Zachary Egnotovich (68) of Edison celebrates during the Chargers' championship run.

Zachary Egnotovich (68) of Edison celebrates during the Chargers' championship run. (Steven Georges / June 19, 2013)

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From beginning to end, the 2012-13 prep school year was laced with major athletic accomplishments.

The sports calendar started in late-August and culminated in the first week of the current month. The following are some of the key highlights reported to the Independent during the school year.


The fall sports season started off strong but reached its crescendo just before winter break.

One of the first teams to capture a fall postseason championship was the Huntington Beach field hockey team. In its sixth straight trip to the final of the Tournament of Champions, Huntington capped its season by defeating North Hollywood Harvard-Westlake, 1-0, in a 10-minute, sudden-death overtime period.

Huntington, champion of the Sunset League and 22-1 overall, won the Tournament of Champions, which caps the field hockey season, six years ago but finished in the runner-up spot the past four years.

"It's been a long time coming," said Huntington Coach Cathy Van Doornum. "It's a big senior group on this team, and it was kind of disappointing for them, after losing last year's final. To win the title has been a goal of theirs since last year. They were determined to win it, and the girls weren't to be denied."

Huntington Beach, Edison, and Ocean View all advanced to the CIF Southern Section boys' water polo playoffs. The Oilers and Chargers both played Division 1 wild-card games. The Chargers advanced after outlasting Long Beach Poly, 15-14, but had their season end in the first round following a 21-10 loss to defending Division 1 champion Mater Dei. The Seahawks reached the quarterfinals of the Division 7 playoffs. There, they were eliminated, 9-7, by Cypress.

Ocean View's girls' volleyball team, which won its first two playoff games, advanced to the quarterfinals of the Division 4AA playoffs. The Seahawks, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League, were eliminated in three games by top-seeded Saddleback Valley Christian. In other girls' volleyball playoff action, Huntington Beach (Sunset League No. 2), rallied from two games down to defeat Peninsula in an opening round match of the Division 1-AA tournament but fell in the second round to No. 4-seed Mater Dei.

In November, the Marina girls' cross country team brought home a ninth-place finish from the Division 1 competition at the CIF State Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. Individually, Marina senior Kylie Nishisaka had a top-10 finish (seventh place) with a time of 17 minutes, 50 seconds.

In the state Division 1 boys' competition, Edison senior Jeff Thies placed ninth in 15:27.

Marina had advanced to the state meet after placing sixth at the CIF Southern Section Division 1 finals at Mt. San Antonio College. Nishisaka took sixth individually (16:30) to pace the Vikings. Edison's girls' team finished ninth at the Division 1 finals but did not advance to state. Both Seward, who took ninth place in the girls' race, and Thies, the only Charger in the boys' Division 1 race and who finished eighth, advanced individually to the state meet.

As the fall season wound down, so too, did the prep football season. But, it was a big finish.

Edison took the Southern Section season to its fullest. The Chargers, in their first year competing in the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division, took the division title by defeating Villa Park, 28-10, at Angel Stadium on the final day of November.

Top-seeded Edison, ranked No. 1 throughout most of the season in the division, won its 10th consecutive game to improve to 13-1 overall.

It was the first Southern Section title in 27 years for the Edison program since it shared the 1985 Big Five crown with Long Beach Poly. It was the school's first outright title since 1980, and fifth, overall.

"I'm just so happy for these kids that they are CIF champions," Edison Coach Dave White said . "They worked hard for this. We were challenged early but we've been a fourth-quarter team all year. I'm just so proud of these guys and our coaches, and happy for our fans."

Two days after claiming the title, Edison was awarded a berth in the CIF Division II State South Regional Championship game. The Chargers had their sensational season end on Dec. 8 in a 27-10 loss at Orange Coast College to Gardena Serra. A week later, the Cavaliers defeated North Region champion Oakdale to win the state Division II title.

In addition to Edison, Huntington Beach and Brethren Christian reached the football postseason. The Oilers won a first-round game at Capistrano Valley to reach the quarterfinals of the Southwest Division playoffs where they were eliminated by defending champion Tustin. The Warriors were eliminated in the first round of the East Valley Division playoffs at Big Bear.