The second half of the 2013 prep athletic year began with CIF competition starting in late-August. Local teams and athletes turned in outstanding accomplishments through the fall into early winter and, just as had been the case before school broke for summer vacation, a CIF championship was won before 2013 came to a close.
The distinction, once again, belonged to Huntington Beach High.
Below is the Part Two highlights from the 2013 prep sports year.
September through December
A busy fall included big performances in girls' volleyball. Both Huntington Beach and Ocean View finished near the top of their respective leagues, and each qualified for the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Huntington, the second-place team from the Sunset League, fell in a second-round Division 1AA game to Mater Dei, and ended a successful season 25-7.
Ocean View, runner-up in the Golden West League, was defeated in a Division 4AA second-round match at No. 1-seeded Hemet.
•The boys' water polo season saw Ocean View, Huntington Beach and Edison, reach the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Ocean View', the No. 2 team from the Golden West League, reached the Division 7 semifinals where the No. 5-seeded Seahawks (21-11) were eliminated by No. 2-seeded Yorba Linda.
Huntington Beach finished just behind Newport Harbor in the Sunset League title race. The Oilers had their season come to an end after a first-round Division 1 playoff loss to Corona del Mar.
Earlier in the season, Huntington Coach Brian Anderson notched his 100th career win at the school.
"This year was banner for our program," Anderson said. "We were highly ranked for most if not all of the year in CIF and in Orange County, I got my 100th [career] win, and the boys got the experience of playing for the league championship."
Edison won 20 games and placed fourth in the Sunset League, and went to the Division 1 playoffs as an at-large entry. The Chargers won a wild-card game at El Toro before they were eliminated following a first-round loss at No. 2-seeded Harvard-Westlake.
"This was arguably the best season [Edison boys] have ever had, for sure during my 12-year tenure," said Coach Diggy Riley whose 2013 team posted the best record of his 12 teams. "Our boys worked as hard as I have ever seen a team train, in the pool, in the weight room, and in the games."
•The goal of all cross-country teams is to reach CIF and earn a bid to the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. That's what the Edison girls' cross-country team accomplished, and the Chargers went on to earn an 11th-place finish in the Division 1 competition on the final day of November.
Junior Julia Sienski led the Edison contingent at State with a run of 17:54 to garner a 14th-place individual finish. Other individual finishes for the Chargers were senior Gabrielle Yatauro (18:59), senior Alexa Yatauro (19:18), senior Sara Zylstra (19:18), junior Mac Queenenville (19:48), senior Cassy Borton (20:04), and sophomore Riley Bennyworth (20:12).
Edison advanced to the state meet by taking seventh place in the Division 1 team standings at the CIF Southern Section Championships Nov. 23 at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.