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  • 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
  • Hot Shots: Katie Lou Samuelson's career
    Katie Lou Samuelson started out her high school career as the little sister from a family full of outstanding basketball players. (OK, a little sister with a tremendous shooting touch.) Now a senior, she is considered the top player in the nation. She has cleaned up on most of this season’s top national awards, including the
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Samuelson named Gatorade's national player of the year BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    SANTA ANA - The national player of year club at Mater Dei welcomed a new member Thursday. Senior Katie Lou Samuelson, who received the Naismith, Morgan Wooten and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association national awards in recent weeks, added the Gatorade National Player of the Year award to her collection. Samuelson j
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Fryer: O.C. Championships loaded with top volleyball teams BY STEVE FRYER
    They call it the Orange County Championships. And they aren’t kidding. The top seven boys volleyball teams in the county top 10 are in the Orange County Championships. The two-division tournament begins with pool play today at Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. Division 1 of the tournament has the
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Mater Dei's Samuelson receives Gatorade's top national award
    Click here to see OCVarsity's complete story and photos from the award ceremony.  ***    ***     *** 
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Girls basketball regionals: Scores, updated schedule
    Scores and schedule updates for the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs for girls basketball. We've included the schedule for all of the regional finals on Saturday. **UPDATED WEDNESDAY NIGHT** GIRLS BASKETBALL OPEN DIVISIONRegional semifin
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • Brea Olinda battles its way past Orange Lutheran BY KENNY CONNOLY
    As soon as she landed on the floor after throwing up a floater in the lane, Shaylissa Jarrett immediately reached for her left ankle, clutching it with a considerable amount of pain on her face. Trailing by eight points midway through the second quarter and its senior captain being helped off the court, Brea Olinda’s girls b
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • Mater Dei gets its wish: another shot at Chaminade BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA – The revenge tour for Mater Dei’s girls basketball team kicked off in impressive fashion Tuesday night. Katie Lou Samuelson sank five of the Monarchs’ eight 3-pointers and was part of a defense that limited visiting Long Beach Poly to its third-lowest output as Mater Dei collected a 60-44 victory in th
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • El Dorado enjoys the 'sweetest revenge ever' BY ANDREW TURNER
    TORRANCE – Losing to North Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship game had not settled well with El Dorado’s girls basketball team. So when senior Danielle Rumary and the rest of the Golden Hawks found out that they might get another shot to play North Torrance, in the CIF Southern California Regionals
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Taylor Loskot, Mission Viejo BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    TAYLOR LOSKOT MISSION VIEJO BASKETBALL GPA: 4.6 Loskot, a three-year starter, was a key member for the Diablos basketball team this year, averaging 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 blocks per game for the Diablos. Her performance in the classroom was even more impressive. She’s enrol
    Mon Mar 16, 2015