Dolphin Report: Basketball Teams Open With Strong Tournament Performances; Winter sports open play

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By Zach Cavanagh

Basketball teams open with strong tournament performances

Both the Dana Hills boys and girls basketball teams advanced to tournament championship games in the opening week of the winter sports season last week.

The Dolphin Girls are 4-0 into the young season after a championship performance in the North-South tournament at Mission Viejo High School. Dana Hills defeated La Quinta of Westminster (37-15), Laguna Hills (54-15) and St. Margaret’s (32-28) to win the South County Bracket. In the tournament championship, North County representative Dana Hills Marina survived in overtime 43-39.

The Dana Hills girls played their first home game of the season against Canyon on Tuesday, November 22, but the results weren’t out as of press time. The Dolphins next play at Edison on Tuesday, November 29 and host their next home game on December 12 against Trabuco Hills.

The Dana Hills boys were battling for the championship at the Santa Ana Luis Macias Tournament, but the Dolphins were held back by a familiar opponent in San Juan Hills.

Dana Hills won his first two games with strong offensive performances in wins over Calvary Chapel (82-65) and El Modena (73-57). Collin Haugh posted 41 points and 10 3-pointers against Calvary Chapel, and the sophomore again led the Dolphins in championship play with 31 points and another five 3-pointers.

Despite a 16-point lead from San Juan Hills in the fourth quarter, Haugh and the Dolphins were able to reduce the lead to three points with just over a minute remaining in the game. However, San Juan Hills regained their CIF-SS championship courage, defeating Dana Hills 72-67.

Dana Hills continues tournament play over the next two weeks in the Loara Tournament and the Capistrano Valley Christian/San Juan Hills Tournament. The Dolphins play their first home game on December 16 against San Clemente.

Winter sports open play

In addition to the basketball teams, all winter sports teams in Dana Hills have started their season or will do so in the coming days.

Dana Hills girls’ water polo, the only other Dolphins team to have made it onto a CIF-SS preseason watch list along with girls’ basketball, opens its season next Tuesday, November 29, with a home game against the varsity.

Dana Hills boys soccer will host San Clemente next Wednesday, November 30th.

Dolphins girls soccer plays in Laguna Beach next Tuesday, November 29th and hosts its first home game on December 6th against Northwood.

The Dana Hills Boys Wrestling Team, who won six medals at last weekend’s Costa Mesa Classic, will host a doubles match against San Juan Hills next Tuesday, November 29th.

Look for the full winter sports preview in the December 9 issue Dana Point times.

Three athletes sign up for Fall Signing Day

Dana Hills had three student athletes sign national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic careers in college on Fall Signing Day, November 9th.

The Dolphin baseball team had two signers. Andrew Nesson signed to play at Holy Cross and Chase Rodgers signed to play at Lafayette College.

Dana Hill’s girls’ water polo had a Division 1 signer as Sadie Riester signed with Loyola Marymount.

Zach Cavanagh

Zach Cavanagh is Sports Editor at Picket Fence Media. A multiple California Journalism Award winner, Zach has been covering sports in Orange County since 2013. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @ZachCav and follow our sports coverage on Twitter @SouthOCSports. email to [email protected].

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