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By Barry Faulkner | September 20, 2008
COSTA MESA — In the last three seasons, it has been known as the Battle for the Bell, the Beach Bowl and, this year, the West-Coast Showdown. But moments after Orange Coast College drove 70 yards on 11 plays for the winning touchdown with 30 seconds left to claim a 16-13 football triumph over district rival Golden West Saturday at OCC, Pirates sophomore receiver Cameron Hall, whose 45-yard catch and run was the big play on the decisive march, had another lofty title to throw out. “Beating Golden West is almost like [winning]
FEATURES
June 3, 2009
Former Costa Mesa High standout Sharon Day, a 2008 Olympic high jumper, posted a personal-best performance in winning the heptathlon over the weekend at the inaugural America’s Combined Events Cup at the National Stadium in Havana, Cuba. Day, who is still in the early stages as a heptathlete in national competition, broke through with a winning total of 6,063 points. Her performance is the best by an American this year. Last year, Day, while at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, won the Big West Conference heptathlon title with 5,642 points.
NEWS
December 13, 2002
Girls I Black pulled out a 2-1 shootout victory over the Purple Dudettes Tuesday in what was described as one of the most exciting games of the season as Girls In Black captured the AYSO Region 120 championship. After a scoreless tie in regulation, GIB fullback Teresa Fox struck with a goal, and Dudette Cori Chapin answered with a goal. With the last shot, GIB forward Stephanie Fox sent the ball into the right corner of the net for the winning margin.
NEWS
May 10, 2003
Bryce Alderton When pushed to the brink, the Corona del Mar High girls swim delivered. The Sea Kings saved their best for last at the girls Pacific Coast League finals Friday in their home pool, kicking with their legs, swinging with their arms, winning their first league title since 1994. Senior Brittany Bowlus anchored the final leg of the winning 400-yard freestyle relay, swimming a 52.71 split, better than University's Sara Fitzsimmons (52.80)
NEWS
July 30, 2004
The Splash Aquatics swim team, which trains at Estancia High, won the Division I title at the Orange County Swim Conference Linda Kamps Memorial Pentathlon at El Toro High July 17. With 1,422 points, Splash defeated both Dolphin Aquatics of Laguna Niguel (763 points) and Cerritos Aquatics (646 points). After winning Division II of the Pentathlon for the last three years, including the overall title at the OCSC championships last year, Splash was moved up into Division I. "We were worried about competing against these Division I teams because they have some amazing swimmers, but our kids came through with flying colors," said Coach Cynthia Bandaruk.
NEWS
December 19, 2001
Steve Virgen COSTA MESA - Regardless of league standings or even its record, the Estancia High girls soccer team is focused on a winning season. How so? Let the Eagles first-year coach Tom Williams explain. "(Assistant coach Mike Mastrangelo and I) would like to have these girls improve and feel proud that they have developed," Williams said. "If we win one game or if we don't win any, we want the girls to enjoy (soccer). If they do well and improve, we have to call it a winning season."
LOCAL
By Jim DeBoom | June 2, 2009
The Harbor Mesa Lions rocked and roared at the annual District Convention in Ventura, according to Carol Van Holt. They were definitely “the” winning club, receiving many honors and awards. They achieved the honors of: Division B Club of the Year, Visitation Club of the Year and also the winning centerpiece contest. Members receiving honors were: President of the Year, Gina Stansbury, Region Secretary of the Year, Jennifer Kelder and Winning Bulletin Editor, Carol Van Holt.
LOCAL
By Barry Faulkner | October 1, 2009
Mike Bargas coaches football and teaches health. But the Estancia High head man also dabbles in psychology. So the Eagles’ third-year coach believes his team’s ability to extend a recent winning streak when it faces winless La Quinta tonight at 7 at Estancia, is as important as continued improvement with Orange Coast League play approaching. Estancia (3-1), having matched the program’s longest winning streak since a 5-0 start in 1996, is heavily favored to make it four straight victories when it meets the Aztecs (0-3)
NEWS
By Barry Faulkner | May 20, 2009
Once more with perspective. UC Irvine’s second men’s volleyball national championship in three seasons was still resonating 11 days after the title match victory over USC in Provo, Utah, as an estimated 3,000 students and supporters gathered to honor the Anteaters on campus Wednesday. Coach John Speraw said adding another title to the program’s first NCAA crown in 2007 represents a landmark for his program. “Winning national championship No. 2 is incredibly significant,” Speraw said while addressing the crowd outside the student center.
NEWS
May 3, 2002
LONG BEACH - The Newport Aquatic Center made the most of its inaugural Newport Spring Regatta Sunday and won six races at Marine Stadium in Long Beach. The NAC also claimed seven victories in the Long Beach Invitational Saturday. In the Newport Spring Regatta, Coach Rachel Rose's two varsity men's squad both emerged victorious. Brandon Dillman, Peter Sims, Nolan Rousset and Greg Everett won in 4:29.8, while Blake Lyon, Greg Schneider, Matt Siemonsma and Curtis Cook won their race in 4:38.
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SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | May 3, 2014
Redemption may be too strong a word. But Two players who had recently found themselves in less than good graces with Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli responded with strong performances Saturday to help the Pirates sweep their best-of-three Southern California Regional playoff series against visiting El Camino. Freshman right fielder Tommy Bell, who was dressed down for not hustling in Friday's opening-game win, went four for four with two runs batted in and two runs scored in the 8-2 triumph that sent No. 1-seeded OCC (28-9)
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SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 3, 2014
All she does is win, win, win, no matter what. Newport Harbor High senior Marissa Robertson can relate to that DJ Khaled song. This year in the pool, she has been unbeatable for the Sailors girls' swim team. Robertson has won all of her individual races all year long. The 50-yard freestyle, 100 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly? No problem. On Tuesday in a Sunset League meet against Marina, Robertson even threw in the 200-yard individual medley for good measure. "I don't usually swim 200s," Robertson said the next day, able to laugh because she again touched first, before any of her competition.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | May 1, 2014
What a game! What a game! That might be a simple way to describe what took place Wednesday night at Davidson Field, where Newport Harbor High and Marina battled in a wild and crazy boys' lacrosse game. But Sailors Coach Mark Todd probably put it best when talking about the way his guys took a much-needed 13-11 victory over the Vikings, who featured former Tars assistant Ryan Abatte as their head coach. "A perfect storm for disaster," Todd said before addressing his victorious Sailors in a post-game meeting.
SPORTS
May 1, 2014
The Estancia High boys' golf team captured a share of the Orange Coast League championship after defeating Calvary Chapel, 208-225, at Mesa Verde Country Club Thursday. Estancia shared the title with Calvary Chapel. Freshman Kobi Uta shot the low for Estancia, finishing at four-over-par 40. Parker Ohland (41), Gunnar Johnston (42), Davin Ortiz (42) and Brad Ehrhorn (43) also scored for Estancia (11-8, 7-2 in league). Estancia next plays in the OCL individual finals Monday at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | May 1, 2014
Estancia High senior Nikkie Blinn could feel Costa Mesa junior Lauren Smith breathing down her neck. Blinn and Smith were perhaps the two best girls' water polo players in the city of Costa Mesa last winter. But they were battling in the anchor leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay at Wednesday's Orange Coast League swim meet at Costa Mesa High, and Smith was closing fast in the final 25 yards. Blinn said after the meet that she found a second wind. She held off Smith, touching in 1 minute, 52.45 seconds, with the Mustangs close behind in 1:52.78.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | May 1, 2014
While a gusting head wind was about the only challenge faced by Costa Mesa High boys' sprinter Quinton Bell on Thursday, Estancia girls' sprint star Persis Williams-Mensah received a rare Orange Coast League challenge in the boys' and girls' league dual track and field meet between the crosstown rivals at Jim Scott Stadium. Williams-Mensah, a senior three-time league champion in the 100 and 200 meters who has never lost a race in league competition, held off Costa Mesa sophomore Paige LaBare by a step in the 200 on Thursday.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo PeƱaloza | May 1, 2014
Spencer Keith used to be a serious rock climber. With no rock climbing team at Corona del Mar High, Keith ran. Three years ago, Keith joined the boys' cross-country and track and field teams at school. During the first two seasons, he still found time for his first passion. Coach Bill Sumner caught wind of the rock climbing. In the past, Sumner, in his 31st year at CdM, has had runners rock climb recreationally. Sumner, who is 66, has seen a lot during his life. Not much fazes him. When Sumner saw pictures of Keith, his jaw dropped.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | April 29, 2014
Early in the season, adversity struck the Newport Harbor High boys' lacrosse team. During the first five games, the Sailors lost a starter to injury each contest, Coach Mark Todd said. There were some broken collarbones to some players, Todd said, as well as a broken hand to talented freshman midfielder Chandler Pierce, who was lost for the season. It all became challenging for the Sailors, who stumbled early in the Sunset League season as well, as some players recovered from injury and others left for spring-break trips.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | April 29, 2014
LOS ANGELES - In the four-month marathon that is the college baseball regular season, there are stretches that can shape a team's psyche, for good or bad. UC Irvine continued one such good stretch on Tuesday by extending its winning streak to four games with a 6-2 triumph at USC. It was the first win on Tuesday in more than a month for the Anteaters, who soundly handled a USC squad that had won nine straight, including Pac-12 sweeps of the...
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | April 29, 2014
IRVINE - Do not underestimate the girls' water polo contingent on the Corona del Mar High girls' swim team. Two weeks ago it was junior Grace Morgan stepping in on the "A" relays, helping CdM win the Battle of the Bay for another year. On Tuesday afternoon at University High, sophomore Bridgett Storm took center stage. Storm sure picked a great time to win her first 200-yard freestyle race of the season. She gave her team some early-meet momentum, helping CdM accomplish something it hadn't done in eight years.
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