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February 7, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Every once in a while, UCLA-bound Tyler Lamb of Santa Ana Mater Dei wishes he could help his future Bruins teammates right now. "I love how my senior year is going and how our team is playing," he said. "I don't mind waiting, but there's always the urge to go to college now." With UCLA Coach Ben Howland watching, Lamb scored 26 points to help top-ranked Mater Dei hold off Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, 82-76, Saturday night in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. Besides Lamb, Mater Dei (22-1)
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April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
If there ever were a unanimous pick for boys' basketball player of the year in Southern California, this would be the season, and Stanley Johnson would be the player. The Santa Ana Mater Dei star was the best player from start to finish. The 6-foot-7 senior averaged 25 points and 8.1 rebounds in leading the Monarchs to a 35-0 record and a fourth consecutive state championship. He's the only boys' player in California history to win titles in four consecutive seasons at the upper-division level.
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March 26, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis wore a slightly amused look as she walked off the court after fouling out with 5 minutes 15 seconds left in the biggest game of her basketball career. It was almost as if the Santa Ana Mater Dei High junior guard knew her teammates had more than enough left to win without her. The Monarchs did just that, pulling out a 58-43 victory over Concord Carondelet on Friday night at Rabobank Arena in the girls' state Division II championship. It was Mater Dei's second state title, the first coming in 1996.
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March 30, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Now that a seemingly never-ending high school basketball season is over, the next season can begin. That would be travel ball. And let the transfer season begin too. If you think one-and-done is popular in college, then get ready for one-and-done in high school basketball. Those are the players who spend one year at a high school, then move on to the next best deal. The CIF doesn't seem to mind. Its approach is, we'll send you to the Open Division to compete against the other schools who want to win badly.
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October 11, 1991
Billy Blanton passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns to lead Santa Ana Mater Dei to a 42-7 victory over Mission Viejo in a nonleague game Thursday night at Santa Ana Stadium. With the score tied, 7-7, in the second quarter, Blanton threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Chris Ruperto. In the third quarter, Blanton hit Jason Thies on a four-yard touchdown pass. Blanton then threw a 53-yard scoring pass to Roger Morante in the fourth quarter.
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March 25, 2010
High school basketball State championships Friday, at Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield BOYS Division IV Los Angeles Price (32-3) vs. Albany St. Mary's (26-9), 1:30 p.m. — Price is making its first appearance in a state title game since 2005, when it concluded a stretch in which it won five championships in six years. The Knights have never won a title in this division, however; all of their championships came in Division V. Price is led by senior guard Allen Crabbe, the Gatorade state player of the year who averages 23 points a game and is headed to California.
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July 2, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Last basketball season, after no players were selected from California for the McDonald's All-American Game, there was concern about a talent shortage. After watching the talent at this week's Fairfax tournament, I can report those worries were unfounded. Santa Ana Mater Dei fans should start humming the tune, "Happy Days are Here Again," because 6-foot-5 freshman Shaqquan Aaron is going to be the Monarchs' best first-year player since Taylor King. And just wait until he gains more strength.
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June 6, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
The magical moment that happened Saturday night at the Diamond at Lake Elsinore is further proof that high school baseball in Southern California is the best in the nation. For senior Cory Hahn and sophomore Ty Moore of Santa Ana Mater Dei to combine for a seven-inning perfect game in a 2-0 victory over Dana Point Dana Hills in the Southern Section Division 1 championship brought to a close a season of many highs. It started for me back in early March, when Mater Dei received a 17-2 pounding by Corona Santiago on a day the Sharks honored their hero, pitcher Nick Hurtado, who threw the opening pitch, then walked off the mound to the dugout amid hugs, tears and cheers to begin chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
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January 18, 2010 | By Melissa Rohlin
The top girls' basketball teams in Southern California, nationally ranked Santa Ana Mater Dei and Brea Olinda, typically try to avoid each other unless they are forced to meet in the playoffs. The unexpected death of Orange Lutheran coach Tony Matson last spring changed that. Today, basketball politics and rankings concerns are being put aside for the benefit of Matson's family. "It's so stressful and so demanding," Brea Olinda Coach Jeff Sink said. "But for a great cause, we're willing to do this.
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September 24, 1998
SANTA ANA MATER DEI (2-0) VS. CONCORD DE LA SALLE (2-0) * When: Saturday, Edison Field, 7:30 p.m. * Tickets: $5 students; $8-$12 for others. * TV: Fox Sports West 2, Sunday at noon.
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March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Bryan Call, a junior second baseman at Santa Ana Mater Dei who has been starting since his freshman year, has committed to Brigham Young. He's the son of Mater Dei Coach Burt Call.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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March 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There are going to be lots of trophy presentations and celebration scenes this weekend for the City Section and Southern Section basketball championships. The City finals begin Friday at Los Angeles Roybal and continue Saturday at L.A. Southwest College. The Southern Section is holding finals on Friday and Saturday at Azusa Pacific and Santa Ana Godinez and on Saturday at Honda Center. There's also a Monday game at Oxnard College. Here are some players to watch during the days of competition: Stanley Johnson, Santa Ana Mater Dei: He's the best of the best, a 6-foot-7 teenager in a man's body.
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January 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 In girls' basketball, Southern California is home to three of the top teams in the state, if not the nation, and Long Beach Poly (13-1), Santa Ana Mater Dei (15-1), and L.A. Windward (13-2) are getting ready for a final push before their expected appearance in the first Southern Section Open Division playoffs. Windward plays Northern California power Albany St. Mary's on the road on Monday. St. Mary's handed Mater Dei its only defeat. Poly is preparing for a showdown home game against Windward and Jordin Canada on Jan. 25. Mater Dei looks headed to having just one defeat heading into the playoffs and owns a Dec. 21 win over Poly, which makes the Monarchs the likely No. 1 seed.
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December 18, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Controversy has erupted over the transfer of Santa Ana Mater Dei senior forward Mario Soto to Saddleback Valley Christian. He has sought immediate eligibility from the Southern Section via a change of residency, but Mater Dei has yet to sign off on the transfer, Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said. Soto has hired an attorney, John Manly, who is alleging that Soto was subjected to bullying at the school for three years. Manly, a Mater Dei grad who has sued his alma mater more than a dozen times since 1997, said he wrote a letter to the Diocese of Orange last week asking "the diocese to take action.
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December 6, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Saturday's high school football championship games: Santa Ana Mater Dei (11-2) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (13-0) at Angel Stadium, 8 p.m. Prime Ticket, 830 AM: It could be a rainy, muddy night for the Pac-5 Division championship game, and that could create some intriguing moments when each team's big offensive line tries to grind out drives. Mater Dei lost the first meeting, 24-2, in the Trinity League. Coach Bruce Rollinson will have his players fired up, but unless the Monarchs' defense puts pressure on quarterback Josh Rosen, the Braves will be tough to topple.
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November 29, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
From the opening week of the prep football season in August through Week 13, teams from the powerful Trinity League have been setting the standard for excellence. So it should come as no surprise that next Saturday's Pac-5 championship game at Angel Stadium will be an all-Trinity League matchup. Santa Ana Mater Dei earned the right to take on unbeaten Bellflower St. John Bosco in a rematch game by turning in a defensive performance that was nothing short of sensational in 30-0 dismantling of defending champion Long Beach Poly on Friday night in a Pac-5 semifinal at Veterans Stadium.
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February 3, 2008
High school basketball: In an article in Saturday's Sports section, Santa Ana Mater Dei's opponent in the Nike Extravaganza, Chicago Farragut, was listed as being ranked No. 6 by StudentSports in its East Coast Regional rankings. That ranking instead belongs to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, Los Angeles Fairfax's opponent in the same event.
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November 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Friday's top high school football games: Santa Ana Mater Dei (10-2) vs. Long Beach Poly (11-1) at Veterans Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports West) This is a rematch of last year's Pac-5 final won by Poly, 35-17. There figures to be fewer points scored in this semifinal game between two powerful defenses. Mater Dei will try to run the ball with Justin Allen. Poly will try to run the ball by committee behind its big offensive line. Each team will seek to pull off a big play.
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November 22, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
In a chess match between two of the Southland's best coaches, it was Santa Ana Mater Dei's defense that kept Mission Viejo in check, intercepting three passes, recovering a fumble and forcing a turnover on downs deep in its own territory to key the Monarchs' 21-14 Southern Section Pac-5 Division quarterfinal win Friday at Santa Ana Stadium. Landon Iakopo rushed for 41 yards in eight carries, but his biggest contribution came on the opposite side of the ball when he knocked down a pass at the goal line on fourth and goal from the 10-yard line early in the fourth quarter.
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