By Steve Breazeale
Boys Basketball Makes History
No Dana Hills boys basketball team had ever played in a State Championship tournament until the Dolphins took the floor March 6 against Mission Hills in San Marcos.
The Dolphins, who lost in the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1A bracket, earned a wild-card bid to play for the state title.
The game went back and forth as Dana Hills held a four point lead going into the final quarter, but were outscored and lost by a slim 56-55 margin.
Junior Jack Clendenen paced the Dolphins with 19 points while senior Cory Blau poured in 13. Senior Hayden Fredrick had 10 assists, four steals and nine points in the loss.
Minoofar Places in Top-10 at State Wrestling Championships
Dana Hills’ Ryan Minoofar advanced past day one of the CIF State Wrestling Championships and made it to the top-10 of the 195 pound weight class. He lost by fall on the second day.
Dolphins Baseball in Tournament Mode
Currently sitting at 4-3 overall, the Dana Hills baseball team has had an up and down start to their young season.
The Dolphins first game of the year was against Jordan on November 23 when they cruised to a convincing 13-0 win. A 7-3 win over Downey and a 5-3 loss against Tesoro followed.
Dolphins junior Louis Raymond then pitched a complete game against Mission Viejo on February 27 as part of a 4-2 win. Raymond gave up four hits and two runs, one of them unearned, struck out seven and walked one in seven innings of work.
The Dolphins moved on to the Loara Tournament, where they defeated Marina 2-1 on March 1, followed up with back-to-back one run losses to Canyon and Tustin on March 2 and March 5, respectively.
The team was set to play against El Dorado in the Loara Tournament on March 7. Results were not available at press time.
Next Game: 3/15 vs. Aliso Niguel, 3:30 p.m.
Boys Volleyball Head to Brim of the World
Riding high after a five-set win over Orange Lutheran the Dana Hills boys volleyball team will travel to Alliant University from March 8 to March 9 to compete at the Brim of the World Tournament.
The Dolphins most recent match, a non-league game against Orange Lutheran, was a wild one. After dropping the first set 25-17 to the Lancers, the Dolphins rallied to win the next two 25-17 and 25-13 but the Lancers responded to take the fourth set 25-22.
The fifth and final set went into extras and the Dolphins finally put the game away with a 17-15 set win. Doug Hammann paced the Dolphins with 17 kills.
Next Game: 3/8 vs. Buchanan at Alliant University, 3 p.m.
Freshman Pace Dolphins Golf Team
The youthful Dana Hills roster has definitely carried its weight in the early going of the boys golf season.
In all four of the Dolphins (4-2) wins, the medalist has been a freshman.
In the season opener against Mission Viejo on February 26, the Dolphins won 196-217 with
freshman Clay Feagler shooting a 36 (E). The two teams squared off again the next day and Dana Hills won 201-217, with Feagler and freshman Matt Fry co-medaling after they both carded 37 (+1).
The Dolphins next win came against Laguna Beach on March 4 at El Niguel and freshman Tanner Podres who went low and shot a 35 (-1).
The Dolphins two losses came against Corona Del Mar and Newport Harbor on February 28 and March 5, respectively.
The Dolphins won the rematch against Newport Harbor 194-199 on March 6 with Feagler again being the low man.
Next Game: 3/14 vs. Corona Del Mar, 2:30 p.m.
Track and Field Prepares for Irvine Invitational
The Dana Hills track and field program was set to open their 2013 campaign against Great Oak on March 7. Results were not available at press time.
The Dolphins now hit the road and travel to Irvine to compete in the Irvine Invitational on March 9 at Irvine High.
Boys Swimming Win Two in a Row, Girls Split Opening Two Meets
The Dana Hills boys swim team opened their season with back to back convincing meet wins. They defeated Millikan 113-57 on the road on March 1 and cruised past El Toro 115-55 on March 6.
The girls also won the Millikan meet 111-59. Kathyrn Querner excelled in the 200 IM and Cassidy Humphrey had a solid showing in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle.
The girls then lost to El Toro 89-81. On March 6.
Next Meet: 3/7-9 Capo Valley Relays, Capistrano Valley High, 3 p.m., 1 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse Picks up Two Wins
The Dana Hills boys lacrosse team started their season off on the right foot after handing Mission Viejo a 13-1 loss on February 27. The team was set to play against JSerra on March 1. Results were not available at press time. The Dolphins then took the field against Servite on March 5 and came away with a 13-8 victory.
Dolphins Set for LA vs. OC Shootout
The Dolphins girls lacrosse team won back to back games against San Clemente and Sage Hill on February 26 and March 1, respectively. In both games the Dolphins outscored their opponents 36-12.
The Dolphins then lost to Yorba Linda 15-5 on March 5. They were set to play against Tesoro on March 7. Results were not available at press time.
The LA vs. OC Shootout is now on tap for the Dolphins. It will be the team’s first tournament of the year. They are set to play Oak Park at 8 a.m. and Flintridge Park at 12 p.m. on March 9.
Boys Tennis Begins Tough Schedule
The Dana Hills boys tennis team earned back to back 12-6 wins over San Juan Hills and Mission Viejo on February 26 and February 27, respectively, to start their season. A 13-5 loss to Northwood on February 28 followed.
The Dolphins got back on track with a 14-4 win over Edison on March 5. The team was set to play against Los Alamitos on March 7. Results were not available at press time.
Next Match: 3/8 vs. Indian Wells, TBA.
Dolphins Softball Loses 2-1 in Season Opener
One run was all that separated the Dana Hills and Northwood softball teams at the end of the day on March 5, as Northwood went on to claim a 2-1 non-league victory.
Dolphins junior Olivia Baltazar went the distance in the loss and pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, one of them unearned, eight hits and tallied five strikeouts and one walk.
Northwood struck for both of their runs in the second inning.
Dana Hills’ Samantha Schwartz went 1-3 at the plate and drove in the lone Dolphin run.