PCL volleyball, water polo, Northwood’s use of the ‘swinging gate’ and some tunes from a marching band (video) – Orange County Register

Woodbridge and Beckman are off to strong starts in Pacific Coast League girls volleyball. Both teams won their first two matches in three sets.

Woodbridge Coach Alan Ho hopes his team can be in the playoff mix.

“It’s always CdM until someone knocks them off or they leave the league,” Ho said last week. “I think the overall consensus is CdM, then Beckman is in there and then we’re jockeying for position for the two-three spot with everybody else.”

Corona del Mar moves out of the PCL next season and will be replaced by Portola.

It’s looking like quite a year for three boys water polo teams in Irvine.

STRONG YEAR FOR THREE WATER POLO TEAMS

With the start of Pacific Coast League play now under way, Northwood (No. 3), Woodbridge (No. 6) and Beckman (tied for 10th) are all ranked in the top 10 of the CIF Division 3 poll.

Northwood and Woodbridge were scheduled to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in a PCL showdown but smoke from the Corona Fire caused postponement of the match to Monday, Oct. 2. Beckman’s match against Irvine was also postponed.

NEW-LOOK FOR NORTHWOOD’S OFFENSE

Northwood’s first-year football coach Pete Mitchell has brought back a version of the swinging gate offense, a spread formation in which the quarterback and center are lined up apart from most of the rest of the offense.

“I was introduced  to it when I was at Huntington Beach back in the 1980’s,” Mitchell said. “It presents some unique problems for defenses to solve. We did not run it real well this Friday (in a 40-12 loss to Segerstrom) but it helped us tremendously the last two weeks. We started running it, at times, in the second half of game three.”

Injuries have plagued the Timberwolves so far and starting quarterback Trevor Littlejohn suffered a concussion in the loss to Segerstrom.

GREAT SHOWS BY HIGH SCHOOL BANDS

Irvine football fans are again being treated to great pre-game and halftime shows. Northwood’s musicians were entertaining the fans before last…

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