July 6, 2009
COSTA MESA — When intracity Little League All-Star rivals meet annually in the best-of-three Mayor’s Cup series to decide the Costa Mesa city youth baseball championship, the competition can be, well, wild. But the term took on a more literal meaning in the opening game of the 2009 series, won by the Costa Mesa National Little League 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars, 11-3, Monday at Costa Mesa High. Costa Mesa American pitchers issued nine walks and added five hit batsmen to help the visitors prevail.
September 8, 2007
Ryan Bousquet, who won a state championship in men’s cross country as a sophomore for Orange Coast College in 2001, died in a motorcycle accident on Aug. 27. Bousquet, 25, was dead on the scene in Anaheim and speed was believed to have been a factor, according to various reports. Bousquet transferred to OCC from Arizona State and competed for the Pirates for one year. He then transferred back to Arizona State. Recently, he had been an assistant coach for Esperanza High’s cross country program.
September 2, 2008
Coaches like to philosophize about the off-season, stating frequently that games are won in the weight room and on the recruiting trail. The Orange Coast College football team, however, may have lost its best chance at a successful 2008 season in the classroom this past off-season, as no fewer than seven projected starters have come up academically ineligible. Among those who failed to make the grade(s) are five returning starters, including second-team All-Mission Conference American Division tight end Billy Brown.
February 20, 2009
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Orange County and Inland Empire Chapter is hosting a wine-tasting cruise Sunday with proceeds going to the organization, officials said. From 3 to 7 p.m., the public is invited to taste wines from around Southern California and enjoy a five-star meal prepared by Executive Chef John Kesoglou aboard the Entertainer. The yacht has three decks and can hold 300 people and will cruise around Newport Harbor. Participating wineries include Zin Alley, Hamilton Oaks, King Frosch, Justin Winery, Cielo, Prager Port, OC Custom Winery and Windsor Vineyards.
March 24, 2000
Alex Coolman "It was a sad day yesterday in Ireland," said Noel Ginnity, one of the performers in "Stars of the Irish Cabaret." He was talking on a cellular phone from a bus taking him to the airport for a flight to Las Vegas. "Yes, they buried the Irish national hokeypokey champion," Ginnity said. "It took hours to get him in the ground. "Every time they put the right leg in, he put the right leg out." Ginnity, the cabaret's comedian, has a tendency to slip into slightly fanciful anecdotes.
September 23, 2005
A world-class event, CaDance Festival, will take center stage in Laguna Beach from Oct. 1 to Oct. 9, offering a full menu of top dance performances, master workshops and classes, an Oscar-nominated dance documentary with two of its stars in a attendance, and a gala event with Patrick Swayze. An esteemed dance professional for more than 20 years, Jodie Gates, the festival's artistic director, is bringing internationally recognized dancers and premier dance companies for the nine-day event.
June 27, 2006
The Daily Pilot asked students at Wilson Elementary School, "What kind of performer would you like to be?" "A rap dancer." Erick Ortiz, 9, Costa Mesa "A hip-hop dancer, because you get to do a lot of fun things and make up moves, and you get lots of exercise." Jessica Garcilazo, 10, Costa Mesa "A rapper. I like to make up rhymes." Alejandro Rodriguez, 9, Costa Mesa "A singer, because I think I have the talent for that, and I think I could get through all the frustrations and all the drama."
July 23, 2001
Bryce Alderton FAIRGROUNDS -- So all those years of ignoring mom telling you not to chew bubble gum finally paid off -- in blowing the biggest bubble in the bubble gum blowing contest at the Kids' Park stage at the Orange County Fair Sunday afternoon. The trick for most of these youngsters was learning from a sibling. "My sister taught me," 11-year-old Dillon Matyas said after topping the 11 to 15 age group division for the largest bubble blown from one piece of bubble gum. His favorite flavor is watermelon.
June 12, 2013
Former UC Irvine baseball standout Christian Bergman, a pitcher for the Tulsa Drillers, a Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, is a Texas League All-Star. Bergman will represent the Drillers in the June 25 exhibition game at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. Through 10 starts this season, Bergman is 3-5 with a 3.60 earned-run average. He has allowed 83 hits, walked 10 and struck out 41 in 80 innings. Opponents are hitting .266 against him. Bergman, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, won the Chuck Stevens Award in 2012 as the Southern California resident who had the most outstanding minor league season.
April 14, 2002
Don Cantrell William A. Irwin was a real estate man with an idea for the ocean front of Newport Beach and in 1924 - some 78 years ago - he ordered the construction of a two-story, brick framed building that would become a landmark overlooking Newport Pier. The late real estate man, who died before the building was completed, could not have projected the athletic history that would subsequently emerge from some early day residents of the structure, almost a block long on Ocean Front.