Evan Dean, right, who will be a senior at Corona del Mar High, is training in Russia.

Evan Dean, right, who will be a senior at Corona del Mar High, is training in Russia. (Daily Pilot File Photo)

Evan Dean is spending most of his August days in Russia.

The Corona del Mar High incoming senior is one of 20 beach volleyball players, whom are part of an exchange program in Russia Friday through Aug. 21.

Dean, an All-Pacific Coast League first-team middle blocker, is part of the group that will be hosted by the Russian Volleyball Federation. The group, made up of 10 boys and 10 girls between the ages of 14-18, will visit both Moscow and Anapa.

Dean won't be the only local athlete in Russian this month.

Misty May-Treanor, a former Newport Harbor High standout and a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will also travel to Russia as a sports envoy and will guide the American and Russian players through beach volleyball clinics Monday and Tuesday.

May-Treanor will also meet with exchange program alumni at the American Center and attend a dinner hosted by the Russian Volleyball Federation and the Russian Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy.

— From staff reports

Costa Mesa fundraiser for Vazquez today

The Costa Mesa High football team is conducting a special event today to help raise funds for Carlos Vazquez, an incoming senior standout who was diagnosed with leukemia in June.

The footbal team will be conducting its annual Lift-A-Thon and BBQ at Costa Mesa with a meaningful morning event: "Locks For Los."

In an effort to support Vazquez, the players are planning to shave their hair. The team will also have a few volunteer hair stylists to help with the cuts in the morning, that is open for the community. The haircuts, of mostly any style not just the buzz look, will be $20 each. The cost includes a breakfast burrito. The burritos will be sold for $5 each without the haircut. The money raised from "Hair Cutting For Carlos," will help cover the cost of his hospital bills.

The event begins at 8 a.m.

Following the Lift-A-Thon, a pot-luck style barbeque feast will take place.

— From staff reports

UC Irvine to Host Sub-Regional

Coach Russell Turner's UC Irvine men's basketball team will host a sub-regional in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer Nov. 19-21 at the Bren Events Center, announced by the Gazelle Group.

Joining UCI in the field are Louisiana Tech, Navy and Seattle University.

In sub-regional action on Nov. 19, Seattle will face Louisiana Tech at 5 p.m. followed by UCI against Navy at 7:30.

Matchups for Nov. 20, are Louisiana Tech versus Navy at 5 p.m. with UCI meeting Seattle at 7:30.

The schedule for Nov. 21, features Navy against Seattle at 3 p.m. and the 'Eaters versus Louisiana Tech at 5:30.