Students, staff, parents and members of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, all sports within the district have been suspended indefinitely due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The news comes after members of the District board, as well other Orange County school districts, agreed to halt sports in the community in order to help prevent the spreading of the disease. The District is monitoring the latest developments to coordinate the best plan of action for Estancia High School. There has not been guidance to close schools within the District. The District will continue to keep the parents and members of the community updated with any new developments.
The Estancia Eagles Varsity basketball team made an appearance at the CIF playoffs against Tarbut V’Torah on February 12 coming away with an impressive win 77-43. It has been a long 15 years since the Eagles have surfaced at a CIF game. Estancia’s starting five were Junior, Bo Graham, Junior, Lawrence Andres, Senior, Jake Covey, Senior, Brandon Pearson, and Junior Franklin DeBrum.
Estancia got off to a quick start on the scoreboard and played some tough defense ending the 1st quarter where the Eagles led 17-8 against Tarbut V’Torah.
To start the 2nd quarter the Eagles continued to lead against Tarbut V’Torah. The team kept up the same energy level as the crowd throughout the 2nd quarter. The Eagles led going into halftime with a 13 point lead, 31-18.
In the 3rd quarter, Tarbut V’Torah got into foul trouble which brought on the opportunity for free throws for the Eagles allowing them to pad their lead by 36 points. Estancia pulled ahead 62-26 to end the third quarter.
The 4th quarter brought on a struggle for the ball several times but that did not affect the Eagles’ lead. Estancia continued to keep up their defense throughout the fourth quarter with a final score of 74-33.
Reporter: Caroline Conner
On January 10, at Estancia High School, Estancia played in the league match against Saddleback.At the 28:50 min marked, Marcos Arreola (#10) scored from the 25 yard line. When there was 8 min left for the first half, Marcos Arreola scored again. The first half finished with a score of 2-0, Saddleback with 0 and Estancia 2.
In the first half Saddleback tried many times to score but the Cesar Pedroza A. from Estancia stop them. Both teams came back from the locker and started to warm up to start the second half of the game. During the second half of the game, there were a lot of fouls that the referee did not mark. Some of the players from Estancia and the coach were mad because of the referee was not marking them.
One of the players of Saddleback got a yellow card for putting his hands in the face of one of the players of Estancia. After that happened, time when by and there was 6 min left for the game to finish when other player of Estancia scored. His name was Esteban, now the game was 3-0. At the 3 min mark Saddleback scored a corner kick, the game was at 3-1. One of the players of Estancia, Alessandro Madrigal actually got hit in his private parts and was laying down rolling around while the sports med came to help him while Saddleback coach was yelling “ He should get help outside, time is running out.” while the referee told him to calm down
The game ended up in 4-1 with Estancia winning, they will be going up against Costa Mesa High School on January 15 ,2020, who Estancia will attempt to move on its 2-10 season record.
Reporter: Amairani Sandoval
On October 22, junior Lexi Throrpe, sophomore Dillon Morgan, and junior Lexi Jaeger of the Estancia’s girl’s golf team qualified to play in the 2019 CIF golf individual’s qualifiers at the Costa Mesa Golf Course.
Each of the girls played 3 games of 9-holes. Lexi Thorpe shot a 37 on her first game and 47 on the following, and finally a 38 on her last 9-holes. She placed 1st in the entire individual’s qualifiers out of 12 players with a score of 122.
Dillon Morgan scored 41 points in her first set of 9-holes, later had a score of 50, and shoot a final round of 53, placing her 5th place in the qualifiers with a score of 144.
In Lexi Jaeger’s 3 rounds of 9-holes, she had scores of 43 in her first game, 57 in the following round, and 44 for her final game. Adding up to a set score of 144, Jaeger placed 7th overall in the Southern Section Division 3 qualifiers.
The girl’s golf team had an amazing season, compiling a record of 9-1. Jaeger commented about how the season went, “Personally I feel the girls golf team did amazing this season. We did our very best and it definitely showed even when we lost one match. We all were still there for everyone no matter what. We have all grown individually and as a team.”
The lady eagles look to play in their next round of CIF playoffs on October 28 at Costa Mesa Golf Course.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
On October 3rd, Estancia's football team (1-5) had their first league matchup against Calvary Chapel High School (6-0) at OCC's Lebard Stadium. Calvary was victorious over the Estancia Eagles, 24-14.
In the first quarter of the game, it was all defense for both teams, as Estancia was able to go head-to-head with Calvary. Neither team was able to put up any points on the scoreboard, but there were several plays that kept it that way. One play in particular was when Estancia's #6, sophomore Yovanni Avila was able to intercept a throw from Calvary in the end zone to prevent a score.
The second quarter was the complete opposite of the first quarter, as both teams points on the board. Within the first 4 minutes of the quarter, Estancia's quarterback, sophomore Cameron Knickerbocker threw to senior running back Nathan Pacheco for a 25 yard touchdown. The Eagle's punter, Avila, kicked a successful field goal, making the score 7-0. With 5 minutes remaining in the quarter , the Eagles scored again on a 13 yard rushing touchdown by Nathan Pacheco. This was followed up by an extra point scored from Avila yet again, putting the Estancia Eagles up 14-0. Although the the end of the first half was near, Calvary Chapel refused to be scoreless, answering with a touchdown of their own with less than 3 minutes remaining. Calvary decided to go for a 2-point conversion to continue the close the scoring gap. Their attempt attempt was successful, ending the first half with a score of 14-8.
In an interview with Nathan Pacheco, he stated,"After being up in the first half, we felt really confident going into the next half. We felt that we could our momentum and be able to put up more points right off the start." Although the Eagles were very confident in the 3rd, Calvary came out of the gates swinging, as within the first 3 minutes, they complete a pass for a touchdown, and once again, complete a successful 2-point conversion. This put Calvary ahead of the Eagles 16-14, but Estancia's defense was able to prevent anymore scoring from Calvary, and the score remained the same by the end of the third quarter.
In the 4th quarter, Calvary really put the nail in the coffin, as they completed another touchdown, following up with yet another 2-point conversion, notching the score at 24-14. The Eagles were unable to score any more points, as Calvary began to chew up the clock. Estancia would lose to Calvary Chapel with a final score of 24-14 as the time expired. The Eagles are looking to refine their skills and are set to play the Saddleback Roadrunners on October 11th for the homecoming game.
Reporter: Andrew Camberos
On September 27, 2019 the Estancia Eagles faced off against the Laguna Beach Breakers in a non-league contest at Laguna Beach High School. The final score was 3-49 points in favor of Laguna Beach.
During the first quarter, with 2 minutes and 41 seconds left, Laguna Beach had scored 6 points points, and were leading 6-0. The score stayed the same throughout the quarter.
During the second quarter, with 6 minutes and 46 seconds left, Laguna Beach scored a touch-down. Putting them up 14-0. Afterwards, Estancia High School made a big stride across the field, but ultimately turned it over with Laguna Beach taking the ball and scoring another touchdown. With Laguna Beach up 21 points and Estancia still had 0 points. In the last 28 seconds of the second quarter, Estancia made another long stride across the field, but when they were about to score, they were tackled short of the goal line, by one of the Laguna Beach football players. In the last 2 seconds of the second quarter, the Estancia Eagles scored 3 points. In the third quarter, 8 minutes and 27 seconds left, Laguna Beach scored another touchdown. This caused them to have 29 points and left Estancia with 3 points. Laguna Beach continued to score throughout the third quarter. Hitching a score of 42-3.
In the 4th quarter, one of the team members from the Estancia football team got injured, but quickly made a recovery. At the end of the quarter, with 3 minutes and 38 seconds left, the Laguna Beach football team scored the last points of the game. This left the final score at 49-3, for a Laguna Beach win. Many of the students felt crushed and shocked. “It was a blow out, I don’t know what happened,” said Andrew Camberos-Gomez. Even some of the Laguna Beach students were shocked by what was happening during the game. “I’m surprised we’re winning because I remember last year you guys beat us by a lot,” said the drum major from the Laguna Beach band.
Next week’s football game will be on October 3rd between Estancia and Calvary Chapel at the OCC football field.
Reporter: Viviana Arroyo
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