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  • Boys water polo: Saturday's CIF championship schedule set BY DAN ALBANO
    The William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine will be a destination spot for water polo fans Saturday. Here's the boys CIF championship schedule for the two-pool complex: Div. 6 10 a.m. Segerstrom-Malibu Div. 5 11:30 a.m. Claremont-Los Altos Div. 4 1 p.m. Cerritos-Righetti Div. 2 2:30 p.m. Foothill-Los O
    Thu Nov 20, 2014
  • Foothill holds off Mira Costa to make finals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – It took Foothill’s boys water polo team one period to warm up Wednesday night. After that, the Knights were mostly fine, outside a nervous final two minutes against Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach in the CIF Division 2 semifinals. Attacker Billy Cranshaw grabbed a rebound on a shot off the post with abou
    Thu Nov 20, 2014
  • Lavayen's return sparks Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – The return of a standout player and a trademark counterattack powered Mater Dei’s boys water polo team back to familiar waters Wednesday night. Attacker Nick Lavayen returned from about a month absence because of a thumb injury to score four goals off the bench, leading the second-seeded Monarchs past upstart
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • Wednesday's CIF water polo previews, predictions BY DAN ALBANO
    Previews, predictions for Wednesday's CIF-SS boys water polo semifinals: Division 1 At William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine Mater Dei-Huntington Beach, 5 p.m.
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • LIVE STREAM: Huntington Beach vs. Mater Dei semi
    Watch a live stream of Wednesday's CIF-SS Division 1 boys water polo semifinal between Huntington Beach vs. Mater Dei at Woollett Aquatics Center.  Game starts at 5:00 p.m . Can't watch it live? A replay will be available after the game. This live stream is courtesy of
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • LIVE STREAM: CdM vs. Harvard Westlake semi
    Watch a live stream of today's CIF-SS Division 1 boys water polo semifinal between Corona del Mar and Harvard Westlake at Woollett Aquatics Center.  Game starts at 7:00 p.m . Can't watch it live? A replay will be available after the game. This live stream is courtesy of
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Division 3, 6 semifinal previews BY DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF BOYS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 3 No. 4 seed Capistrano Valley (19-11) vs. No. 1 seed Laguna Beach (23-6) Site, time: Wooll
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Division 2 semifinal previews BY DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF BOYS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 2 No. 3 seed Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga (17-9) vs. No. 2 seed Dana Hil
    Wed Nov 19, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Harvard-Westlake-Corona del Mar semifinal preview BY DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF BOYS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 1 No. 1 seed Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (27-0) vs. No. 4 seed Corona del Mar (24-5) Site,
    Tue Nov 18, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Huntington Beach-Mater Dei semifinal preview BY DAN ALBANO
    WEDNESDAY’S CIF BOYS WATER POLO SEMIFINALS DIVISION 1 No. 6 seed Huntington Beach (21-6) vs. No. 2 seed Mater Dei (25-4) Site, time: William Wo
    Tue Nov 18, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Preseason CIF rankings (11-18-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    Three Orange County girls water polo teams are ranked in No. 1 in their respective divisions in the CIF preseason rankings: Division 1 1. Laguna Beach 2. Foothi
    Tue Nov 18, 2014
  • Notes: Attractive options await water polo fans By DAN ALBANO
    One of the most affordable days of the year for high school water polo fans returns Wednesday with a new twist. Spectators will be able to attend the CIF semifinals in divisions 1, 2 and 3 at the two-pool William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine for a single admission price. Adult tickets will be $10 while students with ID will be
    Mon Nov 17, 2014
  • Roundup: Huntington Beach beats Loyola; Mater Dei rolls By DAN ALBANO
    Quinten Osborne took just one shot for Huntington Beach’s boys water polo team Saturday against Loyola of Los Angeles in the CIF Division 1 quarterfinals. It ended up being the biggest shot in more than 50 years for the Oilers. The sophomore center scored a power-play goal with 1.25 seconds left in the fourth period
    Sun Nov 16, 2014
  • Hard-working Sunny Hills returns to quarterfinals BY DAN ALBANO
    Sunny Hills boys water polo coach Keith Nighswonger joked Thursday that he should have worn a USA jacket to the Lancers’ CIF Division 4 first round playoff match. His Freeway League champion Lancers, after all, played host to Chadwick of Rolling Hills Estates and ex-U.S. Olympic assistant men’s coach and Olympic player
    Fri Nov 14, 2014
  • Water polo flash: Foothill's Manzella signs with UC Irvine BY DAN ALBANO
    First-team All-County water polo player Cana Manzella of Foothill has signed with UC Irvine, the senior said Thursday morning. Manzella, a powerful and versatile center, is big-ti
    Thu Nov 13, 2014
  • Huntington Beach refuses to let season end BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach’s boys water polo team kept its postseason goal alive Wednesday night by flexing its strength up-the-middle against a squad with plenty of its own muscle. Goalie Alex Wolf made 16 saves and center Quinten Osborne scored four goals from center to help the host No. 5 Oilers control key areas in the midd
    Thu Nov 13, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Albano's playoff predictions BY DAN ALBANO
    Here are my predicted winners Wednesday in the first round of the boys water polo playoffs in Division 1 and Division 3: Division 1 Harvard def. Irvine Lutheran def. West
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Fischer signs with Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register girls water polo player of the year and U.S. national team member Makenzie Fischer of Laguna Beach signed with Stanford on Wednesday, the senior said. The defending CIF Division 1 champion Breakers also had Taylor Julson and Daniela Lucidi sign with Long Beach State and Brighid Burnes committ
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Fall Signing Day photos (updated)
    Click through the slideshow to see more photos from Orange County Register photographers from Signing Day events throughout Orange County. This slideshow has been updated to include photos from Canyon, Capistrano Valley and Trabuco Hills. It also includes photos from Aliso Niguel, Beckman, JSerra, Laguna Beach, Mater Dei, Mission Viejo a
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Your Signing Day photos
    Click through the slideshow to see reader-submitted photos of Orange County athletes signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Send us your Signing Day photos: preps@ocregister.com. Include the athlete’s name, school, university or college attending, and sport.
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Swim: Santa Margarita's McLaughlin makes it official with Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register athlete and swimmer of the year Katie McLaughlin, now a member of the U.S. national team, signed Wednesday with Cal, her mother, Mary, confirmed.  McLaughlin led
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Fall Signing Day: Crean Lutheran's Eastin, Maurer sign BY DAN ALBANO
    Crean Lutheran swimmer Ella Eastin and swimmer/runner Lauren Maurer signed Wednesday with Stanford and USC, respectively, the Academy League school announced. Eastin and M
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Irvine earns first CIF win since 2001 BY DAN ALBANO
    Irvine boys water polo goalie Preston Fox credited the passionate halftime message from Coach Ray Wong. Both coaches focused on the counterattack. But either way, Irvine found a way to rally Tuesday night for a rare playoff victory. The Vaqueros scored three counterattack goals in the third period and shut out visiting Long
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Fall Signing Day: O.C. signees
    A list of the Orange County athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent (or submitted a letter of commitment to an Ivy League school or military academy). BASEBALL Bobby Ay, El Toro, Cal Poly SLO Brandon Alamo, Cypress Cal State Fullerton Kolby A
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Signing Day notes: Pflueger finds perfect fit
    Rex Pflueger visited Notre Dame when he was 8 years old. It was just a family, let’s-look-around trip. But it was not Pflueger’s last time there. Pflueger, a senior on the Mater Dei basketball team, signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame on Wednesday, the first day of the one-week fall signing period.
    Wed Nov 12, 2014