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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 6, 2013
Just the other day, Jeff Brinkley summed up coaching high school football to a new Toby Keith song. The song titled "Hard Way To Make An Easy Living" aptly fits his job at Newport Harbor High. "People look at [coaching] and think, 'What an enjoyable [job],' and it is enjoyable, but it's a lot of hard work," says Brinkley, sitting in his office while he and his assistants prepare to head out to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon. "These guys put in a lot of hours and they're away from their families.
SPORTS
November 20, 2007
The boys’ water polo teams from Newport Harbor High and Corona del Mar earned berths into the CIF Southern Section Masters Tournament, scheduled Friday and Saturday at Irvine High. The Sailors (27-3), who won the Southern Section Divsision I crown Saturday with an 11-3 triumph over Northwood, are the No. 1 seed. They face Cerritos at 10 a.m. Friday to open the 16-team event. CdM (16-7), which lost to El Toro in the Southern Section Division I quarterfinals, meets Mater Dei at 11:15 a.m. Friday.
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February 5, 2000
Name: Heather Deyden Born: Aug. 10, 1983 Hometown: Tustin Height: 5-foot-9 Weight: 150 Sport: Water polo Position: Goalie Coaches: Bill Barnett Favorite food: Sushi Favorite movie: "Beaches" Best athletic moment: "When I was able to be at the CIF(Southern Section Division I) championship game, (a victory over Irvine last season which she watched from the Harbor bench). It was so exhilarating." The week that was: She made six saves and scored a goal in a 15-2 league romp over Woodbridge, then made eight saves to help the Tars rally for a 7-5 nonleague triumph over powerful Foothill.
NEWS
August 17, 2001
CORONA DEL MAR - Season Meservey, who helped the Corona del Mar High girls cross country team win Pacific Coast League, CIF Southern Section Division IV and CIF State Division IV titles last fall, confirmed Thursday she will transfer to Santiago High in Corona for the upcoming season. Meservey, who transferred to CdM from Aliso Niguel before her sophomore year, was a valuable member of Bill Sumner's team last year. She finished fifth at league finals, 13th at Southern Section finals and 11th at state finals.
SPORTS
November 23, 2007
Devin Hester, Matt Hasselbeck and Brian Urlacher would have to wait. There was hardly anything keeping Laird Hayes from watching his son play for a championship. His colleagues were missing work because of injuries. But Hayes called his boss Mike Pereira, the NFL vice president of officiating, to let him know he was not going to Seattle to work the Seahawks-Bears game. Hayes wanted to watch Andy and the Newport Harbor High boys’ water polo team play against Northwood in the CIF Southern Section Division I title game.
SPORTS
April 13, 2006
At Corona del Mar High, the student-athletes are doing a pretty good job of being both students and athletes. Three Corona del Mar teams are slated to be honored at Angel Stadium before the Los Angeles Angels-Detroit Tigers game April 25 for being 2006 CIF Southern Section Academic Award winners. Among Southern Section high schools with an enrollment of 1,501 or more, the Corona del Mar boys' cross country team, softball team and girls' golf team each had the highest grade point average in their respective sports.
NEWS
November 21, 2003
Another year, another step closer. Sage Hill School's girls tennis team became the first squad from any sport at the school to advance to the semifinals in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. But the Lightning, seeded No. 1 in Division V playoffs, had their run end on the road Thursday when they were upset by Malibu, 10-8. Last season, Sage Hill (18-4) bowed out in the quarterfinals. The Lightning received strong play from their doubles teams, which won two games each.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | September 6, 2007
Nate Miller has more time on his hands now. This bodes well for Sage Hill School’s cross country programs. Miller stepped down in July as athletic director, a position he held for almost as long as the private school has been around. Six years as athletic director. The school opened its doors in 2000. But instead of making sure every team has a coach now, he’s been focusing on assembling strong boys’ and girls’ cross country teams in his seventh year as coach.
NEWS
April 1, 2003
Four Newport-Mesa players have been named second-team All-CIF Southern Section in their respective boys and girls divisions by the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association. Newport Harbor High senior Nedim Pajevic was recognized in Division II-AA, after leading the Sailors' boys team to a 16-10 record. The 6-foot-9 center, who shared Player of the Year honors in the Sea View League, averaged 15.7 points and just more than 13 rebounds for the Tars.
NEWS
June 12, 2003
Barry Faulkner Though the complexity of the task defies concise explanation, Costa Mesa High senior Sharon Day thought only a few seconds before professing her keys to defying gravity. "I think you have to have speed and control at the same time," said the two-time CIF State girls high jump champion, who defended that title Saturday at Cerritos College, capping a momentous season and monumental prep track and field career. Speed and control, in fact, could also prove analogous to Day's pliable personal traits; those that allow her to balance a raging competitive fire with a cryptic cool that has rendered her virtually resistant to the most pressurized situations.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 18, 2014
At the end of a historic season in late December, reporters asked Coach Scott Meyer about next year. Can his football team repeat a perfect season? The Sea Kings had just beaten Atherton Sacred Heart Prep, 27-15, in the CIF State Division III Bowl Game to become the first team in the state to produce a 16-0 season. Meyer, standing inside the tunnel at the StubHub Center in Carson, tried not to look ahead. "We're not going to think about that for a little while," Meyer said back then, before going into the number of starters expected to return, 10 on defense and five on offense, and the challenging nonleague schedule next season.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | March 4, 2014
Fans began to chant, "Si se puede!" and the Estancia High boys' soccer team never lost hope. The Eagles trailed by one late in the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs and they kept fighting. Time was running out on the Eagles against Baldwin Park on Tuesday. Their coach, Robert Castellano, raced to the fence to track down a ball with 5 minutes left, trying to save time to give the Eagles another chance to tie the match. He then turned to the home crowd, the biggest to see his team play during his five seasons in charge.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Don't bring up the last time the Estancia High boys' soccer team won the CIF Southern Section title to Robert Castellano. He begrudgingly will thank you for reminding him. That special season 14 years ago can be a sensitive issue for him at times. He missed being a part of that section championship team because he graduated the year before the school won it all. Castellano never played for a section title, but he is now one win away from coaching the Eagles in one. As the coach, Castellano is in full control, always composed.
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By Barry Faulkner | February 26, 2014
Just so her teachers know, a dog didn't eat Claire Novotny's homework. But in the event that the Sage Hill School sophomore comes up a little short in the classroom on Thursday, some would suggest she has an iron-clad alibi. Novotny fired in a booming shot from 31 yards out into the upper corner of the net to lift the Lightning girls' soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over visiting Paloma Valley in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 playoffs on Wednesday.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 26, 2014
In the spring, Corona del Mar High's Kelly Tam played on the same girls' club basketball team with the starters on the San Juan Hills basketball team. "I know how they play," Tam said. Tam reminded her club teammates how dangerous she can be with the ball in her hands. In the final minute of the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3AA playoffs, the host Sea Kings went to Tam with the game on the line on Wednesday. She hadn't made a basket all night. She wasn't even CdM's first option.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 25, 2014
ANAHEIM - When the Corona del Mar High boys' soccer team showed up at Anaheim, the uneven field, with patches of grass, looked like the one the Sea Kings play on at home. Anaheim Coach Joe Chavez learned his team wasn't the only one in Orange County that plays on a poor field. "We're used to this," CdM Coach George Larsen told Chavez, who said he began to think, "Oh gosh! It might play in their favor. " While the Sea Kings played on the road in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs on Tuesday, they were 3 minutes away from getting the type of result they do at home.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | February 21, 2014
SANTA ANA - For the second straight season, the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team faced one of the top two seeds early in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Last season in Division 2A, the Sailors played host to No. 1 Westlake in the second round and lost by nine points. They opened the Division 2AA playoffs at No. 2 Foothill on Friday and they did not do as well, losing 82-55. "We got to talk to our guys about having a better regular season," said Newport Harbor Coach Bob Torribio, whose team finished 14-14 overall for the second season in a row. "We got to take care of some business early on so we don't have to play these tough teams early on [in the postseason]
SPORTS
February 16, 2014
The Corona del Mar High girls' water polo team will attempt to repeat as CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion as the No. 3 seed. The Sea Kings (23-4) are the highest seeded team of the three Newport-Mesa squads that are in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. Newport Harbor, which reached the CIF Division 1 title game last year, will have its work out cut out for it this season. Costa Mesa is a wild card in Division 1. CdM, the Pacific Coast League champion that won its first Division 1 title last season, open against a wild-card winner Wednesday.
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By Barry Faulkner | December 31, 2013
When it comes to the top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories of 2013, as selected by the Daily Pilot sports staff, a singular mantra emerges: Work hard. Compete. Win. Celebrate. Repeat. Five of the top six stories in 2013 shared similar status in 2012, though all but one moved to a new position in the lineup. Corona del Mar High football, which added a CIF State title to its three consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division crowns, tops the list for the second time in three years.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 6, 2013
Just the other day, Jeff Brinkley summed up coaching high school football to a new Toby Keith song. The song titled "Hard Way To Make An Easy Living" aptly fits his job at Newport Harbor High. "People look at [coaching] and think, 'What an enjoyable [job],' and it is enjoyable, but it's a lot of hard work," says Brinkley, sitting in his office while he and his assistants prepare to head out to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon. "These guys put in a lot of hours and they're away from their families.
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