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  • Girls water polo: Div. 1 semifinal preview: Newport Harbor-Foothill By DAN ALBANO
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Morgan lifts CdM into the semifinals BY DAN ALBANO
    Grace Morgan delivered a perfectly timed breakthrough Saturday in her season-long mission to build confidence and find her offensive niche. The senior matched her season high with five goals to help lead Corona del Mar’s fourth-seeded girls water polo team past visiting No. 5 Orange Lutheran, 11-8, in the CIF-SS Division 1 q
    Sat Feb 21, 2015
  • Barnett brings dynasty-making journey to an end BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH - Bill Barnett spun the tales from his desk in the Newport Harbor team room. Dressed in blue shorts and a neatly tucked white-collared shirt, the 72-year-old water polo coach left the door open to a sunny afternoon and laughed plenty despite a plethora of medical challenges behind him and unforeseen ones ahead.
    Fri Feb 20, 2015
  • Strong finish advances Ocean View to next round BY DAN ALBANO
    Ocean View’s girls water polo team showed its resiliency again Thursday night in the CIF-SS Division 6 playoffs. The second-seeded Seahawks scored on their first four possessions of the fourth period to shake Santa Ynez, 10-8, in a tightly contested first-round match at Ocean View. Ocean View (23-6) led, 5-4, going into the
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Los Alamitos celebrates after surviving wild ending BY DAN ALBANO
    The emotions of Los Alamitos’ girls water polo team spanned the extremes Wednesday in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. The Griffins are just happy the journey ended with a celebration. Cal-bound senior Sarah Siepker scored from 6 meters to narrowly beat the final buzzer and lift Los Alamitos past ho
    Wed Feb 18, 2015
  • La Habra sprints to wild-card win BY DAN ALBANO
    La Habra’s girls water polo team delivered a clinic Tuesday on some of the finer points of a high-octane counterattack. And unfortunately for El Rancho of Pico Rivera, the Highlanders thoroughly covered the critical areas. La Habra used its speed advantage, anticipation skills, clever positioning, aggressive defense and the
    Tue Feb 17, 2015
  • Servite selects Coffman as director of aquatics BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite has selected former University boys water polo coach Andy Coffman as its director of aquatics in charge of water polo and swimming. Coffman also has strong ties to the SOCAL boys club p
    Tue Feb 17, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Huntington Beach attacker signs with UC San Diego BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach water polo attacker and captain Noah Nelson has signed with UC San Diego. Nelson was a second-team All-Sunset League selection in the fall for the league champion Oilers.
    Mon Feb 16, 2015
  • Playoff Central '15: Semifinal previews, podcast, predictions BY DAN ALBANO
    OC Varsity's Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) has comprehensive coverage of the CIF-SS girls water polo playoffs, including all of the pairings as well as updates and analysis. SEMIFINAL PODCAST
    Sun Feb 15, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Saddleback Valley Chr. sleeper signs with Azusa Pacific BY DAN ALBANO
    Saddleback Valley Christian safety Charlie Morris (6-1, 195) has signed with Azusa Pacific, Warriors football coach Brian Pearsall confirmed. The Division II program finished 10-1 las
    Fri Feb 13, 2015
  • OLu's Meyer excels at new sport BY DAN ALBANO
    Bailey Meyer started a new sport while battling an old foe during her sophomore year at Orange Lutheran. She joined the newly formed girls water polo team, but her dyslexia made some directions in the pool challenging. Dyslexia is an inherited learning disorder often marked by difficulty reading. Meyer combated her dyslexi
    Fri Feb 13, 2015
  • Boys water polo recruiting: Huntington Beach's Wolf signs with UCLA BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach boys water polo goalie Alex Wolf,
    Thu Feb 12, 2015
  • Roundup: San Clemente uses defense to upset El Toro BY DAN ALBANO
    In girls water polo Tuesday: In the South Coast: No. 8 San Clemente 7, No. 6 El Toro 5: The Tritons (16-6, 6-1) and goalie Hylah Prussak (12 saves) held the Chargers, ranked No. 1 in Divisi
    Tue Feb 10, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Kennedy's Minott signs with Long Beach State BY DAN ALBANO
    Kennedy senior water polo center Zachary Minott (6-1, 220), a fourth-team All-County pick, has signed with Long Beach State. “Very under-rated,” Kennedy coach Eric Pierce
    Mon Feb 09, 2015
  • Newport Harbor hires Olympic great Peirsol (updated) BY DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor has hired five-time Olympic gold medalist and world record-setting swimmer Aaron Peirsol, a graduate of the school, as its varsity boys swim coach, Principal Sean Boulton
    Mon Feb 09, 2015
  • Laguna Beach adds Irvine SoCal title to its cache BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team is led by demanding Coach Ethan Damato but he acknowledged Saturday that his Breakers have surpassed even his lofty expectations. And it was hard to disagree after top-ranked Laguna Beach defended its title at the Irvine Southern California Championships by defeating No. 2
    Sat Feb 07, 2015
  • El Toro strikes in OT, beats No. 6 Los Alamitos BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro’s girls water polo players made their traditional postgame jump to high-five first-year coach Justin Johnson on Thursday night. The former national team player towers at 6-foot-7 and holds his hand high, but the Chargers seemed to have some extra bounce in their step and spirit after one of their biggest victories.
    Thu Feb 05, 2015
  • Podcast: Inside O.C. water polo By DAN ALBANO
    OCVarsity's and Coach Steve Carrera of Orange Lutheran talk water polo rankings and preview the Irvine Southern California Water Polo Championships, Feb, 5-7, in Irvine. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.
    Thu Feb 05, 2015
  • 2015 Winter Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed
    Orange County athletes who officially signed their National Letters of Intent (or a commitment letter with a military academy or Ivy League school) on Wednesday. Football, boys soccer, girls soccer and boys water polo are the only sports that can officially sign during this period. FOOTBALL • Nico Ament, Servit
    Wed Feb 04, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Your Signing Day photos (2-4-15)
    Click through the slideshow to see reader-submitted photos of Orange County athletes signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2015. Send us your Signing Day photos to (Include the athlete’s name, sport, high school and university or college attending.)
    Wed Feb 04, 2015
  • Send OCVarsity your Signing Day news, photos
    OCVarsity is going to have comprehensive coverage of Signing Day in Orange County. And we'd like you to be part of it. Please email us the name of any county athletes who officially sign today. A list of the athletes who sign will be published in Thursday's Sports section and on Also, email us photos of the
    Tue Feb 03, 2015
  • Boys water polo flash: Huntington Beach selects Branisavljevic as coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach has hired Sasa Branisavljevic as its boys water polo coach, he confirmed moments ago. Branisavljevic is the director of the powerful Huntington Beach-based Vanguard Water Polo
    Mon Feb 02, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: Dana Hills' Asic headed to Pepperdine BY DAN ALBANO
    Dana Hills All-County water polo player Marko Asic has committed to Pepperdine, the senior reports. The South Coast League MVP racked up 97 goals and added a team-high 70 assists. The
    Mon Feb 02, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran earns share of first Trinity title BY DAN ALBANO
    It was a difficult test featuring an unexpected twist, but Orange Lutheran’s girls water polo team still passed Tuesday night and continued its breakout winter. Utility Emma Skelly scored four goals and attacker Campbell Ruh added three as the No. 5 Lancers overcame Kelsey Tyler’s foul trouble to sink No.
    Tue Jan 27, 2015
  • Boys water polo: National team standout enrolls at Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    The boys water polo rivalry between Mater Dei and reigning Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake got more intriguing Tuesday. U.S. national team left-hander Thomas Dunstan of Connecticut began a
    Tue Jan 27, 2015