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  • Mater Dei on wrong end of perfect ending BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Mater Dei’s boys water polo players arrived at Saturday night’s CIF-SS Division 1 final with the resume and look to challenge undefeated Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. The second-seeded Monarchs went undefeated in 2011 and 2012. And in a sign of unity, several Mater Dei players shaved their heads, some leaving a litt
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • OCVarsity updates: boys water polo finals
    OCVarsity's Dan Albano will have live updates on Twitter from today's CIF-SS boys water polo finals today at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine. You can follow Dan on his Twitter handle (@ocvarsityguy) or by searching for the hash tag #ocvupdates. We'll also have the streaming updates on the Twitter feed on the OCVarsity homepage.
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Biggest prize eludes Mater Dei again BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NORWALK – The Redondo girls volleyball team proved to be too much for Mater Dei in Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 1AA final. After the Monarchs tied the match at 1-1, the Sea Hawks relied on their balanced attack to lead the way to the 25-23, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20 victory at Cerritos College. The triumph gives Redondo its f
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Aliso Niguel wins 1A title with epic comeback BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NORWALK – Aliso Niguel girls volleyball coach DP Butler said this week his team’s players will fight for each other and each point. Saturday, the Wolverines showed that a team that fights together will ultimately find success. The top-seeded Wolverines rallied after losing the first two sets to defeat second-se
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Foothill formula produces a CIF-SS title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE - Foothill’s boys water polo team found another championship formula Saturday afternoon in the CIF-SS Division 2 finals. Or maybe it was a blend of forces that united the top-seeded Knights for their match against No. 3 seed Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga. Whether the spark was redemption or selfless team play, Foothil
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Brea Olinda boys defend title at CIF Finals BY ANDREW TURNER
    WALNUT – Championship Saturday has a knack for producing the unforeseen. Not this time. Brea Olinda’s boys cross country team had no interest in rewriting the script Saturday morning and defended its CIF-SS title with an impressive showing in the Division 3 race at Mt. San Antonio College. Austin Tamagno
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Laguna Hills twins reach CIF State meet BY ANDREW TURNER
    WALNUT - It’s the challenges in life that bring people together. The cross country season was nothing short of a family affair for the Laguna Hills girls team, and the CIF-SS Finals carried that same tune. Twin sisters Brianna and Marissa Bartello advanced to the CIF State championship meet in Clovis with top-
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • OCVarsity updates: girls volleyball finals
    OCVarsity's Damian Calhoun will have live updates on Twitter from today's CIF-SS girls volleyball finals today at Cerritos College. You can follow Damian on his Twitter handle (@DamianCalhoun) or by searching for the hash tag #ocvupdates. We'll also have the streaming updates on the Twitter feed on the OCVarsity homepage. Here
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Segerstrom battles to the end but falls short BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE - There was a few tears afterward but just as many supportive hugs. There was an unfamiliar sting but credit given to a deserving champion and optimism about next season. Segerstrom’s boys water polo team seemed to find its balance Saturday morning after falling to top-seeded Malibu, 10-7, in the CIF-SS Division 6 final at t
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Previews, predictions for today's finals BY DAN ALBANO
    SATURDAY’S CIF-SS BOYS WATER POLO FINALS All games at Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine DIVISION 1 Mater Dei (26-4) vs. Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (28-0), 5:30 p.m. Outlook: The No. 2 seeded Monarchs and No. 1 Wolverines clash in the
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Sage Hill reigns again by beating St. Margaret's BY PARTRICK KINMARTIN
    FULLERTON – Perhaps Jade Blevins will evolve to be more like the player her senior mentor Halland McKenna is – crafty, ever-anticipating and productive all over the court. Sage Hill definitely wasn’t anxious for the change just yet Saturday night. The separate charms of the Lightning’s stando
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Laguna Beach wins bitter battle to claim title BY ANDREW TURNER
    IRVINE – A band of brothers will fight for each other. That is the perfect way to describe Laguna Beach’s boys water polo, which battled past third-seeded Montebello for a 12-8 victory in the CIF-SS Division 3 final at Woollett Aquatics Center on Saturday night. The Breakers (25-6) had not faced Montebello since the 2
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Another sweep, another title for SVC BY DAVID DELGADO
    FULLERTON - Saddleback Valley Christian entered the CIF-Southern Section Division 3A girls volleyball final having won every set during its playoff run. That trend continued Saturday night at Fullerton College, as the Warriors defeated Woodcrest Christian of Riverside in convincing fashion, 25-15, 25-14, 25-15, to secure the championship.
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Playoffs update: Semifinals sites, times BY STEVE FRYER
    With only six football games involving Orange County teams, there will not be a scramble to secure stadiums for the CIF-Southern Section semifinals that will be played locally. San Clemente and Trabuco Hills won coin flips that decided they are home teams for their Southwest Division semifinals. San Clemente plays host to Sea View rival
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • CIF-SS boys water polo brackets By DAN ALBANO
    Click through the links below to find playoff brackets for all CIF-SS boys water polo divisions. We will update each bracket after each round: Division 1 Division 2
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Championship Saturday: Stories, photos, results
    Saturday was is the biggest day of Fall for Orange County's high school athletes. CIF-SS championships were decided in boys and girls cross country, boys water polo and girls volleyball in a series of events that ran throughout the day. OCVarsity had all of it covered -- with a reporter and photographer at every event. Cl
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Friday's playoff stories, photos, video and more
    This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's game stories, photos, updated brackets, video and more from the high school football games Friday: Updated CIF-SS football brackets
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • Updated CIF-SS football playoff brackets
    Click on the links below to see the brackets for all divisions in the 2014 CIF-SS football playoffs: O.C. DIVISIONS (updated through second round): Pac-5
    Sat Nov 22, 2014
  • JSerra's breakthrough season ends BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    MISSION VIEJO – The emotions after the game spoke volumes of how far the JSerra program had come this past season. The Lions faithful walked out of Saddleback College stunned. Several coaches could be seen with their hands on their knees. And a number of players consoled their teammates on the long walk back to the locker room.
    Fri Nov 21, 2014
  • Football playoffs: Tonight's score updates
    OCVarsity is the best place to get your information about the CIF-SS football playoffs, and that includes live score updates on game nights. Our reporters are posting score updates and other news on our Twitter account. You can find the scores by searching for the hash tag #ocvupdates or by going to the Twitter feed on our homepage. (
    Fri Nov 21, 2014
  • Mater Dei knocked out by Centennial BY JEREMY BALAN
    SANTA ANA – It was supposed to be a heavyweight bout – Centennial of Corona’s high-flying offense against Mater Dei’s lockdown defense – but an unheralded unit stole the spotlight Friday night at Santa Ana Stadium. The same Centennial defense that gave up 64 points to Serra last week withstood Mater Dei&rsqu
    Fri Nov 21, 2014
  • Trabuco Hills running game proves crtical BY STEVE FRYER
    MISSION VIEJO – The quarterback-receiver combination of Jimmy Jacobs and Jake Breeland has been a splendid combo for Trabuco Hills all season. Corona del Mar was well aware of that. The Sea Kings’ defense concentrated on keeping Jacobs-Breeland from establishing a rapport Friday in their second-round playoff game against the
    Fri Nov 21, 2014
  • Mission Viejo triumphs with late TD pass by Johnson BY ANDREW TURNER
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA – When you’re going good, you just find a way to win. Things are going good for Mission Viejo’s football team, which overcame some electrifying plays and a late charge by Rancho Cucamonga to win, 38-35, Friday night in the CIF-SS West Valley Division second round at Los Osos High. Brock Johns
    Fri Nov 21, 2014
  • Capo Valley headed to semifinals BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley extended its special playoff run Friday thanks to key plays on special teams and a swarming defense. Adam Gordon returned a punt 31 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and later added an interception as the Cougars defeated visiting Valencia, 26-7, in the second round of the CI
    Fri Nov 21, 2014
  • Buena Park settles a score BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    BUENA PARK – Buena Park running back Marcus Loudon wanted no part in exacting revenge against Villa Park during Friday night’s CIF-SS Southwest Division second-round playoff game. After the Coyotes lost to Villa Park by 26 points in last year’s playoffs, Loudon and his Buena Park teammates were simply focused on the fut
    Fri Nov 21, 2014