High School Roundup: Newport Harbor boys’ volleyball wins Best of the West Tournament

Newport Harbor's Joe Karlous, right, seen in the Orange County Championships on March 2, was named the MVP of the Best of the West Tournament in Poway on Saturday.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

The Newport Harbor High boys’ volleyball team defeated Palisades 20-25, 25-22, 15-12 to win the Best of the West Tournament at Epic Volleyball Club in Poway on Saturday afternoon.

The Sailors also beat San Clemente 25-19, 25-19, Huntington Beach 25-16, 25-22, and Manhattan Beach Mira Costa 21-25, 25-19, 15-10 to reach the Gold Bracket final.

Newport Harbor remains undefeated at 21-0 overall. Senior setter Joe Karlous, who has signed with Pepperdine, was named the tournament MVP.

Huntington Beach (15-4) finished tied for fifth with the Harker School of San Jose. The Oilers beat Santa Margarita 25-17, 25-22 in consolation.

Corona del Mar won the Silver Bracket, defeating Newbury Park 22-25, 25-21, 17-15 in the final at Seaside Volleyball Club in San Diego.

The Sea Kings (10-4) also won matches against Honolulu Iolani 25-20, 25-19, Honolulu Moanalua 25-21, 25-18, and Edison 27-25, 20-25, 15-9.

Edison (12-7) finished tied for third in the Silver Bracket with Gilbert Highland (AZ).


Marina (7-4) finished fourth in the Dave Kops Tournament of Champions in Bullhead City of Arizona.

The Vikings lost to the defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champions in Norco by a score of 4-2 in the semifinals, with the game going nine innings.

Nicole Logrecco and Taylor Lane each had a run batted in for Marina. Emily Rush recorded six strikeouts in going the distance in the pitching circle.

Marina also dropped the third-place game to Orange Lutheran 5-2.

Newport Harbor 16, Santa Ana 0: Eliana Gottlieb went four for four with a double and two RBIs to lead the Sailors in a Pool A game of the Battle at the Beach Tournament at Thurston Middle School.

Kendall Kelly and Alexis Amaro each had two hits, and Clare Austin struck out five over four innings for the win.

Newport Harbor is now 8-2 this season.

Newport Harbor 9, Riverside La Sierra 6: Kelly had a three-hit game, as the Sailors rolled to their second win of pool play in the Battle at the Beach Tournament.

Dru Stinson drove in three runs, and Leah Freeman also knocked in a pair of runs.

Corona del Mar 2, Century 0: Samantha Uehara drove in both runs for the Sea Kings in a Pool B game of the Battle at the Beach Tournament at El Morro Elementary.

Sophia Skerik struck out nine for the win. Amerys Barshtak had a double and a stolen base.

CdM is now 7-2 this season.

Corona del Mar 18, Portola 0: Christina Bigi had four RBIs, and Makena Tomlinson and Barshtak each drove in two runs in another pool play game for the Sea Kings.

Sydney Walls stole three bases, Skerik improved to 4-2 in the pitching circle.

Savanna 11, Estancia 4: Dylann Douglass went three for three, and Lena De La O and Dillon Morgan each had two hits for the visiting Eagles (1-5-1) in a Savanna Showcase game on Saturday.


Marina 9, Tesoro 8 (eight innings): Andrew Sojka hit a walk-off double as the Vikings earned the nonleague win Saturday at home.

Cory Lewis hit a three-run home run for Marina (6-4), while Rocco Peppi had four hits.

Villa Park 3, Laguna Beach 2 (eight innings): Peyton Fullerton pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Breakers in Saturday’s nonleague game on the road.

Nolan Smith drove in a run for Laguna Beach (7-5).


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Sunday, 4:35 p.m.: This article was updated with softball scores for Corona del Mar, Estancia and Newport Harbor.