The Mesa Mustangs take home another win of 31-34 last Friday in Huntington Beach at Oceanview High School.
Senior Peter Marquez made the kick off to the start of the game. On the Seahawks third down senior Nathan Alvis took a noted play six minutes in. After the opposing team attempted a twenty yard pass, Alvis prevented that with an interception. With the ball on Mesa’s turf, junior Justin Smith made a ten yard down. On the next play Mesa fumbled the ball and was in the Seahawks possession.
Seahawks got a first down after a five yard penalty on the Mustangs. On the Seahawks second down sophomore Orende Crenshaw intercepted, but the refs paused the game with a penalty on the Mustangs. On the third down Mustangs got that interception. Finally on the fourth down senior Mario Smith carried the ball and scored the Mustangs the first touchdown of the night with two minutes left in the first quarter and a field goal barely past the cross bar.
The Mustangs kickoff for the start to the second quarter. Seahawks passed, fumbled, retrieved it, then a Seahawks player passed about 30 yards and Oceanview take their first touchdown. But at an attempted two-point field goal, the Mustangs block their kick.
A sudden play Crenshaw scored a touchdown with a successful field goal, which raised the score 14 Mustangs, 6 Seahawks.
Seahawks took the kickoff when Smith carried the ball on the second play and Seahawks block him. Smith raced to the end zone and got Mesa another touchdown but yet a failed field goal.
With some quick thinking on the Mustang side senior Jordan Walden ran ten to fifteen yards with the ball, dodged a Seahawks player, and was brought down at a near ten yards from the end zone. Mustang’s next play earned them a touchdown and good field goal. At the end of the third quarter the scoreboard read 24-27.
With some excitement on the Mustang side, Smith is able to run almost thirty yards and earned Mesa another touchdown, which made the new score up to 31-34.
Both teams were scrambling to get their last plays in the game. Mustangs blocked the Seahawks last chance at a touchdown. Seahawks went for a field goal and had just missed it by when the ball hit the cross bar. With about a minute left, the ball was in Mustang possession. As the Mustangs went for another play, the refs called the game at 35 seconds and the final score is 31-34. The Costa Mesa Mustangs take home another win making the total rank of the season three wins against one loss.
The Costa Mesa Varsity Girls Tennis team scored a win Tuesday with a score of 10-8 at their first league match of the year.
The Mustangs went face to face this Tuesday against the Godinez Grizzlies at the Mesa home tennis courts. The match began with the ceremony of both teams introducing their players and shaking hands. As soon as this was over, both teams went back to their separate groups and made their chants. Girls on both sides fought out every point in a match that lasted three hours. This year’s Mustang contained many rookies, some of which who experienced their first match. Among those was Mahina Won-Milho, a sophomore, who claimed victory in two of her three sets. Yurika Joi, a senior, also claimed two victories out of three with a loss of her first set.
On the Double’s side, Jacky Dang and Lisa Vu delivered an undefeated streak against the opponents, while Ciara Rudas and Rachel Russell fought hard to secure two sets out of the three. After playing two sets with her partner Catherine Debbas, Rose Valenzuela began to feel ill and was substituted by Emily Timmons who came in and won the match. The game was close, considering the fact that if Emily Timmons and Catherine Debbas had not won the last set, the winner would have to be determined by games. After the close win, the girls’ team met up at Yogurtland to celebrate their victory. by Preston TrieuPhotos by Royce Friedmann
Last weekend at the Lancer Invitational, the CMHS Cross Country team was surprised to hear that they received 19 personal records, many improving between 30 seconds and a minute.
Few had expected to fare this well, the Lancer course was a runner’s nightmare; muddy, littered with potholes, tree roots, and even some dead wildlife.
Jennifer Daley, CMHS’s fastest girl of the meet said, "Truthfully, I thought that I was going much slower than usual; I was expecting a bad time, especially since the course was horrible. But when I came across the finish line and heard 19:52, I couldn't believe it. It still hasn't hit me yet, but now I'm really looking forward to seeing what else I can do."
It was revealed after the meet that the course was actually 2.9 miles, not the regulation 3 miles. This was the first year that the meet was held, and the looping structure of the course created the lost distance.
Notable at the meet was the performance of Robert Blackwell, receiving 5th place overall, despite running against CIF Division 1 and 2 schools.
This week's top times were: (Note: these are 2.9 mile time)
Robert Blackwell (Senior): 15:02
Brett Bermudez (Sophomore): 15:49
Dakota Alford (Junior): 16:44
Matthew Morgan (Senior): 16:48
Chad Webster (Senior): 17:20
Harry Do (Senior): 17:25
Tristan Pardon (Sophomore): 17:41
Jennifer Daley (Junior): 19:52
Kristi Adams (Junior): 20:32
Raquel Friedmann (Senior): 21:54
Kenya Avila (Sophomore): 22:15
Serena Ozonur (Freshman): 23:17
Arisa Joi (Freshman): 23:27
Judy Ramirez (Junior): 24:39Written by Brett Bermudez
CMHS Girl’s Volleyball defeat Bears Tuesday evening.
Mesa controlled the most of the first round, with Godinez making a late rally after referees docked two points off of Mesa’s total score, effectively allowing Godinez to tie a few volleys later. But it was not enough. Mesa won the first round 25-22.
During the second game, Godinez scored first and kept the lead for much of the first half of the game, till Trista Bell served allowing, Mesa to tie Godinez, 15 to 15. Melissa Michaels, Amanda Moore, and Kyndall Jack made Mesa take the lead at 23 to 21 when the Godinez coach called for a one-minute break to strategize. The score was tied 24 to 24, but Moore’s spike took the win for Mesa with 26 to 24 at the end of the second period.
The third match began after a three-minute break and Godinez scored the first point. With Godinez up four points, Rachel Witter and Michelle Luna blocked the attempted spike from Godinez scoring Mesa their first point. Immediately after, an injury happened to player number four from Godinez.
Godinez kept the lead until each team had seven points and then again with 12 points. Then Mesa took the lead and kept the lead with 24 to 16 points. The final point went to Mesa when the Godinez server hit the ball out of bounds ending the game 25 to 16.
By Alondra Villalba
Photos by Kyle Picco
The CMHS Freshman Football team, under the leadership of Head Coach Byron Williams, secured their first win on Sept. 22, against Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach. Mesa went up 8 to 0 on their first drive after recovering their own onside kick. A long run by John Hernandez put the first six on the board followed by a run up the middle by quarterback Trevor Davis to add two more.
Ocean View fought back, driving the ball down the field and scoring on a short run into the end zone, putting the score at 8 to 6.
Ramsey Nnamani ran the kick return back the length of the field for a second Mesa touchdown, followed by another two point conversion, leaving the score at 18 to 6 for the rest of the game.
The Mustangs' defense was led by Adam JeyaRajah, Jared Johnson, Will Padilla and Elijah Sanchez The defense had four interceptions, two by Elijah Sanchez and one each for John Hernandez and RD Charley.
After the game, Coach Byron said he was, "Very proud of the kids and how hard they played.”
Written By: Darleen JeyaRajah
Photos By: Darleen JeyaRajah
Edited By: The Equestrian Staff
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On Tuesday's (9/20) home water polo game, as the last few seconds of the third quarter ticked down, and Mesa Boy's Polo prepared for a strong finish, the referees suddenly stopped the game. It was revealed after several minutes of discussion between the officials and coaches that the game would have to be rolled back to the second quarter, due to an unreported statistic in the game records.
In an official water polo match, a player who has earned three ejections (penalties) for over-aggressive play is removed for the rest of the game. By the end of the third quarter, senior Jamie Sacco had accrued a total of two such penalties. However, the stat-keepers for the game had recorded three ejections for the player, meaning that he should have been removed from the game during the second quarter. However, his third penalty was not reported to the officials until the end of the third quarter.
According to official rules, this meant that part of the game would have to be played again, starting from the end of the second quarter, at the time that Sacco had gained his third penalty. This action would completely nullify the entire third quarter, during which Mesa had gained a substantial lead over the opposing team, Westminster High School.
As players prepared to revert back to the second quarter, the game was stopped yet again. A new piece of evidence had turned up: at the time of Sacco's supposed "third penalty", he had not actually been in the field of play. Thus, there was no way for him to have actually earned the penalty. After several more
minutes of deliberation, as well as some fiery tempers from both players and spectators alike, the game was reverted yet again back to the end of the third. Mesa ended up finishing the game 11-5 over Westminster.
Anyone with experience watching or playing water polo can tell you that such an event is highly unusual. In fact, Mesa's own polo coach had never experienced such a mishap in his approximately two decades of playing and coaching water polo. The whole game ended up taking over an hour. Written by Quan Nguyen http://quannguyen.weebly.com/
Last Friday, September 16th, thousands of runners converged around Jim Scott Stadium, ready to race.
The 31st Annual Woodbridge Invitational at Jim Scott Stadium ranks as one of the largest High School sporting events in the nation. It took place on Friday and Saturday, the 16th and 17th respectively, in the evening. 10,000 runners participated, with some runners waiting up to five hours for their race. During the invitational, you could see runners from all parts of California, from right here in Costa Mesa to runners all the way from Rim of the World in Big Bear.
By the end of the night, CMHS runners had earned another twelve medals as well as twelve personal bests. The Mesa Team Captain and front runner Robert Blackwell says, "To put it simply... that was a night that will be engraved in the memory of every participant because of the hard work and shear will power that was put into it. To say the least, I was very proud of everyone."
Varsity (Top 7) CMHS times were:
Robert Blackwell (Senior): 15:42
Brett Bermudez (Sophomore): 16:31
Matthew Morgan (Senior): 17:25
Chad Webster (Senior): 17:34
Dakota Alford (Junior): 17:38
Harry Do (Senior): 17:41
Tristan Pardon (Sophomore): 17:46
Kristi Adams (Junior): 20:50
Jennifer Daley (Junior): 21:12
Raquel Friedmann (Senior): 21:18
Kenya Avila (Sophomore): 23:15
Jocelyn Guiterrez (Sophomore): 23:49
Serena Ozonur (Freshmen): 23:59
Arisa Joi (Freshmen): 24:04
As Robert said, the effort of Mesa's runners show in the big PR's, or Personal Records, of the team. Brett Bermudez, Jocelyn Guiterrez, Daysi Vazquez , and Judy Ramirez all PR'ed by at least a minute. Notably, Brett Bermudez has improved by nearly two minutes within two weeks.
Coach Moreno couldn't have been more proud when he told us, "The evening race was ripe for PR's as the course was fast and the competition deep. Costa Mesa Cross Country athletes did not disappoint as the team stepped up to the challenge. The team set 12 new PR's with 12 athlete's receiving medals. It was truly a great night of racing!"Written By: Brett Bermudezhttp://brettbermudez.weebly.com/
Costa Mesa took on Katella High School at Thursday night’s non-league game at Jim Scott Stadium, defeating the Katella Knights by 56 to 42. The Costa Mesa vs. Katella game was the first home game of the school year. At 7 p.m., the Costa Mesa team went into the game with the goal of winning once again after a close game last year where Costa Mesa took the game in over time. During halftime, the football players and cheerleaders took the time to give thanks to more than 50 staff members of CMHS with a special ceremony.
In the first half of the game, the Mustangs scored three touchdowns including a first quarter pass from Senior Quarterback Nathan Alvis to Jordan Walden for the first touchdown of the night. During the second quarter, Alvis threw 60 yards to Trace Curet for 6 more followed by the second of eight conversion kicks made that night by Jake Lux, a Junior. Mario Smith ran 65 yards to the end zone with 5:49 left in the first half.
Costa Mesa came back to the second half with Katella leading 29-21. Sophomore Oronde Crenshaw started off the third quarter with a one yard scoring run that put the team at 28-29. Junior Justin Smith ran 59 yards with 3:39 left in the 3rd, putting the Mustangs in the lead, with Katella scoring no points in the third quarter. Senior Mario Smith ran 80 yards from a kickoff return for his second touchdown of the night, putting the team ahead for the rest of the night. Less than two minutes following that run, Junior linebacker, Noah Jeyarajah, intercepted Katella's throw and ran untouched for 20 yards, making the score 49-36. The Knights got the ball back, however, and ran for one last touchdown, but their kick was blocked by Costa Mesa.
With 2 minutes and 29 seconds left in the game, the Mustangs wrapped up with Crenshaw rushing 12 yards for the last touchdown of the night. The Mustangs, having now two wins and one loss, saddled up and headed home at the end of the night with a final score of 56-42.Written By: Jennifer Melendez
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Costa Mesa 7 14 14 21 56
Katella 14 15 0 13 42
N.Alvis- 15 yards
O.Crenshaw- 13 yards
J.Smith- 80 yards
M.Smith- 180 yards
T.Curet- 103 yards
J.Walden- 65 yards
N.Alvis- 168 yards
Saturday, Sept. 10, was CMHS Cross-Country's first race of the season at the Laguna Hills Invitational. As well as being the first race of the season, this was many of our runners' first race ever. Luckily for them, the outlandish weather that hit Costa Mesa never reached Laguna. Instead there was only a light drizzle; perfect running weather. As the races were set off, the team's summer training was put to the test. CMHS took home ten medals and six athletes beat their personal best time.