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    Football recruiting: National champs offer Mater Dei's Robinson

    March 2nd, 2015, 10:59 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei junior outside linebacker Curtis Robinson might be Orange County's hottest football recruit in the class of 2016.

    Here are some of the most recent scholarship offers that Robinson reports : National champion Ohio State, UCLA, Oregon State, Colorado and Wisconsin.

    Last month, Robinson ranked fourth in OCVarsity's list of 2016 recruits to watch. Maybe that was too low?

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    Girls water polo: Laguna Beach, El Toro capture CIF titles

    February 28th, 2015, 10:12 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Aria Fischer scored five goals, Makenzie Fischer added three and Holly Parker made 12 saves as Laguna Beach's girls water polo team capped a perfect season with an 11-6 victory against Foothill in the CIF-SS Division 1 final.

    It was the Breakers' second consecutive Division 1 crown.

    In Division 2, Haley Hagerty scored from center with 32 seconds left to lift El Toro past San Clemente, 5-4, in a final marked by the Tritons being penalized for calling an illegal timeout late in the fourth period.

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    Girls water polo: Albano, Weathersby's CIF finals predictions

    February 28th, 2015, 8:24 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Here are a few predictions for today's CIF girls water polo championships from Santa Margarita coach Brian Weathersby and myself. I believe all three games will be close, especially Division 2 and Division 6

    Coach Weathersby's predictions. comments:

    Division 1

    Laguna Beach def. Foothill (Coach) Ethan (Damato) will have a game plan for Foothill and the Laguna Beach girls will execute that game plan to perfection.

    Division 2

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    CIF Div. 1 final preview: Foothill-Laguna Beach

    February 27th, 2015, 12:06 pm by BY DAN ALBANO


    At Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine


    FOOTHILL (26-4) VS. LAGUNA BEACH (30-0), 7 p.m.

       Outlook: The top-seeded Breakers are seeking to punctuate an undefeated campaign with a second consecutive Division 1 title. The second-seeded Knights are looking to return to their glory days and break through against Laguna Beach, winners of an Orange County-record 51 consecutive games. The Breakers are 4-0 against Foothill by a combined score of 39-17. Laguna Beach won the first and fourth matches, 13-3, and, 11-4, respectively, but the middle games were closer, 6-5, and, 9-5. Foothill is the only team to play a full-strength Laguna Beach to a one-goal game this winter. The Knights also are the last team to beat the Breakers. U.S. national team player and Stanford signee Makenzie Fischer leads Laguna Beach in goals (135) and steals (59) and ranks third in assists (42). Her sophomore sister, Aria, continues to improve and has 88 goals and 44 assists. Left-hander attacker Bella Baldridge (team-high 78 assists) and goalie Holly Parker (203 saves) are other players to watch. Laguna Beach features a high-powered attack but defense might arguably be its strength. Foothill’s offense has been balanced. UC Irvine signee Cana Manzella (40 goals) is a strong presence at 2 meters but freshman center Noelle Wijnbelt (42 goals) also has emerged while Julia Sellers (team-high 64 goals) leads a group of swift attackers. Goalie Kenzie Snyder (212 saves) can spark the counter with long outlet passes. Six-time Division 1 champion Foothill last captured a title in 2007.

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    CIF Div. 2 final preview San Clemente-El Toro

    February 27th, 2015, 10:58 am by BY DAN ALBANO


    At Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine


    SAN CLEMENTE (19-7) VS. EL TORO (22-9), 4 p.m.

       Outlook: The South Coast League rivals clash for a CIF title just like the schools’ boys teams did in 1988 (El Toro won, 19-11). The Chargers’ top-seeded girls are in the finals for the first time. Third-seeded San Clemente is making its second finals appearance. The Tritons captured the Division 2 crown in 2011. The teams split their two league matches but the Chargers captured the South Coast title after Dana Hills upset the Tritons. El Toro won the first meeting in early January at San Clemente, 8-7, while the Tritons and goalie Hylah Prussak returned the favor Feb. 10 at El Toro, 7-5. San Clemente’s offense is led by 106-goal scorer Amber McCutcheon, a left-handed center who has scored the winning goals on late counterattacks the past two games. But San Clemente also features capable scorers in Cassidy Smithson (51 goals), versatile attacker Alaina Cousineau (44) and Makenna Smith (42). El Toro employs a swift and balanced offense led by attackers Maddy Parenteau and Jessica Rodriguez among others. Goalie Tori Rainone and defender Maddy Damato anchor the defense.

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    CIF Div. 6 final preview Ocean View-Pasadena Poly

    February 27th, 2015, 12:28 am by BY DAN ALBANO


    At Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine


    OCEAN VIEW (25-6) VS. PASADENA POLY (25-3), 11:30 a.m.

       Outlook: The second-seeded Seahawks have reached a third consecutive section final but will need to beat the top-seeded Panthers to claim their first crown. Poly, also seekings its first title, features two college-bound players in utility Lindsey Kelleher (Princeton) and defender Allison Woo (Brown). The seniors played on Rose Bowl’s 18-and-under club team that claimed gold at the Junior Olympics last summer. Kelleher was selected second-team All-American. Natalia Sanchez-Nigolian, a 6-foot senior, plays goalie for the Prep League champion. The Panthers have two other Rose Bowl club players but Ocean View -- the Division 7 runner-up in 2014-13 -- also isn’t short on talent or experience. Goalie Alyssa Welfringer, a 5-foot-9, senior anchors the defense while 6-foot center Shannon Graham and swift attacker Elena Isogawa pace the offense. The teams have three common opponents who were notable playoff teams: Santa Monica, Westridge of Pasadena and Schurr of Montebello. The Panthers went a combined 4-0 against the trio while Ocean View finished 2-1 with a loss against Schurr. “Nobody plays for a CIF title on paper,” Poly coach Ryan Katsuyama said. “I anticipate a close game that could go either way.” One of Ocean View's strengths has been its resiliency, said Seahawks coach Melissa Fernandez.

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    Football recruiting: Orange Lutheran QB lands first offer

    February 26th, 2015, 7:50 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Orange Lutheran junior quarterback LJ Northington (6-2, 190) has picked up his first offer courtesy of Air Force, Lancers football coach Chuck Petersen reports.

    Northington, ranked as one of Orange County's Top 16 recruits for 2016, is an athletic, left-handed dual-threat quarterback. Petersen is a former veteran offensive coordinator at Air Force.

    In other Orange Lutheran recruiting news, senior cornerback KJ Walker has committed as a preferred walk-on to Northern Colorado, Petersen said.

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    Girls water polo: Saturday's CIF finals schedule, semifinal scorelist

    February 26th, 2015, 9:51 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Here's Saturday schedule for the CIF girls water polo championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine:

    Div. 7 10 a.m. (right course) No. 2 Foothill Tech vs. No. 1 Hillcrest

    Div. 6 11:30 a.m. (left) No. 2 Ocean View vs. No. 1 Pasadena Poly

    Div. 5 1 p.m. (right) Los Altos vs. No. 1 Palm Desert

    Div. 3 2:30 p.m. (left) No. 1 Arroyo Grande vs. No. 2 M.L. King

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    Girls water polo: Albano, Weathersby predictions, Div. 6 scouting report

    February 25th, 2015, 10:34 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Here are Santa Margarita girls water polo coach Brian Weathersby's predictions for today's CIF Division I semifinals -- the reigning coach of the year is perfect so far -- along with my picks for Division 1 and the rest of the O.C. semifinals.

    Keep reading below for an inside scouting report at Ocean View's foe -- Santa Monica -- from Temescal Canyon coach Damien Andrews, whose team fell to Santa Monica in the Div. 6 quarterfinals

    Coach Weathersby's predictions, comments

    Division 1

    Laguna Beach def. CdM The Fischer sisters will be too much for CdM. CdM will do a good job in the first quarter or two but Laguna Beach has a good counterattack that will show up in the second half.

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    Girls water polo: Orange County's semifinal schedule (updated)

    February 23rd, 2015, 9:11 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Here is the semifinal schedule for Orange County girls water polo teams on Wednesday:

    Division 1

    At William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine

    Foothill vs. Newport, 5 p.m.

    Laguna Beach vs. CdM, 7 p.m.

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