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By Matt Szabo | March 26, 2009
The performance was strong, and so was the name. Marina High senior Paul Strong pitched a complete-game shutout as the Vikings topped Fountain Valley, 5-0, Friday in the Sunset League opener for both schools. Strong, a lefty who has committed to UC Irvine, allowed just two hits and struck out eight Barons, improving to 2-0 this season. ?He?s real solid,? Marina Coach Paul Renfrow said. ?He?s been pitching since he was a sophomore, and he?s had a lot of talent, but now he?
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By Mike Sciacca | January 1, 2009
Another prep sports year has come and gone. But it didn?t fade into the past without plenty of fanfare and accomplishment from local high school sports teams and individuals. Titles were won, playoff berths secured, records set and sheer personal satisfaction was achieved in various athletic endeavors Here are some of the key prep highlights that were reported to the Independent during the past year: ? January-June It was a record-setting start to the New Year on the basketball court.
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By Matt Szabo | October 29, 2009
To be sure, it’s been a tough year for the Marina High football team. The Vikings have been outscored, 243-79, in their seven games. In their first two Sunset League games, they’ve been outscored, 108-7. Yet tonight at Valencia High, they feel like they have a chance to do something they haven’t done since 2004: win a league game. Marina (1-6, 0-2) faces Esperanza (3-4, 0-2), another team looking for its first league win. “As coaches, we feel like we match up with them very, very well,” Marina Coach Dan Petrone said.
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By Mike Sciacca | October 16, 2008
Fountain Valley coach John Shipp calls it the start of a new season. In many ways, this weekend’s prep football schedule is just that for the local teams. The 2008 campaign may have begun eight weeks ago in late August, but this week it begins anew with the opening of league play. This is the time of the season where teams battle it out for league championships and jockey for position in league standings, all fighting toward a common goal: to make it to that next — and final — “new” season, the CIF playoffs.
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May 3, 2007
There was plenty riding for the Edison High baseball team in its recent Sunset League encounter with Newport Harbor. Edison kept its grip on first-place in the standings with an 8-1 victory over visiting Newport Harbor Friday. Sophomore right-hander Kurt Heyer recorded the win as the Chargers improved to 10-1 in league. Edison also clinched a CIF playoff berth with the victory. "We're winning because of the typical reasons," Edison Coach Steve Lambright said. "We're pitching really well, playing good defense and getting hits when we need them.
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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 | April 23, 2014
The Sunset League boys' volleyball season resumed Tuesday, and Edison and Huntington Beach both picked up victories. Edison hosted Marina and the Chargers upended the Vikings in five sets, 25-17, 24-26, 27-29, 25-20, 15-11. The Chargers improved to 4-2 in league. Marina fell to 1-5 in league. "We played well in Game 1," Edison Coach Trent Jackson said. "We had a let-up in Game 2, and Marina played well. The momentum shifted and they took sets two and three. We were able to battle back.
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By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com | October 27, 2010
The Marina High girls' golf team completed a perfect Sunset League season Oct. 20 by defeating Huntington Beach, 213-253. The league finale was rained out Oct. 19 and played Oct. 20 on the opening day of the Sunset League finals at Lakewood Golf Course. The Vikings earned the league championship for the second time in four years. The program's junior varsity team also won a league title. "This has been a fun season and it has been rewarding for me to see the team improve as the season went on," Marina Coach Jim Morris said.
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By Mike Sciacca | November 6, 2008
The Battle for the Bell. Just the moniker alone that christens this huge game revs up players, students and fans alike at Edison and Fountain Valley like no other can. But while the annual football battle between the two archrivals is a spectacle in itself, traditionally drawing overflow crowds at Orange Coast College’s LeBard Stadium, this year’s game — the 41st between the schools — has greater implications than perhaps...
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January 12, 2013
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Judging by the way the first week in the 2013 Sunset League boys' basketball race has gone, it's apparent that no game is a gimmie for any team. Both Edison and Marina have learned that lesson well in league play. For Edison, the visiting Chargers played their third-straight league game that went to the wire. And, just as the previous two before, the outcome tipped in their favor, this time, by a 48-44 score. For Marina, it was another valiant effort that came up just short.
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