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2015 Girls Basketball Archive Stories

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  • Send OCVarsity your Signing Day news
    The spring period when high school athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent begins Wednesday, and OCVarsity would like your help to make sure we don't miss any signings. Please email us the name of any county athletes who will officially sign Wednesday. A list of the athletes who sign will be published in Thursday's Sports section a
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Girls basketball player of the year: Katie Lou Samuelson, Mater Dei BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Katie Lou Samuelson watched the NCAA women’s basketball national championship game in “enemy” territory Tuesday night. With Mater Dei on spring break, she traveled to Stanford’s campus in Palo Alto to join her two sisters, Bonnie and Karlie, and all of their teammates on the Cardinal women&rsq
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • All-County girls basketball team BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    The Register’s All-Orange County girls basketball team for 2014-15. GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Katie Lou Samuelson Mater Dei, Guard/Forward, Sr. Samuelson was also the Register’s player of the year in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County winter sports teams
    Here are links to All-County teams for the 2014-15 winter sports season Boys basketball Girls basketball
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • Girls basketball coach of the year: Tom Howard, Orange Lutheran BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Tom Howard spent the start of this season getting to know the large collection of new players on the Orange Lutheran roster. By the end of the season, he had seen enough to know it was a special group. Despite having just one returning starter, Gloria Bates, the Lancers won a CIF-SS championship. For his role in tha
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • All-County girls basketball: 2nd, 3rd teams BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    The Register’s All-Orange County girls basketball teams for 2014-15. SECOND TEAM Gloria Bates, Orange Lutheran, Jr. Cierra Hall, Fairmont Prep, So. Shaylissa Jarrett, Brea Olinda, Sr. Coco Miller, JSerra, Sr. Barbara S
    Thu Apr 09, 2015
  • Fryer: Plenty to cheer from basketball season BY STEVE FRYER
    The following is a semi-encompassing review of the 2014-15 boys basketball season. Subtitled “The State of Orange County Basketball” … • The quality of play in the county is OK. It would be better if players would stop passing up open 12-foot jump shots so they can drive to the basket where three defenders
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Samuelson, West lose to East in McDonald's All-American Game
    CHICAGO - Asia Durr scored 14 points and Taja Cole added 13 points to lead the East to an 89-87 victory over the West in the McDonald’s All-American girls basketball game on Wednesday night at the United Center. Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson scored 12 points for the West while shooting 5-for-17, including 2 of 10 on
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • St. Mary's too much for Mater Dei in state final BY STEVE FRYER
    BERKELEY – It was a game of big shots. St. Mary’s simply made more. Mater Dei lost to St. Mary’s of Stockton, 76-69, Saturday in the CIF State Open Division championship game at Cal. The Monarchs shot 50 percent from the field. They made six 3-pointers. As Mater Dei coach Kevin Kiernan sai
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Brea Olinda comes up short in state title game BY STEVE FRYER
    BERKELEY – It was a tie game at halftime. Brea Olinda coach Jeff Sink succinctly and accurately described the rest of the game. “In the second half,” he said, “their athletes dominated.” Bishop O’Dowd’s Dragons quickly built a big lead in the third quarter and rolled to a 5
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Mater Dei girls have eyes on the final prize BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Katie Lou Samuelson and Andee Velasco sat at the podium at Walter Pyramid last Saturday night beaming with smiles and – maybe more so than anything – overcome with a sense of vindication. They had finally knocked the proverbial monkey off their back. After two previous meetings with Chaminade of West Hil
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • CIF State girls final preview: Mater Dei vs. St. Mary's BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    CIF STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Open Division Mater Dei (31-2) vs. St. Mary’s of Stockton (33-1) Where, when: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Saturday, 6 p.m. Fan info: Tickets are $16 general admission; $10 (seniors and students with valid ID), $10 children. Parking: $10
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Brea Olinda benefits from fresh approach BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    BREA – The "Ghosts of the Alumni" overlook the basketball courts inside Brea Olinda’s on-campus gymnasium, serving as constant reminder of where the girls basketball program has been, as well as where it should strive to be. Those ghosts are embodied in the form of nine state championship banners, hanging from the walls, fill
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Fryer: Challenges continue for No. 1 Diablos BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s been a challenging and successful March for Mission Viejo’s softball team. How does April look? Also challenging. The Diablos, undefeated going into Thursday’s game against Santa Margarita and No. 1 in county, state and national rankings, play in the Michelle Carew Classic that begins Wednesday. The tournam
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • CIF State finals preview: Brea Olinda vs. Bishop O'Dowd BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    CIF STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL FINALS DIVISION III Brea Olinda (26-4) vs. Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (24-9) Where, when: at Haas Pavilion, Berkeley; Friday, 2 p.m. Fan info: Tickets are $16 general admission; $10 (seniors and students with valid ID), $10 children. Parking: $10.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hoops: CIF State finals preview from Brea Olinda
    OC Varsity's Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis travel to Brea Olinda to preview the CIF state championships. Can the Mater Dei boys win their fifth straight title? Will the Mater Dei girls send off Katie Lou Samuelson with a championship? Do the Ladycats have enough to win the title?
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-CIF girls basketball teams
    Mater Dei’s Katie Lou Samuelson (Open Division), Orange Lutheran’s Gloria Bates (Division 3A), Fairmont Prep’s Tristen Rollon (Division 4A) were selected the All-CIF girls basketball players of the year for their divisions. Orangewood Academy’s Jaqueline Saucedo and Estafania Giner were
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Mater Dei girls turn heartbreak into 'special' victory BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    LONG BEACH – Kevin Kiernan has said repeatedly this is the most fun he has had coaching a group of girls at Mater Dei in his eight years on campus. Seniors Katie Lou Samuelson and Andee Velasco are right there with their head coach, adding that the team chemistry is the best the Monarchs have had in years.
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • Brea Olinda beats El Dorado with late surge BY ANDREW TURNER
    ONTARIO – One team’s elation was the other’s devastation. That was the outcome of Saturday’s CIF Southern California Division III Regional girls basketball final after top-seeded Brea Olinda mounted an improbable fourth-quarter comeback. Sierra Bononi hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:12 remaining,
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • Schedule for basketball state finals
    Schedule for the CIF State championships for boys and girls basketball. All games at Haas Pavilion, Berkeley Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE Friday Girls Division V: La Jolla Country Day vs. East Palo Alto Eastside
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • Rivals Brea Olinda, El Dorado to meet for crown BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    It has been one of the better Orange County rivalries over the past few years, and Saturday night’s installment will be for the biggest prize to date: a CIF Southern California Regional championship. For the third time this season, Brea Olinda and El Dorado will meet on the court. The victor will be the Division III regional champi
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Mater Dei girls look for revenge against Chaminade BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    They sat on their bench mostly in disbelief, the celebratory noise in the background deadened by the realization of what had transpired. Up by 14 points midway through the third quarter, and by 10 with roughly six minutes to go, Mater Dei’s girls basketball team had just seen Chaminade of West Hills storm back to seize the CIF-SS O
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Girls regional final: Brea Olinda vs. El Dorado BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Saturday's game CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINAL Division III Brea Olinda (25-4) vs. El Dorado (27-8) Where, when: Colony High, Ontario, 6 p.m. Fan info: Tickets, $12 general admission, $8 (seniors and students with valid ID), $8 children. Parking: $5. Li
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Girls regional final: Mater Dei vs. Chaminade BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Saturday's game CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINAL Open Division Mater Dei (30-2) vs. Chaminade of West Hills (27-3) Where, when: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach State, 6 p.m. Fan info: Tickets, $18 general admissionm $10 (senior 65 and up; students with valid ID), $10 chi
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: (New) Season's greetings! By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys begin by asking where the first three months of the year have gone. Weren't we just talking football? (Yes. Yes, we were.) Damian talks boys volleyball, then breaks down the field at this weekend's Best of the West t
    Fri Mar 20, 2015