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May 27, 2004
Mike Sciacca A lone Wilson volleyball lay on the sand near the Huntington Beach Pier Tuesday, a short distance from the action taking place on four north-side courts nearby. Three bold, black letters on the face of the ball spelled out the nickname, "Rat." The ball belonged to Ed Ratledge, who was locked in a two-on-two battle. This weekend, Ratledge, an outstanding player who prepped at Fountain Valley High, hopes to make a name for himself at the Bud Light Huntington Beach Open.
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By RICK FIGNETTI | June 1, 2006
It looks like summer's finally here. The sun was shining big-time over Memorial Day weekend, boosting air temperatures into the mid-70s. Beachgoers flocked to the shores of Surf City to get a tan and cool down in ocean waters that were feeling pretty darn nice, in the upper 60s. The lifeguards estimated more than 500,000 people came to Huntington Beach over the three days, which saw some 2- to 3-foot southwest swells, a few riptides and about...
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By: | August 21, 2005
It's funny how the best celebration shot I was able to capture from the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Huntington Beach Open last weekend didn't come from a team winning the championship, or even a semi-final match game. Instead, it came after winning a single, hard-fought point between two teams trying to earn a spot in the finals. This particular celebration came after a rally that saw all four players dive and scramble to keep the ball alive.
NEWS
August 21, 2003
Mike Sciacca Surf City isn't about to lose its famous moniker, but Leonard Armato, commissioner of the Assn. Of Volleyball Professionals, thinks there's room for more here than just surfing. Volleyball dominated the area around the Huntington Beach Pier for four days last week, successfully rolling onto shore on the heels of two of the world's top surfing events. The AVP Nissan Series Huntington Beach Open took center stage at the south side of the pier after the U.S. Open of Surfing and the team surfing event of the X Games IX, the Game, which dominated the scene earlier in the month.
NEWS
June 17, 2004
"I'm doing city junior guards, and I go to the beach every day, and we swim around the pier, and we do the stick buoy swim. And I like to surf at the beach after junior guards." ALYSSA KATREEB, 10 Huntington Beach "I'm going to go camping for a little bit. I'm probably going to go to the beach, and the only other thing I'm going to do is hang out at the equestrian center." BROCK LANGER, 11 Huntington Beach "I'm going to go camping at Halama Beach with a lot of my friends, and my mom got us passes to Soak City Water Park, and I'm going to play volleyball -- beach volleyball."
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 31, 2010
Raquel Caulkins keeps smiling. The spotlight is on her, the cameras flash and the crowd cheers, but the 27-year-old Huntington Beach resident from Brazil just keeps smiling. She could be the next big thing on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals Tour. So in addition to her happy face, the 2009 AVP Rookie of the Year has been working hard for the upcoming season. While she has gained notoriety, she has also improved her game and picked up a new teammate (Angela Lewis) for the season, which begins April 16 at the Fort Lauderdale Open.
NEWS
By: Eric Neff | August 6, 2005
At Corona del Mar beach, there have always been eight sand volleyball courts available for public use. But at 5 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, only one net was set up. The net sagged so much so that the middle of the net was at least a foot lower than the outsides. A family of beachgoers -- of many different sizes, but universally unskilled -- were pushing the ball back and forth. Rallies were about as common as toned bodies with this group. Several courts down, Richard Driscoll, a resident of Anaheim Hills, was setting up a net of his own. When he finished, the net was taut and firm.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
Mike Sciacca Get ready to hear some serious smack talk. But if these volleyball players -- legends and current tour players alike -- plan to talk the talk at the Karch Kiraly Invitational, they had better be ready to back it up. "The smack will fly, I hope, but it's all in good fun, and it will be a great tournament to watch," said Kiraly, whose illustrious volleyball career includes three NCAA titles while at...
NEWS
July 28, 2005
Mike Sciacca The backdrop to Tuesday's media day at the 2005 Bank of the West Beach Games featuring the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing was impressive. There, on the sand south of the Huntington Beach Pier, under the shadows of the massive stadium and Soul Bowl venue -- and right in front of one monster of a surf board -- sat a mix of what gives the event its name. There were professional surfers and King of the Beach volleyball legend, marketing professionals and sponsors, including the main sponsor whose name -- Bank of the West -- leads the games for a second consecutive year.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 25, 2012
Imagine if not one, but three, athletes from the same community were selected to the U.S. Olympic team. Now imagine if all three were together in the same sport under the Team USA umbrella. That's exactly what Alan Knipe, David McKienzie and Russell Holmes have accomplished. Each is a member of the U.S. men's volleyball team that is in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Knipe played at Marina High and later coached at Golden West College, and is head coach of the U.S. men's team.
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SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 9, 2014
Huntington Beach High ran its mark of consecutive boys' volleyball matches won to 42 Friday by sweeping visiting Marina in Sunset League action. The Oilers ran their league record to 3-0 by taking down the Vikings, 25-14, 25-14, 25-13. Connor Kotchnik and Alex Wolf had five kills each for the CIF Southern Section's No. 1-ranked team in Division 1, now 18-0 on the season. Huntington's 42-match win streaks dates to last season. "This was a good team effort," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said.
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SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | May 1, 2013
One match was all that stood in the way of the Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball team from making a clean sweep through its 2013 Sunset League schedule. The league champion Oilers upped their league record to 9-0 and overall mark to 25-2 by downing host Los Alamitos, 25-14, 25-10 25-20, Friday. The victory was the ninth by sweep in Sunset play and left the Oilers one win shy of completing a 10-0 league run for the second straight year. Sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco had 14 kills, junior outside hitter Brenden Sander four kills and three blocks, and senior middle blocker Andrew TenBrink had seven kills.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 17, 2013
Huntington Beach High went to 6-0 in Sunset League boys' volleyball action and won for the 22nd time in 24 matches Tuesday by turning back host Fountain Valley, 25-11, 25-22, 27-25. Sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco had 14 kills and three aces and junior middle blocker Drake Evans finished with seven kills and three blocks for the Oilers, ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1. "I thought we came out focused," Huntington Beach Coach Craig Pazanti said. "We played very efficient in the first set, but Fountain Valley did a good job of staying in the match, and pushed us to the finish in both the second and third sets.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 10, 2013
A trip to Hawaii resulted in another tournament championship for the Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball team. A year ago, the Oilers captured the title of the Kamehameha Cup. During spring break last week, the Oilers returned to the tournament, and again claimed the crown. Huntington went 6-0 at the event and capped its run on Saturday with a 25-19, 25-14, victory over Kamehameha Kapalama. The Oilers, ranked No. 5 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, won by sweep in three of their six matches.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | July 25, 2012
Imagine if not one, but three, athletes from the same community were selected to the U.S. Olympic team. Now imagine if all three were together in the same sport under the Team USA umbrella. That's exactly what Alan Knipe, David McKienzie and Russell Holmes have accomplished. Each is a member of the U.S. men's volleyball team that is in London for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Knipe played at Marina High and later coached at Golden West College, and is head coach of the U.S. men's team.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | May 2, 2012
Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball Coach Craig Pazanti knew the laser-sharp focus his team possessed before the 2012 season got underway. So it didn't come as a surprise to him that his Oilers would become champions of the Sunset League. "These guys have been focused on their goals since last fall, last summer, in fact," Pazanti said. "They knew what they wanted to achieve, and they went out and did it. They felt that they had underachieved last year and were hungry this year.
SPORTS
By Mike Sciacca | April 25, 2012
Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor are on a collision course after both recorded victories Tuesday in Sunset League boys' volleyball play. Huntington won its eighth league sweep and improved to 8-0 by winning, 25-15, 25-13, 25-15, at Edison. Edgar Palos had 11 kills, Brendan Sander added seven kills and three aces, Ryan DeSisto and Grant Halsey combined for 14 digs and Matt Butler and Jaxon Graf had 29 assists between them. The Oilers are 18-3 and put their win streak at 13. Edison slipped to 2-6 in league.
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