By Jim Tortolano/Garden Grove Journal
It was a year of “almost-not quite” for some local high school sports teams. Still, looking back at the 2012-13 prep athletic year for the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area revealed seasons of accomplishments, stars and drama.
Two local teams made it into CIF-Southern Section finals. Garden Grove High School’s football team advanced to the Southern Division championship game for the third time in four years, but got off to a slow start and lost 35-10 to Corona del Mar at Angel Stadium.
The Argonauts nevertheless won another Garden Grove League football title and will return their starting quarterback and several other key players for 2013.
In boys’ volleyball, La Quinta advanced to the Division 5 final against Saddleback Valley Christian and lost 3-2, falling in the final game, 15-7.
Winter sports were less fruitful for locals. Santiago held off a late charge by Garden Grove to win the GGL boys’ basketball title, while Los Amigos ran away with the girls’ title. Probably the strongest area hoops team was the Pacifica boys (third in the tough Empire League) but no one went far in the CIF playoffs.
Raymond Rembert of Los Amigos was the top GGL boys’ basketball player
The spring was more productive. Garden Grove High’s baseball team won the GGL title and advanced to the CIF Division 3 quarterfinals before losing to Serra. Pacifica’s softball team did even better, reeling off 19 victories in a row to win the Empire League crown and make it to the Division 1 semifinals before losing to Norco 3-2 in 10 innings. The final record: 27-6.
Despite not winning a CIF crown, the Mariners finished the season ranked third in the state and third in the nation by one sports website.
Garden Grove’s girls’ swim team took third place in the CIF-SS Division 4 swim championships.
While there were many outstanding efforts and athletes in the 2012-13 sports year, the one player who dominated the most was Kaylee Carlson, the Pacifica softball pitcher. She finished the season with a 19-1 record, the only loss coming in extra innings in the CIF semifinal.
Carlson, a junior, posted a 0.62 ERA, threw 10 shutouts and had a perfect fielding percentage. She struck out 138 batters and walked only 28.