CIF-SS girls water polo: Wednesday’s semifinals scores, championship matchups


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Scores from Wednesday’s CIF-SS girls water polo playoff games and the matchups for the championship games.

CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

DIVISION 1

Semifinals, Wednesday

Laguna Beach 9, Newport Harbor 7

Foothill 7, San Marcos 6

DIVISION 2

Semifinals, Wednesday

Harvard-Westlake 10, Mira Costa 8

San Clemente 11, Agoura 9

DIVISION 3

Semifinals, Wednesday

ML King 11, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 8

Rosary 12, Santa Monica 6

DIVISION 4

Semifinals, Wednesday

La Serna 5, Yucaipa 4

Glendora 8, Edison 7

DIVISION 5

Semifinals, Wednesday

Costa Mesa 8, Temecula Valley 4

California 5, Monrovia 4

DIVISION 6

Semifinals, Wednesday

Flintridge Prep 9, Keppel 6

Marina 8, El Modena 7

DIVISION 7

Semifinals, Wednesday

La Salle 14, El Rancho 8

Rancho Mirage 7, Norte Vista 3

Championship games

Saturday at Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine

Division 1: Laguna Beach vs. Foothill, time TBD

Division 2: San Clemente vs. Harvard-Westlake, time TBD

Division 3: Rosary vs. ML King, time TBD

Division 4: Glendora vs. La Serna, time TBD

Division 5: Costa Mesa vs. California, time TBD

Division 6: Flintridge Prep vs. Marina, time TBD

Division 7: Rancho Mirage vs. La Salle, time TBD

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CIF-SS girls water polo polls, Jan. 21


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The CIF-SS girls water polo polls were released Tuesday, Jan. 21.

(Selected by the CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Advisory Committee)

GIRLS WATER POLO

DIVISION 1 & 2

1. Laguna Beach

2. Newport Harbor

3. Foothill

4. San Marcos

5. Santa Margarita

6. Orange Lutheran

7. Mater Dei

8. Los Alamitos

9. Agoura

10. Corona del Mar

11. Oaks Christian

12. Redondo

13. Santa Barbara

14T. Mira Costa

14T. Schurr

16. Long Beach Wilson

17. San Clemente

18. Murrieta Valley

19. Harvard-Westlake

DIVISION 3

1. ML King

2. Rosary

3. Santa Monica

4. Villa Park

5. Palos Verdes

6. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks

7. Canyon/Anaheim

8. Segerstrom

9. Claremont

10. St. Lucy’s

DIVISION 4

1. Yucaipa

2. Edison

3. Glendora

4. La Serna

5. Downey

6. Pasadena Poly

7. Murrieta Mesa

8. San Juan Hills

9. Moorpark

10T. Millikan

10T. University

DIVISION 5

1. Costa Mesa

2. California

3. West Torrance

4. Trabuco Hills

5. Burroughs

6. San Dimas

7. Temecula Valley

8. Rio Mesa

9. Monrovia

10. Garden Grove

DIVISION 6

1. Marina

2. Chadwick

3. Flintridge Prep

4. Laguna Hills

5. El Modena

6. Loara

7. Mark Keppel

8. South Torrance

9. Chaffey

10. Estancia

DIVISION 7

1. La Salle

2. Rancho Mirage

3. Norte Vista

4. El Ranco

5. Ontario

6. Jordan

7. Rancho Alamitos

8. Santa Ana

9. Westminster

10. La Quinta/Westminster

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Girls water polo highlights: Mater Dei upsets Santa Margarita; Laguna Beach takes control of Surf League

<p>The current powering the CIF-SS Division 1 girls water polo season appeared steady yet volatile Tuesday night.</p><p>Top-ranked Laguna Beach defeated host No. 2 Newport Harbor for the 15th consecutive time overall but the Breakers’ 9-5 triumph in the Surf League was closer than the final score indicated.</p><p>Mater Dei, meanwhile, shook up the Trinity League by stunning Santa Margarita 9-4 at Saddleback College.</p><p>The Eagles, playing with standout Honnie Vandeweghe for the second consecutive league showdown, could have taken a major step toward the league crown with a victor. Instead, the Trinity now appears headed for another three-way tie for first between Santa Margarita, Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran.</p><p>Laguna Beach might be 18-1 overall but Division 1 still feels a bit tempest.</p><p>”We’ve been able to have a lot of success this year but I still think one through probably eight or nine right now, on any given day, anyone can beat anyone,” Laguna Beach coach Ethan Damato said.</p><p>”It’s been tight (for us) with Newport. The final scores haven’t always shown that but every game with them has been tough.”</p><p>Laguna Beach led 5-0 at halftime but the Sailors drew within 5-3 early in the fourth before junior attacker Rachael Carver fired in a skip-shot from the wing with 5:52 left.</p><p>Carver added a power-play strike coming out of a timeout and off a pass by Emma Lineback to provide more breathing room about a minute later.</p><p>Laguna Beach and Newport Harbor traded goals down the stretch in a match that will be remembered for the freshmen goalies. Laguna Beach’s Lauren Schneider made 11 saves to out-duel Anna Reid, who recorded 10 saves, including a penalty shot block against hard-throwing left-hander Lineback.</p><p>”I love her,” Schneider said of Reid. “We’ve done ODP a lot. We’ve been friends for a while. She’s really nice and super hard-working.”</p><p>In South County, Mater Dei received its own strong goalie play from Jada Ward, a sophomore who made 16 saves.</p><p>Mia Adsen scored three goals and Sasha Constandse and Janna Tauscher each netted two goals for the Monarchs, who led 2-0 after the first and held a lead after each period.</p><p>Caroline Christl scored three goals for the Eagles while the Monarchs blanked Vandeweghe, who has been slowed by injury.</p><p>Santa Margarita, Orange Lutheran and Mater Dei were ranked fifth, sixth and seventh in Division 1 on Tuesday.</p><p>The Division 1 currents will only grow stronger in the coming weeks as the playoffs approach. Newport Harbor is yet to play rival Corona del Mar in the Surf League and the Irvine So Cal Championships helps close the regular season for Division 1.</p><p></p>

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Girls water polo highlights: Laguna Beach shows who’s No. 1 at Santa Barbara TOC, seven O.C. players make all-tournament

  • Foothill’s Julia Janov, right, battles for the ball against Laguna Beach’s Emma Lineback at the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions at Dos Pueblos High on Saturday. (Photo by Marc Poissonier)

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Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team left no doubt Saturday about who should be ranked No. 1 in Orange County, and beyond.

The Breakers, ranked second in Orange County, sank No. 1 Foothill 9-8 in the semifinals of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions and went on to handle Newport Harbor 8-3 in the finals at Dos Pueblos in Goleta.

One week ago, Foothill edged Laguna Beach 8-7 in a nonleague match to take over the No. 1 spot in the county but the Breakers (16-1) reclaimed the top position Saturday by securing their second tournament title of the winter.

They also won the Bill Barnett Holiday Cup in late December.

In the semifinals, juniors Emma Lineback and Molly Renner each scored three goals for Laguna Beach, which led 9-7 before the Knights scored late.

Lineback added three assists and two steals while Renner drew three exclusions.

In the finals, Lineback, Morgan Van Alphen and Nicole Struss each scored twice.

Laguna Beach led 7-2 at halftime.

Renner was selected tournament MVP while Lineback took all-tournament honors.

In another feat for Laguna Beach’s program Saturday, the Breakers’ junior varsity placed second at the varsity Lady Brahmas Winter Classic hosted by Diamond Bar.

Newport Harbor edged top-seeded San Marcos 9-8 in double-sudden death overtime in the other semifinal. Sophomore Morgan Netherton scored the game-winning goal.

Foothill beat San Marcos 12-4 in the third-place match.

All-tournament honors

MVP: Molly Renner, Laguna Beach, Jr.

Emma Lineback, Laguna Beach, Jr.

Olivia Giolas, Newport Harbor, Jr.

Anna Reed, Newport Harbor, Fr., GK

Kristen Hemmila, Foothill, Jr., GK

Julia Janov, Foothill, Sr.

Zosia Amberger, San Marcos, Jr., GK

Anna Pearson, Orange Lutheran, So.

Lauren Padilla, Carlsbad

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Girls water polo highlights: Laguna Beach shows who’s No. 1 at Santa Barbara TOC

Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team left no doubt Saturday about who should be ranked No. 1 in Orange County, and beyond.

The Breakers, ranked second in Orange County, sank No. 1 Foothill 9-8 in the semifinals of the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions and went on to handle Newport Harbor 8-3 in the finals at Dos Pueblos in Goleta.

One week ago, Foothill edged Laguna Beach 8-7 in a nonleague match to take over the No. 1 spot in the county but the Breakers (16-1) reclaimed the top position Saturday by securing their second tournament title of the winter.

In the semifinals, juniors Emma Lineback and Molly Renner each scored three goals for Laguna Beach, which led 9-7 before the Knights scored late.

Lineback added three assists and two steals.

In the finals, Lineback, Morgan Van Alphen and Nicole Struss each scored twice.

Renner was selected tournament MVP while Lineback took all-tournament honors.

In another feat for Laguna Beach’s program, the Breakers’ junior varsity placed second at the varsity Lady Brahmas Winter Classic hosted by Diamond Bar.

Newport Harbor edged top-seeded San Marcos 9-8 in the other semifinal. Foothill beat San Marcos 12-4 in the third-place match.

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Orange Lutheran water polo coach Steve Carrera resigns, accepts position at College of Marin

Orange Lutheran water polo coach Steve Carrera is ready for a new yet familiar challenge.

The coach well-known for building programs from scratch into winners has resigned as the boys and girls coach at Orange Lutheran to start the women’s water polo program at College of Marin in the San Francisco Bay area, he said Wednesday.

Carrera will also coach swimming at the community college but will notably start his fifth water polo program.

He previously built water polo programs at Northwood High, Concordia University, Orange Lutheran and with Northwood Water Polo Club.

“It’s my dream job,” Carrera said of Marin. “I’m a community college guy.”

Carrera played water polo at Saddleback College before becoming one of the highest profile coaches in Orange County.

The 42-year-old led Orange Lutheran’s boys to the CIF-SS Division 1 title in 2016 and the Lancers’ girls to a Division 1 crown in the 2015-16 season.

“We got to the top of the mountain,” Carrera said of Orange Lutheran.

Carrera also led Northwood’s boys to a CIF-SS Division 1 runner-up finish to El Toro in 2006, a feat that earned him his first Register O.C. coach of the year award.

He also has enjoyed success at Concordia and the Northwood club.

Carrera also resigned as the program director at the Northwood club and as a teacher of visual media arts at Orange Lutheran.

Married with two sons, Carrera starts his new position Jan. 13. Marin features two pools but is committed to investing more resources into its aquatics program, Carrera said.

“This is my last stop for sure,” he said.

Carrera said his brother, Ed, will take the reins of the boys and girls water polo teams at Orange Lutheran and continue to coach swimming.

“Everything is going to be the same,” Carrera said. “Ed is so embedded in our program.”

This past season, Orange Lutheran’s boys won the Trinity League title and reached the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs.

Carrera has guided the high school careers of some of Orange County’s top players, including Ash Molthen, Hannes Daube, Caleb Hamilton and Kelsey Tyler.

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Motivated Orange Lutheran powers past Santa Margarita in SoCal girls water polo regionals

SANTA ANA Brooke Hourigan and her Orange Lutheran teammates didn’t set out Friday night to make a statement against Santa Margarita in the CIF SoCal Division 1 girls water polo regionals.

But the Lancers still accomplished just that while focusing on themselves.

The Harvard-bound Hourigan scored a career-high nine goals and goalie Alyssa Barnuevo added eight saves before a rare foul out as Orange Lutheran defeated its Trinity League rival 14-8 at Segerstrom.

The first-round regional match marked the teams’ first meeting since Santa Margarita upset Orange Lutheran 10-9 in overtime in a league match Jan. 8.

The Lancers delivered a sharp performance in Round 2, especially on defense, but not necessarily out of revenge.

“(Regionals) is kind of for us,” Hourigan explained. “We come together and realized this our last hurrah, lets win it for each other.”

In advancing to Saturday’s 2:50 p.m. semifinal against Corona del Mar at Segerstrom, Orange Lutheran converted four of its first six chances on the power-play en route to opening an 8-3 lead early in the third period.

The hard-shooting Hourigan scored six of her nine goals in the second half, including two on perimeter shots that blasted in off the bottom of the crossbar.

But the senior had plenty of support.

Junior center Izzy Gazzaniga created several power-play chances by drawing five exclusions. Freshman Anna Pearson added three goals.

Orange Lutheran’s defense held standout Honnie Vandeweghe to one goal — a rebound off a point-blank save by Barnuevo.

The Cal-bound Barnuevo also blocked a penalty shot by the strong-armed Caroline Christl, who led the Eagles with three goals.

Laguna Beach will play Foothill in the other semifinal Saturday.

More coverage to come

 

 

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Buena Park girls water polo claims Division 6 crown with win over West Torrance

  • Buena Park coach Shane LaSortune and the team celebrate beating West Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Buena Park goalie Vanesa Navarrete blocks a shot from West Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Buena Park’s Jasmine Garcia shoots against West Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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  • Buena Park’s Rawzam Castellon shoots against West Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Buena Park’s Rawzam Castellon scores against West Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
    (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Buena Park’s, Rawzam Castellon right, the team and the coach celebrate beating West Torrance in the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
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In the CIF-SS girls water polo Division 6 final on Saturday in Irvine:

Buena Park 8, West Torrance 4: Rawzan Castellon scored four goals to lead the top-seeded Coyotes (24-7), who led 5-2 at halftime and captured their first section title in their first appearance in the finals.

Buena Park also won its first section title in any sport since badminton in 1990.

“It’s crazy because it’s never been done before,” Buena Park senior Veronica Alatorre said of the water polo crown. “It (takes) a lot of discipline because it’s something that you don’t image would happen, but when it happens it just feels so unreal.”

Jasmine Garcia added two goals for Buena Park.

 

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Dana Hills girls water polo stays positive after loss in CIF Division 4 final

  • Dana Hills goalkeeper Kaylyn Pierce tries to stop a penalty shot from La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills Lucy Kao fires off an arcing shot to score a goal against La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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  • Dana Hills goalkeeper Kaylyn Pierce blocks a shot on goal from La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Dana Hills team gathers together for a post-game cheer after losing to La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills Lucy Kao is covered closely by La QuintaÕs Lauren Oliver as she passes the ball during the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • The Dana Hills girls water polo team pose with the second place trophy after losing to La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills goalkeeper Kaylyn Pierce makes a stop on a shot on goal from La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills fans show their spirit during the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Kaden Likins cheers the Dana Hills girls water polo team as they play against La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills goalkeeper Kaylyn Pierce stretches up to block an arcing shot from La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills fans cheer a goal against La Quinta during the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills Ashley Bellavia, center, is double teamed by La Quinta players in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana Hills goalkeeper Kaylyn Pierce canÕt stop this shot from La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

  • Dana HillsÕ Sara Kate Bescanceney cranks up to pass the ball against La Quinta in the CIF-SS Division 4 girls water polo championship game at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine Saturday.
    in Irvine on Saturday, February 16, 2019. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Contributing Photographer)

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IRVINE Dana Hills’ girls water polo team felt the sting of losing in the CIF-SS finals Saturday night but found a few helpful and well-earned remedies.

After an 11-8 loss against top-seeded La Quinta of La Quinta in the Division 4, Dana Hills coach Carrie Pierce focused on how the No. 2 Dolphins pushed the one-loss Blackhawks (29-1) at the Woollett Aquatics Center.

Dana Hills trailed 8-7 going into the fourth period.

“That was (one of) the closest games they’ve had,” Pierce said of La Quinta, which dominated its Desert Empire League.

Pierce also noted the progress her team made in reaching its first section final. Her squad includes her sister, Long Beach State-bound goalie Kaylyn Pierce.

“It’s been a four-year journey with her and I couldn’t ask for a better team,” Coach Pierce said. “I took over four years ago so this is that first group of girls that I coached.

“I couldn’t be prouder to be sitting in this moment. … That’s what I told them, ‘You guys have so much to be proud of.’ “

Senior Lauren Bellavia paced Dana Hills with six goals, including a strike late in the third that trimmed La Quinta’s lead to 8-7.

Dana Hills finished the season 22-10.

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Foothill girls water polo knocks off defending CIF Division 1 champion San Marcos

SANTA ANA Foothill goalie Kristen Hemmila watched the trick play by San Marcos unfold right in front of her cage Thursday night with about 40 seconds left in the CIF-SS Division 1 girls water polo quarterfinals.

Like she had throughout the tightly-contested match, Hemmila communicated with her field defenders but she didn’t stop there.

The sophomore deflected an open chance by the reigning Division 1 champion to seal a 5-4 victory that sent the host Knights to the semifinals against top-seeded Laguna Beach on Wednesday in Irvine.

San Marcos ran an under-water play coming out of a timeout with 41 seconds left in the fourth period that freed a shooter at the point from 6 meters. About three Knights in the field raised their arms to block the attempt but Hemmila deflected the shot toward the upper corner off the post.

Foothill knocks off defending D1 champ San Marcos 5-4 thanks to this save late by Kristen Hemmila v the underwater trick play👀‼@ocvarsity 🤽‍♀️💦💯pic.twitter.com/bReGN2ilCo

— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) February 8, 2019

Hemmila grabbed the rebound and Foothill called timeout before running out the final 24 seconds.

“If I didn’t block that, that would have been scary,” Hemmila said with a smile.

Hemmila, a first-year starter, finished with 10 saves, including five against San Marcos’ power-play that went 3 for 8.

Foothill supported Hemmila by not allowing a natural goal and recording numerous steals. Juniors Michaele Strickland, Mallory Reynoso and Julia Janov each had two steals while Strickland and Celeste Wijnbelt recorded field blocks.

“We have such a good defensive team,” Hemmila said. “Communication is the key.”

Foothill’s defense was so stellar, the Knights won without scoring in the fourth period and without a goal from two of its top scorers, Janov and Malia Allen.

Janov, however, drew an exclusion at center and assisted a power-play goal by Kelly Hungerford that gave Foothill to a 5-3 lead with 25 seconds left in the third quarter. The Knights finished 3 for 5 with the extra attacker.

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