Fans' voting includes top candidates
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•Voting is underway at ocvarsity.com for fans' selections for Orange County athletes of the year, and of course many of the finalists are two-sport stars. Here is a rarity, a star of two sports in the same season, the spring season: Crean Lutheran freshman Lauren Maurer. She won Division 3 swimming championships in the 200 and 500 freestyles two weeks ago, and this past weekend she won the Division 4 girls 3,200 at the CIF-SS track and field championships.
•University boys tennis star Gage Brymer added another award to his growing resume. At an event Monday at Balboa Bay Yacht Club, Brymer was named Southern California Male Tennis Player of the Year. Brymer has won back-to-back Ojai singles championships, a CIF-SS individual championship and more, and he's just a junior.
•Brymer, as one would figure, is among the finalists for the fan voting for Orange County athlete of the year at ocvarsity.com. Voting concludes June 1. The Register/ocvarsity.com staff also selects male and female athletes of the year, and the staff selections might differ from the fan selections.
•The biggest upset of the baseball playoffs so far is: Valencia 3, Harvard Westlake of North Hollywood 1 in Tuesday's Division 2 second round. Harvard Westlake was the division's No. 1-seeded team and is No. 4 in CalHiSports' state rankings and No. 12 in ESPN's national rankings. Valencia, now 19-13, finished fifth in the seven-team Empire League, qualified for the playoffs as an at-large team, won a wild-card round game at Yucaipa, and won a first-round game at Suburban League champion Mayfair of Lakewood before playing Harvard Westlake.
•Pacifica baseball senior shortstop Trent Chatterton has 148 varsity base hits. That puts him at No. 4 in career hits in county baseball history, behind county leader Gerald Laird of La Quinta (the MLB veteran compiled 210, also the CIF-Southern Section record, from 1995-98), Ramiro Velasco of Santa Ana (185, 2005-08), and Eric Snyder, Edison (the UCLA outfielder had 156 hits, 2008-11).
•Six of the top seven teams in our baseball preseason rankings advanced to the CIF-SS quarterfinals: Mater Dei, which we had at No. 1; No. 2 Orange Lutheran; No. 3 El Dorado; No. 5 El Dorado; No. 6 Beckman; and No. 7 Pacifica.
•Four teams in the Register/ocvarsity.com softball preseason top 10 are in the quarterfinals: Pacifica, which was No. 2 in the preseason rankings; No. 5 Esperanza; No. 7 Edison; and No. 9 Orange Lutheran.
•Parking is free at Dodger Stadium for the CIF-SS Division 1, 2 and 3 baseball championship games there June 1. Parking always has been free for CIF-SS baseball finals at Dodger Stadium. Entry into the stadium parking lot is through the Elysian Park entrance, and entry into the stadium itself is through the left field gate.
•The spring sport that finishes its season last – boys golf. The season ends June 6, with the CIF State Boys Golf Championship Tournament at San Gabriel Country Club. The top three teams and top six individuals from the CIF/SCGA Regional Qualifying Tournament at Brookside Golf Course on May 31 advance to the state tournament.
•With the CIF-SS track and field championships concluded, it's on to the CIF-SS Masters Meet on Friday at Cerritos College. The event begins with field events at 4:30 p.m. The top five finishers in each Masters event to the CIF State meet, June 1 and 2 at Buchanan High in Clovis.
•Tickets for the Masters meet are $8 for adults, and $5 for high school students with valid student identification and for children 13 and younger. Parking at Cerritos College is $5. Cerritos College is in Norwalk, not Cerritos.
•Capistrano Valley Christian's baseball team over two playoff victories has outscored its opponents, 37-4. The Eagles play host to Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth in the Division 6 semifinals Friday.
•Oxford Academy lost to Pasadena Poly in last year's Division 6 baseball championship game. The Patriots got their revenge Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Pasadena in the Division 6 second round.
•Football running back DaVonte Young has enrolled at Tustin to spend his senior season there this coming school year. Young, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, spent his freshman season of 2009 at Irvine and was terrific there, transferred to Tustin but was denied eligibility there and moved on to St. John Bosco of Bellflower, where he sat out his sophomore season. As a junior last year at Bosco, he rushed for 1,035 yards.
•Young, like all transfers, must prove to the CIF-SS office that he has made a change of residence for him to become eligible for Tustin's 2012 football season opener (Aug. 24, at home against Roosevelt of Eastvale). If no change of residence is made, then Young would have to sit out the first 37 days of the '12 football season before becoming eligible for the Tillers' second Empire League game, against Pacifica on Oct. 5. The "athletically motivated" language, which denied eligibility to so many transferred student-athletes because just about any transfer could be viewed as athletically motivated to even the smallest degree, has been removed from transfer eligibility regulations.
•Football recruiting news from the past several days, collected from the constant updates compiled by Dan Albano at ocvarsity.com: JSerra senior quarterback Jake Hall committed to UCLA as a preferred walk-on; Villa Park junior offensive lineman Nick Whitton impressed everyone at the Nike Football Training Camp in Oakland; Santa Margarita junior defensive end Nick Begg, a second-stringer in 2011, has a scholarship offer from San Diego State; big offensive lineman John Lopez (he's 6-5, 320) has an offer from Vanderbilt to go with the ones he has from Arkansas, UCLA and many more; Mission Viejo defensive back/receiver Max Redfield added an offer from Vandy to his list; San Clemente junior OL Sean Harlow got offers from UCLA and Nebraska to add to his lengthy list, too; and Valencia junior linebacker Gabriel Perez has been offered by Boise State.