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Briefs: Estancia's Davis and Mesa's Dawson unite for OC All-Star Game

Local duo will play in all-star game Saturday at Concordia.

April 13, 2012

Two seniors from rival high school programs will be on the same boys' basketball team in the 47th annual Orange County North-South All-Star Game at Concordia University on Saturday.

Estancia center Rashad Davis and Costa Mesa point guard Nick Dawson will represent the South All-Stars in the game set for 7 p.m.

Davis earned the Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team Player of the Year and Dawson made the Dream Team. Each made the All-Orange Coast League first team.

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Davis' and Dawson's high school teams split the Orange Coast League two-game series. Costa Mesa won the Battle for the Bell because it won its game by a larger margin and Estancia's victory gave the Eagles second place in league.

Davis helped Estancia (17-12, 7-3 in league) reach the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 3A playoffs.

Davis, who is 6-foot-7, averaged 16.2 points, 14.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. He recorded a double-double in 22 games and shot 63% from the floor. Estancia Coach Agustin Heredia said Davis is bound for Saddleback College.

Dawson, who averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, three assists and 2.2 steals per game, led Costa Mesa to its most wins (19) in a season in the program's history. The Mustangs (19-10, 6-4) advanced to the second round of the Division 4A playoffs.

Tickets are $10 at the door, and students and children are free.

— From staff reports

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Meet-and-greet with U.S. water polo Olympians

The U.S. men's and women's national water polo teams, which have each qualified for the London Olympic Games, will have players make appearances at nine malls in California, including four in Orange County, on Saturday.

Two players with local ties, Tumua Anae, a former Corona del Mar High girls' standout, and Ryan Bailey, a former UC Irvine star and current assistant coach with the CdM boys' team, are expected to be at the Westminster Mall from 10 a.m. to noon.

John Mann, a CdM graduate, will be at The Shops at Montebello from noon to 2 p.m.

Fans will get to meet the Olympians, take pictures, get autographs and participate in events at each mall event. One fan will win a trip for two to the London Olympic Games.

Other locations in Orange County include the Brea Mall (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.), the Laguna Hills Mall (10 a.m. to noon) and The Shops at Mission Viejo (10 a.m. to noon).

— From staff reports

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CdM to honor athletes

Corona del Mar High on Tuesday plans to recognize seniors who signed national letters of intent for sports other than boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' track and field, boys' and girls' cross country and boys' water polo.

Don Grable, the school's athletic director, said the event is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the quad.

Mary McKennon has committed to play volleyball at UC Berkeley.

Jared Namba has committed to the Columbia University men's swimming program.

— From staff reports

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Newport Lightning tryouts

The Newport Lightning AAU Basketball Club has open tryouts for its boys' basketball teams at Sage Hill School on Sunday.

The tryouts for third- and fourth-graders is at 2 p.m., fifth- and sixth-graders at 3 p.m., and seventh- and eighth-graders at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, email info@newportlightning.com.

— From staff reports

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