Wednesday, March 28, 2012
O.C.: Five things from the weekend
1. Ethan Cochran continues to impress in the field events for Newport Harbor. Cochran, whose discus throw of 203 feet 10 inches is the longest in the nation, won the Beach Cities Invitational at Huntington Beach High in both the discus and the shot put. Cochran threw the discus 201 feet, the third time this month he exceeded 200 feet at an invitational. He won the shot with a put of 58-10, his season best. The top shot put in the nation this season is 64-11 by Coy Blair of Logan-Hocking (Ohio). Ramon Vargas of Huntington Beach and Brandon Radlinger of Servite were also double winners at the event. Blair took honors in the 110 (14.84 seconds) and 300 hurdles (39.38). Radlinger won the long jump (21-8) and the triple jump (44.5). In his first competition of the season, junior Sage Stone of Mission Viejo won the high jump at 6 feet 8 inches, his personal best.
2. Also at the Beach Cities Invitational, Jordan Agnew broke a 32-year Los Alamitos High record when she won the long jump with a distance of 18-10 1/2. The previous record, set in 1980 by Thelma Viagar, was 18-4 1/2. Persis Williams of Estancia and sophomore Michaela King of Dana Hills were double winners on the girls' side. Williams won the 100 (12.62 seconds) and 200 (26.32), while King took the top step of the podium in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles (47.40).
3. The state championship by Mater Dei boys, won Saturday against Sacramento Sheldon, was the record ninth state title for Coach Gary McKnight. The performance by Katin Reinhardt, who scored 30 points with a broken thumb and stepped up when Xavier Johnson fouled out, was simply epic. Reinhardt (30 points) and sophomore Stanley Johnson, who is only 15 years old, combined for 51 points in the 66-48 victory.
4. With Mater Dei's 57-40 victory over Berkeley behind Nirra Field's stirring performance on Saturday in the girls' Division I State Championship, coach Kevin Kiernan won his sixth state title. His Monarchs have won three in a row, but he also won three in four years while coaching at Fullerton Troy, winning in 2003 and 2005-06; his team lost in 2004. The Mater Dei girls' program has won four state titles overall in five appearances; it won in 1996 after losing by two points in 1995.
5. Just how dismal was Laguna Hills' disappointing 62-24 loss to Oakland Bishop O'Dowd (30-3), which was ranked No. 4 in the state? It was the lowest-scoring performance ever by a team in the state finals. The previous low came in 1990 when Menlo Atherton defeated Rosamond, 53-27. Celia Marfone scored 12 and junior Maddy Ziering-Smith 10 as the two accounted for 22 of Laguna Hills' 24 points. Although it was a disappointing way for the season to end -- and in fairness, O'Dowd was the No. 1 ranked team from the North in any division -- few would have expected the Hawks (26-9) to win 11 in a row, including wins over Mission Hills Alemany twice and Mission Bay, to reach the Division III state championship.