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Chargers highlight year in review

Edison captures CIF Southern Section Southwest Division title among several feats in 2012.

December 26, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
(Scott Smeltzer…)

Editor's Note: The Independent looks back on the past year in high school athletics. Listed below are some of the main highlights reported on by or to the Independent.

January-June

The New Year started with a bang for local teams.

In girls' basketball, Huntington Beach — which shared the Sunset League title with Edison — reached the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A final, where the Oilers were edged by top-ranked Summit, 56-51. The Oilers were making their first championship game appearance in 34 years. The school also finished runner-up in 1978. Huntington also reached the second round of the CIF State Championships SoCal Regionals, where it was defeated by host and top-seeded Mater Dei. The Oilers had set a school single-game record for three-pointers (17) in a first-round win over San Diego. The Oilers hit 250 three-pointers in the 2011-12 season.

"It was a great season with lots of great memories," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "I told the girls this might be one of the greatest teams in school history. They played with great discipline and made their families, school and coaches very proud. I was very proud and thankful to be around such a great group of girls."

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Edison, Fountain Valley, Marina, Ocean View and Brethren Christian also qualified for the CIF girls' basketball playoffs. The Chargers, the No. 4-seed in Division 1-AA, reached the quarterfinal round. Both No. 13-seed Ocean View (3-A) and No. 14-seed Brethren Christian (5-AA) advanced to the second round in their respective divisions. Fountain Valley and Marina fell in Division 1-A first-round games.

Guards Maya Kennedy and Kelsey Minato of Huntington Beach were named to the 2011-12 All-CIF Southern Section 1-A team.

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In boys' basketball, Ocean View claimed another Golden West League championship, enjoyed an 18-game winning streak and a No. 1 ranking in Division 2-AA before it was upended in a second-round game at Thousand Oaks. The Seahawks have won or shared a league championship in 14 of the past 15 years.

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