By Zach Cavanagh
The winter sports activities season is nicely underway because the bump-up of the CIF calendar extends to the fields, swimming pools, courts and mats. In our annual preview, we spotlight all the winter sports activities packages at Dana Hills Excessive Faculty as they enter the vacation event season and strategy league play within the new yr.
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Camille Deol is one among three senior captains that may lead the Dana Hills women basketball group into the South Coast League with massive aspirations. Photograph: Zach Cavanagh
The Dana Hills women basketball group made historical past final season with its first outright league title in program historical past and its first since sharing the league title in 2013.
After a first-round bye, the Dolphins’ good emotions ended as shortly as they arrived, nevertheless, as Dana Hills misplaced at residence within the second spherical of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs.
The championship was a end result of 4 years of labor by Coach Anne Honey and a gaggle of gamers that had grown up collectively. So whereas the Dolphins do have some robust returning gamers, the group additionally has work to do to match its earlier success.
“We’re going from where we were last year and rebuilding all at the same time,” Honey stated. “We’re really coming together as a team, and everybody is understanding what their strengths and roles are. Everyone knows to do their job.”
The Dolphins’ main scorer from a yr in the past is sitting out the season to give attention to teachers, however Maya McArthur, who was simply Zero.2 factors off the group lead in factors per recreation, returns for her senior season. McArthur, who will come again from an damage in every week or so, transferred to Dana Hills final season and made a serious influence with double-double averages of 14.Three factors and 14.7 rebounds per recreation.
McArthur is considered one of a trio of senior leaders the Dolphins will rely on, together with Olivia Chambers and Camille Deol.
“Olivia and Camille have really embodied what it means to play like a senior, be a leader like a senior,” Honey stated “They’ve left it all on the floor.”
Dana Hills’ protection creates its offense because the Dolphins wish to get out in transition. Honey stated the workforce will break issues down within the half courtroom a bit greater than final season, however they’ll nonetheless get out and run.
Dana Hills is 5-Four by way of early tournaments as they prep for the transfer as much as the South Coast League.
“We’re ready for the challenge,” Honey stated. “We’re excited to be playing in a very competitive league. They thrive on that. They’re gamers, competitors.”
The Dolphins will reunite with longtime rival San Clemente to open league play on Jan. 10.
The Dana Hills boys basketball workforce started final season with promise. They appeared like a a lot improved group able to tackle league play, however the Dolphins fizzled down the stretch.
This season, Dana Hills is off to a different stellar begin in event play and hopes it has discovered classes from final season.
The Dolphins are 7-Three to start the season, with their three losses coming by a mixed 9 factors to Ontario Christian, Edison and San Clemente. Dana Hills additionally sports activities wins over Irvine, El Modena, Laguna Seashore and Capistrano Valley.
The unquestioned chief for the Dolphins is senior Ben Carr. The 6-foot-Four wingman was the main scorer for Dana Hills final season and may each assault the basket and shoot from distance.
Junior Harrison Wiese can also be a robust contributor for Dana Hills using his 6-foot-6 body.
The Dolphins are common in measurement with most gamers listed at 6-foot or 6-foot-2, however Coach Tom Desiano, in his 17th season on the head of the Dana Hills program, is aware of easy methods to make his staff versatile.
Dana Hills will tackle Woodbridge within the North/South Problem on Dec. 22 earlier than shifting on to the Rancho Mirage Vacation Invitational on Dec. 26.
The Dolphins open league play at house towards San Juan Hills on Jan. 9 and play at league favourite Tesoro on Jan. 11.
The Dana Hills boys soccer staff loved a marked enchancment final season.
After two seasons with no league win and solely 4 league wins within the earlier 4 seasons, the Dolphins went Three-Three-2 in league play final season to make their first playoff look since 2013.
Dana Hills struck within the third minute of that first playoff recreation however went on to lose, Four-1.
The Dolphins lose a lot of the core of that workforce, together with its main scorer and goalkeeper, so a number of gamers might want to step up for second-year head coach Mark Torriani.
The Dolphins are 1-1-1 this season, with a loss to St. Margaret’s, a win over Laguna Seashore and a draw towards El Toro.
Seniors Peyton Moore and Mason Mills and junior Colton Fox every scored a objective within the win over Laguna Seashore. Senior goalkeepers Casey Burns and junior Nikolas Tanski every put up a scoreless half within the draw with El Toro.
Junior Michael Bogdonavich returns to bolster the defensive backline and is joined by senior Christian Adame.
Dana Hills has a busy nonleague schedule with dates towards San Juan Hills on Dec. 12 and Capistrano Valley on Dec. 14. Over the vacation break, the Dolphins will compete within the Marina Event.
Dana Hills will renew an previous rivalry at San Clemente on Jan. Three earlier than opening Sea View League play at Laguna Hills on Jan. 7.
Final season, the Dana Hills women soccer group took their lumps early earlier than discovering its type within the South Coast League portion of its schedule.
Dolphins coach Zaid Malkosh, now in his second yr, was targeted on constructing a brand new system for the staff and constructing the tradition of the Dana Hills program. The Dolphins have had robust women soccer groups, however Malkosh noticed the potential that’s persevering with to emerge this season.
“Last year, we focused on cultivating a more positive culture to train in and grow in,” Malkosh stated. “This year, we’re focusing on intensity, discipline, performance. We’re hoping to do big things this year.”
Final season, Dana Hills went 2-6-2 in its nonleague schedule however turned it round to submit a Three-Three-2 league document. That flip was proof of Malkosh’s new system and tradition taking maintain.
That tradition change continued into the offseason because the Dolphins misplaced seven seniors and Malkosh trimmed to a younger group.
“We cleaned up house this year,” Malkosh stated. “We cut a lot of players to make sure we have players that can perform and want to be there to create a better culture and help the program grow.”
Malkosh stated he’s excited concerning the talent his staff possesses and that the type they play will give plenty of gamers alternatives to attain and shine.
Early on, Dana Hills has gotten robust play from Camryn Marshall and Abbie Klabouch.
The Dolphins are 1-Zero-1, with a gap scoreless draw at Capistrano Valley and a 2-1 win at El Toro.
Dana Hills has matches towards Northwood, Trabuco Hills and Huntington Seashore earlier than the vacation break, after which the Dolphins open up South Coast League play at Aliso Niguel on Jan. eight. The Dolphins’ first match towards San Clemente is on the street on Jan. 17.
: Lauren Bellavia returns because the main scorer for a loaded Dana Hills women water polo staff that appears to interrupt by way of within the South Coast League and CIF-SS. Photograph: Zach Cavanagh
Women Water Polo
The Dana Hills women water polo staff has been forged in bronze. The Dolphins have taken third place within the league for 4 consecutive seasons.
The Dolphins gained a CIF-SS Division 2 wild card recreation final season, however then misplaced within the first spherical.
Nevertheless, with its prime two goal-scorers, prime two in assists, prime two in steals and No. 1 goalkeeper all returning, Dana Hills may be able to make a run.
Senior Lauren Bellavia led the Dolphins in objectives final season at 66 and at present leads Dana Hills by means of seven video games with 15. Bellavia has solely performed in 5 video games. She additionally led Dana Hills with 46 assists final season and was second in steals.
Julia Reznicek additionally returns as a senior after scoring 51 objectives final season. Bellavia and Reznicek mixed for 117 of the Dolphins’ 252 objectives final season.
Kaylyn Pierce is the senior returner in internet and made 7.6 saves per recreation final season, led the Dolphins in steals and was second in assists with 43.
Dana Hills additionally has a complement of youth as sophomore Kat Besanceney is the early steals chief with 16 and is second in objectives with eight.
Dana Hills is Four-Three to open the yr towards robust event competitors. The Dolphins have wins over Estancia, Villa Park, Peninsula and JSerra.
Dana Hills has 4 extra video games on its pre-holiday schedule earlier than the Dolphins come again for league play at Aliso Niguel on Jan. eight.
The Dana Hills wrestling program took successful because it graduated six seniors, together with a few of its most profitable wrestlers in program historical past.
Dana Hills had seven wrestlers earn silver medals on the Coast View Athletic Affiliation finals to qualify for the CIF-SS event and one wrestler advance to CIF-SS Masters, however solely two of these seven return for the Dolphins.
Senior captain Levi Jones returns after his league silver. Jones completed simply outdoors of the CIF-SS prime eight.
Josh Harkey returns at 182 lbs. as a sophomore and confirmed nice promise as a freshman with that league silver. Within the first event of the season for Dana Hills at Westminster’s Cossarek Basic, Harkey earned second place with three wins by fall in 1:25, 1:18 and 1:39.
Three extra Dana Hills wrestlers positioned within the prime eight on the Cossarek Basic. Jesse Villagran completed sixth at 113 lbs., Gavin Walker completed sixth at 145 lbs. and Eliseo Miramontes completed eighth at 220 lbs.
The Dolphins have upcoming twin meets towards Mater Dei, Capistrano Valley, Yorba Linda and Aliso Niguel. Dana Hills will wrestle on the San Clemente Rotary Event on Dec. 22.
League Finals will happen on Jan. 19.