Fryer: CdM now has team to threaten The Streak
Maybe this one will be different.
Huntington Beach boys volleyball’s 100-match winning streak includes a 25-21, 25-19 victory over Corona del Mar in the Orange County Championships in March. They meet again in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College.
Corona del Mar is a different team today.
On March 21, in that O.C. Championships Division 1 match, the Sea Kings had only recently gone to a full-strength roster. Many of their top players, including Matt Ctvrlik, Kevin Fults, Sam Kobrine and Ryan Moss had rejoined the team that week. Those four were on the CdM basketball team that played in a CIF-SS championship game and concluded the season on March 14 with a loss in the CIF Southern California Regionals.
Huntington Beach has TJ DeFalco, considered one of the better players in the great history of county volleyball. The Oilers have a standout setter, too, in Josh Tuaniga, and middle blocker Shane Holdaway is coming off of a terrific performance in the semifinals in which he had six kills and six blocks.
It would be an upset if Corona del Mar wins. The Sea Kings are a different team than it was two months ago. Different result?
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
• Admission to the volleyball championships at Cerritos College is $12 for adults and $5 for students with valid student identification and for children 13 and younger. Parking is $5.
• The CIF-SS boys team tennis Division 3 final is between Empire League teams Cypress and Valencia. Valencia won both of their league matches, 14-4 and 11-7. They play at Claremont Club today at 11:30 a.m.
• County teams are in four of the five team tennis finals today at Claremont Club. Besides Cypress-Valencia, Los Alamitos plays Harvard-Westlake of Studio City in the Division 1 final, Santa Margarita plays San Clemente in the Division 2 final and Laguna Beach plays Redlands in the Division 4 final.
• In CIF-SS team playoffs, when two teams meet after the first round, the team with the fewest number of home playoff games at that point of the playoffs is the home team. If the two teams have had the same number of playoff games at that point of the playoffs, then a coin flip determines the home team.
• Wild-card round games do not count in the tally of home or away games when identifying home teams after the first round.
• A Westminster-Ocean View baseball game scheduled for May 14 at Angel Stadium was rained out. So Ocean View athletic director Tim Walsh and Mike Abraham of the Angels sales and marketing department worked together to have Ocean View’s Division 3 first-round playoff game against Lancaster scheduled to be played at the stadium today at 3:30 p.m. That game, like all Division 3 first-round baseball playoff games, was supposed to be a Thursday game, but Lancaster gladly agreed to the date change for an opporunity to play at Angel Stadium.
• As great as the Woodbridge boys 400 relay team is, the Warriors quartet of Nehemiah Nash, Scott Patton, Gabe Warner and Alex Young might not get close to the CIF-Southern Section record for best time in the event. Woodbridge’s top mark is 42.34. Hawthorne set the CIF-SS record of 40.14 in 1999.
• The county record might be in reach for that Woodbridge foursome. Santa Ana ran a 41.10, converted from yards to meters, in 1971.
• Los Alamitos might win the CIF-SS girls Division 1 team championship Saturday at Cerritos College. Ashley Willingham sizzled in the 400 in last week’s prelims, at 55.12. Katie Izzo delivered a prelims-best 2:11.06 in the 800 and Sara Limp will be a factor in the 100, 200 and in the relays.
• Limp’s 24.18 in the 200 prelims last week is the third-best mark in county history. Two years ago, Danielle Darden of Aliso Niguel set the county record at 24.04.
• Single-elimination baseball and softball tournaments, in which seven-inning games are played, might not reveal which are the best teams. But that is how it is done in the CIF-Southern Section. One day, best-of-three tournaments will be in the baseball playoffs, although the playoffs might be single-elimination until a best-of-three format takes over in the quarterfinals or semifinals.
• When the CIF-SS Council, the section’s rules-making and rules-changing body, voted on whether or not to support a CIF State proposal that would create state swimming and diving championships, concern was voiced that many top aquatics athletes would forego the state event because of club and other commitments. The first state swimming and diving championships, which starts today in Fresno, lacks most of the county’s better swimmers and divers.
• The Orange County Athletic Directors Associations has its annual “Athletes of the Year” dinner Tuesday at Anaheim Convention Center. League athletes of the year will be honored, and the OCADA announces its selections for county male and female athletes of the year. All honorees must be seniors.
• The Register and OCvarsity.com also select male and athletes of the year. Honorees do not have to be seniors. We select four county athletes of the year: male and female large-school athletes of the year, and male and female small-school athletes of the year. Those winners will be announced at our end-of-the-year banquet on June 9.
• Orange is having an “Orange Panther Football Youth Camp” on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, for students in grades 5-8. It is a free skills camp. For registration and information go to orangepantherfootball.com.
• Reminder: The Celebration of Life for Ted Crego is June 6 at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium at Century where Crego was football head coach and basketball lower-levels head coach for many years.
• San Clemente football invited colleges to evaluate its players at what it called its “NCAA Showcase” on Wednesday. Tritons junior offensive lineman Donte Harrington looked good enough to get an offer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that evening.
• The National Federation of State High School Associations, which includes CIF, enacted a new rule nationwide regarding excessive contact for the 2015-16 baseketball season. Basically, excessive contact – in the eyes of the beholder/official, of course – on any ball-handler is a foul.
• According to the text of the rule, “a player becomes a ball-handler when he/she receives the ball. This would include a player in a post position.” The NFSHSA press release on the rule change states “acts that constitute a foul when committed against a ball-handler are a) placing two hands on the player, b) placing an extended arm bar on the player, c) placing and keeping a hand on the player and d) contacting the player more than once with the same hand or alternating hands.
• Basketball games might run a bit longer, with more fouls and more free throws, for a few weeks while everyone adjusts.
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