Another year on the high school sports scene has come and gone, but not without local athletes again turning in outstanding performances.
Below are some of the highlights from the 2011 calendar that were reported to the Independent.
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 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. 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.
"It happened so fast, that I wasn't sure if it was real," said Samuelson, who is now at Stanford. She went on to be named the division's Player of the Year and Wiley was Coach of the Year.
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 program leader in four categories became the first player in the 42-year history of the Edison program to have his jersey (No. 5) retired.
Four wrestlers from the Sunset League won individual titles at the CIF Southern Section Individual (Inland Division) Championships at Roosevelt High in Corona. The champions were Dean O'Bourke (119-pounds) of Fountain Valley, Alex Anunciation (130) and Colin Navickas (140) of Marina and Brenton Visnoski (145) of Edison. Edison qualified four athletes and Marina and Fountain Valley one each to the CIF State Wrestling Championships in Bakersfield. Advancing to State from Edison were Visnoski (sixth place, 145), Erick Zumwalt (140), Cameron Bustos (152) and Greg Meline (160), Anunciation (fifth place, 130) of Marina and O'Bourke of Fountain Valley.
Edison, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Ocean View all reached the boys' volleyball playoffs, but each fell in their opening matches.
Marina won the 2011 Sunset League boys' tennis title. Parker Glore of the Vikings repeated as the league's singles champion and teammates Roy Nielsen and Toma Harmelink took the doubles crown.
The Edison girls' team easily captured a championship and Edison and Los Alamitos shared the boys' title at the Sunset League Swimming and Diving Championships at Newport Harbor High. Marina's Nick Soedel won the boys' 50-yard freestyle in a league-record time of 20.57 seconds and also won the 100 free in 44.87.
Several local athletes won individual titles at the CIF Southern Division 1 Swimming and Diving Championships at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach. In the girls' team standings, Edison finished fourth and Fountain Valley was eighth. In the boys' team standings, Edison placed sixth, Huntington Beach was 30th and Fountain Valley 46th.
Fountain Valley's Shelby Webber was a two-time CIF champ in the girls' 200 IM and 100 free, Marina's Nick Soedel won a title in the boys' 100 free and Princeton-bound Michael Hauss of Edison won the 200 free in a personal-best time (1:38.14), the second-fastest time for an Edison swimmer. Hauss also placed sixth in the 100 free (45.66), which also is the second-fastest time at Edison.
The Fountain Valley's boys' track and field team captured the Sunset League championship. At the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Championships at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Fountain Valley's Hassan Ilyas won the Division 1 boys' 300 hurdles and placed eighth in the triple jump, Marina's Karl Baranov was sixth and Fountain Valley's Luis Morales seventh in the 1,600, and Ramon Vargas of Huntington Beach came up with a pair of third-place finishes (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles).
In girls' Division 1, Catherine Martinez of Fountain Valley was third in the 1,600 and Sara Van Dyke of Marina was fifth in the 800. In girls' Division 2, freshman Amanda Honn of Huntington Beach took fifth in the 3,200, Oilers Ashley Donohoe was sixth in the discus and Amy Loschiavo was fifth in the pole vault. For Edison, Lauren Grego was ninth in the 800 meters, Anna Lindsey seventh in the long jump and Karen Snapper and Monica Danielson were sixth and ninth, respectively, in the pole vault.
Baranov, Vargas, Van Dyke and Honn all qualified for the CIF State Track & Field Championships in Clovis in May.
The Ocean View and Marina softball teams saw their title runs end in extra-inning losses in the quarterfinals of the CIF playoffs. The Seahawks and Vikings lost to teams (Dos Pueblos and Santiago/Corona, respectively) that would go on to win championships. During the season, Marina Coach Shelly Luth surpassed the 400-win mark at the school.
The Edison baseball team was ranked No. 1 in CIF Division 1 throughout the season, but the Chargers fell to Lakewood in the quarterfinals of the playoffs. In early June, Edison pitching sensation Henry Owens, who had committed to Miami in October 2010, was selected (36th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball's 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Christian Lopes, shortstop for Edison who had signed with USC, was taken in the 7th round (229th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays.