Edison High quarterback Matt Viles was awarded the offensive MVP on Friday at the 51st annual Brea Lions Orange County All-Star football game at Orange Coast College.
Viles guided the South on a late drive that nearly chewed up 7:38 of the fourth-quarter clock that allowed his team to hold on for a 24-21 victory over the North. Viles finished the game 11 of 13 for 98 yards with a touchdown.
Viles went four for five on the late drive that started at the South six-yard line and stalled near midfield in the final minute.
The North was unable to sustain a serious drive in the closing seconds.
The South won the game for the second straight year and trimmed the North's all-time lead in the series to 25-23-3.
Ocean View eliminated in American Legion tourney: The Ocean View summer league baseball team dropped its first two games and was eliminated from title contention at the American Legion tournament.
The Seahawks fell, 8-0, to Mission Viejo in their opener on July 15, then was eliminated, 9-1, by Capistrano Valley. Both games were played at Glover Stadium in Anaheim.
Ocean View coach Shane Borowski used a "conglomeration" of pitchers in both games. The Seahawks were shaky on defense and committed eight errors in the two games.
"Those games were good for us," Borowski said. "Playing teams like that really showed us how much better we can and need to be.
"We are still riding high from our CIF championship, and it feels great. But if we want any chance at competing for one another, which I believe all the kids do, we will really have to start over and get back to the daily grind of getting better. That's what our program is about – learning and getting better."
Ocean View and Valencia from the North division, and Mission Viejo and Capo Valley from the South, competed at the tournament.
Owens, Lopes to compete at 18U World Junior Championships: Edison High left-handed pitcher Henry Owens and infielder Christian Lopes are on the USA Baseball 20-man 18-Under National team roster that will compete at the 2010 International Baseball Federation AAA (18U) World Junior Championships. The tournament starts Friday and runs through Aug. 1 at Thunder Bay, Canada.
Owens and Lopes made the team at the conclusion of a six-day trails period (June 28 to July 3) at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. They were among three Orange County players to make the roster, joining outfielder Michael Lorenzen of Anaheim.
Prior to heading to Canada, the 18U National Team played exhibition games in New York City and Minnesota.
Edison outfielder Eric Snyder was one of 36 players to be invited to the 18U National Team Trials. Snyder was also invited to the 16U trials two years ago.
Owens, Lopes and Snyder will enter their season year at Edison in the fall.
A fourth Edison player, junior-to-be Timmy Lopes, and Mater Dei catcher Jeremy Martinez of Fountain Valley, have been invited to the USA Baseball 16U trials. He was one of 40 players to be selected for the 16U team trials that will be held Sept. 25-Oct. 6 in Texas. Twenty players will be selected to the 2010 USA Baseball 16U National Team at the conclusion of the trials. The 16U National Team will compete at the COPABE Pan Am 'AA' 16U Championships in Culiacan, Mexico, Oct. 8 to 17.
Owens, Snyder and Christian and Timmy Lopes, along with Marina junior pitcher Trevor Megill, all made the Milwaukee Brewers Blue team that will compete at the 22nd Area Code Baseball Games Aug. 5 to 10 at Blair Field in Long Beach. The Area Code Baseball Games and tryouts are by invitation only.