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.
December 12, 2001
Corona del Mar High's boys basketball team dropped a 74-55 Sonora/Troy Tournament decision to El Modena Tuesday night, sending the Sea Kings back to the floor tonight against La Habra at 7:30. Pancho Seaborn led CdM (3-4) with 26 points, including six three-pointers. SONORA/TROY TOURNAMENT Second Round El Modena 74, Corona del Mar 55 CdM - Seaborn 26, Mancillas 13, Northridge 0, Glass 0, Najar 0, Sherick-Odom 4, Welch 2, Matsen 12, Hildebrand 0. 3-pt.
October 15, 2003
Costa Mesa, 36 ... Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner ... Lost a bid for City Council last year ... Is working with the parents at Sonora School and the business community and different people to try to help support programs for funding at Sonora, where one of her sons goes to school ... In past year, son Sam started kindergarten and she joined the Girl Scouts Board ... Proud that her family made it through the City Council...
September 18, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT-MESA - Three of Newport-Mesa's principals will receive kudos and cash tonight from the Irvine Co. Continuing its ongoing recognition of students and educators, the development company will honor 10 administrators from the Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport-Mesa and Tustin school districts tonight with the Principal Excellence Awards. Chosen from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for their outstanding leadership this year were Karen Kendall, principal of Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar; Barbara Harrington, who just retired as principal of Adams Elementary School in Costa Mesa; and Sonora Elementary School Principal Lorie Hoggard.
September 22, 2006
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has begun holding meetings with parents in the Costa Mesa Zone to determine whether to realign grade levels in the upcoming school year. In March, a group of the parents brought a petition to the school board, asking the district to consider rearranging grade levels so that children could stay at the same schools for a longer period of time. Over the next month, assistant superintendent of elementary education Susan Astarita plans to hold eight meetings at the zone's elementary schools to hear parent input.
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)
June 5, 2002
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT-MESA -- Under Lorie Hoggard's nurturing watch, Sonora Elementary School has ascended to the highest academic echelon. This spring, the Costa Mesa elementary school was recognized as a California Distinguished School and won a Title I award for high standardized test scores. Instead of resting on her laurels, Hoggard has moved on to a new challenge -- assuming the role of the district's director of early childhood education.
June 3, 2005
Barry Faulkner College Park Elementary school boys soccer coach Carlos Valdez said the last two teams he has coached in the Daily Pilot Cup have struggled to find success. But Valdez's latest edition of Cougars, competing this year in the third- and fourth-grade Silver division, appear determined to make the most of their opportunity to rise above the competition. College Park was "dominated" in the first half of Thursday's Pool D contest with the Sonora B team, as the Eagles maintained possession of the ball in their offensive zone for nearly all of the first 25-minute stanza.
June 1, 2002
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - With a makeshift boys soccer team, combining third- and fourth-grade division players from three Costa Mesa elementary schools, Davis Coach Chasen Marshall only had two weeks to assemble his squad for the third annual Daily Pilot Cup. But the players responded Friday as if they'd known each other for years. In pool play, Davis defeated Newport Heights No. 2, 2-0, with a pair of second-half goals at the Farm Field. Neither team advanced to today's quarterfinals, reserved for pool champion Lincoln.
December 18, 2001
A recent McDonald's fund-raising effort in which teachers and other school officials served up burgers at about 200 McDonald's restaurants raised more than $125,000 in Southern California. The November event, held Nov. 12 through Nov. 16, raised money for the schools involved. In Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Andersen, Sonora and Newport Beach elementary schools participated in the McDonald's McTeacher's Night and benefited from it. Each school's principal and up to 10 teachers greeted customers, took food orders and helped with food preparation during the week.