Monday, October 10, 2011
O.C.: Five things from the weekend
Farrell South helped lead Newport Harbor's boys' water polo team to a tournament title over the weekend.
1. Behind Farrell South and Koby Yokota, Newport Harbor won its first tournament championship under first-year coach Robert Lynn with a 9-7 victory Saturday over rival Corona del Mar in the S&R Sport Southern California Water Polo Tournament. South scored three goals, and Yokota had 11 saves as the Sailors (13-1), No. 2 in the Southern Section Division 1 rankings, turned in a strong defensive effort in the first half to beat Corona del Mar (11-3), the top-ranked team in Division 2. The final four were the usual suspects; Los Alamitos won the third-place game over Coronado, 13-5, behind Andrew Reynolds' four goals.
2. Trabuco Hills no longer has Grant Oshier on its cross country team, but his graduation didn't leave the cupboard bare. The Mustangs won the Championship Division team title the Clovis Invitational in Fresno, and it wasn't even close. Led by Jared Hazlett (15:23), who took eighth-place on the 3-mile Woodward Park course, Trabuco scored 59 points, followed by Long Beach Poly (122), Dana Hills (124) and El Toro (141). Trabuco runners Naoki Omatsu, Nicholas Plumb, Kevin Marshall and Lucas Dorman finished 11, 12, 14 and 22, respectively. The top local finisher was fourth-place Kevin Durham (15:18) of El Toro, 17 seconds behind C.J. Albertson of Clovis Buchanan. Paige Tennison of Newport Harbor was the only Orange County girl to crack the top 10; her 18:06 was 44 seconds behind the winner. Canyon took second place in the Championship race, and Trabuco fifth. San Clemente won the Division 1 title for extra-large schools.
3. Newport Harbor has one of the best girls' volleyball teams around, but after a brutal week it has nothing to show for it in Sunset League play. The Sailors -- ranked No. 4 in the Southern Section Division 1AA rankings -- were beaten last week by top-ranked Los Alamitos in four games, and then fell Saturday on their home floor to third-ranked Edison, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-23, behind the play of Alexa Hasen and Cassie Strickland. The Sunset League in girls' volleyball -- the equivalent of Trinity League football -- will have a major showdown Thursday when Edison plays host to Los Alamitos at 4:30 -- about 2 1/2 hours before the football teams play.
4. After losing 25 games in a row, Bolsa Grande now knows the thrill of a winning streak. The Matadors (2-3) made it two in a row with a 29-28 double-overtime victory over Santa Ana Calvary Chapel (2-3). Elias Hernandez scored three touchdowns, including a six-yarder to pull Bolsa Grande to 28-27. He then asked his coach, Simon Fuentes, for the ball and the opportunity to win the game outright, and Hernandez delivered. Hernandez's heroics turned back Calvary Chapel momentum; the Lions scored twice in the last seven minutes to tie the score at 21-21.
5. Yorba Linda turned in the most significant performance in its short history with a 14-12 Empire League victory over Tustin (3-3, 1-1). The Mustangs (6-0, 2-0), who are playing with a senior class for the first time, were just as physical and cashed in on Tustin mistakes; they converted three turnovers in the first quarter into 14 points -- touchdown passes of 10 and six yards from Alex Bernstein to Shad Pace -- and then held off the program that reached last year's Southwest Division final. Yorba Linda and Cypress (5-1, 2-0) are tied atop the standings; they play each other Nov. 3.