The top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories of 2006, as selected by the Daily Pilot sports staff.
1UC Irvine men's volleyball: The Anteaters, who won their first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season title, earned an at-large berth to the four-team NCAA Championships at Penn State. Playing in their first Final Four, UCI lost a semifinal match to Penn State to finish 27-5. The 'Eaters, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation at one point, finished No. 2 in the final national poll. Outside hitter Jayson Jablonsky was named National and MPSF Player of the Year. Speraw was selected National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn.
2Vanguard University women's basketball: The Lions finished the season 31-2, 20-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. They were ranked No. 1 throughout the season, but lost in the semifinals of the NAIA Division I Championships. Forward Kelly Schmidt was named NAIA Player of the Year. She finished the year with 2,181 points, making her the school's all-time scoring leader as a junior.