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  • San Clemente brings trouble, in triplicate BY DAN ALBANO
    SAN CLEMENTE – If one wants to experience an entertaining side of the Hamming’s sibling rivalry, ask the San Clemente water polo triplets how they share a car when it comes to their conflicting work schedules. Good-natured banter follows and their different personalities quickly surface. In a high-pitched voice, Mi
    Mon Sep 01, 2014
  • Boys water polo preview: O.C. Top 10
    O.C. PRESEASON TOP 10 1. Mater Dei: Well-balanced Monarchs are chasing Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City but remain the clear leader in Orange County. 2. Foothill: The Knights return 40-goal scorers Chas Hornecker and Gavin Scott, along with enough surrounding talent to contend i
    Mon Sep 01, 2014
  • Boys water polo preview: Top O.C. players to watch BY DAN ALBANO
    O.C. PLAYERS TO WATCH Marko Asic, Dana Hills, Sr.: The sharp-shooting attacker will be counted on heavily but will be supported by rising junior Bennett Williams. Jack Dodson, Laguna Beach, Sr.: The utility player leads a deep roster, which includes his Orange Coast
    Mon Sep 01, 2014
  • Boys water polo preview: Others to watch BY DAN ALBANO
    OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH Aki Andersen (Laguna Beach, Sr.) Sam Baber (Trabuco Hills, Sr.) Kyle Beeler (Trabuco Hills, Sr.) Cade Baldridge (Laguna Beach, Sr.) Nigel Bress (Corona del Mar, Sr., GK) Jakob Colladay (Laguna Beach, Jr.) Clay Daviso
    Mon Sep 01, 2014
  • Boys water polo preview: Important dates BY DAN ALBANO
    IMPORTANT DATES Sept. 25-26, South Coast Tournament; Oct. 2-4, Villa Park Classic; Oct. 8, Huntington Beach at Newport Harbor; Oct. 10-11, S & R Sport invite; Oct. 14, Mater Dei at Harvard-Westlake; Oct. 24-25, North-South Challenge; Nov. 4, Foothill at Villa Park; Nov. 9, CIF playoff pairings released; Nov. 22, CIF finals.
    Mon Sep 01, 2014
  • Swim: Edison grad Tom Shields breaks own American record BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Edison and Ca swimmer Tom Shields broke his American short-courd record by capturing the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.08 at a FINA World Cup meet in Doha, Qatar. Shields also moved closer to the world record of 1:48.56 set by Chad Le Clos of South Africa in 2013. Please send swimming news to Dan Albano at da
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Boys water polo: University coach Coffman resigns BY DAN ALBANO
    University boys water polo coach Andy Coffman, who guided the Trojans the past five seasons, has resigned, he confirmed Tuesday. Coffman said he is moving to San Diego with his girlfriend. University has been a solid contender in the Pacific Coast League under Coffman. Two seasons ago, the Trojans tied for second in the le
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Serrano twins take over at Costa Mesa BY DAN ALBANO
    Twin brothers Cody and Dustin Serrano are the new co-coaches of the Costa Mesa boys and girls water polo teams, Mustangs athletic director Sharon Uhl reports. The pair replace Justin Taylor on the boys side and Tim Postiff on the girls, both of whom resigned. The Serranos both played water polo at Costa
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • McLaughlin grabs bronze at Pan Pacific champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita senior swimmer and reigning Register female athlete of the year Katie McLaughlin claimed a major international medal Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Austra
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • Boys water polo: East Coast star not headed to Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    U.S. national team water polo player Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan in Connecticut,
    Wed Aug 20, 2014
  • Dana Hills enters season with high expectations BY NATHAN PERCY
    Despite losing seven seniors to graduation after a successful year, Dana Hills water polo coach Matt Rosa believes his team returns enough experience and young athletes to make a run for a third consecutive league title in 2014. After dropping in the quarterfinals of CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs each of the past two years, the Dolphins wil
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • Newport Harbor names Palazzo, Melstrom head coaches BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Former U.S. Olympic men’s assistant coach Marco Palazzo was introduced Monday night as Newport Harbor’s interim boys water polo coach while the school’s assistant girls water polo coach, Brian Melstrom, was named the su
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • Water polo: U.S. women capture World Cup BY DAN ALBANO
    Goalkeeper Sami Hill made 16 saves and Melissa Seidemann, Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Kiley Neushul combined for seven goals as the U.S. women's water polo team defeated Australia, 10-6, to capture the FINA World Cup in Russia. Team USA won the tournament for the second consecutive time, adding to its  World Cup titles in
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • El Toro hires Johnson as boys, girls water polo coach BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro has hired former national team player Justin Johnson (Mission Viejo) as its boys and girls water polo coach, athletic director Jimmy Martin announced Friday. Johnson played at UCLA a
    Fri Aug 15, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mission Viejo offensive linemen offered BY DAN ALBANO
    Mission Viejo All-County center Cole Smith (6-3, 275) has been offered by USC, Diablos football coach Bob Johnson said Wednesday. "He's money," Johnson said of Smith, who also has Pac-12 offe
    Wed Aug 13, 2014
  • Water polo: Newport Harbor hosting town hall meeting Monday night BY DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor will host a town hall meeting Monday night for its aquatics community to reveal plans for the boys and girls water polo programs, principal Sean Boulton said Tuesday. Boulton said th
    Tue Aug 12, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Newport Harbor AD told that Lynn resigned BY DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor athletic director Mike Zimmerman said Monday while on vacation that he has been told by school administration that boys water polo Robert Lynn resigned. Newport
    Mon Aug 11, 2014
  • Ledecky breaks world record, shares triple crown with Evans BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Katie Ledecky brought the crowd to its feet at the Phillips 66 National Championships after just three laps of the women’s 400-meter freestyle final Saturday night. The 17-year-old was more than a second under world-record pace and the towel-waving and Thunder-Stick-pounding faithful knew a historic swim could be unfolding.
    Sun Aug 10, 2014
  • Shields steals opening-night spotlight from Phelps BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Tom Shields pumped his fist and unleashed a mighty splash after touching the wall first in the 200-meter butterfly Wednesday night. The first stunning twist of the Phillips 66 National Championships had surfaced. On an opening night that saw Michael Phelps make a surprising and costly mistake, Shield
    Thu Aug 07, 2014
  • Swim recruiting: Northwood's Monjay commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Northwood senior-to-be and SOCAL club swimmer Billy Monjay has committed to USC, his father, Dick, reports. Monjay
    Fri Aug 01, 2014
  • Mater Dei-based Regency wins Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team might not feature a star player this fall like in years past. But because of the teamwork they showed Tuesday, the Monarchs could be just as good as seasons past. Regency’s 18-and-under boys club team, a near replica of Mater Dei’s upcoming squad, outlasted
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Water polo: Mater Dei-based Regency strikes gold at Jr. Olympics By DAN ALBANO
    Tournament MVP Nick Lavayen scored in the final round of shootouts and goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made two key saves at the end of regulation to help Mater Dei-based Regency defeat L
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • 2014 fall sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014 fall sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and e-mail it back to us at preps@ocregiste
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • CdM water polo soars, scores gold in New Zealand BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – Nothing unites a team like a plunge or two … or three … off a 600-foot building, right? It sounds extreme, but that’s one of the experiences the Corona del Mar girls water polo players bonded over during a recent trip to New Zealand. The players also hiked inactive volcanoes, endured the
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players take part in lacrosse event
    Evidence of lacrosse’s growth in Orange County was plentiful at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, which was held last weekend at Towson University in Baltimore. Seven county players were on the West boys underclassmen team, which made an appearance in the event’s semifinals for the first time ever.
    Mon Jul 21, 2014