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Coronado Girls Soccer Splits Two Games Last Week, Record Stands At 6-5

The Islander Girls Soccer Team, under the direction of Head Coach Mike Costaglio, played twice and the results included a 3-0 loss at home to Point Loma and a 3-0 home victory over Mira Mesa. The latter contest was the first City League game of the season for the Islanders. As a reminder, the six-team City League includes Clairemont, Coronado, Hoover, High Tech High San Diego, Mira Mesa and University City.

“Point Loma is always good,” Costaglio said. “This year they dropped out of Division I and they are one of the top teams in Division II. (Coronado competes in CIF Division III.) We didn’t adopt to their style of play very well. They play a very direct game, with pace and they play right down the middle of the field. Our center backs were a little overwhelmed. I knew it would be a tough game. No matter what we did, we couldn’t adjust. Sometimes the matchups just aren’t good. I wanted to add some Division I and Division II games to our schedule and we’ve stepped up to play some significant programs this year. We just licked our wounds after the Point Loma game and regrouped. We had a chat after the game that we need to prepare better, adjust and recognize what we are facing. It was a learning experience and we’ll build off that.”

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Monday 01/20/2020
Collected Sports Natterings

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Coronadan Finalist For U.S. Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtsman And Yachtswoman Of The Year Award

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Coronado Boys Soccer Team Pushes Record To 5-1-2

The Boys Soccer Team, won twice to improve their record to 5-1-2. If the CIF San Diego Section Playoffs started this week, their first opponent from last week, Canyon Crest Academy, would likely be competing in the Open Division. The Islanders won that game at home 1-0.

Islander Head Coach Aaron Brooks described the action. “We scored a goal in the first half on a free kick by Corey Bible. That was a very good game because Canyon Crest was very aggressive and in good shape. It was very competitive, and we had to match their intensity. Our team did a very good job bending, but not breaking on defense. Also, we finished with 10 players on the field and I was proud of the Boys and their effort. To hold a one-goal second-half lead, against a good team, shows good progression and growth by our team. We started the game with Jack Irvine in goal and in the second half

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Coronado Girls Soccer Splits Two Games Last Week, Record Stands At 6-5

The Islander Girls Soccer Team, under the direction of Head Coach Mike Costaglio, played twice and the results included a 3-0 loss at home to Point Loma and a 3-0 home victory over Mira Mesa. The latter contest was the first City League game of the season for the Islanders. As a reminder, the six-team City League includes Clairemont, Coronado, Hoover, High Tech High San Diego, Mira Mesa and University City.

“Point Loma is always good,” Costaglio said. “This year they dropped out of Division I and they are one of the top teams in Division II. (Coronado competes in CIF Division III.) We didn’t adopt to their style of play very well. They play a very direct game, with pace and they play right down the middle of the field. Our center backs were a little overwhelmed. I knew it would be a tough game. No matter what we did, we couldn’t adjust. Sometimes the matchups just aren’t good. I wanted to add some Division I and Division II games to our schedule and we’ve stepped up to play some significant programs this year. We just licked our wounds after the Point Loma game and regrouped. We had a chat after the game that we need to prepare better, adjust and recognize what we are facing. It was a learning experience and we’ll build off that.”

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Coronado Girls Water Polo Team Splits Their Two Games Last Week

The Islander Girls Water Polo Team, under the direction of Head Coach Dave Throop, is a team that is comprised primarily of freshmen and sophomore athletes. Despite their youth and a steep learning curve, there has been no letup in the quality of the opponents they are playing. The Islanders have compiled an overall record of 4-7, and they are 0-1 in Western League play.

Shortly after Christmas, the Islanders competed in a 16-team tournament in Orange County. Friday Dec. 27, Coronado lost to a very strong San Marcos squad and then lost to Harvard Westlake. Throop said, “At times we played very well at times against Harvard Westlake. They use a different type of defensive pressure, which was good for us to see. Then Saturday, we lost a heartbreaker to Los Osos 7-6. They are ranked in the Top 20 up their way and it was a good game for us. We did a good job controlling the game and the tempo. We just made one or two more errors than they did. Then we turned around and played Riverside Poly, who are a little more inexperienced than we are. It was good salt for the soul to finish the tournament with a win. The final score was 11-1. We had three goals from Brooke Lee; Mary Penny and Paula Martinez scored two goals each; and Lauren Gauvin, Sarah Olson, Katherine Wastila and Emmie Muschek had one goal each. Wastila had three assists and Muschek had two. In that game Ella Farley had seven saves in goal and Grace Morgan played the fourth quarter with one save.”

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Monday 01/13/2020
Coronado Boys Basketball Enters Conference Season With 9-9 Mark

There wasn’t much rest for the Islander Boys Basketball Team over the holidays, as they played four games since the last edition of this column. They compiled a 1-3 record in those games, against strong competition, and all but one of the three games they lost were winnable.

Their first game was against Carlsbad, who Coronado lost to 75-62 Dec. 11. So there were no secrets between the two teams when they played their re-match Monday, Dec. 30. The Lancers best player is senior guard Jailen Nelson and the Islanders leader is Wayne McKinney. Word of McKinney’s ability has spread quickly throughout the coaching ranks in San Diego County, with the talented Islander junior point guard being the focal point of the opposition’s defensive game plan every time he steps on the court.

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CYSL Girls U10 Win La Jolla All-Star Tournament

The Coronado Youth Soccer League (CYSL) girls under ten (U10) team participated in the annual La Jolla Recreational All Star Soccer Tournament on Dec 7 and 8. For the second year in a row, the team finished undefeated winning four games en route to the championship. CYSL beat Escondido (5-0), Delmar/Carlsbad Sharks (3-2), Los Angeles Galaxy (5-0), and very tough Pacific Beach team (2-1) in the final.

The team was led by its awesome goalkeeper (Jersey Cunningham) who at times looked like she was an octopus with eight arms and legs, stopping nearly all shots that came her way. She was assisted by the iron curtain defense in front of her, led by Emily “Move or Be Crushed” Albin, Claudia “MVP” Wagner, Rizza “Bionic Leg” Bejar, Makayla “Sorry I Knocked You Down...Again” Kissinger, Kiara “Sorry...My Ball” Hansen, and Chloe “if She Bleeds…Will They Stop the Game” Van den Akker.

The offensive assault was led by Brook “Iron Leg” Proctor (three goals), Eliana “Road Runner” Betances, Claudia Wagner, Emily Albin, Rizza Bejar, Savvy “Rose

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NBA Commissioner David Stern Remembered

NBA Hall of Fame player Scottie Pippen said in a tweet last week, after former NBA Commissioner David Stern died too young at the age of 77, that Stern was always among the smartest people in the room. Pippen was trying to say the right thing but having known Stern I would disagree. David Joel Stern was always the smartest person in the room. Stern was a history major at Rutgers University, which he always referred to as ‘The State University of New Jersey,’ which was simultaneously clever and self-deprecating. His law degree was from Columbia University. 

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