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  • 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
  • Boys swim: 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
  • Water polo: San Juan Hills coach resigns BY DAN ALBANO
    San Juan Hills boys and girls water polo coach Dan Newberry has resigned, Newberry and athletic director Armando Gonzalez confirmed Tuesday. Newberry was
    Tue Jun 23, 2015
  • Two boys water polo standouts enroll at Orange Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    Two highly-regarded boys water polo players have enrolled at Orange Lutheran, Lancers coach Steve Carrera confirmed Tuesday. Junior-to-be center Josh Orrick from Carmichael's Je
    Tue Jun 23, 2015
  • Water polo: Orange County well-represented on Pan Am rosters BY DAN ALBANO
    Several Orange County water polo products were selected to the U.S. men’s and women’s teams for the Pan American Games next month in Toronto. The men’s sel
    Mon Jun 22, 2015
  • Video: Highlights from the Athlete & Coach of the Year banquet By JONATHAN KHAMIS
    The 2014-15 athletes and coaches of the year were awarded at the Marconi Museum in Tustin. Angels hall of famer Bobby Grich and former Ducks' goalie Guy Hebert were the guest speakers. Video by Jonathan Khamis and Drew A. Kelley, OCVarsity.com.
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Hot Shots: 2015 O.C. Register Athlete & Coach of the Year Awards
    Check out a slideshow of the 2015 O.C. Register /OCVarsity Athlete & Coach of the Year Awards held at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Meet O.C.'s top high school athletes for 2014-15
    Click through the slideshow to see the Register's award winners and All-County teams for the 2014-15 season. Here is a list of the Register's award winners, starting with the Athletes of the Year and then a list of
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Fischer is the O.C. Small School Girls Athlete of the Year BY DAN ALBANO
    LOS ALAMITOS - Makenzie Fischer recently recalled her rivals from the girls water polo season to form an illuminating list. The Laguna Beach senior rattled off Corona del Mar’s Maddie Musselman, Newport Harbor’s Carlee Kapana and San Marcos’ Paige Hauschild as CIF-SS Division 1 opponents who
    Tue Jun 09, 2015
  • Cupido's late strikes help U.S. extend streak against Serbia BY DAN ALBANO
    LAKE FOREST The U.S. men’s water polo team started the week winless against Serbia since its silver medal-run at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Now, the Americans can’t lose. Former Newport Harbor attacker Luca Cupido sco
    Sun Jun 07, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Corona del Mar's Storm commits to UCLA BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar senior-to-be water polo player Bridgett Storm has committed to NCAA runner-up UCLA, new Sea Queens coach Kevin Ricks reports. Storm emerged last season as an active cente
    Sat Jun 06, 2015
  • Defense leads U.S. men past Serbia in Riverside BY DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE The impressive perimeter strikes generated the most chants of “USA! USA!” from the crowd but it was a hard-pressing defense that powered the U.S. men’s water polo team to a successful Riverside debut Thursday night. Before an early-arriving and energetic crowd of about 1,300, Tea
    Fri Jun 05, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Orange Lutheran attacker commits to UCLA BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange Lutheran first-team All-County water polo player Emma Skelly has committed to NCAA runner-up UCLA, Lancers girls coach Steve Carrera reports. Skelly, the reigning Trinity Le
    Thu Jun 04, 2015
  • Water polo: Mann, Bonanni lead U.S. men past Serbia BY DAN ALBANO
    Center John Mann (Corona del Mar) scored five goals and attacker Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) added four as the U.S. men's water polo team posted its first victory against Serbia since 2008 with a 1
    Wed Jun 03, 2015