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  • CIF-SS preseason boys water polo polls (8-31-15) BY DAN ALBANO
    The CIF-SS released its 2015 preseason coaches polls in boys water polo on Monday:  Division 1 1. Harvard-Westlake (defending champion) 2. Mater Dei 3. Loyola
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Mater Dei center Duncan commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei water polo center Sean Duncan has committed to Princeton, Monarchs coach Chris Segesman reports. Duncan, a senior, scored 48 goals last season for Mater Dei. P
    Mon Aug 31, 2015
  • Water polo: San Juan Hills names Buich as boys, girls coach BY DAN ALBANO
    San Juan Hills has named Santa Margarita assistant Ivan Buich as its boys and girls water polo coach, athletic director Armando Gonzalez confirmed. Buich played at Golden West Colle
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Academy League to debut in 2015 BY DAN ALBANO
    There's a new boys water polo league coming to Orange County in 2015. The Academy League, featuring Crean Lutheran, Sage Hill, Whitney of Cerritos and Webb of Claremont will debut this fall, Crean Lut
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Swim: Mater Dei standout Kampfer transfers to CIF champion Crean Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei standout freestyler Brittany Kampfer has enrolled at three-time defending CIF champion Crean Lutheran, Saints girls swim coach Craig Brown said Wednesday. Kampfer, a
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Laguna Beach's Aria Fischer, Santa Margarita's Shoults win world junior titles BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player Aria Fischer and Santa Margarita swimmer Grant Shoults are finishing the summer aquatics season as junior world champions. Fischer, a juni
    Tue Aug 25, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Northwood selects alumnus Kim-E as coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Northwood has selected alumnus and former standout Kyle Kim-E as its boys and girls water polo coach, Timberwolves boosters announced and Kim-E confirmed. Kim-E was a four-year varsity pla
    Mon Aug 24, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: U.S. attacker Maddie Musselman commits to UCLA BY DAN ALBANO
    U.S. women's water polo attacker Maddie Musselman, an All-County performer from Corona del Mar who recently helped the Americans capture the FINA World Championships in Russia, has committed to UCLA, she confirmed Wednesday. "Happy to be committed to UCLA" the class of 2016 recruit posted on Twitter. Mus
    Wed Aug 12, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: Dana Hills' Bennett Williams commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Dana Hills water polo standout Bennett Williams has committed to Stanford, Dolphins boys coach Matt Rosa reports. Williams, a second-team All-County selection last fall as a junior, join
    Mon Aug 10, 2015
  • O.C. players help U.S. water polo capture more gold BY DAN ALBANO
    The U.S. women’s water polo team’s global reign reached an historic level Friday with plenty of assistance from Orange County. Tournament MVP Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos) scored twice and fellow attackers Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Maddie Musselman (Corona del Mar) each added a goal as Team USA defea
    Fri Aug 07, 2015
  • Swim: McLaughlin helps USA strike relay gold at World Champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin landed a major assignment Thursday at the FINA World Championships and came through golden in Kazan, Russia. The Santa Margarita graduate and Mission Viejo Nadadores swimmer wa
    Thu Aug 06, 2015
  • SET girls take silver after controversy at Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE One of youth water polo’s best rivalries of the spring and summer didn’t end in the clearest fashion Sunday at the Junior Olympics. There were questions about what transpired in the final seconds. There was satisfaction for the winners and disappointment for the losers. But from Orange County&rsquo
    Mon Aug 03, 2015
  • Northwood Club climbs to the top at Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE - The rise of an Orange County water polo power moved Tuesday to the coronation stage, complete with medals and wonder about what the future holds. Northwood Water Polo Club’s 16-and-under boys defeated top-seeded Del Mar of San Diego, 7-5, to capture gold in their age group’s top
    Tue Jul 28, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Northwood 16's (Orange Lutheran) reach Junior Olympics final BY DAN ALBANO
    Northwood's 16-and-under boys club water polo team has reached the finals of today's Junior Olympics at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Northwood, featuring players from Orange Lutheran, takes on Del Mar of San Diego at 3:30 p.m. Regency's two-time defending champion 18-and-under boys fell to Santa Barbara Polo Pals, a
    Tue Jul 28, 2015
  • Largest Junior Olympics under way in Orange County BY DAN ALBANO
    If Orange County’s most spacious pools seem more crowded than usual the next week or so, fear not: it’s just the arrival of the nation’s largest youth water polo tournament. Starting on Saturday, USA Water Polo’s Junior Olympics roll into 24 high school pools along with the William W
    Sat Jul 25, 2015
  • Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register boys swimmer of the year Grant Shoults has committed to Stanford, the Santa Margarita senior-to-be announced Saturday. "It's been an exciting process learning about some of the top swimming programs across the country and getting to know some of the best coaches and swimmers in the world," the Mission Viejo
    Sat Jul 25, 2015
  • Mater Dei boys, Laguna Beach girls capture state titles BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA Mater Dei’s boys water polo team couldn’t get past Harvard-Westlake of Studio City last fall in four matches, including the CIF-SS Division 1 final. On Sunday, the Monarchs continued to progress on reversing that trend by defeating the top-seeded Wolverines in the final of the biggest high school summer tournament.
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna-CdM to clash for state, two Breakers commit BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Division 1 champion Laguna Beach will play at Corona del Mar and new coach Kevin Ricks in the girls water polo final of the California State High School Championships later this afternoon. The game is set for about 3:45 p.m. The Breakers recently had Haley Evans (UCLA) and Natalie Selin (UC Santa Bar
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Newport Harbor boys, Sinclair surprise at state tournament BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Ross Sinclair knows some were surprised by the result Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Just don’t count the new Newport Harbor boys water polo coach and his team among the jolted
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Re-energized Carlson returns to coach Los Al girls BY DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH Dave Carlson felt “burnt out” when he resigned from coaching varsity water polo at Los Alamitos. The avid sports fan recharged by attending football and baseball games throughout the country.
    Fri Jul 17, 2015
  • Water polo podcast: State summer championships preview BY DAN ALBANO
    The California State high school water polo championships are Friday through Sunday in Orange County. Dan Albano of OCVarsity.com and The Register and Coach Steve Carrera of Orange Lutheran previewed the tournament with a podcast on July 16, 2015.
    Fri Jul 17, 2015
  • Water polo: State tournament splashes down this weekend BY DAN ALBANO
    Forty-eight boys water polo teams and 48 girls squads will be in act
    Thu Jul 16, 2015
  • Water polo: U.S. men, women claim gold at Pan American Games BY DAN ALBANO
    Josh Samuels (Villa Park) and Luca Cupido (Newport Harbor) each scored three goals and Merrill Moses made 17 saves Wednesday as the Rio Olympics-bound U.S. men's water polo tea
    Thu Jul 16, 2015
  • County stars help U.S. men qualify for Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Newport Harbor standout Luca Cupido scored three goals and veteran goalie Merrill Moses added 17 saves Monday night in Toronto as the U.S. men's water polo team held off Canada, 9-8, in the
    Mon Jul 13, 2015
  • U.S. men seeking Olympic berth at Pan American Games BY DAN ALBANO
    Dejan Udovicic left the reins of a European water polo juggernaut for this type of scenario. “I’m always looking for a new challenge,” the U.S. men’s water polo coach said in June. Udovicic, 44,
    Mon Jul 13, 2015