Marina senior wrestler Colin Navickas has qualified for the CIF State Tournament at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.
Navickas finished second at 160 pounds at the CIF Southern Section Masters Meet to qualify for the state meet. He reached his weight-class final which was won by Bradley Christensen of Temecula Chaparral.
Navickas, ranked seventh in the state in his weight class, won the 160-pound division title at the CIF Southern Section Eastern Division Individuals on Feb. 16 for his third-consecutive section individual championship.
The state tournament starts Friday and concludes Saturday.
Fountain Valley launched its season Tuesday with an impressive sweep.
The Barons took their opener by defeating visiting Villa Park, 25-15, 25-7, 25-19. Opposite Scott Cronick led the Barons in kills with nine, setter Shaquile Phuong had 12 assists, libero Patric Areyan had 10 digs and five aces and both outside hitter Alvin Truong and libero Brian Martinez had five kills.
“It was a great team effort as everyone contributed to the victory,” Fountain Valley Coach Todd Hanson said.
Fountain Valley plays host to Sage Hill in a nonleague game at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Edison took to the road Tuesday to take on Laguna Beach. The Chargers won the third set but ended up with a 20-25, 20-25, 25-22, 12-25 loss to the Breakers.
In other boys’ volleyball news, Marina starts its season Thursday with a 5 p.m. nonleague game at Estancia. Huntington Beach has its alumni game at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Oilers begin their season Tuesday with a 5:45 p.m. home nonleague match against Servite. Ocean View begins its season Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. nonleague game at La Quinta in Westminster.
The Sunset League trio of Edison, Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, all were eliminated from CIF Southern Section playoff action on Feb. 20.
Host Edison, runner-up to the Sunset title, lost, 79-50, to No. 5-seeded Etiwanda (26-2, Baseline League champs) in a second-round Division 1AA contest. Senior shooting guard Geena Gomez, who will play next year at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, led the No. 12-seeded Chargers with 22 points.
“I’m very happy with our season, it was very successful,” Edison Coach Dan Wiley said. “We lost about 40 points a game from the players who didn’t return to our team, and I’m proud of the way the girls competed throughout the season. We were in the Sunset League hunt the whole way, cracked the top 10 in Orange County a couple of times, and the girls gave it their all. You can’t ask much more of that from a team.”
Huntington nearly upset No. 5-seeded Ventura but the No. 12-seeded Oilers missed a contested layup in the closing seconds, and fell, 36-35, to the visiting Bulldogs (Channel League No. 1) in a Division 1A second-round game. Junior guards Paola Roa and Stephanie Louie scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Huntington which finished third in the Sunset League and closed out a 19-7 year.
Fountain Valley overcame early turnovers to stage a fourth-quarter rally that eventually fell short in a 54-46 loss to No. 9-seeded Westminster (25-3, Golden West League No. 1) in another Division 1A second-round game. Senior guard Jasmine Matar scored 14 points and junior post Emily Krause had 12 points for Fountain Valley which was an at-large entry to the playoffs.
The Barons, who trailed by two points with four minutes left but missed two layups and committed a pair of turnovers on four straight possessions down the stretch, closed out a 12-16 campaign in Cory Clarke’s first year as head coach.
Edison’s postseason run in the CIF Southern Section playoffs ended Feb. 20 after a 1-0 loss to JSerra (Trinity League No. 2) in a Division 1 second-round game. The Chargers, the third-place team from the Sunset League, finished 13-8-5.
Edison is the top-seeded team in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Division 2A playoffs that start Saturday. The Chargers take on No. 4-seeded Long Beach Prep at 6:30 p.m. at Anaheim ICE. The other division semifinal features Corona del Mar No. 2 against Corona-Norco No. 3. The semifinal winners advance to the 2A title game at 6 p.m. March 7 at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
CIF Southern Section Preseason Rankings
Softball: Edison (No. 3, Division 1); Ocean View (No. 10, Division 4).
Boys’ Volleyball: Huntington Beach (No. 3, Division 1).