Edison High School's Bonnie Samuelson screams after stealing an inbound pass and hitting the winning shot as time expired to lift the Chargers to a 45-44 victory against Troy in the CIF Southern Section Division 1A girls' basketball championship game at Anaheim Arena on March 3. (KENT TREPTOW, HB Independent / July 6, 2011)

Another prep sports school year has gone into the books. As has been the case in years past, several local teams and athletes reached the pinnacle of their respective sports.

Below is a listing of some of the top prep highlights reported to the Independent during the 2010-11 school year.



The Marina girls' golf team turned in a perfect Sunset League season to capture the program's second league title in four years.

The Los Angeles Field Hockey Assn. Tournament of Champions title game played Nov. 3 again came down to a showdown between Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. As was the case a year ago, it was the Sailors who got the best of the host Oilers, this time by a 2-0 score at Huntington's Sheue Stadium. The teams have played in the last four championship games, with Huntington winning the title in 2007.

Huntington shared this year's Sunset and Orange County Tournament of Champions titles with Newport Harbor. The Oilers' Brooke Berns, a senior midfielder, was named co-MVP with Newport Harbor senior Stephanie Storch of the Sunset League.

Two area football teams, Edison and Ocean View, qualified for the CIF playoffs. Edison, which was dethroned as Sunset League champion by Los Alamitos, lost in the first round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs to Santa Margarita. Ocean View, the third-place team from the Golden West League, dropped a tight first-round Southern Division game to Corona del Mar. Both local teams ended the year 7-4.

The Ocean View boys' water polo team made nice run through the CIF Division 7 playoffs. The Seahawks, who finished second in the Golden West League, won twice in the postseason before falling in the semifinals to top-seed Santa Ynez.

The Marina boys' and Edison girls' cross-country teams qualified for the CIF Cross-Country Championships.

The Brethren Christian girls' volleyball team, which finished second in the Academy League behind St. Margaret's, played the Tartans for the CIF Division 4AA title in late-November, falling in three games.

Huntington Beach senior setter Jianna Bonami and Edison junior opposite Cassie Strickland were named to the All-CIF Division 1AA team.



The only CIF Southern Section championship won by a local school during the 2010-11 school year came in girls' basketball. It happened during late-winter and was captured by Edison. Senior Bonnie Samuelson stole an inbounds pass in the closing seconds and turned to hit the winning shot before the clock expired, to give the top-ranked Chargers an exhilarating 45-44 victory over No. 2 Troy in the Division 1A final March 3 at Anaheim Arena.

"It happened so fast, that I wasn't sure if it was real," said the Stanford-bound Samuelson. "I really can't believe it."

Dan Wiley took Edison to a Southern Section final in his third year as head coach. Edison, which went 10-0 to win the Sunset League, won its first section title since 1987 and second overall.

Samuelson was named Player of the Year and Wiley was Coach of the Year on the All CIF-Southern Section/SCIBCA 2010-11 girls' basketball team (Division 1A).

In boys' basketball, Edison shared the Sunset League title with Los Alamitos and Ocean View was in a three-way tie with Segerstrom and Loara for the Golden West League championship. The Chargers and Seahawks, along with Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Brethren Christian, all advanced to the CIF playoffs.

Edison point guard Dylan Garrity, who ended his four-year varsity career as the boys' program leader in four categories (points scored, assists, games played and career games record), became the first player in the 42-year history of the Edison program to have his jersey (No. 5) retired.