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    Former Mater Dei star Stanley Johnson's mother dies after cancer fight

    August 3rd, 2015, 7:16 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Karen Taylor, mother of former Mater Dei basketball star Stanley Johnson, died Saturday.

    Taylor had battled cancer for more than a year, Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight said.

    More information, including funeral arrangements, will come. Johnson did not reply Sunday to a text message, which of course is understandable.

    Taylor coached her son and many other top local players on her So Cal Tigers team.

    Gil Nelsen, whose son Rob played for Taylor and was an All-Orange County player at Tustin, said via email: "My son loved her soooo much and there are so many other children and parents that she affected as a coach in a loving, religious, academic and finally sports way."

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    Football recruiting: Mater Dei's Collins collects first offer

    July 31st, 2015, 6:34 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei wide receiver AJ Collins (6-5, 195) is back from injury, and college recruiters have noticed.

    The senior-to-be has picked up his first scholarship offer courtesy of North Texas of Conference USA, he announced on Twitter.

    Collins suffered a season-ending ankle injury last fall against St. John Bosco but has shown steady progress this summer in returning to form. He has used his size and hands to become a main target.

    "I feel a lot better," Collins said after the Air Strike tournament at Dana Hills in late May. "I've worked countless times at school with coaches trying to get back to the way I was and I feel like it's starting to pay off."

    Collins is part of a loaded receiving corp at Mater Dei that includes C.J. Parks and the St. Brown brothers among others.

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    Boys water polo: Northwood 16's (Orange Lutheran) reach Junior Olympics final

    July 28th, 2015, 10:32 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Northwood's 16-and-under boys club water polo team has reached the finals of today's Junior Olympics at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.

    Northwood, featuring players from Orange Lutheran, takes on Del Mar of San Diego at 3:30 p.m.

    Regency's two-time defending champion 18-and-under boys fell to Santa Barbara Polo Pals, a newly-formed group featuring ex-Harvard-Westlake star Johnny Hooper among others, in the semifinals, 15-8.

    Regency, composed of players from Mater Dei, also lost to L.A. Premier, 11-10, on Monday. The 18's boys final between Premier and Santa Barbara Polo Pals is at 4:45 p.m.

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    Water polo: State tournament splashes down this weekend

    July 16th, 2015, 10:20 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Forty-eight boys water polo teams and 48 girls squads will be in action this weekend in Orange County in the California State High School Championships, the top high school tournament of the summer.

    The tournaments run Friday through Sunday with the boys final set for Sunday at Foothill at 3 p.m. and girls championship scheduled for Corona del Mar at 3 p.m.

    Two-time defending Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City and Mater Dei are the top-two seeds for the boys tournament. Cathedral of San Diego, Huntington Beach and Orange Lutheran round out the top-five on the boys side.

    Reigning Division 1 champion Laguna Beach and Foothill are the top seeds in the girls tournament. Danville's San Ramon Valley, Orange Lutheran and San Marcos fill out the top-five.

    Boys sites: Foothill, Newport Harbor, Santa Margarita, Beckman, Capistrano Valley and Yorba Linda

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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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