For some high school football players, practices are enough for them to progress and advance in their skills of the game, others choose to push their limits and take the extra time to advance themselves. Men In The Trenches Lineman Academy (MITT) is a 2 hour, 14 week long camp that costs $25 and specializes in training high school linemen that want to excel and to reach the next level of success as a linemen. When asking former NFLer, Jesse Sapolu, why he decided to start a lineman camp, Sapolu expressed that, “Lineman have technique that needs working on and they’re usually taught during training camp and high school.” Sapolu felt that an extra 14 weeks would help change their game and help increase their skill.
Men In The Trenches Lineman Academy was introduced in 2013 and is instructed by Jesse Sapolu. Sapolu was born in Samoa, yet grew up in Honolulu, HI. He actually started out playing football as a quarterback on his high schoolfootball team in Honolulu and moved his way up from there. He played both center and offensive guard on the San Francisco 49ers team. Sapolu is also a 4-time Superbowl Champion, he won all 4 Superbowls on the 49ers in the years 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994. Not only is he a 4-time Superbowl Champion but he also earned Pro Bowl honors in 1993 and 1994. Sapolu retired from the NFL in 1997.
In the next year the camp will actually be expanding its territory and moving to different states as more states are asking for the camp. The Men In The Trenches camp is also improved by the many coaches that help train their incoming football players. When asked about the process in choosing coaches to help coach the linemen, Sapolu said, “I just throw my coaches gas money, they're pretty much here because they want to make a difference in the kids' lives. When we see the kids get a college education it's worth it for us.” The coaches that are present at the camp practices are established a certain teaching and are split up in different stations, especially the defense coaches. Sapolu walks around and hopes to observe and coach in all of the stations, but he is mostly working with the younger group who he says is the “foundation of the camp”.
MITT will soon be traveling to Detroit and New England, and where Sapolu will bring qualified trustworthy coaches to travel with him to the different states to help coach and instruct their next set of linemen. MITT will also be changing their program from a 14 week program to a 10 week program Sapolu says, “I think 10 weeks is good quality work for the kids here.”
See the link below for any further questions or if you are interested in registering to attend the Men In The Trenches Lineman Academy.
Reporter: Nessa Osso
The Association of Volleyball Professional (AVP) is back! The 2019 campaign kicked off last weekend with the annual Huntington Beach Open, which went from May 3-5. The weather was sunny, providing crowds all around, food and beverage vendors everywhere, and people waiting anxiously for the tournament winners. After two and a half days of competition, the finals were set.
The women’s final was played first and featured top-seeded April Ross and Alix Klineman, who have won the four previous AVP tournaments dating back to last season, against fourteenth seeded Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan. Ross and Klineman lost the first set 18-21, and battled back in the final two sets and won 21-12 and 17-15. In the third and final set there was a 23 serve “freeze” meaning that neither team won a point because once match point is reached, one must serve in order to get the point. The women’s match was the climax of the day, as the men’s final was much shorter lived.
It was the first tournament played by Parades and Pavan, as they became teammates over the offseason, and they battled throughout the tournament and made it to the finals. Ross, a Newport Harbor alumni and two time Olympic medalist, won her fourth Huntington Beach Open win and 34th AVP win overall.
The men’s final was a little different. Taylor Crabb and Jake Gibb, the number one seeded team, had to battle out of the losers bracket after losing early in the first round on Friday. Crabb and Gibb went up against the sixth seeded squad Chase Budinger and Casey Patterson, who went undefeated throughout the tournament. The first set of the men’s final was tied up 24 times, with both sides having set point numerous times, with Crabb and Gibb finally winning the set 27-25. They won the next set 21-14. Gibb, the 43 year-old three time Olympian, won his third Huntington Beach Open and 30th AVP title overall.
The next stop on the AVP Tour will be the Austin Open, which will take place at Krieg Fields in Austin, Texas on May 17-19. The AVP will be back in California on July 26-28 at the Hermosa Beach Open next to the Hermosa Beach Pier.
Reporter: Myles Witte
On Thursday, April 4, both Costa Mesa High School (3-4) and Estancia High School's (1-6) boys volleyball teams competed in their annual Battle of the Game at Estancia High School.
The game started out in Costa Mesa's favor, giving the team the lead in the first two sets. By this point, the team seemed confident that they would get a clean sweep against Estancia. However, in the third set, Estancia turned the game around completely. Junior, outside hitter, Arthur Bishop came in with many kills that ultimately helped Estancia take the third set.
In the fourth set, Estancia came in with the same fire and managed to win the set after Sophomore, Luke Hutchinson served an ace for the final 25th point. Now at a tie of 2-2, the teams fought to win the final set. After many intense rallies, junior, Arthur Bishop, got the final kill that led Estancia to win the game. Despite Costa Mesa's better record at 8-14 versus Estancia's overall record of 3-24, the two teams were matched evenly in all aspects of the game this night.
Estancia will be playing the Santa Ana Saints on Tuesday, April 16, at 4:00 PM at home.
Reporter: Cosette Terriquez
League baseball is back. On March 1, 2019, Estancia Eagles took on first year rival Orange Panthers at home in the first game of league baseball. Estancia came in at 3-3, and Orange came in at 2-1. Estancia won the game 4-0 through 6 ½ innings.
Junior Jake Covey for Estancia made the start against junior Johnny Long of Orange. Both pitchers pitched complete games. With the first batter of league, Jake Covey struck out senior Justin Nock to begin the new season. In the first inning, Jake Covey struck out the first and third batter and the second out was a flyout to right fielder Josh Caldelas.
With Estancia up to bat, first up is senior Hayden Pearce, who ultimately struck out. Next up, Nick Perales hit a single to begin the upcoming scoring circuit for Estancia. By the end of the first, the Estancia had four runs (one of which was an error committed by Orange junior shortstop Ralph Casillas).
After the first inning, it was a pitcher’s game. Throughout the final 5 ½ innings, there were only a combined five hits by both teams ( 3 for Orange, 2 for Estancia). 11 out of the 27 outs in the game, roughly 41%, were strikeouts, 5 of which were looking. A majority of the other 16 outs either found their way to either third baseman Matthew Kehoe, shortstop Jake Alai, right fielder Josh Caldelas, or left fielder Troy Huber.
For Orange, the defensive story is pretty similar, except there were fewer strikeouts (7) committed by Estancia. Similarly, a majority of the outs by Estancia found their way to third baseman Bryan Zaragoza, shortstop Ralph Casillas, or right fielder Elijah Wilson.
Since Estancia was winning by the end of the top of the seventh, Estancia did not have to bat in the bottom of the inning, completing game. Jake Covey finished the game with 11 strikeouts, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs. Johnny Long of Orange finished the game with 7 strikeouts, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 4 runs.
This week, Estancia will play at home against league rival Calvary Chapel on Monday, March 4, 2019. Orange will play at home against non-league opponent Cerritos also on Monday, March 4, 2019.
Reporter: Myles Witte
On February 4, 2019 at the Jim Scott Stadium the Estancia girls’ varsity soccer won their wildcard game against Lynwood High School 2-1. Junior forward, Desiree Mendoza scored both goals for Estancia in the first half, while Lynwood was only able to score one goal in the first half. Senior forward, Valerie Ruiz said, “We had great communication from the start of the game, opening up and finding the right spot to receive the ball. Finding and giving the ball to our point (Mendoza) where she had multiple tries to score but couldn’t find the finish inside the net. But overall communication is key for our team.”
In the second half senior keeper, Kimberly Martinez directed her defense with open communication and stopping each of Lynwood’s offensive advances. Junior defender, Adriana Ruiz stated, “Our first half, we weren’t playing our best game but we were more calm whereas in the second half I feel like we panicked way too much trying to get a third goal.” On Wednesday, February 6 Estancia will be taking on Hemet High School at Hemet High school at 5pm in the CIF Southern Section first round.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
On January 11,2019 at the Jim Scott Stadium, the Estancia boys varsity soccer [2-1-1(league) and 10-5-2 (overall)] beat Orange High school 4-2. Senior, defender Brian Alvarez was injured about the 20-minute mark and did not return until the second half as Orange continued to play aggressively. Senior, Gerardo Leon scored the first goal of the game on a corner kick, giving the Eagles a lead 1-0. Minutes later Leon was injured and did not return until the second half. Orange responded with a goal of their own and a quick second during the extra minutes before half taking the lead 2-1.
Entering the second half, both teams raised their intensity. In the eighth minute Orange received a yellow card for pushing senior, Daniel Delgado. Some key passes led to senior Fernando Martinez tying the game up 2-2.
After the exchanging of fouls and yellow cards. Junior, Marcos Arreola broke away for a shot on goal but missed. Orange earned a red card resulting in them playing down a man for the rest of the game. In extra minutes Senior, Miguel Peña scored on a penalty kick opportunity along with Leon scoring his second of the game putting it away 4-2. On January 16 Estancia will be taking on Calvary home at 5pm.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri
Estancia boys soccer rang in the New Year with a 2-2 tie of versus the Santa Ana Saints on January 4th. In the first half the Estancia defense held their ground against Santa Ana’s offense until the last 11 minutes when Estancia’s starting goalie, senior, Victor Jacinto, slide tackled a Saints offensive player. Jacinto was yellow carded, therefore having to be subbed out by Pablo Alcala, who then remained in goal for the remaining of the first half. Saul Ortuno, a forward and Junior at Santa Ana High School shot and scored the first goal of the game, which jump started the motivation in the teams. The Saints scored once again in the last 2 minutes with first half lead 2-0.
Only 12 minutes into the second half Estancia’s Carlos Delgado, senior, playing right wing, scored off of an assist by senior, defensive midfielder, Gerardo Leon Camberos. In the last 2 minutes junior, striker, Marcos Arreola, scored a banger assisted once again by Camberos ending the game in a tie. In the second half Jacinto started in goal once again and ended up shutting down the saints with 9 shots saved.
After assisting both of the goals, captain, Camberos was asked what the cause of his motivation was and responded, “My motivation was my Grandpa who recently passed away. I was trying to score a goal for him but instead I ended the game with two assists. I left satisfied with the assists."
The next game for Estancia High School will be their rivalry game on Wednesday January 9, 2019 against Costa Mesa High School at Jim Scott Stadium at 5pm.
Reporter: Nessa Osso
Estancia High School Girls’ Basketball lost to St. Joseph High School, 63-32, on pre-season scrimmage on November 9, 2018.
St. Joseph started the quarter with the ball in their position. Estancia had an unproductive quarter until senior, Dayana Martinez entered and scored their first few points. A few seconds later senior, Daisy Albarran, was injured and then removed from the game in an attempted layup. The ending score for the first quarter was 13-7, in St. Joseph’s favor.
In the second quarter, Estancia came out aggressive and physical sending the Jesters to the foul line where they scored the majority of their points. Senior, Queen Ceruti, recorded Estancia’s first three pointer of the game bringing them within 15 points at the half, 31-16.
Both teams came out aggressively in the third quarter with many trips to the free throw line and buckets being traded back and forth. Coach Barry Fryslie stated, “Our team played really hard, I was really glad that they were passing the ball during the game. They played aggressive on defense, we were worried they wouldn’t play aggressive because we are a young team.” The Jesters pulled away in the third quarter with a 23 point lead, 49-26.
The Eagles started to create more open shots but failed to make their free-throws throughout the fourth quarter, losing to the Jesters 63-32.
Reporter: Jennifer Neri