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    Football: North adds Mater Dei's Nickerson

    July 2nd, 2015, 11:07 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    The North has added Mater Dei linebacker Ronald Nickerson (5-10, 210) to its roster for next week's Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game, North coach Mike Enright of Rancho Alamitos announced.

    The game is July 9 at Orange Coast College at 7:15 p.m.

    Nickerson replaces Esperanza running back Brett Mullins (shoulder).

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    St. Browns enroll at Mater Dei

    June 22nd, 2015, 11:28 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Highly rated prospect Osiris St. Brown and his brother Amon-Ra St. Brown have enrolled at Mater Dei, Mater Dei athletic director Phil Bellomo confirmed today.

    The St. Brown brothers withdrew from Servite at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

    Osiris St. Brown, who will be a junior this coming school year, played receiver on the Servite varsity in 2014. Amon-Ra, who will be a sophomore, played running back and safety on the Friars freshman team.

    Osiris is among the top junior-to-be receiver prospects in California. He has scholarship offers from several colleges including Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame. Osiris, 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds, last year had 19 receptions and averaged 19 yards a reception.

    Bellomo did not know today if the St. Browns would make the change of residence that would make them eligible all season or if they would not move and thus have to sit out the first month of the 2015 season before becoming athletically eligible.

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    Water polo: Mann, Bonanni lead U.S. men past Serbia

    June 3rd, 2015, 9:16 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Center John Mann (Corona del Mar) scored five goals and attacker Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei) added four as the U.S. men's water polo team posted its first victory against Serbia since 2008 with a 12-10 triumph at UC San Diego on Tuesday night.

    Veteran Merrill Moses played goalie for Team USA, collecting eight saves. Tony Azevedo added two goals.

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    Football: Mater Dei shows progress in Air Strike

    May 30th, 2015, 8:07 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    DANA POINT Veteran Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson missed his first school graduation in nearly 40 years to attend the Air Strike passing tournament Saturday at Dana Hills.

    Thanks to the Monarchs’ emerging passing attack, he still witnessed plenty of advancement.

    Behind quarterback Matt McDonald and wide receivers AJ Collins and C.J. Parks, pictured below, the Monarchs stormed to the title with a 28-14 victory against upset-minded Edison.

    McDonald (6-2, 194) showed a strong and accurate arm in leading the Monarchs to their second passing tournament title of the spring. The junior-to-be is contending for the starting job. Mater Dei also won the San Juan Hills-hosted Gunslinger tournament.

    Collins, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior-to-be, is coming off a season-ending ankle injury but played aggressively to haul in high passes and balls thrown to the corner of the end zone.

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    Football: Mater Dei captures first major passing tourney of offseason

    May 20th, 2015, 1:50 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei's football team captured the first major 7-on-7 passing tournament of the offseason, defeating Trinity League rival St. John Bosco, 14-12, in the finals of the San Juan Hills-hosted Gunslinger tournament.

    The next top tournament arrives May 30 with the Air Strike at Dana Hills.

    Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at

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    Baseball: Saturday games

    May 15th, 2015, 7:38 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    Four games are on the Orange County baseball schedule Saturday (May 16).

    Garden Grove at Santiago, and Rancho Alamitos at La Quinta.Both at 9 a.m.

    Those Garden Grove League games are make-up games from Thursday. Both games were underway Thursday when rains forced postponement. Both must start from the beginning (according to the league constitution), which is bad news for Grove, which was leading Santiago, 4-0, and La Quinta, which was leading Rancho, 3-2.

    There all kinds of playoff scenarios from those games, too many to recount here. It is complicated.

    Also Saturday: JSerra at Santa Margarita at 9 a.m.; Servite at Mater Dei, 9 a.m.

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    Baseball: Some games with big implications

    May 14th, 2015, 12:32 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    There are a few playoff berths to be settled. A look at a couple of leagues ...

    Empire -- Cypress is the league champion and will go to the Division 1 playoffs as the league's No. 1 playoff representative. If today Pacifica (6-3 in league) beats Valencia (5-4), Pacifica is the league's No. 3 team -- the league's final playoff berth. If Valencia beats Pacifica, they both finish 6-4 in league. The first tiebreaker is how those teams did vs. the league champion. Valencia was 1-1 vs. Cypress, Pacifica was 0-2. So, a Valencia win today gives the Tigers the No. 3 spot. Tustin is going to the playoffs, but whether as a No. 2 or No. 3 is to be determined.

    Note: Valencia-Pacifica rained out; awaiting rescheduling information.

    Trinity League -- JSerra and Orange Lutheran are 1-2, respectively. Up for grabs between Mater Dei (7-7 in league) and Santa Margarita (6-8) is the No. 3 berth, the final playoff berth in the Trinity League. If Mater Dei beats Servite today, then Mater Dei is the league's No. 3 team. If Santa Margarita beats JSerra and Mater Dei loses, then Santa Margarita and Mater Dei finish at 7-8 each. As Santa Margarita won two of three against Mater Dei, Santa Margarita would go as the No. 3 team.

    Note: Servite at Mater Dei has been rescheduled for Friday, 6 p.m., at Mater Dei. JSerra at Santa Margarita was moved to a Saturday, 9 a.m. start.

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    Basketball: Mater Dei's Parker to attend Air Force Academy

    May 1st, 2015, 9:33 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Mater Dei senior shooting guard La'Vette Parker is going to the Air Force Academy, Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight announced today.

    Parker, 6-foot-2 and a terrific outside shooter, was second in Monarchs scoring this past season at 16 points a game. He led the team in 3-pointers with 81.

    Parker was especially good in the playoffs. He scored 23 points against Chino Hills in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs, and in the CIF Southern California Regionals scored 23 against Westchester and 21 against Bishop Montgomery.

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    Boys basketball: MD plays Wednesday

    March 16th, 2015, 1:14 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    Mater Dei's game against Bishop Montgomery in the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division in Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach. Bishop Montgomery is the home team, but the Knights' gym is not larger enough for a game like this. All other regionals games are Tuesday.

    Mater Dei is the only Orange County team still playing in the boys hoops regionals.

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    Boys basketball: Regionals today

    March 14th, 2015, 10:52 am by By STEVE FRYER

    CIF Southern California Regionals, Second round (all games 6 p.m.)

    Division II: La Mirada (27-5) at Canyon (24-9). La Mirada lost to Compton in the CIF-Southern Section 2A semifinals. Canyon is 2AA champion. Including its 98-65 win over Kearny in the regionals first round Wednesday, Canyon has scored 201 points over its past two games. La Mirada beat Canyon, 61-56, in an Orange Holiday Classic semifinal in late December. The winner of this game plays the Compton-Hanford winner in the semifinals Tuesday.

    Division 3: Corona del Mar (25-7) at Damien of La Verne (25-5). Corona del Mar is on the road again in the regionals after winning at El Cajon Valley in the first round Wednesday, 46-33. CdM lost to Beverly Hills in the CIF-SS 3A final. Damien played in the Open Division: a first-round loss to Orange Lutheran; a consolation second-round win ove Alemany; a consolation semifinals loss to Redondo. Damien is No. 17 in the California top 20. The winner plays the Beverly Hills-Cantwell Sacred Heart winnner in the semifinals.

    Division 3: Sonora (29-4) at Alemany of Mission Hills (22-8). CIF-SS 3AA champion Sonora beat Valhalla by a lot, 101-74, in the regionals first round Wednesday. Alemany beat West Bakersfield 72-49. Alemany played in the CIF-SS Open Division. It lost to Centennial of Corona in the first round and to Damien in the consolation second round.The winner plays the Gahr-Cathedral winner in the semifinals.

    Division 6: Orangewood Academy (22-12) at Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (22-4): Orangewood, CIF-SS Division 6 champion, won a regionals first-round home game against Caruthers, 68-63. Sierra Canyon, No. 6 in the state top 20, played in the Open Division of the CIF-SS playoffs. It beat St. John Bosco in the first round and lost to Etiwanda by five points in the second round. The winner plays the St. Benard-Viewpoint winner in the semifinals.

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