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  • Water polo: Santa Ana Valley boys, Costa Mesa girls seeking games BY DAN ALBANO
    The Santa Ana Valley boys and Costa Mesa girls water polo teams are seeking nonleague matches, their coaches report. Santa Ana Valley boys coach Ricardo Carrillo can be reached at rcarrillo714@mail
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Two-time CIF champ Lammers to retire at SA Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Veteran Santa Ana Valley girls water polo coach Fred Lammers, a former O.C. Register coach of the year who has spent nearly four decades at the school, will retire in June, he announced. La
    Wed Apr 22, 2015
  • Spring notes: Excitement builds over O.C. Championships
    The recent results suggest there could be some fast times and exciting competition at the Orange County Championships for track and field on Saturday at Mission Viejo High. San Juan Hills’ Connor Meech set career-best marks in the 100-meter (14.68) and 300 hurdles (37.81) on Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays. The senior holds t
    Mon Apr 20, 2015
  • Sinclair hired as Newport boys coach, resigns with CdM girls BY DAN ALBANO
    Ross Sinclair is going home. The former Newport Harbor water polo standout has been hired at his alma mater as the boys varsity water polo coach, he confirmed moments ago Monday.
    Mon Apr 20, 2015
  • McLaughlin expands profile with blazing 200 free BY DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin’s resume as an Olympic hopeful for the 2016 Olympics became more diversified Thursday night in Arizona. Racing for the Mission Viejo Nadadores, the Santa Margarita senior blazed a personal-best in the 200-meter freestyle to finish an impressive fourth at the Arena Pro Swim in Mesa at Skyline Aquatic Center.
    Fri Apr 17, 2015
  • Spring Signing Day: Santa Margarita water polo goalie commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita all-league water polo goalie Ryan Melosini has committed to Princeton, the senior reports. Melosini recorded 279 saves last season to help the Eagles reach the Division 1 playof
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Spring Signing Day: Villa Park's Portales signs with UC Davis BY DAN ALBANO
    Villa Park All-County water polo player Marcela Portales has signed with UC Davis, the Spartans announced via Twitter on Wednesday. The attacker racked up 147 goals this past season to help Vi
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Notes: Edison, Riley stay strong in face of cancer BY DAN ALBANO
    Edison’s swim program is again showing its strength in the face of cancer. Coach Diggy Riley returned to the Edison pool deck Monday, five days after his wife, Sally, 50, died from melanoma cancer. “I need to be here. I want to be here and it feels good to be back on the deck,” he said. Ril
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Send OCVarsity your Signing Day news
    The spring period when high school athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent begins Wednesday, and OCVarsity would like your help to make sure we don't miss any signings. Please email us the name of any county athletes who will officially sign Wednesday. A list of the athletes who sign will be published in Thursday's Sports section a
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Salvini commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player Mia Salvini, a starter for the undefeated, CIF Division 1 champions this past season, has committed to Cal, Breakers coach Ethan Damato reports. Salvini i
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County winter sports teams
    Here are links to All-County teams for the 2014-15 winter sports season Boys basketball Girls basketball
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Orange Lutheran's Skelly MVP in Trinity League BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Trinity League MVP: Emma Skelly, Orange Lutheran, Jr. First team: Campbell Ruh, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Myna Simmons, Orange Lutheran, So.; Mollie Simmons, Orange Lutheran, So.; Kelsey Tyler, Orange Lutheran, Jr.; Kayla Constandse, Mater Dei, Jr.; Grace Thawley, Mater Dei, Fr
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Newport Harbor's Kapana grabs MVP in Sunset BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Sunset League MVP: Carlee Kapana, Newport Harbor, Sr. , GK First team: Rachel Whitelegge, Newport Harbor, Sr.; Chanel Schilling, Newport Harbor, Sr.; Kate Pipkin
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Musselman earns MVP in Pacific Coast BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Pacific Coast League MVP: Maddie Musselman, Corona del Mar, Jr. First Team: Heidi Ritner, Corona del Mar, Jr., GK; Eliza Britt, Corona
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Swim: Sally Riley, wife of Edison coach Diggy Riley, passes away BY DAN ALBANO
    Sally Riley, wife of veteran Edison swim and water polo coach Diggy Riley and the inspiration for an outpouring of support at a meet last week, died Wednesday from cancer, Riley said in an e-mai
    Wed Apr 08, 2015
  • Azevedo spurns offer to play for Brazil's water polo team BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The subject of the hottest rumor in U.S. water polo donned his familiar No. 8 cap Saturday at Corona del Mar High, gathered teammates for some final words of encouragement and helped lead the Americans to a much-needed victory. Tony Azevedo remains Team USA’s leading man and isn’t planning on join
    Sat Apr 04, 2015
  • U.S. team routs China for third at FINA Intercontinental BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The U.S. men’s water polo team showed a mindset Saturday worthy of its upcoming challenge of Olympic qualification. Attacker Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) scored four goals, four-time Olympian Tony Azevedo added three and goalie Drew Holland made nine saves as Team USA defeated China, 19-7, in
    Sat Apr 04, 2015
  • U.S. men's water polo falls to Aussies in Intercontinental semifinal BY DAN ALBANO
    The U.S. men's water polo team fell in shootouts to Australia, 17-16, in the semifinals of the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Corona del Mar on Friday night. Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) scored a power-play goal with 14 seconds left in the fourth period to tie the score, 13-13, and help force shootouts. But the Aussies wo
    Sat Apr 04, 2015
  • U.S. men's water polo team qualifies for FINA Super Final BY DAN ALBANO
    Alex Bowen scored five goals and Tony Azevedo added four as the U.S. men’s water polo team defeated Kazakhstan, 17-11, in the quarterfinals of the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Corona del Mar on Thursday night to qualify for the Super Final in Italy in June. The Super Final will offer the U.S. men their first op
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Sellers earns Crestview League MVP BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Crestview League MVP: Julia Sellers, Foothill, Sr. First Team: Cana Manzella, Foothill, Sr.; Kenzi Snyder, Foothill, Jr., GK; Emily Ko
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Fischer sisters share MVP in Orange Coast League BY DAN ALBANO
    Girls water polo All-Orange Coast League Co-MVP: Makenzie Fischer, Laguna Beach, Sr.; Aria Fischer, Laguna Beach, So. First Team: Holly Parker, Laguna Beac
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Cupido leads U.S. men's water polo past Argentina BY DAN ALBANO
    Attacker Luca Cupido (Newport Harbor) scored four goals Wednesday night to help the U.S. men's water polo team close out group play at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament with a 19-8 victory against Argentina at Corona del Mar. The Americans also got three goals apiece from Janson Wigo, Josh Samuels (Villa Park),
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Edison's 'Team Sally' sweeps Fountain Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    It was written in black ink on the backs, legs and forearms of Edison’s swimmers as they raced against visiting Fountain Valley on Tuesday. The words “Team Sally” and "#swim4sally" were seemingly everywhere but especially in the hearts of the Edison swimmers. They raced for Edison coach Diggy Riley’s
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • Water polo: Composite stats for U.S. men's team at Intercontinental BY DAN ALBANO
    USA Water PoloMen's national teamComposite offensive statsFINA Intercontinental TournamentAt Corona del Mar Goals through 2 gamesAzevedo 3B
    Wed Apr 01, 2015
  • Mann scores three goals to lead U.S. men past Japan BY DAN ALBANO
    Tuesday was homecoming day for the U.S. national men's water polo team at the FINA Intercontinental Tournament at Corona del Mar. It also was bounce-back day. Former Register player of the year and CdM alum John Mann scored three second-half goals to help Team USA even its record at 1-1 with a 10-6 victory against Japan.
    Wed Apr 01, 2015