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By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | December 24, 2011
The last thing Kris Klamberg needed was a reminder of last season. It's all too fresh in the mind of the Irvine High boys' basketball coach what an injury to a key player can do to a team, like it did to his team last season when one of its top scorers, Alain Tran, was injured in the Pacific Coast League opener and missed the rest of the season. The Vaqueros, despite a respectable 9-6 nonleague record, plummeted in league, finishing 1-8 and in last place. This season's PCL opener is just around the corner, coming Jan. 6 when Irvine faces perennial contender Corona del Mar. The Vaqueros again have performed well in nonleague games, going 7-4 so far this year with two of those losses coming to highly-ranked Cypress.
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By: Charles Rich | August 24, 2005
Something didn't look right to Eddie Lopez when last season concluded for the Glendale Community College men's cross-country squad. For the first time since 1996, the Vaqueros didn't win the Western State Conference championship. At first, that shocked Lopez, but the veteran coach eventually understood why. "You can't win all of the time," Lopez said. "It was just a matter of time when the [conference] streak would end, even though we were in contention until the last meet.
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By: Charles Rich | August 24, 2005
He wanted overachievers, and found the perfect group. Glendale Community College women's cross-country Coach Eddie Lopez had to sound like a professional salesman for that to happen. Lopez sold the program's potential to nine freshmen. It took some time for Lopez to get the people he wanted, but now he's got an up-and-coming squad that will look to improve on last season's third-place finish in the Western State Conference. "When I recruit, I want overachievers who buy into our program," said Lopez, who received recruiting evaluations from assistant coach David Rodriguez.
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By: Charles Rich | August 27, 2005
Believe it: The Glendale Community College women's volleyball team would like to become heavy hitters. It's a program that's struggled for many years, culminating in it being shut down in 2002 because the college's athletic department decided the team couldn't field a sufficient amount of players. Things have changed since. Granted, the Vaqueros haven't posted a winning record since the program resurrected. But, they appear to have followed through on their well-conceived plan to recruit from the local talent base.
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By Dominic Perrone | September 8, 2006
GARDEN GROVE — A fourth coach in four years meant the Costa Mesa High football team would spend the early part of the season learning. School continued to be in session Thursday. The location of class was Bolsa Grande High and Rancho Alamitos was doing the teaching. But Costa Mesa also added in some home schooling in learning from its own mistakes. The score was 42-12, the grade was 'L' and the Mustangs dropped to 0-2 on the year as a result of the nonleague contest, Rancho Alamitos' first game of the season.
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By: Charles Rich | September 3, 2005
Walks around campus have brightened John Cicuto's mood. The veteran Glendale Community College football coach can feel a buzz across campus on the eve of the upcoming football season. The Vaqueros will finally play their home games on campus after competing at Glendale High. Glendale College will start a new chapter in its lengthy history when it meets Southwestern College in a nonconference game at 7 p.m. today at Sartoris Field. "The students can identify now with the team because we are on campus," said Cicuto, who took over the program in 1989.
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March 10, 2002
COSTA MESA - Estancia High starting pitcher Casey Gates blanked visiting Rancho Alamitos for three of his five innings, but the Vaqueros wound up with a 15-4 baseball victory Saturday in a Costa Mesa Division consolation game of the Newport Elks Tournament. "Gates pitched really well," said C.K. Green, who assumed head coaching duties Thursday after Doug Deats resigned. Green also praised his team's defensive improvement, which resulted in only one error.
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By: Charles Rich | August 31, 2005
At last, they can enjoy a true home-field advantage. Thanks to about $4 million spent on field improvements, the Glendale Community College women's soccer team -- along with the men's soccer and football teams -- will finally play matches on its home campus after years of playing on off-campus fields that didn't offer a cozy environment. With a new field -- the Vaqueros played their home games at the Glendale Sports Complex the past several seasons -- the women's soccer team will look to use it to its advantage with a perfect blend of speed and depth.
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By: Edgar Melik-Stepanyan | September 7, 2005
Typical Glendale Community College football. The Vaqueros started the 2005 season like they only knew how, providing thrills and heartaches, disappointments and satisfactions and so much more. But on the day Glendale College christened its new field, the Vaqueros couldn't provide their fans with a victory. Glendale College erased a 16-point deficit in the final three minutes, but Southwestern College's Ryan Bowling easily made a 39-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift the Jaguars to a 39-36 triumph Saturday night at Sartoris Field.
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March 27, 2003
Newport Harbor High's baseball team never got it going Wednesday in a Sea View League encounter at Irvine. The host Vaqueros scored three in the first inning and broke it open with four more in the fifth inning to post a 7-0 victory. The Sailors, 2-8, 0-2 in league, got just two runners as far as second base off Irvine starter Shuhei Fujiya, who spun a three-hitter to help Irvine improve to 1-1 in league play. Dave Erickson got to second by virtue of Irvine's only error when a pop fly in the infield was misplayed and Erickson made it to second on the play, only to be left stranded.
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By Matt Szabo | April 8, 2014
Winning a Pacific Coast League game is a definite goal of the Corona del Mar softball team this year. It might not sound like much, but it would mean a ton to the program. The Sea Kings, who have had a strong preseason, haven't won a league game since 2008. They will not win any by playing "scared," as their coach said they did during Tuesday's league opener against Irvine at home. CdM fell behind early and suffered an 11-1, six-inning, "mercy rule" loss to the Vaqueros. It is the program's 51st straight league loss.
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By Matt Szabo | October 11, 2013
Staying sharp off a bye week presented a challenge Friday night for the Corona del Mar High football team, the top-ranked two-time defending champions of the CIF Southern Section Southern Division. No. 3 Irvine presented another challenge, as did losing All-CIF senior middle linebacker Alex Moore for the year with a torn ACL. But, if there is one thing the Sea Kings had shown during their school record 15-game winning streak, it was that they could rise above such challenges.
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By Barry Faulkner | September 21, 2013
IRVINE - Shifty, slippery and determined, Estancia High tailback Christian Laurent consistently made the first tackler miss Friday night. The problem was that initial Irvine High defender usually brought company. The result was a solid performance for Laurent, a junior transfer from Edison, and a 40-6 nonleague triumph for Irvine at Irvine High. Laurent carried eight times and caught one flat pass in the Eagles' lone scoring drive, a 13-play, 85-yard procession that used nearly six minutes of the second quarter.
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By Joe Haakenson | September 1, 2012
Talk to David Cota about the Irvine High football team and the same word keeps coming up, over and over again. "Family. " Cota is Irvine's middle linebacker and the team captain. He's a senior, but his connection to the Irvine football program runs much deeper than his high school years. Cota has two older brothers, Gabriel and Victor, who both attended Irvine and played football under legendary coach Terry Henigan. Gabriel is the varsity defensive ends coach and head junior varsity coach at the school this year.
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By Joe Haakenson, Special to the Daily Pilot | December 24, 2011
The last thing Kris Klamberg needed was a reminder of last season. It's all too fresh in the mind of the Irvine High boys' basketball coach what an injury to a key player can do to a team, like it did to his team last season when one of its top scorers, Alain Tran, was injured in the Pacific Coast League opener and missed the rest of the season. The Vaqueros, despite a respectable 9-6 nonleague record, plummeted in league, finishing 1-8 and in last place. This season's PCL opener is just around the corner, coming Jan. 6 when Irvine faces perennial contender Corona del Mar. The Vaqueros again have performed well in nonleague games, going 7-4 so far this year with two of those losses coming to highly-ranked Cypress.
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By Steve Virgen | December 20, 2011
COSTA MESA - Costa Mesa High Coach Bryan Rice used but one word to describe his boys' basketball team after it lost, 59-43, to visiting Irvine Tuesday night. "Fragile," Rice said. The Mustangs (6-4) were aggressive at times, but not strong enough to overcome the Vaqueros, who led, 40-34, after three periods. Sophomore Sean Comer scored on a layup early in the fourth to bring Costa Mesa within four. However, Irvine went on an 8-0 run, which featured two three-pointers and a strong offensive rebound and putback by sophomore Jeffrey DeKlotz.
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By Matt Szabo | October 21, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - The homecoming theme this year for Corona del Mar High is "Time Warp," and the Sea Kings football team obliged with retro uniforms for their 50th homecoming Friday night. The uniforms were light blue with dark blue numbers. By the end of the night, Corona del Mar just left visiting Irvine feeling black and blue. CdM was efficient on offense and stout on defense to earn the Pacific Coast League win, 35-0, at Newport Harbor High. Sea Kings Coach Scott Meyer talked to his team after the game about controlling its destiny.
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By Joe Haakenson, Daily Pilot | March 5, 2011
Two words, two little words. Mention those words to a high school wrestler and watch his eyes light up. State meet. It's the ultimate goal — other than winning it, of course — of every high school wrestler. But the road to the CIF State Championship Meet is long and bumpy, treacherous and winding. And for most, that road ends with a dead end before reaching that final destination. Irvine High's 103-pounder Nam Tran got there, wrestling Friday in Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena.
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