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By Steve Virgen | May 16, 2013
Tyler Rios is at the point where he can teach. Yet, the Estancia High senior baseball standout is humble enough to know he is still learning. He knows a great deal about the game and he wants to pass it on. Rios' cousin, Nick Torres, is a freshman who plays shortstop. He's played varsity a few games this season. Rios usually stars as the Eagles' shortstop. "I've been around baseball for only 14 years and I've learned a lot," said Rios, after he helped lead the Eagles to a 7-1 win at Montebello in a CIF Southern Section Division 4 wild-card game Tuesday.
By Steve Virgen | May 15, 2013
Two straight bogeys was a less-than-an-ideal start for Chase Wheatley on a hot Monday in Long Beach. The Corona del Mar High senior was trying to extend his final season with the Sea Kings, playing in the CIF Southern Section Individual Regional. After the consecutive bogeys it could have been expected that Wheatley's season was about to end. But Wheatley wasn't about to go out like that. The heat pounded at him, but he continued to be a grinder and battled. Later in the round, he endured three straight bogeys.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | April 9, 2013
A mock 911 call interrupted classes at Newport Harbor High School on Monday morning. Students filed out of class about 10:30 to see a simulated alcohol-related accident: two smashed cars, one overturned, with three of their classmates sprawled out on the asphalt, posing as victims. A volunteer dressed as death, joined by students with faces painted white to represent past victims of drunken driving, looked on as police and paramedics joined the scene. A few hundred students watched from the bleachers as first responders acted out procedures employed at DUI crash scenes as part of the Every 15 Minutes program, meant to warn teens about the dangers of drinking and driving.
By Steve Virgen | April 3, 2013
Representatives from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach elementary schools gathered for a special meeting Monday night at our office. They came to find out more about the biggest elementary school soccer tournament in Orange County, maybe even in the state, or perhaps the nation. Little footballers, coaches, parents and teachers are getting ready for the 14th annual Daily Pilot Cup, which takes place May 28 through June 2 in Costa Mesa. The tournament is huge with participation and just as big for the youngsters who all want to win. Kirk McIntosh, the Daily Pilot Cup tournament director, organizes the pre-event meeting to help in the quest to have everything run smoothly.
By Steve Virgen | March 21, 2013
For Matt Barkley Thursday was a return to the school where he made his name and received an honor that football coach Bruce Rollinson said was long overdue. Jon Walters called his feat a culmination of the work he had put in during his time at Mater Dei High. Barkley and Walters, both from Newport Beach, were honored during a special all-sports rally at Mater Dei. Barkley had his jersey retired and put into a display case at the school's gym. Walters put in a robe, a symbol for the greatness he produced as a water polo player.
March 20, 2013
BOYS' TENNIS Estancia 14, Ocean View 4 HUNTINGTON BEACH — Charlie Griffen swept in singles, 6-0, 6-1, 7-6, for the Eagles in the nonleague match Wednesday. The No. 2 doubles team of Sterling Gates and Erik Cerros swept, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 for Estancia (10-3). The Eagles return to Orange Coast League action Thursday at 3 p.m. at home against Saddleback. * Crean Lutheran 13, Sage Hill 5 NEWPORT BEACH — The Lightning lost to the Saints for the first time in program history in their Academy League opener Wednesday.
By Steve Virgen | March 12, 2013
Maybe it was because Hank Adler goofed on the number of national championships the University of Houston men's golf team won while Steve Elkington played for the Cougars. Or maybe it was simply because Adler opened his interview with Elkington with an unoriginal: "G'day mate. " Whatever it was, Elkington definitely had a response. The 10-time PGA Tour winner turned out to be part roaster, part joker and fully candid during the annual Toshiba Classic Breakfast with a Champion on Tuesday morning at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Adler, bless his heart, is known as the Toshiba Classic chairman emeritus.
By Steve Virgen | March 8, 2013
It's always fun to pick a winner. It's more fun when the pick is right. Every year, I try to pick the winner of the Toshiba Classic. I've been doing it for the past six years. Only once did I get it right: Fred Couples in 2010. This year, I've decided to play it safe and name five contenders who have the clearest shot of winning the 19th annual tournament that takes place at Newport Beach Country Club from March 11 to 17. To be fair, I will make one pick, but to cover my bases, so to speak, I'll name my top five contenders.
By Steve Virgen | March 7, 2013
Before Kenan Thompson ended his silly impression of Ray Lewis on Saturday Night Live before Super Bowl 47 the comic said what he would do if the Ravens beat the 49ers. He said he would go to the 50-yard line of the Superdome, kneel down and ascend into heaven. "I'm going through the roof, Seth," Thompson, acting as Lewis, told Seth Meyers on Weekend Update. Lewis did have a fairy-tale-type ending, winning the Super Bowl in the final game of his career. But he hasn't ascended into heaven just yet. He has other projects, that will most likely involve TV and motivational speaking engagements.
By Michael Miller | February 28, 2013
In the 1970s, Mad Magazine published a classic cartoon depicting an amusement park called Get-It-Out-Of-Your-System-Land, which offered a series of booths allowing visitors to unload their basest urges: defacing classic paintings, burning books, smashing rare violins and the like. The park didn't include an opportunity to create a mess in a major art museum, but that's what the Orange County Museum of Art is basically offering as part of "Ain't Painting a Pain," its chaotic new show by Richard Jackson.
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