by Tim Burt

Water polo team in finals

Woodbridge High School

Woodbridge High’s girls water polo team reached the CIF finals for the first time in school history, setting the standard for next year and years to come, Coach Alexandra Farraro says. Woodbridge lost the title to Bonita 8-6 in the CIF Division 3 championship game at the Woollett Aquatics Center. “They made a great push and proved they deserved to be here,” Farraro says. Woodbridge’s Lindsay Cheung led the game in scoring with five goals. The Warriors finished with a 20-5 record.

Volleyball team seeks 4th title

Beckman High School

Beckman High’s boys volleyball team is seeking its fourth consecutive Pacific Coast League title. The Patriots started the season 17-1 and won their five PCL matches. “We hope to be one of the top 10 CIF teams when the regular season concludes,” Coach Darin McBain says. Among their accomplishments: They won the Foothill Tournament, a first for the program. Junior setter Ryan Graves was tournament MVP, and junior middle-blocker Noah Huang was named to the all-tournament team.

Baseball coach wins 300th

Beckman High School

Beckman High baseball coach Kevin Lavalle celebrated his 300th career victory with the program. Lavalle has a 300-81-1 record in 15 years as Beckman’s head coach. “I love my job, I love the school and I love the kids and parents and support we get,” Lavalle says. “Of those 300 games, I think I’m probably responsible for two of them. The players play and we coach, and the coaching staff I’ve had all these years is the real reason for the culture we’ve built here at the school. It’s unique.”

Coach Kevin Lavalle

Memorial Day tourney returns

Pony Baseball

Irvine Pony Baseball will host the 30th annual Memorial Day Tournament beginning May 26,
with opening day ceremonies at Harvard Park. Teams from Mexico and around Southern California will take part in games throughout the weekend.

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