Winter All-League Teams: Trio on first team

Costa Mesa High senior Nancy Aguilar and junior Molly Settles, as well as Estancia sophomore Celia Duran, were the three local players who earned first-team honors in the Orange Coast League for girls' basketball.

Aguilar averaged a team-best 11.5 points per game, as well as a co-team best three steals per contest for the Mustangs. She scored in double digits in every league game but one for Mesa (13-14, 7-3 in league), helping the Mustangs finish second in league for the second straight year and advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 4AA playoffs. In league, she averaged 16.2 points per game.

Settles, a forward, averaged 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Mustangs.

Duran, a point guard, averaged a team-best 15.8 points per game for Estancia. She made 45 three-pointers for the Eagles (14-13, 6-4 in league), who finished third in league and advanced to the Division 3A playoffs.

Costa Mesa senior Marlene Castro and junior Rachel Witter, as well as Estancia junior Gianna Jason, all earned second-team all-league status.

Senior Kikey Ramos of league champion Godinez earned league MVP honors.

— From staff reports


Soleimany honored

Sage Hill School senior Ava Soleimany has been named first team All-Academy League for girls' basketball.

It is the third straight year that Soleimany, a point guard, is on the first team. She averaged a team-best 15.3 points and five assists per game for the Lightning. Sage, which finished 5-15, 4-6 in league, was fourth place in the six-team league.

Sage juniors Maggie Danner and Shelby Bolen were second-team all-league selections. Freshman Claire Goul was an honorable mention.

Rachel Nagel of Whitney was Academy League MVP.

— From staff reports


Thompson stars

Newport Harbor High senior Kasey Thompson earned first-team all-Sunset League honors for the second straight year in girls' basketball.

Thompson averaged team-bests of 13.9 points, 10 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game for Newport Harbor (7-19, 0-10 in league). The 6-foot-2 center, who is headed to Hawaii Pacific for volleyball, was second in Orange County in rebounding, and first in blocked shots.

Huntington Beach senior Kelsey Minato and Edison freshman Mary Lou Samuelson were co-MVPs of the league.

— From staff reports


Wilson earns honor

Corona del Mar High senior Karléh Wilson has earned second-team all-Pacific Coast League status for girls' basketball.

Wilson averaged team-bests of 10.4 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Sea Kings, who finished sixth in league. The forward helped CdM (11-17, 1-9 in league) win a league game for the first time in two years. Wilson, who is headed to Yale for track and field, also helped the Sea Kings win a CIF Southern Section Division 3A playoff game, their first playoff victory since 2001.

Woodbridge junior Sarah Lipton earned league MVP accolades.

— From staff reports


Duo stands out

Estancia High senior Heather Flores and Costa Mesa High freshman Citaly Gomez have earned first-team all-Orange Coast League honors for girls' soccer.

Flores, a co-captain and four-year varsity starter bound for Cal State San Marcos, tied for the team lead with six goals and also had a team-high five assists. The repeat first-team selection helped Estancia (9-9-6, 4-2-4 in league) finish fourth in league, making the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs with an at-large berth. Flores helped the Eagles reach CIF in each of her four years.

Gomez was a sweeper for the Mustangs (3-14-3, 0-7-3), who finished sixth in league.

Estancia senior midfielder Zuleyma Guzman and freshman forward Alondra Guzman, as well as Costa Mesa senior midfielder Cindy Mejia and forward Darian Miller, earned second-team all-league status.

Laguna Beach senior Marina Paul, who helped the Breakers earn their first league title in program history, earned league MVP honors.

— From staff reports


Trio on first team

Sage Hill School senior Alexa Thomas, junior Campbell Moore and freshman Kekai Whitford have earned first-team All-Academy League status for the recently completed girls' soccer season.

Each player was vital on the defensive side for the Lightning. Thomas, a co-captain, had 12 shutouts in goal this year, helping Sage Hill to a third-place finish in league. Moore and Whitford also helped anchor the defense for the Lightning (13-6-3), who advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs.

Lightning first-year Coach Catie Chase was voted co-Coach of the Year in the league, along with Dennis Guerra of Crean Lutheran.

Sage Hill co-captain Sanna Taskinen and fellow seniors Rannah Dabiri and Maddie Culberson all earned second-team all-league status.

McCaully Patch of league champion St. Margaret's was named league MVP.

— From staff reports

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