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  • Saturday's CIF championship girls water polo scores BY DAN ALBANO
    Saturday's CIF championship girls water polo scores At Irvine Division 1 Laguna Beach 11, Foothill 6 Division 2 El Toro 5, San Clemente 4 Division 3 Arroyo Grande 6,
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • El Dorado returns to Division 3AA title game BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    El Dorado’s senior duo of Brooke Salas and Jaylin Jones combined to score 46 points Saturday night in leading the Golden Hawks past visiting South Hills of West Covina, 66-50, in the CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinals. For the second consecutive season, El Dorado (24-7) will play in a CIF championship game. The Golden Haw
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran runs out of magic in semifinals BY ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – They were playing their best at the end of the season. Orange Lutheran’s boys basketball team had won five in a row against a handful of tough opponents. The magic ran out Saturday night as the Lancers fell to top-seeded Bishop Montgomery of Torrance, 69-47, in a CIF-SS Open Division semifinal at Hope Inte
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Wrestling: O.C. qualifiers for CIF State Tournament By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    O.C. qualifiers for CIF State Tournament 106 – Liam Cronin (Servite); Dexter Viengvilay (Laguna Hills); Elijah Palacio (Calvary Chapel) 113 – Ryan Gutierrez (Brea Olinda) 126 – Noah Blakley (Servite); Russell Rohlfing (Sonora); Christian Claudio (Calvary Chapel) 132
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach, El Toro capture CIF titles BY DAN ALBANO
    Aria Fischer scored five goals, Makenzie Fischer added three and Holly Parker made 12 saves as Laguna Beach's girls water polo team capped a perfect season with an 11-6 victory against Foothill in the CIF-SS Division 1 final. It was the Breakers' second consecutive Division 1 crown. In Division 2, Haley Ha
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Yorba Linda's Ochoa captures Masters Meet title BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ONTARIO – Abe Ochoa said he’s ready for what’s ahead of him at this year’s CIF State Tournament. If his performance this weekend is any indication, then Yorba Linda’s heavyweight could have another productive Saturday. Ochoa, who won a CIF title last weekend, won four matches by fall and then defeated
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Ocean View falls in Div. 6 final By DAN ALBANO
    Alyssa Welfringer made 12 saves and Nikki Langley scored twice but Ocean View's girls water polo team fell to a talented Pasadena Poly, 10-4, in the CIF-SS Division 6 final in Irvine on Satu
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Wrestling: CIF-SS Masters Meet Update By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The first round of consolation wrestling is done. The winners qualified for the state tournament. The losers in that round drop to the ninth-place mini bracket. Here are the wrestlers that qualified for state with a victory this morning: Christian Claudio, Calvary Chapel Zak Evans, Irvine Morris Wilner, Cal
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Albano, Weathersby's CIF finals predictions By DAN ALBANO
    Here are a few predictions for today's CIF girls water polo championships from Santa Margarita coach Brian Weathersby and myself. I believe all three games will be close, especially Division 2 and
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Scores, schedule for the boys soccer playoffs
    Scores from Friday's games and the updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS boys soccer playoffs. BOYS SOCCER DIVISION 1Quarterfinals, FridayServite 3, Paramount 0Loyola 3, Santa Margarita 1El Toro 2, Los Alamitos 0Edison 1, Cor
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Scores, schedule for boys basketball playoffs
    Scores from Friday's games and the updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs. **UPDATED SATURDAY** OPEN DIVISIONChampionship semifinal, SaturdayBishop Montgomery 69, Orange Lutheran 47
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Laguna Beach caps perfect season BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team felt a little nervous at the start Saturday night and quickly fell behind against Foothill in the CIF-SS Division 1 final. “We were definitely freaking out,” attacker Bella Baldridge said. “I was kind of surprised (Foothill) came out so hard.”
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • El Toro wins first CIF-SS girls water polo title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – The joyful screams from the El Toro players huddled around the championship plaque Saturday night rang with history. The Chargers claimed their first CIF-SS girls water polo title by rallying past South Coast League rival San Clemente, 5-4, in a dramatic Division 2 final with an ending cut from Olympic legend. El T
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Boys basketball: The schedule By STEVE FRYER
    Here is what we have for CIF-Southern Section playoff games involving Orange County teams ... Semifinals (all games 7 p.m.) Today Open Division -- Bishop Montgomery (29-1) at Orange Lutheran (24-4) Monday Division 6 -- Orangewood Academy (18-12) at Joshua Springs (21-3) Tuesday Open
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Ocean View falls in final but earns respect BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Ocean View’s crowd rose to its feet and cheered Saturday as the Seahawks climbed from the pool after the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo final. For the third consecutive season, Ocean View fell in the section’s biggest splash, falling to top-seeded Pasadena Poly and left-hander Lindsey Kelleher, 10-4,
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Samuelson pushes Mater Dei into Open final BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA – When they made their way out of the locker room at the conclusion of Friday night’s contest, Mater Dei’s senior duo gave off an aura of exhaustion, but for good reason. Katie Lou Samuelson hit the deck time after time over the course of four physical quarters, while Andee Velasco sported a fres
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Girls wrestling: Four county wrestlers advance to semifinals By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Canyon’s Aleeah Gould (106), Kennedy’s Miyuki Pugrad (126), Valencia’s Gabby Garcia (126) and Magnolia’s Arlene Hernandez (150) advanced to the semifinals at their respective weights at the CIF State Tournament in Visalia. Gould won her first match fall and her second by decision to adv
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Determined Tustin returns to semifinals BY TIM BURT
    TUSTIN – Tustin’s boys basketball team has been pointing for a return trip to the semifinal round of the CIF-SS playoffs for a while. Friday night, the No. 3 Tillers punched their ticket with a 64-60 victory over Long Beach Millikan in the quarterfinal round of the 1AA playoffs in front of a near-capacity crowd in the Tustin
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Los Alamitos finds way around Santa Margarita BY STEVE FRYER
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – It was not working for Eyassu Worku. Noah Rasheed and his Santa Margarita teammates were doing what Worku would say was the best defense he has encountered all season. So Los Alamitos needed some scoring help elsewhere Friday. And Los Alamitos got it. Five players, including two reserv
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Hot-shooting Edison has postseason breakthrough BY BOB KEISSER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Edison will be making its first trip to the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball semifinals next week in 21 years. Appropriately, the achievement came via a slew of 3-point field goals that all seemed to be from 21 feet or longer. Senior Brae Ivey hit four 3-pointers, each seemingly longer the other, in th
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Rodriguez makes sure Sonora gets back to final BY BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO
    POMONA – Sonora boys basketball coach Mike Murphy called senior point guard Josh Rodriguez “the best player in the county” after the Raiders defeated Diamond Ranch of Pomona, 76-56, on Friday night in a CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinal. Rodriguez, the Raiders’ captain, stands just under 5-foot-11, but h
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Araujo, Foothill pull off 'amazing' comeback BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    SANTA ANA – “Amazing, wasn’t it?” “I have no words. Just awesome.” “Amazing. I don’t have the words to say how I’m feeling right now.” Those postgame quotes from Foothill boys basketball coach Rusty Van Cleave, Riley O’Hern and Lucas Araujo fr
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Balikoiogla's goal lifts Edison
    Garen Balikoiogla scored in the 70th minute with a powerful blast from 30 yards out, and goalkeeper Tiago Costa withstood a barrage of shots early in the game as visiting Edison defeated Corona, 1-0, on Friday in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 boys soccer playoffs. By winning, the Chargers (14-7-2) advance to th
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Marina's Coppa keeps streak going at Masters BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ONTARIO – Last week, Marina’s Ryker Coppa pinned his way to the 195-pound CIF title. After the first day of the CIF-SS Masters Meet, Coppa is sticking with what is working. The senior won his first three matches, all by fall, to guarantee himself a trip to next week’s CIF State Tournament and a spot in to
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • El Toro enjoys win, but no icy bath just yet BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    LAKE FOREST – Two El Toro boys soccer players picked the water cooler up off the bench and headed onto the field, making a beeline for Coach Shawn Watts. Watts spotted them, turned around, wagged a finger and stopped them in their tracks. But the No. 2 Chargers were still in a mood to celebrate. Their classmates had
    Fri Feb 27, 2015