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Youth Scene: Newport-Mesa boys’ team makes Waves

The 10-and-under Newport-Mesa Waves boys’ soccer team recently won the Silver South division of the Coast Soccer League and went undefeated in its age group.

Coached by Chris Klein (a former Los Angeles Galaxy star player), the boys have spent the last eight months training together in preparation for their unbeaten season of 10-0-2.

With an explosive offense and an iron-strong defense the team finished the season scoring 49 goals and only allowing 11 goals. The Waves allowed fewer goals scored by their opponents than any of the other U10 boys’ team in the entire Silver division, which includes teams from down South, the Inland Empire, and as far north as Santa Barbara.

The season started with the Waves winning the South Bay Force Showcase Tournament in Torrance after beating the El Segundo Gunners in the championship, 2-0, in an exciting overtime win.


During the tournament they got the chance to compete against some of the best U10 teams from OC, LA, and Ventura Counties. Their season culminated with a dominating win on Nov. 20 of 6-3 over AC Brea, the only other undefeated team in the division prior to the weekend. The team is now gearing up and training for an exciting League Cup Tournament which will begin in December.

They will then begin training to move on to compete in the State Cup in February to challenge themselves in competition against the best U10 club soccer teams in all of California.

The U10 Wave players include: Alec Gekchyan, Denzel Barrientos, Adrian Hong, Carson Klein, Alex Xhurape, Nic Sullivan, Sam Neglia, Cameron Harper, David Adelsberg, Bryce Lehner, Mason Ressler and Kieran Sidebotham.

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CdM takes second

Coach Chris Dunk’s Plus boys’ U-11 soccer team finished the fall season in second place among 19 teams in the countywide Plus League.

The team won its final six games of the season by a combined score of 24-2.

Once the team got comfortable playing together they were unstoppable. The team scored 41 goals on the season. The offense was lead by forwards Max Dunk, Sallar Tahbaz, Zack Karro, Jack Elliot and midfielders Niko Urban, Cameron Kayl, Joshua Means and Jackson Niedermeyer.

The group put constant pressure on every opposing team’s defense. The defense led the league with fewest goals allowed with eight in 12 games. Outstanding efforts all season were turned in by defenders Matt Katz, Ryan Aleman, Kyle Pham, Dayne Parsons and Grayson Breeland.

The anchor of the defense was the play of goalie Shawn Nielsen. Nielsen proved to be the best goalie in the league by his play all season.

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Hoops team shines

The TH Hoops 11U team had a spectacular weekend by capturing back-to-back championships with an impressive 11-0 finish in the combined tournaments.

Six of the 11 games were played Oct. 12-13.

TH Hoops started their road to victory when they entered Big City Sports fall league, where they went 5-0 landing them a spot in the title game against the Fullerton Coyotes.

They defeated the Coyotes, 40-32, to claim their first title of the weekend.

TH Hoops also played in the SGV tournament winning four games in a row, defeating their opponents by an average of 15 points per game.

The highlight of the weekend was the championship game against the Las Vegas Dream Team. This game was no walk in the park for TH Hoops, as they found themselves in a 17-point deficit at halftime.


With determination and passion, TH Hoops was able to regain momentum and upset the LV Dream Team, 50-42.

These championships could not have been accomplished without the collective efforts of Max Goffman, Joe Ruiz, Anthony Hall, Ethan Lacher, Chase Hall, Katie Fitzgerald, Nikyle Gould, Brandon Figueroa, Blair Allhusen, Josh Cheadle and Tarik Aliyazicioglu.

Their show of great sportsmanship, hard work, perseverance as well as a great defensive mindset propelled them to two championships.

TH Hoops was led by Coach Erol Aliyazicioglu.

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CdM is perfect

The Corona del Mar seventh-graders went 7-0 to win the Coastal Athletic League girls’ basketball title. CdM beat rival Ensign, 41-15, in the title game.

The CdM team included Amanda Cooper, Katherine Mulvaney, Kennedy Mulvaney, Emma St. Geme, Lanni Barrie, Cailyn Coburn, Lisa Hamilton, Haley Hopkins, Brittany Lamm, Abigail Peterson, Emma Scott, Erika Wall, Faith Wosoughkia, Venice Andrews, Syd Cage, Shelby Guerena and Madeleine Gifford.

Dave Scott coached the team.

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CdM repeats

The Corona del Mar Middle School eighth-grade girls’ basketball team finished the Coastal Athletic League undefeated two years in a row beating TeWinkle, 37-18, in the title game.

The Corona del Mar championship team included: Val Hunter, Krista Anderson, Ally Rosenblum, Kelly Tam, Melody Yoo, Kate Hunter, Natalia Bruening and Carly Michaels. Mark Decker coached the team.

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