By Steve Breazeale
Girls Soccer Open Season at Aliso Cup
The Dana Hills girls soccer team opened up their 2014 campaign at the high profile Aliso Cup on December 9 and lost to Beckman 2-0.
The Dolphins (1-1) bounced back following the loss with a 1-0 win over No. 6 ranked Esperanza on December 12. Sophie Dickinson slammed home the late game winner and senior goalie Meghan Dickman notched a shutout in the Dolphins upset win.
The Dolphins will host Edison in a nonleague match on December 14.
Dolphins X-C Places 18th at Nationals
The Dana Hills boys cross country team toed the starting line with 21 of the best high school teams from around the country at the Nike Cross Nationals on December 7 and came away with an 18th-place finish.
Senior Gavin Diem led the way for the Dolphins, finishing 31st overall with a time of 15:56.
Jake Ogden (42nd), Mason Coppi (51st), Alexander Smith (106th), Timothy Wilson (117th), Joseph Benrubi (128th) and Wyler Svoboda (135th) rounded out the group.
The race capped the end of a successful season for the Dolphins, one that saw them take third at the CIF State Championships.
Dolphins Boys Basketball Earns Third Straight Win
Senior Eric Matheis fueled the Dana Hills boys basketball team to their third consecutive win on December 11, scoring a team-high 27 points in the Dolphins 50-42 nonleague win over visiting Laguna Beach.
Matheis put together an efficient offensive game, making 10 of 14 shots from the field, including five of seven 3-pointers.
Dana Hills will host Rancho Buena Vista on December 13 before heading to play in the IWN Tournament in Tustin from December 17-20.
Tritons Offense Too Much for Dolphins Boys Soccer in 7-1 Loss
Top ranked San Clemente traveled to play Dana Hills on December 11 and flexed their offensive muscle in a 7-1 nonleague victory.
Tritons junior forward Blayne Martinez recorded a hat trick and helped ignite a four-goal first half effort.
The Dolphins (1-3) schedule will not get easier anytime soon. They will host No. 8 ranked Capistrano Valley out of the South Coast League on December 13.
Dolphins Girls Water Polo Grab Wins at Benson Cup
The Dana Hills girls water polo team went 3-1 at the Benson Cup Tournament from December 5-7. The Dolphins (3-2) defeated Bell Gardens, El Dorado and Villa Park. The lone loss came against Rosary on December 6.
Dolphins Girls Basketball in Tournament Mode
The Dana Hills girls basketball team is in the midst of a tough tournament schedule, which so far has produced mixed results.
The Dolphins (2-5) defeated Los Amigos 49-36 on December 7 and lost a close match against La Habra 55-52 on December 9 as part of the Hawk Holiday Classic.
The Dolphins will play Corona del Mar at Los Amigos High School on December 13.
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