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Edison boys’ golf, Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball win CIF regional titles

Edison won the CIF State Southern California regional tournament at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena on Thursday.
(Courtesy of Brendan Patch)

The Edison High School boys’ golf team laid claim to the CIF State Southern California Regional title on Thursday at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena.

Led by one-under-par rounds by senior Timothy Jung and junior Ben Crinella, the Chargers topped runner-up San Diego Torrey Pines 359-364 to win the regional championship.

Edison, which went 16-4 overall and 5-1 in winning the Surf League title this season, will head to San Gabriel Country Club on Wednesday to compete in the state championship tournament, in search of its first state title since 2007.

Seniors Troy Tarvin and Jake Rothman also entered the clubhouse at even after traversing the par-72 course at Brookside. Junior Connor Krueger (73) contributed to the scoring total for the Chargers, and sophomore Dawson Kollar (78) also drew the start for Edison.

“That’s really been the key for us this year is that depth because if we do have one guy who doesn’t play to his expectations or capability on one day, we’ve got somebody else who’s there to kind of pick up the slack,” Edison coach Brendan Patch said.

Earlier in the postseason, Edison fell off the pace in the CIF Division 1 final, the title for which went to Corona del Mar after Palm Desert was disqualified for a violation of CIF rules. The Sea Kings beat the Chargers by 21 strokes in the May 16 competition at Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills, but the Chargers are the ones moving on after their latest performance.

Had the Palm Desert disqualification not occurred, Edison’s season would already be over, as the Chargers placed 11th overall at CIF finals. Instead, opportunity knocked, and Patch has seen his team take advantage.

“When that opportunity to still advance to the next round opened up, I think that the kids wanted to and have taken advantage of that,” Patch said. “[They wanted to show] that last round at Western Hills wasn’t indicative of who they are as a team and how they can play.”

The top three teams and top nine individuals from non-qualifying teams advanced to the state final. Edison, Torrey Pines and Sunny Hills (368) qualified.

Marina sophomore Diesel Roman posted a three-under-par 69, tied for third with Thousand Oaks’ Gavin McCormick, to make the cut as an individual.

Cypress’ Daniel Heo bested Valencia Trinity Classical Academy’s Luke Potter on the first playoff hole to win the individual regional championship.

Corona del Mar senior Heman Liang (75) finished among a group of golfers tied for 46th.

Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball finishes season atop national rankings

Upon defeating top-seeded Los Angeles Loyola in five sets in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 boys’ volleyball final at Long Beach City College on May 14, Newport Harbor coach Eric Vallely turned to his team and said, “There’s a new No. 1 team in the nation.”

The Sailors let their voices be heard in celebration, and then they prepared to defend that ranking.

One week later, Newport Harbor finished the season at the top of the mountain, sweeping Loyola 25-15, 25-23, 25-14 in the rematch in the Division I regional final at home.

Junior outside hitter Jake Read had a team-leading 18 kills and three service aces to lead Newport Harbor (29-5), which ended the season as the top-ranked team nationally, as provided by MaxPreps.com. Junior outside hitter Luca Curci added 12 kills, six digs, three aces and two block assists.

Sophomore opposite Riggs Guy contributed nine kills, 12 digs and three block assists, senior middle blocker James Eadie had seven kills, five block assists and two aces, and senior libero Sean McCarthy chipped in with six digs and an ace.

Newport Harbor also beat Servite (25-17, 25-16, 25-16) and Beckman (25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 25-21) en route to claiming the regional title in the top division, a feat it also accomplished in 2019.

Setter Cole McKibbin, McCarthy and Eadie were the Sailors named to the North Roster for the Orange County All-Star game, which is only open to seniors.

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