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Monday, January 16, 2012
O.C.: Five things from the weekend


1. Mission Viejo won its 18th in a row on Saturday, sending Victorville Victor Valley to its 17th straight defeat, but the Diablos (18-1) almost saw their streak end on Friday night. They won at El Toro, 76-72, after trailing in the fourth quarter of the South Coast League game. Evan Zeller led the way with 30 points, and Michael Cramer had 19 as the Diablos overcame a 54-49 deficit heading into the fourth quarter. The victory sets the stage for a showdown Wednesday at Capistrano Valley (17-2). That place will be rocking. Both teams are undefeated in league.

2. In what turned out to be the marquee game of the the Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase, Jojo Ballestero hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to give Canyon a 65-62 victory over Huntington Beach. Ballestero wasn't even the first option on the play. Ballestero led Canyon (15-4) with 23 points, which was enough to overcome the game-high 32 points scored by Harley Ruder of Huntington Beach. In other Showcase games, Redondo Union beat Edison, 59-49; Villa Park beat Los Alamitos, 62-52; Palm Springs beat Cerritos Gahr, 65-39; and Mission Viejo beat Victor Valley, 84-45.

3. Three Orange Country wrestlers won championships Saturday in the prestigious Five Counties meet. In the heavyweight division, Villa Park's David Trujillo scored a 3-2 victory in the finals against Esperanza's Carl Hulick, the second time this season that Trujillo has beaten his Century League rival by that score. Juan Hernandez of Capistrano Valley won the championship at 195 pounds, and Edison's Greg Meline won the title at 171.

4. Corona del Mar and rival Newport Harbor played for the title Saturday in the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions. CdM, down four goals in the first half, rallied for a 10-8 victory, the third of the season over its rival. Tournament MVP Diana Murphy and Cassidy Papa scored three goals apiece for CdM (14-1), and Alex Musselman had 10 saves as the Sea Queens outscored Newport (11-4) in the fourth quarter, 3-1. CdM trailed in the semifinals against Los Alamitos by three goals but came back in that game, too, scoring a 9-7 victory behind Murphy's five goals and Musselman's 12 saves.

5. What a difference a year has made for the Villa Park girls' soccer team. The Spartans (13-2-3) scored their seventh consecutive shutout and won for the ninth time in 10 games with a 3-0 Century League victory over El Dorado. Cassidy Hodson scored twice for the Spartans, who last year finished in last place in the league but this season are 4-0. Brent Whitfield has turned in one of the outstanding coaching jobs of the season by changing the attitude of the team.