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April 2, 1993 | CHRIS FOSTER
Esperanza's 4-2 victory over Katella Thursday was the type of game the Aztecs seem to always pull out. Their hits were few, but timely. Their pitching was so-so, but they got clutch outs. And they made the most of opponents' errors and mental lapses. Esperanza was not overwhelming, just good enough. "If you make a mistake, we're going to advantage," Coach Mike Curran said. "We've always liked to think that way." Katella did, and it was costly.
April 17, 1999
Jeff Wootton had 31 kills and Scot Austin had 15 as No. 4 Marina defeated No. 2 Esperanza in a Sunset League boys' volleyball match Friday at Esperanza. The Vikings (8-1, 4-0) overcame 14-10 and 14-8 deficits in Games 1 and 2 and went on an 11-0 run in the final game, winning 16-14, 17-15, 15-17, 15-2. Esperanza falls to 8-1, 3-1. In Golden West League boys' volleyball: No. 6 Servite 3, Santa Ana 0--Kyle Smith had 13 kills for visiting Servite (9-0, 5-0), which won, 15-0, 15-5, 15-5.
February 4, 1999
Sophomore Cara Chlebicki had four goals and four assists to lead sixth-ranked Marina to a 10-7 victory over No. 7 Esperanza in a Sunset League girls' water polo game Wednesday at Golden West. Senior Marissa Nelson scored three goals and sophomore Kendra Shanley had two for the Vikings (15-5, 4-0). Kim Steele had four goals and six steals to lead Esperanza (14-3, 3-1).
Ron LaRuffa, Fountain Valley High School baseball coach, was taking the glass-is-half-full stance after the Barons' 8-6 victory over Esperanza Tuesday. There was, he said, a lot to be thankful about. That the Barons would be playing Simi Valley Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southern Section Division I playoffs was quite satisfying. That they had knocked off the defending Division I champion and set a school record for victories was even worth celebrating.
March 8, 1987 | ROBYN NORWOOD, Times Staff Writer
The Esperanza High School boys' soccer team kept shooting until the final seconds Saturday night when a shot by Brent Bish was tipped over the top of the goal by the Diamond Bar goalkeeper. The Aztecs simply could not score the goal they needed to send the Southern Section 3-A championship into overtime, and Diamond Bar, an unseeded team, upset the top-seeded, defending champion Aztecs, 2-1, in front of 1,000 at Gahr High School in Cerritos.
Marina's defense did a solid job of containing Esperanza standout running back Dahrin Footman but couldn't stop him, and that was the difference as the Aztecs won, 20-13, in a Sunset League game Friday at Westminster High. Footman, a senior, finished with 180 yards in 33 carries but only had two runs for more than 10 yards. Marina, obviously helped by a strong scouting report, played as many as nine players on the line of scrimmage at times.
January 12, 1985 | JOE PASLEY
Katella High School had four starters score in double figures Friday night in a 69-50 Empire League win over Esperanza in front of 600 in the Knights' gym --but not everyone was impressed. Katella (2-2, 10-3) seemed to do little wrong in overpowering smaller Esperanza (1-3, 5-7). The Knights made 29 of 58 shots from the floor, outrebounded the Aztecs, 48-14, and caused 14 turnovers with a pressure defense.
September 10, 1999 | MIKE TERRY
7:30 TONIGHT CAL STATE FULLERTON Aztec Coach Gary Meek said Servite enters the game with "a huge advantage" because the Friars already have played a game. What concerns Meek is how easily Servite handled Tustin, winning 35-19. "They [baffled] Tustin on offense; Tustin could not adjust to what Servite did," Meek said. Friar Coach Larry Toner would point out that Esperanza has not had that problem.
November 29, 1986 | By MIKE DiGIOVANNA, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana High School tailback Robert Lee, who has provided the bulk of the Saints' offense for the past seven weeks, had another big game Friday night, rushing for 206 yards in 27 carries against Esperanza in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference playoffs. But it was Santa Ana quarterback Richard Fanti who came up with most of the big plays to lead the Saints to a 17-14, come-from-behind victory over the Aztecs in front of 5,000 in Placentia's Bradford Stadium.
December 16, 1997
OL ESPERANZA SR. At 6-3, 300 pounds, Ashabraner was a big reason Esperanza won a third consecutive (and second outright) Sunset League championship. He created space for the Aztecs' running backs and provided his quarterback, junior Grant Wagner, maximum protection.
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