Wednesday, February 8, 2012
O.C.: Five things from the weekend
1. Laguna Hills set an Orange County record by winning its 25th consecutive league title, the Hawks emerging atop the South Coast League Finals on Saturday. All 14 wrestlers qualified to the Central Division meet, where Laguna Hills will try to win an eight straight section title. Seven wrestlers won league championships: Martin Garcia (108), Andre Cabrera (134), Miguel Ramirez (140), Wyond Mills (147), Joe Applegate (154), Jason Newcomer (162) and Joaquin Alejo (287).
2. One of the year's best rivalries on the wrestling mat has been between Century League heavyweights David Trujillo of Villa Park and Carl Hulick of Esperanza. They are ranked 1-2 in Orange County, with Trujillo winning their first two matches. But in the Century League finals, Hulick emerged victorious, 3-2, by virtue of his third period takedown.
3. Across the board, Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar may have the greatest rivalry in Orange County. On Saturday, the schools' two elite water polo programs faced each other in the finals of the Southern California Championships, where Newport scored a 6-5 victory over the section's top-ranked Division 1 team. Carly Christian's three goals led the way for the second-ranked Sailors (21-4), who shut out the Sea Queens for almost 11 minutes in the middle of the second half. It was only the second loss for CdM (23-2), which had beaten Newport in their first three meetings of this season.
4. Mater Dei and Brea Olinda both lost girls' basketball games -- in Orange County -- in the same week! Usually if that happens, it's during a national tournament week in December such as the Tournament of Champions. But Mater Dei lost on Friday to Los Angeles Windward, 65-62, the state's No. 2 team losing to the No. 1. Earlier in the week, Brea was trounced by Anaheim Canyon, 64-46, behind Lindsay Uyematsu's 21 points and Christina Salvatore's 18.
5. Esperanza might be O.C.'s most exciting boys' basketball team right now. The Aztecs defeated Anaheim Canyon, avenging an earlier loss by scoring a uncommonly low-scoring game, 42-38, thanks to a 19-4 advantage in the fourth quarter. Jack Bazan led the way with 17 points, and Dillon Wasinack had seven. The Aztecs have played five games in a row decided by four points or less. Esperanza (16-8) has victories this season over Foothill (21-5), Canyon (20-6), Villa Park (15-11), Tustin (19-6), Woodbridge (18-7), and Trabuco Hills (15-10).