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    Water polo: CIF State approves boys, girls regional championships for 2017-18

    October 21st, 2016, 2:10 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    The CIF State Federated Council earlier this month approved the creation of Southern and Northern regional water polo championships for boys and girls, Brian Seymour, senior director for CIF State, confirmed Friday.

    The Central Section proposed the championships, which will begin next school year in the fall and winter. The Southern Section was one of two sections in the state to vote against the championships but the other eight sections voted to approve.

    The week-long tournaments will be played after the section finals.

    The Southern boys tournament, featuring two eight-team divisions from teams from the Southern, San Diego and L.A. sections, will be played Nov. 18, 2017.

    The Southern girls tournament will also feature two eight-team divisions and will be March 3, 2018. The tournament will be Southern, San Diego and L.A. sections.

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    Boys water polo: The Orange Lutheran-Huntington Beach rankings question

    October 18th, 2016, 5:24 am by DAN ALBANO

    It's one of the burning questions in boys water polo.

    Who should be ranked higher in Orange County, and in Division 1: Orange Lutheran or Huntington Beach.

    Related: Albano's Twitter poll

    Both teams made their cases last week. The Oilers captured the North-South Challenge, defeating Mater Dei by five goals in the finals despite playing without injured Ethan Wojciechowski.

    Orange Lutheran beat Mater Dei in overtime by two in a Trinity League clash and then played Harvard-Westlake of Studio City to a one-goal loss in its next match.

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    Boys water polo: Huntington Beach beats Mater Dei to claim North-South Challenge

    October 15th, 2016, 9:49 pm by DAN ALBANO

    Huntington Beach's boys water polo team on Saturday night became the second O.C. squad to beat top-ranked Mater Dei this week, sinking the Monarchs, 11-6, in the finals of the North-South Challenge in Atherton.

    The Oilers impressively beat the Monarchs while playing without the injured All-County senior Ethan Wojciechowski.

    Orange Lutheran defeated Mater Dei, 13-11, in overtime earlier in the week in a Trinity League clash.

    Corona del Mar was the first O.C. team this season to pull the feat, snapping Mater Dei's nearly six-year undefeated streak against local squads.

    Please send water polo news to Dan Albano at or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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    Water polo recruiting: Laguna Beach's Aria Fischer commits to Stanford

    October 15th, 2016, 8:42 pm by DAN ALBANO

    Aria Fischer's college decision won't surprise most water polo enthusiasts but when an Olympic gold medalist still in high school picks her future school, it's major news.

    The Laguna Beach senior center has committed to Stanford, where she will join her sister and fellow Olympic champion, Makenzie Fischer, Breakers coach Ethan Damato confirmed Saturday night.

    Makenzie is expected to be a freshman on Stanford's squad this upcoming season after deferring her enrollment to train with the powerhouse U.S. women's team.

    Aria, meanwhile, didn't play last season at Laguna Beach as she trained with the U.S. team, capping her fast rise to prominence on the squad. She will return to the Breakers this winter.

    Aria is the first reported college commitment in Orange County's class of 2017 for women's water polo.

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    Boys water polo analysis: Top 3 reasons why Orange Lutheran beat Mater Dei

    October 13th, 2016, 10:08 am by By DAN ALBANO

    The top-three reasons why Orange Lutheran's boys water polo team beat Mater Dei for the first time Wednesday night, snapping the Monarchs' nine-year dominance in the Trinity League:

    Orange Lutheran started and finished better with their defense setting the tone: The Lancers borrowed a few pages of the script from Mater Dei's heyday and established quick control early with their defense. They didn't land the early knockout like the Monarchs' teams of the past used to but Orange Lutheran built some early confidence in a road match and that helped them later find the composure to answer Mater Dei's surges, especially in overtime.

    After Mater Dei's Christian Hockenbury won the game's first-period sprint, Orange Lutheran opened with a strong press defense and Sam Sasaki made a quick steal near midpool. The Lancers soon capitalized by drawing an exclusion at center. Matt Kacura then threaded a pass in front of the Mater Dei cage to Parker Killion, who redirected the ball for a goal and 1-0 lead less than a minute into the first period.

    Orange Lutheran's press defense also sparked a counterattack strike by Kacura later in the first off a pass by Sasaki. The Lancers led, 2-0, in the first period and it could have been 4-0 but they had at least two shots hit the post.

    Mater Dei was forced into catch-up mode the rest of the night. The Monarchs led only once, 3-2, for 49 seconds of the second period. Mater Dei, however, tied the score four times in regulation to force overtime but Orange Lutheran scored the first three goals of the first extra period.

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    Boys water polo: Another Mater Dei winning streak to be tested tonight

    October 12th, 2016, 1:49 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Another impressive winning streak by Mater Dei's boys water polo program will be put to the test tonight.

    The program that once captured 105 consecutive matches, didn't lose to an Orange County team for nearly six years and claimed five straight CIF titles will be challenged by visiting Orange Lutheran in the Trinity League.

    Mater Dei (11-2) is ranked No. 1 in Orange County while the Lancers (12-1) are third.

    The match, set for 6 p.m., will put the Monarchs'  streak of nine consecutive league titles on the line. Mater Dei has posted 41 consecutive league victories overall and hasn't lost in the Trinity League since a 7-5 decision at home against Servite in their league opener in 2006.

    Orange Lutheran's varsity joined the Trinity League in 2013. Last season, Mater Dei beat the Lancers, 13-7, and went onto to claim its sixth CIF title.

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    CIF-SS boys water polo polls (10-10-16)

    October 10th, 2016, 8:21 pm by

    The CIF-SS boys water polo rankings that were released Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.


    DIVISION 1 – No Change
    1. Harvard-Westlake
    2. Mater Dei
    3. Huntington Beach
    4. Orange Lutheran
    5. Corona del Mar
    6. Foothill
    7. Newport Harbor
    8. Loyola
    9. El Toro
    10. Santa Barbara 

    DIVISION 2 – Did not report
    1. Laguna Beach
    2. Agoura
    3. Santa Margarita
    4. Murrieta Valley
    5. Long Beach Wilson
    6. Ventura
    7. Palos Verdes
    8. Villa Park
    9. Los Alamitos
    10. Dos Pueblos
    Others: Irvine

    1. Oaks Christian
    2. Redlands East Valley
    3. San Clemente
    4. Aliso Niguel
    5. Riverside Poly
    6. La Serna
    7. Ayala
    8. Claremont
    9. Costa Mesa
    10. Crespi
    Others: Troy, Woodbridge

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    Swim recruiting: CIF champion Nora Deleske of Edison commits to Arizona State

    October 5th, 2016, 11:03 am by DAN ALBANO

    Edison All-County swimmer Nora Deleske, who captured the 200-yard individual medley at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals in May, has committed to Arizona State, the senior said Tuesday.

    Deleske won the Division 1 title in the 200 IM in a time of 1 minute, 59.53 seconds and also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

    The Sunset League standout is a longtime member of Golden West Swim Club.

    Please send swimming recruiting news to Dan Albano at or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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    CIF-SS boys water polo rankings (10-3-16)

    October 3rd, 2016, 9:03 pm by

    The CIF-SS boys water polo rankings that were released Monday, Oct. 3, 2016.



    1. Harvard-Westlake

    2. Mater Dei

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    Swim: Coach Mark Schubert returning to Mission Viejo Nadadores

    October 3rd, 2016, 3:50 pm by DAN ALBANO

    Coach Mark Schubert, who built the Mission Viejo Nadadores into a world-renowned swimming club in the 1970s and 1980s, has been selected to retake the reins of the program in early 2018, Nadadores head coach Bill Rose said Monday.

    Schubert, now at Golden West Swim Club, will become the Nadadores' associate head coach on Oct. 15 and replace Rose as head coach after this retirement on Dec. 31, 2017.

    Schubert, 67, was expected to inform his Golden West swimmers on Monday.

    More info to come

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