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
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
CIF STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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
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
CIF STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL FINALS
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.
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?
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
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.
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,
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
Girls Division V: La Jolla Country Day vs. East Palo Alto Eastside
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
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
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINAL
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.
CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINAL
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
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
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
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.
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
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**
OPEN DIVISIONRegional semifin
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
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
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
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