Mira Costa Teams Make Coaches Polls

As their seasons come to a close, some Mira Costa sports teams gear up for possible playoff runs. Here is a look at coaches polls released Monday, Feb. 6.

Three in-season Mira Costa sports teams have been named top teams in polls by high school coaches released today, but barely.

Girls soccer (4-1-0 in league) tied for the 10th spot in Division 2, girls water polo tied for 10th in Division 1, and boys basketball (16-8-0; league, 3-5-0) made it into the 14th spot in Division 2A. MCHS teams that did not make it into today's polls include boys soccer and girls basketball (11-14-0; league, 2-6-0).

Bay League competitors in boys basketball, Leuzinger and Peninsula high schools, came in fourth and 13th, respectively, in the poll.

Interestingly, the boys soccer team, which beat Leuzinger 5-4 in overtime on Friday, Feb. 3, did not make the poll and Leuzinger did, tying for 10th, while another league competitor, Palos Verdes High, ranking fourth.

In girls basketball, a sport Mira Costa has excelled in, league competitor West Torrance sits at No. 1 in the coaches poll for Division 3AAA. South Torrance, which the team lost to 50-47 in pre-season play, was voted into the 12th spot.

Season and league records are from Max Preps and may not be accurate. Manhattan Beach Patch has only posted the Max Preps team records that appear plausible.

Coach K February 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Again, you lay much of the blame on the coach. But, what are her options if the administration has told her that she must start certain players and she must give every player a certain amount of playing time in every game? I am proposing this as a possible scenario because that's one of the only things that makes sense from watching the games and hearing that parents who were disgruntled with their daughters' playing time and team placements were behind the ousting of both Takahashi and Jackson. Heck, for the same reasons, parents were also behind the ousting of Coach Braunecker who was the most successful girls basketball coach at Mira Costa and who was responsible for putting the program on the map. It is getting pretty clear that the administration is intent on keeping certain parents happy, and without the backing of the administration, you can't expect any coach, experienced or not, to produce a successful team. Believe me, this situation is very common at schools where wealthy parents are the norm and schools must depend on donations in the face of state funding cutbacks.
Coach K February 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
You are lucky your daughter is a freshman. She can transfer between her freshman and sophomore years without having to move from her current residence and without having to sit out a year. She gets a "free" transfer, so to speak. Older players on the team are stuck and must sit out a year if they transfer unless their family physically moves to another residence. Just remember, if you do go the transfer route, make sure you do it before the first day of school of your daughter's sophomore year, because on the first day of school, the "free" transfer becomes void.
Costa Parent February 08, 2012 at 10:36 PM
To Delene - If you don’t like it here at Costa then by all means LEAVE! We are sick of you and your husband sitting in the stands and bad mouthing the coaches and especially the players. How classless and hypocritical of you to say such things during a game and loud enough for everyone to hear. You don’t think every parent on the team knows about the derogatory things you and your husband have said about their daughters? Well we all know either from hearing it ourselves or from someone who has heard it. Even some of the players have heard about the things you’ve said about them. Your daughter is not all that and she has made more than her fair share of bonehead mistakes. You came with Craig, so you can leave with him too. We won’t miss you. GOODBYE and GOOD RIDDANCE!
Liz Spear February 08, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Hey, let's keep it civil here folks! Patch rules are that you should use your real name and not launch personal attacks. Please refrain from name calling and other demeaning actions/words.
Delene February 09, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Coach K... I agree that Coach Miranda was put in a tough situation as I have said that much to her. But these classless people come on here and bash girls that have worked their butts off for Costa. Your comments about what's played out is what we think also. So hats off to those parents who are complaining, this is what they wanted and this is the result..... a losing season! As for you Costa Parent... you obviously know who I am so why hide behind a pseudonym. You did the same thing in a previous post to Ann. Stop being chicken and say your real name. I'd love to meet you. I've not once said anything about the girls but have questioned rotations and line-ups from game to game. And let's get something straight here, I've not once said anything negative about Mira Costa as a school but have questioned the "politics" in girls basketball. I've not hidden my frustration and I don't plan on it. Get used to it or bring ear-plugs! I've heard this is what I'll be getting by bringing my daughter here so I'm not suprised. Don't be pissed because your daughter didn't make Varsity. Get over it.. it would bode well for your daughter to learn that when life deals you lemons, make lemonade! I never said my daughter was all that. Not sure where you got that from my previous post. Bu it is what it is. Sorry LIz... just defending myself and I've followed your rules.:)


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