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  • 2014 All-league girls water polo teams (updated 4-17) BY DAN ALBANO
    GIRLS WATER POLO CENTURY LEAGUE (Div. 1) MVP: Cana Manzella, Foothill, Jr. First Team: Emily Konishi, Foothill, Jr.; Sydney Groot, Foothill, Sr., Julia Sellers, Foothill, Jr.; Jena Jekums, Canyon, Jr.; Julia Van Marter, Canyon, Jr.; Marcela Portales, Villa P
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Spring Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent Wednesday. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in the following sports: boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys a
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Ex-Sunny Hills standout signs with San Diego St. By DAN ALBANO
    Former Sunny Hills standout water polo player Alex Hoetker, now at Fullerton College, signed Wednesday with San Diego State, her mother, Deborah, reports. Hoetker was a Freeway League MVP
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Spring Signing Day photos
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • OCVarsity wants your Signing Day news, photos
    Wednesday is the beginning of the spring period when high school students can sign a National Letter of Intent for the following sports: baseball, softball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, girls water polo, swimming, wrestling and hockey.  Please email your signing news to the Register and at preps@ocre
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Sprague inducted into U.S. Hall of Fame BY DAN ALBANO
    LA HABRA – Jim Sprague prefers to focus more on the future than the past. The 78-year-old water polo coach still rises early to lead morning workouts for hungry players at Sonora. He still films the sessions with hopes of improving a player’s technique. He saunters to the pool deck with the aid of a stroller but his m
    Fri Apr 04, 2014
  • Brumm doubling up for Foothill water polo BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill has hired its veteran boys water polo coach, Jim Brumm, to coach the Knights’ girls water polo team, Principal Nick Stephany confirmed Tuesday. Brumm replaces fourth-year coach Jeff Colton, who resigned for personal reasons during last season, just 3 1/2 weeks before the playoffs started. Brumm
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • Girls water polo flash: Brumm takes over Foothill girls team By DAN ALBANO
    Veteran Foothill boys water polo coach Jim Brumm has been named the girls water polo coach at the Division 1 powerhouse, Foothill principal Nick Stephany confirmed Tuesday. Brumm repla
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • Girls water polo flash: Brumm takes over Foothill girls team By DAN ALBANO
    Veteran Foothill boys water polo coach Jim Brumm has been named the girls coach at the Division 1 powerhouse, Principal Nick Stephany confirmed Tuesday. Brumm replaces Jeff Colton, who resigned in late January for personal reasons. More info to come.
    Tue Apr 01, 2014
  • University makes statement at Millikan BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO – University’s boys swim team positioned itself in prelims as the favorite entering Saturday night’s 43rd Millikan Southern Section Relays. But instead of cruising through finals, the Trojans turned on the jets and enhanced their status as major CIF Division 1 contenders. Orange County’s top-
    Sat Mar 29, 2014
  • Laguna Beach's Fischer is girls water polo player of the year BY DAN ALBANO
    Makenzie Fischer created many fond memories during the girls water polo season, but one makes her burst with laughter on almost every word as she recounts the tale. Laguna Beach, the story goes, went bowling during a team-bonding excursion while in the Santa Barbara area. Fischer and Taylor Julson drew the slight ir
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's Weathersby is girls water polo coach of the year BY DAN ALBANO
    The pivotal coaching moment for Brian Weathersby didn’t come drawing up a trick play or switching defenses at halftime. It arrived when he simply listened and responded. Weathersby’s Santa Margarita girls water polo team had just been upset by Los Alamitos in the second round of the Irvine Southern California Champions
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • 2013-14 All-County girls water polo team BY DAN ALBANO
    PLAYER OF THE YEAR MAKENZIE FISCHER Laguna Beach, Jr., Attacker/Defender Read a feature about Fischer. COACH
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Water polo flash: El Toro's McCleave resigns after two seasons By DAN ALBANO
    El Toro boys and girls water polo coach Brett McCleave has resigned for family reasons, he said Friday. McCleave guided the El Toro boys the past two seasons after replacing Coach Don Stoll, who retired. He also served as a co-head coach and head coach the past two seasons with El Toro's girls water polo team.
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: El Toro center commits By DAN ALBANO
    El Toro all-South Coast League water polo center Matt Mundell (6-7, 250) has committed to Concordia in Irvine, his step-father, Dan, reports. Mundell's brother, Josh, also plays for Concordia.
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • 2013-14 All-County girls water polo: Second, third teams BY DAN ALBANO
    SECOND TEAM Kacey Avalos, Santa Margarita, Sr. Bella Baldridge, Laguna Beach, Fr. Sydney Blubaugh, Mater Dei, Sr. Cara Borkovec, Laguna Beach, Sr. Aria Fischer, Laguna Beach, Fr. Cleo Harrington, Newport Harbor, Sr., GK Ella Weber, Los Alamitos, S
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Eagles shine in Millikan title defense By DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO The term “depth” in swimming sometimes describes swimmers who are more role players than standouts. Santa Margarita’s girls team appears set to redefine that terminology, and maybe a few records. “I think we’re more than depth,” senior Emily Gibson said Saturday night at th
    Sun Mar 23, 2014
  • All-CIF girls water polo team
    ALL-CIF GIRLS WATER POLO TEAMS (Selected by the Southern California Water Polo Coaches’ Association) DIVISION 1 Player of the Year:
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • All-CIF water polo: Fischer, Wan, Osorio lead honors By DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach junior Makenzie Fischer, Santa Margarita senior Haley Wan and Segerstrom senior Melissa Osorio have been selected CIF players of the year in their respective divisions in girls water polo, the Southern Section announced.
    Thu Mar 20, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Northwood goalie Shaw signs By DAN ALBANO
    Northwood water polo goalie Tim Shaw has signed with Loyola Marymount, the Timberwolves announced. Shaw helped Northwood capture a share of the Pacific Coast League title and was selected first-team all-league. Please send water polo recruiting news to Dan Albano at
    Tue Mar 18, 2014
  • Santa Margarita girls, CdM boys win Capo Valley Relays By DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita’s No. 1 girls dominated despite not having their top swimmer and Corona del Mar’s boys showed they’ve reloaded. Crean Lutheran’s unranked girls sprinted past two county-ranked teams to finish second while a transfer from the Washington, D.C.-area had San Clemente’s unranked boys lookin
    Sun Mar 16, 2014
  • O.C. swim preview: Girls athletes to watch By DAN ALBANO
    SWIMMERS Rebecca Aguilar, El Toro, Sr.; Kaitlyn Albertoli, JSerra, Jr.; Grace Anderson, Laguna Hills, Sr.; Taylor Ault, Sonora, Fr.; Mandy Barnes, Tesoro, Jr.; Camryn Barry, Santa Margarita, Fr.; Cara Borkovec, Laguna Beach, Sr.; Casey Brotherton, Tesoro, So.; Raselle
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • O.C. swim preview: Boys athletes to watch (updated) By DAN ALBANO
    SWIMMERS Brandon Boval, Tesoro, Sr.; Spencer Carroll, Mater Dei, Jr.; Arturo Cerda, Santa Margarita, Jr.; Matt Chalcarz, Capistrano Valley, Sr.; Luca Cupido, Newport Harbor, Sr.; Alex Felix, Capistrano Valley, Jr.; Fernando Ferreira, Beckman, Jr.; Thomas Gillespie, Ediso
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • O.C. swim preview: Who's No. 1? By DAN ALBANO
    Get ready for the swim season with the following features, players to watch and preseason rankings: Will University's depth charge sink the rest? Buzz already exists for 2
    Fri Mar 14, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Los Al product Fattal nominated for Sullivan Award By DAN ALBANO
    UCLA sophomore water polo player Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos) has been nominated for the Sullivan Award, which annually honors the top amateur athletes. Fattal was selected the MPSF Ro
    Wed Mar 12, 2014