It has been 20 years since Huntington Beach High won its first CIF Southern Section championship in boys' volleyball.
Entering the week, the Oilers were one win away from playing for another title.
Huntington advanced to Wednesday's Division 1 playoff semifinals by sweeping its third-straight postseason opponent. This time, it was Dana Hills which felt the wrath of the Oilers, who scored a 25-20, 25-18, 25-21 quarterfinal road victory over the South Coast League runner-up.
The win, the 11th-consecutive by sweep for Sunset League champion Huntington, put the No. 4-seeded Oilers, 29-2 overall, into a semifinal match at home Wednesday against top-seeded Mira Costa (Bay League No. 1). The score from the match wasn't available at press time. The winner will play for the Division 1 championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.
Sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco had 17 kills, senior middle blocker Andrew TenBrink and senior opposite Zach Gates had nine and seven kills, respectively, and senior setter Matt Butler had 41 assists.
DeFalco and junior outside hitter Brenden Sander each had 11 kills in Huntington's previous postseason triumph, a 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 second-round sweep at Orange Lutheran (Trinity League No. 3) on May 9.
"It was all about a fast start," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said of the Dana Hills win. "Being on the road, we were trying to take to crowd out of it early.
"Our passing was really good, and that was key against a good serving team like Dana Hills. It helped us limit their runs, and allowed us to play from in front most of the night. Just a great team win."
Huntington first won a Southern Section title in 1993, then repeated as a CIF champion the following year. Pazanti was an assistant coach under Rocky Ciarelli both of those title years. Pazanti said that the Oilers had to defeat Mira Costa at home in both of those years, to win both titles.
To have a shot at winning a championship this year, the Oilers would have to knock off the reigning Division 1 champion Wednesday.
Los Angeles Loyola played No. 3-seed San Clemente (South Coast League No. 1) in the other Division 1 semifinal Wednesday.
"Mira Costa is a great team and a great program," he said. "They are seeded No. 1 in the playoffs for a reason. But, we have been playing really well for the past month or so. I am expecting an exciting match from two excellent teams, and hopefully when the dust settles, we will be left standing."
Edison, the No. 3 team from the Sunset League, gave No. 2-seed Los Angeles Loyola all it could handle but the Cubs, champions of the Mission League, escaped May 9 with a 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 18-16 second-round win at Edison.
The Chargers, who had defeated Aliso Niguel in a first-round match on May 7, end their year 12-15.
CIF Boys' Golf
Three local golfers, Ramiz Jamal and Cameron Kaneko of Marina, and Andre Vu of Fountain Valley, are moving on to the CIF Southern Section Individuals Finals after each finished in the top 30 at Monday's CIF Southern Section Southern Division Regional at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
Jamal, a sophomore, was one of three golfers tied for fifth place with a score of 70. Vu, a senior, was one of six to score 73 and tie for 15th-place. Kaneko, also a sophomore, was one of 10 to tie for 21st with a score of 74.
The top 30 advance to the CIF Southern Section Individual Finals Monday at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc.
Other local golfers who competed at Monday's Southern Division Regional were Connor Hurst (tie-31st) of Huntington Beach, and Kevin Steinfeld of Edison and Jake Winn of Marina, both of whom tied for 40th.
CIF Track & Field
Edison senior Jeff Thies posted the fastest qualifying times in both the boys' 1,600 and 3,200 meters running events Saturday at the CIF Southern Section Division 1 track and field prelims at Trabuco Hills High. Thies won the 1,600 in 4 minutes 18.80 seconds. He too the 3,200 in 9:18.41, an event that included a fifth-place qualifying time by Fountain Valley junior David Abraham (9:23.80).
Edison's Eamon Smythe turned in the fastest qualifying time in the boys' 800, the junior winning the event in 1:54.36.
Edison senior Chandler Thorpe and Marina senior Paul Thenard were two of nine competitors in the boys' pole vault to hit 14-3, the top mark in the event.
Another local athlete, junior Matt Dispenza of Marina, had the top qualifying mark in the triple jump at 45-feet 9 1/2. Dispenza also placed third in the boys' high jump at 6-5. Edison sophomore AJ Beynon also hit 6-5 in the boys' high jump and was seventh
Marina senior Kylie Nishisaka (10:49.30) had the third top time in the girls' 3,200 meter run. Huntington Beach junior Susannah Oleson was one of nine athletes to hit the top mark in the girls' high jump at 5-5. Edison junior Michaela Schaeffer had the fifth-best mark, 36-10 1/4 in the girls' triple jump.
The CIF Southern Section Divisional Finals are Saturday at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut.
At the Sunset League Track and Field Championships May 2 at Huntington Beach High, the following athletes and relay teams from Huntington, Edison, Fountain Valley and Marina, won event titles:
Girls: 100 (Alyssa Tao, Sr., Fountain Valley, 12.10); 1,600 (Kylie Nishisaka, Sr., Marina, 5:03.52); 3,200 (Amber Bragdon, Jr., Fountain Valley, 1:00.58; 4x400 relay (Fountain Valley, 4:04.45); high jump (Susannah Oleson, Jr., Huntington Beach, 5-4); triple jump (Michaela Schaeffer, Sr., Edison, 38-3).
Boys: 200 meter dash (Jeremy Maxwell, Jr., Edison, 22.18); 400 meter dash (Jeremy Maxwell, Jr., Edison, 50.19); 800 meter run (Jeff Thies, Sr., Edison, 1:56.66); 1,600 meter run (Jeff Thies, Sr., Edison, 4:18.51); 3,200 (Jeff Thies, Sr., Edison, 9:29.61); 110 hurdles (Dustin Huynh, Jr., Fountain Valley, 15.06); 300 hurdles (Ilyas Muaz, Sr., Fountain Valley, 40.41); 4x400 relay (Edison, 3:23.50); high jump (Matt Dispenza, Jr., Marina, 6-6); pole vault (Paul Thenard, Sr., Marina, 15-00); long jump (Dustin Huynh, Jr., Fountain Valley, 21-1 1/2; triple jump (Matt Dispenza, Jr., Marina, 45-2 3/4.
At the Golden West League Track and Field Championships finals held May 2, the Ocean View girls' team finished second to Segerstrom, and the Ocean View boys' team placed fourth, in the team standings.
Individual league champions for Ocean View were:
Girls: Sam Romo (400, 1:01.48); Jade Kratovil (100 meter hurdles, 17.25; pole vault, 7-0); Treasure Robinson (high jump, 4-10); Savannah Schroeder (long jump, 16-3); Malia Hayes (shot put, 32-7; discus throw, 95-0).
Boys: Kendall Small (200, 23.34; long jump, 20-3 1/2).
At the CIF Southern Section Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday at the Riverside Aquatics Complex in Riverside, the Edison girls finished in 14th-place 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 girls' 200 freestyle relay team of Brynne McNabb, Alyssa Welfringer, Elena Isogawa and Maya Lamperts, won the consolation title in 1:50.86.
Several athletes from Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach and Marina won individual or team titles at the Sunset League Swimming Finals on May 2. The event was hosted by Marina.
Los Alamitos captured both the girls' and boys' varsity titles. In the girls' standings, Fountain Valley was second, Edison third, Newport Harbor fourth, Huntington Beach fifth, and Marina sixth. In the boys' standings, Edison was second, Newport Harbor third, Fountain Valley fourth, Huntington Beach fifth, and Marina sixth.
Girls event winners: 200 medley relay (Fountain Valley: Jaime Dang, Katelyn Farrow, Makenna Dubois, Sarah Yao, 1:49.86); 200 individual medley (Devin Newton, Edison, 2:03.91); 100 butterfly (Jaime Dang, Fountain Valley, 57.77); 100 free (Sarah Yao, Fountain Valley, 52.70); 100 breaststroke (Devin Newton, Edison, 1:04.27); 200 free relay (Fountain Valley: Dang, Jennifer Schulman, Farrow, Yao, 1:38.07); 400 free relay (Edison: Devin Newton, Taylor Newton, Dana Kerins, Natalie May, 3:35.76).
Boys event winners: 200 medley relay (Edison: Thomas Smith, Wade Nelson, Joe Limon, Nathan Torres, 1:37.56); 200 IM (Thomas Smith, Edison, 1:52.84); 100 backstroke (Thomas Smith, Edison, 50.50); 100 breaststroke (Wade Nelson, Edison, 58.41); 400 free relay (Edison: Alec Niederland, Thomas Gillespie, Torres, Smith, 3:10.09).
At the Golden West League Swimming and Diving Championships May 2 at Ocean View High, the host Seahawks won league titles in both the boys' and girls' varsity divisions. Ocean View athletes and relay teams to win league titles were:
Girls: 200 medley relay (Serena Ly, Alyssa Isogawa, Jessica Zorich, Maya Lamperts, 2:03.40); 200 free (Alyssa Isogawa, 2:11.61); 200 IM (Serena Ly, 2:23.05); 50 free (Brynne McNabb, 26.79); 100 butterfly (Alyssa Isogawa, 1:04.22); 100 free (Brynne McNabb, 58.52); 200 free relay (Zorich, McNabb, Alyssa Welfringer, Elena Isogawa, 1:52.94); 100 backstroke (Serena Ly, 1:04.05); 400 free relay (Cami McNabb, Brynne McNabb, Lamperts, Alyssa Isogawa, *3:58.98: *new league record).