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Marina's running feats highlight fall season

Year In Review

Girls' cross-country program finished third at State Meet, led by the second-place finish of Laura Hollander.

June 13, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Editor's Note: The Independent looks back on the 2011-2012 high school season. Below is the first of three parts, focusing on the fall season.

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The Marina High girls' cross-country team highlighted the fall season, finishing third in Division 1 at the CIF State Cross-Country Championship at Woodward Park in Fresno in November.

The Vikings place behind division-champion San Clemente and Vista Murrieta. Senior Laura Hollander turned in an outstanding performance and was Marina's top finisher at the event. Hollander nearly won an individual title, finishing second with a time of 17 minutes, 32 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. She qualified for the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals at Portland, Ore.

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Marina advanced to State after finishing fifth in the team standings at the CIF Southern Section Championships at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. Also at the Mt. SAC meet, the Fountain Valley boys' team placed 16th in Division 1.

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The prep sports family lost a titan in late-October when Ocean View boys' basketball Coach Jim Harris died following a battle with cancer. Harris, 67, put Ocean View basketball on the map in a career that spanned 33 years and gathered 665 victories, 19 league and three CIF-SS championships. Most important, it gathered countless friends and admirers.

"Coach Harris is Ocean View basketball, even Ocean View High School, period," Seahawks Athletic Director and boys' basketball co-Coach Tim Walsh said. "He created the basketball program, which today is looked at by so many as one of the best around. There was so much love around in whatever he did, whether it be basketball or at this school."

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The 2011 football season was special on several fronts. Edison captured the Sunset League championship and, along with Huntington Beach, Ocean View and Brethren Christian, advanced to the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

The Chargers (8-3) were upended by Tesoro in the first round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs. Huntington, which finished runner-up to the Sunset title, reached the quarterfinal round of the Pac-5 playoffs before being eliminated by second-ranked Mission Viejo. The Oilers went 9-3 and turned in the program's best finish since 1993.

"We had a very good season and this was a great group of kids who worked hard every day," Huntington Coach Eric Lo said. "It was an honor to coach this team."

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