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  • Defense sparks offense for Santa Ana Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Ana Valley’s best offense Thursday was its defense. The Falcons’ girls water polo team used a tight press to spark a potent counterattack that charted the course for a 17-7 victory at Garden Grove in a duel of CIF-SS Division 7 contenders. Santa Ana Valley (6-2) forced at least five turnovers in each period, rac
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Barnett focused on Newport heading into final Battle of the Bay BY DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor girls water polo coach Bill Barnett said he will feel sentimental Friday when he participates in his final nonleague Battle of the Bay clash against rival Corona del Mar. But the retiring, legendary coach will likely keep his emotions even because he also is thinking about his team. Third-ranked Newport
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Podcast: Girls water polo season preview By DAN ALBANO
    OCVarsity's Dan Albano and Orange Lutheran girls water polo coach Steve Carrera preview the Division 1 girls water polo season in the Southern Section. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Girls water polo: University's Colton departing for Arizona State BY DAN ALBANO
    University girls water polo coach Jeff Colton, who had guided powerhouse Foothill the past few seasons, has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Arizona State women's team, he said Wednesd
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Villa Park vs. El Dorado (12-16-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Villa Park vs. El Dorado girls water polo game played on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Girls water polo preview: Top 10 players to watch BY DAN ALBANO
    TOP 10 GIRLS WATER POLO PLAYERS TO WATCH IN THE 2014-15 SEASON: Kayla Constandse Mater Dei, Jr. The Collegiate Cup participant will be key for the Monarchs now that Brianna Daboub and Sydney Blubaugh are at USC. Nikki Daurio Beckman, Sr. The Harvard commit is one
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • El Toro upsets Murrieta Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Center Dana Acquah-Asare scored three goals and goalie Tori Rainone made a steal with about 20 seconds left to help El Toro’s girls water polo team upset visiting Murrieta Valley, 10-9, in a nonleague match between Division 2 contenders Tuesday. The Chargers (4-3), ranked fourth in Division 2, led, 8-4, going into the
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Updated CIF rankings (12-15-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    Here are the updated CIF rankings in girls water polo: Division 1 1. Laguna Beach 2. Foothill 3. Newport Harbor 4. Corona del Mar 5. Los Al 6. S
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Girls water polo preview: Others to watch (updated) BY DAN ALBANO
    OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH IN THE 2014-15 SEASON: Valerie Ayala, Foothill, Fr. Madison Baba, Dana Hills, Sr. Bella Baia, Santa Margarita, Fr. Sophia Baia, Santa Margarita, Jr. Bella Baldridge, Laguna Beach, So. Eliza Britt, Corona del Mar, Sr.
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Schedule set for Santa Margarita showcase BY DAN ALBANO
    Here's the schedule for girls water polo showcase at Santa Margarita on Saturday: 9 a.m. El Toro v. No. 10 Huntington Beach 10 a.m. Riverside Poly v. Cerritos 11 a.m. No. 1 Laguna v.
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Scott, Dodson earn top All-CIF honors (updated) BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill center Gavin Scott and Laguna Beach utility Jack Dodson have been voted CIF boys water polo players of the year in Division 2 and Division 3, respectively, after leading their teams to titles last month. The honors highlighted the release Monday of the All-CIF teams for all seven divisions. Here are the sel
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Girls water polo O.C. Top 10 (12-15-14) By DAN ALBANO
    1. Laguna Beach 2-0 2. Foothill 4-0 3. Newport Harbor 2-1 4. Corona del Mar 2-0 5. Los Alamitos 8-0 6. Orange Lutheran 7-0 7. San Clemente 5-1 8. Santa Margarita 4-1 9. Mater Dei 6-1 10. Huntington Beach 7-4
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Girls water polo AOW: Sarah Siepker, Los Alamitos BY DAN ALBANO
    Sarah Siepker Los Alamitos The senior racked up 21 goals, 17 assists and 22 steals in five matches to help lead the Griffins to the title at the Villa Park Classic. Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregister.com
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Winter notebook: University's Farah an emerging force
    WRESTLING University’s John Farah is picking up things quickly in the wrestling room and the results are showing this season. Farah, the fourth-ranked heavyweight in the county, picked up Upper Weight MVP honors at Saturday’s Andrew Pena Classic, winning all four matc
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Los Alamitos captures Villa Park Classic title BY DAN ALBANO
    There’s a new coach and new players in the lineup but not everything has changed for the Los Alamitos girls water polo team. The Griffins still pride themselves on outworking opponents and receiving contributions from several players. And they still know what it takes to capture the Villa Park Classic. Los Alamitos showed al
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's water polo (12-11-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the San Clemente vs. La Habra girls water polo match played on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at Villa Park High School.
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • San Clemente up to the challenge BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente’s girls water polo players know being ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 2 has put a target on their caps. Opponents such as Thursday night’s offering – undefeated Villa Park – will be extra motivated to play the Tritons. But San Clemente met the challenge on the opening night of the Villa Park Classic w
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Boys water polo flash: Servite's Hassan resigns BY DAN ALBANO
    Respected Servite water polo coach Mustafa Hassan, who guided the Friars since 2008, has resigned to spend more time with his family and pursue other goals, he confirmed Thursday. "I think it's
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Boys water polo: San Clemente's Chase Hamming commits By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente utility Chase Hamming, who led Orange County boys water polo in scoring this past season, has committed to Cal, the senior reports. Hamming netted 152 goals but also added 64
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Roundup: Laguna Beach rolls to victory behind Fischers By DAN ALBANO
    In nonleague girls water polo on Tuesday: No. 1 Laguna Beach 19, No. 9 Edison 0: Makenzie Fischer scored six goals and her sister, Aria, added five goals and four assists to lead the host Breakers (2-0). Goalies Thea Walsh and Holly Parker combined for 15 saves for the reigning Division 1 champion.
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Updated CIF rankings (12-8-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    Here are the updated CIF rankings in girls water polo: Division 1 1. Laguna Beach 2. Foothill 3. Newport Harbor 4. CdM 5. San Marcos 6. Los Al
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • Boys water polo: O.C. all-star game set for Friday By DAN ALBANO
    Yorba Linda's Shardad Djahangiry and Capistrano Valley's Steve Yancey will coach the North and South, respectively, in the Orange County all-star boys water polo match Friday at Capistrano Valle
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Girls water polo O.C. Top 10 (12-8-14) By DAN ALBANO
    1. Laguna Beach 1-0 2. Newport Harbor 1-0 3. Foothill 2-0 4. Corona del Mar 1-0 5. Orange Lutheran 1-0 6. Los Alamitos 2-0 7. San Clemente 1-0 8. Santa Margarita 2-0 9. Edison 2-3 10T. Mater Dei 0-0 10T. Rosary 0-2
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Girls water polo AOW: Marcela Portales, Villa Park BY DAN ALBANO
    Marcela Portales Villa Park The senior utility scored 24 goals, including eight in the finals against Valhalla of El Cajon, to lead the Spartans (6-0) to the title of the Benson Cup. Villa Park captured its first tournament title since 2000.
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Trabuco Hills captures Valley tourney BY DAN ALBANO
    Trabuco Hills' girls water polo team defeated Sunny Hills, 12-8, to capture the Valley tournament title at Santa Ana Valley on Saturday night. In the semifinals, the Mustangs beat St. Lucy's, 15-11. And on Friday, Trabuco Hills' football team defeated San Clemente for the CIF Southwest Division crown.
    Sat Dec 06, 2014