Compiled by Steve Breazeale

The 2016 calendar year was filled with notable Dana Point sports moments. From the return of the popular Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling to the success of several local athletes on the national stage, it’s been quite the year.

Here is a look back at some of the defining sports moments of 2016.

January

Dolphins Soccer Earns Championship Berth

The Dana Hills High School boys soccer team started its 2016 campaign as one of the hottest teams in Orange County, winning seven of its first 10 games and earned a berth in the Mustang Cup Tournament championship game.

February

Dolphins Sign NLIs

On Feb. 3, 19 Dana Hills High School student-athletes took part in a signing day ceremony on campus and signed their National Letters of Intent for college.

March

Collins Wins Oakley SoCal Open

Golfer Will Collins narrowly edged current PGA Tour player Max Homa to claim the Oakley Southern California Open at Monarch Beach Golf Links on March 23. Collins carded a winning three-day score of 201 (-11), defeating Homa by one stroke, and earned $10,000.

April

Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup a Favorite

Local stand-up paddleboard enthusiasts and professionals gathered at Baby Beach in the Dana Point Harbor to compete in the Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup on April 9. The annual event drew more than 200 contestants.

Hans Crouse, right, and catcher David Clawson celebrate Crouse’s no-hit victory over Tesoro on April 12. Photo: KDahlgren Photography
Hans Crouse, right, and catcher David Clawson celebrate Crouse’s no-hit victory over Tesoro on April 12. Photo: KDahlgren Photography

Crouse Tosses No-Hitter

Dana Hills High School junior pitcher Hans Crouse was untouchable against league rival Tesoro on April 12. Crouse tossed a no-hitter against the Titans, striking out 13 batters while issuing just one walk.

DHHS Hosts CUSD Special Olympics

Some 230 special education student-athletes from the Capistrano Unified School District came to Dana Hills High School on April 23 to participate in the district’s Special Olympics of Orange County spring games.

May

Grand Prix Races through Town

The Dana Point Lantern District transformed into racing central from April 30 to May 1, as the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling made its return to town. The Grand Prix offered racing circuits for riders of all skills and ages, and drew more than 700 competitors.

Hoffman Inducted into SC Sports Wall of Fame

Capistrano Beach native and legendary surfer Joyce Hoffman was inducted into the San Clemente Sports Wall of Fame on May 21. Hoffman, who dominated the women’s surfing world from 1963 to 1971, is a four-time United States Surfing champion and two-time World Surfing title holder.

June

Trio of Track Runners Compete at State

Dana Hills High School’s Jake Ogden (1,600-meter), Mason Coppi (3,200) and Jack Landgraf (3,200) competed in the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis on June 4. The meet was the final event for Ogden and Coppi, two seniors who ended their high school careers as some of the more decorated runners in school history.

July

Fowler Named MLL All-Star

Dana Point’s Brendan Fowler was named a Major League Lacrosse All-Star for a second consecutive season and played in the league’s All-Star game at Cal State Fullerton on July 9.

August

Shootout for Soldiers a Success

Shootout for Soldiers, a 24-hour charity lacrosse exhibition, returned to Dana Hills High School on Aug. 6, drawing hundreds of local lacrosse players and thousands of fans. The event raised over $34,000 for local and national military veteran organizations.

Dana Hills football coach Phil Skinner celebrates the Dolphins win over Los Amigos Sept. 23. Photo: Alan Gibby/zone57
Dana Hills football coach Phil Skinner celebrates the Dolphins win over Los Amigos Sept. 23. Photo: Alan Gibby/zone57

September

Dolphins Football Snaps Losing Streak

In a moment of triumph, the Dana Hills High School football team defeated visiting Los Amigos 46-13 in a nonleague game on Sept. 23. The win snapped a years-long losing streak that dated back to September of 2014.

October

Crouse Pitches Team USA to Gold Medal

Dana Hills High School’s Hans Crouse threw seven shutout innings for Team USA in its gold-medal clinching victory over Cuba in the COPABE Pan American AAA Championship tournament in Mexico on Oct. 9.

November

Dolphins Honor the Valor

The Dana Hills High School football team held its annual Honor the Valor football military appreciation game on campus on Nov. 4. On game day, 65 veterans were in attendance and received game-worn jerseys after the contest.

Dana Outrigger Makes Historic Trip to Chile

Members of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club made history on Nov. 17, as they traveled to Chile to compete in the South American Canoe Championships for the first time ever. The Dana Outrigger group was invited as a guest team, and finished fourth in the prestigious top heat.

Turkey Trot Celebrates 39 Years

Thousands flocked to town to take part in the 39th annual Dana Point Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. Runners took part in a 5K and 10K race, as well as a kids one-mile fun run.

December

Dolphins X-C Team Places 14th at Nationals

The Dana Hills High School boys cross country team placed 14th overall in the prestigious Nike Cross Nationals event in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

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