Locals well represented on All-Sunset League list
Fifteen players from Edison, Huntington Beach, Marina and Fountain Valley were selected to the 2010-11 All-Sunset League girls' water polo team.
First-team selections were: senior Haley Kunert and junior Alys Williams of Edison; senior Alyssa Katreeb and sophomore Samantha Preston of Huntington Beach; senior Marissa Young and junior Kayla Robert of Fountain Valley.
Locals named second team were: junior Jessica Becker, sophomore Melissa Balding and junior goalie Sydni Estrella of Edison; senior goalie Cailend Robbins and sophomore Hana Lambur of Huntington Beach; junior Karen Jester and freshman Savanah Vuklich of Marina; senior Katie Stewart and junior Jenn Lightbody of Fountain Valley.
Los Alamitos senior Cory Dodson and Griffins' junior Rachel Fattal shared the league MVP award.
The 2010-11 All-CIF Girls' Water Polo Division 1 team also was announced this week. Alys Williams of Edison made first team, Haley Kunert of Edison made second team and Sydni Estrella (goalie) of Edison and Marissa Young of Fountain Valley made third team. Senior Kiley Neushul of champion Dos Pueblos was named the division's Player of the Year.
Edison Coach Diggy Riley said that Kunert committed Sunday to UC San Diego. Kunert scored 71 goals — second most on the team and eighth highest all-time for the program — and had 53 assists as a primary center defender. She finished her career with 144 goals to rank sixth all-time in the program.
"We are so excited to hear that Haley is continuing her college academic and athletic career at UC San Diego," Riley said. "She had an incredible three years as a Charger and we are going to miss her tenacity, grit and toughness as a center defender. She surprised us with her scoring this year, which was exactly what we needed from her. She will be a huge addition to the Tritons and it will be fun to watch her play at the next level."
Oiler boys swim to season-opening win
The Huntington Beach boys' swimming team opened its 2011 season March 11 and scored a 101-69 victory over Long Beach Poly. Griffin Camps (200 freestyle, 1 minute 51.12 seconds; 500 free, 5:06.2) and Noah Harrison (200 individual medley, 2:08.90; 100 backstroke, 58.40) were dual winners for the Oilers.
Local trio claim titles at NSSA State Championships
Derek Peters of Huntington Beach High won the High School Varsity men's title, Shaun Thompson of Edison was the High School Varsity Longboard winner and Kanoa Igarashi of Dwyer Middle School took Middle School boys' crown Saturday at the National Scholastic Surfing Assn. Interscholastic State
Peters won his division with a score of 15.10. Clay Crandal of Edison was second with 13.03 points. Thompson topped his division with a 12.84 score to edge out Aaron Cervantes (12.50) of Newport Harbor. Igarashi won his division with a 15.60 score to easily outdistance Colin Deveze of Shorecliffs, who posted a 10.83 score for second place.
San Clemente took the High School Varsity team division championship with 125 points. Edison (106) was second, Huntington Beach (79) third and Marina (no points) was 12th. San Clemente also won the High School Junior Varsity Team division title with 92 points. Huntington (67) was second, Edison (61) third, Half Moon Bay (21) fourth and Marina (3) was fifth.
The Shorecliffs "A" team took the Middle School Team championship with 144 points. Dwyer (93) was second and Sowers (56) placed sixth. The College Team title went to San Diego St (131 points).
The NSSA Interscholastic State Championships is the first of six events in the 2011 NSSA Championship Series. Upcoming series events at the pier include the NSSA Jr. Championships on April 9, West Coast Championships (May 18-22) and the NSSA National Championships (June 16-July 3).
Local prep teams claim No. 1 spot
The second week of the spring sports season finds the Edison baseball team and Ocean View softball team occupying the top spot in their respective CIF Southern Section polls.
Edison heads the Division 1 rankings and is one of two local baseball teams to be ranked this week: Ocean View comes in at No. 8 in Division 3. The Ocean View softball team is the lone local softball squad ranked.
In other rankings, Huntington Beach is No. 10 in Division 1 boys' volleyball and Marina is 10th in the Division 1 boys' tennis poll.