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By Steve Breazeale
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Dolphins Boys X-C Dominates at League Finals
The Dana Hills boys cross country team has had a successful season, thanks in large part to their top group of runners being able to cross the finish line within seconds of one another during a race.
The Dolphins’ effort at the South Coast League Finals at Irvine Regional Park on Nov. 6, however, was an entirely different story.
Dana Hills packed five runners inside the top-6, including a clean sweep of the podium to capture the league title.
Junior Jake Ogden paced the field with a time of 14:35, earning a first-place finish. Junior Mason Coppi finished four seconds behind Ogden in second, senior Alex Smith came in the third and junior Colin Stein finished fourth.
Dana Hills had three more runners place inside the top-10, including Brandon Hough (sixth), Matt Konopka (eighth) and Kobi Greenberg (10th).
Dana Hills’ 16 total points accrued at the race put them 39 points clear of second-place El Toro.
The Dolphins will now compete at the CIF-SS Prelims at Mt. SAC on Nov. 15.
Girls X-C Takes Third in League
Junior Sienna Serrao and sophomore Kathryn Kaloroumakis finished fourth and 12th, respectively, at the South Coast League finals at Irvine Regional Park on Nov. 6 to lead the Dana Hills girls cross country team to a third-place finish.
Dana Hills came in third behind second-place Trabuco Hills and Capistrano Valley, who claimed the league title.
The Dolphins will compete at the CIF-SS Prelims at Mt. SAC on Nov. 15. Dana Hills is currently ranked seventh in CIF-SS Division 1.
Girls Tennis Playoff Run Ends in Second Round
The Dana Hills girls tennis team relied on the strength of their doubles group to get past JSerra in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs and came up against Los Alamitos in the second round on Nov. 7.
Los Alamitos, the No. 1 team out of the Sunset League, was able to defeat the Dolphins 11-7 to advance to the playoff quarterfinals.
Dolphins Water Polo Earns No. 2 Seed in Playoffs
After running through the South Coast League schedule with a perfect 8-0 record, the Dana Hills boys water polo team was awarded the No. 2 overall seed in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs, which were set to begin on Nov. 13.
The Dolphins were scheduled to open postseason play against Chino Hills in the first round at San Juan Hills High School on Nov. 13. Results were not available at press time.
If the Dolphins advanced past Chino Hills, they will play the winner of Martin Luther King/Ventura on Nov. 15.
Chino Hills (20-9, 5-5 league) entered the tournament as the No. 3 team out of the Baseline League.
Dolphins Volleyball Falls to Great Oak in Playoff Opener
The Dana Hills girls volleyball team was swept by Great Oak on the road in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs on Nov. 11, ending their season.
Great Oak was able to defeat the Dolphins 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 to advance to the second round, where they will play JSerra.
The Dolphins earned a berth into the postseason after finished third in the South Coast League.
Dolphins Football Drops Season Finale to Chargers
El Toro put up 21 unanswered points in the first quarter against the Dana Hills football team on Nov. 7, which proved to be enough to earn a win, as the Chargers cruised to a 35-7 South Coast League victory.
EL Toro (7-3, 2-2) was led by senior Trey Tinsley, who had an efficient night at quarterback. Tinsley completed 19 of 23 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Senior running back Marcus Desantis rushed for 30 yards and a touchdown in the game.
Dolphins quarterback Cole Wilber completed 9 of 19 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception.
Dana Hills senior receiver Ray Moslehi had his most productive game of the season, catching four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, which came in the fourth quarter.
The loss brought an end to the Dolphins’ season. Dana Hills went 1-9 overall and 0-4 in their first year back in the competitive South Coast League.