High School Roundup: Marina boys’ basketball advances to CIF semifinals

Marina's Eric Hodgkins (2), shown against Fountain Valley on May 14, made the winning basket to lift the Vikings.
Marina’s Eric Hodgkins (2), shown driving for a layup against Fountain Valley on May 14, made the winning basket Tuesday to lift the Vikings to the CIF semifinals.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Eric Hodgkins made the game-winning layup with three seconds left, as the Marina High School boys’ basketball team upset No. 4-seeded Santa Fe Springs St. Paul 60-59 on Tuesday night in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A quarterfinals at Marina.

Hodgkins’ layup came off an out of bounds play and went through the hoop with three seconds remaining. He finished the game with 14 points, and Kylle Magdangal also scored 14 points.

AJ Robinson scored a game-high 17 points for Marina (14-7), which hosts top-seeded Los Angeles Shalhevet in a Division 3A semifinal game Thursday at 7 p.m.

“This team is fully bought in,” Marina coach Nick Racklin said in a text message. “They care about each other, and they don’t care who scores. Our chemistry is at an all-time high.”

No. 2 Santa Margarita 42, Laguna Beach 34: Nolan Naess scored a game-high 19 points for the Breakers in Tuesday’s CIF Southern Section Division 2AA quarterfinal game on the road.

Jackson Sirianni added six points for Surf League co-champion Laguna Beach, which finished its season with a record of 16-4. Second-seeded Santa Margarita improved to 15-5.

No. 3 San Pedro Rolling Hills Prep 48, Fountain Valley 47: The Barons’ standout season ended after losing a back-and-forth CIF Southern Section Division 2AA playoff quarterfinal game Tuesday on the road.

Fountain Valley, the Wave League champion, finished its season 14-3. Third-seeded Rolling Hills Prep improved to 10-2.


No. 2 Corona del Mar 39, No. 3 Thousand Oaks 38: J.J. Strapp had a walk-off victory by fall in the 126-pound match on Tuesday to send the host Sea Kings, the defending CIF Southern Section Division 6 dual meet wrestling champions, back to the finals.

Angelo Gonzalez (106), Luke Villaluz (138), Antonio Aramburu (152), Dylan Wood (182) and Emilio Franco (285) also recorded pins for CdM. Zion Hernandez (145) added a victory by decision.

Corona del Mar (8-1) will have its chance to repeat as Division 6 champions when it travels to Western (17-0) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

No. 1 Western 42, Newport Harbor 21: The visiting Sailors bowed out of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 dual meet wrestling championships in the semifinals against the top-seeded Pioneers.

Aidan Gassel (182) authored the lone pin for Newport Harbor. Joshua Martinez (138) had a victory by major decision, and the Sailors also got wins by decision from Micah Van Grol (106), Kobey Khan (120) and Avery MacKinnon (145).

Newport Harbor, the second-place team in the Wave League, ends its season with a record of 4-6. A win for the Sailors would have set up a Battle of the Bay tilt for the title.


Corona del Mar 7, No. 4 St. Margaret’s 4: Logan Ip, Ty Caffarelli and Lucas Newton all scored twice for the Sea Kings in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs Tuesday at CdM.

Goalie Grant Giuliano made four saves for CdM (14-3), which will play at top-seeded Los Angeles Loyola in a semifinal game Friday.


No. 1 Foothill 19, Newport Harbor 2: The top-seeded Knights rolled in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs Tuesday at Newport Harbor High.

Olivia Gritzmacher scored both goals for Newport Harbor (15-6), and goalie Lucy Valdes made seven saves.


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