Editor's Note: The Independent looks back on the past year in high school athletics. Listed below are some of the main highlights reported on by or to the Independent.
The New Year started with a bang for local teams.
In girls' basketball, Huntington Beach — which shared the Sunset League title with Edison — reached the CIF Southern Section Division 1-A final, where the Oilers were edged by top-ranked Summit, 56-51. The Oilers were making their first championship game appearance in 34 years. The school also finished runner-up in 1978. Huntington also reached the second round of the CIF State Championships SoCal Regionals, where it was defeated by host and top-seeded Mater Dei. The Oilers had set a school single-game record for three-pointers (17) in a first-round win over San Diego. The Oilers hit 250 three-pointers in the 2011-12 season.
"It was a great season with lots of great memories," Huntington Coach Russ McClurg said. "I told the girls this might be one of the greatest teams in school history. They played with great discipline and made their families, school and coaches very proud. I was very proud and thankful to be around such a great group of girls."
Edison, Fountain Valley, Marina, Ocean View and Brethren Christian also qualified for the CIF girls' basketball playoffs. The Chargers, the No. 4-seed in Division 1-AA, reached the quarterfinal round. Both No. 13-seed Ocean View (3-A) and No. 14-seed Brethren Christian (5-AA) advanced to the second round in their respective divisions. Fountain Valley and Marina fell in Division 1-A first-round games.
Guards Maya Kennedy and Kelsey Minato of Huntington Beach were named to the 2011-12 All-CIF Southern Section 1-A team.
In boys' basketball, Ocean View claimed another Golden West League championship, enjoyed an 18-game winning streak and a No. 1 ranking in Division 2-AA before it was upended in a second-round game at Thousand Oaks. The Seahawks have won or shared a league championship in 14 of the past 15 years.
Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Marina also made the boys' basketball playoffs out of the Sunset League. Edison, the No. 8 seed, and Huntington, the No. 12 seed, reached the second round of the Division 1-A playoffs. Fountain Valley, which had its best record (17-9) in 10 years, lost in the first round of the Division 1-AA playoffs at No. 12-seeded Upland. Marina was an at-large entry to the Division 1-A playoffs and lost a first-round game at No. 2-seeded Capistrano Valley.
Brethren Christian won its fourth consecutive Academy League crown. The Warriors, the No. 7 seed, reached the quarterfinal round of the Division 5-AA playoffs, where they were bumped off by No. 2 seed Village Christian.
Edison senior guard Dreon Barlett was named to the All-CIF Division 1-A team, Ocean View senior center Conor Clifford was named to the All-CIF Division 2-AA team and junior Mamadou Ndiaye of Brethren Christian was named to the All-CIF Division 5-AA team.
In soccer, Marina won the boys' title and Edison the girls' crown in Sunset League races that were decided in the final week of the regular season.
In the boys' soccer CIF playoffs, eighth-seeded Marina knocked off top-seeded Servite in Division 1 quarterfinal play to reach the semifinals. The Vikings had their season end in a 2-0 semifinal loss to Ventura. Ocean View, the No. 3 team from the Golden West League, had a six-game win streak and impressive postseason run end in a 3-0 Division 2 quarterfinal loss to No. 2-seeded Valley View.
Marina seniors David Elias and Kevin Moses also were named to the 2011-12 All CIF Southern Section Division 1 team. Vikings teammate Josue Medina, a senior, made the Division 1 second team. Ocean View senior forward Joel Contreras was named to the All-CIF Division 2 team.
In girls' soccer, Edison, Huntington Beach and Ocean View all reached the postseason. Edison made it to the second round of the Division 1 playoffs where the Chargers fell to Orange Lutheran. Huntington, an at-large entry in Division 1, gave Corona del Mar all it could handle before succumbing, 1-0, to the top-seeded Sea Kings in a first-round game. Ocean View, the second-place team from the Golden West League, made the second round of the Division 6 tournament, where it was eliminated by La Canada.
In girls' water polo, Ocean View won the Golden West League title and reached the semifinals of the Division 7 playoffs. Edison (No. 3) and Huntington Beach (at-large) both advanced to CIF from the Sunset League. Eighth-seeded Edison, won a wild-card game over Peninsula before being eliminated in a first-round loss to Santa Barbara. Huntington Beach, a 20-game winner, lost in the first round to Villa Park.