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By Mike Sciacca | September 17, 2011
WESMINSTER - Alex Waked got his first start at quarterback Friday against old-time rival Westminster. Coincidentally, Marina got its first win of the 2011 season. Waked, who usually stars at running back and also plays defensive back, stepped in and stepped up at Boswell Field to guide the Vikings past the Lions, 21-14, in the 48th annual Black & Blue game at Westminster High. The senior found out Monday that he would start in place of junior Deshon Champion who had started Marina's first two games of the season.
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November 2, 2011
The second Marina Baseball Golf Tournament played to a success Sunday at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. The sold-out event had 144 golfers competing for top honors and drew Marina coaches, parents, alumni and Huntington Beach community members for the tournament. More than 200 attended the post-tournament dinner. Among those competing were Major League Baseball players Craig Wilson (Marina) and David Huff (Edison). The first-place foursome in the tournament were Wilson, Huff and his brother, Tim Huff, and Arlene Moynan.
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October 23, 2013
Re: "A crowning achievement," Independent, Sept. 26: As a Marina High School graduate (Class of 1972), I was pleased to hear of Cassidy Lynn Campbell's selection as homecoming queen. The support of the student body, principal and administration speaks volumes about Marina's stance on tolerance and equality (the teen is transgender). I couldn't be prouder of my alma mater. Lynn McGowan Huntington Beach * Party bus is not logical Re: "Parties keep on rolling," Independent, Oct. 10: I find this quite a paradox.
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By Mike Sciacca | May 18, 2012
Four local prep baseball teams had the daunting task of playing first-round CIF Southern Section playoff games on the road Friday, each traveling to different pockets of the Southland. Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina and Ocean View all played well in their first-round games, but only Huntington and Marina returned home with victories. Huntington traveled to face Moore League champion Long Beach Poly and the Oilers, an at-large entry from the Sunset League, pulled out a 2-1 win over the fourth-ranked Jackrabbits in a Division 1 game.
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By Mike Sciacca | February 15, 2012
The championship race in both boys' and girls' Sunset League soccer went down to the final week of the season last week, and in the end it was Marina and Edison that claimed titles. Marina won the boys' title after playing Edison to a scoreless tie Feb. 8. A day later, Edison took the girls' title by winning, 2-1, at Los Alamitos in a showdown that determined the champion. The triumph allowed the Chargers to repeat as Sunset champion. Audrey Minar scored Edison's first goal and Kelsey Wetzstein provided the Chargers with the winning goal with 10 minutes remaining.
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By Mike Sciacca | June 13, 2012
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. * 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.
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By Mike Sciacca | January 31, 2008
Marina was looking for its first Sunset League win of the 2008 boys? basketball race Monday when it took on Los Alamitos, and the Vikings nearly pulled off the upset at the expense of the league-leading Griffins. Playing what Assistant Coach Andy Meyer called one of the ?most complete all-around games we have played in a while,? Marina came close to knocking off Los Al but eventually dropped a 76-73 decision on the road. The Vikings hung tough with the Griffins throughout the contest, trailed by seven with barely more than a minute to play yet rallied to have a shot at winning in the final seconds.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 28, 2012
The Marina High girls' cross country team brought home a ninth-place finish in the Division 1 competition Saturday at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. The Vikings scored 240 points in an event won by Great Oak which scored 57 points. Individually, Marina senior Kylie Nishisaka finished in seventh place with a time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds. Edison senior Haley Seward finished 13th in 18:06. Marina junior Brittany Shoffner was 42nd (18:44), Marina junior Eileen Stressling was 54th (18:53)
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June 19, 2003
Mike Sciacca Marina High School Principal Steve Roderick looked out over a sea of 532 seniors dressed in cap and gown and addressed them with a simple sentence, its meaning extending beyond this simple yet important event. "Gorgeous day -- the sun is shining on you, class of 2003," he said as he addressed the students who filled the school's outdoor amphitheater known simply as "the bowl." The sun did shine on this day, breaking the monotony of drizzle and gray skies that blanketed the city for much of the previous week.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 30, 2014
The road to the Sunset League softball championship is never an easy one to navigate and for the Huntington Beach Oilers, consecutive road trips to the diamonds of title contenders last week could have been potential roadblocks. The Oilers, however, passed both tests. Huntington zoomed into first place in the league standings by winning both games, most recently, taking a 5-2 victory at Edison April 24. The win came on the heels of a 1-0 shutout win April 22 at defending champ Marina.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 28, 2014
With student athletes participating in a variety of sports year-round and working tirelessly to earn scholarships, Marina High School decided to join the crusade to promote athletic safety. April is National Youth Safety Month, so head athletic trainer Amanda Armendariz thought it a good time to host the athletic department's first sports safety event aimed at educating parents and students on how to avoid injuries and stay fit. Marina collaborated April 24 with physical therapists from Change Sports Physical Therapy Institute in Huntington Beach to explain the benefits of proper nutrition and the risks of overuse.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 23, 2014
There is still plenty of action left in the 2014 Sunset League softball race but three games into the league season, the Huntington Beach Oilers hold the lead. Huntington picked up a key victory Tuesday at Marina in a game that featured two of the league's perennial top pitchers. The Oilers scored a run in the third inning, avoided several scoring opportunities by the Vikings, and made the run stand in a 1-0 win against the defending league champions. The win, combined with Edison's loss Tuesday at Los Alamitos, allowed the Oilers, 15-3 overall, 3-0 in league and ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, to grab sole possession of the league lead.
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April 16, 2014
The Edison High third annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament, a fundraiser for Edison Athletics and Foundation, will be held April 26 at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge (7711 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach). On-site registration is at 5 p.m. and first hand will be dealt at 6 p.m. The cost: $60 buy-in, $30-re-buys. Food and beverages are free and a no-host, full bar also will be available. A silent auction and drawings will be held. The tournament is limited to 250 players and all players must be 21 years of age. To register online, visit http://www.ehspoker.com . For more information, email Laurie Vandeman at vansworld7@hotmail.com . — From staff reports — Marina fundraiser The Marina boys' basketball program will hold its Texas Hold 'Em Tournament May 10 at the Huntington Beach Elks Lodge (7711 Talbert Ave. Huntington Beach)
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By Mike Sciacca | April 9, 2014
Three Sunset League players, seniors Paola Roa and Stephanie Louie of Huntington Beach, and senior Danielle Kennedy of Marina, have been selected to play in the Orange County North-South All-Star girls' basketball game. Roa and Louie will play for the South, and Kennedy for the North, when the teams tip Saturday at 5 p.m. at Concordia University. The North-South boys' All-Star game follows at 7:30 p.m. The North-South 12th-Grade All-Star Games, now in its 49th year, is sponsored by the Orange Coast Optimist Club Richard Yoon, head coach at Rosary, will coach the North.
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By Mike Sciacca | April 9, 2014
Edison and Marina finished a week-long work week at the Woodbridge Tournament Saturday, and Edison came away with a third-place finish. The Chargers capped their five-game tourney run with a 7-4 victory over North Torrance in the third-place game. Senior Emma Silvestri reached base in all three plate appearances, had two hits and two RBIs, and stole a base. Freshman Riley Wester went two for four, and sophomore Allie Greenburg doubled. Sophomore Kiana Pancino got the pitching win and ran her record to 5-4. Edison (5-6 overall)
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By Mike Sciacca | March 21, 2014
Edison High baseball Coach Cameron Chinn earlier in the week felt that a big key for his Chargers in their Sunset League opener against Marina, would be the ability to produce offensively with runners in scoring position. Do that, and Chinn believed his team could give the host Vikings a "good game. " The Chargers did achieve that key aspect, and it led to a victory. They used timely hitting to rally from an early, two-run deficit to post a 6-4 win. Edison scored its six runs over three innings, built a 6-2 lead, then held off the Vikings.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 19, 2014
The championship game of the Laguna Hills Tournament turned into an all-Sunset League affair between to neighboring softball rivals and in the first meeting of the season between the teams, ended with the score favoring Marina. The Vikings captured the tourney title March 13 by defeating Huntington Beach, 5-2, at Alicia Park in Mission Viejo. Senior pitcher Tera Blanco was named MVP of the tournament and junior Emili Olague and senior Desiree Hagberg made the all-tournament team.
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March 19, 2014
Huntington Beach High finished runner-up, Edison took seventh place, and Marina was ninth at the 2014 National Scholastic Surfing Assn. State Championships that ended Sunday at Church, San Onofre. Huntington placed second in the High School Varsity Team division, behind San Clemente which won the title for the sixth-straight year. Dana Hills was third, Carlsbad fourth, Mira Costa fifth, San Dieguito sixth, Edison seventh, Newport Harbor eighth, and Marina was ninth. In the High School Varsity Mens division, Oilers Tomas King was third, Jake Saenz fifth and Kirk Weissinger sixth.
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By Mike Sciacca | March 12, 2014
As openers go, Marina High's softball team couldn't have asked for a better debut. Behind a potent offense and a first-game pitching gem, the Vikings were all over Kennedy, winning, 25-1, in nonleague play March 6 over the host Fighting Irish. Several Vikings powered the offense led by senior Tera Blanco, who hit a grand slam and drove in six runs. Blanco also registered her initial pitching win in her first game, getting the win on a one-hitter. Junior Emili Olague also homered in a three for three performance that included five RBIs.
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