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Top 10 Stories of the Year: Amazing Sea Kings best of 2013

CdM football, which added a state title to its third straight Southern Section championship, headline Newport-Mesa's best sports stories.

December 31, 2013|By Barry Faulkner
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

When it comes to the top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories of 2013, as selected by the Daily Pilot sports staff, a singular mantra emerges: Work hard. Compete. Win. Celebrate. Repeat.

Five of the top six stories in 2013 shared similar status in 2012, though all but one moved to a new position in the lineup.

Corona del Mar High football, which added a CIF State title to its three consecutive CIF Southern Section Southern Division crowns, tops the list for the second time in three years. It was No. 2 last year.

Back Bay girls' water polo, beach volleyball, UC Irvine men's volleyball, which repeated as NCAA champion in 2013, and the perennially important Toshiba Classic senior golf tour event were repetitively relevant the last two years.

Additionally, Sage Hill School girls' volleyball and UCI men's soccer, which have spots in the lower portion of this year's Top 10, held similar positions in the final 2011 tally.

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In short, there was little new under the Newport-Mesa sun when it came to ultimate happenings in sports. But the fact that achievement on such a high level could become commonplace, speaks to the high caliber of competition those who call this area home are regularly treated to.

Here's this year's foremost sports stories.

1 – CORONA DEL MAR HIGH FOOTBALL – Football has officially joined the list of sports in which Corona del Mar High regularly posts title banners, as this year's record-setting squad produced two.

Coach Scott Meyer, in his third season at the helm, led the Sea Kings to a 16-0 record, a first in California history shared with St. John Bosco, the CIF State Division III title and the team's third straight CIF Southern Section Southern Division crown.

The Sea Kings, who will take a 26-game winning streak into the 2014 season, defeated Sacred Heart Prep, 27-15, in the Division III state bowl game on Dec. 21 in Carson. They topped Garden Grove, 42-21, on Dec. 6 at Orange Coast College to pocket their Newport-Mesa-best fifth CIF Southern Section division championship in football.

The season also included a noteworthy 34-14 win over Back Bay rival Newport Harbor to end a six-game losing streak against the Sailors, who advanced to the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division final.

CdM was No. 21 in the final CalHiSports.com state rankings and its 26-game streak is the longest in the state.

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