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September 13, 1993 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Grayeli felt he had something to prove this summer, and he found the perfect forum in which to present his case. Grayeli had been instrumental in helping Costa Mesa to a Southern Section water polo championship in 1992 but he worried that because the title came in Division III, its importance might be diminished. Grayeli wanted the kind of recognition that is usually reserved for players at bigger schools, so he jumped at the opportunity to compete for a spot on the U.S. national youth team.
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September 13, 1993 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sam Grayeli felt he had something to prove this summer, and he found the perfect forum in which to present his case. Grayeli had been instrumental in helping Costa Mesa to a Southern Section water polo championship in 1992 but he worried that because the title came in Division III, its importance might be diminished. Grayeli wanted the kind of recognition that is usually reserved for players at bigger schools, so he jumped at the opportunity to compete for a spot on the U.S. national youth team.
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SPORTS
November 15, 1992
Sam Grayeli scored five goals to spark Costa Mesa to a 13-5 victory over Indio in a Southern Section Division III water polo match Saturday at Newport Harbor. J.R. Porter and Greg Felli each added three for top-seeded Costa Mesa (21-8). The Mustangs advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals to play Dos Pueblos, an 11-6 winner over Cerritos.
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November 25, 1993 | MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the end, all Sam Grayeli could do was watch as Costa Mesa's back-to-back title hopes were quashed. Swimming frantically back on defense, Grayeli wasn't able to get back in time to stop South Pasadena's Brian Butcher from lobbing in a goal in sudden death overtime, giving the Tigers a 12-11 victory in the Southern Section Division III title game Wednesday at Belmont Plaza. "I had the best seat in the house," Grayeli said.
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October 16, 1993
Chuck Wierdsma scored with five seconds left to give Capistrano Valley a 6-5 victory over Newport Harbor, ranked fifth in Orange County, in a quarterfinal of the North Orange County water polo tournament Friday at Newport Harbor. Wierdsma and Brian Myer each scored two goals for unranked Capistrano Valley (11-7), which advances to play San Clemente in the semifinals at 3 p.m. today at Independence Park in Fullerton.
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December 22, 1998
UC Irvine's Ryan Bailey was named to the first-team Division I All-America by the American Water Polo Coaches Assn. Monday. Stanford's Brian Heifferon, formerly of Servite, also earned first-team honors. USC's Marco Pintaric was named player of the year and Trojan coaches Jovan Vavic and John Williams were named co-coaches of the year. Irvine's Dan Klatt and UCLA's Sam Grayeli, formerly of Costa Mesa High and Golden West College, earned third-team honors.
SPORTS
December 11, 1993
The eighth Orange County all-star water polo game will be 1 p.m. today at Tustin High School. The game will feature the county's top senior players. Jason Lynch of Costa Mesa will coach the south team, and Sunny Hills' Keith Nighswonger will coach the north.
SPORTS
November 9, 1998
Colby Jackson scored Sunday for No. 14 Cal State Fullerton, which tied eighth-ranked Stanford, 1-1, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's soccer game at Stanford. Jackson's tying goal came three minutes after Stanford scored its goal in the first half. Ray Ramirez assisted on the Fullerton goal. Sean Rockwell had one save for the Titans (13-4-2, 5-1-2). Lee Morrison scored in the 26th minute for Stanford (14-4-1, 5-2-1).
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August 16, 1993
Gordon's Panthers of Cypress beat the Orange County Batbusters, 3-1, Sunday to win the Amateur Softball Assn. Junior Olympic girls' 18-and-under national championship in Visalia. The Panthers and Batbusters started the day as the only undefeated teams in the tournament. The Panthers beat the Batbusters, 3-0, in the winners' bracket final earlier Sunday. But Orange County then came back to beat the California Raiders, 10-3, to get into the title game.
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October 24, 1991
In another Century League game: Foothill 17, El Modena 5--Steve Salata had six goals and Brent Palluck added four as Foothill won at El Modena. In the Empire League: Los Alamitos 16, Katella 6--Randy Wright scored five goals and Peter Odorico added four for the visiting Griffins. Ray Schmidt and Curt Wannebo each had three for Katella. In the Pacific Coast League: Costa Mesa 6, Laguna Hills 5--Sam Grayeli scored two goals in the third quarter to give host Costa Mesa (11-9, 3-0) a 5-3 lead. J.R.
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November 13, 1992
K.C. Nance had four goals and four assists and Ryan Thacher scored four goals to help Trabuco Hills defeat Brea-Olinda, 15-7, in a first-round Southern Section Division III playoff match Thursday at Trabuco Hills. Goalie Dan Will had 15 saves for Trabuco Hills (17-10), which advanced to play South Pasadena, a 22-16 winner over Fontana, in the second round Saturday. Nance raised his assist total to 55, setting a school single-season record.
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