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Fryer: Miller's time will be filled with relaxing

OCVARSITY.COM

Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:

•Myron Miller has been bombarded with offers to become an assistant football coach at various schools. Miller, who resigned as Tustin's head coach earlier this month, said he even got one from a Pop Warner team. "Well, I do run a Pop Warner offense," Miller said jokingly. His teams ran the somewhat old-fashioned, run-centric double wing.

•Let the offers come, but Miller plans to not coach in 2013. "I've never had a summer off," he said, "so I'm going to do all those things — white-water rafting, hiking, things like that — while I'm still healthy enough to do so." The offer that most intrigues him is to become Tustin's all-sports strength and conditioning coach.

•Miller's Tustin teams advanced to the final four, the CIF-Southern Section divisional semifinals, for 10 of the 18 seasons he coached the team. That is remarkable consistency over a long period of time. If I am a football head coach in 2014 with an opening for offensive line coach, I am calling Miller several times a day until he capitulates or changes his phone number.

•Mike Churchill resigned as football coach at Laguna Beach after two excellent seasons. Corey Brown, who has been an assistant at Laguna Beach in recent years, now is the school's varsity coach. Churchill, 67, who all along considered himself the interim coach until somebody was in position to take his place, remains as Laguna Beach's athletic director.

•That was a great hire this past week when Fountain Valley announced former Cypress coach Ray Fenton is its new football coach. He got the most out of the roster at Cypress. After getting weary with the lack of teaching job security at Cypress, Fenton spent the past couple of years at Webb of Claremont.

•Coaching openings still out there in county football: Canyon, El Dorado, Esperanza, Tesoro and Tustin. Perhaps there will be more. It's end-of-the-season banquet time in football, and coaches often use those occasions to announce their departures.

•It's quite a lineup of teams that Mission Viejo football has put together for its Mission Viejo Kickoff Classic next Sept. 13 and 14. Sept. 13: Crenshaw of Los Angeles vs. Loyola of Los Angeles; and Long Beach Poly vs. Centennial of Corona. Sept. 14: St. John Bosco of Bellflower vs. Chandler of Arizona; and Mission Viejo vs. national power Don Bosco Prep of New Jersey.

•The All-County football team will be published at ocvarsity.com on Tuesday evening and in print in the Register on Wednesday.

•Mission Viejo football two-way star Max Redfield will announce his college decision at the Under Armour All-American Game, in which he is playing, on Jan. 5 in Florida. Having received offers from many programs, Redfield has narrowed his choices to Notre Dame and USC. He committed to USC earlier this year, than withdrew the commitment just as this football season began.

•Of the 10 football teams in the CIF State Championship Bowl Games today and Saturday, five are public schools and five are private schools.

•It's a small school playing host to the tournament, but the Oxford Academy boys basketball tournament has some big-time matchups. Today's championship semifinals at Oxford are Pacifica vs. Cypress, two Empire League contenders, at 6 p.m., followed by Brethren Christian, starring 7-foot-5 center Mamadou Ndiaye, against Western at 7:30 p.m. The Oxford tournament championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

•Championship semifinals of the North Orange County Championships at Sonora are today. The winners of Thursday's Troy-Mayfair of Lakewood and Aliso Niguel-Servite quarterfinals meet today at 6 p.m. The winners of Thursday's Capistrano Valley-Los Alamitos and El Modena-Sonora quarterfinals meet in the other semi today at 7:30 p.m.

•The Charlie Wilkins Classic at Westminster has had a strong field this week. Wednesday's results provided one of today's semifinals matchups — Santa Margarita vs. Huntington Beach at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster. The other semi matchup was pending Thursday's late results. The Wilkins championship game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Westminster High.

•The Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic still is in pool play. Today's games include this matchup of county top-10 teams: No. 9 El Toro vs. No. 6 Tustin at Woodbridge High, 6 p.m. The tournament for many years was the Irvine World News Invitational, named for the city's community newspaper. The late Gary Raya was an outstanding coach of the El Dorado girls basketball team, and a great guy to sit with at an Angels game.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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