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  • Saturday's CIF championship girls water polo scores BY DAN ALBANO
    Saturday's CIF championship girls water polo scores At Irvine Division 1 Laguna Beach 11, Foothill 6 Division 2 El Toro 5, San Clemente 4 Division 3 Arroyo Grande 6,
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Laguna Beach caps perfect season with title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team felt a little nervous at the start Saturday night and quickly fell behind against Foothill in the CIF-SS Division 1 final. “We were definitely freaking out,” attacker Bella Baldridge said. “I was kind of surprised (Foothill) came out so hard.”
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach, El Toro capture CIF titles BY DAN ALBANO
    Aria Fischer scored five goals, Makenzie Fischer added three and Holly Parker made 12 saves as Laguna Beach's girls water polo team capped a perfect season with an 11-6 victory against Foothill in the CIF-SS Division 1 final. It was the Breakers' second consecutive Division 1 crown. In Division 2, Haley Ha
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Ocean View falls in Div. 6 final By DAN ALBANO
    Alyssa Welfringer made 12 saves and Nikki Langley scored twice but Ocean View's girls water polo team fell to a talented Pasadena Poly, 10-4, in the CIF-SS Division 6 final in Irvine on Satu
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • El Toro wins first CIF girls water polo title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – The joyful screams from the El Toro players huddled around the championship plaque Saturday night rang with history. The Chargers claimed their first CIF-SS girls water polo title by rallying past South Coast League rival San Clemente, 5-4, in a dramatic Division 2 final with an ending cut from Olympic legend. El T
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Ocean View falls in final but earns respect BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Ocean View’s crowd rose to its feet and cheered Saturday as the Seahawks climbed from the pool after the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo final. For the third consecutive season, Ocean View fell in the section’s biggest splash, falling to top-seeded Pasadena Poly and left-hander Lindsey Kelleher, 10-4,
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Albano, Weathersby's CIF finals predictions By DAN ALBANO
    Here are a few predictions for today's CIF girls water polo championships from Santa Margarita coach Brian Weathersby and myself. I believe all three games will be close, especially Division 2 and
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Damato siblings bonded by their love of water polo BY DAN ALBANO
    They’re separated by 16 years, two schools and one playoff division, yet no brother-sister duo will likely be more united at today’s CIF-SS girls water polo championships. Ethan and Maddy Damato have grown too close to have it any other way. Today will deliver another batch of memories for the Damato fa
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • CIF Div. 2 final preview San Clemente-El Toro BY DAN ALBANO
    SATURDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO FINALS At Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine DIVISION 2 SAN CLEMENTE (19-7) VS. EL TORO (22-9), 4 p.m.
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • CIF Div. 6 final preview Ocean View-Pasadena Poly BY DAN ALBANO
    SATURDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS At Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine DIVISION 6 OCEAN VIEW (25-6) VS. PASADENA POLY (25-3), 11:30 a.m.
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Saturday's CIF finals schedule, semifinal scorelist BY DAN ALBANO
    Here's Saturday schedule for the CIF girls water polo championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine: Div. 7 10 a.m. (right course) No. 2 Foothill Tech vs. No. 1 Hillcrest
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Roundup: El Toro girls earn first trip to the finals BY DAN ALBANO
    The record board that looms over the pool at El Toro could need some updating thanks to the efforts by the Chargers’ girls water polo team Wednesday night. Dana Acquah-Asare and Ashley Riley each came up big in overtime as top-seeded El Toro defeated No.4 Murrieta Valley, 11-9, in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals at t
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Foothill charges back into Div. 1 final BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE - Foothill’s girls water polo team re-introduced itself Wednesday night as a CIF-SS Division 1 finalist. Esteemed coach Bill Barnett said goodbye after 49 years at his beloved Newport Harbor. Long-standing rivals Foothill and Newport Harbor headed in different directions after the Knights rallied from an early
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Albano, Weathersby predictions, Div. 6 scouting report BY DAN ALBANO
    Here are Santa Margarita girls water polo coach Brian Weathersby's predictions for today's CIF Division I semifinals -- the reigning coach of the year is perfect so far -- along with my picks for
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Orange County's semifinal schedule (updated) By DAN ALBANO
    Here is the semifinal schedule for Orange County girls water polo teams on Wednesday: Division 1 At William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine Foothill vs. Newport, 5 p.m.
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • CIF notes: Laguna Beach's focus on CdM not O.C. record By DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team sprinted to an Orange County milestone over the weekend but the Breakers didn’t get too excited. They remained focused on another goal. Coach Ethan Damato’s squad took sole possession of the county record for most consecutive victories by notching No. 50 in an 18-5 triumph aga
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Div. 1 semifinal preview: Corona del Mar-Laguna Beach By DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION I CORONA DEL MAR (23-6) VS. LAGUNA BEACH (29-0) Site, time: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Mission Viejo falls in semifinals BY GABRIEL RIZK
    DIAMOND BAR - Despite a jump up in division and massive turnover on its roster, the Riverside Poly girls water polo team finds itself right back where it was a year ago – one win away from claiming a CIF title. The reigning CIF-SS Division 5 champion Bears defeated Mission Viejo, 11-8, Wednesday night in the Division 4 semifinals.
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Troy smothered by dominating King defense BY ERIC-PAUL JOHNSON
    IRVINE - – Scoring goals during a water polo match is a good thing, but the ability to prevent teams from scoring is equally valuable. ML King of Riverside turned in another fantastic defensive performance Wednesday afternoon, cruising past Troy, 11-2, during a CIF-SS Division3 semifinal at the Woollett Aquatic Center. The
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Live Stream: Newport Habor vs Foothill semifinal
    Watch a live stream courtesy of GoLivePolo of the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal between Foothill and Newport Harbor at William Woollett Aquatics Center.  The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Div. 2 semifinal preview: Murrieta Valley-El Toro By DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS MURRIETA VALLEY (21-10) VS. EL TORO (21-9) Site, time: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, 6:30 p.m.
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Div. 2 semifinal preview: San Clemente-Agoura By DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 2 AGOURA (25-6) VS. SAN CLEMENTE (18-7) Site, time: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center,
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Div. 3 semifinal preview: Troy-M.L. King of Riverside By DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 3 TROY (24-7) VS. M.L. KING OF RIVERSIDE (23-8) Site, time: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Div. 4 semifinal preview: Mission Viejo-Riverside Poly By DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 4 MISSION VIEJO (26-4) VS. RIVERSIDE POLY (21-11) Site, time: Diamond Ba
    Tue Feb 24, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Div. 6 semifinal preview - Ocean View-Santa Monica By DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 6 SANTA MONICA (20-12) VS. OCEAN VIEW (24-6) Site, time: Santa Ana Valley, 5 p.m. &n
    Tue Feb 24, 2015