Briefs: Barkley named MVP

Newport Beach resident takes team's top honor during annual awards banquet Monday.

December 06, 2011

USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley, a Newport Beach resident who set USC season records for touchdown passes and completion percentage, was named the team's Most Valuable Player at the annual awards banquet Monday.

Barkley, a three-year starter, also set four USC game records this past season: completions (35 vs. UCLA), pass yardage (468 vs. Arizona), touchdown passes (six vs. Colorado and UCLA) and total offense (470 vs. Arizona).

Barkley was also named to the All-Pac 12 second team. He finished with 3,258 passing yards, the fifth-best single-season total in USC annals. He completed 308 of 446 with 39 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.


Barkley has yet to announce if he will return for his senior season or make himself eligible for the NFL Draft.

— From staff reports


Locals win title

Newport Harbor High products Andy Hayes and Zach Lucas were a part of an unprecedented fourth straight national championship for the USC men's water polo team Sunday.

The Trojans beat rival UCLA, 7-4, to win the national title.

Chase Watson and Emery Molnar, freshmen out of Corona del Mar High, are also listed on the roster.

Hayes is a redshirt sophomore and Lucas is a redshirt freshman.

Lucas Reynolds, a CdM product, played for UCLA as a redshirt sophomore. Chris Robertson, a freshman out of CdM, is also on the Bruins' roster.

— From staff reports


Levin a key in win

Camille Levin, originally from Newport Coast, helped the Stanford women's soccer team win its first NCAA title Sunday in Kennesaw, Ga.

Levin, who graduated from Tarbut V'Torah, delivered the assist on the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute for the Cardinal's 1-0 win against Duke.

Levin, a senior defender, began the scoring sequence and stayed with it despite being tackled and stumbling, according to Stanford's athletic website. She regained her balance and kept possession. She attempted a cross that was blocked and she fell. But she got up and continued her run.

This time, with two defenders approaching, she struck another cross, this time to Teresa Noyola, who scored the game-winner.

Levin was a key player for the Cardinal (25-0-1). She started all 26 games, contributing four goals and seven assists. She was known for her versatility.

"Cami has an unbelievable spirit about her," Stanford Coach Paul Ratcliffe said after the national championship victory. "She's a competitive, driven person that deserves success. I had a feeling that she would get her success in this final four.

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