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Huntington Beach High Retires Wendt’s Jersey No. 99

Melissa Wendt became the fourth person to have her uniform number retired at Huntington Beach High when the school on Monday retired No. 99 that she wore for the Oiler volleyball team.

Wendt was selected the Sunset League most valuable player, The Times’ Orange County player of the year and a Mizuno High School All-American as a senior last season when she led the Oilers to the Southern Section Division I quarterfinals.

Wendt, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter, led the Oilers to the section semifinals her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her junior season, she led Huntington Beach to the section Division I semifinals and the state Division II final.

A three-time, first-team All-Southern Section selection, Wendt has signed a letter of intent to play for UCLA next season.

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“I would say among the outstanding volleyball players at Huntington, [Wendt] truly is the best we’ve seen,” said Principal Jim Staunton. “If you look at the jerseys that we have retired here. . . these people mean something as far as [being] leaders, student-athletes and citizens.”

The other retired jerseys at Huntington Beach belonged to: Danny Thompson, a football player who graduated in 1984 and played four years at UCLA, Clare Walker, a basketball player who graduated in 1994 and recently completed her first season of eligibility at Pepperdine, and Tony Gonzales, a football player who graduated in 1994 and is heading into his third seasons of both football and basketball at UC Berkeley.

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The Orange County High School Volleyball all-star game will be Friday night at Newport Harbor High.

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The girls’ north team will play the girls’ south team at 6 p.m. followed by the boys’ north team against the boys’ south team at 7:30 p.m.

The teams are made up of the best high school seniors from around the county and they play in a best-of-three game, rally-scoring format. Cost of admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.


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