Troy’s girls, Servite’s boys golf teams win championships at CIF SoCal Regional

It was an Orange County sweep — Troy’s girls and Servite’s boys — of the team championships Tuesday at the CIF Southern California Regional Tournament at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena.

On a day where the temperature reached triple digits in the afternoon, Troy’s girls team took first place by shooting a combined score of 378 on the Brookside #2 course, finishing three shots ahead of Walnut (381).

The Warriors had four players finish in the top 26 individuals. Kamille Dimayuga shot a 2-over 73, followed by Hannah Ulibarri (75), Gabriella Kano (75) and Tessa Lapradez (76).

The Servite boys golf team won the team championship at the CIF SoCal Regional tournament at Brookside Golf Club on Tuesday, June 15. (Photo by James Escarcega, Contributor)

Long Beach Wilson’s Emiko Sverduk took advantage of an early start time and cooler conditions to shoot a 3-under 68 that was one stroke better than Edison’s Chloe Lam. Jade Zamora of Santa Margarita finished third.

In the boys division, Servite won the title with a combined score of 360 on the Brookside #1 course. Torrey Pines (372) finished second and Anaheim Discovery Christian took third.

Anaheim Discovery Christian’s Youseong Choi took the individual championship by shooting a 7-under 65. Servite’s William Sung (68) won the silver medal and Aliso Niguel’s Kyle An captured third place with a 68.

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Bill Cunerty, former Saddleback College coach and high school football broadcaster, dies from Parkinson’s disease

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Former Saddleback College football and golf coach Bill Cunerty, who also became a beloved broadcaster of high school football games and a guru for future NFL quarterbacks, died Thursday, Oct. 22, from complications of Parkinson’s disease, his wife, Claudia, said.

Cunerty, 74, was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system in April of 2017 and had been in hospice care for more than a year, said Claudia, his wife of 51 years and caretaker during his health battle.

“He was a strong Christian,” she said. “He knew he was going to heaven.”

Cunerty’s unique connection with Orange County sports spanned more than 40 years and showcased his array of talents and passions.

The Mission Viejo resident was a state championship-winning coach in three different sports at Saddleback College. He was the football coach at Capistrano Valley and Dana Hills high schools and served as commentator for high school sports with COX 3, a cable television affiliate that covered schools from Tustin to San Clemente.

Cunerty also was a highly-regarded private quarterback coach, former president of the Southern California Golf Association and a successful high school English teacher.

“Everything he touched turned to gold,” said longtime friend Bob Janko, who met Cunerty around 1969 at North Torrance High. “He’s just an intelligent man and very personable. He kids loved playing for him.”

Cunerty arrived at North Torrance, his alma mater, to teach and coach football, Janko said. A former football and baseball player at USC, Cunerty soon began to climb the coaching rankings.

He coached North Torrance’s football program from 1969 to 1973.

Cunerty became Dana Hills’ football coach in 1975 and Capistrano Valley’s first coach two years later.

Cunerty’s staff at Capistrano Valley, Janko said, included a trio of future coaching stars for the Cougars: Dick Enright and Eric Patton in football, and Bob Zamora, who became a legendary baseball coach.

Cunerty had his most coaching success at Saddleback College. He was a longtime quarterback coach and offensive coordinator for the Gauchos and took the head coaching reins for three seasons after the retirement of the legendary Ken Swearingen.

Cunerty led the Gauchos to an undefeated season and national title in 1996. He resigned in 1998 because of heath reasons.

Cunerty survived two battles with colon cancer and two heart attacks, Claudia said.

He also coached Saddleback College’s men’s and women’s golf teams to state titles, becoming the first community college coach in California to win state titles in three different sports. He led the men’s golf team to six state crowns.

“He loved coaching and teaching,” Claudia said of her husband, a member of the state community college hall of fame.

Cunerty, a journalism major at USC, also was a fixture at the biggest high school games as a broadcaster with COX 3. Teaming with Kevin Turner and former Rams quarterback Vince Ferragamo, Cunerty was quick to praise players while mixing in his coaching insights, stories and humor.

His last broadcast was the O.C. all-star football game in the summer of 2017.

“He was a true community gem,” said Turner, who worked with Cunerty for 14 years. “We’re all blessed to have known him. He’s the most incredible ambassador of high school sports in Southern California.”

Sad news: Ex-Saddleback College football coach, QB guru, star broadcaster, fighter, and family man Bill Cunerty, left, has died
There was no better ambassador for O.C. High School Sports than Cunerty (partner Kevin Turner, right) #RIPCoachCunerty @ocvarsity @SteveFryer

— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) October 24, 2020

The Orange County football community also knew Cunerty as a private quarterback guru.

He coached with West Coast Passing School for years and tutored many of the area’s best passers. From Todd Marinovich to Matt Barkley to his final protege, Nathan Manning, Cunerty — a former quarterback himself — helped many athletes.

“Such a great teacher,” said Tom Shine, one of Cunerty’s closest friends and a former football and golf coach at Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon colleges. “He just had that gift.”

Cunerty’s affable personalty, communication skills and knowledge also led him to become a trainer for quarterback prospects preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine. He worked with Patrick Mahomes and Jimmy Garoppolo — who faced off in the Super Bowl last season — and Andrew Luck, among others.

Cunerty’s presence also was highly-sought off the football field.

About 18 years ago, he officiated the wedding of Shine’s daughter, Jamie, to her husband Rick. Cunerty completed training to fulfill the role, Shine said.

“And he was awesome,” Shine said, “just like he did everything else.”

Cunerty is survived by his wife, daughter Kelly, son-in-law Cameron, daughter Shannon, son-in-law Ben, three grandchildren and sister Patty. Funeral arrangements have not been announced, but Claudia said the family plans to stream the memorial live.

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Mater Dei’s Jaden Cantafio savors narrow victory at Orange County senior golf showcase

COSTA MESA In-N-Out Burger delivered to the course. Custom, embroidered score books for every player. A golf bag and prestigious invite for the winner. And best of all, camaraderie with friends while playing golf.

Nothing can bring back the spring of 2020 for seniors but the inaugural Orange County Boys Golf All-Star Senior Showcase at Costa Mesa Country Club took its best swing on Monday.

Twenty-eight seniors from Southern California played the par-70 Mesa Linda Course and picked up a few perks along the way in their first high school competition since the coronavirus pandemic ended their season in mid-March.

Former Mater Dei player Jaden Cantafio took home the biggest prizes, out-dueling former Monarchs teammate Andrew Hoekstra in a one-hole playoff to capture the event with a sizzling 4-under-par 66.

With the victory, the Washington State-bound Cantafio also won a golf bag donated by One with Golf in Irvine and an invite to the Boys High School Golf National Invitational at Pinehust Resort in North Carolina.

Cantafio also savored a few other highlights.

“It was a fun round,” said Cantafio, who this past year attended Tesla Academy, a blended, online school in Irvine.

“I was playing with a few buddies of mine. It’s fun to get back and kind of just meet with everyone again after all the time without seeing them. … I have’t played a tournament since this all started.”

Cantafio and his Mater Dei teammates — including Geoffrey Von der Ahe and Ryan Pham — enjoyed the In-N-Out after their round courtesy of Monrachs coach Ryan Kelaher.

“I was eating on the putting green,” Cantafio said with a laugh. “I’m super thankful for everything.”

In the playoff, Cantafio made par on the par-4 No. 1 to edge the Long Beach State-bound Hoekstra, who carded his only bogey of the afternoon.

“Kind of one last hurrah,” Hoekstra said of the event, organized by Edison coach Brendan Patch and Kelaher.

Cantafio, who won the CIF-SS Southern individual regional as a junior, received an exemption to play in the national championships in August.

One With Golf donated score card holders to each player Monday with their names embroidered on the front.

“People heard about (our event) and I think wanted to do something,” Patch said of the donations and national invite.

The players observed social distancing as they walked the course during their round. In other precautions due to the coronavirus, the flag sticks remained in the holes and the players didn’t rake the sand in the bunkers.

“For Coach Patch and I,” Kelaher said, “putting something together to celebrate the seniors was a great idea. … All these kids did great.”

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SoCal Varsity honors the top fall sports athletes in Southern California

The Southern California News Group honors the top high school athletes for the fall sports with its SoCal Varsity Sports Awards.

SCNG’s team of high school sports reporters have selected the Athletes of the Year and All-SoCal teams in football, girls volleyball, boys water polo, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls golf.

Read all of the stories online (links below) and in a special section that is included in all of SCNG’s newspapers on Sunday, Dec. 22.


Football | Athlete of the Year: Bryce Young, Mater Dei | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls volleyball | Athlete of the Year: Kami Miner, Redondo | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys water polo | Athlete of the Year: Nolan Krutonog, Daily News | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls tennis | Athlete of the Year: Kammi Hance, Peninsula | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys cross country | Athlete of the Year: Nico Young, Newbury Park | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls cross coutnry | Athlete of the Year: Savannah Scriven, Palos Verdes | All-SoCal First Team | 

Girls golf | Athlete of the Year: Caroline Canales, Calabasas | All-SoCal First Team

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Laguna Hills to induct Olympian, junior world champion into Hall of Fame

Laguna Hills will induct golfer Eunice Choi (class of 1993) and swimmer Mark Kwok (class of 1995) into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 19 at halftime of its girls basketball game.

Laguna Hills plays host to Capistrano Valley at 6 p.m.

Choi was one of the top-ranked girls in the nation but played alongside the boys in high school because there wasn’t a girls team.

A former Junior World champion, she earned a scholarship to UCLA, where she helped the Bruins earn No. 1 rankings. She went on to play professionally.

Kwok helped Laguna Hills capture two CIF-SS team titles in swimming and set multiple records. He went on to swim at USC and became a two-time Olympian for Hong Kong.

A reception for Kwok and Choi will be helped before the game in the staff lounge at 4 p.m.


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SoCal Varsity Awards: South Hills’ Alexa Melton tops the All-Varsity Girls Golf Team

The Southern California News Group honors the region’s top fall sports athletes:

SoCal Varsity Awards special section is in Sunday’s edition of your local SCNG newspaper.


Name: Alexa Melton

School: South Hills

Year: Senior

Season recap: It was a year to remember for Alexa Melton.

She had an extremely successful summer, winning the prestigious SCGA Women’s Amateur Championship in Valencia and finishing tied for third in the Girls Junior PGA Championship, and she carried that momentum into the fall while playing for South Hills High School.


She had a one-stroke lead with six holes to go in the final round of the CIF State Golf Championship in Riverside, and it appeared she would be taking home that top prize too, but she finished in a tie for second place.

“I was comfortable, but I wasn’t playing as good,” said Melton. “The greens were playing pretty fast.”

Melton, who has signed with Pepperdine, capped her fall campaign with a third-place finish at the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Florida, one more elite-level achievement added to a resume that establishes her as the school’s best all-time player.

– James Escarcega

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Jocelyn Ayala, Warren, Fr.

Jennifer Cai, Sage Hill, Jr.

Caroline Canales, Calabasas, So.

Mackenzie Carpenter, Great Oak, So.

Chloe Carraway, Tustin, Sr.

Briana Chacon, La Serna, Sr.

Chloe Chua, Peninsula, Sr.

Priscilla Corral, Cerritos, Fr.

Kamille Dimayuga, Troy, So.

Mariana Gandia-Mak, San Clemente, Jr.

Sengum Gankhuyag, Warren, Sr.

Chayse Gomez, Rosary, Sr.

Emma Han, Diamond Bar, So.

Angela Heo, Murrieta Mesa, Fr.

Alexis Kim, University (Irvine), Jr.

Irene Kim, Kennedy (La Palma), Sr.

Gabby Lawerence, Upland, Jr.

Tiffany Le, Walnut, So.

Megan Lee, Cleveland, Jr.

Alexa Melton, South Hills, Sr.

Ashleigh Park, Sage Hill, Jr.

Catherine Park, Crean Lutheran, Fr.

Jordyn Parr, Temecula Valley, Jr.

Juliette Ruaux, Long Beach Millikan, Sr.

Kralyn Salazar, Glendora, Sr.

Charisa Shang, Oaks Christian, Fr.

Morgan Sjoerosma, M.L. King, Sr.

Toni Sottile, Westlake, Sr.

Emi Sverduk, Long Beach Wilson, Fr.

Isabel Sy, Troy, Jr.

Khameryn Utu, Mater Dei, Sr.

Sherilyn Villaneuva, Troy, Jr.

Kailie Vongsaga, Diamond Bar, Sr.

Keira Wang, Palos Verdes, Fr.

Abigail Wirinatha, Walnut, Sr.

Kelly Xu, Claremont, Fr.

Lara Yeung, Moorpark, Sr.

Meg Yoshida, Palos Verdes, So.

Yuki Yoshihara, Woodbridge, Sr.

Kaitlyn You, West Torrance, So.

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SoCal Varsity Awards special section is in Sunday’s edition of your local SCNG newspaper.

About the section: The award winners and teams were selected by the high school sports reporters for the Southern California News Group, which includes the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Riverside Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star News, Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts.

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Kinnane, Rahon help Servite capture fourth consecutive Trinity League golf title

CHINO HILLS – Kyle Kinnane and Jack Rahon know how to do only one thing with Servite’s golf team: finish first.

The Friars’ 183-191 victory against JSerra on Wednesday at Western Hills Country Club gave Kinnane and Rahon their fourth consecutive Trinity League boys golf championship at the school.

During that span, Rahon and Kinnane went 39-1 with their lone loss coming earlier this month in a home match against rival Mater Dei.

It has been an impressive run for the Friars duo in one of the most competitive leagues in the CIF Southern Section, but Kinnane shrugged off the accomplishment.

“It’s cool, but we still have that one loss in there. It was at home. It is irritating,” Kinnane said. “But four championships four years in a row, we are fine. We will live.”

Kinnane used two birdies and two bogeys to earn medalist honors with an even-par 35 while Rahon rallied from 4-over start through his first four holes to post a 37 and help Servite (19-1, 9-1) win its fifth league title in a row, the longest streak in school history.

“We do care about it (the championship streak) a little bit,” Rahon said. “It does give us confidence heading into CIF. We have a lot of depth.”

Servite coach Dane Jako said this team is likely the best team that he has had during this historic run. All nine players who teed off for Servite on Wednesday broke 40.

The highest round among the five scoring players was a 38 turned in by Chad Deegan. Nic Harrison and Ben Hong added a 36 and 37, respectively, as Servite lowered its nine-hole scoring average at Western Hill to 182.4.

“They (Kinnane and Rahon) have kind of gotten used to winning, and most of the time they have won without a lot of stress,” Jako said. “Because I have been with them so long and know them so long – I knew they were coming to Servite two years out – it makes it more special. They are good kids and good students. What they did is real special. It is hard to keep that edge every single day and play it as a championship match, when you know you are going to beat them by 30.”

Connor Brown and Kyle Dougherty posted a 36 and 37 to lead JSerra (11-3, 6-3), which will close out the season on Thursday with a match against Mater Dei at Santa Ana Country Club. A victory by the Lions would give them second place on a tiebreaker. JSerra won the teams’ first meeting of the season at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club by three strokes.

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Orange County scores and players stats for Friday: 10-13-17

This is where you can find the scores and stats for the Orange County high school games on Friday, Oct. 13.


Corona del Mar 16, Beckman 2

JSerra def. Orange Lutheran, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.

Savanna 13, Estancia 12
Goals: (Sav) Hunt 10, Martinez, Nguyen, Vasquez. Saves: Fish (Sav) 12.
Segerstrom 14, Loara 1
Goals: (Loa) Orozco.


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Orange County high school schedule: Monday, Sept. 11

The Orange County high schools sports schedule for Monday, Sept. 11.


Troy at Peninsula, Laguna Beach at Saddleback, Mater Dei at JSerra, Yorba Linda at El Modena, Whitney at Fairmont Prep, Marina at Huntington Beach, Esperanza at Brea Olinda

California at Whittier Christian, Valley Christian/Cerritos at Tarbut V’Torah, Canyon at Santiago/Corona, Rosary at Brea Olinda, St. Margaret’s at JSerra, Garden Grove at Marina, Orange at Santiago,

JSerra vs. Redondo Union at Huntington Beach; Dave Mohs Tournament, Division 1 final, Esperanza vs. Palos Verdes, at Edison High, 6 p.m.

Orange at Savanna, San Clemente at San Juan Hills, Bolsa Grande at Westminster, Kennedy at Warren, Pacifica at Lakewood, Godinez at Garden Grove


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