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  • 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
  • Mater Dei continues So. Coast Tournament dominance By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The mega-star players are gone for now. The breathtaking, power moves at center have been replaced by chemistry, depth and creativity. But not everything has changed with Mater Dei’s boys water polo team. The Monarchs still rule the South Coast Tournament. Mater Dei captured the 32-team tournament Satu
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • Roundup: Orange Lutheran upsets Laguna at South Coast BY DAN ALBANO
    Sophomore Jake Markle and freshman lefty Ash Molthen each scored three goals and sophomore goalie Jake Simmons made eight saves as Orange Lutheran's No. 10 boys water polo team knocked off No. 2-ranked Laguna Beach, 11-9, in the second round of the South Coast Tournament at Newport Harbor on Thursday night. The Lance
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • Boys water polo: JSerra off to strong start BY DAN ALBANO
    JSerra's boys water polo team is quietly off to a 9-1 start after defeating Division 3 contender La Canada, 16-3, on Wednesday. Damian Kertesz scored a team-high four goals while Cooper Dola
    Thu Sep 25, 2014
  • South Coast Tournament to showcase Div 1 contenders BY DAN ALBANO
    The reigning CIF Division 1 boys water polo champion won’t be part of this week’s South Coast Tournament but there are plenty of other contenders to make it an important gathering for the Southern Section's elite division.
    Wed Sep 24, 2014
  • Huntington Beach shows resolve against Servite BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach’s boys water polo roster tantalizes on paper with several of the hottest up-and-coming names in Orange County. But the No. 3 Oilers showed a deeper side Tuesday against visiting No. 7 Servite. In their first match since the resignation of Coach Brian Anderson, the Oilers
    Tue Sep 23, 2014
  • Huntington Beach coach Anderson resigns BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach boys water polo coach Brian Anderson, who helped build the Oilers into one of Orange County's top programs, has resigned for personal reasons just weeks into one of the school's most antic
    Tue Sep 23, 2014
  • Tourney Tracker '14: Results heading into third weekend By DAN ALBANO
    TOURNAMENT TRACKER 2014 Ayala Tournament (9-6-14) 1. Redlands; 2. Webb; 3. Ayala; 4. Glendora; other: 8. Troy Poway Invitational (9-6-14) 1. The Bishop's'; 2. Beckman Weisz Cup at El Dorado (9-6-14) 1. Palos Verdes; 2. Peninsula Santa Barbara Invitational (9-13-14)
    Thu Sep 18, 2014
  • Boys water polo: CIF-SS polls BY DAN ALBANO OC
    Here are this week's CIF-SS boys water polo polls: Division 1 1. Harvard-Westlake 2. Mater Dei 3. Loyola 4. Huntington Beach 5. Corona del Mar
    Tue Sep 16, 2014
  • Mater Dei falls in Santa Barbara tournament final BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team played well Saturday but still had two regular-season streaks snapped by Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. Morio Saito, Ben Hallock, Duncan Froomer and Evan Rosenfeld each scored twice and Anthony Ridgley added 13 saves as the Wolverines defeated Mater Dei, 10-8, in
    Sat Sep 13, 2014
  • Boys water polo flash: Harvard halts another Mater Dei streak BY DAN ALBANO
    Harvard-Westlake of Studio City's boys water polo team snapped another one of Mater Dei's streaks Saturday at the Santa Barbara Invitational. The Wolverines dethroned the Monarchs as the tournament's
    Sat Sep 13, 2014