The athletic success over the years at Corona del Mar High has been nothing short of dynastic. The gym walls are strewn with CIF Southern Section championship banners in all but a handful of sports.
The remaining checklist of sports without a CIF title was reduced in 2010, when the Sea Kings' boys soccer team claimed the program's first section crown. The team didn't stop there, either, adding a Southern California Regional title and finishing No. 2 in one national poll.
Sea Kings' success in football and boys water polo also helped the school dominate the top 10 Newport-Mesa sports stories of the year.
A closer look at the top 10:
1 CdM boys soccer: The Sea Kings finished No. 2 in the final ESPN RISE national poll after claiming the program's first CIF Southern Section Division IV and Southern California Regional Division II titles with a 27-1-1 record.
First-year coach George Larsen's squad won its last 15 games. Its only loss (to Pacific Coast League rival University) and its lone tie (to PCL rival Laguna Hills) came during a five-game stretch in which senior UCLA-bound forward Reed Williams was sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Williams, who amassed 32 goals and 12 assists to finish his prep career with 69 goals and 27 assists, was named Gatorade state Player of the Year. He was also the Southern Section Division IV Offensive Player of the Year.
Junior defender Brian Ford was the Division IV Defensive Player of the Year and Larsen was named Division IV Coach of the Year.
Sophomore goalie Connor Gaal, who helped the team produce 17 shutouts, including a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Santa Barbara (ranked No. 2 nationally at the time) in the regional final, was a first-team All-CIF honoree.
Sophomore fullback Jack Gorab and freshman striker Jack McBean were second-team All-CIF picks.
2 CdM football: The Sea Kings went 10-2-1 and reached the CIF Southern Section Southern Division semifinal for the second time in three seasons, after claiming the program's first outright league crown since 1988.
Coach Jason Hitchens' team went 4-0-1 in the Pacific Coast League after failing to win a league game in 2009. Their only regular-season loss was a 35-15 setback to Newport Harbor in the Battle of the Bay.
They were bested, 24-3, by league rival Beckman in the semifinals, after topping the Patriots, 17-15, in the league finale three weeks prior.
Senior inside linebacker Preston Risser was named Newport-Mesa Dream Team and PCL Defensive Player of the Year after posting a team-best 110 tackles.
Other Dream Team honorees were senior quarterback Mitch Gardner, senior receiver-tailback Clay Reinhardt, senior receiver Brent Gray, senior offensive tackle Dan Steele, senior defensive end Alex Herrera, junior cornerback Cole Cottrell, senior safety Peter Markel and senior kicker Andrew Boehm.
3 CdM boys water polo: Coach Barry O'Dea's Sea Kings established an Orange County record by winning the program's 13th CIF Southern Section title, its first section crown in nine years.
Senior Chase Watson, a 6-foot-7 center, led the way with 85 goals en route to being named Newport-Mesa Dream Team and Pacific Coast League Player of the Year.
CdM (23-8) defeated Murrieta Valley, 11-10, in the CIF Division II final.
Seniors Hayden Leach, Evan Ramsey and Bruce Bearer were all Dream Team honorees who, like Watson, were named All-CIF.