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  • Boys water polo: All-Star game in need of coaches By DAN ALBANO
    The annual Orange County all-star boys water polo game for seniors is seeking coaches for its match planned for this Sunday, Dec. 6. The game is seeking a coach for the North and South teams.
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Water polo: Fattal's late strike sinks Australia By DAN ALBANO
    Attacker Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos) scored from the perimeter with eight seconds left to lift the U.S. women's water polo team past Australia, 8-7, at Dos Pueblos on Friday afternoon. With the vi
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo preview: Mission Viejo wants this to be a breakthrough season By DAN ALBANO
    A successful adventure to a European water polo hotbed. The return of the entire starting lineup from last season. A chance to make school history. Those are a few of the reasons Mission Viejo’s girls water polo team enters this winter with so much anticipation. “We want to make a statement,” junior Emilee Fe
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Ex-El Toro goalie Danner selected MPSF player of the year By DAN ALBANO
    UCLA water polo goalie Garrett Danner (El Toro) has been selected MPSF player of the year, the organization announced. The junior led the Bruins (28-0) to the MPSF tournament title, making a career
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo preview: O.C. top 10 By DAN ALBANO
    The girls water polo O.C. preseason top 10 for 2015-16: 1. Laguna Beach: The two-time defending CIF Division 1 champions will show their depth now that junior Aria Fischer has opted for the U.S. national team and Makenzie Fischer has graduated. “There’s definitely some disappointed seniors who want
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo preview: Top 5 players to watch By DAN ALBANO
    The top O.C. girls water polo players to watch in the 2015-16 season: BELLA BALDRIDGE Laguna Beach, Jr. The left-handed attacker emerges as the Breakers’ top offensive threat with the departure of the Fischer sisters. She proved worthy last season with 57 goals and 85 assists. HOLL
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo preview: Other players to watch By DAN ALBANO
    Dana Acquah-Asare, El Toro, Sr. Valerie Ayala, Foothill, So. Sydney Baba, Dana Hills, Jr. Bella Baia, Santa Margarita, So. Sophia Baia, Santa Margarita, Sr. Sarah Barker, Newport Harbor, So. Abbey Blake, Los Alamitos, Sr. Maia Borisoff
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo preview: Important dates By DAN ALBANO
    IMPORTANT DATES Foothill vs. San Marcos, Dos Pueblos at Dos Pueblos (Dec. 5) Villa Park Classic (Dec. 10-12) Newport Harbor at Foothill (Dec. 11) Newport Harbor at Corona del Mar (Dec. 18) Laguna Beach vs. Orange Lutheran at Santa Margarita Showcase (Dec. 19) Holiday Cup (Dec. 29-30)
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Australia rallies to beat U.S. women at Los Alamitos By DAN ALBANO
    LOS ALAMITOS The reigning world champion U.S. women’s water polo team suffered a rare loss Tuesday night but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Make no mistake, Australia’s 8-7 victory at the Joint Forces Training Base frustrated Team USA, though it could help the squad as continues towa
    Wed Nov 25, 2015
  • Foothill tops Dana Hills in epic sudden-death battle for Div. 2 crown By DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE The Foothill and Dana Hills boys water polo teams proved Saturday that making championship history is no small
    Sat Nov 21, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: All of Championship Saturday's events
    Check out all of our photos from Championship Saturday - the most important day of the fall for the fall sports. County teams were competing for CIF-SS titles in cross country, volleyball and water polo, and we have photos from all of the action. For complete coverage, go to There are stories from all of the games, scores,
    Sat Nov 21, 2015
  • Capo Valley runs into unstoppable force in final By KYLE GLASER
    IRVINE - Capistrano Valley knew it had to shut down Ian Fleenor in order to upset Murrieta Valley on Saturday night. Knowing it was one thing. Being able to do it was another matter. Fleenor had five goals, three assists, three steals and three ejections drawn in a transcendent effort, and the top-seeded Nighthawks beat th
    Sat Nov 21, 2015
  • Swim: Newport Harbor's Peirsol to be inducted into International Hall of Fame By DAN ALBANO
    Aaron Peirsol, the Orange County-bred swimmer who became arguably the greatest backstroker of his generation and a five-time Olympic gold medalist, will be inducted into the International Swimming
    Fri Nov 20, 2015
  • Wednesday's CIF semifinal scores BY DAN ALBANO
    BOYS WATER POLOWednesday's CIF water polo scoresSemifinals Division 1Mater Dei 7, Loyola 6Harvard 12, HB 9 Division 2Foothill 12, Damien 8Dana Hills 11, Mira Costa 8 Division 3Capo Valley 9, Laguna Beach 8Murrieta Valley 13, Montebello 9 Division 4Crescenta Val
    Thu Nov 19, 2015
  • Mater Dei finds way to set up another showdown in final By DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE - Mater Dei’s quest to follow the path of its rival faced a double-edged threat during the second half of a tight CIF-SS Division 1 boys water polo semifinal Wednesday. The Monarchs encountered surging Loyola of
    Wed Nov 18, 2015
  • Semifinal previews, predictions for the Great Eight BY DAN ALBANO
    h\ There are eight boys water polo teams alive in the CIF-SS playoffs. Here's a preview of the games Wednesday:
    Wed Nov 18, 2015
  • Roundup: Late goal sends Capo Valley into Div. 3 final By DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Capistrano Valley’s boys water polo team is back in the CIF-SS finals. Skyler Stanton
    Wed Nov 18, 2015
  • Girls water polo: CIF-SS preseason polls (11-16-15)
    CIF-SS preseason poll for girls water polo. GIRLS WATER POLO Division 1 1. Laguna Beach 2. Foothill 3. Orange Lutheran 4. San Marcos 5. Corona del Mar 6. Dos Pueblos 7. Mater Dei 8. Newport Harbor 9. Santa B
    Mon Nov 16, 2015
  • Wojciechowski gives Oilers OT victory By DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach’s boys water polo team made the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals last season for the first time since 1958. On Saturday, the Oilers showed no interest in giving up their spot in the semifinals showcase under the l
    Sun Nov 15, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: Ex-CdM star Musselman signs in Brazil BY DAN ALBANO
    Ex-Corona del Mar water polo standout Maddie Musselman showed newfound range Thursday in Brazil. Musselman signed her letter of intent with UCLA while in Rio de Janeiro 
    Thu Nov 12, 2015
  • Newport Harbor loses in first round for first time By DAN ALBANO
    The two most storied boys water polo programs in Southern Section history woke the ghosts of past classic matches Wednesday night with roars from the crowd and a sudden-death overtime thriller. The first-round pairing between Newport Harbor and Long Beach Wilson always seemed like it held more than just a Division 1 playoff opener and th
    Thu Nov 12, 2015
  • Girls water polo: El Toro's Acquah-Asare commits By DAN ALBANO
    El Toro water polo center Dana Acquah-Asare has committed to Loyola Marymount, Chargers water polo coach Justin Johnson reports. The left-handed senior helped the Chargers capture the CIF Divi
    Wed Nov 11, 2015
  • Fall Signing Day: Water polo, swimming notes By DAN ALBANO
    A notable athlete was absent from Santa Margarita’s signing day ceremony, but he had a good excuse. Grant Shoults, the Register’s reigning swimmer of the year who committed to Stanford in late July, was in Minneapolis preparing for the Arena Pro Swim Series meet, which runs Thursda
    Wed Nov 11, 2015
  • CIF Central '15: Albano's Div. 1 first round predictions By DAN ALBANO
    Welcome to CIF Central '15, OCVarsity's landing page for coverage of the 2015 boys water polo playoffs: Albano's playoff predictions
    Tue Nov 10, 2015
  • Water polo: USA women rout China in Irvine BY DAN ALBANO
    Kiley Neushul collected four goals and three assists and Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach) was one of three players with two goals as the U.S. women's team water polo team defeated China, 14
    Mon Nov 09, 2015