U.S. women’s basketball team beats Japan with dominant inside presence

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer

SAITAMA, Japan — The U.S. women’s basketball team has not looked sharp in its first two wins at the Tokyo Games.

Five-time Olympian Sue Bird attributes the pedestrian performances to the lack of practice time with so many new faces on the squad, and just that the rest of the world is catching up to the Americans.

“This tournament more than ever feels like a combination of things,” Bird said. “I’m never not going to give credit to other countries for putting out a great product. There’s so much talent. I think this tournament for us is unique in that we have six newcomers and you can’t rush chemistry. … We’re still trying to figure it out.”

The U.S. beat Japan, 86-69, on Friday (Thursday night PT), three days beating Nigeria by nine in the opener. That was the first time a team had come within single digits of the Americans in the Olympics since 2004. While the U.S. has now won 51 consecutive games dating to the bronze-medal game in the 1992 Olympics, the 13-point average margin of victory in the first two games in Japan is far below that of the previous six Olympics when they would run through teams.

“I feel like we’ve been telling you guys for years that we’re making it look easy, something that’s really hard,” Bird said Friday. “Now what you’re seeing is, we told you so, it is hard. That’s not to say we’re not headed in the right direction.”

A’ja Wilson scored 20 points and Breanna Stewart added 15 to lead the U.S. over Japan.

It was a matchup of contrasting styles. The U.S. had its dominant group of bigs, led by the 6-foot-9 Brittney Griner. Japan’s tallest player is only 6-1. The host nation, which is the only team in the field to have beaten the U.S. in an Olympic game (in 1976), played a more free-flowing style with all five players capable of shooting 3-pointers.

Despite the size disadvantage, Japan was able to consistently beat the Americans off the dribble, get to the basket and score early. When the Japanese team wasn’t getting by the U.S., it was connecting on 3-pointers. The team hit six in the opening period and led 30-28 after one quarter.

The U.S. (2-0) then clamped down defensively over the next 10 minutes. With the score tied at 36, the Americans scored seven consecutive points to start a 13-4 run to close the half. Griner had six points during the spurt and Stewart had a massive blocked shot after a U.S. turnover.

The Americans led 49-40 at the break.

Japan cut the deficit to five in the third quarter but couldn’t get any closer as Wilson, Stewart and Griner dominated inside. The trio combined for 50 points and 28 rebounds.

“We knew they get a lot of 3s, we weathered the storm and tried to get them to make more 2s,” said Griner, who had 15 points. “We definitely had a size advantage so wanted to get it in.”

Maki Takada scored 15 to lead Japan (1-1).

SHOOTING SLUMP

Bird has struggled from the field the first two games, missing her first 13 shots before having a 3-pointer roll in off the front of the rim from the top of the key in the fourth quarter against Japan. Once it went through the net she let out a sigh of relief. Her floor game has been better than her shooting; she has 19 assists in the two games.

“Every basketball player has been through something like this,” Bird said. “It feels good to finally see one go in. I try to not overthink it. Yes, it’s frustrating, but it’s part of the game. I’m sure I’ll make more. You have to have a short memory. It’s so much easier said than done. … It’s unfortunate it’s happening right now. I’ll just keep throwing them up there.”

TIP-INS

Skylar Diggins warmed up before the game but didn’t play. USA Basketball said she got a little banged up in practice. … Most of the U.S. men’s team came to watch the game, sitting a couple of rows up from the court. … A game after committing 25 turnovers, Team USA had 17. … Japan shot 10 for 38 from behind the 3-point arc.

UP NEXT

Team USA plays France on Monday to finish group play.

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Cat Osterman pitches U.S. softball past Mexico for 3-0 start

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Cat Osterman pitched shutout ball for the second time in four days, Ali Aguilar hit a tiebreaking, two-run single and top-ranked Team USA beat No. 5 Mexico, 2-0, Saturday (late Friday night PT) at the Olympic softball tournament.

The U.S. pitched its third straight one-hitter and has not allowed a run while improving to 3-0 in softball’s return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008. But the Americans are getting just enough offense, scoring five runs.

They play Australia on Sunday and host Japan on Monday to complete the group stage. The top two nations advance to Tuesday’s gold medal game.

Osterman (2-0), a 38-year-old left-hander and one of two veterans of the U.S. team that was upset by Japan in the 2008 gold medal game, allowed one hit in six innings, struck out four, walked two and hit a batter.

Monica Abbott, the other veteran of 2008, worked around an error to strike out the side in the ninth for her second save to go along with a win.

Haylie McCleney had two more hits, giving her six in three games. Mexico shortstop Anissa Urtez, who is engaged to U.S. right fielder Amanda Chidester, made a diving backhand stop to rob McCleney of a hit leading off the fifth.

Mexico, in its first Olympic softball tournament, dropped to 0-3 and is in danger of missing the medal round.

Pitching without a cap and with a white towel dangling from her back pocket on a humid, 90-degree afternoon, Osterman retired her final 14 batters and has allowed one hit in 12 innings with 13 strikeouts.

She had opened Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Italy in Fukushima, and Abbott defeated Canada, 1-0, on Thursday.

After a day off, the action shifted to Yokohama Stadium, the 34,046-capacity downtown home of the Central League’s Baystars, which opened in 1978. With artificial turf, high fences and a symmetrical outfield, it resembles 1960s and ’70s cookie cutter stadiums such at Philadelphia’s Veterans, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers and Cincinnati’s Riverfront. In a throwback, the seats closest to the dugouts are angled toward the outfield.

Mexico threatened in the second when Suzannah Brookshire worked an eight-pitch walk leading off and Victoria Vidales reached on an infield single. Osterman got Chelsea Gonzales to foul out, threw a called third strike past Sashel Palacios and fanned Stefania Aradillas.

Aguilar put the U.S. ahead in the third with a two-out single following an intentional walk to Valerie Arioto that had loaded the bases.

Dejah Mulipola, getting her first start, had walked leading off the third and McCleney singled.

Danielle O’Toole relieved starter Dallas Escobedo, struck out Janie Reed and got Chidester to ground out before Aguilar lined a single to center.

Canada 7, Australia 1: Jenn Salling and Erika Polidori hit early two-run doubles, Australia left the bases loaded in each of the first two innings, and Canada improved to 2-1 behind 5-2/3 innings of shutout relief from Jenna Caira and Lauren Regula, the 39-year-old sister of retired All-Star outfielder Jason Bay.

Canada starter Sara Groenewegen walked Jade Wall with the bases loaded in the first, then escaped further trouble when she threw a called third strike past Michelle Cox and fanned Rachel Lack.

Caira (1-1) allowed two hits in 4-2/3 innings, relieving with the bases loaded in the second after Wall allowed Taylah Tsitsikronis’ bases-loaded drive to deep left to drop just foul.

Caira started with nine consecutive outs. Tsitsikronis fouled off five 0-and-2 changeups, then struck out on an outside dropball, and Chelsea Forkin hit an inning-ending liner to first.

Regula pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and has thrown 2-1/3 scoreless innings.

Ellen Roberts (0-1) lasted one-third of an inning, giving up three runs – one earned – one hit and two walks as the Spirit fell to 1-2.

Throwing errors by Australia third baseman Stacy Porter and Forkin at first led to four unearned runs.

Godfrey’s error and Salling’s double put Canada ahead 3-1 in the first. Forkin misfired the ball into left field trying for a forceout in the three-run second, allowing another run to score. Polidori’s double off Gabrielle Plain made it 6-1, and Emma Entzminger added an RBI single in the fourth.

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Caicedo, Dájome score, Whitecaps beat Galaxy

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Déiber Caicedo and Cristian Dájome scored second-half goals and the Vancouver Whitecaps ended an eight-game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night.

Dájome capped the scoring for the Whitecaps (4-7-3) in the 77th minute on a give-and-go with Brian White.

Caicedo tied it in the 48th with a low-hard volley to finish the rebound of a goalkeeper deflection.

Rayan Raveloson opened the scoring in the fifth minute for the Galaxy (8-6-0) with a header of Víctor Vázquez’s cross.

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History finally at hand, Simone Biles headlines US gymnastics team

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Simone Biles vs. herself remains a work in progress. The gymnastics superstar vs. the world?

Same as it ever was.

Next stop, Tokyo. And one more shot at history. And gold. Perhaps lots of it.

The reigning world and Olympic champion will headline the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in Japan next month, clinching one of the automatic berths with another easy victory at the Olympic Trials on Sunday night.

Well, maybe not that easy.

The 24-year-old found herself in tears at one point during an uncharacteristically shaky — by her impeccable standards — performance. Her bars were uneven. She fell off the beam. Stepped out of bounds on floor exercise. While her two-day total of 118.098 was more than two points ahead of Olympic teammate Sunisa Lee, Lee actually posted a higher all-around score than Biles during the finals.

“I kind of got in my head today and started doubting myself,” Biles said. “And you could see that in the gymnastics. But just go home, work harder. This is just the beginning of the journey.”

Or perhaps the beginning of the end. Biles isn’t sure what awaits after the Tokyo Games. She’s been too focused on trying to become the first woman in more than a half-century to repeat as Olympic champion. The lure of history and respect for her own immense talent is why she returned after a short break following her dominant five-medal performance in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. It’s why she stuck around after the COVID-19 pandemic led officials to postpone opening ceremonies in Tokyo by a year.

Biles heads to Japan as the face of her sport, U.S. delegation and maybe even the entire Olympic movement. She’s become more than just a gymnastics star since her coronation in Rio in 2016. Her consistent excellence — her last second-place finish in a meet came more than nine years ago — combined with her charisma and her possibility-pushing routines have thrust her into the company of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, athletes whose dominance on the world stage have made them Olympic icons.

Sports stops to watch when she does her thing. The pressure she feels — both internally and externally — is real. And it bubbled up as she gave a somewhat exhausted salute to the judges following her floor routine, grateful for the standing ovation that accompanied it but also simply relieved the big show is finally here.

“Yes, very relieved that Olympic Trials is over,” she said. “We still have a lot of work to put in once we get over there.”

Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum will join Biles on the four-woman Olympic team. MyKayla Skinner, an alternate in 2016, was awarded the “plus-1” specialist spot. Jade Carey earned a nominative spot through the World Cup circuit, meaning she will compete as an individual.

Kayla DiCello, Kara Eaker, Leanne Wong and Emma Malabuyo will serve as the alternates.

The selection committee opted to take the top four finishers at trials even though national team coordinator Tom Forster admitted a team with Skinner on it instead of McCallum could potentially put up a marginally higher score due to Skinner’s world-class vaulting.

Fractions of a point, however, likely won’t be the difference between gold and silver. If the Americans are anywhere near the top of their game, they should win their third consecutive Olympic crown by a substantial margin. That was enough for the committee to take the ranking order at the top.

“We’re so fortunate that our athletes are so strong that I don’t think it’s going to come down to tenths of a point in Tokyo,” Forster said. “It doesn’t appear to be … so as a committee, we just didn’t feel it was worth changing the integrity of the process simply for a couple of tenths.”

Lee, who will be the first Hmong American to compete at the Olympics, is surging. Hindered by an ankle injury that slowed her during the spring and left her limping at times during the national championships earlier this month, Lee may be the best gymnast on the planet not named Biles.

The 18-year-old from Minnesota is a wonder on the uneven bars, one of a handful of gymnasts on the planet who can outshine Biles on an event. Her series of intricate connections — all done with a fluidity and grace that makes it look effortless — are among the most difficult in the sport.

“I just told myself to take a deep breath and do what I normally do, because this is a time where I had to just my gymnastics do its thing,” Lee said.

Chiles admits she likely wouldn’t be going to Tokyo if not for the pandemic. She moved to Houston to train with Biles two years ago but was still in the midst of finding herself as an athlete. She’s evolved into one of the most electric — and reliable — gymnasts in a country that boasts the deepest talent pool in the world. Chiles has hit all 24 of her competition routines in 2021, and she put her face in her hands after her floor exercise to drink in the realization of a dream she worried might never come.

“It was a very emotional moment for me because I’ve been through so much with everything that’s been going on,” Chiles said. “I’m just very excited.”

With good reason. The Americans have dominated every major international competition since winning gold in London in 2012. The streak hasn’t stopped even after the retirement of former national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and the fallout of the sexual abuse scandal surrounding former national team doctor Larry Nassar.

The cloud of Nassar still lingers as the lawsuits between survivors and the organization remains in mediation.

When Biles — who herself is a Nassar survivor — is on the floor, however, the narrative shifts. And she knows it. Her presence is one of the guiding lights of the entire movement. She’s ready to put on one last show.

“I think I’ll try to live in the moment just a little bit because 2016 was such a blur,” she said. “Once we got over there, everything happened so quick. … This time we get to relax a little bit on. And kind of enjoy training and enjoy the process.”

It’s nearly complete.

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MLS-leading Sounders beat Los Angeles FC

SEATTLE (AP) — Xavier Arreaga and Brad Smith scored second-half goals and the MLS-leading Seattle Sounders beat Los Angeles FC 2-0 on Sunday night.

Arreaga opened the scoring in the 57th minute, redirecting João Paulo’s corner with a header inside the right post. It was Arreaga’s first career goal with the Sounders (5-0-1).

Carlos Vela, the 2019 MLS MVP, made his second appearance of the season, entering as a substitute in the 70th minute and giving the LAFC (1-2-2) side a potential boost for a tying goal. But Smith made it 2-0 for Seattle three minutes later, heading home Alex Roldan’s cross.

Smith was off target on the best scoring opportunity of the first half, spraying a wide-open shot left of the goal from 12 yards out.

 

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Santa Margarita basketball loses to St. John Bosco in another battle to the end

BELLFLOWER — The Santa Margarita boys basketball team wound up on the wrong end of another hard-fought, down-to-the-wire contest with St. John Bosco on Friday night.

Last month, the Eagles won such a contest, defeating the Braves by three points in overtime.

But in the league rematch Friday, the Braves made the decisive adjustments in the second half and rallied to beat the visiting Eagles 56-48 and force a tie for second place in the Trinity League behind Mater Dei.

The Eagles (9-2 overall, 4-2 in league), who are ranked No. 2 in Orange County, had the lead at halftime. Though they struggled against the Braves’ stifling, full-court press in the second half, they were ahead 43-39 with about five minutes left in the game.

The Braves (13-2) then used a 7-0 run that lasted a little more than a minute to take the lead for good.

“I thought we played at a high level,” Santa Margarita coach Justin Bell said. “Bosco competed at a high level. It was one of those games where whoever made a couple plays down the stretch was going to win, and Bosco made a couple plays down the stretch.”

Santa Margarita got off to a quick start thanks to Luke Turner (14 points, seven rebounds) and held a 24-23 lead at the break. But the Braves, who lost to the Eagles 61-58 in overtime on April 21, tried a new tactic in the second half — a full-court press — and it created all kinds of problems for their visitors.

“They’re really hard to play,” St. John Bosco coach Matt Dunn said. “Their style is such a contrasting style. Most of the first game and that first half (tonight) was more of us playing their style.

“We challenged our guys at halftime to try and get the game to our style, and I thought we did a heck of a job of doing that. … Our guys made some huge plays down the stretch, we made free throws down the stretch, and I’m just really proud of them.”

Postgame interview with St. John Bosco coach Matt Dunn as the Braves get revenge with a victory over Santa Margarita.@ocvarsity @sjbathletics @bosco_tribe @BoscoBasketball @SteveFryer pic.twitter.com/vRjDmMljuC

— Manny Alvarez (@MAlvarez02) May 8, 2021

The Braves pulled out the win despite losing Jeremiah Nyarko for the majority of the second half because of a leg injury. Nyarko ended the night with 11 points, but Lemaj Lewis stepped in and led the Braves with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists.

“Our team is so deep,” Lewis said. “We have a lot of returners and a lot of chemistry. We enjoy playing for each other. We have that next-in-line mentality throughout the whole season.”


St. John Bosco’s Lemaj Lewis had a team-high 17 points in a victory over Santa Margarita on Friday, May 7. (Photo by Manny Alvarez)

The Braves’ Christian Estrada helped out with 12 points and five rebounds, and Scotty Washington chipped in 12 points.

Santa Margarita made a late push to try to retake the lead, but the Braves held on by making their free throws down the stretch.

Colby Barnes added 14 points for Santa Margarita, and Rockwell Reynolds contributed nine points.

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Orange County boys, girls swimming leaders, May 1

Top, reported Orange County swimming times through April 30, 2021, and recent scores:

BOYS SWIMMING/DIVING

Crestview League

FOOTHILL 118, BREA OLINDA 52

Pacific Coast League

NORTHWOOD 120, UNIVERSITY 58

South Coast League

ALISO NIGUEL 119, DANA HILLS 51

Surf League

LOS ALAMITOS 86, CORONA DEL MAR 82

Trinity League

SANTA MARGARITA 137, ORANGE LUTHERAN 32

MATER DEI 143, SERVITE 69

Wave League

HUNTINGTON BEACH 110, EDISON 60

Nonleague

CAPISTRANO VALLEY 139, JSERRA 0

200-yard medley relay (1:41.9 OCR standard) — HB 1:36.91, Uni 1:37.64, SM A 1:37.78, AN 1:38.32, SM B 1:38.36, Nor 1:38.38, Por 1:38.78, MD 1:39.22, CdM 1:39.79, Beck 1:40.27, MD B 1:41.90

200 free (1:45.9) — Cai (SM) 1:41.68, Najera (SM) 1:43.20, Morgan (SM) 1:43.54, Paisley (SC) 1:43.72, C. Dodd (HB) 1:44.70, Jiang (SM) 1:44.94, Leung (Nor) 1:45.46, Ju (SM) 1:45.86

200 IM (2:01.9) — Zinn (LaHi) 1:53.36, Verdolaga (SM) 1:54.71,Lou (Uni) 1:54.89, Wu (SM) 1:55.74, Parker (Irv) 1:56.10, Morgan (SM) 1:56.67, Najera (SM) 1:57.23, Cai (SM) 1:58.00, Palcza (HB) 1:58.61, Kondo (AN) 1:59.23, Sech (SC) 1:59.75, Slusiewicz (AN) 1:59.89, Tran (CV) 2:00.19, Nugent (SM) 2:00.32, Kubichek (CdM) 2:01.17, Lee (Nor) 2:01.57, Morales-Ostergaard (SM) 2:01.80, Zheng (Troy) 2:01.80

50 free (22.2) — Cai (SM) 21.44, Tester (ET) 21.53, Jiang (SM) 21.57, Duong (Nor) 21.70, Brennan (Tes) 21.90, Ju (SM) 21.91, Yan (SM) 21.91, Cunningham (HB) 21.94, Kelly (LB) 21.97, Morales-Ostergaard (SM) 22.00, Leong (Troy) 22.06, Chang (LosAl) 22.11, Pai (Por) 22.19,

100 butterfly (52.9) — Cho (AN) 50.00, Ju (SM) 50.26, Zinn (LaHi) 50.41, Cai (SM) 51.10, Yan (SM) 51.13, Nghi (FV) 51.26, Verdolaga (SM) 51.34, R. Dodd (HB) 51.38, Lou (Uni) 51.99, Hamamoto (LosAl) 52.26, Zappas (AN) 52.72, Jiang (SM) 52.76,

100 free (48.2) — Cai (SM) 46.25, Cho (AN) 47.47, Jiang (SM) 47.58, Chang (LosAl) 48.06, Morales-Ostergaard (SM) 48.11, Cunningham (HB) 48.24,

500 free (4:49.9) — Ju (SM) 4:40.70, Ispas (SM) 4:40.93, R. Dodd (HB) 4:42.55, Paisley (SC) 4:44.41, Najera (SM) 4:45.40, Morgan (SM) 4:45.86, Sumino (LaHi) 4:47.00, Nugent (SM) 4:48.24, Sech (SC) 4:48.35, Tran (CV) 4:49.28, Chomin (Nor) 4:49.43

200 free relay (1:29.9) — SM A 1:27.62, LosAl 1:28.13, MD 1:28.15, Uni 1:29.29, Port 1:29.91, Nor 1:29.91

100 back (54.9) — Cho (AN) 51.11, Cai (SM) 52.20, Jiang (SM) 52.85, Ceranic (Nor) 53.02. Nugent (SM) 53.47, Morales-Ostergaard (SM) 53.65, Zinn (LaHi) 53.72, Yan (SM) 53.73, Wu (SM) 53.81, Ispas (SM) 53.88, Kubichek (CdM) 54.74

100 breast (1:00.5) — Leung (Nor) 56.43, Lou (Uni) 56.76, Sun (Beck) 56.85, Zinn (LaHi) 57.3, Wu (SM) 58.63, Liu (Nor) 58.78, Verdolaga (SM) 59.69, Macy (Irv) 59.75, Perez (CV) 59.84, Xing (OL) 1:00.23, Palcza (HB) 1:00.52,

400 free relay (3:25.0) — SM A 3:12.29, HB 3:13.58, LosAl 3:15.70, CdM 3:16.64, Port 3:19.91, LosAl B 3:19.99, Nor 3:17.74, Tes 3:17.77, AN 3:18.72, MD 3:21.37, Nor B 3:21.54, Foot 3:21.58, Ser 3:21.79, MD 3:21.91, Beck 3:21.96, LB 3:22.30, ET 3:22.31,  SM B 3:23.60, SC 3:24.01

Diving – (350 points) —

GIRLS SWIMMING/DIVING

Crestview League

FOOTHILL 114, BREA OLINDA 56

Pacific Coast League

NORTHWOOD 102, UNIVERSITY 76

Trinity League

SANTA MARGARITA 117, ORANGE LUTHERAN 49

MATER DEI 146, ROSARY 64

Nonleague

CAPISTRANO VALLEY 95, JSERRA 75

CANYON 111, YORBA LINDA 57

200 medley relay (1:54.9 OCR standard) — CdM 1:46.61, SM A 1:49.22, LosAl 1:49.92, JS 1:52.18, Por 1:52.57, CV 1:53.46, FV 1:53.86, SM B 1:54.45

200 free (1:58.5) — McGuire (SM) 1:54.04, A. Kozan (SM) 1:54.39, Ervin (SM) 1:55.00, Copeland (SC) 1:55.07, Losey (Tes) 1:55.18, Cao (JS) 1:55.76, Shead (LosAl) 1:56.40, Bever (CdM) 1:56.51, Pearson (OL) 1:56.90, Tran (LosAl) 1:57.28, Gomez (Uni) 1:57.55, Tolkachev (Nor) 1:57.57, Rossi (MD) 1:57.67, Park (CdM) 1:57.67, Soroosh (LaHi) 1:58.26, Yu (SM) 1:58.37,

200 IM (2:15.5) — J. Kozan (SM) 2:04.82, Tekawy (CdM) 2:05.85, Banos (LosAl) 2:07.60, Phillips (SC) 2:08.94, Newman (Can) 2:09.01, McGuire (SM) 2:10.17, Hansen (AN) 2:11.04, Liu (Esp) 2:11.04, Utley (MD) 2:11.86, Hickman (Foot) 2:12.05, Huynh (Nor) 2:12.43, O’Sullivan (SM) 2:12.59, Duncan (Irv) 2:12.83, Li (SM) 2:12.86, Pearson (OLu) 2:13.05, Bayan (LosAl) 2:13.33, Malloy (CV) 2:13.36, Garcia (JS) 2:14.33, Fan (Por) 2:14.92,

50 free (25.2) — Banos (LosAl) 23.98, Cook (CdM) 24.08, Yu (SM) 24.09, R. Gazzaniga (OL) 24.36, Crom (Tes) 24.45, Hodges (SM) 24.65, Lin (SM) 24.82, Munholland (FV) 24.88, Sydney Lin (Beck) 25.08

100 butterfly (1:00.1) — Schalow (CdM) 54.98, Banos (LosAl) 55.17, Cook (CdM) 56.71, Asia Kozan (SM) 56.91, Abrajan (SM) 57.51, Yu (SM) 57.63, Newman (Can) 57.71, Utley (MD) 58.25, Losey (Tes) 58.44, Gomez (Uni) 58.63, Ramirez (LosAl) 59.18, Veron (LosAl) 59.33, Anderson (OLu) 59.90, Vernon (LosAl) 59.96, Davis (SM) 1:00.10

100 free (55.1) — R. Gazzaniga (OLu) 52.06, Schalow (CdM) 52.45, Salvino (SM) 52.73, Ervin (SM) 52.81, Crom (Tes) 53.11, Lin (SM) 53.41, Utley (MD) 54.25, Rose (LB) 54.47, Shead (LosAl) 54.56, Hansen (AN) 54.65, Tran (LosAl) 54.73, Renner (LB) 54.75, Schlom (CdM) 55.06

500 free (5:21.0) — Hodges (SM) 5:02.30, McGuire (SM) 5:07.67, Rossi (MD) 5:07.70, Ervin (SM) 5:08.45, Soroosh (LaHi) 5:10.39, Tran (LosAl) 5:13.15, Wendlandt (AN) 5:14.74, Lindenberg (Uni) 5:16.80, Netherton (NH) 5:17.49, Garcia (JS) 5:18.89, Mackowiak (MD) 5:20.63, Shead (LosAl) 5:20.65, Copeland (Tes) 5:20.70, Hindman (LosAl) 5:20.76

200 free relay (1:42.0) — SM A 1:38.79, CdM 1:38.87, Los Al 1:40.36, SM B 1:40.97, OLu 1:41.59, Tes 1:41.98

100 back (1:01.3) — McGuire (SM) 57.66, Cao (JS) 58.31, Ervin (SM) 59.08, Bever (CdM) 59.51, Bayan (LosAl) 59.76, Pearson (OLu) 1:00.38, Fan (Por) 1:00.98, Abrajan (SM) 1:01.28,

100 breast (1:09.9) — Tekawy (CdM) 1:04.49, Malloy (CV) 1:05.24, J. Kozan (SM) 1:06.59, Ramirez (LosAl) 1:07.59, Jocic (LB) 1:08.37, Liu (Esp) 1:08.38, Partington (JS) 1:08.63, Eng (LaHi) 1:08.93, Phillips (SC) 1:08.98, Sullivan (Por) 1:09.40, Kerr (AN) 1:09.51, Mykkanen 1:09.59, LeVine (SM) 1:09.64

400 free relay (3.44.9) — SM A 3:38.22, OLu 3:39.40, CdM 3:41.72, Nor 3:42.02, Tes 3:42.31, Uni 3:42.43, MD 3:42.52, Los Al 3:43.36

Diving – (350 points) —

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OCVarsity’s high school football scores, stories from Friday’s games

This is the place to find all of OCVarsity’s coverage of the high school football games on Friday, April 16.

STORIES

‘Resilient’ San Clemente overcomes Mission Viejo to win South Coast title on final play

La Habra holds off Sunny Hills to win another Freeway League title

Villa Park goes big for finale, beats Yorba Linda to capture Crestview League title

Santa Ana seizes league title by knocking off Orange with last-second field goal

Brea Olinda overpowers El Dorado to end season as North Hills League champions

Marina ends season with rout of Segerstrom, repeats as league champions

O.C. SCORES

FRIDAY’S RESULTS

SOUTHERN SECTION

BIG 4 LEAGUE

Marina 41, Segerstrom 7

CRESTVIEW LEAGUE

Villa Park 35, Yorba Linda 21

EMPIRE LEAGUE

Tustin 48, Valencia 0

FREEWAY LEAGUE

Fullerton 35, Sonora 28

La Habra 28, Sunny Hills 21

Troy 27, Buena Park 12

NORTH HILLS LEAGUE

Brea Olinda 27, El Dorado 0

ORANGE LEAGUE

Anaheim 51, Santa Ana Valley 12

Western 55, Century 0

ORANGE COAST LEAGUE

Estancia 42, Costa Mesa 3

Santa Ana 36, Orange 34

PAC 4 LEAGUE

Westminster 27, Laguna Beach 21

PACIFIC HILLS LEAGUE

Laguna Hills 14, Portola 10

SEA VIEW LEAGUE

Capistrano Valley 42, Aliso Niguel 27

El Toro 24, Trabuco Hills 21

SOUTH COAST LEAGUE

San Clemente 10, Mission Viejo 7

Tesoro 26, San Juan Hills 25

SUNSET LEAGUE

Corona del Mar 42, Fountain Valley 7

Edison 56, Huntington Beach 8

Los Alamitos 41, Newport Harbor 3

TRINITY LEAGUE

Orange Lutheran 52, JSerra 20

NONLEAGUE

Irvine 35, Dana Hills 33

Loara 30, Santa Rosa Academy 8

Ocean View 48, Montclair 33

Rancho Alamitos 22, Beckman 14

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Mater Dei boys water polo delivers classic performance to sink Orange Lutheran

One defender after another stretched an arm high to swat away a shot attempt. The man-advantage hummed at an efficient clip. And Grant Loth controlled the tempest waters at 2 meters.

Mater Dei’s boys water polo team showed Tuesday night, March 9 that it has regained many of the traits that made it a seven-time CIF-Southern Section champion.

The Monarchs played strong defense, shared the ball on the power play and attacked from center in a 14-7 victory against visiting Orange Lutheran to improve to 2-0 in the Trinity League. Mater Dei also beat JSerra 14-7 last week in its league opener.

The UCLA-bound Loth paced the Monarchs with seven goals, including two even-strength strikes from set and four on the power-play. The Monarchs finished 7 for 8 with the extra defender but also racked up 10 field blocks on defense.

The COVID-shortened season might be ending soon but the Monarchs appear on their way to making a point under third-year coach Brian Anderson.

“This is a good team,” he said. “We rebuilt Mater Dei.”

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— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) March 10, 2021

Last season, the Monarchs lost in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs to eventual champion Harvard-Westlake but look much improved. They feature three strong juniors in attacker Logan McCarroll, defender Luke Redoutey and sprinter Ryan McManigal.

McManigal recorded two goals and three field blocks, including a thumping stuff at the end of the third period against the Lancers’ power-play. Orange Lutheran went 4 for 10 on the man-advantage.

Attacker Vince Merk, another promising junior, also collected three field blocks, a goal and two assists.

Luth was backed up at center by his sophomore brother Carter, who scored twice off the bench.

Mater Dei sophomore goalie Nathan Tauscher made eight saves to keep up with Orange Lutheran standout senior Brennis Lidecis, who had nine in three periods, including a penalty block against McCarroll.

“If we play as a team, we’ll take the W,” Grant Loth said. “We want to make the best of every moment. We want to come out strong, go up right away and put the pressure on.”

Mater Dei’s goal of capturing the Trinity League title will encounter another major test Tuesday against visiting Santa Margarita. The Eagles beat JSerra 20-3 in another match Tuesday.

Senior center Andrew Barnuevo scored three goals to lead Orange Lutheran.

In the girls match, Orange Lutheran edged Mater Dei 13-11 in overtime.

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Hawaii edges Long Beach State in Big West series opener

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Chance Hunter had 23 points, nine rebounds and four steals and had a great look to be the hero for Long Beach State, but the final shot didn’t fall and Hawaii handed LBSU a 78-76 defeat late Friday night in the opener of their two-game Big West Conference series.

Long Beach (5-8 overall, 4-5 Big West) had an outstanding opportunity in the final seconds after Hawaii’s Casdon Jardine threw the ball out of bounds with seven seconds left. Long Beach set up a play for its hottest shooter in Hunter, who was open on the wing but the shot came up short and the Rainbow Warriors (9-8, 7-8 Big West) held on for the win.

LBSU opted for a smaller, four-guard starting lineup and opened a 16-5 lead in the first six minutes, pushing its lead to 16 points on a jumper from Hunter with just over six minutes left in the first half. Long Beach shot 56 percent in the first half, going 5 for 10 from 3-point range, but Hawaii settled down in the closing minutes and trimmed the margin to 39-30 by the intermission.

LBSU still shot well in the second half but Hawaii outdid them at 63 percent, including a 5-for-7 mark from beyond the arc. The Warriors took their first lead at 61-60 at the 10-minute mark, and neither team led by more than four the rest of the way.

Isaiah Washington had 17 points and a team-high four assists for Long Beach, but the senior guard battled cramps throughout and played a season-low 28 minutes. Jadon Jones added 12 points and Michael Carter III had 11.

Justin Webster had 16 points to pace Hawaii. JoVon McClanahan had 13 points, Justin Hemsley added 12 points and seven rebounds and Mate Colina had 10 points.

The teams square off again on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT.

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