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  • Mater Dei-based Regency wins Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team might not feature a star player this fall like in years past. But because of the teamwork they showed Tuesday, the Monarchs could be just as good as seasons past. Regency’s 18-and-under boys club team, a near replica of Mater Dei’s upcoming squad, outlasted
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Water polo: Mater Dei-based Regency strikes gold at Jr. Olympics By DAN ALBANO
    Tournament MVP Nick Lavayen scored in the final round of shootouts and goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made two key saves at the end of regulation to help Mater Dei-based Regency defeat L
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • CdM water polo soars, scores gold in New Zealand BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – Nothing unites a team like a plunge or two … or three … off a 600-foot building, right? It sounds extreme, but that’s one of the experiences the Corona del Mar girls water polo players bonded over during a recent trip to New Zealand. The players also hiked inactive volcanoes, endured the
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Mater Dei takes second in state, Laguna girls win BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team didn’t get the outcome it desired Sunday but the Monarchs said they still proved an important point: They can play with reigning CIF Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City despite heavy losses from graduation. Top-seeded Harvard-Westlake never trailed but couldn’t co
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Water polo: Laguna Beach girls win state title, Mater Dei boys second By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made eight saves, including one against a penalty, and attackers Lucas Wyatt and Matthew Payne each scored twice for the Monarchs but th
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Mater Dei, Harvard-Westlake on course to clash By DAN ALBANO
    Division 1 boys water polo rivals Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City remained on a collision course Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Last season’s Division 1 finalists each won twice to cruise into Sunday’s semifinals at Foothill.
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Lynn out at Newport Beach club By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Former U.S. Olympic assistant men's water polo coach Robert Lynn is no longer coaching at Newport Beach Water Polo Club but remains Newport Harbor's boys varsity coach, officials with the
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Water polo: State high school tournament starts Friday By DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team and the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City boys are the top seeds for the California State High School Championships this weekend in Orange County. Both schools are th
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Sunny Hills graduate commits By DAN ALBANO
    High-scoring Sunny Hills water polo player Kate Vera, who scored 121 goals this past season, has committed to Whittier College, Lancers water polo coach Keith Nighswonger reports. Vera,
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Boys water polo: East Coast star seeks to enroll at Mater Dei By DAN ALBANO
    U.S. national team water polo player Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan High in Connecticut -- one of the hottest rising talents in the sport -- said Tuesday at the
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players inivted to U.S. camp
    Huntington Beach pitcher Hagen Danner and Mater Dei pitcher Nick Pratto were among the Orange County players selected to participate in the U.S. 17U National Team Development Program. The players were invited to a training camp Aug. 11-15 in Cary, N.C. Also selected were Aliso Niguel catcher Blake Sabol, Mate
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Notebook: Summer basketball is everywhere By: STAFF REPORT
    The summer basketball season is in full swing, with tournaments and leagues at several locations in Orange County. Continuing operation this week are the Hope International University High School Summer League, the Tiger Basketball League at Valencia, the Los Al Summer League at Los Alamitos, the Villa Park Summer League and the Sea King
    Wed Jun 25, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Ex-Foothill coach Colton lands in Pacific Coast League By DAN ALBANO
    Former Foothill girls water polo coach Jeff Colton, who resigned in
    Mon Jun 23, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Costa Mesa goalie checks in at Edison By DAN ALBANO
    Costa Mesa all-league water polo goalie James Rydjeski has transferred to Edison, Chargers boys water polo coach Diggy Riley reports. Rydjeski will be a senior in the fall.
    Mon Jun 23, 2014
  • Boys water polo/swim: Los Al hires Danna as coach, teacher By DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitos has hired Brent Danna as its boys water polo and boys swim coach, Griffins athletic director Richard Smith said Wednesday. Danna also has been hired as a teacher at the Sunset League school. Danna, a former water polo standout at El Toro, had been
    Wed Jun 11, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Los Alamitos hires Brent Danna By DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitos has named Brent Danna as its boys water polo coach, ex-Griffins coach Dave Carlson said Wednesday afternoon. Danna also has been hired as a social science teacher at the Sunset League sch
    Wed Jun 11, 2014
  • Water polo: SoPac younger age-group rankings after JO quals By DAN ALBANO
    The summer water polo season for boys and girls has arrived, so here's a look at the results from the recent Southern Pacific zone qualification tournament for Junior Olympics. Below are the rankings in the younger divisions courtesy of Chad Beeler of Laguna Beach Water Polo Club and Dana Hills girls water polo. A few trends: Vang
    Wed Jun 11, 2014
  • 2013-14 AOYs: Engel got the party started BY DAN ALBANO
    Lindsey Engel locked on her target and quickly made her move. With Crean Lutheran’s post-CIF celebration about to start on the bulkhead of the pool, the swimmer grabbed her coach’s arm and started to push. “There was no getting off that plank without getting wet,” said Coach Craig Brown, who
    Wed Jun 11, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Athletes of the Year banquet (6-10-14)
    Check out photos from the Register’s Athletes of the Year banquet at the O.C. Sports Grill in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Among the awards that were handed out were the Register’s Boys Athlete of the Year (Mater Dei’s Stanley Johnson), Girls Athlete of the Year (Santa Margarita’s Katie McLaughlin), Small Sc
    Wed Jun 11, 2014
  • Swim: JoySplash returns Saturday at Marguerite Recreation Center By DAN ALBANO
    The third annual JoySplash, a fundraiser for the
    Tue Jun 10, 2014
  • Swim: JSerra names USC assistant swim coach, aquatics director By DAN ALBANO
    JSerra has named former Auburn All-American swimmer and USC assistant coach Kevin Clements as its aquatics director and swim coach, Lions athletic director Jim Hartigan announced Monday.
    Mon Jun 09, 2014
  • Girls water polo/swim: Veteran Costa Mesa coach resigns By DAN ALBANO
    Veteran Costa Mesa girls water polo and girls swim coach Tim Postiff has resigned for personal reasons, he confirmed Friday. Postiff said the decision to resign was difficult but was the best
    Fri Jun 06, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Mater Dei trio helps U.S. men strike gold in China BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei products Bret Bonanni, McQuin Baron and Anthony Daboub helped the U.S. men's water polo team defeat Brazil, 11-7, to capture the recent FINA Intercontinental Tournament in Ch
    Tue Jun 03, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Makenzie Fischer tabbed for Super Final By DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach High senior-to-be Makenzie Fischer, left, was named Monday to the U.S. women's water polo team for the FINA World League Super Final in China, June 10-15. Orange County prod
    Mon Jun 02, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's McLaughlin is girls swimmer of the year BY DAN ALBANO
    A season and school-year full of significant changes couldn’t slow Katie McLaughlin in the pool. The Santa Margarita junior got faster, which at her level, is a considerable undertaking. McLaughlin blazed to a national high school record in the 100-yard butterfly, an Orange County record in the 200 freestyle and led
    Fri May 30, 2014