|OCVarsity Gridiron Extra: Top 10 controversy|
Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias, and Dan Albano talk about the latest Top 10 rankings controversy in OC football. Does Servite deserve to be in the Top 10? Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
|OCVarsity Gridiron: San Clemente rising|
Steve Fryer, Carlos Arias, and Dan Albano travel to San Clemente to check in with 1st-year head coach Jaime Ortiz and the rest of the Tritons. Also, can Mater Dei and Mission Viejo beat their tough non-county opponents? Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
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Fryer: Court wants update on Mater Dei case
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•Remember that lawsuit the Diocese of Orange filed on behalf of Mater Dei against the CIF-Southern Section alleging the section conducted biased and unfair business practices against Mater Dei? The case has a status conference scheduled for Nov. 5 at Orange County Superior Court. A status conference is a pre-trial meeting of attorneys before a judge to inform the court what is happening with a case.
•Just a few days before that meeting, the CIF State Federated Council will hear a proposal created by the Trinity League that would eliminate all references to "athletically motivated transfer" and "transferring for athletic reasons" from CIF rules regarding transfer eligibility. The Southern Section in April voted to support the proposal by the margin of 41-33.
•Starting next school year, the unrestricted transfer a student-athlete has been able to make before the start of his/her sophomore year no longer will exist. A verified change of address or a waiver will need to be required for the transferred student-athlete to be athletically eligible at the new schools.
•The CIF-Southern Section is having its Jim Staunton Champions for Character Dinner on Monday aboard the Queen Mary. Among the honorees are student-athletes Kevin Brown of University and Karley Webster of Edison, Loara baseball coach Dave Lappin, University principal John Pehrson for his service as Pacific Coast League president, and schools Edison and El Modena. Staunton is a former CIF-SS commissioner and was principal at Huntington Beach.
•College Sports Quest, a business that works to help high school student-athletes in the college recruiting process, is having an hour-long NCAA recruiting workshop at UC Irvine on Saturday at 10 a.m. For registration and other information, visit collegesportsquest.com.
•The county's retired coaches, head coaches and assistants, are invited to the annual Retired Coaches Luncheon on Jan. 16 at the Santa Ana Elks Club. Interested and qualified persons can contact Carl Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-993-9393.
•The CIF-SS office processed 565 transfers in August. That is an increase from the 325 made in August of last year. The Southern Section office suspects that the earliest-ever start of the football season had something to do with that in the 579-school section.
•St. Margaret's girls tennis winning streak of 100 matches was ended this month by Santa Margarita. St. Margaret's and Sage Hill's girls tennis team have quite the history, with St. Margaret's beating Sage Hill in CIF-Southern Section finals three of the past four seasons. The schools belong to the Academy League, which a few years ago was in Division 5 and now is in Division 2.
•Santa Margarita's girls volleyball team is No. 29 in prepvolleyball.com's national rankings. Corona del Mar is No. 43, Los Alamitos is No. 59 and Mater Dei is No. 70 in the rankings that are 100 teams deep. Torrey Pines of San Diego is No. 1.
•Yorba Linda pitcher Trent Paddon committed to Oregon. His 3-4 record was not flashy, but the 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior had an ERA of 1.43, struck out 75 with only 15 walks in 63 innings, and was named All-Empire League and All-CIF.
•Cox3, available on many south county cable systems, eliminated its Friday night high school sports wrap-up program. It still televises taped coverage of south county football games.
•St. John Bosco of Bellflower football forfeited its four victories for using a player who already used up his eight semesters of athletic ability. Bosco went into this week with a 0-4 record.
•The South Coast League has the best overall record in county football, with its teams combing for a 23-2 record going into this week. The Trinity League was at 23-3 until St. John Bosco's forfeits. Only one South Coast team has played a Trinity team, and that was Trabuco Hills, which lost to Santa Margarita, 55-0.
•Segerstrom's football team, ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division, is 5-0 for the first time since the school opened in 2005. The Jaguars are in Cal-Hi Sports' CIF bowl game rankings, at No. 3 in the Division 3 South list. Led by running backs David Perkins, Sonny Roa and the offensive line, Segerstrom leads the county in rushing with 2,088 yards for an average of 418 yards a game and 9 yards a carry.
•Repairs: Joe Dunleavy, a linebacker who is averaging 16 tackles a game, plays for Northwood. We incorrectly had him at Irvine, although Irvine and a bunch of other teams would be happy to have Dunleavy on their rosters.
•San Clemente lineman Sean Harlow has been selected to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Game. He will be presented his jersey Oct. 4 at San Clemente. The game is Jan. 4 at The Home Depot Center.
•Servite associate athletic director Joel Hartmann has been at the school 22 years. He has a memory for details and knows the school's history well. Even Hartmann does not recall if Servite football previously had been shut out twice in a row, something that occurred the past two weeks.
•The lighting at Santa Ana Stadium is being neglected. Bulbs need to be changed, or something else needs to be done to make lighting at The Bowl adequate.
•At last week's Orange County Athletic Directors luncheon at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Orange County officials representative to the OCADA board Speed Castillo reported that a few football game officials have cursed at coaches. That has to stop. It would be good if football coaches would expand their sensitivity so that they stopped cussing out players at games and at practices.
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