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High School Roundup: HB's Bessa shines at field hockey event

Franchesca Bessa of Huntington Beach High returned home Monday after performing at the USA Field Hockey National Futures Championship at Spooky Nook Sports indoor sports complex in Lancaster, Pa.

Bessa was selected for the girls' Under-16 roster for the June 23-26 camp which is the premier championship event for USA Field Hockey's Futures Program. She was one of three Californians, and the lone player from Orange County, on her 17-player team, named "Seoul," for the tournament.

The camp is attended by college recruiters, Junior Olympic and Olympic coaches, and the USA Field Hockey high performance staff.

The Seoul team went 5-1-1 in the tournament, and Bessa scored four goals in seven games. Seoul finished in ninth-place among 16 teams in its division.

Bessa, who turns 16 in August, played on the Huntington Beach High junior varsity team this past school year. She had previously been invited to compete at a Futures regional camp at Stanford University in April, then was selected from that camp to compete at the National Futures Championship.

"I was very excited and really motivated to go to the camp but was a little nervous at the same time," Bessa said. "There were random people from around the county and the best club players coming to this camp.

"I thought it was really fun and I met a lot of new people. There is definitely a different level of play nationally than in California."

Bessa will begin her junior year this fall at Huntington Beach High.


Edison upped its record to 3-2 in American Legion summer play by defeating El Modena, 7-2. Michael Mahony went three for four with a pair of doubles, three RBIs, stole a base an scored twice. Ryan Davis threw two innings and got the win.

Ocean View has played four independent games during its summer season, and the Seahawks are 3-0-1 entering the week. They opened with a tie score (2-2) against Corona then defeated Cerritos (7-2), Kennedy (7-5) and Placentia Valencia (3-1).


Ocean View competed Saturday at the 18-team Corona del Mar passing tournament and went 2-4 overall.

In group pool play, the Seahawks dropped games to Corona del Mar (31-17), South Gate South East (28-22) and Los Angeles (21-18) and defeated Lawndale (24-7). In the playoffs, they scored a 34-21 first-round win over Compton but lost in the second round to eventual tournament champion CdM, 22-11.

With the exception of Lawndale, each of the teams Ocean View faced, reached the tournament semifinals.

Ocean View Coach Luis Nunez said his team "played tough all day."

"We need to find consistency on both sides of the ball but I am happy with the progress we are making," he said. "Tyler Clay shined at receiver as he made several catches and scored multiple times throughout the day. Kevin Martinez played great at corner as I was really pleased with his performance.

"The lineman were a bright spot for the day as they competed with the likes of CdM, Troy, Lawndale, Compton and Verbum Dei."

Nunez said his linemen won the bench competition. The unit turned in 140 team reps at 185 pounds and was ahead of second-place Troy which had 129 team reps. Another highlight, he said, was his team winning the one-on-one competition. Defensive end/offensive guard David Alani, defensive end Adam Alatorre, offensive guard/defensive tackle Adel Holmes and center/defensive end Steven Hoang, "all performed great," he said.

The Ocean View offensive and linemen next will compete July 19 at the Los Amigos High Tournament.

The Seahawks start their fall camp Aug. 11.


Edison split two games Monday in Godinez summer league play. The Chargers, who only suited up seven players due to injuries to other players, fell, 40-35, to Tustin. In a second game against Tustin, three other Chargers suffered injuries but the Chargers, who were at a man disadvantage (four versus five) for a stretch of the game, still managed a 50-37 victory.

Marina, which suited up a predominantly junior varsity team due to varsity players not being available, scored a 42-33 win over Cerritos in Los Alamitos summer league play. The Vikings also lost, 59-41, to Long Beach Poly, and are 2-3 in league play.

Marina is competing this week at the Buzz Elite Tournament at Cypress College. Daniel Neff scored 19 points in the Vikings' tournament-opening overtime victory over Compton Centennial.

The Vikings, 10-8 overall in the summer, compete next week at the Asics Double Pump Summer Tip-Off Tournament which opens Monday at the American Sports Center in Anaheim to close out their summer season.

Ocean View competed last weekend at the Concordia Team Camp and went 2-2 in four games. The Seahawks defeated Fresno Memorial (75-70) and Laguna Hills (63-47), and lost games to Irvine and Calabasas (scores not available).

In summer league play at Western High, Ocean View is 1-1 in league after beating Pacifica and losing to Cypress.

Huntington Beach went 3-1 last weekend at the Westmont College tournament in Santa Barbara. the Oilers reached the tourney semifinals where they lost to San Marcos.

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