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  • 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
  • Updated schedule for girls basketball playoffs
    Scores from Wednesday's games and updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs. **UPDATED THURSDAY** GIRLS BASKETBALL OPEN DIVISION Championship semifinals Friday
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's girls basketball playoffs (2-25-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from CIF-SS girls basketball playoff games --- Fairmont Prep vs. Maranatha, JSerra vs. Estancia, Fountain Valley vs. Windward -- played on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Bigger CdM wears down Sonora in quarterfinals BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    There were contrasting styles battling on the basketball court Wednesday night as Sonora and Corona del Mar met in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 3AA girls basketball playoffs. The smaller Raiders relied on their speed and quickness, which they used to create chaos with an in-your-face, full-court press. The Sea Kings s
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • WBCA names Mater Dei's Samuelson its national player of the year
    Mater Dei’s Katie Lou Samuelson has been selected the 2015 WBCA High School Player of the Year, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today. The 6-foot-3 senior forward is averaging 29.3 points per game, 8.5 rebounds per game and 2.4 steals per game. She has signed with Connecticut. “Congratu
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Fired-up Samuelson, Mater Dei blow out Brea Olinda BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    BREA - It was almost impossible for the game to live up to the hype. When the Open Division bracket was released 12 days ago, local fans salivated over a potential quarterfinal matchup between top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 2 Brea Olinda. It had been three years since the Monarchs and Ladycats shared the same court, but there was o
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Open Division scores, schedule
    Scores from the CIF-SS girls basketball Open Division games on Tuesday. OPEN DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTERFINALS Mater Dei 77, Brea Olinda 50 Alemany
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • OCVarsity updates for the 'Game of the Year'
    Mater Dei is better. Brea Olinda is better. Mater Dei! Brea! MATER DEI!! BREA!! That's basically the debate that goes on every year in Orange County as fans argue about the area's top girls basketball team. For a long time, the top team was Brea Olinda, but lately is has been Mater Dei. And this ye
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • Sonora shows good survival skills BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    It’s a phrase you’ll hear more and more as March approaches, and it’s a motto basketball coaches tend to live by when the fate of their team’s season is dictated by the next 32 minutes of action: survive and advance. Eight of the 12 CIF-SS divisions have reached the quarterfinals stage, meaning only eight teams in
    Mon Feb 23, 2015
  • Girls basketball AOW: Marisa Ramsey, SVC BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Marisa Ramsey Saddleback Valley Christian The sophomore guard broke a school record with a 58-point performance against Environmental Charter in the first round of the Division 5AA playoffs. Ramsey went 8-for-11 beyond the 3-point arc. She scored 21 points in the first quarter, 14 in the second, 18 in the third and
    Mon Feb 23, 2015
  • O.C. girls basketball top 10 (2-23-15) BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    O.C. TOP 10 (Records through Sunday) 1. Mater Dei, 26-1 The Monarchs have won their last three meetings against tonight’s opponent, Brea Olinda. 2. Brea Olinda, 23-3 The last time the Ladycats topped Mater Dei was on Jan. 18, 2010. Brea was the only team to beat
    Mon Feb 23, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete of the week: Megan House, JSerra BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Megan House JSerra Girls basketball GPA: 4.5 The senior center is a four-year starter for the Lions. She is averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds a game for Lions, the top-seeded team in the CIF-SS Division 4AA playoffs. House’s classes include AP English, statistics and American govern
    Mon Feb 23, 2015
  • Updated girls basketball playoffs schedule (2-23-15)
    The updated pairings for all divisions of the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs. OPEN DIVISIONChampionship quarterfinalsTuesday (Feb. 24), 7 p.m.Mater Dei
    Sun Feb 22, 2015
  • Valencia opens playoffs with victory BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    Despite finally earning that playoff home game the senior-laden Valencia girls basketball team had strived for, the Tigers still had to play away from their own gym. That didn’t deter Valencia’s focus as the black and gold El Dorado High gym swelled with blue-and-gold cheers. Valencia overcame an early deficit with ho
    Sat Feb 21, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Saturday's girls basketball (2-21-15)
    Check out OCVarsity’s photos from the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. The games include Edison vs. Beckman, El Modena vs. Tustin and Laguna Beach vs. Harvard-Westlake.
    Sat Feb 21, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Saturday's O.C. scores
    Orange County scores from Saturday's girls basketball games: CIF-SS Division 1AA PlayoffsSan Clemente 59, Los Osos 40    Los Alamitos 55, Rancho Cucamonga 33Trabuco Hills vs. King (Riverside) CIF-SS Division 1A PlayoffsEdison 63, Beckman 34    Fountain Valley 70, Sch
    Sat Feb 21, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Updated schedule (2-20-15)
    Schedule for the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs. *UPDATED FRIDAY** OPEN DIVISION Championship quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. Mater Dei at Brea Olinda Sierra Canyon at Alemany Chaminade at Ventura Long Beach Poly at Vista M
    Fri Feb 20, 2015
  • Carbajal ends Rancho Alamitos' playoff frustration
    Rancho Alamito’s girls basketball team just wanted to be on the right side of history. In four previous playoff appearances under Coach Anh Tung Than, the Vaqueros had been dismissed in the first round each time. But the streak ended there. Gabrielle Carbajal made a driving layup with five seconds left, and th
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Fryer: Fans get their wish with Brea vs. Mater Dei BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s the girls basketball game everybody wanted. Mater Dei plays Brea Olinda on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs. The game is at Brea. Mater Dei is No. 1 and Brea is No. 2 in this week’s county rankings. In the state top 20, Mater Dei is No. 1 and Brea is N
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Mater Dei begins playoffs by crushing JW North
    Katie Lou Samuelson’s jumper was consistently finding nylon. Whether it was in transition or in Mater Dei’s half court sets, Andee Velasco either made the right pass or knocked down the shot she had created. And on the rare occasion a Monarchs’ attempt rimmed out early on, Ally Rosenblum and
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Thursday's scores
    Scores from the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs on Thursday night. DIVISION 3AAFirst round, ThursdayNorth Torrance 62, Royal 34Rancho Alamitos 42, Laguna Hills 31Esperanza 48, Orange 26Indio 65, Don Lugo 37Corona del Mar 79, Leuzinger 55Calabasas 64, Baldwin Park 42La Sierra
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Catalano, Esperanza too much for Orange BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ANAHEIM - The goals are still in reach for the Esperanza girls basketball team, and that means the first round went according to plan. The Aztecs, who are the ninth seed in the CIF-SS Division 3AA playoffs, were led by Maddi Catalano’s 18 points in a 48-26 home victory over Orange on Thursday night. The Aztecs (16-9)
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Brea Olinda holds off challenge from Centennial BY GABRIEL RIZK
    CORONA - Taking a six-point lead into the fourth quarter against Centennial didn’t do much to put at ease Brea Olinda girls basketball coach Jeff Sink. “I never felt better about anything; they’re too athletic and deeper than we are, so it’s a battle all the way,” Sink said of the Ladycats’ oppo
    Wed Feb 18, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Wednesday's scores, schedule updates
    CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS **WEDNESDAY'S SCORES & SCHEDULE UPDATES** Open Division First round, Wednesday Mater Dei 77, JW North/Riverside 42 Brea Olinda 66, Centennial/Corona 58 Sierra Canyon 74, Gardena Serra 53
    Wed Feb 18, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Student sections edition By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. On Part I of this special episode, Brian is joined by representatives from The Asylum, The Jungle, The Blue Crew and The Sixth Man to discuss
    Tue Feb 17, 2015