High School Roundup: Huntington Beach surfing wins Sunset League All-Star championship

Newport Harbor’s Jo Jo Whelan surfs in the final heat of the Sunset League All-Star championships on Wednesday on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
(Joe Haakenson)

Newport Harbor High’s Jo Jo Whelan won the boys’ shortboard division, outlasting 44 other surfers in two- to three-foot conditions in the Sunset League All-Star surfing championships on Wednesday on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.

The girls’ shortboard champion was Edison’s Mara Morales.

Huntington Beach, however, with 169 total points, took home the team title trophy, beating second-place Newport Harbor (152), third-place Edison (117), fourth-place Marina (93) and fifth-place Fountain Valley (33).

Whelan won the final heat over Huntington Beach’s Luke Guinaldo (second place), Newport Harbor’s Taj Miller (third), Edison’s Blaze Roche (fourth), Huntington Beach’s Zach Lyons (fifth) and Marina’s Brayden Gratzer (sixth).


“Everyone was ripping out there,” Whelan said. “It was super grindy and super small, but it came down to the judges. … You just got to work hard every day, and my dad says whatever you do in life, do what you love and work hard at it.”

Morales won the girls’ heat over Newport Harbor’s Sara Freyre (second place), Huntington Beach’s Summer Balentine (third), Newport Harbor’s Sofia Freyre (fourth), Huntington Beach’s Olivia Lusby (fifth) and Edison’s Delilah Collins (sixth).

Newport Harbor’s Tony Dakwar won the boys’ longboard and Huntington Beach’s Balentine won the girls’ longboard.

— Joe Haakenson


Corona del Mar 78, University 67: Senior guard Jack Stone scored 28 points for the Sea Kings on Wednesday in a CdM Beach Bash pool-play game.


Jack McKenna added 19 points for the Sea Kings (5-1). Jonathan Siegel scored 10.

The Sea Kings continue the tournament with a pool-play game against Pacifica Christian Orange County on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at CdM.

Saddleback Valley Christian 61, Newport Harbor 57 (OT): Levi Darrow scored 22 points for the Sailors in Wednesday’s Tartan Classic game at St. Margaret’s.

Newport Harbor fell to 8-3.

Laguna Beach 59, Portola 32: Willie Rounaghi scored 23 points for the Breakers on Wednesday in a Gary Raya SoCal Elite Classic game at Portola High.

Nolan Naess scored 19 points for Laguna Beach (7-3), which plays Ontario Colony in a tournament semifinal game Friday at 7 p.m. at El Dorado High.


Huntington Beach 48, Foothill 38: Marisa Tanga had 10 points to lead the Oilers in Wednesday’s game of the Segerstrom Tournament.

Andie Payne had eight points, 15 rebounds and two blocked shots, while Alyssa Real added nine points for the Oilers (3-3).

Aliso Niguel 65, Fountain Valley 40: Karina Cabrera had a game-high 40 points for the Wolverines in Wednesday’s game of the Artesia Tournament.


Audrey Tengan had 10 points to lead the Barons, and Kat Luu also had nine points for Fountain Valley (4-6).

Tustin 38, Edison 34: Bailey Chang and Gwen Ontiveros finished with 10 points and two three-pointers apiece in Wednesday’s nonleague road game.

The Chargers fell to 5-5.


Laguna Beach 19, Murrieta Valley 7: Freshman Charlotte Riches had a team-high four goals for the Breakers in Wednesday’s nonleague home match.

Emma Singer and Nicole Struss each added three goals for Laguna Beach (5-0), the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 and 2 poll.

Estancia 17, Rancho Alamitos 2: Sydni White and Cassie Corrigan each scored five goals for the Eagles in Wednesday’s nonleague match at Costa Mesa High.

Gidget Brestel had four goals for Estancia (4-2), and goalkeeper Giannina Bauer made nine saves.


Corona del Mar 3, Westminster 1: Chase Marion scored twice for the visiting Sea Kings in a nonleague match on Wednesday.

Dean Shaw also had a goal for CdM (3-0). Aidan Holmes provided a pair of assists, and Jennings Torgelson also had an assist.

Santa Ana 2, Fountain Valley 1: The Barons lost Wednesday’s nonleague match at home, dropping to 1-1 on the season.



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