BELLFLOWER — The Corona del Mar High boys' volleyball team won the first two sets but couldn't finish in its
The Braves (24-9) rallied for a 21-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 17-15 victory.
Tommy Brooks had 15 kills on 23 attempts with five blocks and no hitting errors for CdM (19-11).
Augie Miller added 15 kills and three blocks, Eric Ctvrtlik had 14 digs and Ryan Moss had 11 kills for the Sea Kings, the Pacific Coast League champions.
"Both our middles played great [Brooks and Miller]," CdM Coach Steve Conti said in a telephone interview. "We certainly had some chances. We couldn't make some plays when we needed to make the plays for the most part.
The team has come a long way since the beginning of the season, but you still have to play better along the way and be able to finish. Game 5 was a see-saw, back and forth. It was a battle. We're a very young team. Playing on the road, we just weren't able to make the plays we needed to make."
Corona del Mar 2, Woodbridge 1
CORONA DEL MAR — Brett Olson produced a run-scoring single to end the game in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Pacific Coast League game Thursday.
Olson, who went two for three with a run batted in, pitched a complete-game, three-hitter with five strikeouts.
Hunter Cullen, Nick Roco, Dakota Armstrong (RBI) and Ryan Udkoff added one hit each for CdM, which ends its season at 9-17, 4-11 in league.
Sage Hill 11, Whitney 2
CERRITOS — Sophomore Parker Reposa pitched five shutout innings giving up just one hit while striking out four in the Academy League game Thursday. He also hit his second home run of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth inning.
Freshman Conner Bock went three for five with a triple and sophomore Kellen Ochi went two for four with a double and a triple driving in two runs. Seniors Ryan Fishel and Max Strohman both went two for four.
With the win, Sage finishes the regular season 13-6 overall and 10-5 in the Academy League to finish in third place and earning a CIF playoff bid. On Monday, Sage will find out where it will play when pairings are released.
Calvary Chapel 9, Estancia 3
COSTA MESA — Estancia finished third in the Orange Coast League Thursday.
Tyler Rios (one for three, run), Steven Macias (one for two, run, stolen base), Eric Molina (one for two, run, run batted in) and Dylan Reyes (one for three, RBI, stolen base) provided offense for Estancia (16-9, 9-6 in league).
CIF Southern Section Division 1 preliminaries
RIVERSIDE — Corona del Mar High qualified first for finals in two relays Thursday at Riverside City College.
Christian Garkani, Tyler Lin, Justin Hanson and Blake Motal touched in 1 minute, 33.06 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay. CdM has won the meet-opening race at CIF finals each of the last three years.
Motal, Jack Harryman, Liam Karas and Garkani also qualified first in the 200 free relay, in a school-record:1:23.72.
Karas, Harryman, Lin and Richie Barden qualified third in the 400 free relay, in 3:07.28. Individually, Garkani qualified first in the 200 free (1:39.96) and second in the 100 free (45.64).
Among other local swimmers advancing to the championship finals, Karas qualified second in the 200 individual medley in 1:49.38 and fourth in the 100 free in 45.85.
Motal qualified fourth in the 50 free, in 21.01, and fifth in the 100 free (46.05). Lin qualified sixth in the breaststroke, in 57.23.
The Division 1 finals are Saturday at 4:30 p.m., back at Riverside City College. CdM finished second as a team last year.
CIF Southern Section Division 1 preliminaries
RIVERSIDE — Corona del Mar High qualified for finals in second in both freestyle relays Thursday at Riverside City College.
The 200 free relay team of Stephania Haralabidis, Ioanna Haralabidis, Stephanie Samudro and Brynne Wong qualified second in 1:35.98. The 400 free relay team of Ally McCormick, Ioanna Haralabidis, Wong and Samudro also qualified second, in 3:28.61.
Newport Harbor's 200 free relay team of Marissa Robertson, Carlee Kapana, Allyson Hall and Carly Christian also qualified for the championship finals, taking seventh at prelims in 1:39.13.
That 200 free relay team set the school record at the Sunset League finals last week, touching in 1:38.20. The previous record was a 1:39.42, set in 2011.
Among other swimmers qualifying for championship finals, Wong qualified third in both of her individual events, the 50 freestyle (23.56) and 100 fly (55.46). Samudro qualified fifth in the 100 fly, in 56.01, as well as second in the breaststroke in 1:03.62.
CdM qualified three swimmers for the 100 free final, including Ioanna Haralabidis (fifth, 51.28), McCormick (eighth, 51.60) and Stephania Haralabidis (ninth, 51.81).
McCormick also qualified seventh in the 200 free in 1:51.26.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS — Corona del Mar High finished 17th with a team score of 396 and Newport Harbor was 20th with 406 at the CIF Southern Section SCGA Team Qualifier to State Regional at Mission Lakes Country Club Thursday.
The top four teams advanced, including Oaks Christian (371), Sunny Hills (374), Loyola (375 and St. Margaret's (380) on the par-71 course.
Chase Wheatley (76), Karick Brown (77), Drew Hanson (76), Ian Fletcher (84) and John Hong (85) scored for Corona del Mar.