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Steve Fryer & Jonathan Khamis visit El Toro to preview their big South Coast league matchups with Mission Viejo and Tesoro. Also, is Mater Dei on cruise control, and what's up with the Servite crowd? Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com
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Fryer: Servite set to clash again with De La Salle
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•The Servite-De La Salle of Concord football game is on. Servite will play De La Salle, the mega-program in Northern California that is the reigning CIF State Open Division champion, on Oct. 5 at an Orange County site to be determined, Servite coach Troy Thomas confirmed. Servite will play at De La Salle in 2014.
•Bob Ladouceur resigned as De La Salle coach last week, ending a 34-year tenure that included a national record 151-game winning streak, a 399-25-3 record and five CIF state championships. His replacement is Justin Alumbaugh, who has been a De La Salle assistant.
•The Servite football coaching staff will have a new look for 2013. Among the changes is that Bill Knudson, a Servite alum who has been the junior varsity head coach among many other football responsibilities, is the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Last year's offensive line coach, Jim O'Connell, who was a head coach at Saddleback and Tesoro, is sliding over to the defense to help Thomas, who is also the team's defensive coordinator.
•Cerritos College has been a good home site for Servite football. A perfect site for a De La Salle-Servite game would be Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium. But the $9,000 rental fee for the stadium, plus the parking fees spectators must pay and the college's control of concessions that can be so vital to a football program's income, has made it cost-prohibitive for high school events.
•Brian Barnes remains on administrative leave as the football coach at Tesoro, where he still is a teacher, according to Tesoro athletic director Gil Ramirez. "We're hoping to have this all resolved by the semester break," Ramirez said. Semester break is at the end of this month.
•Esperanza will announce its new football coach on Tuesday, school athletic director Kurt Kersten said. "We had 22 applicants," Kersten said, "but we did offer a teaching job with it and that narrowed it down to six guys. We want the football coach to be an on-campus guy."
•Kersten, on neighbor school Canyon's hiring of ex-Orange Lutheran coach Jim Kunau as its football coach: "He has a great reputation and pull in the community, so he's going to attract some athletes to go there."
•Somebody is selling Mater Dei football scouting reports for its 1998 games against Servite and Long Beach Poly for $25 each on Craigslist. The target customer, according to the ad, is the youth league football coach who wants his team to resemble the '98 Monarchs, who were CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champions.
•People do change their minds. So, Mission Viejo receiver/defensive back Max Redfield, the Register's 2012 All-County defensive player of the year, now is committed to Notre Dame after being committed to USC. San Clemente All-County offensive lineman Sean Harlow withdrew his commitment to Washington and now is committed to Oregon State.
•Some all-league football teams are at ocvarsity.com, with more to come. Point to the "Boys Sports" tab, then to "Football" and then to "News."
•All-CIF football teams will be released Monday.
•A great way to keep up with what is happening on game nights in boys basketball is to follow me at twitter.com/stevefryer.
•Yes, Mater Dei junior forward Stanley Johnson pulled himself into the lead for county player of the year Wednesday when he scored 25 points with 21 rebounds in the Monarchs' 79-67 away victory over St. John Bosco of Bellflower. Mater Dei is No. 2 and Bosco is No. 5 in the state rankings. Mater Dei plays at Orange Lutheran today.
•Time Warner Cable's channel 101 will carry taped telecasts of the boys and girls Mater Dei-Orange Lutheran basketball games. The boys game will be shown Monday at 8 p.m., and the girls game will be on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
•Most high school wrestlers, say "yes, ma'am" only to their mothers or teachers. But Eleni Ortega commands that kind of respect in the Magnolia wrestling program. She is the Magnolia wrestling team captain.
•Ortega, a senior, wrestles against plenty of opposing school boys. She can dominate in a girls wresting event, as she did Dec. 29 at the South Hills Tournament. Ortega was tournament champion at 110 pounds and was the tournament MVP.
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