A fractured back kept Mason Case out of action for most of his sophomore season at Corona del Mar High.
A bad back only kept Case out of practice for most of his junior season.
Who says you need to practice to perform at a high level in boys' soccer matches? Coach George Larsen stopped saying that to Case this past season.
Larsen said at no point was Case 100%. Case's back hurt, but he still carried the Sea Kings' offense on his back, helping him earn the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year award.
Nineteen goals is how many Case scored this season. He contributed eight assists, playing a role in almost half of the team's 57 goals.
The Sea Kings needed the production by Case after they lost two standouts after one match in December. Five matches into the season, Jack McBean and Matt Francini left because of club commitments.