High school sports

Traffic jams on courts, fields

A LOT OF SPORTS are being condensed in a short period of time (Shutterstock).

The spring of 2021 might be described as the Season of the Big Traffic Jam. That refers not to cars and freeways, but instead to trying to cram two seasons’ worth of high school athletics into a couple of months.

Our update on that starts with the CIF-SS polls as released on Monday. We note the top-ranked team in each division for which we have local schools – Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster – listed, and those local schools that made the list.


  • Division 2AA: Santa Margarita is number one; Edison is 12th
  • Division 3A: Palm Desert is number one; Marina is third
  • Division 4AA: Ontario Christian is first; Orangewood Academy is fourth, Huntington Beach is sixth and Santiago is seventh
  • Division 5AA: Calvary Chapel/Santa Ana) is first; Western is third
  • Division 5A: Orange is first; La Quinta is 10th.


  • Open Division (unranked): Huntington Beach and Orangewood Academy
  • Division 1: Mater Dei is first; Huntington Beach is 14th
  • Division 3A: Fountain Valley is first; Edison is 15th
  • Division 4AA: Agoura is first; Santiago is second and La Quinta is eighth
  • Division 4: Newport Harbor is first; Pacifica is 15th
  • Division 5AA: Yeshiva (YULA) is first; Ocean View is 14th.


  • Divisions 1&2: Loyola is first; Huntington Beach is sixth
  • Division 4: Marina is first; Garden Grove is seventh
  • Division 5: ML King is first; Rancho Alamitos is eighth
  • Division 6: Capistrano Valley Christian is first; Orange is fifth.


  • Division 1: Harvard Westlake is first; Pacifica is tied for 10th (with University
  • Division 2: Etiwanda is first; Marina is seventh
  • Division 6: Desert Mirage is first; Bolsa Grande is ninth.


  • Division 1: Cathedral is first; Edison is not ranked, but received some votes
  • Division 2: Valencia of Placentia is first; Huntington Beach is second and Santiago third


  • Division 1: Peninsula is first; Huntington Beach is fourth
  • Division 4: Vista Murrieta is first; Western is sixth
  • Division 5: Northview is first; Ocean View is fourth and Rancho Alamitos seventh


  • Division 1: Norco is first; Pacifica is third, Huntington Beach is fifth and Marina is seventh
  • Division 5: Western Christian is first; Ocean View is eighth
  • Division 6: Aquinas is first; Garden Grove is fifth and Rancho Alamitos is ninth
  • Division 7: Lakeside is number one; Magnolia is unranked but received some votes


  • Division 1: Ayala is first; Huntington Beach is unranked but received some votes
  • Division 8: Aquinas is first; Garden Grove is eighth.

Who’s who in hoops?

The confusion that the pandemic caused to prep sports has especially affected the basketball scene. So many games have been cancelled, rescheduled or just left in limbo.

Of the 16 high schools that serve the communities of Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Stanton and Westminster, the teams have played as many as nine games so far, and as few as one.

Acknowledging the difficulty in trying to keep track of all that, here’s a wild guess at which are the strongest boys’ and girls’ teams … so far.

Boys will be boys …

Three teams have six wins. Edison is 6-3 and 1-0 in the Sunset League. Marina is 6-3 and 0-1 in the Wave League. Santiago is 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Garden Grove League. Five game-winners are Orange (5-5) and Pacifica (5-3).

Girls night out

Huntington Beach stands alone with an 8-0 record (1-0 in the Sunset League). Not far behind is Santiago (7-2, 2-0 in the Garden Grove League). With four wins are Edison (4-4) and Ocean View (4-3).

“Prep Sport Spotlight” is posted on Tuesdays during the high school athletic year. Coaches, players, parents and fans are encouraged to send news, photos, stats, etc. to us at orangecountytribune@gmail.com .





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