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Edison girls' program is loaded again and looks to repeat as league and CIF champion, despite graduation of Bonnie Samuelson.

November 30, 2011|By Mike Sciacca

The boys' and girls' basketball teams at Edison, Fountain Valley and Marina begin their respective 2011-12 seasons this week in tournament and nonleague play. Below is a capsule look at the three schools.

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Edison Girls' Team

Head coach: Dan Wiley (fourth year)

Staff: Terry Goddard

Last year's record: 28-4

League record/finish: 10-0 (champion)

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CIF results: CIF Southern Section Division 1A champion

Returning players: Geena Gomez (PG, Soph.); Dolores Gomez (G, Soph).; Rilee Horton (F, all-league first-team, second-team all-CIF, Sr.); Monay Lee (F, all-league first-team, Sr.): Riley Lowe (G, Jr.); Karlie Samuelson (G, co-league MVP, first-team all-CIF, Jr.).

Outlook: The Chargers are loaded with experience and again figure to challenge for Sunset League and CIF championships. Wiley, who was named CIF Division 1 Coach of the Year last year after leading the program to its first Southern Section title since 1986, must replace two key starters from last year's team: Edison's all-time leading scorer Bonnie Samuelson (who is now at Stanford) and first-team all-league and first-team All-CIF selection Christina Marquette (who has taken her game to Oberlin College in Ohio). Wiley has another Samuelson, 6-foot-3 Katie Lou and sister of Bonnie and Karlie, on this year's roster. Edison will host the O.C. Championships tournament Dec. 26-29.

Season opener: Noon on Saturday vs. Dana Hills at University Tournament.

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Edison Boys' Team

Head coach: Rich Boyce (16th year)

Staff: Chris Gray; Jeff Harrell; Brian Beerbower; Brandon Casillas; Paul Harrell.

Last year's record: 26-3

League record/finish: 8-2 (champion)

CIF results: Reached quarterfinal round of 2AA playoffs

Returning players: Dreon Barlett (F, first-ream all-league, Sr.); Cade Hernandez (F, Sr.).

The roster: Allan Bach (G, Sr.); Jimmy Baker-Arend (F, Jr.); Brody Barton (G, Jr.); Harrison Brunelli (F, Jr.); Corey Foster (G, Sr.); Pat Gannon (G, Sr.); Anthony Green (G, Sr.); Josh Haar (G, Jr.); Kevin Johnson (F, Jr.); Derek Molina (G, Fr.); Taylor Nelson (C, Jr.).

Outlook: The Chargers lost several players, including All-State, All-CIF and Sunset League MVP Dylan Garrity from a team that last year won a school-record 26 games. "This year's team is very inexperienced as we return two players," Boyce said. "We will have to play very hard and give maximum effort every game."

Season opener: 7 p.m. Friday, home vs. University.

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Fountain Valley Girls' Team

Head coach: Saki Takemoto (sixth year)

Staff: Michelle Kravik

Last year's record: 8-19

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