By Mike Sciacca
3:09 PM PST, 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), Marina freshman Madeline Fox was 81st (19:13), Marina senior Lauren Carr was 135th (20:00), freshman Erin Nighswonger was 136th (20:00) and senior Giovanna Caruso finished 150th (20:20).
In the Division 1 boys' competition, Edison senior Jeff Thies placed ninth in 15:27. Arcadia won the team title with 53 points.
Ocean View and Fountain Valley opened their respective 2012-13 seasons Saturday at the Coaches for a Cause 16-team basketball event at Ocean View High.
Ocean View was edged, 67-62, by Dana Hills. Sophomore guard Kendall Small led all scorers with 27 points, junior guard Dillon Reise had 15 points and eight rebounds, and senior guard Josh Mishler scored 11 points for the Seahawks.
Fountain Valley was a 96-62 winner over La Habra. The Barons jumped out to a quick lead, and rolled from there. Senior guard Danny Chamaa was eight of 12 from three-point range and finished with a game-high 24 points with six steals. Senior guard Josh Armstrong had 22 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, senior forward Tanner Trounce scored 18 points with seven rebounds, senior center Jackson Gatlin had nine points, eight rebounds and blocked five shots, and senior forward Joey Petersen scored five points with 10 rebounds and five assists.
"We were more athletic and faster than La Habra and dominated the boards which let us get out on the break early and often," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "It was good to get into a game and get a gauge on where we are. We played well, shot a high percentage, and rebounded strong. All in all, a great way to start. I liked our hustle, team play, and our transition. The hope is to improve from here and get better as we move into December."
Edison started its season Monday at the Elks Lady Centurion Tournament at Century High, and the Chargers opened with a 72-25 rout of host Century. Senior point guard Geena Gomez, who last week signed with St. Joseph's, scored 27 points and freshman guard Alyssa Atencio added 10 points for the Chargers.
Tournament of Champions starts Monday
The 2012 Ocean View Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions, a six-day boys' basketball tournament featuring 16 teams, gets underway Monday at Ocean View High. Tournament games will be played daily through Dec. 6. Host Ocean View kicks off the event Monday with a 3 p.m. game against South Gate.
Monday's schedule: South Gate vs. Ocean View, 3 p.m.: West Valley vs. Crespi, 4:30 p.m.; Lynwood vs. Compton, 6 p.m.; Mater Dei vs. John Glenn, 7:30 p.m.; Westminster vs. Warren, 9 p.m.
Tuesday's schedule: Verbum Dei vs. Dominguez, 6 p.m.; JSerra vs. Laces, 7:30 p.m.; Clovis West vs. Verdugo Hills, 9 p.m.
The tournament championship game is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday .