Franchesca Bessa of Huntington Beach High returned home Monday after performing at the USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship at Spooky Nook Sports indoor sports complex in Lancaster, Pa.

Bessa was selected for the girls' Under-16 roster for the June 23-26 camp which is the premier championship event for USA Field Hockey's Futures Program. She was one of three Californians, and the lone player from Orange County, on her 17-player team, named "Seoul," for the tournament.

The camp is attended by college recruiters, Junior Olympic and Olympic coaches, and the USA Field Hockey high performance staff.

The Seoul team went 5-1-1 in the tournament, and Bessa scored four goals in seven games. Seoul finished in ninth-place among 16 teams in its division.

Bessa, who turns 16 in August, played on the Huntington Beach High junior varsity team this past school year. She had previously been invited to compete at a Futures regional camp at Stanford University in April, then was selected from that camp to compete at the National Futures Championship.

"I was very excited and really motivated to go to the camp but was a little nervous at the same time," Bessa said. "There were random people from around the county and the best club players coming to this camp.

"I thought it was really fun and I met a lot of new people. There is definitely a different level of play nationally than in California."

Bessa will begin her junior year this fall at Huntington Beach High.


Edison upped its record to 3-2 in American Legion summer play by defeating El Modena, 7-2. Michael Mahony went three for four with a pair of doubles, three RBIs, stole a base an scored twice. Ryan Davis threw two innings and got the win.

Ocean View has played four independent games during its summer season, and the Seahawks are 3-0-1 entering the week. They opened with a tie score (2-2) against Corona then defeated Cerritos (7-2), Kennedy (7-5) and Placentia Valencia (3-1).


Ocean View competed Saturday at the 18-team Corona del Mar passing tournament and went 2-4 overall.

In group pool play, the Seahawks dropped games to Corona del Mar (31-17), South Gate South East (28-22) and Los Angeles (21-18) and defeated Lawndale (24-7). In the playoffs, they scored a 34-21 first-round win over Compton but lost in the second round to eventual tournament champion CdM, 22-11.

With the exception of Lawndale, each of the teams Ocean View faced, reached the tournament semifinals.

Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said his team "played tough all day."

"We need to find consistency on both sides of the ball but I am happy with the progress we are making," he said. "Tyler Clay shined at receiver as he made several catches and scored multiple times throughout the day. Kevin Martinez played great at corner as I was really pleased with his performance.

"The lineman were a bright spot for the day as they competed with the likes of CdM, Troy, Lawndale, Compton and Verbum Dei."