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    Boys water polo: Laguna Beach-Montebello CIF Division 3 final preview

    November 21st, 2014, 11:45 am by BY DAN ALBANO


    All games at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine

    Division 3

    Montebello (24-3) vs. Laguna Beach (24-6), 7 p.m.

       Outlook: The top-seeded Breakers return to the finals for the first time since their Division 3 title season of 2011. Laguna Beach and third-seed Montebello don’t have much recent history. The teams last played in 2010 when Laguna Beach won, 17-11, at a Hank Vellekamp tournament game. The Breakers were the preseason No. 1 team in the division and haven’t budged thanks to a balanced and deep lineup. They feature three players with at least 60 goals in Cade Baldridge (95), Jack Dodson (65) and Jakob Colladay (63). Dodson also leads Laguna Beach in steals (55) and assists (40). The Breakers are 17-2 in their last 19 matches, losing only to Division 1 contenders Mater Dei and Loyola. Montebello’s Mario Moran scored in sudden-death overtime in the semifinals to lift the Oilers past No. 2 seed Murrieta Valley, 12-11.

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    Boys water polo: Division 3, 6 semifinal previews

    November 19th, 2014, 1:19 am by BY DAN ALBANO



    No. 4 seed Capistrano Valley (19-11) vs. No. 1 seed Laguna Beach (23-6)

    Site, time: Woollett, 3:30 p.m.

       Outlook: The Breakers, the top-seeded team in the division all season, defeated the Cougars, 17-12, just prior to the playoffs. Laguna Beach erupted for seven goals in the first period but the final three quarters were closer. As the nonleague showed, both teams have considerable firepower. Capo Valley features a pair of 100-goal scorers in Austin Sechrest and Jacob Rendina while the Breakers’ Cade Baldridge has 90. Laguna Beach’s most versatile player is Jack Dodson, a strong defender who also leads the Breakers with 40 assists. Laguna Beach lost in the semifinals in Division 2 the past two seasons to Agoura but claimed the Division 3 crown in 2011. Capo Valley is making its first semifinal apperance under veteran coach Steve Yancey, in his 14th season.

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    Fall Signing Day: Laguna Beach's signees

    November 12th, 2014, 12:54 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    The little school with big athletic success had a group of letter of intent signees today, the first day of the one-week early-signing period for many sports. (The football LOI period starts in February.)

    Daniela Lucidi, Long Beach St., Water Polo
    Janie Crawford, Texas, Cross Country and Track
    Jack Burgi, Princeton, Volleyball
    Pierce Ashworth, Stanford, Soccer
    Sabrina Stillwell, Brown, Volleyball
    Brighid Burnes, LMU, Water Polo

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    Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Fischer signs with Stanford

    November 12th, 2014, 1:26 pm by 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 committed to Loyola Marymount.

    Please send signing day news on aquatics to Dan Albano at

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    Girls water polo: O.C. stars help U.S. youth claim world title

    September 2nd, 2014, 5:30 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Laguna Beach sophomore Aria Fischer scored four goals and Newport Harbor senior goalie Carlee Kapana was selected tournament MVP as the U.S. women's youth water polo team defeated Canada, 5-4, to claim the FINA Youth World Championships in Spain.

    Fischer's sister, Laguna Beach senior Makenzie Fischer, added one goal for Team USA, which finished the tournament undefeated.

    Corona del Mar junior Maddie Musselman scored three goals to help the Americans defeat Greece, 12-11, in the semifinals.

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    Water polo: Laguna Beach girls win state title, Mater Dei boys second

    July 20th, 2014, 5:59 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made eight saves, including one against a penalty, and attackers Lucas Wyatt and Matthew Payne each scored twice for the Monarchs but the Orange County boys water polo juggernaut fell to Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, 10-9, in a high-powered gold-medal game at the California State High School Championships at Foothill on Sunday.

    In the girls final at Corona del Mar, Laguna Beach defeated the host Sea Queens, 6-4, in the final. Both teams played with standouts -- the Fischer sisters for Laguna Beach and Maddie Musselman for CdM -- because of the U.S. Open tournament.

    More info to come.

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    Mater Dei state school of the year

    July 12th, 2014, 10:54 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Mater Dei is state school of the year as selected by

    It is the second straight year as state school of the year for Mater Dei. The school also was awarded the honor in the 1996-97, 1994-95 and 1991-92 school years.

    CalHiSports had eight Mater Dei teams among the top 10 teams in various sports. The Monarchs were state champions in boys basketball and boys track and field.

    Mater Dei teams advanced to CIF-Southern Section finals in boys and girls water polo, girls basketball, girls volleyball and football.

    Honorable mentions went to Mission Viejo in the Division 1 category, Laguna Beach in Division 3 and St. Margaret's in Division 5.

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    Girls water polo: Laguna Beach's Makenzie Fischer tabbed for Super Final

    June 2nd, 2014, 9:53 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Laguna Beach High senior-to-be Makenzie Fischer, left, was named Monday to the U.S. women's water polo team for the FINA World League Super Final in China, June 10-15.

    Orange County products Annika Dries (Laguna Beach), Alys Williams (Edison), Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Harbor), Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos) and Jillian Kraus (Foothill) also were selected to U.S. team.

    Fischer was The Register's player of the year in 2014 as a junior after guiding the Breakers to the Division 1 title.

    Here's a complete list of the U.S. roster

    G - Sami Hill (Santa Barbara, CA/UCLA/SBWPF)
    G - EB Keeve (Naperville, Ill/Arizona State/West Suburban)
    C - Kami Craig (Santa Barbara, CA/USC/SBWPF)*
    C - Annika Dries (Laguna Beach, CA/Stanford/SET)*
    D - Melissa Seidemann (Walnut Creek, CA/Stanford/Stanford)*
    D - KK Clark (Menlo Park, CA/UCLA/NYAC)
    D - Alys Williams (Huntington Beach, CA/UCLA/Huntington Beach WPC)
    A - Maggie Steffens (Danville, CA/Stanford/Diablo)*
    A - Kiley Neushul (Goleta, CA/Stanford/SBWPF)
    A - Rachel Fattal (Seal Beach, CA/UCLA/SOCAL)
    A - Jillian Kraus (Santa Ana, CA/UCLA/SOCAL)
    A - Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Beach, CA/USC/Trojan)
    A - Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach, CA/Laguna Beach HS/SET)

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    Baseball playoffs: Semifinals schedule updates

    May 31st, 2014, 12:10 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    Aliso Niguel and Valencia will be home teams for their baseball semifinals playoff games Tuesday.

    Valencia won a coin flip to be the home team against Temecula Valley in one CIF-Southern Section Division 2 semifinal. Aliso Niguel is home against La Mirada because Aliso has had fewer home games than La Mirada in these playoffs. Valencia and Temecula Valley have an equal number of playoff home games so a coin flip decided the home team.

    In the Division 1 semifinals doubleheader Tuesday at Blair Field in Long Beach, the JSerra-Foothill game is at 4 p.m. and the Santa Margarita-Trabuco Hills game is at 7 p.m. Foothill and Trabuco Hills are the home teams.

    This is the first time all four teams in the Division 1 baseball semifinals are Orange County teams.

    Admission to the Division 1 doubleheader is $8 for adults and $5 for students with valid student identification and for children 13 and younger.

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    Baseball: Sears out at Servite

    May 30th, 2014, 11:17 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Jeff Sears today said he has been relieved of his duties as baseball coach at Servite.

    Sears said it was a parents-initiated move.

    "The parents got me," Sears said.

    "There were no complaints when we got to the playoffs last year," he said. "Now I'm a bad coach bedcause we didn't make the the playoffs. People don't realize that three teams from our league are still in the playoffs."

    Trinity League teams JSerra, Orange Lutheran and Santa Margarita advanced to today's CIF-Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals.

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