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January 4, 2001
Tony Altobelli John Wayne said it best when he said, "When you fall off a horse, pilgrim, you better get right back on." So is the life of a three-point shooter in basketball and so is the life of Costa Mesa High hoopster Steve Whittaker. "Steve is a very resilient player for us," Mesa Coach Bob Serven said. "He does a remarkable job of bouncing back from subpar games." In fact, Whittaker, this week's Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, can even bounce back from a subpar first half of a basketball game.
NEWS
April 3, 2001
COSTA MESA - Estancia High sophomore Jason Cassidy and Costa Mesa junior Bryce Sheridan tied for medalist honors (2-over-par 37), but the outcome of the Pacific Coast League boys golf match was not as close Monday. Host Estancia prevailed, 199-222, at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club's Mesa Linda course, sweeping the league series from their crosstown rival. Estancia's Pete Baker and Greg Rausch shot 39, followed by Mesa's Steve Whittaker (40)
NEWS
March 9, 2001
COSTA MESA - After two days of nonleague action, the Costa Mesa boys golf team surrendered, 447-451, to Western Thursday. Mesa junior Bryce Sheridan finished as the medalist after shooting a 78 out of par-70 combined from Wednesday's action at the Anaheim "Dad Miller" Golf Club and Thursday at Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club's Mesa Linda course. Mustang junior Billy Lund shot a 79 and tied for second place with Western's Chris Punzalan. Steve Whittaker had a 95 and Mike Gardiner ended with a 101. Mesa (1-2)
NEWS
March 18, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - There is a lot of catching up to do for the Costa Mesa High boys golf team. After four of its six players competed in the postseason winter sports, the quartet of Bryce Sheridan, Mike Gardiner, Billy Lund and Steve Whittaker has had to speed up the training process to get on track with the rest of the competition. Sheridan, who is Mesa's golf leader thus far, along with Gardiner and Lund, played on the boys soccer team that won the school's first Pacific Coast League title.
NEWS
December 6, 2000
COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High senior guard Steve Whittaker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and senior center Mike Payne had nine of his 11 points and all eight rebounds in the second half to help the Mustangs earn a nonleague boys basketball home win over Saddleback Tuesday night. Senior Jun Gandia added nine, all on three-pointers, for the winners (3-2). Whittaker drained four three-pointers as the Mustangs hit 10 from beyond the arc. NONLEAGUE Costa Mesa 61, Saddleback 39 Score by Quarters Saddleback 6 16 8 9 - 39 Costa Mesa 16 14 17 14 - 61 Saddleback - Isais 15, R. Gonzalez 12, Winrow 3, Singh 3, Reyes 2, Sosa 2, Amezcua 2. 3-pt.
NEWS
December 23, 1999
FULLERTON - Ryan Naff scored 19 points to lead Costa Mesa High's boys basketball team to a 65-56 nonleague win over Sunny Hills Wednesday night. Mustangs senior Nathan Jones chipped in with 10 points, while seniors Steve Whittaker and Dave Weir each scored nine. It was the Mustangs' defense that was the story early, as they held the Lancers to only four first-quarter points, while jumping out to a nine-point lead. Naff scored 11 of his 19 points in the first quarter.
NEWS
December 30, 1999
Joseph Boo ANAHEIM - Watching Costa Mesa Coach Bob Serven yell at his team going against Buena Park in the Canyon Classic on Wednesday, you would think his team was losing. Instead, the Mustangs led for almost the entire game to win, 61-60. The victory came despite a sluggish Costa Mesa performance and an offensive rebounding clinic from Buena Park. "Well, it's better to win these games than to lose," Serven said. The Mustangs will face Canyon in the fifth-place game today, at 1:30 p.m. Costa Mesa (11-4)
NEWS
February 7, 2001
Steve Virgen LAGUNA BEACH - This might be the most important week of the season for the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team. But, Tuesday night at Laguna Beach, the Mustangs were having a good time, giddy with an 87-48 Pacific Coast League victory over the Artists. "That was a feel-good game," said Mesa Coach Bob Serven, who never had to call a timeout. "Everyone got to play and it put us at 6-3 in league (16-9 overall)." Mustang center Mike Payne was also in a celebration mode.
NEWS
January 18, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - For one brief timeout early in the first quarter, the entire Pacific Coast League boys basketball campaign seemed to hang in the balance for Northwood High's Timberwolves. Northwood, the Daily Pilot favorite to win the league despite having no seniors, started 0-2 in the PCL and, before anybody had their seats warm Wednesday night, the T-wolves trailed, 15-1, to host Costa Mesa. But Coach Tim O'Brien's squad found another gear following some quick self-evaluation and rallied to defeat Costa Mesa, 60-46.
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April 3, 2001
COSTA MESA - Estancia High sophomore Jason Cassidy and Costa Mesa junior Bryce Sheridan tied for medalist honors (2-over-par 37), but the outcome of the Pacific Coast League boys golf match was not as close Monday. Host Estancia prevailed, 199-222, at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club's Mesa Linda course, sweeping the league series from their crosstown rival. Estancia's Pete Baker and Greg Rausch shot 39, followed by Mesa's Steve Whittaker (40)
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NEWS
March 18, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - There is a lot of catching up to do for the Costa Mesa High boys golf team. After four of its six players competed in the postseason winter sports, the quartet of Bryce Sheridan, Mike Gardiner, Billy Lund and Steve Whittaker has had to speed up the training process to get on track with the rest of the competition. Sheridan, who is Mesa's golf leader thus far, along with Gardiner and Lund, played on the boys soccer team that won the school's first Pacific Coast League title.
NEWS
March 9, 2001
COSTA MESA - After two days of nonleague action, the Costa Mesa boys golf team surrendered, 447-451, to Western Thursday. Mesa junior Bryce Sheridan finished as the medalist after shooting a 78 out of par-70 combined from Wednesday's action at the Anaheim "Dad Miller" Golf Club and Thursday at Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club's Mesa Linda course. Mustang junior Billy Lund shot a 79 and tied for second place with Western's Chris Punzalan. Steve Whittaker had a 95 and Mike Gardiner ended with a 101. Mesa (1-2)
NEWS
February 9, 2001
Barry Faulkner CORONA DEL MAR - The Costa Mesa High boys basketball team, a team that lives on the perimeter, can finally do a little interior decorating. Coach Bob Serven's Mustangs, who had played 40 seasons with little distinction, earned a share of the first league title in school history Thursday, topping host Corona del Mar, 58-39, in a Pacific Coast League game that was never really close. "I look up at the banners every day," Mesa senior Steve Whittaker said of his home gym, where nothing about boys basketball hangs from the walls decorated by the legacy of girls basketball, boys water polo, boys and girls cross country, and virtually every other sport where student-athletes don the green, black and white.
NEWS
February 7, 2001
Steve Virgen LAGUNA BEACH - This might be the most important week of the season for the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team. But, Tuesday night at Laguna Beach, the Mustangs were having a good time, giddy with an 87-48 Pacific Coast League victory over the Artists. "That was a feel-good game," said Mesa Coach Bob Serven, who never had to call a timeout. "Everyone got to play and it put us at 6-3 in league (16-9 overall)." Mustang center Mike Payne was also in a celebration mode.
NEWS
January 27, 2001
Tony Altobelli COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High's Steve Whittaker knew it was now or never. He chose now. The senior standout made the most of the situation and scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Costa Mesa High boys basketball team to a 65-50 Pacific Coast League win over crosstown-rival Estancia before a frenzied crowd at the Mustangs' gym. "I understood that this was the last time in my life I'd ever play...
NEWS
January 18, 2001
Richard Dunn COSTA MESA - For one brief timeout early in the first quarter, the entire Pacific Coast League boys basketball campaign seemed to hang in the balance for Northwood High's Timberwolves. Northwood, the Daily Pilot favorite to win the league despite having no seniors, started 0-2 in the PCL and, before anybody had their seats warm Wednesday night, the T-wolves trailed, 15-1, to host Costa Mesa. But Coach Tim O'Brien's squad found another gear following some quick self-evaluation and rallied to defeat Costa Mesa, 60-46.
NEWS
January 4, 2001
Tony Altobelli John Wayne said it best when he said, "When you fall off a horse, pilgrim, you better get right back on." So is the life of a three-point shooter in basketball and so is the life of Costa Mesa High hoopster Steve Whittaker. "Steve is a very resilient player for us," Mesa Coach Bob Serven said. "He does a remarkable job of bouncing back from subpar games." In fact, Whittaker, this week's Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week, can even bounce back from a subpar first half of a basketball game.
NEWS
December 6, 2000
COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High senior guard Steve Whittaker had 18 points and 10 rebounds and senior center Mike Payne had nine of his 11 points and all eight rebounds in the second half to help the Mustangs earn a nonleague boys basketball home win over Saddleback Tuesday night. Senior Jun Gandia added nine, all on three-pointers, for the winners (3-2). Whittaker drained four three-pointers as the Mustangs hit 10 from beyond the arc. NONLEAGUE Costa Mesa 61, Saddleback 39 Score by Quarters Saddleback 6 16 8 9 - 39 Costa Mesa 16 14 17 14 - 61 Saddleback - Isais 15, R. Gonzalez 12, Winrow 3, Singh 3, Reyes 2, Sosa 2, Amezcua 2. 3-pt.
NEWS
December 30, 1999
Joseph Boo ANAHEIM - Watching Costa Mesa Coach Bob Serven yell at his team going against Buena Park in the Canyon Classic on Wednesday, you would think his team was losing. Instead, the Mustangs led for almost the entire game to win, 61-60. The victory came despite a sluggish Costa Mesa performance and an offensive rebounding clinic from Buena Park. "Well, it's better to win these games than to lose," Serven said. The Mustangs will face Canyon in the fifth-place game today, at 1:30 p.m. Costa Mesa (11-4)
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