High Schools: Locals on upward path

April 02, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Former Corona del Mar High pitcher Eric Eadington, right, threw a scoreless inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their spring training game against the Arizona diamondbacks on Sunday.
Former Corona del Mar High pitcher Eric Eadington, right,… (MARK DUSTIN, Daily…)

Two former Corona del Mar High boys' soccer standouts are teaming up on the pitch for another team overseas this month.

Jack McBean and Grady Howe left for Spain on Sunday,April Fool's Day. This is no joke, though.

The two are with the Los Angeles Galaxy under-18 academy team that will compete at the Real Sociedad XXVII Youth Invitational Tournament.

McBean, who signed a professional contract with the Galaxy as a sophomore striker last year, and Howe, a midfielder bound for UCLA after his senior year at CdM, look to help the Galaxy academy team finish strong in its youth international tournament debut.

The team plans to spend the first three days at the Royal Spanish Football Federation's official training complex. The Galaxy has a warm-up match against Rayo Vallecano before traveling to San Sebastian to begin play in the eight-team tournament on Friday.

McBean is also part of the U.S. under-20 men's national team.


The Newport Beach-based Orange County Volleyball Club under-18 girls' team traveled to Atlanta last week without its best player, setter Cinnamon Sary, a Newport Harbor senior.

Three other local seniors raised their level of play, rallying the club almost every time until it reached the finale of the Big South Junior National Championships Qualifier on Sunday.

Tampa Bay Juniors Black swept Orange County Volleyball Club, 25-17, 25-18, in the best-of-three title match in the open division, but Coach Charlie Brande said Newport Harbor libero Tatum Norton, outside hitter Kasey Thompson and CdM middle blocker Britton Taylor excelled during the three-day tournament.

Brande said Norton, who's bound for Oregon, battled back problems, Thompson, bound for Hawaii Pacific, a bad ankle, and Taylor, bound for UC Santa Barbara, not having Sary to set her up because the USC-bound Sary was dealing with an ankle injury.

The trio helped the club go 8-2 and advance to the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships in Ohio on June 28-July 1.

Coach John Emme's CdM baseball team is doing well, ranked No. 5 in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 poll, and so are three of his former players.

Emme posted on the Sea Kings' alumni Facebook page about Eric Eadington and Jake Lemmerman, members of the Sea Kings' CIF Southern Section Division IV championship team in 2004, and Matt Hauser on Monday.

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