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Fryer: Transfers begin to make their moves

STAFF COLUMNIST

It’s transfer season.

Osiris St. Brown is leaving Servite, football coach Scott Meyer confirmed Thursday. St. Brown, who will be a junior this coming school year, is one of California football’s top receiver prospects. He has scholarship offers from several colleges, including Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Meyer said he understood that St. Brown and his younger brother, Amon-Ra who will be a sophomore in the 2015-16 school year, would enroll at another Trinity League school, but declined to specify which one. Amon-Ra played running back and safety on the Servite freshman team in 2014.

Osiris is 6-foot-1 and 178 pounds. He had 19 receptions this past fall and averaged 19 yards a reception.

Dylan Laurent has withdrawn from Estancia, where he was Orange Coast League football MVP as a sophomore in 2014. Estancia coach Mike Bargas said Laurent’s withdrawal paperwork stated Laurent intended to transfer to Los Alamitos.

Los Alamitos coach John Barnes on Thursday did not respond to a text message and a voice mail requesting confirmation that Laurent is in the Griffins football program.

Laurent played running, receiver and cornerback and returned kicks for the Eagles. Bargas said Laurent was at his best at cornerback.

Bargas was bummed but not bitter about Laurent’s move.

“We wish Dylan the best,” Bargas said.

JSerra running back Edward Vander, an All-County and All-Trinity League selection last season, in April transferred to Paramount where Vander had spent his freshman and sophomore years. He had transferred from Paramount to JSerra for his junior year, the 2014 season.

Students who transfer are athletically eligible immediately at their new school if they have made a validated change of residence. If no change of residence has been made, the student must sit out the first 30 days of the student’s season of sport.

When a student transfers from on private or parochial school to another private or parochial school, the residence change must be made from one public-school attendance area to another public-school attendance area.

There will be more transfers revealed in coming days. How do we know? Because summer basketball is starting.

Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:

• It’s heard a lot that “Coach X” was recruiting “Eigth-Grader X” at “Tournament X.” Given the omnipresence of cell phones, it’s odd that nobody ever shares video of that recruiting activity.

• Before anyone transfers because the path to pro sports goes through a sports-prominent high school, consider the story of Oniel Cousins. Cousins played 8-man football at Eastside Christian in Fullerton and got a scholarship to play college football at UTEP. Cousins, an offensive lineman, has played eight seasons in the NFL.

• Mission Viejo High on June 10 is the site of an Elite College Prep Camp that will include Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and members of the Wolverines football coaching staff. The camp is for players who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors this coming school year. For more information go to missionfootball.com.

• The NFL’s Fells brothers, Daniel and Darren, are hosts of a youth football camp June 25-27 at their alma mater, Fullerton High. For information go to fullertonfootballyouthcamp.org. Daniel plays for the New York Giants, Darren for the Arizona Cardinals.

Jim Howell, who coached Western football for 17 years, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 77. Services will take place in Colorado where Howell resided after retiring.

• Howell coached the Pioneers to four league championships and 11 playoff appearances. He also was head coach at Magnolia, 1973-77. Howell was no-nonsense as a coach and kind and thoughtful as a man, which is a terrific mix of personality in a leader of young people.

• Services for Ted Crego are Saturday at 1 p.m. at the gymnasium at Century High where Crego coached football and basketball. He died April 28 of lingering complications from a stroke suffered in 2007. He coached through the 2013 football season

Glenn Mitchell announced his resignation as Santa Ana softball coach, a position he held for 26 seasons and for more than 600 games. His teams won three league championships at a school that rarely has the travel-ball player that is so common in much of county softball. When it’s done right, coaching is a type of community service and nobody served his community better than Glenn Mitchell.

• The Orange County Softball All-Star Game is at Bill Barber Park in Irvine on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

• The Orange County Baseball All-Star Game is at La Palma Park’s Dee Fee Field in Anaheim on Monday at 6:40 p.m. Admission is $5 for the nine-inning game organized and managed by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim.

• FoxSportsWest.com/PrepZone will have live streaming coverage Saturday of the CIF-SS softball finals from Barber Park and of the baseball finals from San Manuel Stadium.

• The schedule for CIF-SS softball championship games involving O.C. teams, all at Bill Barber Park in Irvine: Mission Viejo vs. Yucaipa in the Division 2 final today at 7 p.m..; Savanna vs. Paraclete of Lancaster in the Division 6 final Saturday at 10 a.m.; and Garden Grove vs. St. Bonaventure of Ventura in the Division 5 game at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students with valid student identification and for children 13 and younger.

• The schedule for CIF-SS baseball championship games involving O.C. teams at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino on Saturday: Mission Viejo vs. Chino Hills in the Division 2 final at 4 p.m.; and Huntington Beach vs. Hart of Newhall in the Division 1 final at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for students with valid student identification and for children 13 and younger, and parking is $5.

• Either Angel Stadium or Dodger Stadium usually is the site for the CIF-SS baseball finals. The Dodgers have a home game Saturday and the CIF-SS and the Angels were unable to agree on terms for having the baseball Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 games there so San Manuel Stadium is the place.

• Time Warner Cable will provide live streaming of the CIF State Track and Field Championships at TWCCommunity.com. The coverage starts at 5 p.m. today and at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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