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October 4, 2003
Deepa Bharath E. Frank Beall could make poetry out of paint, wood and primer. The affable painter, who lived in Balboa Island for 60 years, could almost always be seen walking around in Levi's jeans, a T-shirt, with paint on his hands and no shoes -- year-round. "Barefoot Frank!" his friends called him. Beall died Sept. 21 after a three-year battle with lung cancer. He was 65. Beall was a true-blue local. He graduated from Newport Harbor High School, attended Orange Coast College and was a member of the college's renowned crew team.
NEWS
July 5, 2004
Rick Devereux They say a rolling stone gathers no moss, which is one explanation for the lack of greenery clinging to the ever-moving Jillianne Whitfield. Whitfield, named the Newport Harbor High Girls Athlete of the Year, excelled in three sports while with the Sailors: basketball, track and field and field hockey. "She's a very gifted athlete," former field hockey Coach Sharon Wolfe said. "Just about anything she goes out for, she excels." The reason for her athletic success is quite simple: she works hard.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
James Thomas Tomkinson 61 years old passed away peacefully on July 12, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.   He is survived by his loving wife Rebecca Blue Tomkinson, daughter Danielle Blue Tomkinson, sons David James and Thomas Morgan Tomkinson, two sisters and three brothers and many nieces and nephews. Jim was a natural born entrepreneur with a true understanding of a determined work ethic.   He became an influencer to many and an industry icon in his field.
NEWS
July 14, 2004
Rick Devereux Hard work brings prosperity, and Brian Tipton worked so hard that the entire aquatics program at Costa Mesa High prospered. Tipton, the Mustangs' Male Athlete of the Year, helped turn around the swimming and water polo programs through his hard work and dedication. "Brian was committed to the program," former swimming and water polo coach Bob Shupp said. "The program was horrible when I took it over [before Tipton's sophomore year]
NEWS
March 18, 2000
Tony Altobelli There is one reason why Newport Harbor High track and field standout Amber Steen is blowing away the competition: just look at her favorite food on her profile card. Oreo's and coffee-flavored ice cream. "Maybe that's why I go so fast," Steen said with a laugh. "I'm all sugared up." Perhaps, but according to Coach Erik Tweit, there might be a more reasonable explanation to describe her successes in her distance events. "She has just an incredible work ethic and her focus is second to none," Tweit said.
NEWS
October 30, 2003
Patrick Laverty Newport Harbor High senior tailback Matt Encinias knows who will have to pick up the slack after a season-ending injury to junior quarterback Kasey Peters. But he isn't resting on his laurels, even if he is coming off his best game of the season. Encinias has actually picked up the pace, putting in extra running to help with his stamina in the hope that Newport Harbor Coach Jeff Brinkley hands him the ball even more with Peters unable to play.
NEWS
October 3, 2002
UC Irvine senior Amanda Armstrong, who endured an Achilles' tendon injury last spring, has been named the Big West Conference Athlete of the Week in women's cross country after leading the Anteaters to a fifth-place finish of 33 teams in the Stanford Invitational Saturday. Armstrong finished 29th out of 234 runners with a time of 22:09 over 6,000 meters at the Stanford University Golf Course. "She was injured during track season and then she came back strong," UCI cross country coach Vince O'Boyle said.
NEWS
April 11, 2000
Tony Altobelli It will be just like old times, in more ways than one, when the Orange Coast College baseball team hooks up with arch rival Golden West. "It's always fun for our players when we take on the Rustlers," Pirates Coach John Altobelli said. "It's usually a pretty intense battle. This week should be no exception." It will be especially familiar to those in attendance who were associated with the 1999 Corona del Mar High baseball squad, as former Sea Kings, Ty Harper and Matt Larson of Golden West and Eric Wiethorn of Orange Coast, do battle in a home and home series, beginning today at 2 p.m. at Golden West.
NEWS
April 29, 2000
charge Tony Altobelli Newport Harbor High first baseman Nick Langsdorf likes to compare his type of play to that of Pete Rose or Ty Cobb; hustle and scrappy. Too bad "Charlie Hustle" or "The Georgia Peach" weren't 6-feet-4, 200 pounds or they might have put up some serious numbers. "That's the way I like to play the game; all out," Langsdorf said. "I try to give it all I've got every game and I try to have that tenacious mentality for each game I play."
NEWS
December 2, 2003
Patrick Laverty Estancia High Coach Tamette Rappa has just nine girls on her basketball team for a reason. Two reasons, actually. She knows that if she was to pull any more girls off the junior varsity team, they wouldn't see the playing floor. And with five seniors among her nine players, she knows she's going to have to let those younger players get some playing time to develop for the future. Those seniors are only concerned with the present and considering this group is coming off consecutive league championships, the Pacific Coast in 2001-02 and an undefeated run through the Golden West last season, the present looks good.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | June 6, 2013
Itzel Guerrero can't imagine her life without the Wooden Floor. She tries to picture it sometimes, but fails. Most likely, she doesn't want to. So many experiences during her 18 years have taken root in the nonprofit's Santa Ana campus, she admits. Growing up in a household where her older sister Elideth was a gymnast - an expensive undertaking - Guerrero recalls there being no resources for her extracurricular activities. When she was 9, her parents took their friend's advice, introducing their daughter to the world of dance with a hunch that she might enjoy it. Turns out, they were right.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 25, 2011
COSTA MESA - Gilbert Iwamoto, a pioneering catamaran builder who continued his craft well after he had gone legally blind, has died, friends said Monday. Iwamoto died at home Wednesday of complications following a heart attack. He was 90. Known for his artisan's touch and hardworking attitude, Iwamoto founded Gil's Catamarans on East 16th Street in Costa Mesa. "He had a work ethic like nobody's business," said Susan Iwamoto, his daughter-in-law. As the second youngest of 10 children in a Japanese American family, Iwamoto was no stranger to hard work, Susan Iwamoto said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011
James Thomas Tomkinson 61 years old passed away peacefully on July 12, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer.   He is survived by his loving wife Rebecca Blue Tomkinson, daughter Danielle Blue Tomkinson, sons David James and Thomas Morgan Tomkinson, two sisters and three brothers and many nieces and nephews. Jim was a natural born entrepreneur with a true understanding of a determined work ethic.   He became an influencer to many and an industry icon in his field.
NEWS
By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
COSTA MESA — Councilman Jim Righeimer's former campaign manager has been appointed to the city's Parks and Recreation Committee. Ethan Temianka was approved, without discussion, on a 4-1 vote. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented. The 27-year-old is a real estate investor. He has stated his involvement in city parks involves playing in the city's adult basketball league. Twelve people applied to be on the committee. Temianka is also known for co-founding, with Righeimer, Save the Fair, an effort to save the Orange County Fairgrounds.
NEWS
By Lisa McLaughlin | September 4, 2010
My 5-year-old heads off to kindergarten this week, and even though she's been in preschool and pre-K for three years, I'm a mess. This transition is the real deal, and I'm beside myself wondering if I'll have enough tissues the first day. She, on the other hand, is ecstatic. The thought of new friends. New clothes. What her new teacher will be like. And, more than that, she can't wait to get back to school and learn. The Montessori school that she attended for three years called the time when students were focusing on academics "work," so she's really excited for new "work.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 23, 2010
COSTA MESA — Tony Protopappas, the former dentist who killed three people in his chair and recently qualified for parole, plans to get back into dentistry. But this time, he shall not have direct contact with patients, his attorney said. Protopappas has been working with three dentists while serving a sentence of 15 years to life, attorney Rich Pfeiffer said. The parole conditions, if finalized months from now, would allow Protopappas to work in a dental lab. "He can't be a dentist, but he can work.
SPORTS
June 25, 2010
Baseball All-American Danny Bibona, who twice earned Big West Conference Pitcher of the Year honors at UC Irvine, is the winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Friday. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I baseball coaches, national media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in NCAA Division I baseball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
FEATURES
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | December 3, 2009
COSTA MESA — A camera placed on top of a 23-foot pole followed Natalie Argueta on the soccer field. The job of the camera operator is to focus on the Costa Mesa High senior. He never lost sight of Argueta. Sage Hill School did on a cold Thursday night. Argueta put on an offensive show. She scored twice and assisted on another goal as the host Mustangs hammered Sage Hill, 6-0, in a nonleague girls’ match at Jim Scott Stadium. In Costa Mesa’s two matches this season, the striker has totaled five goals.
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By Steve Virgen | September 3, 2009
It would have been easy for Sage Hill School’s first-year coach J.R. Tolver to say that he entered determined to change the mentality of the football team. The Lightning, after all, suffered through a 2-8 season and there seemed to be a fear that losing had become habit. That could have been seen in Sage Hill’s opener last year, which it lost, 41-6, to Fairmont Prep. The Lightning open again against Fairmont Prep, this time at Sage Hill tonight at 7 p.m. Tolver doesn’t see a losing mentality at Sage Hill.
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By DAVID CARRILLO PEÑALOZA | March 16, 2009
Two promising young high school softball teams in the area got involved in a triple play Friday. Newport Harbor ran into it. Costa Mesa turned it and came away with a 4-1 nonleague road victory. Both programs have a lot to look forward to in the future. Costa Mesa has its ace back in Kira Mitani and Newport Harbor has an ace in Alex Bauer. Mitani returned for her junior year after quitting early last season. She’s in rare form. Bauer, a sophomore, is as well.
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