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March 24, 2012
BOYS' LACROSSE Newport Harbor 6, Mater Dei 3 NEWPORT BEACH - Alex Opyd scored two goals, helping the Sailors to their fifth straight win in Saturday's nonleague game. Matt Porteous, Jake Turner, Brian Team and Kole Escher also scored for Newport Harbor (5-3). Ritter Hagadorn and Luke Toohey had two assists each, and Zac Vayda made nine saves and scooped up three ground balls. Jack Murrel led the defensive effort with seven ground balls, seven takeaways and two knockdowns.
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February 11, 2012
GIRLS' SOCCER Mater Dei 2, Corona del Mar 0 SANTA ANA - The visiting Sea Kings lost for the first time since Dec. 10 in the nonleague regular-season finale. CdM (20-2-2), the Pacific Coast League champion, rested standouts Maddie O'Connor (ankle) and Annie Alvarado (general soreness), Sea Kings Coach Bryan Middleton said. CIF Southern Section playoff pairings will be announced Monday.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | May 19, 2009
SANTA ANA — The previous two matches for Corona del Mar High against Mater Dei this season have been short lived. Those two matches at the Orange County Championships in March weren’t supposed to go past three games due to the best-of-three format. The third meeting between these two boys’ volleyball teams lasted three games. Not exactly the way the Sea Kings wanted it to play out Tuesday night. Mater Dei swept CdM, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22, in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
SPORTS
May 10, 2012
Left tackle Sam Bush, who made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassmen first team for sophomores last football season, is transferring out of Newport Harbor High to Mater Dei, said Bush's father, Blaine, on Thursday. Blaine said his son's decision to leave Newport Harbor at the end of the school year and attend Mater Dei was based on his faith, the private school's curriculum and football program. He added the move was also a very difficult one for Bush, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder, who earned Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team and second-second All-Sunset League honors last season, his first starting on varsity for the Sailors.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | March 21, 2013
For Matt Barkley Thursday was a return to the school where he made his name and received an honor that football coach Bruce Rollinson said was long overdue. Jon Walters called his feat a culmination of the work he had put in during his time at Mater Dei High. Barkley and Walters, both from Newport Beach, were honored during a special all-sports rally at Mater Dei. Barkley had his jersey retired and put into a display case at the school's gym. Walters put in a robe, a symbol for the greatness he produced as a water polo player.
SPORTS
October 30, 2012
The Mater Dei High boys' frosh/soph water polo team captured the championship of the Gray Lunde Memorial Tournament in Newport Beach Saturday. The Monarchs defeated Huntington Beach in the final. Mater Dei beat Corona del Mar in a semifinal match, 4-2. Newport Harbor beat CdM, 6-3, for third place. The Mater Dei championship team includes Newport Beach residents Luke Wyatt, Ford Secrist, John Taschner, Ben Seybold, Ben Teishied, Colin Davis, Matt Brennan, Spencer Carroll and Peter Seidner.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 16, 2013
In the first half on Saturday, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team did not give an inch. The underdog Sea Kings were playing inspired defense in their home pool, killing off five-on-six after five-on-six. They also were stepping up offensively, surprising Mater Dei senior goalkeeper McQuin Baron — who Coach Chris Segesman calls the best high school goalie in the nation — with creative plays and sweep shots. CdM was simply competing. These were two heavyweights going blow for blow.
NEWS
October 14, 1999
COSTA MESA - The Costa Mesa High girls volleyball team dropped a 15-6, 15-12, 15-13 nonleague match with visiting Mater Dei Tuesday. However, the Mustangs (4-5) played well enough to nearly steal the second and third games, according to Coach Jeff Culver. Mesa rallied from an 11-4 deficit to take a 13-12 lead in the third game and was deadlocked, 12-12, before falling in the second game against the Monarchs, ranked No. 2 in Orange County behind Newport Harbor.
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October 31, 2002
Newport Harbor High's club surfing team had too much in every department Wednesday morning as Mater Dei fell to the unbeaten hosts, 85-41, as Newport came within five points of a complete sweep. Newport Harbor, now 7-0, went 1-2 in every event in ideal conditions with 3- to 4-foot waves at the 56th Street site. Geoff Rill, David Neira, Erica Hosseini and Will Anderson were heat winners in the short board, and teammates Morgan Hill, Brian Pearson, Alex Knost and Matt Doheny backed them up with seconds.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 4, 2012
SANTA ANA - Much of the talk in high school boys' water polo over the past week has been about the CIF Southern Section Division 1 seedings. Coaches have made cases for being No. 2 or No. 3. A big reason that's important is that nobody wants to face No. 1 Mater Dei until they absolutely have to. The Monarchs again showed why they are the team to beat in Division 1 in their home pool on Saturday night. They came out very strong and cruised by Newport Harbor, 15-4, in the regular-season finale for both schools.
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By Matt Szabo | January 17, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - The pool deck at Santa Barbara High is fairly cramped, so it's pretty easy to see the different girls' water polo teams playing or getting warmed up. Colors also can provide a cue, especially when it's Back Bay rivals Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar facing off. "There's kind of that tension when you walk on the same pool deck," Sailors junior Kate Pipkin said. "You see the lighter blue, you see the white, you see the pink. You're kind of like, 'Oh, they're here.' We have nothing against them; they're just our rivals.
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By Matt Szabo | January 9, 2014
The close-knit water polo community has continued to grieve the loss of USC freshman Jon Walters, a Newport Beach resident who died Wednesday afternoon at Santa Ana's Western Medical Center at the age of 19. Bill Walters told the Orange County Register that his son died of a heart attack. Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Thursday that an unresponsive Jon Walters was admitted to Chapman Medical Center in Orange on Jan. 1. Walters was moved to Western Medical Center a few days later.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014
Water polo standout Jon Walters, of Newport Beach, died of a heart attack Wednesday, the Orange County Register reported. Walters, who played at Newport Harbor High as a freshman and transferred to Mater Dei, was 19. Walters, who played for USC, had been in the hospital since he fell into a coma Jan. 1, his father, Bill said, according to the Register. USC head water polo coach Jovan Vavic said on the school's website: "Jon was a great Trojan, and an outstanding young man from a wonderful family.
SPORTS
By Steve Virgen | December 6, 2013
When it comes to CIF Southern Section championship football games, the Bush brothers are back. For the second year in a row, Sam (Mater Dei High) and Peter (Corona del Mar) will play for a championship, only this time they are not playing on the same day as they did last year. In 2012, Peter was the lone Bush to come away with a championship ring, as a freshman call-up who won a CIF Southern Section Southern Division title with the Sea Kings. This year, most of the attention in the Bush household is for Sam, the father Blaine Bush said, because he is a senior and it would be great for him to win a Pac-5 championship before graduating.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 20, 2013
IRVINE - The last instructions Newport Harbor High boys' water polo coach Robert Lynn gave to his team coming out of halftime were crystal clear. "Keep it under control, guys," Lynn told his players as they waited along the lane line. "Keep covering back. Take their counter away. " For the better part of three quarters, the Sailors indeed were able to take away Studio City Harvard-Westlake's counterattack in Wednesday night's CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinal match. But then Harvard-Westlake junior Johnny Hooper got free for a goal with two seconds left in the third quarter.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 16, 2013
In the first half on Saturday, the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team did not give an inch. The underdog Sea Kings were playing inspired defense in their home pool, killing off five-on-six after five-on-six. They also were stepping up offensively, surprising Mater Dei senior goalkeeper McQuin Baron — who Coach Chris Segesman calls the best high school goalie in the nation — with creative plays and sweep shots. CdM was simply competing. These were two heavyweights going blow for blow.
SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | November 16, 2013
Though the playoff draw might not have been, graduation should be kind to this year's Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball team. With their only senior starter out with an injury Saturday night, the Sea Kings were overtaken by visiting Mater Dei, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 1AA playoffs. But with 6-foot-2 outside hitter Hayley Hodson back to anchor the rest of a lineup that gained valuable seasoning in a 24-7 campaign under first-year coach Steve Astor that included a pair of losses to the Monarchs (29-6)
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 15, 2013
LONG BEACH - Corona del Mar High Coach Steve Astor had never seen Long Beach Wilson in person. In the film he studied, it was hard for him to decipher what kind of a girls' volleyball team the Sea Kings were going to face on Thursday. They ended up playing a dynamic one. On the road, the third-seeded Sea Kings met their first challenge of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA playoffs. They passed, topping an athletic Bruin side, 25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 25-16, in the second round.
SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 14, 2013
A fuse in the shot clock blew 30 seconds into the second period at Corona del Mar High. The teenagers working the scorer's table called for help and CdM Coach Barry O'Dea obliged. From the other side of the pool deck, O'Dea walked over. When he arrived, he asked a question. "System have power?" O'Dea said, before adding, "Hit reset. " At this point, with the Sea Kings ahead by three goals, their boys' water polo opponent might have wanted to start over. Play resumed five minutes later and CdM provided all the power it needed in and out of the water.
SPORTS
By Matt Szabo | November 2, 2013
SANTA ANA - Coach Barry O'Dea had been away from the Corona del Mar High boys' water polo team for the past week, and it was easy to understand why. Family comes first. O'Dea went to Ireland for the funeral of his aunt. "It's my dad's last sister who was alive in Ireland," said O'Dea, who left the country Oct. 26 in the middle of the Memorial Cup in San Jose and returned late Friday night. "I was representing my family. " O'Dea missed four of the Sea Kings' games, returning in time for the one at powerhouse Mater Dei, the three-time defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion that carried a CIF record 101-game winning streak.
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