High school sports

Mariners best in California?

PACIFICA Mariner softball team should be highly ranked in state and nation (GGUSD athletics).

After Pacifica’s gritty’s 15-9 win over Norco in the CIF-SS softball title game on Friday, the Mariners are now ranked third in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

The Orange County Register has the M’s number one in Orange County and, of course The Tribune has them first in our coverage area in West Orange County area.

Max Preps hasn’t yet posted its national and state rankings, but after defeating Norco – which had been rated fourth in the U.S. – the Mariners could well end up in the top three. We will let you know.

Garden Grove Gold Rush

The seven high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District brought home 31 league championships during the 2022-23 school year.

Garden Grove and La Quinta tied with six each, followed by Los Amigos and Santiago (five each), Bolsa Grande (four), Rancho Alamitos (three) and Pacifica (two).

It should be pointed out that these teams play in four different leagues – Big Four, Empire, Garden Grove and Golden West – with varying levels of competition.

Sign right here on dotted line

MARINA HIGH athletes signing college letters of intent (HBUHSD photo).

Last Thursday, 20 student athletes at Marina High School signed national letters of intent to play sports at four-year colleges and universities.

Here’s the list:

1. Presley Anderson – Women’s Wrestling – University of the Cumberlands

2. Emmi Burdine – Field Hockey – Sweet Briar College

3. Jordyn Chrisco – Women’s Wrestling – Life University

4. Lily Ensley – Women’s Water Polo – Concordia University

5. Samantha Esparza – Women’s Soccer – Idaho State University

6. Ethan Faulkner – Men’s Soccer – Penn State Brandywine

7. Mia Grasse – Softball – Milligan University

8. Alexa Hartenberg – Rugby – Drury University

9. Haden Hernandez – Men’s Wrestling – Missouri Valley College

10. Mika Ikemori – Women’s Tennis – University of California, Davis

11. Hailey Jamison – Cheer – Alma University

12. Adrian Jimenez – Men’s Wrestling – Missouri Valley College

13. Gabriella Lopez – Track – University of California, San Diego

14. Destiny Marquez – Women’s Wrestling – University of the Cumberlands

15. Makayla Mathis – Softball – Eastern Kentucky University

16. Collin Miskelly – Baseball – Long Beach State University

17. Khang Nguyen – Track – University of California, Berkeley

18. Heather Nugent – Softball – Trinity College

19. Sai Preciado-Meza – Women’s Wrestling – University of the Cumberlands

20. Dominique VadeBoncoeur – Women’s Volleyball – Concordia University.

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