Coach Jason Hitchens' third season at Corona del Mar High ended the same way as his first.
The Sea Kings fell one game short of playing in the CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship game.
Second-seeded CdM needed one more victory to make its first section-final appearance in 21 years. Hitchens got the Sea Kings close before they lost to Beckman, 24-3, in a semifinal game at Tustin High on Saturday.
Guiding CdM to the semis twice in three years is something Hitchens can be proud of.
"That's going to be a little disappointing," Hitchens said of exiting the postseason in the semis again. "I think when you look at the season as a whole, coming off last season, [when] we didn't win a [Pacific Coast League] game. We were picked to finish fourth in league [before this season]. We weren't even on anybody's radar. The kids came and they won the first [outright] league title in 22 years at the school. I think there's a lot that they can be proud about.