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
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.
TOP 10 GIRLS WATER POLO PLAYERS TO WATCH IN THE 2014-15 SEASON:
Mater Dei, Jr.
The Collegiate Cup participant will be key for the Monarchs now that Brianna Daboub and Sydney Blubaugh are at USC.
The Harvard commit is one
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
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.