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High School Roundup: CdM boys’ golf crowned after Palm Desert forfeits CIF Division 1 title

Calder Overfelt, seen competing for Corona del Mar in 2019, was one of the scoring golfers for the Sea Kings.
Calder Overfelt, seen competing for Corona del Mar in 2019, was one of the scoring golfers for the Sea Kings in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 championship.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

The CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys’ golf championship went to Corona del Mar High School after Palm Desert forfeited its title due to a violation of CIF rules, the section announced on Tuesday.

Palm Desert self-reported the violation, which concerned an organized practice taking place on Sunday prior to Monday’s championship held at Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills.

Heman Liang (69) carded a three-under-par round for Corona del Mar, which completed the competition two strokes behind Palm Desert by a count of 368-370.

“We were right there,” CdM coach Mike Starkweather said. “We were only two strokes behind, and a huge field behind us of excellent golf teams. I, actually, feel for the team quite a good feeling of accomplishment, even though it may be a little bittersweet.”

James Leehealey (70), John Tipton (74), Charlie Olson (78), Calder Overfelt (79) and Peter Hu (81) also competed for the Sea Kings.

Starkweather, 73, said he is retiring from coaching at the end of the season, which carries on with Liang still competing as an individual in CIF.

“I’m stoked to hang a banner in the gym in my last year of coaching,” Starkweather said.

Shawn Williams entered the clubhouse with a team-best showing of 76 for Huntington Beach, which finished with 388 strokes as a team. Connor Krueger shot a round of 76 to pace Edison (391).

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

Newport Harbor 3, Beckman 1: The top-seeded Sailors defeated the visiting Patriots 25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21 on Thursday to punch their ticket to the CIF State Southern California Regional Division I final.

Jake Read had a team-high 20 kills to lead Newport Harbor (27-5), which will play host to Los Angeles Loyola (23-3) on Saturday at 6 p.m. in a rematch of the CIF Division 1 championship match. The Sailors won the section final in five sets.

Luca Curci added 15 kills, five service aces and three blocks for Newport Harbor. Cole McKibbin contributed 49 assists, a block and an ace. Riggs Guy pounded out 10 kills, Carter Moore supplied three blocks, and Lukas Johnson also had two blocks.

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