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By Mike Sciacca | January 4, 2012
A week before the beginning of the Sunset League boys' soccer season, Fountain Valley and Marina gave a preview of things to come in the upcoming league race. The Barons and Vikings clashed at Marina High in the championship of the Marina Holiday Classic on Dec. 29. The difference in the first of three regular-season meetings between the league rivals was established early, when senior midfielder Steven Mendoza punched in the game's only goal in a 1-0 victory for the Vikings. It marked the first time that Marina had won its own tournament in the 12 years that Jeff Schofield has coached the Vikings.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | April 27, 2011
During spring break, the Edison and Marina baseball teams headed south to participate in the San Diego Lions Tournament for the 61st annual event, and Marina returned home with a division championship. The Vikings won their final four games in the Premiere division to capture the title, capping the run with a 6-1 victory over Paramount on April 21 at Coronado High. Edison, meanwhile, won its final two games in the Classic division to finish 3-1 overall. Mitch Huffman threw six innings in Marina's 6-1 title-clinching win over Paramount to win the 16-team Premiere division.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | September 9, 2010
George Pascoe is back in the saddle again. The local coaching veteran has a long history with the Sunset League, beginning in 1976 when he was on staff for three years at Fountain Valley High during a stretch where the Barons won a CIF title in 1978. Other Sunset stops included coaching at Westminster (1981) and again at Fountain Valley (1982) before beginning a 15-year run as head coach at Huntington Beach (1983-97). He also was on the coaching staffs at the University of Arizona (1979-80)
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | May 11, 2011
Through the first six weeks of the Sunset League baseball race, nobody had been able to get the best of Edison. Through easy wins and being able to survive a few close calls, the Chargers were seated comfortably in the driver's seat as they cruised to a repeat league championship. But on Tuesday at Marina, they hit a bump in the road. Edison, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1, was handed its first league loss by Marina, which rode a complete-game performance by senior Mitch Huffman to knock off the Chargers, 3-2. The outcome left Edison (22-3)
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | October 13, 2010
The 2010 season didn't get off to the greatest of starts for the Marina High girls' golf team, but with just two matches remaining on its regular-season schedule, the Vikings are on the verge of completing a perfect Sunset League campaign. Marina moved a step closer to a possible league championship Tuesday by scoring a 219-237 victory against host Fountain Valley at Mile Square Park Classic Course (par 36) The win put the Vikings at 8-0 in league and 12-4 overall. They were sitting at .500 (3-3)
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | April 27, 2011
In a key Sunset League softball game where the winner would keep pace with league-leading Los Alamitos, it took 13 innings to decide Tuesday's game between Edison and Marina, and it was the visiting Chargers who survived to score a 4-3 victory over the Vikings. Junior Nicole Zapotoczny's single in the top of the 13th scored junior Maddy Hickman for the winning run as Edison fought back from a 2-0 deficit through three innings. The teams were tied at 2-2 through seven and each scored a run in the eighth.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 27, 2013
The start to the week didn't go as planned for the Marina softball team, but a change in venues didn't cost the Vikings on the playing field Tuesday. When the Vikings arrived for practice Monday to begin preparing for upcoming games against Rosary and El Toro, what awaited them was a buzzing beehive, which had amassed in the upper-right corner of the Marina dugout. Not good, said Coach Shelly Luth. "Tera [Blanco carries an EpiPen. There's no way we were going to practice anywhere near it," Luth said.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | May 18, 2011
Not even rainy conditions could deter the Marina and Fountain Valley softball and Fountain Valley and Ocean View baseball teams from getting postseason play underway Tuesday. Three of the four teams won their CIF Southern Section wild-card games to advance in the playoffs. Marina hosted Temecula Valley in a CIF Southern Section Division 1 softball game. The Vikings, who finished tied for second in the Sunset League but entered the playoffs as the league's No. 3 team after losing out on a coin flip May 12 to Edison, scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away to a 6-1 win over the Golden Bears.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 25, 2012
The Huntington Beach boys' soccer team posted a pair of second-half goals Friday to knock off visiting Marina, 2-0. The loss was the first in six Sunset League games for the Vikings, who fell to 4-1-1 and out of first place. Yobany Garcia and Keith Fronk scored goals and Jairo Rosales and James Mossembekker each had an assist for the Oilers (1-5), who won for the first time in league and avenged a 3-0 loss to Marina on Jan. 4. Fountain Valley took over the top spot in the Sunset standings after picking up a 1-0 overtime victory over visiting Newport Harbor on Friday.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 20, 2013
Shelly Luth says her Marina High softball team is beginning to tap into its potential. The Vikings continued on that journey and on their winning ways in nonleague play Tuesday by scoring a 3-0 shutout of visiting Woodbridge. Junior pitcher Tera Blanco threw a two-hitter with nine strikeouts to improve to 9-1, the same record the Vikings sport. "The girls are really starting to believe how dynamic we can be," Luth said. "We have all the weapons, if we focus . " Marina entered the week fresh off winning the Foothill Tournament championship.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 23, 2014
There is still plenty of action left in the 2014 Sunset League softball race but three games into the league season, the Huntington Beach Oilers hold the lead. Huntington picked up a key victory Tuesday at Marina in a game that featured two of the league's perennial top pitchers. The Oilers scored a run in the third inning, avoided several scoring opportunities by the Vikings, and made the run stand in a 1-0 win against the defending league champions. The win, combined with Edison's loss Tuesday at Los Alamitos, allowed the Oilers, 15-3 overall, 3-0 in league and ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, to grab sole possession of the league lead.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 21, 2014
Edison High baseball Coach Cameron Chinn earlier in the week felt that a big key for his Chargers in their Sunset League opener against Marina, would be the ability to produce offensively with runners in scoring position. Do that, and Chinn believed his team could give the host Vikings a "good game. " The Chargers did achieve that key aspect, and it led to a victory. They used timely hitting to rally from an early, two-run deficit to post a 6-4 win. Edison scored its six runs over three innings, built a 6-2 lead, then held off the Vikings.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 19, 2014
The championship game of the Laguna Hills Tournament turned into an all-Sunset League affair between to neighboring softball rivals and in the first meeting of the season between the teams, ended with the score favoring Marina. The Vikings captured the tourney title March 13 by defeating Huntington Beach, 5-2, at Alicia Park in Mission Viejo. Senior pitcher Tera Blanco was named MVP of the tournament and junior Emili Olague and senior Desiree Hagberg made the all-tournament team.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 12, 2014
As openers go, Marina High's softball team couldn't have asked for a better debut. Behind a potent offense and a first-game pitching gem, the Vikings were all over Kennedy, winning, 25-1, in nonleague play March 6 over the host Fighting Irish. Several Vikings powered the offense led by senior Tera Blanco, who hit a grand slam and drove in six runs. Blanco also registered her initial pitching win in her first game, getting the win on a one-hitter. Junior Emili Olague also homered in a three for three performance that included five RBIs.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 10, 2014
Heading into Thursday's Sunset League opener against Edison High, Marina girls' basketball Coach Carol Osbrink said she felt her Vikings could pull off a victory against the Chargers. It had been awhile since a Marina team had defeated Edison on the hard court, but Osbrink held to that belief. "I knew the kids could do this all along," she said, moments after the Vikings had defeated the visiting Chargers, 60-48. "We've had games this season where we have played really well, and then we've had games where we didn't play the way we are capable of playing.
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By Chuck Schilken and Ex-Vikings punter: I was fired by a bigot and two cowards | January 3, 2014
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a a lengthy and scathing column, published online Thursday by Deadspin, detailing the reasons he feels he was released by the team prior to the 2013 season. Kluwe, who spent all eight of his NFL seasons with the Vikings, wrote: "It's my belief, based on everything that happened over the course of 2012, that I was fired by [special teams coach] Mike Priefer, a bigot who didn't agree with the cause I was working for, and two cowards, [then-head coach]
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By Mike Sciacca | October 4, 2013
WESTMINSTER - It wasn't the way George Pascoe and his Marina football team wanted to end the first half of their 2013 season. The Vikings trailed visiting Capistrano Valley throughout Friday's nonleague contest at Westminster High, but still were within striking distance at halftime. The second half was a different story. The Cougars used a big offensive output in the third quarter to pull way, and the game turned to a running clock for the fourth quarter. When the final 12 minutes ticked by in, well, 12 minutes, the Cougars had earned a 42-7 victory at Boswell Field.
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By Mike Sciacca | September 7, 2013
HUNTINGTON BEACH - The first football meeting in 20 years between Marina High and Ocean View ended the same as it did that last matchup in 1993: a Marina victory. The Vikings used a quick-paced offense to set the game's early tone, withstood a few challenges by Ocean View, and scored the final nine points to pull away to a 33-14 nonleague victory Friday at Ocean View. It was the first win of the young season for the Vikings, who last week dropped their opener at Pico Rivera El Rancho.
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By Mike Sciacca | August 21, 2013
The Marina High Vikings started work on their upcoming, 2013 football season with their first fall camp workout on Aug. 12. In eight short days, they'll launch their season and do so with several starters back from a three-win 2012 team. Coach George Pascoe begins his fourth year as head coach with nine returning starters from a team that last year went 3-7 and placed seven players on the All-Sunset League team. Two of those players, tight end/running back/linebacker James Myers, and kicker Landon Marshall, earned All-Sunset League honors last year and return for their senior year.
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By Mike Sciacca | July 17, 2013
Marina High's boys' basketball team wrapped up play in Los Alamitos/Marina summer league play with a pair of games this week. On Monday, Marina took on NBC International Tours, a team from Brazil, and won, 55-42, at Marina. The Vikings played their final summer game Wednesdayagainst Liberty Christian. The score from Wednesday's game wasn't available at press time. Marina Coach Nick Racklin said that NBC Tours-Brazil is a "club-type team," and learned that from his friend, Rhett Soliday, men's basketball head basketball coach at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, that NBC Tours-Brazil was heading to California and Washington to play a series of games.
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