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By Steve Breazeale
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Dolphins Football Set to Hold Honor the Valor Game
The Honor the Valor football game has become a staple on the Dana Hills football program’s schedule for years, and the program will be hosting the fifth installment of the event yet again on Nov. 4.
Dana Hills, which will be playing Capistrano Valley at 7 p.m., will honor local military veterans and active-duty personnel with a pre-game meal and post-game ceremony. The Dolphins players will be wearing custom-made camouflage jerseys with the names of the veterans and military in attendance, and will present their jerseys to them afterward. Event organizers estimate there will be 65 combat veterans in attendance.
It is a special night in many ways. Not only does the Dolphins program pay respects to those in attendance, the program teams up with several local nonprofits to raise money for veteran organizations. Funds raised at the event will go toward the Dana Point 5th Marines Regiment Support Group and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 of Dana Point.
In its five-year history, the Honor the Valor game has raised $75,000 for local veteran organizations.
Girls Tennis Advances to CIF-SS Second Round
The Dana Hills girls tennis team breezed past Valencia of Placentia 15-3 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships on Nov. 2.
The Dolphins will host Oaks Christian in the second round on Nov. 4.
Water Polo Places Second in League, Heads to Playoffs
The Dana Hills boys water polo’s 10-6 victory over Aliso Niguel on Nov. 1 capped off a second-place effort in South Coast League play.
The CIF-SS Division 1 Championships are up next for the Dolphins.
Dana Hills (15-12, 5-2 league), which finished runner-up in the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships last year, will await the playoff groupings to find out their first-round opponent. The Dolphins earned an automatic berth into the postseason by placing second in the five-member league.
The Dolphins finished league play on a high note by defeating the Wolverines. Kai Hanson and Jack McLaughlin led the team with three goals apiece.
The Dolphins finished the regular season ranked 10th in the CIF-SS Division 1 coaches poll.
Dana Hills was scheduled to play a final nonleague tune-up game against Agoura, the second-ranked team in Division 2, on Nov. 3 before heading into postseason play. Results were not available at press time.
Volleyball Loses Five Set Thriller in Playoff Opener
The Dana Hills girls volleyball team’s fantastic season came to a surprising end in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships on Nov. 1.
The Dolphins, who went undefeated in Sea View League play and entered the playoffs on a five-game winning streak, were upended by visiting Los Alamitos in five sets 25-22, 16-25, 17-25, 25-17, 7-15.
Los Alamitos (19-16) entered the playoffs via an at-large selection.
The Dolphins (16-9) were able to win the first set, but fell into a 2-1 hole after dropping the second and third. Dana Hills won the fourth to force the fifth set, and could not overcome the Griffins’ firepower down the stretch.
Los Alamitos was led by senior Mackenzie Smith’s team-high 13 kills and 25 digs. Nicole Elder chipped in 13 kills and Ryleigh Megill had 12 for Los Alamitos.
Los Alamitos will now face top-seeded Mater Dei in the second round.
The season was definitely a bounce-back effort for the Dolphins. The team had a 9-20 overall record in 2015 and placed third in the South Coast League. They were moved to the Sea View League in 2016, and they thrived in the new environment. In his inaugural season as the Dolphins’ head coach, Gus Culver guided Dana Hills to the league title.