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  • 2014-15 winter sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014-15 winter sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and e-mail it back to us at preps@ocre
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Santa Margarita goalie Doumas commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita water polo goalie Nikki Doumas, who has helped the Eagles capture consecutive CIF Division 2 titles, has committed to UC San Diego, Santa Margarita coach Brian Weathersby said. Please send water polo recruiting news to Dan Albano at
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Manderino, Northwood make right moves in OT BY DAN ALBANO
    Congratulations were due Northwood boys water polo coach Jocelyn Manderino for a few reasons Tuesday night. Manderino called a bold timeout in sudden-death overtime and orchestrated a play that delivered a winning goal by JJ Meador that lifted the Timberwolves past visiting Woodbridge, 12-11, in a critical match in the Paci
    Tue Oct 28, 2014
  • Water polo notes: Chase Hamming sets San Clemente scoring record BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior water polo standout Chase Hamming has crushed the school's all-time scoring record, Tritons coach Marc Parker reports. Hamming has 382 career goals, breaking Jordan Hewko's record of 313. NEW POOL EARMARKED FOR SUNNY HILLS Sunny Hills will break ground on a new 45-meter
    Mon Oct 27, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Los Al's Spieker commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitios water polo player Sarah Siepker has committed to Cal, Griffins report. Siepker plays club for Huntington Beach. The three-year starter helped the Griffins claim the Sunset L
    Mon Oct 27, 2014
  • Mater Dei can't get past Harvard-Westlake BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team gave Harvard-Westlake of Studio City another close match Saturday night but a victory against the top-ranked team in CIF-SS Division 1 remained just out of reach. Harvard-Westlake rallied from a one-goal deficit going into the fourth period by scoring four times in the final quarter for an 8-6 victo
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Mater Dei leads O.C. contingent into North-South Challenge BY DAN ALBANO
    Top-ranked Mater Dei, No. 3 Huntington Beach, No. 4 Laguna Beach along with Century League contender Villa Park are among the boys water polo teams competing at the North-South Challenge on Friday and Saturday in Atherton. The Monarchs (14-3) are the four-time defending tournament champion and could clash f
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Water polo: Laguna Beach's Fischer commits to Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player and U.S. national team member Makenzie Fischer has committed to reigning NCAA champion
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Swim recruiting: Laguna Beach's Juliusson commits to Purdue BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach senior swimmer Erik Juliusson of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Purdue, Novaquatics coach Adam Crossen reports via Twitter. Juliusson captured CIF Division 3 titles
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Beckman's Daurio commits to Harvard BY DAN ALBANO
    Beckman senior water polo player Nikki Daurio, pictured right, has committed to Harvard, Patriots girls coach Sam Bailey reports. Daurio racked up 103 goals, 46 assists and 1
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Laguna Beach strengthens grip in Division 3 BY DAN ALBANO
    LAGUNA BEACH Laguna Beach’s boys water polo team found the right combination Thursday to strengthen its grip atop Division 3. The Breakers, ranked No. 1 in the division, started fast and finished strong to defeat second-ranked Murrieta Valley, 11-6, in a nonleague match.
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Swim: Edison's Smith commits to LSU (updated) BY DAN ALBANO
    Inspiring Edison All-County swimmer Thomas Smith of the Aquazot club has committed to LSU, the senior said Friday. Since his freshman year at Edison, Smith has shared his journ
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Orange Lutheran earns biggest victory BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange Lutheran’s up-and-coming boys water polo team has accomplished plenty, but the Lancers made their biggest move in the Trinity League on Wednesday night. Freshman left-hander Ash Molthen scored four of his five goals in the second half, and visiting No. 7 Orange Lutheran played stingy defense at 2 meters en route to a
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Mater Dei defeated again by Harvard-Westlake BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei's boys water polo team didn’t solve rival Harvard-Westlake of Studio City on Tuesday night, but Orange County’s top-ranked squad still maintained its resolve after losing, 11-7, in an emotionally charged match at Harvard-Westlake. Center Ben Hallock and attacker Johnny Hooper each scored three goals an
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Corona del Mar hangs with Harvard-Westlake but not long enough BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE Corona del Mar’s boys water polo team accomplished something Saturday night that few teams have against Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. The Sea Kings stuck with the reigning CIF Division 1 champions for the first half.
    Sun Oct 12, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Foothill, CdM to clash in S & R Sport semifinals (corrected) BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar and Foothill will clash Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the S & R Sport Southern California boys water polo tournament at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. The squads will play at 2:40 p.m. (corrected time). In the second semifinal, defending tourn
    Sat Oct 11, 2014
  • Swim: Foothill's Kendall commits to Cornell BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill swimmer Spencer Kendall of the SoCal club has committed to Cornell, SoCal coach Stephen Pickell reports. Kendall finished seventh in the 200-yard freestyle at last season's CIF Division 1 finals with a 1:40.23. He dipped under 1:40 in prelims with a swift 1:39.95. He also placed 18th in the 500 free with a
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Roundup: Servite upsets No. 4 Orange Lutheran (updated) BY DAN ALBANO
    Max Weber scored five goals and Stephen Marcin added four as Servite's No. 9 water polo team opened Trinity League play with a 12-9 victory against No. 4 Orange Lutheran at Santiago Canyon College on Thursday. Goalie Jeff Sherer had 14 saves for Servite while Matt Kacura netted three goals for the Lancers
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Updated CIF rankings (10-6-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    Here are this week's CIF boys water polo polls: Division 1 1. Harvard-Westlake 2. Mater Dei 3. Loyola 4. Corona del Mar 5. Orange Lutheran
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Boys water polo: CdM captures Battle of the Bay BY DAN ALBANO
    Seniors Ashton Jajonie and Garrett Spruth combined for seven goals and goalie Nigel Bress made 11 saves as Corona del Mar's No. 2 boys water polo team sprinted past visiting No. 8
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Santa Margarita defends Villa Park Classic crown BY DAN ALBANO
    Goalie Ryan Melosini made three of his 12 saves in the fourth period and Austin Clark scored the winning goal with 1:21 left to lift Santa Margarita's boys water polo team past Righetti, 10
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Santa Margarita reaches Villa Park final BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita's boys water polo team, perhaps on the verge of returning to the O.C. Top 10, plays Righetti in the finals of the Villa Park Classic today at 3:30 p.m. at Villa Park. The Eagles are the tournament's defending champion. Later today at 7:30 p.m., Corona del Mar plays host to Newport Harbor in their annual "Battle of
    Sat Oct 04, 2014
  • Swim: Corona del Mar's Popp commits to Harvard BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar standout swimmer Meagan Popp of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Harvard, her club coach, Ken LaMont, said on Twitter on Wednesday. "Committed to Harvard!!!" the senior wrote on her Instagram page. "I couldn't be more excited." Popp captured the 500-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke at the Paci
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Swim: JSerra's Albertoli picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    JSerra All-County swimmer Kaitlyn Albertoli has committed to Stanford, the senior said Wednesday morning. "I am so thrilled to join this incredible group of girls and awesome c
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Boys water polo: CIF rankings (9-29-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    This week's CIF boys water polo polls: Division 1 1. Harvard-Westlake 2. Mater Dei 3. Loyola 4. Corona del Mar 5. Orange Lutheran 6. Hun
    Tue Sep 30, 2014