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High School Roundup: Oilers keep rolling

Huntington Beach High went to 6-0 in Sunset League boys' volleyball action and won for the 22nd time in 24 matches Tuesday by turning back host Fountain Valley, 25-11, 25-22, 27-25.

Sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco had 14 kills and three aces and junior middle blocker Drake Evans finished with seven kills and three blocks for the Oilers, ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

"I thought we came out focused," Huntington Beach Coach Craig Pazanti said. "We played very efficient in the first set, but Fountain Valley did a good job of staying in the match, and pushed us to the finish in both the second and third sets. It was good to get contributions from a lot of guys in this kind of match."

Setter Shaquile Phuong came off the bench to spark Fountain Valley (13-9, 2-4 in league) in the second and third sets.

"It was a tough match and we made strides as a team to get better by the end of the match," Fountain Valley Coach Todd Hanson said. "Hopefully, we can carry this on to the Newport Harbor match on Thursday."

Tuesday's sweep by Huntington was the third sweep in as many matches in the past week for the Oilers. They posted a 34-32, 25-22, 25-21 win Friday at Edison, with DeFalco getting 17 kills and four assists, senior middle blocker Andrew TenBrink seven kills and three blocks, and senior setter Matt Butler had 36 assists and 10 digs.

The Oilers also were 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 winners on April 9 against Los Alamitos. Evans had six kills and two blocks and junior outside hitter Brenden Sander had seven kills.

Huntington plays host to Marina on senior night at 5:45 Friday.

Fountain Valley split its two previous league matches prior to taking on Huntington. The Barons edged host Marina, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 27-25, Friday and were led by outside hitter Jake Thibodeau and opposite Scott Cronick, who both had 10 kills.

Fountain Valley fell in four sets to Edison, 13-25, 11-25, 25-22, 23-25, on April 9. Cronick also had 10 kills in that match and middle blocker Andrew Wise had nine kills.

The Barons play host to Newport Harbor at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

In another Sunset League match Tuesday, Los Alamitos edged host Marina, 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 23-25, 15-13.

Ocean View squared its Golden West League record at 2-2 and the Seahawks improved to 2-8 overall by sweeping host Orange Friday, 25-7, 25-22, 25-23. Middle blockers Khemit Osborne and Jake Womak both had eight kills.

The Seahawks also defeated Westminster, 25-21, 32-30, 13-25, 25-21, on April 10. Outside hitter Taivasa Alama led the way with 17 kills.

Ocean View plays host to Santa Ana at 4:30 p.m. Friday.


The South boys' and girls' teams emerged victorious Saturday at the Orange Coast Optimist Orange County North/South High School All-Star Basketball Games.

The All-Star games, for senior players, were played before a standing-room crowd at Concordia University in Irvine.

The South edged the North, 71-68, in the girls' game. Guards Geena Gomez of Edison and Jasmine Matar of Fountain Valley scored eight points apiece for the South, which was led by forward Alexis Casillas of Beckman, who scored 17 points. The North's Briana Roberson, a guard from Troy, led all scorers with 18 points.

In the boys' game, the South scored a 91-84 win over the North. Center Mamadou Ndiaye scored on several dunks and finished with 10 points to go with eight rebounds. Forward Harley Ruder of Huntington Beach and center Jackson Gatlin of Fountain Valley both scored two points. Guard Evan Zeller of Mission Viejo led the South in scoring with 13 points.

North guard Nick Hornsby of Tustin scored a game-high 18 points.

Guard Josh Armstrong of Fountain Valley was a member of the South roster but didn't play due to an injury, said South Coach Rich Boyce of Edison.

"It was great to work with kids at that talent level," Boyce said. "I really enjoyed the experience."

Boys' Lacrosse

Austin Jenkins scored a hat trick and Marina picked up its 10th win of the season Friday by shutting out Laguna Hills, 11-0.

Jenkins was three for three on shots on goal to pace the Vikings who improved to 10-5. Ryan Salz scored twice and had three assists, Josh Ane and Max Thompson both scored twice, Brandon Miller and John Weber each scored once and goalie Geoff Halvorson had two saves.

Salz scored four goals to lead a balanced Marina attack in the Vikings 13-12 win over Trabuco Hills. Salz also had an assist. Jenkins scored three goals, Trevor Braff scored twice with two assists, Brady Erikson scored twice with an assist, Ane had two goals and Keven Sweeney had 13 saves.

CIF Top 100

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the CIF Southern Section released its 100 greatest former high school athletes. Among the top 100 were local athletes soccer player Joy Fawcett (1986) of Edison, and Tony Gonzalez (1994) of Huntington Beach who was nominated for football.

Fawcett was the lone athlete from the Class of 1986 to make the list. Gonzalez was one of two athletes from the Class of 1994 to make the list. The other was golfer Tiger Woods (Western).

A committee made the top 100 selections and each athlete attended a Southern Section school.


Janelle Williams of Huntington Beach was among five Mater Dei High athletes to sign a National Letter of Intent Wednesday during the April signing period, the school announced.

Williams, who plays girls' lacrosse for the Monarchs, signed with Mercyhurst University in a ceremony held at Mater Dei's Meruelo Athletic Center.

Mercyhurst, a Catholic university located in Erie, PA., is an NCAA Division II school.

CIF Weekly Rankings (week of April 15)

Boys' volleyball: Huntington Beach (No. 4, Division 1)


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