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  • Los Alamitos finishes strong, secures Sunset title By KENNY CONNOLLY
    HUNTINGTON BEACH - Los Alamitos’s girls basketball team can cross off the No. 1 goal on its preseason checklist. The seventh-ranked Griffins secured their second consecutive Sunset League title on Monday night, grinding out a 56-48 victory over No. 8 Huntington Beach in what was the penultimate game of the regular season for both s
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Open Division bracket could grab O.C.'s top five teams By KENNY CONNOLLY
    The CIF-Southern Section will announce the Open Division selections on Friday afternoon, two days before the playoff brackets are released for every other girls division. The final Open Division watch list released Monday named 19 potential selections, including the teams in the top five of the county rankings: Brea Olinda, Mater Dei, Tr
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Girls basketball O.C. top 10 (2-8-16) By KENNY CONNOLLY
    O.C. TOP 10 (Records through Sunday) 1. Brea Olinda, 21-2 Ladycats’ two losses came back in December by a combined eight points. 2. Mater Dei, 23-3 The 25-point loss to Centennial of Las Vegas was the Monarchs’ most lopsided under Coach Kevin Kiernan
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Girls basketball player of the week: Jackie Cenan, Laguna Beach By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Jackie Cenan Laguna Beach The senior guard scored a season-high 33 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in a win over Costa Mesa, and followed that up with a 26-point, nine-steal effort against Saddleback. Cenan has scored 20-plus points in four consecutive games and is making 64 percent of her shots from the field du
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Mater Dei goes bust against Las Vegas powerhouse By KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA – The visitors had blown the game open well before the 3:30 mark in the fourth quarter, but their effort indicated otherwise. With her team, Centennial of Las Vegas, leading by 30 points, Samantha Thomas put up a shot from beyond the arc that ricocheted in the direction of the Bulldogs bench. Rather than letting th
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Mission Viejo-Capistano Valley girls basketball
    Check out photos from the Mission Viejo vs. Capistrano Valley girls basketball game played on Thursday, Feb. 4. Mission Viejo won, 39-34. 
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Fairmont Prep dominates league showdown with Orangewood By KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – Fairmont Prep came up just three seconds shy of blanking rival Orangewood Academy in the second quarter, a late free throw serving as the lone point surrendered. It carried that defensive dominance over into the second half, limiting the visiting Spartans to a mere four points in the third quarter. The fourth-rank
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Orange Lutheran sets up showdown with Mater Dei By KENNY CONNOLLY
    ORANGE – Its defense has given opponents fits since the start of the season, but offensively, Orange Lutheran’s girls basketball team is still searching for a level of consistency that will make the Lancers more dangerous in the playoffs. On Tuesday night, active hands on defense led to a number of easy buckets early on, prop
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Tesoro's road to victory full of bumps, twists By NATHAN PERCY
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – After a week off between games, Tesoro girls basketball coach Jim Arneson feared his players wouldn’t have their normal energy coming out of the gate against a tough Aliso Niguel squad. As it turned out, it wasn’t Tesoro’s start, but the Wolverines’ response that was concernin
    Tue Feb 02, 2016
  • Katz passes one milestone, gears up for big playoff push By KENNY CONNOLLY
    His journey began in 1978 at La Quinta, took a brief detour to the Pacific Northwest before finally finding its current course at Westminster. Lions girls basketball coach Dick Katz has won everywhere he’s gone, and last week he reached his latest milestone, earning career win No. 600 in a Golden West League game against Oce
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Girls basketball O.C. top 10 (2-1-16) By KENNY CONNOLLY
    O.C. TOP 10 (Records through Sunday, Jan. 31) 1. Mater Dei, 21-2 The Monarchs host the top-ranked team from Nevada in this week’s Nike Extravaganza. 2. Brea Olinda, 19-2 The Ladycats 13-game win streak is currently tied for tops in the county with Oxford Academy.
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Girls basketball athlete of the week: Austyn Masuno, Oxford Acad. By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Austyn Masuno Oxford Academy The talented freshman center posted three consecutive double-doubles last week as the Patriots inched closer to capturing the Academy League title. Masuno averaged 21 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in wins over Brethren Christian, Sage Hill and Whitney. She shot just under 80-percen
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Aliso Niguel-Dana Hills girls basketball
    Check out a slideshow of the Aliso Niguel at Dana Hills nonleague girls basketball game played on Saturday, Jan. 30. Aliso Niguel won, 71-41.
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: El Modena vs. El Dorado girls basketball
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the El Modena at El Dorado (nonleague) girls basketball game played on Friday, Jan. 29. El Dorado won, 50-36.
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • CIF-SS girls basketball polls (2-1-16)
    CIF-SS GIRLSS BASKETBALL POLLS (Selected by the CIF-SS Girls Basketball Advisory Committee) OPEN DIVISION WATCH LIST Alemany Brea Olinda Cajon Chaminade Etiwanda Fairmont Prep Harvard Westlake Long Beach Poly Mater Dei Oaks Christian
    Mon Feb 01, 2016
  • Rahon sparks Mater Dei's rally to beat Fairmont Prep By KENNY CONNOLLY
    The run started with all five of Mater Dei’s starters watching from the bench. Trailing by 10 points at the start of the fourth quarter, Monarchs sophomore sub Sarah Rahon drilled a 3-pointer from the wing. She added another 3-pointer 30 seconds later, and sank her third consecutive 3 one minute into the final period
    Sat Jan 30, 2016
  • Los Alamitos emerges from battle with strong hold on first place By KENNY CONNOLLY
    There was a four-and-a-half minute stretch in the third quarter that saw Los Alamitos and Edison go bucket for bucket. Eighteen consecutive possessions resulted in some sort of points, a fitting back-and-forth for a pair of squads duking it out atop the Sunset League girls basketball standings. Demonstrating a consistent ability
    Thu Jan 28, 2016
  • Cypress savors rare girls basketball win at Kennedy By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Kennedy High’s gym has been a house of horrors for Cypress’ girls basketball team, which hadn’t won a game on the Fighting Irish’s floor since 2009. Cypress made sure that streak came to an end Tuesday night. Senior forward Justina Yoo scored 11 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter, which included
    Tue Jan 26, 2016
  • Tesoro girls find way past San Clemente By NATHAN PERCY
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Trying to keep their South Coast League title hopes alive, the Tesoro and San Clemente girls basketball started off playing at a frenzied pace Tuesday night. The Titans became more comfortable midway through the first quarter and used San Clemente’s quickened pace to force 20 first-half turnovers en r
    Tue Jan 26, 2016
  • CIF-SS girls basketball polls (1-25-16)
    CIF-SS GIRLS BASKETBALL POLLS (Selected by the CIF-SS Girls Basketball Advisory Committee) Open Division watch list Alemany, Brea Olinda, Cajon, Centennial/Corona, Chaminade, Etiwanda, Fairmont Prep, Harvard Westlake, Long Beach Poly, Lynwood Orange Lutheran, Patriot, Santa Barbara, Serra, Sie
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Matson Classic loaded with intriguing matchups By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Top-ranked Mater Dei and No. 2 Brea Olinda will be in the same building Saturday afternoon. While Orange County’s perennial powers won’t square off, both will participate in the Tony Matson Memorial Classic at Orange Lutheran. The four-game showcase begins at noon with Canyon taking on No. 9 Santa Margarita. Mater Dei
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Girls basketball O.C. top 10 (1-25-16) By KENNY CONNOLLY
    O.C. TOP 10 (Records through Sunday) 1. Mater Dei, 19-2 Strength in numbers. Nine different Monarchs scored in the team’s 14-point win over No. 5 Orange Lutheran last Thursday. 2. Brea Olinda, 16-2 Reili Richardson is averaging 22-plus points a night during Brea’s cu
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Girls basketball athlete of the week: Natalia Bruening, CdM By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Natalia Bruening Corona del Mar The Sea Kings star center was dominant on both ends of the floor last week, scoring 28, grabbing 16 rebounds and blocking three shots against Leuzinger High before a 22-point, 12-rebound showing against Irvine that featured four additional swatted shots. The UC Santa Barbara signee is
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Brea Olinda works for win over Canyon By KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – It wasn’t the level of play Brea Olinda’s girls basketball team is accustomed to, but it couldn’t just be chalked up to an off night. Playing against a Canyon team that’s on the rise, the second-ranked Ladycats needed a 12-0 run midway through the second quarter to keep the feisty Comanches at arm&
    Fri Jan 22, 2016
  • Huntington Beach winning with triple-threat approach By KENNY CONNOLLY
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – It is commonly referred to as a hoops fundamental, but at Huntington Beach it is considered a nickname. The “triple-threat” position is an elementary stance youngsters are taught when they first step onto a court, the posture giving a player an option to shoot, pass or drive to the basket. In
    Fri Jan 22, 2016