The 2013 prep sports year comes to an end in the coming week. Local high schools Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Marina, Ocean View and Brethren Christian, delivered several memorable team and individual performances during the past year.
Below, the key prep sports highlights are noted. First up: athletic achievements from January to June.
•Marina senior Colin Navickas (160 pounds) earned a sixth-place in the 160-pound weight division at the CIF State Wrestling Championships at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Navickas, ranked seventh in state in his division, had previously won his weight-class title at the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individuals and had a second-place finish a week later at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet to qualify for the state meet.
Fountain Valley senior Steele Escobedo (145 pounds) also won a weight division title at the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individuals. Earlier in the season, Escobedo became the first Fountain Valley wrestler in more than 30 years to win a weight-class title at the Fountain Valley Five Counties Invitational.
Marina, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos shared the Sunset League wrestling title.
Navickas became the first three-time CIF Southern Section individual champion in Marina history, Vikings Coach Chris Rasmussen said. In May, Navickas received Academic All-American honors from the National High School Coaches Assn.
"He is, by far, the hardest working student-athlete that I have ever coached," Rasmussen said of Navickas. "He deserves all of the accomplishments that he will earn through wrestling and his academics."
•The girls' water polo season culminated with one local team, Ocean View, making its way to the CIF Southern Section Division 7 championship game. The Seahawks had their title bid denied by Hemet, which scored a 6-2 victory.
"It's always rough to come this far, and your goal is to win, and not achieve that goal," Ocean View Coach Melissa Fernandez said. "But putting this in perspective, I can't help but think where we came from, and the achievements this team has accomplished."
Ocean View, which went undefeated in winning the Golden West League championship, finished the year 23-9. Saturday marked the first time a Seahawks team had played in a division final. They also reached the semifinal round of the playoffs for the first time in program history.
Edison (Sunset League No. 3) and Huntington Beach (Sunset League at-large) also reached the CIF Southern Section playoffs and both dropped first round Division 1 games in the Santa Barbara area. The Chargers fell to San Marcos while the Oilers fell to top-ranked Santa Barbara.
•Fountain Valley and Edison finished second and third, respectively, in the Sunset League boys' soccer race. The Barons were eliminated in a first-round Division 1 game and the Chargers, who knocked off fifth-ranked Long Beach Millikan in their opener, reached the second round.
•Edison (Sunset League No. 2), Huntington Beach (Sunset League No. 3), and Ocean View (Golden West League No. 2), all advanced to the CIF Southern Section girls' soccer playoffs. Both Edison (Division 1) and Ocean View (Division 6) reached the second round of the postseason.
•Three schools, Fountain Valley, Ocean View and Brethren Christian, won league championships during the boys' basketball season. While Ocean View and BC repeated as champs in the Golden West and Academy leagues, respectively, Fountain Valley claimed the Sunset League title for the first time in 18 years.
Fountain Valley was eliminated in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs where it fell to defending 2AA champion Inglewood. Ocean View advanced to the semifinals in Division 3A where they were edged, 89-87, by top-ranked Bellflower St. John Bosco. BC also made its way to the semis in Division 5AA where it had an 18-game win streak snapped by Sherman Oaks Buckley.
Ocean View also gained an invite to the CIF State Division 3 playoffs and dropped a first-round Southern California Regionals game at Tustin on March 6.
Edison (tied second place, Sunset League) and Huntington Beach (at-large, Sunset League) also received playoff berths and competed in Division 1A.
•On the girls' hoops scene, the Sunset League trio of runner-up Edison, third-place Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley (at-large), plus third-place Ocean View of the Golden West League, earned postseason playoff berths. All four teams reached the second round of their respective divisions where each was eliminated.