Marina junior pitcher Tera Blanco, the MVP of the Sunset League, and Edison senior outfielder Karley Wester, were named to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 Softball Team. Ocean View senior pitching ace, Brittany Hitchcock, the MVP of the Golden West League, was named to the Division 4 team.
At the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships in May at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, the Edison girls finished 14th and Fountain Valley was 27th, in the girls' Division 1 standings. In the boys' Division 1 standings, Edison placed 16th, Huntington Beach 31st, Marina 38th, and Fountain Valley 43rd.
Edison's Thomas Smith won the consolation final title in the boys' 200-yard individual medley, winning the event in 1:51.03.
In the Division 4 final, the Ocean View girls finished sixth and the Ocean View boys were seventh in their respective team standings. The Seahawks' girls' 200 freestyle relay team of Brynne McNabb, Alyssa Welfringer, Elena Isogawa and Maya Lamperts, won the consolation title in 1:50.86.
At the Golden West League Swimming and Diving Championships in early May, host Ocean View won league titles in both the boys' and girls' varsity divisions.
The track and field season saw several local athletes turn in top-notch performances. Jeff Thies of Edison High and Susannah Oleson of Huntington Beach both advanced to the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Clovis Buchanan High.
Thies, a senior, ran 9 minutes, 5.31 seconds in the boys' 3,200 meters final at the CIF State Track and Field Championships at Clovis Buchanan High. The time earned him a third-place overall finish. Oleson, a junior, finished in seventh place in the girls' high jump at 5-feet, 6 inches.
Marina junior Matt Dispenza (high jump), Edison sophomore A.J. Beynon (high jump) and Edison senior Chandler Thorpe (pole vault) also earned spots at the state meet but didn't advance to the finals.
Thies previously had finished in first place in the boys' 3,200 at the CIF Masters Meet on May 24 at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
Both Fountain Valley and Marina advanced from the Sunset League to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys' tennis playoffs.
Marina won the Sunset League boys' golf title for the first time in 20 years and, along with Edison, competed at the CIF Southern Section Team Southern Divisional. Edison tied for fourth place and Marina finished seventh at the event.
From the Sunset League, league MVP Cameron Kaneko, Ramiz Jamal and Jacob Winn of Marina, Kevin Steinfeld of Edison, Andre Vu of Fountain Valley, and Conner Hurst of Huntington Beach, advanced to the CIF Southern Section Southern Individual Regional. Kaneko, Jamal and Vu then advanced to the CIF Southern Section Individual Finals. Vu went on to qualify for the CIF/SCGA Regional Qualifier and capped his high school career with a four-way tie for 19th place at the CIF Boys' Golf State Championship at Quail Lodge in Carmel.
The prep baseball season ended with the Marina Vikings making their way to the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship game at Dodger Stadium. The Vikings, the No. 2 team from the Sunset League, played third-ranked Harvard-Westlake wire-to-wire but ended up with a 1-0 loss.
"We knew the game would be a close one," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "Our players battled until the end. I thought we really had this game. We hung right there with them the entire game. We had our opportunities but we could not get it done."
Marina's trip to the final capped a postseason run by local teams that saw Fountain Valley, which won its first Sunset League title in 11 years, reach the second round, and Huntington Beach won a wild-card game, then knocked off No. 1-ranked Mater Dei, before having its season end in the second round.
Huntington Beach boys' volleyball coach Craig Pazanti knew that his deep, talented team could have a special year. The Oilers had just that.
"I've been telling the kids all year that I thought they were the best team," Pazanti said.
He was right, and the Oilers were No. 1 — twice.
Huntington, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, captured its first CIF Southern Section Division 1 title in boys' volleyball in 19 years by twice rallying from a one-set deficit to knock off Los Angeles Loyola in a five-set thriller, 26-28, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10, on May 18. It was the program's first title since the school won back-to-back crowns in 1993-94 under Rocky Ciarelli.
One week after winning the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship, Huntington returned to Santiago Canyon College in Orange and won its first CIF regional title by beating the same opponent, Loyola, it had defeated May 18. As was the case in that first meeting, the Oilers squeezed past the Cubs in five sets.
The Oilers went out on the ultimate high, ending the season on a 24-match winning streak, won Sunset League, Southern Section and SoCal Regional championships, and finished 34-2.
"Honestly, I can't describe this feeling," senior opposite and co-captain Zach Gates said. "I think it was all about us being confident. We played with confidence all the way through the playoffs."
Huntington Beach senior setter Matt Butler was named the Player of the Year in Division 1. Senior middle blocker Andrew TenBrink and sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco were the other two members of the Oilers' CIF and Southern California Regional Division 1 championship team to make the Division 1 team.