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By Barry Faulkner | August 7, 2013
When Darren Fells believed his basketball career had reached the end of the line, he merely sprinted up the seam. The former UC Irvine basketball standout who earned second-team All-Big West Conference honors and led the conference in field-goal percentage as a senior in 2006-07, spent four years in professional basketball, playing for teams in Belgium, Finland, France, Mexico and most recently, last season, in Argentina. But the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder, who was an All-CIF Southern Section tight end at Fullerton High and turned down football scholarship offers from then-Pac-10 schools to play hoops at UCI, said his dribble began to lose its drive.
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August 31, 2013
Darren Fells, a former UC Irvine men's basketball player attempting to make the Seattle Seahawks as a tight end, was waived by the football team Saturday. Fells caught two passes for 22 yards in the preseason for the Seahawks, who signed him to a three-year contract for $495,000 in March. He was released by the team in May, but Seattle signed him 12 days later. But the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder, who last played football at Fullerton High, could not make the team. Fells, a second-team All-Big West Conference performer as a senior in 2006-07 at UCI, played four seasons of professional basketball in Europe, Mexico and Argentina.
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September 10, 2003
A transfer from Loara where he started a handful of games at quarterback as a sophomore. He is expected to lend balance to attack. Being recruited by most Pac-10 schools as a linebacker, he will also open holes as lead blocker at fullback on offense. An all-league cornerback last fall, he will see time at wide receiver this season, a position at which the Mustangs lack experience. A Kansas transfer, this running back is more cruncher than comet.
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September 10, 2003
Quickness and speed make him a top receiving target and he also plays defensive back. He had thrown for 1,611 yards coming in, then went for 260 and three TDs in opening win. Quick and courageous, he should help out in the backfield and the secondary. Taking over at tailback, he rushed for 94 yards on 15 carries in win over Palos Verdes. Strength and agility are the tools he uses against bigger opponents in the trenches. His toughness will prove invaluable at a linebacker spot and he'll also start on the offensive line.
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January 26, 2005
Rick Devereux Jeff Thomason will be using his two weeks vacation time from his project manager job at a construction company in New Jersey to go to Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville Feb. 6. Actually, he will be in the Super Bowl. Thomason, a former Corona del Mar High standout football player and swimmer in the late 1980s, signed a one-game contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup tight end. Starting tight end and pro bowler Chad Lewis broke his foot in the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons and will be unavailable for the big game in two weeks.
NEWS
October 15, 2001
Barry Faulkner CORONA DEL MAR - Corona del Mar High football coach Dick Freeman was gratified to have opened the Pacific Coast League season with a 35-6 triumph over Estancia Friday night. But almost as positive as the scoreboard, was the absence of injuries for the Sea Kings, who even welcomed the limited return of a couple casualties who had been sidelined. John Daley, a junior two-way standout, saw his first action since breaking his wrist Week 3 against Newport Harbor and Tyler McClellan, who suffered a rig cage injury in the Battle of the Bay, also saw time against Estancia.
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February 6, 2005
Rick Devereux The T-shirts Randy Thomason will be handing out today at his Super Bowl party today in Newport Beach say it all. "From hard hat to helmet." The saying is in recognition of his brother's unbelievable comeback to the NFL after a two-year hiatus and working for a construction company in New Jersey. Jeff Thomason, a former Corona del Mar High standout swimmer, went on to play tight end for the University of Oregon and had a 10-year career in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Green Bay Packers (where he won one Super Bowl and played in an other)
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 27, 2013
After countless of hours on TV, the NFL Draft ended as it usually does with the last pick, Mr. Irrelevant. During the three-day event, draft pundits talked about 253 players, their size, their skills and their potential impact. When it came to the 254th player, the experts didn't have to say much. They usually run out of material by the time a team selects the final player in the draft. This is when the NFL folks in New York hand it over to a man named Paul Salata from Newport Beach.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR •The Corona del Mar High football team is headed to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship game for the third straight year, after Friday night's 37-14 semifinal victory at Westminster. The top-seeded Sea Kings (13-0), seeking their third straight CIF title, will play No. 2-seeded Garden Grove (13-0) in the title game Friday at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast College. They are on quite a roll, both offensively and defensively, headed into the final, which is rematch of last year's title game.
NEWS
September 21, 2000
Reckoning Barry Faulkner Luis Day will always remember his first big hit. So will his ribs. The crucial collision occurred two short football seasons ago, when the then-Costa Mesa High sophomore, with only one season as a Pop Warner reserve under his belt, was thrust onto the varsity scout team, a.k.a. human blocking dummies for Mustang starters. "(Getting drilled by a teammate) was my initiation to real physical football," said Day, who took his lumps, but also more than a few mental notes, while awaiting his chance to turn the tables.
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December 4, 2013
CORONA DEL MAR •The Corona del Mar High football team is headed to the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship game for the third straight year, after Friday night's 37-14 semifinal victory at Westminster. The top-seeded Sea Kings (13-0), seeking their third straight CIF title, will play No. 2-seeded Garden Grove (13-0) in the title game Friday at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast College. They are on quite a roll, both offensively and defensively, headed into the final, which is rematch of last year's title game.
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August 31, 2013
Darren Fells, a former UC Irvine men's basketball player attempting to make the Seattle Seahawks as a tight end, was waived by the football team Saturday. Fells caught two passes for 22 yards in the preseason for the Seahawks, who signed him to a three-year contract for $495,000 in March. He was released by the team in May, but Seattle signed him 12 days later. But the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder, who last played football at Fullerton High, could not make the team. Fells, a second-team All-Big West Conference performer as a senior in 2006-07 at UCI, played four seasons of professional basketball in Europe, Mexico and Argentina.
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By Barry Faulkner | August 7, 2013
When Darren Fells believed his basketball career had reached the end of the line, he merely sprinted up the seam. The former UC Irvine basketball standout who earned second-team All-Big West Conference honors and led the conference in field-goal percentage as a senior in 2006-07, spent four years in professional basketball, playing for teams in Belgium, Finland, France, Mexico and most recently, last season, in Argentina. But the 6-foot-7, 275-pounder, who was an All-CIF Southern Section tight end at Fullerton High and turned down football scholarship offers from then-Pac-10 schools to play hoops at UCI, said his dribble began to lose its drive.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 27, 2013
After countless of hours on TV, the NFL Draft ended as it usually does with the last pick, Mr. Irrelevant. During the three-day event, draft pundits talked about 253 players, their size, their skills and their potential impact. When it came to the 254th player, the experts didn't have to say much. They usually run out of material by the time a team selects the final player in the draft. This is when the NFL folks in New York hand it over to a man named Paul Salata from Newport Beach.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | October 28, 2010
When Omar Gutierrez missed school at Estancia High last week, Coach Mike Bargas understood why he was out. It was not the first time the senior was absent this school year. Earlier this month, Gutierrez said he did not attend school because it hurt too much to sit down in a chair. He injured his lower back in a football game on Sept. 30. The setback sidelined him for a few days in the classroom and one game on the field. The pain was so excruciating that Gutierrez found it hard to do something he does before each game.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | November 9, 2007
Sage Hill School’s football team doesn’t get shaken by much, which is why Coach Pete Anderson said the Lightning would be fine, even without starting tight end Craig Jackson. Jackson, a junior, sustained a concussion in the Lightning’s 37-28 win over Brethren Christian on Saturday, so Sage Hill will be employing a three-wideout set tonight at 7 against visiting Capistrano Valley Christian. The Lightning usually switch between a three-wide set and a basic formation with two wide receivers and a tight end. Anderson said they would probably use three receivers more against Academy League rival CVC, and sophomore backup Connor Gaughan will play some at tight end. “He does a real good job on the junior varsity level, so we’ll be fine,” Anderson said.
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By Barry Faulkner | August 29, 2007
Danny Pulido stood before the Newport Harbor High football team for the first practice this fall a largely forgotten legend, and, some might say, a cautionary tale. Few among the Sailors players, Pulido said, had the slightest inkling that the 1997 Newport Harbor graduate who played three seasons of varsity football and competed in two CIF Southern Section title games, left the program as its all-time leading receiver, with a scholarship to the University of Oregon. Pulido, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver, outside linebacker and safety, who also started as a freshman on the varsity basketball team and played multiple seasons on the varsity baseball squad, was one of the most decorated athletes to come out of Newport Harbor in the 1990s.
NEWS
February 6, 2005
Rick Devereux The T-shirts Randy Thomason will be handing out today at his Super Bowl party today in Newport Beach say it all. "From hard hat to helmet." The saying is in recognition of his brother's unbelievable comeback to the NFL after a two-year hiatus and working for a construction company in New Jersey. Jeff Thomason, a former Corona del Mar High standout swimmer, went on to play tight end for the University of Oregon and had a 10-year career in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Green Bay Packers (where he won one Super Bowl and played in an other)
NEWS
January 26, 2005
Rick Devereux Jeff Thomason will be using his two weeks vacation time from his project manager job at a construction company in New Jersey to go to Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville Feb. 6. Actually, he will be in the Super Bowl. Thomason, a former Corona del Mar High standout football player and swimmer in the late 1980s, signed a one-game contract with the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup tight end. Starting tight end and pro bowler Chad Lewis broke his foot in the NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons and will be unavailable for the big game in two weeks.
NEWS
October 23, 2003
Patrick Laverty Jeff Waldron's pregame routine doesn't exactly conjure up images of loud music, head butting and locker pounding that are commonly associated with getting ready to play football. Waldron, a junior at Costa Mesa High, does spend his time on game days with his teammates in the Mustangs locker room, but most of that time is spent in thought as the wide receiver and outside linebacker goes over the game in his head. "They don't really think of me as a mean player," Waldron said.
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