Fryer: Brymer continues his domination
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
•Selecting All-County teams and county players of the year is the hardest part of this job, unless we're talking about boys tennis. Gage Brymer of University won his age-group championship at the Easter Bowl ITF Championships at Rancho Mirage last week. He has won everything a tennis player can win already, including back-to-back CIF singles and Ojai championships, and goes for a third straight Ojai win next week.
•You don't know the name but you would know the face if you attend high school basketball games. Matt Sanders, who worked so many big games including, most recently, a CIF Southern California Regionals final and was assignor of South County officials, passed away in recent days. We're still getting details, but this detail is known – Sanders was a great official and one of the friendliest and most respected men in county basketball.
•A memorial for another recently deceased veteran official, Al Hackney, is being planned. Details to come.
•Long Beach Poly has taken action regarding Poly boys basketball coach Sharrief Metoyer intentionally inserting an ineligible player into the final moments of the Jackrabbits' loss to Mater Dei in a CIF Southern California Regionals playoff game. The CIF-SS office had made a recommendation to Poly, and Poly followed it to the CIF-SS office's satisfaction. Schools often do not publicize personnel issues, so we will just have to see if Metoyer is coaching the Jackrabbits for their 2013-14 opener and beyond.
•Mater Dei football seeks a Week 5 game, now that Narbonne of Harbor City has withdrawn from playing the Monarchs on Oct. 4 at Santa Ana Stadium. Any teams out there that can fill the void are asked to contact the Mater Dei athletic department at 714-850-9573.
•The rumors arose again, that La Habra football coach Frank Mazzotta is a candidate for the Servite football coaching job. Nope, said Mazzotta, he did not apply.
•The wildest rumor regarding Servite football was that recently retired University of Nevada football coach Chris Ault would pursue the Friars job. It seems that Ault has a grandson who might be at Servite this fall. Ault's representatives said forget about it.
•Servite wants to name its football coach on April 26. Interviews are underway.
•The football programs at the Air Force Academy and Orange Lutheran are co-hosting a two-part football clinic May 11 at Orange Lutheran High. There is a clinic for players of kindergarten through third grade ages and another for players from fourth through eighth grade. For information, call 714-998-5151, extension 691.
•A grass-roots effort is underway to get former Newport Harbor track and field coach Bob Hailey inducted into the CIF-Southern Section Hall of Fame. Hailey coached at Newport Harbor from 1960 to 1976. He figured out a way to beat Coach Earl Engman's great Santa Ana track teams a couple times.
•Savanna has laid a plaque on campus in honor of Satch Garson, who coached cross country, football, basketball and track and field at Troy and Savanna. Garson, an outstanding football player at Troy and Nebraska, passed away this past July at age 53 of cancer.
•Loara baseball's storage shed was broken into, and plenty of valuable gear was stolen. If anybody can pitch in to replace the gear, please call Loara High at 714-999-3677.
•Remember the Newport Elks baseball tournament of early March. It's not over. The Costa Mesa Division championship game was rained out, so Segerstrom and Nogales will play that game April 27 at noon at Segerstrom High.
•Capistrano Valley Christian senior baseball pitcher Aaron Anast threw a perfect game against Fairmont Prep this week. He struck out 11. Anast, 4-0, has pitched two one-hitters this season.
•Sage Hill baseball player Ryan Fishel's streak of reaching base on consecutive plate appearances ended at 15 in a game against Oxford Academy this week. There are no county or CIF records kept for that category.
•The county's all-star baseball game is June 4 at Dee Fee Field, La Palma Park, in Anaheim. Orange Lutheran's Eric Borba is the North coach, Aliso Niguel's Craig Hanson is the South coach. The Kiwanis Club of Anaheim organizes and manages the game for charity.
•Not trying to be an old stick-in-the-mud here. But songs about drinking beer might be inappropriate as between-innings music at high school baseball games. Yours truly has heard these country-music odes to brew consumption at a few high school fields this season.