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Year in Review: Banner year for Edison, HB

Year In Review

Chargers football, Oilers boys' volleyball stand out during eventful school year for sports.

June 19, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Steven Georges )

From beginning to end, the 2012-13 prep school year was laced with major athletic accomplishments.

The sports calendar started in late-August and culminated in the first week of the current month. The following are some of the key highlights reported to the Independent during the school year.

September-December

The fall sports season started off strong but reached its crescendo just before winter break.

One of the first teams to capture a fall postseason championship was the Huntington Beach field hockey team. In its sixth straight trip to the final of the Tournament of Champions, Huntington capped its season by defeating North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, 1-0, in a 10-minute, sudden-death overtime period.

Huntington, champion of the Sunset League and 22-1 overall, won the Tournament of Champions, which caps the field hockey season, six years ago but finished in the runner-up spot the past four years.

"It's been a long time coming," said Huntington Coach Cathy Van Doornum. "It's a big senior group on this team, and it was kind of disappointing for them, after losing last year's final. To win the title has been a goal of theirs since last year. They were determined to win it, and the girls weren't to be denied."

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Huntington Beach, Edison, and Ocean View all advanced to the CIF Southern Section boys' water polo playoffs. The Oilers and Chargers both played Division 1 wild-card games. The Chargers advanced after outlasting Long Beach Poly, 15-14, but had their season end in the first round following a 21-10 loss to defending Division 1 champion Mater Dei. The Seahawks reached the quarterfinals of the Division 7 playoffs. There, they were eliminated, 9-7, by Cypress.

Ocean View's girls' volleyball team, which won its first two playoff games, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 4AA playoffs. The Seahawks, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League, were eliminated in three games by top-seeded Saddleback Valley Christian. In other girls' volleyball playoff action, Huntington Beach (Sunset League No. 2), rallied from two games down to defeat Peninsula in an opening round match of the Division 1-AA tournament but fell in the second round to No. 4-seed Mater Dei.

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