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Region 97 boys reign

The Region 97 boys' soccer team of Newport Beach recently captured the Mayor's Cup with a 2-1 victory over Region 120.

The Region 97 team, known as Black Ops, used a strong defense and a total team effort to win the Cup.

Scott Osumi coached the team.

The team featured: Marvin Zacarias, Nicholas Browning, Will Vandervort, Riley Nevell, Liam Graber, Baelen Carter, Austin Osumi, Riley Antonicic, Taniel Saharyildizi, Jack Rettig, Jagger Mitchell and Connor Spence.

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Harbor Day wins titles

The Harbor Day School boys' fifth-grade flag football team recently won the city and county titles of the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF).

The Newport Beach team, coached by Ethan Machado, went 10-0-1 in the regular season, then went onto beat Mariners and Saddleback for the Orange County championship. The team consisted solely fifth-graders and sometimes played against teams that included fifth- and sixth-graders.

The Harbor Day fifth-grade team featured: Wills Cook, Gunnar Gehl, Zack Karro, Johnny King, George Knapp, James McConnaughey, Drake Mossman, Jacob Muchnick, Aidan Rodriguez, Peter Shea, Solomon Sonenshine, Matthew Ueberroth and Corbin Vaicek.

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Another Harbor Day champ

The Harbor Day School boys' third- and fourth-grade flag football team from Corona del Mar won the city championship and Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation (SCMAF) tournament this past week.

After a perfect season of 11-0, Harbor Day captured the city championship by beating the Mariners Christian School, 31-0. The undefeated team then closed out the season earning a victory over Lincoln, 25-14, in the SCMAF championship game this past Saturday.

The Harbor Day team had the top-ranked defense in the league and a superb top-scoring offense, which allowed them to dominate the field throughout the season.

The city and SCMAF championship team featured: Ryan Stienke, Reid Stemler, Chandler Airth, Preston Ewing, Matthew Strok, Mason Ressler, Carson Webb, Matt Duma, Jack McKenna, Ryder Haupt, Dom Cuneo, Dutch Dietrick, Michael Vaughan, Prescott Cook and Will Anderson.

The team was led by Coach Ethan Machado.

"I'm so proud of my players for the successful season we've had. These boys are young, yet extremely talented and dedicated," Machado said. "Every game, these young boys continued to impress me as they worked together as a team to defeat any challenge that came their way. Their hard work paid off and we are extremely excited to take home this championship!"

The Youth Flag Football League is organized and run by the City of Newport Beach Recreation & Senior Services Department.

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CdM wins AYSO Area 11 Extra/Plus League

In a remarkable season for the Region 57 Extra/Plus program of Corona del Mar, the U10 boys' team coached by Paul Murray and Tom Joyce topped its 22-team league with a 11-1-0 record.

The team's only loss came from the talented group from the other side of Back Bay in Newport Beach.

Area 11 stretches from Long Beach in the north to Yorba Linda in the east on down to San Clemente in the south and provides a showcase for the elite players . Across all five age divisions for boys CdM won three titles and was second in two with a combined 52-4-1 record with 208 goals and only 34 goals against for the whole program.

The U10 boys' offense unit led by Matt Duma scored 42 goals with magnificent support from Stephen McMillen, Dylan Murray, Omeed Abedi and Luke Joyce, while the defense unit led by Mark Redman supported by Brennan Carroll, Zane Weaver and Domenic Williams had the meanest record in the league conceding only 11 goals, contributing hugely to the eventual top placing.

This group will now compete in the Champions League Cup at Tustin Sports Park and hopefully onto the State Cup showing the strength of soccer in the area.

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Tar Heels start with win

The Newport-Mesa Tar Heels boys' fifth-grade All-Net team started the regular season off with a big win last Sunday in Yorba Linda beating the host Placentia P-Town, 43-28.

Jake Hamilton led all scorers with 13 after being out two-plus months due to injury.

Matt Olson hit two big three-pointers and finished with 10 points, while Adam Flood added seven rebounds and three points. DJ Rodman and Johnny King manned the paint all game and combined for 13 rebounds, while Ethan Barnes defended Placentia's best player and held him to eight points.

Luke Chelf, Sam Barela and Mason Melcer combined for 11 points, six steals and six rebounds while playing excellent defense throughout the game. Barela led the team in assists with four. Nico Dasca was unavailable due to illness.

The Tar Heels are on the road again this weekend and play the Yorba Linda Pumas Black and RSM Titans.

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