Archive for the 'Boys Water Polo' Tag Under 'OC Varsity' Category

    Boys water polo: Northwood 16's (Orange Lutheran) reach Junior Olympics final

    July 28th, 2015, 10:32 am by 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 newly-formed group featuring ex-Harvard-Westlake star Johnny Hooper among others, in the semifinals, 15-8.

    Regency, composed of players from Mater Dei, also lost to L.A. Premier, 11-10, on Monday. The 18's boys final between Premier and Santa Barbara Polo Pals is at 4:45 p.m.

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    Boys swim: Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford

    July 25th, 2015, 8:51 pm by 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 Nadadores club standout wrote in a text message.

    "Stanford has all the attributes I was seeking for my swimming career, education and future."

    Shoults earned the Register's top swimming award this past spring after capturing the 500-yard freestyle at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals in a county-record 4 minutes, 15.56 seconds and claiming the 200 freestyle in a national private high school record 1:34.54.

    Shoults is the first Santa Margarita swimmer to commit to Stanford. He plans to major in human biology.

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    Girls water polo: Laguna-CdM to clash for state, two Breakers commit

    July 19th, 2015, 1:54 pm by 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 Barbara) commit to four-year schools, Laguna Beach coach Ethan Damato reports.

    The boys final will pit Mater Dei against defending champion Harvard-Westlake at Foothill around 3 p.m.

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    Water polo: State tournament splashes down this weekend

    July 16th, 2015, 10:20 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Forty-eight boys water polo teams and 48 girls squads will be in action this weekend in Orange County in the California State High School Championships, the top high school tournament of the summer.

    The tournaments run Friday through Sunday with the boys final set for Sunday at Foothill at 3 p.m. and girls championship scheduled for Corona del Mar at 3 p.m.

    Two-time defending Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City and Mater Dei are the top-two seeds for the boys tournament. Cathedral of San Diego, Huntington Beach and Orange Lutheran round out the top-five on the boys side.

    Reigning Division 1 champion Laguna Beach and Foothill are the top seeds in the girls tournament. Danville's San Ramon Valley, Orange Lutheran and San Marcos fill out the top-five.

    Boys sites: Foothill, Newport Harbor, Santa Margarita, Beckman, Capistrano Valley and Yorba Linda

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    Water polo: U.S. men, women claim gold at Pan American Games

    July 16th, 2015, 8:09 am by 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 team defeated Brazil, 11-9, in Toronto for its sixth straight Pan American Games title.

    Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) added two goals for Team USA, which led, 10-8, going into the fourth period.

    Bonanni led the U.S. team in scoring at the Pan American Games with 18 goals, second-highest in the tournament.

    The U.S. women also claimed gold at the Pan American Games with a 13-4 victory against Canada but face Olympic qualification in 2016. Maggie Steffens led the U.S. squad in scoring at the tournament with 15 goals, one ahead of Courtney Mathewson (Canyon).

    Maddie Musselman (Corona del Mar) delivered a strong tournament, finishing with nine goals. Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach) had 10 goals.

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    Water polo: San Juan Hills coach resigns

    June 23rd, 2015, 9:17 pm by 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 hired as the Stallions' water polo coach before the 2011 boys season.

    Newberry, a former Capistrano Valley assistant, said in a text message that he hasn't resigned from his swim coaching duties at San Juan Hills.

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    Two boys water polo standouts enroll at Orange Lutheran

    June 23rd, 2015, 3:59 pm by 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 Jesuit High and sophomore-to-be attacker Hannes Daube from Newport Harbor have enrolled at the Trinity League school, Carrera said.

    Both players are well-known in the U.S. national development pipeline system. Daube was a second-team All-Sunset League selection last fall for the Sailors. Orrick played last summer for the U.S. national cadet team in Serbia. Jesuit captured last season's Division 1 title in the Sac-Joaquin Section.

    In girls water polo, Carrera said Santiago of Corona's Alyse Tyler and Madison Vincent have enrolled at Orange Lutheran. Both will be sophomores this coming season. Vincent is a left-hander.

    Tyler's sister, Kelsey, has been a standout the past two seasons for Orange Lutheran and transferred from Santiago of Corona.

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    Water polo: Orange County well-represented on Pan Am rosters

    June 22nd, 2015, 8:11 pm by 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 selections included goalie McQuin Baron (Mater Dei), John Mann (Corona del Mar), Josh Samuels (Villa Park), Luca Cupido (Newport Harbor) and Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei).

    The women’s team features Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach), Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos), Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Harbor), Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Maddie Musselman (Corona del Mar).

    The U.S. men’s team can qualify for the 2016 Olympics by capturing the Pan American Games.

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    Girls water polo: Corona del Mar's Storm commits to UCLA

    June 6th, 2015, 10:06 am by 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 center/utility, scoring nearly 30 goals for the Division 1 semifinalist.

    The first-team All-Pacific Coast League pick joins Orange Lutheran attacker Emma Skelly as a UCLA commit.

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    Boys water polo: Northwood's Manderino resigns after two playoff seasons

    June 5th, 2015, 4:16 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Northwood boys water polo coach Jocelyn Manderino, who guided the Timberwolves to the Division 1 playoffs in each of her two seasons in the challenging Pacific Coast League, has resigned for personal reasons, she confirmed.

    Manderino led Northwood (15-14, 7-3) to a second-place finish in the Pacific Coast League this past season.

    In 2013, the Timberwolves earned a share of the league title with Corona del Mar, finishing 9-1 in the Pacific Coast League. Northwood lost to eventual champion Harvard-Westlake in the quarterfinals.

    Manderino is now coaching the 14 girls for the Newport Water Polo Foundation.

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