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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.
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By Matt Szabo | October 4, 2013
Strong winds from the east blew plenty of dust through the air at Jim Scott Stadium on Friday night. It came from across Placentia Avenue, at the train station parking lot. You could call the Estancia High football team's nonleague game against Sonora the Dust Bowl. At times, the play on the field wasn't much prettier. The Eagles will surely take the result, though. Senior Zack Shafer caused a key fumble late and junior Devon Jackson made a key interception in the final minute, as Estancia hung on for an impressive 19-14 nonleague victory in its final tuneup before the Orange Coast League opener, the Battle for the Bell game on Oct. 11. Costa Mesa's players, on a bye, watched Friday's game from the home bleachers.
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By Steve Virgen | 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.
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By Steve Virgen | 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.
SPORTS
By Bruce Bourquin, Special to the Daily Pilot | 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.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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By Matt Szabo | October 4, 2013
Strong winds from the east blew plenty of dust through the air at Jim Scott Stadium on Friday night. It came from across Placentia Avenue, at the train station parking lot. You could call the Estancia High football team's nonleague game against Sonora the Dust Bowl. At times, the play on the field wasn't much prettier. The Eagles will surely take the result, though. Senior Zack Shafer caused a key fumble late and junior Devon Jackson made a key interception in the final minute, as Estancia hung on for an impressive 19-14 nonleague victory in its final tuneup before the Orange Coast League opener, the Battle for the Bell game on Oct. 11. Costa Mesa's players, on a bye, watched Friday's game from the home bleachers.
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SPORTS
October 3, 2013
Estancia (1-3) vs. Sonora (1-3) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at Jim Scott Stadium Key Eagles: Jr. RB Christian Laurent (583 yards rushing and two TDs); Sr. OL Osvaldo Villafana; So. QB Connor Brown (224 yards passing, two TDs and four INTs). Key Raiders: Soph. RB/S Jacob Fimbres (341 yards rushing and four TDs); Jr. TE/LB Dillon Meyer (team-best 31 tackles, two INTs); Sr. OL/DL John Paul Bonsol. Breakdown: Friday's game is the Eagles' final nonleague contest, before opening league against rival Costa Mesa on Oct. 11 ... Estancia wants to avoid going into league on a three-game losing streak ... The Eagles have been outscored by a combined 95-12 in their three losses, including last week's 20-6 setback against University ... Laurent has been consistent, rushing for at least 99 yards in each of the Eagles' four games ... Sonora is coming off its bye ... The Raiders started the season with three straight losses before edging Don Lugo, 21-20, on Sept.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 16, 2013
An 11-year-old Costa Mesa girl died when two personal watercraft collided over the weekend on the Colorado River near Laughlin, Nev., authorities said Monday. Samantha Nguyen, a sixth-grader at Sonora Elementary School, was at the river with her father, Vince Nguyen, according to Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials. He sustained severe injuries in the accident. Samantha, her father and another girl were riding a Jet Ski-type vehicle near the Emerald River Golf Course in Laughlin on Saturday morning, followed by a group in a similar watercraft said Doug Nielsen, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | June 1, 2013
COSTA MESA - It was less than a marquee matchup, on the most remote field at Jack Hammett Sports Complex, played with the last of Friday's daylight, between two winless teams that had lost their first game by identical 5-0 margins. Neither team had the luxury of a substitute and one squad - Sonora Elementary - was working with a fill-in coach who in order to better direct the players he had just met, attempted to hurriedly write their names on the backs of their light blue Daily Pilot Cup uniform T-shirts with a ball-point pen. Yet the third- and fourth-grade boys' silver division soccer contest that unfolded between the California Cougars and the Sonora Eagles on Friday was, one might suggest, as good as the Pilot Cup can deliver.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | March 7, 2013
Sonora Elementary School third-grader Kyler Schumacher showed off a 3-inch seedling he'd just received in a small plastic pot. He wasn't sure how long it would take, but he already decided he was going to help it grow until it was 50 feet tall. He and his classmates, who were lined up on the blacktop Thursday morning, each got a prize for listening intently to a 20-minute Arbor Day ceremony: a tiny carrotwood tree seedling. The Newport-Balboa Rotary Club gave the plants to every Sonora third-grade student in preparation for the annual day of tree planting.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 11, 2012
For those who attended the Battle for the Bell, or who read about it last week, Ben Beck's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown proved to be the difference. Estancia High beat Costa Mesa, 15-13, after Beck took one back for the second time in as many weeks. None of those two returns compare to his return from a serious right foot injury last year. Getting back on the field to play special teams, or wide receiver and free safety wasn't automatic for Beck. The player who outran the Mustangs to the end zone last week couldn't go at full speed in last year's rivalry game.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | 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.
SPORTS
September 27, 2012
Estancia (2-2) vs. Sonora (2-2) When/where: Friday, 7 p.m. at La Habra Stadium Key Eagles: Sr. RB-KR Robert Murtha (399 yards and four TDs on 54 carries); Sr. CB-WR Levi Stillman (three INTs, two catches for 36 yards and one TD); Sr. OL-LB Adahir Aguilera (team-best 48 tackles). Key Raiders: Sr. RB-CB Matthew Villasenor (416 yards and six TDs on 70 carries); Sr. WR Nate Miranda (15 catches for 339 yards and two TDs); Jr. FB-LB Justin Min (co-team high 40 tackles)
SPORTS
By Bruce Bourquin, Special to the Daily Pilot | 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.
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