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With the end of the spring sports season rapidly approaching, Orange County’s top-two summer passing tournaments will soon be in sight, loaded with many of the top football teams and players in the area.
Edison’s Battle at the Beach and Mission Viejo’s South County Passing and Lineman Tournament have each set their fields for their events on July 9 and July 16, respectively.
Edison football coach Jeff Grady confirmed this week the 20 teams that will participate in the Battle at the Beach.
They are: Edison, Mater Dei, Servite, St John Bosco, Cathedral Catholic, Norco, Mission Viejo, Los Alamitos, Santa Margarita, Bishop Amat, Long Beach Poly, Serra of Gardena, JSerra, Corona del Mar, Millikan, Lincoln of San Diego, Rancho Cucamonga, Capistrano Valley, Chaparral and newcomer North Kitsap of Poulsbo, Wash.
Barring any scheduling conflicts, the tournament could host Elite 11 finalists and top senior quarterbacks Malachi Nelson of Los Alamitos (USC), Pierce Clarkson of St. John Bosco (Louisville) and Nicholaus Iamaleava of Long Beach Poly (Tennessee) among others.
Mater Dei quarterback Elijah Brown would be among the top juniors to watch at the Edison tournament.
Santa Margarita is the defending Battle at the Beach champion.
The Mission Viejo tournament the following Saturday also features an impressive field.
Diablos coach Chad Johnson confirmed this week that the 20 teams competing will be: Mission Viejo, Centennial Corona, Los Alamitos, Cathedral Catholic, Servite, Capistrano Valley, St. Bonaventure, Temescal Canyon, Millikan, Orange, Chaparral, St. Paul, Mt. Carmel, La Habra, Chino Hills, San Jacinto, Bishop Amat, Santa Margarita, Sierra Canyon and Inglewood.
Los Alamitos is the defending South County champion.
The Edison and Mission Viejo tournaments will take on more significance this summer because the Scandrick passing event, usually one of the first to be played, isn’t being held at Los Alamitos this year because host Orlando Scandrick recently became the football coach at St. Bernard in Playa del Rey.
The spring season concludes June 4 with the baseball and softball regional finals.