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Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: Sea Kings dominate 2010

It was a banner year for Corona del Mar, which had its boys' soccer and boys' water polo teams win CIF championships.

December 31, 2010|Barry Faulkner, barry.faulkner@latimes.com

They were bested, 24-3, by league rival Beckman in the semifinals, after topping the Patriots, 17-15, in the league finale three weeks prior.

Senior inside linebacker Preston Risser was named Newport-Mesa Dream Team and PCL Defensive Player of the Year after posting a team-best 110 tackles.

Other Dream Team honorees were senior quarterback Mitch Gardner, senior receiver-tailback Clay Reinhardt, senior receiver Brent Gray, senior offensive tackle Dan Steele, senior defensive end Alex Herrera, junior cornerback Cole Cottrell, senior safety Peter Markel and senior kicker Andrew Boehm.

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3 CdM boys water polo: Coach Barry O'Dea's Sea Kings established an Orange County record by winning the program's 13th CIF Southern Section title, its first section crown in nine years.

Senior Chase Watson, a 6-foot-7 center, led the way with 85 goals en route to being named Newport-Mesa Dream Team and Pacific Coast League Player of the Year.

CdM (23-8) defeated Murrieta Valley, 11-10, in the CIF Division II final.

Seniors Hayden Leach, Evan Ramsey and Bruce Bearer were all Dream Team honorees who, like Watson, were named All-CIF.

4 Toshiba Classic: Champions Tour rookie Fred Couples won the 16th edition of the event at Newport Beach Country Club. His three-round total of 18-under par topped runner-up Ronnie Black by four strokes and allowed Couples, who lived in Newport Beach in his 20s, to pocket the $255,500 winner's check.

Tom Lehman and Chien Soon Lu tied for third.

An estimated 66,500 turned out to watch the three-day event, including a first-round event record 29,500.

The event raised more than $900,000 for charity.

5 April Ross: The former girls' volleyball Gatorade National Player of the Year at Newport Harbor High paired with Jen Kessy to form the dominant team on the Assn. of Volleyball Professionals beach tour.

Ross and Kessy won the last four AVP events, before the tour ceased operations on Aug. 13. They won 24 of their final 25 AVP matches and finished with a 31-4 record.

On the international scene, Ross, 28, competed in 15 Federation International de Volleyball tournaments, winning two, finishing second once and third twice.

6 UCI women's soccer: Coach Scott Juniper's Anteaters claimed the program's first Big West Conference regular-season title and capped its first NCAA Tournament appearance by reaching the Sweet 16 and finishing 19-3-2.

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