December 1, 2000
Tony Altobelli BELLFLOWER - The Costa Mesa High girls basketball team lost to Cerritos-based Valley Christian, 68-56, in the quarterfinals of the Mayfair/Bellflower Tournament Thursday night. Nancy Hatsushi led the Mustangs (1-1) with 20 points, while Rhondi Naff chipped in with 11. Susie Boogaard led Valley Christian (2-0), the defending CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA champion, with 30 points. The Mustangs will go up against Los Alamitos at Bellflower High, beginning at 6 p.m. MAYFAIR/BELLFLOWER TOURNAMENT Quarterfinals Valley Christian 68, Costa Mesa 56 Valley Christian 22 16 17 13 - 56 Costa Mesa 11 10 22 13 - 68 Valley Christian - Fate 13, Verhoeven 2, Parrish 10, Newton 2, Miller 2, Gonzales 9, Boogaard 30. 3 pt. goals - Fate 1. Fouled out - Miller.
February 23, 2001
Tony Altobelli CORONA DEL MAR - Talk about peaking at just the right time. The Corona del Mar High girls soccer team mowed down yet another opponent Thursday afternoon with a 3-0 win over visiting Valley Christian of Cerritos in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division IV Playoffs. The final score in no way indicates the domination of the top-seeded Sea Kings (26-1-3) over the Crusaders (18-2-5). Despite a return trip to the semifinals, CdM Coach Ron Evans is still not comfortable talking about the future.
December 3, 2002
The Costa Mesa High girls basketball team got off to a slow start Monday in its season opener against Valley Christian in the first round of the Mayfair-Bellflower Tournament, dropping a 55-39 decision at Mayfair High. Costa Mesa, led by senior Rhondi Naff's eight points, shot 6 of 17 from the field in the first half, scoring only two points in the first quarter as Valley Christian amassed a 15-2 lead. Mesa plays St. Bernard today at 3 p.m. in a consolation game.
December 20, 2003
Bryce Alderton The Newport Harbor High girls basketball team entered unfamiliar territory Friday night and for the first quarter things went smoothly. But the Sailors soon found themselves in too deep against host Valley Christian, which won, 57-39, to claim the championship of the Valley Christian tournament. The Sailors (5-4), playing in their first tournament title game in Coach Jen Thompson's three seasons at the helm, took a 17-10 lead after one quarter, but a litany of turnovers, combined with a strong post game, allowed the Crusaders (7-4)
February 22, 2001
Barry Faulkner CORONA DEL MAR - A pair of goal-oriented teams will square off today, when top-seeded Corona del Mar High hosts Valley Christian of Cerritos in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division IV girls soccer playoffs at 3 p.m. The Sea Kings (25-1-3) have outscored opponents, 104-17, this season, while the Crusaders (19-1-5) have outscored foes, 107-19. CdM, which enters on a 25-game unbeaten streak, has dispatched playoff foes St. Paul and Martin Luther King by a combined 12-0 margin.
November 18, 2004
Rick Devereux A team that had won a total of four games in its two-year history, on paper, would appear to have the odds stacked against it of making the CIF playoffs the following season. But that is exactly what Sage Hill School's football team is doing this year after completing the regular season with a 7-3 record, which it takes into Friday's CIF Southern Section Division XIII first-round contest against host Linfield Christian at 7 p.m. The game marks the first CIF appearance for a Lightning football team.
February 16, 2009
What might have been two heart-wrenching Orange Coast League playoff losses, turned out to be merely postseason dress rehearsals for the Estancia High boys’ basketball team. Coach Agustin Heredia’s Eagles (11-17), who dropped two games in a three-team playoff for the final guaranteed CIF Southern Section Division IV-A playoff berths Thursday and Friday, won’t be turning in their uniforms after all. They were awarded one of 12 at-large berths in the 32-team bracket, the pairings for which were announced Sunday.
November 29, 2001
BELLFLOWER - Junior Rhondi Naff scored a game-high 16 points to lead the Costa Mesa High girls basketball team to a 46-29 victory over Long Beach Cabrillo in the first round of the Bellflower Tournament Wednesday. Naff also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and dished out a team-high four assists. Mesa senior Christine Caron added seven points. The Mustangs, 1-0, face Valley Christian in the second round, tonight at 7:30 at Bellflower High. BELLFLOWER TOURNAMENT First round Costa Mesa 46, Cabrillo 29 Cabrillo 6 5 7 11 - 29 Costa Mesa 13 10 9 14 - 46 Cabrillo - Ruffin 10, Easton 6, Brown 5, Milligan 4, Pettigrew 2, Hess 2. 3-pt.
February 13, 2001
Barry Faulkner CERRITOS - While the Costa Mesa High boys soccer team is still enjoying what is believed to be the school's first league championship, Estancia cashed in the benefits of winning the CIF Southern Section Division IV crown last season, when this year's playoff pairings were released Monday at the section office. The Eagles (9-4-5), who tied for third in the Pacific Coast League, but lost the tiebreaker to Northwood for the league's third guaranteed playoff spot, practiced Monday, instead of turning it their gear.