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Boys' water polo: Jon Walters of Mater Dei is Division 1 player of the year

Jon Walters of Santa Ana Mater Dei has been named the player of the year in Southern Section Division 1 water polo. He led the Monarchs to the section championship.

Dominick Beaudine of Agoura was selected player of the year in Division 2.

Here's the link to complete All-CIF teams for all levels.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Water polo: Mater Dei wins fifth consecutive championship

When it comes to water polo, there's no program more dominant than Santa Ana Mater Dei. The Monarchs won their fifth consecutive Southern Section water polo championship on Saturday, beating Long Beach Wilson, 13-6, in the Division 1 final in Irvine.

McQuin Baron, a 6-foot-8 goalie for Mater Dei, helped the Monarchs win their 79th consecutive game and finish the season unbeaten.

Szabolcs Magyari scored five goals to help Agoura defeat Santa Barbara, 7-4, in the Southern Section Division 2 water polo championship game.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Prep Zone to stream live water polo, girls' volleyball finals

Fox Sports West's Prep Zone will stream live the Southern Section championship games in boys' water polo on Saturday for Division 3 (11:45 a.m.), Division 2 (2:45 p.m.) and Division 1 (7 p.m.).

Prep Zone will also air these girls' volleyball finals: 3AA, Rim of the World vs. Windward, 9 a.m.; 2A, Whittier Christian vs. Chadwick, 11:30 a.m.; 2AA, Los Osos vs. King, 2 p.m.; 1A, La Salle vs. El Dorado, 5 p.m.

Prime Ticket will televise the 1AA girls' volleyball final between Redondo and Marymount at 8 p.m.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Mater Dei has 10 athletes sign with colleges

Santa Ana Mater Dei had 10 athletes sign letters of intent on Wednesday.

Baseball: Ryan McMahon (USC), Jeremy Martinez (USC), Austin Grebeck (Oregon).

Girls' basketball: Karlie Samuelson (Stanford).

Softball: Courtney Stewart (Chaminade); Nicolette Udria (Oregon).

Swimming: Jiana Vargen (UC Santa Barbara).

Boys' volleyball: Tucker Pikula (UC Irvine).

Girls' volleyball: Sara Hughes (USC).

Girls' water polo: Mackenzie Barr (UCLA).

-- Eric Sondheimer

Girls' water polo: Corona del Mar is No. 1 in Division 1 poll

Corona del Mar holds the No. 1 spot in the preseason Southern Section girls' water polo poll for Division 1.

Here's the link to complete rankings.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Mater Dei, Southern Section reach agreement to settle lawsuit

The Diocese of Orange and Santa Ana Mater Dei have reached an agreement in principle to settle a 2-year-old lawsuit against the Southern Section that alleged unfair treatment and discrimination against Mater Dei athletes, attorney Jerome Jackson said Thursday.

A notice of settlement is expected to be filed Friday.

Jackson, who represented Mater Dei and the diocese, said his clients are satisfied that a change in attitude has occurred at the Southern Section office, citing the retirement of former Commissioner Jim Staunton and the hiring of new Commissioner Rob Wigod.

“This was never about money,” Jackson said. “It was about fairness.”

Jackson said Wigod’s decision to create a new advisory panel of private school administrators, including Mater Dei President Patrick Murphy, was an important sign of the Southern Section’s changes under Wigod.

“Wigod is someone who views private schools in general and Mater Dei, in particular, as assets, not threats,” Jackson said.

Eleven assistant commissioners, coaches and administrators were deposed during the legal skirmishes in preparation for a trial that never happened. More than $109,000 in attorney fees was spent by the California Interscholastic Federation defending the Southern Section. Neither Staunton nor former CIF Executive Director Marie Ishida ended up being deposed.

The lawsuit was filed in 2010 after two transfer students, football player Todd Hunt and water polo player Jon Walters, were denied athletic eligibility at Mater Dei.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Southern Section Council supports Trinity League proposal

The Southern Section Council made up of league representatives voted 45-27 on Thursday to support a proposal from the Trinity League to remove all references to "athleticially motivated transfer" and "transferring for athletic reasons" from the CIF blue book.

The proposal will be an action item next week at the State Federated Council meeting, when all sections in the state vote on the proposal.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Water polo: Battle of the Bay goes to Newport Harbor

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It's called the Battle of the Bay, and Newport Harbor's boys' water polo team knocked off Corona del Mar, 9-7.

Ryan Warde scored four goals and Curtis Fink added three goals for Newport Harbor.

Goalie Wyatt Muller had nine saves.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Newport Harbor's Ryan Warde goes on the attack in the Battle of the Bay. Credit: Doug Stevens

Girls' volleyball: This week's Southern Section polls

Redondo and Laguna Beach hold down the No. 1 spots in this week's Southern Section Division 1AA and IA girls' volleyball polls.

Here's the link to complete polls.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Champions for Character dinner honors sportsmanship, integrity

The ninth annual Southern Section Jim Staunton Champions for Character dinner will be held on Monday, Oct. 1, at The Queen Mary in Long Beach, honoring schools, athletes and administrators.

"They exemplify our commitment to sportsmanship, character and to 'Pursuing Victory with Honor,'" Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod said.

The student honorees: Nick Avne, Heritage; Briana Contreras, Heritage; Elizabeth Snow, Long Beach Millikan; Jewelyn Sawyer, Gahr; Tanya Carrazco, Azusa; Andrew Pacheco, Alta Loma; Monica Aracelli Quila, Oxnard Pacifica; Kevin Brown, University; Karley Wester, Edison; Wedge Molthen, St. John Bosco; Jennifer Pillon, Lakewood St. Joseph; Monica Sheldon, Marlborough; Lauren Joseph, Mayfield; Caitlin Markey, Providence.

Administrators: Jon Hurst, principal, Elsinore; Mark Williams, athletic director, Temescal Canyon; Julie Zierold, principal, Heritage; Jacalyn Littrell, assistant principal, Gladstone; Darryl Thomas, athletic director, Covina; Rob Dearborn, athletic director, Moorpark; Willie Ray Dillon, wrestling coach, Oxnard Pacifica; David Lappin, baseball coach, Loara; Mike Manzo, athletic director, Bishop Amat.

Schools: Rio Mesa, Huntington Beach Edison, El Modena, Pasadena Poly.

Commissioner's' Award: Camarillo, Heritage, San Luis Obispo, Upland Christian, Pacific Coast League.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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