February 2, 2017
MBX Honors Athletes on
National Letter of Intent Signing Day

MBX and Mira Costa recognized 9 athletes that will be playing at the collegiate level next year.  They were honored at lunchtime and are committed to the following colleges:

Emmie Farber  committed to Chapman University for soccer.
Emelie Flaig committed to Cal Poly Pomona for soccer.
Jamie Hoffman  committed to Babson College for softball.
Natalie Natole  committed to Emory University for track and field.
Lexi Nielsen  committed to Sonoma State University for golf.
Laura Sheckter  committed to Emory University for basketball.
Christian Thornton  committed to Claremont McKenna College for water polo.
Delaney Whittet  committed to the University of California San Diego for soccer.
Whitney Davis  committed to the University of California Berkeley for soccer.  

MBX recognizes these outstanding achievements and wishes them continued success!

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Girls Water Polo on a Winning Streak!

The Varsity Water Polo team has been on a winning streak!

Here is their recent record:
Jan. 18th Costa v. West won 17-1
Jan. 24th Costa v. Peninsula won 7-3 
Game stats:  Chloe Le 1goal/1assist/1rebound/1steal, Sky Jefferson 2 goals/5 steals, Aminadi Anorve 2 goals/1steal, Leigh Lyter 2goals/5steals, Kate Nitzberg 9 saves!
Jan. 26th Costa v. Palos Verdes won 9-3

In Costa tradition, Girls Water Polo Seniors will celebrate Senior Day at their last home game at the pool on Friday, February 10th at 2:45pm. All are welcome!

Girls Water Polo Tournaments Tournaments:
The team competed in the Annual AFC Invite Varsity Tournament in Coronado where they finished 10th out of 32 teams.
Varsity Team placed 10th out of 32 teams!

Also, Mira Costa Girls Water Polo hosted its Annual Frosh/Soph Novice Tournament on Jan. 27th-28th, entering 2 teams, and welcoming El Segundo, Culver City and Santa Monica.

Congrats to the Frosh/Soph teams on an awesome tournament and finish!

Mira Costa Frosh/Soph Team had a great tournament!

Mira Costa Girls Varsity Basketball 
Wins Annual Elks Classic Tournament

Our Lady Mustangs have a 5-1 record in the Bay League with big wins against Peninsula, Palos Verdes, Inglewood and Morningside.  The team had a tough loss to Redondo but hope to win the rematch in the Final Bay League Showdown on February 7th.  Senior Allie Navarette celebrated her achievement of scoring 1500 career points, a huge accomplishment that the team celebrated.  
The team won big in the 16th Annual Elks Classic Tournament at Segerstrom High School in December. They also traveled to Stockton to play in the St. Mary's MLK Shootout and won again.  These achievements gave the team strong momentum going into league season.

Click Here for Daily Breeze Article on MLK Shootout
Click Here for Daily Breeze Article on Mira Costa ranked #3 in top 10

In other news, Senior Laura Sheckter has committed to play at Emory University.  Her hard work and dedication have resulted in this great opportunity for her.

Please come out to support our Lady Mustangs at our last home game as we honor our seniors on Tuesday, February 7th.  On Thursday, February 9th, come out to Redondo High for the FINAL BAY LEAGUE SHOWDOWN as the team fights to win the rematch against the Seahawks.
Please follow Costa Girls Basketball on 
Instagram at mchsgirlsbbasketball
Facebook at Mira Costa HS Girls Basketball
Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech Department Has Outstanding Performances!

TONIGHT'S PLAY a big success!
TONIGHT'S PLAY was performed to sold-out crowds.
Under the direction of Cathy Shambley-Baer, the production was done in a long form, improvised format.  Using audience suggestions to help guide the scenes, cast members created unique, one-of-a-kind performances for every show.  Audience response was overwhelmingly positive for all performances, and everyone was very proud of all the talented, hard-working students in the cast and on the tech crew for their dedication and effort in making the show such a huge success. 

Mira Costa's 
Almost, Maine
Wins Honors at CETA High School Theatre Competition


Congratulations to all the Drama/Tech students who participated in the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) Festival Jan. 13th-15th, where Costa won top honors in several categories for its production of Almost, Maine.  
Each year, CETA adjudicates high school Fall non-musical productions throughout Southern California.  Adjudicators attend performances and select the top production from each of four regions:  Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange County, and San Diego.  This fall, the winner for the Los Angeles region was Mira Costa's Almost, Maine.
Following the regional win, Mira Costa's drama/tech students advanced to the next round and presented the full production of Almost, Maine in competition at the CETA Southern High School Theatre Festival in Fullerton, CA, where Costa's main stage production won 1st Place Ensemble, 1st Place Tech, and Robert Diehl won 1st Place Supporting Actor.  Also recognized for Outstanding Theatrical Achievement were:

Robert Diehl  
Carly Bozeman - Sound Board Op
Jack Drinker
Cara Christian - Assistant Stage Manager
Isabel Gray 
Carly Jaeger - Light Board Op 
Sabrina Harris
Kara Murphy - Costume Crew 
Daisy Hummer
Kira Raper-Mateo - Stage Hand
Marley Kaliban
Natalie Rau - Costume Crew
Claire Layden
Lindsay Thomasson - Stage Manager
Hannah Ryan
Pauline Walsh - Set Construction Lead 
Antonio Sellitto
Jessica Wood - Assistant Stage Manager
Tucker St. Ivany 
Set Construction Team 
Connor Tree
Mira Costa Tech Class

Congratulations, again, to all the student performers and tech crew who brought 
Almost, Maine to life on the CETA stage, and to the winners and honorees for their amazing accomplishments.  Way to go, Costa Drama/Tech Team!!

Click here for The Beach Reporter article on Costa winning top honors at CETA

AIDS Benefit
The Mira Costa/Drama Tech Dept. will present its annual AIDS Benefit Show on Tues., Feb. 7th at 7 pm in the MCHS Small Theatre.  Tickets are $5 at the door.  All proceeds go to Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.  Please join the talented students of Mira Costa for a night of wonderful performances benefitting this worthy cause.  
Drama/Tech Announces Spring Musical, Oklahoma!
Drama/Tech is now starting rehearsals for the big spring musical, Oklahoma!, which will run  April 21-29, 2017 .  Please mark your calendar and save one of the upcoming performances dates to see the show:

Fri., Apr. 21 7:30 pm
Sat, Apr. 22 7:30 pm
Wed., Apr. 26 4:00 pm
Thurs., Apr. 27 6:30 pm
Fri., Apr. 28 7:30 pm
Sat., Apr. 29 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

MCHS Band Programs   
Look Forward  to February!
Photo courtesy of MCHS La Vista

Our Colorguard will start their Winter season with back-to-back competitions in Bellflower and Riverside on Feb 4th and 5th. Their competition season runs through April of 2017. This year's show is titled "Reflections".
Jazz 1 Band
Our Jazz 1 Band will be traveling to Boston, Massachusetts from Feb. 8-12 to participate in the High School Jazz Festival at the prestigious Berklee College of Music -- the largest High School Jazz competition in the United States. 136 schools from 15 states (Costa is one of two schools from California participating this year) will perform for each other and Festival adjudicators. It is a fabulous chance to hear Jazz musicians from all over the country, attend workshops and jazz clinics and receive feedback from some of the top Jazz educators in the country.

Marching Band 
Our Marching Band will dust off their uniforms as they prepare to visit Disneyland and march in the Disneyland Parade on February 25th. It is an honor to be able to represent Mira Costa in front of thousands of people at the "Happiest Place on Earth". After their parade duties the students will be able to stay at the park and experience all the rides. If you are planning on visiting the park that day, make sure to watch the parade and cheer us on!

Our previously announced "Swing Night" at the Toyota  Dealership in February has had to be canceled due to some logistical issues. We will be re-scheduling the event for later in the Spring
You can keep up with all the latest Band news by following us on 
Facebook  at Mira Costa High School Bands
Twitter at MiraCostaBands@MCHSBands 
Instagram at  mchsbands

Wrestling Update
Boys Wrestling are League Champions!
Photo by MCHS La Vista

Boys wrestling defeated Redondo 63-9 and are League Champions for the third straight year!  They will wrestle in the CIF Duals this Saturday.  The first match is scheduled for 11:00 at Redondo High School

Previous to this, the Varsity Boys went to Millikan High School to compete, and placed 2nd out of 16 teams.

Congratulations to the following wrestlers:
Jacob Gordon (So) - 132 lbs - 1st Place
Jamie Krigsman (Jr) - 182 lbs - 1st Place
Tyler Gordon (So) - 138 lbs - 2nd Place
Hanul Kim (Jr) - 160 lbs - 2nd Place
Sam Michelsen (Sr) - 182 lbs - 2nd Place      
Will Curtis (Jr) - 145 lbs - 3rd Place
Click here for The Beach Reporter article on top Costa wrestler Jean-Paul Le-Bosnoyani 

Girls Wrestling

The Varsity Girls competed at Capistrano Valley High School and placed 7th out of 22 schools.  Congrats to another great performance!
Congratulations to the following wrestlers:
Alyssa Nocum - 3rd Place
Bianca LeBosnoyani - 3rd Place
Leslie Meisel - 3rd Place
Orquidea Ordonez - 3rd Place
Viviana Ramirez - 3rd Place
Girls Rugby Honors Graduating Senior
at Final Game of the Season!

Mustang Rugby would like to hon­or its only graduating senior for the 2017 Mira Costa Girls Rugby Season.  Maria Meola is the first Captain of the Mustang Girls Rugby program.  Maria was born in Vancouver, Canada.  She maintains a 3.3 GPA.  As a freshman Maria was a starter on the Costa Varsity Lacrosse team. Maria also plays hockey on the California Wave a AAA all-star team.   This is the second year of rugby for Maria.  Maria is also the leading scorer for the Mustangs.

Thank you, Maria for all of your hard work and being a trailblazer for Mira Costa Girls Rugby Program...we will miss you!

Congratulations to the Costa Lady Ruggers as they finished their final home game of 2017. Lone Senior Captain Maria Meola finished off well in front of the home crowd by scoring against a very good team from Roosevelt HS. The Coach Taylor's girls fought valiantly against a very big and physical Centennial High School team as well.

Click here for The Beach Reporter article on Costa Girls Rugby

Costa Girls Rugby Team - Photo by The Beach Reporter

Costa Boys Ruggers Cruise to a 
64-0 Win on Senior Night!

The Varsity took to the pitch on Senior Night as the Mustangs honored their very successful class of 2017. With their 21 game home win streak on the line, the Mustangs wasted no time in dispatching the Citrus Valley Blackhawks.  The final score was 64-0 when Dulgarian kicked the ball into touch to end the game.  The victory drives the Costa record to 5-0, first place in the Los Angeles Division and sets up a road match vs. a very big and strong Roosevelt HS side from Eastvale, CA. It also maintains the Costa home win streak of 22-0. Unfortunately it was the final home game (unless the Mustangs get a home playoff game) for this overachieving senior class who we would like to honor:

David Arredondo-Fly-Half
Samuel Blake-Flanker
Cade Christensen-Outside Center
Liam DiGregorio-Team Manager
Jordan Fischer-Inside Center
Justin Goring-Outside Center
Tommy Kendal-Wing
Gunnar Kissman-Flanker
Callum Lapper-Hooker
Alec Oshita-Lock
Kevin Russell-Wing
Shane Thomas-Prop
Sean Walker-Fullback
Harrison Dulgarian-Scrum-Half/Team Captain
Costa Boys Ruggers Dispatch View Park

Costa Boys and their friends from View Park for some post match fellowship with their brothers in Rugby.

The #10 nationally ranked Mira Costa Rugby team travelled to Jackie Robinson Stadium to take on a very good and spirited side from View Park Prep. On a very cold night the boys from Costa took to a football sized pitch which would prove to hamper the Mustangs open style of play as both sides played about 10 minutes of Forward drives. Costa finally got on the board as Captain Harrison Dulgarian alert­ly used a quick lineout to Number 8 Jonah Tavai who then offloaded to Outside Center Cade Christian­sen who found Wing Evanson Franck-Love streaking down the right side for the score.
The momentum shifted between the two teams and the score was 20-10 at the half.
Costa came out the 2nd half a different team than the one that had started the game as they settled into their style of play...fast, unselfish rugby mixing the Forwards and the Backs.  Costa pulled away for a 46-20 final score. The victory puts Costa at 4-0 on the year (2-0 in league) and in a first place tie (with archrival St. John Bosco) in the Los Angeles division.

Just before the Varsity match the Costa JVs beat View Park 21-10 as Inside Center Slade Gordon, Number 8 Tommy Undurraga, Flankers Jarem Cortez, Austin Tiradeau and his brother Brandon were the catalyst for the victory for Coaches Hammer and Gordon.

Soccer Updates

Girls Soccer 

Mira Costa Girls Soccer had some solid wins against Inglewood and Morningside, however, they came up short against Redondo last week.  On Friday they played an aggressive game against Peninsula which resulted in a 0-0 tie and continued into OT.  Despite a solid effort and solid possession of the ball, they could not score and the game ended in a tie.  Their record is 2-2-1. They are led by team Captains Emelie Flaig, Emmy Farber and Delaney Whittet as they start the second round of the Bay League Season against Palos Verdes this week.

Boys' Soccer 
Boys' Soccer wrapped up the first half of Bay League play with a thrilling overtime "golden goal" last Friday night beating Peninsula 2-1. Alex deSouza got the game winner and Kyle Johnson scored our first goal. The assists were provided by Brad Hofmeister and Tanner Hong who also have been key defensive players. Goalkeepers Ethan Hseih and Andrew Fasano have been splitting time and were stellar. This game helped shake off the tough loss 2-1 against Redondo last Tuesday. Kyle Johnson scored our goal in that game and we played great as a team dominating in possession and shots on goal.
We beat Inglewood 2-1 in the first week of league play on goals from Trevor Taub and Coleman Weaver. The assists were from deSouza and Koa Work.

Our league record is 3-2-0 as we prepare to take on Palos Verdes to start the second round. We play Tuesday, 1/31 at P.V. and are confident that we can avenge a loss we suffered in our first meeting.

Our team is lead by captains Brady Douglas and James Marsh who solidify our defense. Josh Rudow has been fantastic as an outside defender and Max Taylor has found his stride as a center midfielder. Michael Demarte is another defender who has performed very well.

Mira Costa Students excel at the 
Spotlight Awards
Quarterfinalist Isabel Gray performs in the Drama departments fall play "Almost Maine"   Photo by MCHS La Vista

Eight outstanding students from Costa made the quarterfinal round of the Spotlight Awards.  Spotlight is a nationally acclaimed scholarship and training program for high school students in Southern California.  Each year over 2,000 high school students participate in this program.  Notable past winners include Josh Grobin, Adam Lambert,  and Misty Copeland.  Mira Costa's very own Mira Costa High alumni Darryn Dean and Julia McDermott were winners in 2015.  
Here are the list of the quarterfinalists who have advanced in Spotlight for 2017:
  • Isabel Gray - Acting
  • Kevin Chen - Classical Instrumental
  • Joseph Caplin - Classical Voice
  • Ben Hara - Jazz Instrumental 
  • Maggie Cubillos - Non-Classical Voice
  • Kira Levin - Non-Classical Voice
  • Olivia Morgan - Non-Classical Voice
  • Maxwell Rhode - Jazz Instrumental
Many of the students still have ongoing auditions for the quarterfinals coming up very soon and we wish them all very well.
Costa Boys Basketball hosts successful 
Youth Night

Mira Costa gym had a full house when the Boys Basketball team hosted their Youth Night on January 27th.  The Boys Varsity game vs. Peninsula opened with Allie, a 7 year old from Hermosa Beach, singing the National Anthem.
During the quarter breaks and half time, the Costa dance team demonstrated their award winning skills and even lead the half time free throw contest.  An American Martyrs student won and took home a $50 gift card to Super Sports for making 6 free throws in 15 seconds.

As Bay League picks up for the second half of the season, the team will be facing another tough round of competition.

Costa Boys Baseball hosting 
Annual Alumni Game on February 11th

Saturday, February 11th  Costa Baseball will be having its Annual Alumni Game on Saturday Feb. 11th at 1pm on the Varsity Field.  Please join us!  If you know of Alumni Baseball players who would like to play, please let us know.  

Saturday, February 25th Next is our First annual "Parent Party" which is open to everyone, not just parents in the baseball program...
Hurry and get your tickets today!  Join us as we officially kick off the season and support Costa Baseball.  This is a great chance to mix and mingle with old friends and a chance to make some new ones. Each ticket includes a gourmet meal and two drinks, including our signature libation "The Mustang Mule". In addition, there will be one-of-a-kind auction items, music, and dancing making this an event you won't want to miss!
Date and time is February 25th from 6-9pm @ Chelsea/Underground in HB. Tickets are $85 per person if purchased before February 12th ($100 per person if purchased after  Feb 12th). Click here to purchase tickets.
If you have any questions or if you have a donation for our silent auction please email Jenn Auville 

GRAD Nite 2017 will be June 15, 2017! 

Seniors - Buy your tickets now!
Plans are being finalized for this all-night party at a secret location with great music, fellow graduates, unlimited food and surprise entertainment!  
Tickets are $165.00 or buy a senior package (which includes a special limited edition sweatshirt) for $250.00.
Click here to purchase tickets and for more information.

Come dine at Rockefeller on February 8th
and support Costa's Boys Waterpolo Team!

You won't want to miss out on a fun dinner at Rockefeller on Wednesday, February 8th.  Just bring in the attached flyer and Rockefeller will donate 10% of all orders to the Costa Waterpolo Team!

2017 Junior Lifeguard Conditioning Program

Know someone who needs help training for the JG Swim Test? 
Know a returning JG looking for conditioning before JG's this Summer? 
Tell them about our Costa Aquatics Junior Lifeguard Conditioning Program! 
We offer 3 sessions that take place at the MCHS Pool and coincide with the 3 JG Swim Test dates. Participants must be at least 9 yrs. old by 7/1/17. The program is designed to refine basic skills, provide conditioning, and improve swimming times. All sessions are taught by MCHS Aquatics athletes (Boys Water Polo, Girls Water Polo & Swim) under the supervision of Coach Jon Reichardt. 
All proceeds benefit the MCHS Aquatics Programs. 
Sign-Ups are 1/26/17 - 3/10/17. 
SPACE IS LIMITED - first come, first serve. 
For more info. & sign-up, click here. Or visit our website or  contact Carrie Cook

Mira Costa Orchestras and Bands musicians present the 2nd Annual Eclectic Ensembles on Friday, March 10th from 6-9pm.  Enjoy a fabulous pasta dinner in the MCHS Café and then move down to the Small Theater to hear live music by Eclectic Ensembles from our Grammy™ Award winning musicians.  You'll also have a chance to win some awesome raffle items too!  

"Rock 'n Skate Night" Fundraiser for 
MCHS Ice Hockey Team on March 10th!

Support the Costa Ice Hockey Team
The Mira Costa Ice Hockey team is having a "Rock N Skate Night" fundraiser at 
Toyota Sports Center
555 N Nash St, 
El Segundo 
from 7:15-9:45 on March 10th.  

Purchase your Swell Bottles from Costa Orchestra
We have some exciting items for sale for last minute stocking stuffers!  We are selling "Swell"-like Water Bottles at an un-"Swell" like price!  Get a 26 oz. water bottle in black, white or grey with the Mira Costa logo for $30!  They are super sharp and good for the environment, while being healthy for you-no BPA's and keeps cold drinks icy and warm drinks hot!  Click here for flyer and to purchase.  

Need a unique gift? 
These hats are a perfect gift and support a good cause!  
We can deliver to you before the holidays!

Please help send our Dance Team to Nationals in Vegas! Hats are $25 each or two for $40. 
Did we mention that they make a nice gift?? Get yours while supplies last. 
Order them online  HERE, or contact Tiffany Friedman via  email or phone: (310) 849-5773 direct. 

New Year, New Socks!
Start your New Year off right with new socks!!  The Legends brand socks you love are available in 6 customized styles (see picture)..  Socks are only $15 per pair when you buy 2 or more pairs.  Checks made to MBX with Wrestling in the comments section.  

Save the Date! 
Mira Costa's
4th Annual

Our FUNNIEST fundraiser is back!

Let's LAUGH and RAISE MONEY  at  Hermosa's Comedy & Magic Club!!! 
Last year's event was a fabulous night out for all women (you don't have to be a mom!) And raised almost $13,000 for Mira Costa's Choir, Drama, Band and Orchestra programs.
Thanks to you, our attendees of the past 3 years, this event was sold out with a waiting list.
We want YOU and YOUR FRIENDS to join us on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
for a memorable night of fun and laughter.
Tickets on sale January 1, 2017.  Click here to purchase 

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