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CHRISTINE COTTER, FOR THE REGISTER
Corona del Mar kicker Grif Amies, left, is on the verge of breaking the county record for most field goals made in one season. Amies is 16 for 17 on attempts this season.

CdM's Amies putting his name in O.C. record book

OCVARSITY.COM

Corona del Mar's Grif Amies is a kick away from rewriting the county record book.

The senior kicker has made 16 field goals this season as CdM heads into its regular-season finale Friday against Beckman.

According the CIF-SS record book, Amies is tied for the all-time county single-season record. He is tied with Art Sorce (Newport Harbor, 1974) and Tim Hatcher (El Modena, 1988).

"He has a ton of passion for kicking," CdM coach Scott Meyer said. "He's always working on different stuff. He's here for the full practice ... he's just a hard-worker."

After sitting out the season opener, Amies made his season debut Sept. 7 against Western and made a pair of field goals, one from 22 yards and the other from 52.

The only other game where he failed to convert a field goal came in the 24-7 loss to Capistrano Valley on Sept. 21.

Since then he has made nine field goals in a span of five games. For the season he is 16 of 17.

"He's a weapon," Meyer said. "Once we get around the (opponent's) 30 or 35, we know we have a good shot of getting three points."

The CIF-SS all-time record for most field goals made in a season is held by Chris Sailer (Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks) who had 22 in 1994.

•More kicking news: San Clemente's Bret Miller set a CIF-SS record for consecutive successful extra-point attempts on Friday night. Miller made three in the Tritons' 29-21 victory over Tesoro, giving him 108.

The previous record of 106 was set by Santa Margarita's John McGrory last year.

•Mater Dei's Thomas Duarte was presented with his jersey for the Semper Fidelis All-American game this past Friday.

The game will be played Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Home Depot Center.

Erik Bunte (Mission Viejo), Sean Harlow (San Clemente) and John Lopez (Orange Lutheran) have also been selected to participate.

•San Clemente's victory over Tesoro, which required the Tritons to score 22 points in the fourth quarter, kept their playoff hopes alive, assuming they can win Friday against Trabuco Hills.

A victory over Trabuco Hills will leave San Clemente at 6-4 overall and 2-2 in the South Coast League and eligible for one of the two at-large berths for the Pac-5 Division.

•St. Michael's Prep (5-2) and Liberty Christian (3-6) will participate in the CIF-SS 8-Man football playoffs.

The teams are in Division 2. St. Michael's visits Marywood-Palm Valley (5-3) of Rancho Mirage in the first round Friday.

Liberty Christian is also on the road, taking on Desert Chapel (7-2) of Palm Springs.

The playoff pairings for both divisions of the 8-Man championships were announced Monday. The second round is Nov. 9, followed by the semifinals (Nov. 16) and the finals (Nov. 23-24).

•Westminster leads the Golden West League by one game heading into this week. The Lions have clinched at least a share of the league title. Everything else in the league appears to be up in the air.

There are eight possible playoff scenarios swirling over the league.

This week, Westminster visits Segerstrom, Santa Ana plays Orange and Ocean View meets Loara.

•The St. John Bosco of Bellflower-Santa Margarita game will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.

The game will be played at St. John Bosco and be televised later that night on Time Warner Cable channel 101.

•Here is my top 10 vote this week: 1. Mission Viejo; 2. El Toro; 3. Mater Dei; 4. Edison; 5. Santa Margarita; 6. Tustin; 7. Villa Park; 8. Orange Lutheran; 9. San Clemente; 10. Tesoro.


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