High School Roundup: Sunset League race remains tight

Like several other races in other league sports, the Sunset League girls' soccer title chase is going down to the final game on the final day of the regular season.

Edison stayed within one-half game of league leader Los Alamitos Tuesday by taking down Fountain Valley, 4-1. The Griffins maintained their slight edge over the Chargers by surviving Huntington Beach Tuesday, 2-1.

Mackenzie Cerda, Sydney Stout, Brooke Lillywhite and Nicole St. Laurent scored for Edison on senior night as the Chargers improved to 6-0-3 in league.

Madison Gomez scored for Fountain Valley, which is 0-7-2 in league.

Huntington gave Los Alamitos all it could handle before falling, 2-1, on the road at Laurel School. Dottie Rhoten scored off a feed from Lana Bermel, and Jane Potter and Kate Hart both had five saves for the Oilers, who are 3-3-3 in league.

In Sunset games Jan. 31, Edison defeated host Marina, 4-1, Huntington blanked Newport Harbor, 1-0, and Fountain Valley lost, 1-0, to Los Alamitos. Newport Harbor beat Marina, 2-0, on Tuesday.

For Edison, Stout scored two goals in the game's first 11 minutes, Cerda scored twice and Karly Freeman had a pair of assists. Regina Rosas scored for Marina.

Jordan Bradley scored off an assist from Francesca Rand in the first half and both Potter and Hart had four saves for Huntington in its 1-0 win over visiting Newport Harbor.


Ocean View squared its Golden West League record at 4-4-1 Tuesday by routing visiting Orange, 5-1. Casey Dooley scored two goals for the Seahawks (9-8-1 overall), who led, 3-1, at the half. Jade Kratovil, Dani Dapello and Veronica Esquivel also scored. Sam Romo had two assists and Kratovil, Dapello and Mikaela Malsy each had one assist. Emma Malsy and Malia Hayes combined for four saves.

In a Jan. 31 league game, Ocean View blanked Westminster, 1-0. Mikaela Malsy scored and Hayes and Emma Malsy both had two saves.

The regular season comes to an end Thursday for local girls' soccer teams. In Sunset League finals, Marina travels to Fountain Valley (3:15 p.m.) , Huntington plays host to Edison (5 p.m.), and Los Alamitos is at Newport Harbor (4:45 p.m.). In the Golden West League, Ocean View plays host to Loara (3:15 p.m.).

The CIF Southern Section girls' soccer playoff parings will be announced Monday. Playoff games start Tuesday.


Boys' Soccer

Edison and Marina: The Chargers and Vikings played to a 1-1 tie Friday. Conor Gordon scored off an assist from Garen Balikcioglu in the second half, and Kevin Piscopo had four saves for Edison.

Fountain Valley: The Barons suffered a 5-0 loss to Los Alamitos Friday.

Huntington Beach: The Oilers rallied from a one-goal deficit and ended up playing visiting Newport Harbor to a 1-1 tie Friday.

The Sunset League season concluded Wednesday. Scores from all three games weren't available at press time.

The CIF Southern Section boys' soccer playoff pairings will be announced Monday. Playoff games start Wednesday.


Girls' Water Polo

Edison: The Chargers competed at the Irvine Southern California Championships last week and finished in 21st place.

Edison posted wins over Cabrillo (16-1), Villa Park (10-0) and Irvine (14-6), and lost to Mira Costa (8-6) and Warren (8-6).

The tournament started Jan. 31 and ended Saturday.

"While we didn't meet our goal, which was to finish top 16, I was pleased with how we played, especially on the defensive end," Edison Coach Diggy Riley said. "To hold teams to less than five goals a game in this tournament validates how hard we have been working to improve our defense.

"Josette [Santos] had a phenomenal tournament for us, and when she plays like she did, it really sets the tone for the rest of the team as well. In addition, both sophomore Lyndsie Williams and junior Natalie May had a strong defensive presence and led the team in steals."

Sophomores Delaney Cleveland and Sabrina Jensen scored 12 and nine goals, respectively, in the tournament. Senior Melissa Balding also scored 12 goals.

"It's nice seeing girls step and take the scoring pressures off of [Melissa] Balding and [Risa] Burke, and both Sabrina [Jensen] and Delaney [Cleveland] did just that.

In a Sunset League game played Jan. 30 at Newport Harbor High, Edison rolled past Fountain Valley, 18-1.

Cleveland, Jensen, Dana Kerins and Cassidy Marmion all scored three goals. Balding scored twice and Santos had eight saves.

Edison took on Huntington Beach in a Sunset League finale Wednesday. The score wasn't available at press time.

The CIF Southern Section girls' water polo playoff brackets for each division will be announced Sunday. Playoff games start Tuesday.

Huntington Beach: The Oilers improved to 14-12 overall Friday by routing visiting El Dorado, 16-2, in nonleague play. The Oilers recognized Maya Jozefowiz-Wilde, Hana Lumbur and Sammy Preston during senior day festivities.

Marina: The Vikings received two goals from Danielle Shepard, but dropped an 18-4 Sunset League game Jan. 30 to host Newport Harbor.



Fountain Valley won the Sunset League Wrestling Championships final Saturday in a league finals meet at Fountain Valley. The Barons took the title with 210.5 points. Los Alamitos was second (163.5), Marina third (138), Edison fourth (102.5), Huntington Beach fifth (61) and Newport Harbor was sixth (55.5).

Below are the league champions for each weight class:

106 weight class: Jason Orozco, Sr., Huntington Beach; 113: Daniel Galdamez, Jr., Fountain Valley; 120: Randy Howe, Sr., Los Alamitos; 126: Kevin Nguyen, Sr., Edison; 132: Josh Madrid, Sr., Fountain Valley; 138: Andrew Morgan, Soph., Fountain Valley; 145: Steele Escobedo, Soph, Fountain Valley; 152: Nathan Bazan, Sr., Fountain Valley; 160: Colin Navickas, Sr., Marina; 170: Max Kumashiro, Sr., Los Alamitos; 182: Elijah Gonzales, Sr., Marina; 195: Mason Kumashiro, Sr., Los Alamitos; 220: Bryant Vasquez, Jr., Fountain Valley; 285: Alex Redmond, Sr., Los Alamitos.

The CIF Southern Section Wrestling Duals tournament is Saturday. The top five athletes in each division advance to the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet Feb. 16.


CIF Southern Weekly Rankings

Girls' Soccer: Edison (Tie-No. 9, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 8, Division 6).

Girls' Water Polo: Edison (No. 8, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 1, Division 7).


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