December 29, 1999
GARDEN GROVE - Corona del Mar's girls basketball team finally got the complete performance it wanted on Tuesday, defeating Sonora, 40-25, for its sixth consecutive win in the Cavalier Classic at Santiago. The Sea Kings (9-3) shocked the Raiders in the first half, taking a 30-13 halftime lead. Charlene Quon caused the most damage for CdM, hitting four of her five three-pointers in the first half. Sonora, who won the Mission Viejo Tournament earlier this year and defeated CdM, 59-48, in that tourney, finally pulled itself together in the second half, holding the Sea Kings to 10 points.
April 2, 2008
COSTA MESA (2007)— A four-goal deficit wasn't about to disappoint the third-and fourth-grade boys and girls of the College Park Elementary team. During halftime, Coach Juan Dominguez, a senior at Costa Mesa High, talked about defense. Meanwhile, the boys and girls bounced, lifting their hands, asking for playing time. PT. That's what was most important in this game. College Park's A team, which wore green tank-top jerseys instead of Daily Pilot Cup T-shirts, lost, 5-0, to Sonora A, another co-ed team, but you wouldn't really know it by the way the College Park boys and girls played and finished in the Bronze Division game Thursday.
May 27, 2009
For a video, click here. For a photo gallery, click here. COSTA MESA — For many of the boys from Victoria and Sonora elementary schools, the nerves were at an all-time high. Tuesday was their first organized soccer experience. For many in this third- and fourth-grade bronze division game, this was their first time in the Daily Pilot Cup. Bryan Vivar made quite the debut, leading Victoria’s B squad to a 3-0 win over Sonora B at Costa Mesa High. Vivar’s performance was one of many highlights during the opening day of the huge youth soccer tournament in its 10th year.
June 2, 2012
COSTA MESA - While observing just how young some players are at the 13th annual Daily Pilot Cup, one would only need to watch Aidan Gassel complete his hat trick. After he dribbled past a drawn-out goalie, the Newport Elementary forward had the goal all to himself. But his black headband was slipping off the top of his head. So in the 29th minute, Gassel adjusted it during his run, while continuing to dribble, and scored easily. One wouldn't really imagine a professional player like L.A. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan doing that.
December 22, 2002
Martha Fluor is a bit different than the typical school board trustee in that, for the most part, she didn't attend American schools growing up. She speaks fluent Spanish because she lived in South America for a while. And in addition to Chile and Venezuela, she also lived in Northern Africa -- in Liberia. But Fluor, now a nearly 20-year area resident, certainly has Newport-Mesa children, including her granddaughter, at heart. That's why Fluor, an 11-year school board trustee, serves the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
December 14, 1999
MISSION VIEJO - The Corona del Mar High girls basketball team surrendered a fourth-quarter lead, then lost, 58-49, in overtime to Sonora in the pool-play opener of the Mission Viejo Tournament Monday at Mission Viejo High. CdM junior Kristen McCoy, who scored a career-high 27 points, hit an awkward follow shot off a missed free throw with two seconds left in regulation erasing a two-point Sonora lead created when it rebounded a missed foul shot, was fouled and made both.
December 14, 2001
Sophomore guard Pancho Seaborn scored 20 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out four assists for Corona del Mar High's boys basketball team Thursday, but Chaparral defeated the Sea Kings, 55-49, in a seventh-place semifinal in the Sonora/Troy Tournament at La Serna High in Whittier. Junior Kevin Mancillas added 18 points for the Sea Kings (3-6), who will play for ninth place Saturday at 9 a.m. at Sonora. CdM scored 9, 10 and 8 points, respectively, in the first three quarters, before rallying for 22 points in the fourth quarter and closing the gap. Chaparral improved to 5-5. "We just had a lot of trouble scoring," CdM Coach Ryan Curry said.
October 4, 2012
Every time Robert Murtha scores a touchdown, he gets ready to take a blow to the head. The guy who delivers it is not on the opposing team. He's not even wearing a helmet when he hits Murtha. But every time Murtha finds the end zone, he seeks out the guy who will head-butt him once he reaches the Estancia High sideline. That guy is his father, Robert Murtha Sr. Father and son have head-butted each other 48 times in three years. After seeing his son record his 48th career touchdown on varsity last week, dad took his hat off and grabbed his son's facemask.