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    Boys water polo: Mater Dei center Duncan commits

    August 31st, 2015, 9:05 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei water polo center Sean Duncan has committed to Princeton, Monarchs coach Chris Segesman reports.

    Duncan, a senior, scored 48 goals last season for Mater Dei.

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    Trinity League insider: Albano-Barajas podcast debuts

    August 27th, 2015, 10:16 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Can't get enough coverage of Trinity League football? Well, OCVarsity has a new podcast for you.

    OCVarsity's Dan Albano has teamed with Trinity League insider Scott Barajas, former publisher of Orange County's Gridiron magazine, for an expanded venture into Orange County's toughest league.

    In their first installment, Dan and Scott discuss St. John Bosco's dominance, Servite's hire of Coach Scott Meyer, preview each team -- including Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita, JSerra -- and offer predictions on the playoff race and league MVP awards.

    Give their debut podcast a listen and return each week for in-depth Trinity League coverage.


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    Swim: Mater Dei standout Kampfer transfers to CIF champion Crean Lutheran

    August 26th, 2015, 5:06 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei standout freestyler Brittany Kampfer has enrolled at three-time defending CIF champion Crean Lutheran, Saints girls swim coach Craig Brown said Wednesday.

    Kampfer, a member of the Irvine Novaquatics club, finished second in the 500-yard freestyle at the CIF Division 1 finals in May with a swift time of 4 minutes, 49.94 seconds.

    The senior also placed sixth in the 200 free with 1:50.48. 

    Kampfer joins a Crean Lutheran team that won the Division 2 title last season and finished second at the inaugural state meet to JSerra. The Saints graduated Ella Eastin (Stanford) but are heavy on returners.

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    Football: CIF-SS preseason polls

    August 26th, 2015, 9:27 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Three Orange County teams are No. 1 in their CIF-Southern Section rankings. Of course, two of the divisions, the Southwest and Southern, are exclusively Orange County divisions so an O.C. team will be No. 1. St. Margaret's is No. 1 in the East Valley Division, a smaller-schools division that covers a large geographic area.

    It is interesting that Santa Margarita is ranked ahead of Mater Dei in the Pac-5 Division. Our O.C. top 25 had Mater Dei at No. 1, Santa Margarita at No. 3. In a preason ranking, the difference between Nos. 1 and 3 is slim.

    The CIF-SS polls are created by coaches advisory committees. Here are the rankings for divisions that include Orange County teams. (Whittier Christian, the only county team in the the Northwest Division, was not in that division's top 10.)

    1.    St. Margaret’s (Academy)
    2.    Grace Brethren (Frontier)
    3.    St. Anthony (Santa Fe)
    4T.    Saddleback Valley Chr (San Joaquin)
    4T.    St. Genevieve (Santa Fe)
    6.    Desert (Desert Mountain)
    7.    Capistrano Valley Chr (San Jaoquin)
    8.    Brethren Christian (Academy)
    9.    Calvary Murrieta (South Valley)
    10T.  St. Monica Catholic (Santa Fe)
    10T.  Santa Paula (Frontier)

    1.    Garden Grove (Garden Grove)
    2.    Brea Olinda (North Hills)
    3.    Canyon/A (North Hills)
    4.    El Modena (North Hills
    5.    Westminster (Golden West)
    6.    Calvary Chapel/SA (Orange Coast)
    7.    Rancho Alamitos (Garden Grove)
    8.    Los Amigos (Garden Grove)
    9.    Estancia (Orange Coast)
    10.   Katella (Orange)

    1.    San Clemente (Sea View)
    2.    La Habra (Freeway)
    3.    Trabuco Hills (Sea View)
    4.    Villa Park (Crestview)
    5.    Corona del Mar (Pacific Coast)
    6.    Capistrano Valley (Sea View)
    7.    Buena Park (Freeway)
    8.    Foothill (Crestview)
    9.    Troy (Freeway)
    10.   Sonora (Freeway)

    1.    Vista Murrieta (Southwestern)
    2.    Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline)
    3.    Mission Viejo (South Coast)
    4.    Great Oak (Southwestern)
    5.    Tesoro (South Coast)
    6.    El Toro (South Coast)
    7.    Upland (Baseline)
    8.    Los Alamitos (Sunset)
    9.    Edison (Sunset)
    10.   Chino Hills (Baseline)

    1.    Centennial/Corona (Big VIII)
    2.    St John Bosco (Trinity)
    3.    Bishop Amat (Mission)
    4.    Santa Margarita (Trinity)
    5.    Mater Dei (Trinity)
    6.    LB Poly (Moore)
    7.    Crespi (Mission)
    8.    Alemany (Mission)
    9.    Orange Lutheran (Trinity)
    10.   Servite (Trinity)

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    Football: Mater Dei promising sophomores to face early test

    August 25th, 2015, 11:34 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson was in midseason form last week as he discussed the numerous sophomores who will play varsity for the Monarchs, who of course, also feature freshman quarterback JT Daniels.

    "It's probably 10 (sophomores) and I'm talking about 10 that are going to get in the game," Rollinson said after the Monarchs' scrimmage against Fountain Valley. "There's three more that might play some special teams and then play a little JV.

    "Sophomores, we believe this, we've always believed this, sophomores are going to cost you six points. A hold on a touchdown run. They're going to cost you six points.

    "And it's not like they get a little bit of play in the shallow end of the pool. They're going into the deep end of the pool Friday night. But the positive is, we're going to be alright this year. We ought to be pretty good next year."

    So who are the sophomores to watch Friday when the Monarchs take on Bishop Amat?

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    Laguna Beach's Aria Fischer, Santa Margarita's Shoults win world junior titles

    August 25th, 2015, 9:49 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Laguna Beach water polo player Aria Fischer and Santa Margarita swimmer Grant Shoults are finishing the summer aquatics season as junior world champions.

    Fischer, a junior, led the U.S. women's water polo team to the gold Sunday at the FINA Junior World Championships in Greece. Fischer scored four goals as Team USA defeated Spain, 13-10, in the championship match.

    The U.S. team also included former All-County players Emily Loughlin (Santa Margarita/Cal), Stephanie Mutafyan (Los Alamitos/Cal) and Mackenzie Barr (Mater Dei/UCLA). Former Rosary standout Natalie Benson, recently inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame, was an assistant coach on the squad.

    Shoults, a senior bound for Stanford and The Register's reigning male swimmer of the year, captured the 400-meter freestyle at FINA Junior Championships in Singapore on Tuesday with a lifetime-best time of 3 minutes, 48.91 seconds.

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    Mater Dei names Matt McDonald as starting QB

    August 24th, 2015, 3:28 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei has named junior Matt McDonald as its starting quarterback for Friday’s season-opening game against fellow Pac-5 Division foe Bishop Amat, Monarchs football coach Bruce Rollinson said Monday.

    McDonald competed against freshman JT Daniels for the starting position.

    “We have no specific plan regarding when, but frosh JT Daniels will play also,” Rollinson said in an e-mail. “They both had outstanding camps ... (and) we are excited to unveil both of them.”

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    Mater Dei quarterback competition nearing a decision

    August 21st, 2015, 9:34 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    SANTA ANA - Matt McDonald started the scrimmage and zipped a short touchdown pass through traffic to wide receiver C.J. Parks to cap an early Mater Dei possession.

    JT Daniels finished off the Monarchs' final possession by firing about a 15-yard dart on a curl route to wide out AJ Collins, who made the catch, spun away from a charging cornerback and bolted another 15 yards into the end zone.

    Mater Dei's quarterback competition entered its fourth quarter Friday night as the Monarchs scrimmaged against visiting Fountain Valley in preparation for their season-opener against Bishop Amat on Aug. 28 at Santa Ana Stadium.

    And when it was over, both quarterbacks performed well enough to give their coaches plenty to ponder over the weekend.

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    Football: Four O.C. players selected preseason all-state by Cal-Hi

    August 16th, 2015, 11:51 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita quarterback and Stanford commit KJ Costello and three left tackles are the Orange County selections to the preseason Cal-Hi Sports first-team all-state football team.

    The linemen picked were: Mater Dei's Frank Martin (USC), Mission Viejo's Zack Aylor and JSerra's Luke Wattenberg (Washington).

    Cal-Hi mentioned that Santa Margarita wide receiver Dylan Crawford was considered for first team honors.

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    Football: National rankings, local impact

    August 11th, 2015, 4:27 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    A poll that combines the national football rankings of Max Preps, USA Today and others to produce a composite poll has Bishop Gorman of Nevada at No. 1 and De La Salle of Concord at No. 2 in the nation. It has Centennial of Corona at No. 9, St. John Bosco at No. 10 and Bishop Amat of La Puente at No. 18.

    Servite plays three of those teams in nonleague games: Gorman; De La Salle; and Amat. Orange Lutheran has nonleague games against two of them: De La Salle and Centennial. Mater Dei plays Amat in the Monarchs’ opener Aug. 28 at Santa Ana Stadium.

    Of course, all of Orange County’s Trinity League teams play St. John Bosco in league games.

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