2:12 PM PDT, June 27, 2012
Edison High graduate Kurt Heyer (2009), a pitcher for the University of Arizona baseball team, helped lead the Wildcats to the 2012 College World Series title. Arizona captured its fourth CWS title and first since 1986 on Monday by defeating two-time defending-champion South Carolina, 4-1, in Omaha. The Wildcats swept the Gamecocks in the best-of-three finals.
Heyer, a junior right-hander, threw the first nine-plus innings for the Wildcats in their tournament opener June 15, a 4-3 victory in 12 innings over Florida State. He also threw 7 1/3 innings and got the victory June 21 when the Wildcats defeated the Seminoles a second time, 10-3, to advance to the best-of-three finals.
Heyer led the nation in victories and finished the year 13-2. He was named Friday to the second team on Baseball America's 2012 College All-America Team. Earlier this month, he was taken in the sixth round of the Major League First-Year player draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Arizona (48-17) went 10-0 in postseason play in sweeping through regional, Super Regionals and CWS action.
Heyer's Edison teammate, Eric Filia-Snyder, and Huntington Beach High grad Beau Amaral, played with UCLA at the CWS. The Bruins (48-16) went 1-2 in the tournament and were eliminated last week. One of their two losses was a 4-0 shutout against Arizona on June 17.
The Wildcats and Bruins had tied for the 2012 Pac-12 Conference title and both had two victories against the other during the season.
West swims first Trials event
Steve West of Huntington Beach swam his first event, the men's 100-meter breaststroke, Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials for men's swimming in Omaha.
West, who at 40 is the oldest male at the U.S. Olympic Trials, turned in a time of 1 minute, 3.90 seconds in the second of 15 heats for the event, and had an overall finish of 61st place. He was 3.61 seconds behind the winner of the event, John Criste, who won in 1:00.29.
West will swim his second event at the Trials, the men's 200-meter breaststroke, Thursday.
Handball tournament underway
The 2012 United States Handball Assn.'s National Four-Wall Championships is underway at Los Caballeros Sports Village in Fountain Valley. Top players from around the world, including six-time U.S. national champion and the top-ranked player Paul Brady of Ireland, are in the competition, which started Tuesday.
The Men's Open final is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Women's Open final is 9 a.m. Sunday. Amateur matches are open to the public at no cost.
Los Caballeros Sports Village is at 17272 Newhope St., Fountain Valley.
Local pair wins Laguna Beach Open
The team of Huntington Beach athletes Casey Patterson and Ryan Doherty won the Laguna Beach Men's Open two-man beach volleyball tournament. The 57th annual event was held June 16 at Main Beach. Patterson and Doherty defeated Matt Olson (Carlsbad) and Matthew Prosser (Encinitas) in the final.
Three other Huntington athletes also finished among the top teams. Two of them, Corey Spence and Mike Nelson, teamed to finish tied for fifth place. Brandon Talbot teamed with Marcin Jagoda of Tarzana and finished tied for seventh.
Boys' hoops teams in summer play
Local prep boys' basketball team continued summer league and tournament play last weekend.
Brethren Christian competed at the 24-team Corona del Mar tournament Friday through Sunday. The Warriors went 1-3, losing to Sunny Hills (71-53), Beckman (48-37) and Ayala (67-31), and beat Norco (61-52). They played without 7-5 senior center Mamadou Ndiaye, who was in Chicago for a Top 20 Big Man Camp, Coach Jon Bahnsen said. Sophomore Brandon Bryson and junior Caleb Keller led the Warriors in scoring and defense for the tournament.
BC is in Santa Barbara on Friday for the UC Santa Barbara Camp/Tournament.
Edison also played at the Corona del Mar tournament and went 1-3. Chargers Coach Rich Boyce said that Brae Ivey played well at the point and Brodie Barton and AJ Garrity led in scoring.
"We played tough but did not get many wins to show for our efforts," Boyce said. "Being such a young team, we will have lots of ups and downs, but the players all work very hard so we know we will improve."
Edison starts play Friday at the Servite tournament. The Chargers open tourney play with a 2:40 p.m. game at Loara.
Huntington Beach is competing in Los Alamitos League play at Marina High. The Oilers started the tournament with wins over Marina and Los Alamitos.
Fountain Valley High started summer play June 15-16 by winning three of four games and finished in second place at the 20-team Point Loma Tournament in San Diego. The Barons defeated Fallbrook (72-49), Bishop Amat (69-55), and Canyon Crest of San Diego (76-71). Their loss was a 73-69 setback to a club team from Riverside.
"We played well offensively all weekend," Fountain Valley Coach Roger Holmes said. "We really need to get more solid on the defensive end to be able to beat the better teams."
Cason to head football camp
The Antoine Cason Football Day Camp is July 6-7 at Edison High. The camp is open to players ages 7 to 18 and will feature daily instruction for offense and defense, lectures and demonstrations by Cason, who was a top defensive back in the Pac-10 Conference at Arizona and was the No. 27 overall selection by the San Diego Chargers in the 2008 NFL Draft. For registration information, visit http://www.footballcamps.come.
Volleyball clinics start in July
Club H Volleyball will begin instruction in its inaugural summer clinics in July and August at Golden West College. Kevin Wray is clinic director and both high school and club coaches will also give instruction. Session 1 dates are: July 8, 15, 22, 29. Session 2 dates are: Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26.
The cost is $100 per session and $175 for both sessions. Instruction for players under 14 is from 4 and 6 p.m. Instruction for players 15 and older is from 6 to 8 p.m.
For registration information, email email@example.com or call (714) 655-9204.
Seahawk Boys' Basketball at Ocean View High is offering a Summer Boys' Basketball Program. The program includes practices and instruction from the Ocean View coaching staff, weekly summer league games and weekend tournaments. The tentative Monday through Thursday practice schedule is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for incoming freshmen, and 11:30 a.m. to 1: p.m. for varsity, junior varsity and sophomore players. The program runs through July 27 and costs $285 per player.
For more information, contact Jimmy Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tim Walsh at email@example.com.
Youth basketball camp available
The 21st annual Roger Holmes Youth Basketball Camp starts Monday at the Fountain Valley High gym. The camp runs from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 19 and is open to youth grades third through eighth. For information, email Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marina baseball camp now on
Marina High is hosting a baseball camp for youth ages 12 to 17, at the school's baseball field. Two sessions will be offered (9:30 to 11:30 a.m., noon to 2 p.m.) daily through July 21. For more information, call Robert Marshall at (714) 893-6571, ext. 4256.
Lifeletics summer baseball available
Lifeletics Baseball Summer Camps is offering instruction now through Aug. 17 in Huntington Beach. Camps run daily from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The cost per camper is as follows: one week ($199); two weeks ($379); three weeks ($539); fourth week at no cost).
Lifeletics Baseball, located in Huntington Beach, also offers camps in Newport Beach and South Orange County (Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch and Trabuco Canyon).