May 19, 2010
The year was 1965. That was the year I fell in love with baseball and history. It happened in Miss Tomlinson’s fifth-grade class at Crestview Elementary School in Merriam, Kan. We had the Kansas City Athletics, but they were a last-place mess that went 59-103 that season of ’65. The only highlight was Campy Campaneris playing all nine positions against the Angels on Sept. 8. I was searching for a baseball team that I could love. Miss Tomlinson had a passion for baseball, so when she wheeled that 14-inch black-and-white TV into class so we could watch the Dodgers play the Twins for the World Series, I was in heaven.
November 26, 2009
“When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk,” Philippe Petit says. The famous tightrope-walking Frenchman earned his notoriety at the age of 24 with one of the largest and most daring publicity stunts in history: crossing the gap between the Twin Towers in New York City in 1974 on a steel wire — and without a safety net, 110 stories above the ground. Since then, he’s become known as a prolific Renaissance man with interests in magic, storytelling, bullfighting, engineering and pick-pocketing.
November 14, 2009
Friends of late Newport Beach pro-surfer Gary Edgar will release 45 doves on the beach today to strains of the Bob Marley song “Three Little Birds.” A fixture in Newport’s surfing community since the late ’70s, Gary Edgar, 45, was listening to the song when he died last week after battling lung cancer. “ Don’t worry about a thing / ‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right ,” the song goes. Together with his brother, Ron Edgar, the identical twins were known in local surfing circles as “the Shredgars.
November 2, 2009
COSTA MESA — The ice ran low during the Newport Harbor High field hockey game. Players from Louisville of Woodland Hills used most of the ice to fill bags for injuries to the face, ankle and knee. The bags felt frigid to a couple of the injured players on the sideline as the game went on Monday. The Royals’ offense looked just as cold. Newport Harbor froze visiting Louisville, practically playing the entire 60-minute game on the Royals’ end at Harper Elementary.
August 5, 2009
Paul Anderson states, incorrectly, that the joining of Glenn Tipton to Judas Priest introduced a twin lead guitar that, up to that point, had never been done (“Holding up the heavy metal altar,” Tuesday). Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, Wishbone Ash, behind Ted Turner and Andy Powell, gave birth to the innovation of twin-lead guitars back in the ’60s, and the Allman Brothers Band popularized it. Judas Priest is only one of several bands that have effectively used that style to signature results, after the previously mentioned pioneering bands.
July 24, 2009
The Orange County Fair was a little redder than usual Thursday when thousands of Angels fans showed up in jerseys to meet catchers Jeff Matthis Mathis and Mike Napoli, who were signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m. “It was great,” said 11-year-old Dillon Murphy of Newport Beach. “As a baseball player myself, it was nice to meet them.” Matthis and Napoli greeted about 500 fans, officials estimate. The line ? stretched dozens of yards, then looped back again.
June 1, 2009
For a video, click here. For a photo gallery, click here. COSTA MESA — The Lakers had Shaq and Kobe and the Bulls had Jordan and Pippen. The third- and fourth-grade Carden Hall boys’ gold division team introduced another dynamic duo to the sports world at this year’s Daily Pilot Cup: the Campos twins, Dylan and Travis. Travis Campos scored five goals to lead Carden Hall to a 7-1 victory over Whittier Sunday in the gold division’s final match at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex.
May 31, 2009
For a video, click here. For a photo gallery click here. COSTA MESA — The Lakers had Shaq and Kobe and the Bulls had Jordan and Pippen. The third- and fourth-grade Carden Hall boys’ gold division team introduced another dynamic duo to the sports world at this year’s Daily Pilot Cup: the Campos twins, Dylan and Travis. Carden Hall, who outscored teams, 30-4, in five games of the tournament, was led by Travis Campos’ five goals Sunday and defeated Whittier, 7-1, in the gold division’s final match at the Costa Mesa Farm Complex.
April 29, 2009
Costa Mesa High seniors Cody and Dustin Serrano have committed to continue their water polo careers at Long Beach State, they said Wednesday. “It’s perfect for us,” Dustin Serrano said. “It’s where we can work our way up to being the best we want to be.” Both of the twins were first-team All-Orange Coast League players their senior years. Cody, a two-meter threat, led the Mustangs with 111 goals, while defender Dustin led the team with 110 steals and also had 100 goals.
October 15, 2008
COSTA MESA — Though their campuses are only a few miles apart, when it comes to the boys’ water polo programs at Costa Mesa High and Estancia, the water is wide. Still. Costa Mesa opened a 9-0 lead on its way to an 18-2 Orange Coast League win Wednesday at the Eagles’ pool, thoroughly impressing Estancia Coach John Carpenter. “Mesa has a great team this year,” Carpenter said. “[The Mustangs] have a lot of team speed and they have size. I see them going really far in CIF. I think they have a shot at beating Laguna Beach [ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division III]