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2017-2018 Season/Year

 

Congratulations to Senior Forward Emma Torbert on being Named Orange County Girl's Basketball Player of the Year!! 

 

Congratulations to Freshman Guard Brooke Demetre on being named 1st Team All Orange County and Congratulations to Freshmen Guard Khylee Pepe on being named 2nd Team All Orange County.

 

Congratulations to Mater Dei Alum Andee Velasco on being named to the West Coast Conference All Academic team.

 

Congratulations to Mater Dei Alum Katie Lou Samuelson on being named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the 2nd consecutive year.

 

Congratulations to Junior Guard Cailyn Crocker on being selected OC Varsity Player of the week for February 26th - March 2nd.  

 

Congratulations to Senior Forward Emma Torbert on being selected OC Varsity Player of the week for January 29th - February 2nd.

 

Emma Torbert develops into a calming inside presence for Mater Dei Girls Basketball.

 

Mater Dei uses a late surge to beat Ribet Academy 60-56 in the 1st round of the CIF Open Division Playoffs.  The Monarchs were down by 10 points to start the 4th quarter.

 

Mater Dei's inspired 2nd half is enough to enough to beat Orangewood Academy 63-38 at the Tony Matson Classic at Orange Lutheran.

 

#1 Mater Dei blows past #2 Brea Olinda 71-47, led by freshmen DYNAMIC DUO Khylee Pepe and Brooke Demetre.

 

#1 Mater Dei tunes up for basketball showdown by beating #3 Rosary Academy 55-35, led by Freshmen Khylee Pepe and Alyssa Frescas.

 

2016-17 Season/Year

 

Mater Dei's Jayda Adams trying to leave a lasting mark.

 

Jayda Adams Selected to 1st Team All Orange County.

 

Mater Dei Girls Basketball Advances to Division II State Title Game with a big win over Orangewood Academy.

 

Congratulations to Katie Lou Samuelson for being named to 1st Team All-American by ESPNW and she was also named 1st Team All-American by the WBCA.

 

Congratulations to Katie Lou Samuelson for being named American Athletic Conference Co-Player of the year with teammate Naphessa Collier.  Katie Lou was also named American Athletic Conference Tournament MVP by hitting a NCAA RECORD 10 out of 10 from 3-pt land.

 

Congratulations to Karlie Samuelson for being named 1st Team All Pac 12.

Congratulations to both Karlie and Katie Lou Samuelson for helping their teams have a great and successful run in this years NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.  Both UConn and Stanford made the FINAL FOUR.

 

Spotlight with UCLA Bruin Ally Rosenblum, check out this cool video.

 

2015-16 Season/Year

 

Congratulations to Katie Lou Samuelson (class of '15) and the UConn Huskies on winning their historic 4th straight national championship. "Lou" continued the Santa Ana, Ca. to Storrs, Connecticut pipeline following in the footsteps of former Monarch Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (class of '11) making it an impressive 4 national titles won by former Monarchs at UConn. Unfortunately, Katie Lou broke a bone in her foot in the national semi final win over Oregon State and was unable to play in the championship game. Nonetheless, Katie Lou had a tremendous freshman year starting most of the season and playing a very pivotal role all year long en route to a historic run by the Huskies. Great job Lou and we at MD are all very proud of you!

 

This years Women's NCAA tournament has been a great success for the Samuelson sisters (Karlie & Katie Lou). Both sisters are starters and key contributors for their respective squads. Karlie (class of '13) and her Stanford teammates made a great run to the elite 8 beating heavily favored Notre Dame in the sweet 16 before losing a tough game to Washington. Still it was a fantastic run for a team that was not expected to advance very far this year. Meanwhile Katie Lou (class of '15) and her UConn teammates continued to roll on making this weekends Women's Final 4 extending their amazing win streak to 73 with a dominant win over Texas as they seek their historic and unprecedented fourth consecutive national championship. Good luck Lou and congratulations to Karlie on an excellent season.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson is coming into her own and many feel she is on her way to becoming UConn's next great player.

 

Jayda Adams is named girls basketball player of the week by OC varsity. Congrats Jayda!

 

Former Monarch Jordan Adams takes a more active leadership role for USC.

 

Jayda Adams is written about by ESPN W.

 

Ally Rosenblum has been named girls basketball player of the week by OC varsity. Congratulations Ally!

 

Former Lady Monarch State Champion Nirra Fields is written about in the NY Times. Click here to read more.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson is off to a strong start at UConn. She was recently named her conference's freshman of the week. Click here to read more.

 

Congratulations to Ally Rosenblum on her official signing day ceremony where she inked her letter of intent to attend UCLA next year. Click here to see the photos! Great job Ally.

 

2014-15 Season/Year

 

Check out the Mater Dei "virtual trophy room" highlighting and showcasing some of our programs accomplishments.

 

Jayda Adams follows in big sisters Jordan's footsteps by being named to Team USA's under 16 roster! Way to go Jayda! *For additional information on all the lady monarchs who have represented their country click here to access the monarchs who have represented their country playing basketball tab.

 

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is drafted #3 overall in the 2015 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. Again congratulations KML!

With UConn's 63-53 victory over Notre Dame to win the women's basketball national championship, former monarch Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis wraps us her UConn career with 4 trips to the final 4 and 3 straight national titles! We are so proud of you Kaleena and we wish you the best moving forward, hold the trophy high!

 

Katie Lou Samuelson will be participating in the McDonald's all American girls game this week. Best of luck Lou!

 

Congratulations to Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for breaking the all time 3 pointers made record in NCAA women's college basketball history! She broke the record in UConn's 91-70 elite eight victory over Dayton and helped pave the way for her 4th trip to the women's final 4 in her four years as a Husky. Congratulations on your fabulous college career Kaleena and best wishes in Tampa as you and the Huskies go for 3 straight titles!

 

Katie Lou Samuelson caps off her unprecedented run of awards by winning the Gatorade National Player of the year award! All we can say is wow and congratulations yet again Lou! Click here to see the Gatorade website. Click here to see the ESPNW website article. You can also click here to see a short video.

 

Yet another prestigious award for Katie Lou Samuelson: The Gatorade California State player of the year. The entire program is so proud of you!

 

Katie Lou Samuelson continues her historic senior season winning the Naismith award for the girls basketball player of the year. Again congratulations Lou!

 

Katie Lou Samuelson has received yet another accolade being named the Morgan Wootten player of the year! Congrats again Katie Lou!

 

Katie Lou Samuelson has achieved another fantastic milestone being named the WBCA player of the year! Congrats Katie Lou!

The Monarchs have won the top division in the prestigious Nike Tournament of Champions for the third straight year! This has never been done before, so congratulations to the entire team for an unprecedented accomplishment!

Congratulations to Ally Rosenblum (Junior, Class of 2016) on her recent commitment to UCLA! Great Job Ally.

 

Katie Lou has made the USA today all American team! Congrats Lou! Click here for more details.

 

Mater Dei is very well represented in this years big showdown between #1 UConn and #6 Stanford. Click here for more information. Congratulations to Karlie Samuelson (Katie-Lou's big sister) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis for all your post Mater Dei accomplishments. We are very proud of you!

Congrats to Katie Lou (UConn) and the Velasco sisters (LMU) on their official signing! Click here to see pics of the signing day ceremony.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson heads the list of the top seniors in California and both the Velasco sisters are ranked as well! Congratulations ladies! Click here to see the whole list.

 

Congratulations to our own Bianca Velasco for being named to this years Mater Dei Homecoming Court! Click here to check out the pictures or you can also go to the photo album tab.

 

Nirra Fields has been named to Canada's senior women's national team. Congratulations Nirra!

 

Congratulations to Andee & Bianca Velasco for helping Cal Storm win Nike Nationals this summer. Click here for more information.

 

Click Here For Katie Lou Samuelson's High School Sports I-Tunes App.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson strikes gold again in China helping Team USA win in the 3 on 3 Tournament! Click here for more information.

 

Mater Dei named the state school of the year for the 2013-14 season by Cal-Hi Sports.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson and Team USA's under 17 women's basketball team are the gold medal champions! We are so proud of her for this tremendous accomplishment! See all the details here.

Katie Lou Samuelson's college choice? 2 Time Defending National champion UConn.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson has made the USA today all USA team.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson: Up to One, Down to 5.

 

Picture of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis & the national champion UConn Huskies visit to the white house.

 

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis & National champs UConn visit the white house! Congrats Kaleena!

 

2013-14 Season

 

Sisterly Bond
Katie Lou Named Preseason All American 
Ocregister Boo Bash Article
ocvarsity Article: Andee and Bianca Committ to LMU! *New*
Prospects Nation Article on Katie Lou Samuelson *New*
Hoophall Classic Schedule Announced *New*
Katie Lou helps U.S. WIN U18 3v3 World Championship *New*
Katie Lou helps U.S. advance to U18 3v3 World Championship 
Mater Dei Named State School of the Year in Sports 
Katie Lou helps capture gold medal for USA National team
USA Basketball names Katie Lou to U16 National Team
Velasco receives First-Team All-Trinity Honors 
Katie Lou named OC Varsity Player of the Year
Mater Dei Wins Central Valley Showdown in Fresno 
Monarchs Make Statement in 61-25 Victory Over Troy
Samuelson Leads team to Victory from Behind the Arc
Mater Dei Wins Opener Over Ossining in Nike TOC
Samuelsons Grab All-Team Honors at Nike TOC
Monarchs Capture Nike TOC Title
Katie Lou Named Player of the Week
Mater Dei's Depth Proves Too Much for Camarillo
MATER DEI TAKES TOP SPOT IN USA TODAY RANKINGS
Mater Dei Girls Pass Test From JSerra
Monarchs Reign On The Court
Karlie Samuelson Selected to WBCA All-America Game

 

2012-2013 Season

 

O.C. Preseason Top 10 - OC Varsity 11/23
Mater Dei Onslaught Too Much For Troy 12/8
Monarchs' Winning Streak Continues 12/16
Samuelsons help Mater Dei Win Big in Nike TOC Opener 12/21
Samuelson Sisters named Co-MVP in Nike TOC 12/24
Mater Dei Captures Nike TOC Title 12/24
Katie Lou Samuelson Named Player of the Week  1/8
Mater Dei Takes Top Spot in USA Today Rankings 1/9
Mater Dei Depth Proves Too Much for Camarillo 1/14
Mater Dei Passes Test From JSerra 1/27
Monarchs Reign On The Court 1/29
Karlie Samuelson Selected to WBCA All-America Game 2/5
Katie Lou Samuelson Named Player of the Year 3/22
Katie Lou helps capture gold medal for USA National team 6/23
Mater Dei named State School of the Year in Sports 7/14
Katie Lou helps U.S. advance to U18 3v3 World Championship *New*
Mater Dei Named State School of the Year in Sports *New"
Katie Lou helps capture gold medal for USA National team
USA Basketball names Katie Lou to U16 National Team
Velasco receives First-Team All-Trinity Honors 
Katie Lou named OC Varsity Player of the Year
Mater Dei Wins Central Valley Showdown in Fresno 
Monarchs Make Statement in 61-25 Victory Over Troy
Samuelson Leads team to Victory from Behind the Arc
Mater Dei Wins Opener Over Ossining in Nike TOC
Samuelsons Grab All-Team Honors at Nike TOC
Monarchs Capture Nike TOC Title
Katie Lou Named Player of the Week
Mater Dei's Depth Proves Too Much for Camarillo
MATER DEI TAKES TOP SPOT IN USA TODAY RANKINGS
Mater Dei Girls Pass Test From JSerra
Monarchs Reign On The Court
Karlie Samuelson Selected to WBCA All-America Game

 

2011-2012 Season

 

Berkeley loses for 2nd straight year - BayPreps
Williamson works for success - OCRegister
Fields, Adams, Co-POY - LATimes 
Poly Vs. MD Regional Final - YOUTUBE 
Mater Dei Withstands Poly - ESPN  
Mater  Dei earns 3rd consecutive trip to Finals - LA Times 
Mater Dei Climbs past Summit - ESPN 3/12 
Mater Dei overcomes Challenge - OCVarsity 3/12 
Perfect Postseason Still Going -OCVarsity 3/12
Mater Dei delivers victory- ESPN 3/12
Burbank runs into Juggernaut - Burbank Leader 3/12
Mater Dei Steals the Championship - ESPN - 3/12
CIF Champions -LA Times - 3/12
 OCVarsity Blog Recap of game
Mater Dei has Fields day - OCVarsity - 3/12
Mater Dei gets past Brea - Fox Sports-  3/12
Brea vs. MD - renew rivalry - Fox Sports 3/12
Mater Dei Storms Past Santiago - OCVarsity - 2/12
Mater Dei makes Santiago look bad - ESPN - 2/12
Williamson leads blowout - 2/12
Fields of Dreams 2/12
Division 1AA Breakdown - OCVarsity 2/12
Fields makes history - 2/12
Fields and Adams are McDonalds All Americans - MaxPreps
Fields and Adams selected to WBCA All-American Game
MD Falls to Windward - OCVarsity 2/12
Windward slips by MD - Times 2/12
MD Demolishes Another Top Contender - OC Varsity 1/12
MD Shuts Down JSerra - OC Varsity 1/12
Cal-Hi Latest Rankings - 1/12
MD Basketball Embodies Strength, Tradition 1/12
Monarchs defeat Holy Cross - Washington Post 12/11
Monarchs Rally to Win - OCVarsity 12/11

Seems like Old Times - ESPN 12/11
MD to be tested by Elite - OC Varsity 12/11
Fields to debut with MD - Maxpreps 12/11
10 stars to watch at Nike TOC ESPN- 12/11
Nike TOC Preview -ESPN 12/11
Mater Dei rolls over Warren - OC Varsity 12/11
Will of a Champion - Kevin Kiernan
TOC to cast more stars -ESPN
Cal-Hi Pre-Season - MD #1
OC Register season preview
LA Times top teams to watch 
Ranked 7th in pre-season National rankings
Jordan chooses USC 11/11
Field of Dreams Backcourt 11/11
Nirra chooses UCLA 11/11
USC Welcomes Kiki to Troy 9/11


2010-2011 Season

Kiernan selected at NHSCA Coach of the Year 6-11
Congrats to Kaleena and Jordan for making the U19 USA National Team 6-11
Kaleena adds even more hardwood - MaxPreps
Kaleena and Alexyz Parade All-Americans- Parade Magazine
ESPN/Powerade National Champs
USA Today All-USA Team
California's Ms. Basketball 2011
Kaleena MaxPrep Highlight video
Kaleena -Sports Focus YouTube 
MaxPreps All American Team 
MaxPreps CA All-State Team
Kaleena named Hoopgurlz POY
MaxPreps POY - Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis
Mosqueda-Lewis ready to help Huskies - CT News
Kaleena is LA Times POY
Kaleena, Jordan, Alexyz and Kiernan All-Stars - LA Times
MD Best Ever? - Cal Hi 4/6
USA Today Top Team
USA Today Final Rankings - 
Powerade Fab 50 - Week 17 - ESPN 3/29
Mater Dei tops final Top 25 - MaxPreps 3/30
Jordan Adams 1st Team All County - Register 3/29
Kaleena Mosqueda Lewis is OC Player of the Year - Register 3/29
Kevin Kiernan is OC Coach of the Year - Register 3/29
#1 Mater Dei Completes Mission - MaxPreps 3/26
Monarchs Win - ESPNLA - 3/26
Mater Dei Bests Berkeley - San Jose Mercury 3/26
MD wins State Championship - OCVarsity 3/26
State preview - ESPN 3/25
Last Stand for Mosqueda-Lewis - MaxPreps 3/25
Mosqueda-Lewis accepts Naismith Honor 3/22
Mater Dei uses its Star Power - OCVarsity 3/20
Mater Dei defeats Canyon Springs- ESPNLA 3/20
Mater Dei Sweeps - MaxPreps 3/20
Canyon Springs falls to MD - HSGametime 3/20 
MD advances to State Championship - ESPN 3/20
MD teams one step from State - OCVarsity 3/18
Highlight Video, Article, Photos - Kaleena - ESPN  3/17
Lisa Leslie passes the torch -ESPN 3/17
Mosqueda-Lewis picked as Nations Top Player -OCVarsity 3/17
"The Next Lisa Leslie" Fox Sports - 3/17
Kaleena Gatorade National POY - Presswire 3/17
Vaioletama Steps up - OCVarsity 3/12
MD dealt big blow in win - OCVarsity 3/10
Mater Dei Ends Samo's season - SMMirror 3/10
MD defeats Santa Monica - ESPN 3/10
MD beats Fairfax - ESPN 3/8 
Mosqueda-Lewis Powers MD - OC Varsity 3/8
Mosqueda-Lewis earns prestigious Naismith POY 3/5
Mater Dei upends Brea - MaxPreps 3/5
Mater Dei Triumphs  - LA Times 3/4
MD Wins - ESPN LA 3/4
Return of the Monarchy - ESPN 3/4
Mater Dei reigns supreme - OC Varsity 3/4
Monarchs beat Vikings - ESPN 
Mosqueda-Lewis named State Farm/WBCA POY
Kaleena is Sports Illustrated's Player of the Week
Mosqueda-Lewis & Kiernan  Naismith POY/ COY finalists
Vaioletama & Lewis WBCA HS All-Americans!
Vaioletama & Lewis Mcdonalds All-Americans!
Mosqueda-Lewis a real hot shot - 2/7
Kiernan earns 600th HS career victory 2/3
Kaleena OC Varsity Athlete of the Week 2/1
ESPN Rise Captains Corner 1/24
Jordan Interview @ HoopHall Video 1/15

HoopHall Classic article 1/15 - New Haven Register
Geno on Kaleena video masslive.com 1/15
Adams/Lewis make "OC Dreamteam" 1/10
Springfield article masslive.com
Alofaituli selected OC Varsity Breakout athlete of 2011
Feature Story CatholicSportsNet.com

Kaleena OC Varsity Athlete of Week 1/3
Jordan plays some D- ESPN 12/21

Ready or Not  - ESPN 12/21

Mosqueda-Lewis Takes Over  - OC Varsity 12/11
MD Defense Too Much - OC Varsity 12/9
Mater Dei Breezes - ESPN 12/2
Cal-Hi Sports PreSeason State Rankings 11/28
OC Register Top 10
The Big 3 - LA Times 11/29
USA Today Rankings 11/23
Senior National Letter of Intent Signing Day – Pics

 

Prior to 2010

 

 

OC Register freedom blog - Jordan w/ usa bball

LA Times spotlight on Jordan Adams

LA Times Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis "advanced training"

Top Monarchy