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Sports Year In Review: Some thrilling finishes

Local teams provide plenty of excitement during January to June, in first of two parts of the year in review.

December 26, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach High's remarkable season in boys' volleyball led the way among highlights in sports during January to June. The Oilers won CIF Southern California Division 1 Regional and section titles.
Huntington Beach High's remarkable season in boys'… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

The 2013 prep sports year comes to an end in the coming week. Local high schools Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Marina, Ocean View and Brethren Christian, delivered several memorable team and individual performances during the past year.

Below, the key prep sports highlights are noted. First up: athletic achievements from January to June.

January-June

•Marina senior Colin Navickas (160 pounds) earned a sixth-place in the 160-pound weight division at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Navickas, ranked seventh in state in his division, had previously won his weight-class title at the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individuals and had a second-place finish a week later at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet to qualify for the state meet.

Fountain Valley senior Steele Escobedo (145 pounds) also won a weight division title at the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individuals. Earlier in the season, Escobedo became the first Fountain Valley wrestler in more than 30 years to win a weight-class title at the Fountain Valley Five Counties Invitational.

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Marina, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos shared the Sunset League wrestling title.

Navickas became the first three-time CIF Southern Section individual champion in Marina history, Vikings Coach Chris Rasmussen said. In May, Navickas received Academic All-American honors from the National High School Coaches Assn.

"He is, by far, the hardest working student-athlete that I have ever coached," Rasmussen said of Navickas. "He deserves all of the accomplishments that he will earn through wrestling and his academics."

•The girls' water polo season culminated with one local team, Ocean View, making its way to the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship game. The Seahawks had their title bid denied by Hemet, which scored a 6-2 victory.

"It's always rough to come this far, and your goal is to win, and not achieve that goal," Ocean View Coach Melissa Fernandez said. "But putting this in perspective, I can't help but think where we came from, and the achievements this team has accomplished."

Ocean View, which went undefeated in winning the Golden West League championship, finished the year 23-9. Saturday marked the first time a Seahawks team had played in a division final. They also reached the semifinal round of the playoffs for the first time in program history.

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