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Another year of feats

Ocean View's CIF baseball title highlights another banner year for local teams and individuals.

December 29, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Ocean View captured the CIF Southern Section Division 3 baseball championship.
Ocean View captured the CIF Southern Section Division… (Bob Walker )

Another prep sports year has come and gone. As has been the case in years past, several local teams and athletes reached the pinnacle of their respective sports.

Below is a listing of some of the top prep highlights reported to the Independent in the last 12 months.

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Winter

Marina senior Chad Schaeffer (3-2), Fountain Valley senior Barry Gee (3-2) and Edison's Scott Sire (2-2), Weston Hawkins (2-2), Victor Diaz (1-1), Aaron Lopez (1-2) and Eric Zumwalt (0-2) competed at the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield.

The Edison boys' soccer team, which finished last in the Sunset League just a year before, came within one win of playing for the 2009 CIF Division I championship. The Chargers were denied a spot in the title game after losing, 4-3, on penalty kicks to Harvard-Westlake.

After spending 16 years on the job, Marina boys' basketball coach Roger Holmes announced that he would step down from is position at season's end. In May, Holmes would be named the new head coach at his alma mater Fountain Valley.

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The Edison girls' basketball team won the Sunset League championship and reached the semifinals of the Division II-AA playoffs. Senior Bonnie Samuelson scored 791 points to become the program's single-season scoring record holder. Samuelson committed to Stanford.

Golden West League champion Ocean View was denied a second straight CIF Southern Section boys' basketball championship by Foothill, which posted 64-58 victory March 6 at the Honda Center in the Division III-AA title game. The Seahawks regrouped to win their first-round CIF Southern California Division III regional over La Jolla (62-47) but were eliminated in the regional semifinals by Serra.

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Spring

The Huntington Beach boys' volleyball team won the Division I title of the prestigious Orange County Championships in March. The Oilers went on to win the Sea View League title and advanced to the CIF Division I quarterfinals, where they were eliminated by top-seed Mira Costa.

Edison won the Sunset League baseball championship, giving the school back-to-back league titles for the first time in school history.

Pole vault athletes Jeremy Kennedy of Marina and Michael Loschiavo of Huntington Beach took the CIF track and field season to the extreme, as both seniors reached the CIF State Meet in Clovis. Kennedy advanced to the finals and went on to an 11th-place finish.

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