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

    Swim: Fountain Valley coach Mike Nichols headed to Clovis North

    May 24th, 2016, 2:27 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Fountain Valley swim coach Mike Nichols, who guided the Barons' boys to a dramatic Sunset League title in 2015 and restored the girls to a county power, is leaving the Sunset League school for Clovis North, he said.

    Nichols has been hired as the girls water polo coach at Clovis North and the on-campus, full-time position of student relations liaison.

    Nichols coched the Fountain Valley girls the past six years and the boys the past five. He also has coached at the Irvine Novaquatics swim club.

    Fountain Valley's girls could be one of the top teams in the county again next season, especially if the injured Carly Perri returns.

    The Fountain Valley and girls each finished in the Top 20 in Division 1 this season.

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    Boys water polo: Coaching changes at Laguna Beach, Brea Olinda

    May 18th, 2016, 9:04 am by By DAN ALBANO

    It's been a busy spring so far for coaching news in boys water polo. Here are two more updates:

    Laguna Beach coach Ethan Damato, a former O.C.-coach of the year and multi-CIF championship winning coach, will move to an assistant post for head coach Trevor Lyle, Damato confirmed.

    Last season, Damato and Lyle were co-coaches as the Breakers made a run to the CIF-SS Division 3 semifinals.

    Damato has led Laguna Beach to three CIF-SS Division 3 titles.

    At Brea Olinda, veteran Stan Sprague takes the reins for Mario Ruiz, Sprague said. The Wildcats earned the No. 2 playoff seed in the North Hills League last season, falling in the wild-card round to Trabuco Hills.

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    Boys water polo: San Clemente's Parker resigns

    May 17th, 2016, 11:29 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Veteran San Clemente boys water polo coach Marc Parker, who helped keep the Tritons among Orange County's best teams for several years, has resigned to spend more time with his family, he confirmed Monday.

    Parker took the reins of the Tritonsprorgram in 1996 -- replacing consistent winner Steve Yancey -- and enjoyed instant success to kickoff his 20-year tenure.

    San Clemente reached the Division 1 semifinals in Parker's first season, falling to Foothill, 9-5.

    In 1997, San Clemente upset top-ranked Foothill at the South Coast Tournament and moved to No. 1 in the county.

    The following season, San Clemente reached another Division 1 semifinals but fell to eventual champion Long Beach Wilson, 14-7.

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    Boys water polo: Mitchell resigns at Santa Margarita

    May 11th, 2016, 10:09 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Paden Mitchell has resigned as the boys water polo coach at Santa Margarita and been replaced by Olympian Jeremy Laster.

    "Santa Margarita's administration wanted to head in a different direction and I wasn't interested in the role they offered me in the program," Mitchell said in a text message recently.

    "I am very thankful to Santa Margarita and the opportunity they gave me five years ago as a young, 22-year-old coach. I want to wish all the SMCHS boys water polo players future and past the very best!"

    Laster, a former San Clemente standout, was an Olympian in 1996 and All-American at Stanford. He also coaches the 14-and-under boys at the O.C. club.

    Santa Margarita first announced that Laster was joining Santa Margarita as a varsity assistant coach.

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    Water polo recruiting: Huntington Beach's Osborne commits to UCLA

    May 3rd, 2016, 7:13 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Huntington Beach All-County water polo center Quinten Osbornehas committed to defending NCAA champion UCLA, Oilers boys coach Sasa Branisavljevic said in a text message Tuesday.

    The 6-foot-4 Osborne was a third-team All-County pick in the fall and a major reason why the Oilers reached a second consecutive CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal.

    Osborne is a member of the U.S. youth team for 2016-17 and the Vanguard club.

    He is the third Huntington Beach player to commit to a four-year school, joining Cal commits Ethan Wojciechowski and Ryan Hurst.

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

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    Boys water polo: Huntington Beach's Wojciechowski, Hurst commit to Cal

    April 27th, 2016, 1:34 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    All-County water polo player Ethan Wojciechowski of Huntington Beach and fellow junior teammate Ryan Hurst have committed to Cal, Oilers boys coach Sasa Branisavljevic confirmed Wednesday.

    Wojciechowski was a first-team All-County selection last season and is one of the top aquatics athletes in the county. He also is a standout swimmer. He played utility for the Oilers and helped the squad reach the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals for a second consecutive season.

    Hurst is a defender and transferred in the fall from Newport Harbor.

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    Three water polo players among large Marina signing class

    April 26th, 2016, 6:04 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Three boys water polo players at Marina were among a large group of college signees honored by the Sunset League school Tuesday.

    Water polo players Luka Karaman (USC), Boris Posavec (St. Francis) and Luigi Paparella (Wagner) have each signed with four-year schools, Vikings coach Tony Karaman reports.

    The trio and swimmer Joseph Lastelic (UC Santa Barbara) are pictured left with Coach Karaman.

    The school also recognized signees: Daniel Klemm (soccer/Drexel), Brooke Baeyens (softball/Aurora), Kaitlyn Barry (softball/UC Santa Barbara), Maxwell Cancilla (Tennis/Penn), Riley Ohl (baseball/Nevada), Max Melfi (football/Rocky Mountain), Anthony De La Torre (Football, Avila), Alexandria Cleveland (soccer/Campbell), Jacklyn Stubbs (soccer/Hamline), Markie Davis (soccer/Southern Oregon), Markie Davis (Southern Utah) and Chloe Farmer (soccer/Colorado Mesa).

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    Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Leggett departs for Dos Pueblos

    April 23rd, 2016, 10:35 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Laguna Beach water polo player Sophie Leggett, a second-team All-County pick last season as a freshman, has enrolled at Dos Pueblos of Goleta, her father, Keith, confirmed Saturday.

    Leggett, a swift attacker, helped Laguna Beach reach the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals by leading the team in goals with 75. She also added 32 assists and 32 steals.

    She had been swimming earlier this spring for Laguna Beach. Breakers water polo coach Ethan Damato didn't return two messages earlier this week seeking comment.

    Chris Parrish, who coached Dos Pueblos' girls last season, said he has resigned as the boys and girls coach to take a job in the private sector.

    Dos Pueblos ended Laguna Beach's 76-game winning streak during the season and went on to reach the CIF Division 1 quarterfinals, losing to Foothill. The Chargers have been a main rival for Laguna Beach for several seasons. They won't graduate any senior this spring and could be one of the top teams in Division 1 next season.

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    Water polo: Edison names Little, Graffis boys, girls coaches

    April 22nd, 2016, 10:50 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Edison has hired boys and girls water polo coaches, athletic director Rich Boyce reports.

    The Chargers have selected Huntington Beach assistant girls coach Sean Little as its boys coach and UC Irvine women's club coach Nick Graffis as its girls coach, Boyce said.

    The duo replaces veteran Diggy Riley who stepped down in March.

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

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    Swim: Edison coach Riley to step down after season

    April 21st, 2016, 3:30 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Veteran Edison swim coach Diggy Riley will resign at the end of the season, he said Thursday.

    Riley, 53, said he is excited for the season's stretch drive of the Sunset League finals and CIF but is looking forward to a break and traveling.

    He resigned as the Edison boys and girls water polo coach in March.

    Riley said his perspective on coaching and life changed with the passing of his wife, Sally, last spring from cancer. He said his wife encouraged him to continue coaching during her illness.

    "It's time to relax (now)," he said.

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