very well at the Canyon Tournament, which opens today, have their travel tickets to the CIF Division III Playoffs virtually in hand, evenbefore the Pacific Coast ...
NEWS
February 12, 2001
Barry Faulkner CERRITOS - There may be a first time for everything, but the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team is quickly running out of them. After wrapping up the first league championship in the program's 41 varsity seasons, Coach Bob Serven's Pacific Coast League co-champions have now set their sights on obtaining the first postseason win in school annals. But, before they even take the floor for the program's sixth playoff game, they're among the eight teams in CIF Southern Section Division III-AA to benefit from a first-round bye. "This was about as good as could be expected for us," Serven said as he reviewed the bracket, released Sunday in the Gahr High gym. The Mustangs (17-9)
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High Coach Bob Serven probably could not have drawn it up better for his boys basketball team. The Mustangs won big and Serven's goals were fulfilled as he evaluated all of his players in Mesa's 83-35 nonleague victory over visiting Saddleback Wednesday. Serven said the game against Saddleback came at a perfect time because the Mustangs (7-4) will have a one-week break before another game and playing everyone would provide each player the chance to stay sharp.
NEWS
December 20, 2003
Steve Virgen When the ball is in the air, Jeff Waldron has a strong desire to go up and get it, or to block out anyone trying to do the same. Usually when the Costa Mesa High junior is getting ready for a rebound, he's concentrating solely on grabbing the ball. So it makes sense that he had no idea why a referee stopped the game when the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team was battling against La Salle in the championship game of the Valley Christian tournament Dec. 13. Waldron split his chin after a hard fall, but was not aware of his injury since he was so in tune with the game.
NEWS
December 30, 1999
Joseph Boo ANAHEIM - Watching Costa Mesa Coach Bob Serven yell at his team going against Buena Park in the Canyon Classic on Wednesday, you would think his team was losing. Instead, the Mustangs led for almost the entire game to win, 61-60. The victory came despite a sluggish Costa Mesa performance and an offensive rebounding clinic from Buena Park. "Well, it's better to win these games than to lose," Serven said. The Mustangs will face Canyon in the fifth-place game today, at 1:30 p.m. Costa Mesa (11-4)
NEWS
January 20, 2003
Steve Mariucci said it best. Asked to comment on the NFL's postgame admission that an incorrect call by officials helped secure his former team's NFC playoff victory over the visiting New York Giants, the recently deposed San Francisco 49ers coach was succinct, compassionate and comprehensive. "Bummer," the loquacious Mariucci said. Coaches, of course, frequently offer slightly more voluminous commentary, especially in the heat of battle. It is during the fray when competitive juices often stew within these sideline sages, who, after all, are faced with the frustrating prospect of imposing their impact on the outcome without ever touching the ball.
NEWS
January 25, 2002
Steve Virgen Laguna Beach High boys basketball coach Rob Cullinan said his grandfather, Bob, 83, died at11:30 a.m. at Hoag Hospital Thursday after apparent complications stemming from a collapse during a basketball game at Costa Mesa High Wednesday night. Bob Cullinan, a diabetic, passed out in the stands behind and above the Laguna Beach team bench with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter. Costa Mesa Coach Bob Serven stopped the game, walked onto the court and shouted, "Is there a doctor in the house?"
NEWS
January 23, 2003
Barry Faulkner The moniker, like his game, is simple, basic and to the point. For while Danny Krikorian has made a name for himself as a four-year varsity player at Costa Mesa High, those around his neighborhood know him as "the Basketball Guy." "I've always been one of those guys who my mom had to call in for dinner five or six times, because I'm outside shooting forever," said Krikorian, who shows the fruits of his driveway labor each time the Mustangs take the floor.
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April 4, 2004
Barry Faulkner Bob Serven, who in only five seasons turned a downtrodden program into a respected annual CIF Southern Section playoff participant, has resigned as Costa Mesa High boys basketball coach. Serven, the program's all-time victories leader with a 79-56 record, including a share of the only league title the Mustangs have won in their 45 varsity seasons, said he stepped down in order to spend more time with his family. "I have four kids at home ranging from ages 9 to 1 and I decided I needed to do what was best for my family," said Serven, who coaches his children in various youth sports leagues.
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NEWS
December 20, 2003
Steve Virgen When the ball is in the air, Jeff Waldron has a strong desire to go up and get it, or to block out anyone trying to do the same. Usually when the Costa Mesa High junior is getting ready for a rebound, he's concentrating solely on grabbing the ball. So it makes sense that he had no idea why a referee stopped the game when the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team was battling against La Salle in the championship game of the Valley Christian tournament Dec. 13. Waldron split his chin after a hard fall, but was not aware of his injury since he was so in tune with the game.
NEWS
November 28, 2003
Patrick Laverty Costa Mesa High has never won a boys basketball CIF Southern Section playoff game. After missing the playoffs entirely last season, the Mustangs will attempt to reverse their fortune again this season. But first things first -- making the playoffs for the fourth time in Coach Bob Serven's five seasons will be priority No. 1. With a starting lineup that is expected to include three sophomores, that might be considered a difficult expectation, but these are experienced sophomores.
NEWS
January 23, 2003
Barry Faulkner The moniker, like his game, is simple, basic and to the point. For while Danny Krikorian has made a name for himself as a four-year varsity player at Costa Mesa High, those around his neighborhood know him as "the Basketball Guy." "I've always been one of those guys who my mom had to call in for dinner five or six times, because I'm outside shooting forever," said Krikorian, who shows the fruits of his driveway labor each time the Mustangs take the floor.
NEWS
January 20, 2003
Steve Mariucci said it best. Asked to comment on the NFL's postgame admission that an incorrect call by officials helped secure his former team's NFC playoff victory over the visiting New York Giants, the recently deposed San Francisco 49ers coach was succinct, compassionate and comprehensive. "Bummer," the loquacious Mariucci said. Coaches, of course, frequently offer slightly more voluminous commentary, especially in the heat of battle. It is during the fray when competitive juices often stew within these sideline sages, who, after all, are faced with the frustrating prospect of imposing their impact on the outcome without ever touching the ball.
NEWS
January 25, 2002
Steve Virgen Laguna Beach High boys basketball coach Rob Cullinan said his grandfather, Bob, 83, died at11:30 a.m. at Hoag Hospital Thursday after apparent complications stemming from a collapse during a basketball game at Costa Mesa High Wednesday night. Bob Cullinan, a diabetic, passed out in the stands behind and above the Laguna Beach team bench with 5:28 remaining in the first quarter. Costa Mesa Coach Bob Serven stopped the game, walked onto the court and shouted, "Is there a doctor in the house?"
NEWS
December 20, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High Coach Bob Serven probably could not have drawn it up better for his boys basketball team. The Mustangs won big and Serven's goals were fulfilled as he evaluated all of his players in Mesa's 83-35 nonleague victory over visiting Saddleback Wednesday. Serven said the game against Saddleback came at a perfect time because the Mustangs (7-4) will have a one-week break before another game and playing everyone would provide each player the chance to stay sharp.
NEWS
March 13, 2001
COSTA MESA - Bob Serven, who led the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team to a share of its first league title in the school's 41 varsity seasons, will coach the South in the Orange County All-Star Basketball Game, scheduled April 28 at Orange Coast College. Serven guided the Mustangs to a 17-10 season, which ended with a 64-44 loss to La Canada in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs. It was the second straight 17-win season for Costa Mesa, for which the single-season victory record is 18. Bob Terry from Brea Olinda will coach the North boys.
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