January 9, 2002
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT BEACH -- The end to an unusual controversy over pompoms at Newport Harbor High School came Tuesday when Principal Michael Vossen announced the 17 girls who didn't make the original teams will have to try out again. The late afternoon announcement upheld an independent committee's recommendation to let the original judging decision stand and hold an extra tryout to fill two more spots on both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
August 5, 2001
Barry Faulkner The eight years Shontel Sherwood spent coaching girls basketball at Estancia and Costa Mesa high schools, including two-plus seasons as the Mustangs' varsity head coach, serve as more than fond memories. As a detective with the Newport Beach Police Department's juvenile and sex crimes division, Sherwood, who will soon celebrate her 13-year anniversary on the force, uses her coaching experience as a vital reference library. "I use examples from coaching all the time," said Sherwood, who in addition to her investigative work, teaches classes for parents in the department's substance awareness program.
April 3, 2002
Don Cantrell Newport Harbor High's Class of 1952, which observed and celebrated some great hours in basketball and swimming in the school year of 1951-52, has mapped plans to salute its 50th anniversary at the Balboa Pavilion Saturday, Sept. 7, according to committee chairman Don Huber. Huber (who can be reached in the evening at 714-546-2120) and his committee are anxious to reach missing person from their class list. The reunion weekend will also feature a revisit to Heritage Hall at the school, a trip to the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and Riverboat Restaurant and a Sunday morning "Brunch Cruise."
October 17, 2009
COSTA MESA — All week long the whispers were heard around town. Robert Murtha, a freshman, might get called up to the varsity to play tailback for Estancia High. Can you believe it? By the time Thursday came, Murtha was a marked man, playing in an emotional rivalry game against Costa Mesa. No, Murtha wasn’t called up, but the Mustangs wanted to take the kid down in the freshman game. Some call it, “The Mini Battle for the Bell,” but there’s nothing little about it to the players.
November 14, 2002
Barry Faulkner For the Sage Hill High football team's seniors, tonight's Academy League finale against Brethren Christian, which kicks off at 7 at Clark Field in Long Beach, provides one last entry into the scrapbook filled with memories of the program's first varsity season. For those among the Lightning who will be back next season, including several freshman, tonight's clash is more of a bulletin board entry. "We've told our freshmen to remember these games," Sage Hill Coach Tom Monarch said.
December 4, 2007
Estancia High girls’ basketball coach Tommy Rausch has no lack of senior leadership this year. The Eagles’ second-year coach has so many seniors, 10, that he could create an all-senior scrimmage if he wanted to, five-on-five. “They’ve all played for a couple years now,” Rausch said. “They get the concepts. All the seniors are our leaders. They do a good job pushing each other.” One of the seniors, point guard Tiffany Monteiro, is Estancia’s only returning starter.
December 1, 2003
Steve Virgen When Bill Wetzel wanted to begin his basketball coaching career, he had to wait. If coaching were a basketball game, Wetzel was on the bench. But that's just how things started. Soon after his brief lesson of patience, he was in the game and he was on fire. In 1962, Wetzel began teaching at Western High. He wanted to coach basketball but there wasn't a job opening for that. The varsity head coach was Leroy Stevens and Ezra Van Horn occupied the junior varsity coaching position.
September 2, 2000
Barry Faulkner NEWPORT BEACH - Enjoying the school's longest streak of CIF playoff appearances (four), the first Costa Mesa High football team of the new millennium has now set its sights on another first for the 41-year-old program. Having won a share of the Pacific Coast League crown last fall, its fourth league championship but only its second since the 1970s, Coach Jerry Howell has established back-to-back league titles as one of this year's goals.
December 9, 2000
Don Cantrell Fond memories of Oregon from 50 years ago return with news banners waving over the two major college football teams in the state this year. The Oregon State Beavers won the "Civil War" contest against Oregon at Corvallis. It is fair to say that one colorful touch of Oregon arrived for a brief visit recently, featuring Craig and Paula Phoenix of Shady Cove, Ore. Phoenix, a '37 Harbor High graduate, was a county tennis star during prep days.
November 29, 2004
Rick Devereux Even though Jason Simco is entering his first season as the Estancia High boys basketball coach, he is no stranger to the players or the program. Simco, a former two-time All-Pacific Coast League guard for the Eagles who graduated in 2000, was the junior varsity coach the past two years and was the freshman coach three years ago. He has coached 13 of the 14 players on the varsity roster. Senior Carlos Pinto is the lone exception, since Pinto has been on the varsity since his freshman year.