July 17, 2004
Steve Virgen With a bandage on his forehead to stop a gash from bleeding, Omar Amr typified the U.S. men's water polo team that also suffered a blow from Greece in an opening game of the FINA World League Super Final. Team USA, which includes five former UC Irvine standouts, lost, 13-12, in a penalty shootout to a physical Greece squad in front of 3,417 fans, that were rather subdued, at the Charter All-Digital Aquatic Centre in Long Beach Friday night.
January 25, 2005
Sophomore Melissa Buchmann scored three of her team-high six goals in the second quarter to help the Estancia High girls water polo team claim its fourth straight victory following a 15-1 nonleague decision over visiting Magnolia Monday. Courtney Hess scored four times while Chelsea Kaplan and Carolina Barnes each tallied two goals for the Eagles (12-9, 1-2 in the Golden West League). Katie Mahan made seven saves in goal and then scored one goal while in the field in the second half.
June 8, 2013
UC Irvine sophomore Taylor Sparks, who shared Big West Conference Field Player of the Year honors in 2013 and was named third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, has been named to the USA Baseball national collegiate team. "It is sensational that Taylor Sparks' great progress has been noted by the USA national collegiate team staff and that he has been invited to be a member of the team for the summer of '13," said UCI Coach Mike Gillespie, who managed the 2000 squad. "What a great honor and opportunity for Taylor, and well-deserved.
August 15, 2013
Six former UC Irvine men's volleyball standouts and two others with local ties are among the 21 players who will be considered for the 12-man roster of the U.S. team that will compete in the Pan American Cup tournament that begins Saturday and continues through Aug. 25 in Mexico City. Former UCI All-Americans on the preliminary roster are setters Brian Thornton and Ryan Ammerman, outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky, libero Michael Brinkley and middle blocker Dan McDonnell. Chris Austin, the starting setter on the Anteaters' back-to-back NCAA championship teams the last two seasons, is also on the preliminary roster, as is Corona del Mar High product Dylan Davis and Orange Coast College player Ryan Jay Owens.
July 15, 2008
Kevin Hansen is headed to China for the 2008 Olympics, a dream come true, and a truly remarkable feat, considering he was told that an athletic career would be challenging. Hansen, the former Corona del Mar High standout, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 10 years old and was told that sports would be difficult to pursue, Hansen’s bio reads. “I shoot up with needles at least four times a day,” Hansen said. Hansen was one of 12 athletes named to the U.S. Men’s Olympic Indoor Volleyball Team that will compete in Beijing, pending confirmation by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
October 11, 2001
The Green Shockers battled to a 3-3 tie with Wild Things in an AYSO Region 97 girls under-10 soccer game on Saturday. Kasey DeYoung made several key passes and scored two goals for the Green Shockers. Cailea Eisenberg also contributed on offense with a goal. Goalkeepers Valentina Buonanoce and Sadye Busby stood their ground in net. Britney McIntosh, Becky Gula, Jillian Paul, Jessica Hensley and Hannah MacLeod played well on defense. Sydney Clayton, Bonnie Sykes and Stephanie Havens contributed offensively.
October 14, 1999
COSTA MESA - The Storm, AYSO Region 120 Under-14 Girls team, had little trouble against the Gunners, winning, 5-0, over the weekend. Kari Truesdell scored two goals, with single tallies added by Alyson Clark, Kayla Shirey and Kimberly Moss. Assists were turned in by Shirey and Elizabeth Clayton, with other key offensive contributions from Gemma Western Julianne Doelz, Danica Christensen and Lisa Evans. Brittany Rausch, Heidi Schultheis and goalies Sarah Lambert and Jessie Slater, managed to keep the Gunners off the scoreboard.
July 2, 2002
Looking back, 5 years ago this week: Costa Mesa High Athletic Director Jerry Howell announces that baseball coach Doug Deats has resigned after four years. Deats cites the need to spend more time with family and "explore other areas in life." He guides Mesa to back-to-back playoff appearances in 1995-96, collecting a 42-55 overall record. He sent four players to the college ranks: Jeremy Starns, (Chapman), Matt Broesamle (Concordia), Seth Halvorson (La Verne)
July 20, 2004
Marco Ochoa, an assistant for Orange Coast College's men's and women's cross country teams, which both won state championships a year ago, will take over as head coach for both squads this fall, announced Monday by Athletic Director Barbara Bond. Ochoa, an assistant at Coast for the past two seasons, replaces John Knox, who guided the men's and women's teams for two seasons. Knox will assist Ochoa, but focus more of his energy coaching the school's track and field teams.
August 8, 2008
Eleven individuals with UC Irvine ties will participate at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China that began Friday. The Anteater contingent consists of five former student-athletes, two current students, two former students, a current coach and a former coach. Former All-American water polo players Ryan Bailey, Tim Hutten, Rick Merlo and Jeff Powers will compete for Team USA in water polo. UC Irvine has had at least one men’s water polo player in each of the seven Olympic Games.