Senior end Tim Reinhardt had nine sacks among his 47 tackles and senior kicker Griff Amies tied a state single-season record with 22 field goals, including a school-record 52-yarder.
3) UC IRVINE MEN'S VOLLEYBALL — The Anteaters defeated top-ranked and No. 2-seeded USC, 25-22, 24-32, 26-24, in front of 9,612 at the Trojans' Galen Center to claim the UCI program's third NCAA title in the last six seasons.
Senior four-time All-American Carson Clark, a 6-foot-6 opposite, had a match-high 22 kills to pad his school career kills record to 1,861 and lead No. 2-ranked and top-seeded UCI to victory, after some dramatics on their way to the final. Clark was named Most Outstanding Player of the four-team NCAA Championship.
Junior outside hitter Kevin Tillie, a native of France who transferred after two collegiate seasons in Canada, earned first-team All-American honors. He became a dynamic attacker for the 'Eaters and led the way in a five-set win over USC in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament semifinals after the Trojans won the first two games.
Senior middle blocker Dan McDonnell, a third-team All-American, served the match-clinching ace in the NCAA final, while junior setter Chris Austin, sophomore middle blocker Scott Kevorken, sophomore outside hitter Connor Hughes and freshman libero Michael Brinkley also contributed.
Sophomore outside hitter Jeremy Dejno earned first-team All-MPSF laurels, while seniors Kevin Carroll, Austin D'Amore and Will Montgomery, as well as sophomore setter Daniel Stork, were also key cogs for the 'Eaters.
The title added to NCAA crowns in 2009 and 2007 and capped the 10-year coaching tenure of John Speraw.
4) BACK BAY GIRLS' WATER POLO — High school rivals Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar battled five times, capped by the Sailors' dramatic 8-7 victory in the 2012 CIF Southern Section Division 1 title game at Irvine High.
Newport Harbor, seeded No. 2 in the playoffs, won its last 16 contests to finish 27-4.
CdM (28-3), earned the No. 1 playoff seeding by winning the first three meetings with the Tars.
Newport Harbor senior Maddy McLaren earned Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year recognition, and was also Sunset League Co-Player of the Year and a first-team All-CIF honoree.
Senior Carly Christian and junior Elissia Schilling were also first-team All-CIF and Dream Team performers for Coach Bill Barnett's Sailors, who earned the program's fifth section championship.
Senior Presley Pender, junior Avery Peterson and sophomore goalie Cleo Harrington were all second-team All-CIF and represented the Sailors on the Dream Team.
For CdM, senior goalie Alex Musselman was first-team All-CIF, Pacific Coast League MVP and a member of the Dream Team. Her 891 career saves set an Orange County record.
Senior Diana Murphy was also a first-team All-CIF choice, who was joined on the Dream Team by second-team All-CIF honorees and CdM teammates Cassidy Papa and Ally McCormick, both juniors, as well as senior Pippa Saunders.
5) LOCALS IN LONDON — Esther Lofgren (women's rowing) and Tumua Anae (women's water polo) joined Misty May-Treanor as locals to earn Olympic gold medals in a Summer Games stocked with athletes and coaches with local ties.
Lofgren, a Newport Harbor High graduate, competed with the victorious U.S. women's eight boat. It was her first Olympics after being the final cut from the 2008 squad that won gold in Beijing.