Mater Dei senior Rex Pflueger said Thursday night that he committed to Notre Dame.
Pflueger, a sharpshooting 6-foot-5 guard, made the annoucement four days after making an official visit to the campus.
“I'm blessed to announce that I am verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame!” he tweeted.
The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, or on the other side of the other side.
Two boys basketball players who would have been counted among Orange County’s better returnees this season are transferring to what will be their third high schools.
Tyler Burch has left Westminster. He is in the process o
Jayce Johnson has left JSerra and enrolled at Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nev.
Johnson, a 6-foot-11 center who will be a junior this school year, attended Mater Dei as a freshman. He averaged 10 points and five rebounds a game as a sophomore at JSerra. ...
Xavi Castellano was named coach of the Estancia boys basketball team on Fri
Villa Park basketball players Kevin Olsen and Luke Selway announced their college destinations.
Olsen, a senior this coming school year, will play for Armmy and attend West Point.
Selway, who graduated this past spring, is off to Dominican University in northern California. Selway was All-County first team as a junior.
Bob Serven has left the Mater Dei boys basketball after 10 years as a top assistant coach in the program, Coach Gary McKnight confirmed.
Serven’s responsibilities included running the Monarchs offense.
Mater Dei won six CIF state championships and five section championships during Serven’s tenure.
Point guard K.J. Smith, the son of former NBA player Kenny Smith, is transferring to Mater Dei from Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight confirmed today.
Smith's transfer was
Mater Dei senior guard Rex Pflueger trimmed his college choices down to five potential schools on Tuesday afternoon.
In a Twitter post, Pflueger said the final five are (in no order): Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cal, Washington State and San Diego State.
Pflueger averaged 12 points and five assists a game as a junior. He wa
The Perfect Game All-American Classic, which will be played Aug. 10 at Petco Park in San Diego, will have strong representation from Orange County.
The West team will be coached by Brett Kay of JSerra and includes three players from the county on its roster: Aliso Niguel pitcher Kyle Molnar; Mission Viejo pitcher Patrick
Gary McKnight of Mater Dei is the National High School Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year, the association announced today.
McKnight coached Mater Dei to its fourth consecutive CIF State champio
The story detailing the rise of Godinez basketball player Brandon Smith is one that is not scripted.
Unlike other Division I college basketball recruits, Smith doesn’t play at a high-profile high school, but instead made his name at a small school in the heart of Santa Ana.
Smith doesn’t have awe-inspiring size
Andrew Tisdale used to sit in the Santa Ana Bowl stands and wonder why he wasn’t one of the young men in red and white helmets on the field in front of him.
Tisdale, a former Mater Dei basketball player, originally came to the school for its renowned football program, but never took a leap at joining the team.
Huntington Beach pitcher Hagen Danner and Mater Dei pitcher Nick Pratto were among the Orange County players selected to participate in the U.S. 17U National Team Development Program.
The players were invited to a training camp Aug. 11-15 in Cary, N.C.
Also selected were Aliso Niguel catcher Blake Sabol, Mate
The 55th annual Brea Lions OC All-Star football game featured the North breaking their losing streak to the South in a 12-6 victory.
Offensive MVP Scott Lloyd made a game-winning TD throw with a minute left in the game.
Kaden and Noah Rasheed have enrolled at Santa Margarita and are playing with the Eagles boys basketball team this summer, Santa Margarita coach Jeff Reinert confirmed today.
The brothers, 5-foot-11 guards, were at Mission Viejo last school year.
Mater Dei guard Rex Pflueger has packed his summer schedule so thoroughly he hasn’t been able to stay in one place for long.
Heading into his senior year, Pflueger has taken all the requisite steps to ensure that he gets exposure to the top college programs.
He participated in the Kevin Durant Skills Camp last week i
Rob Cullinan is coming home, having been hired as the boys basketball coach at Mission Viejo High.
Athletic Director Troy Roelen confirmed the hiring Wednesday morning.
Cullinan, a 1992 Mission Viejo graduate, was the associate head coach at Dana Hills for the previous 12 years. Cullinan will be on campus
In last season’s CIF-SS Division 1AA second-round boys basketball playoff loss against Long Beach Poly, Orange Lutheran was able to go toe-to-toe defensively with the eventual champion Jackrabbits, but the Lancers didn’t pack enough scoring punch to pull out a win.
Orange Lutheran welcomes back four starters from last season&
The summer basketball season is in full swing, with tournaments and leagues at several locations in Orange County.
Continuing operation this week are the Hope International University High School Summer League, the Tiger Basketball League at Valencia, the Los Al Summer League at Los Alamitos, the Villa Park Summer League and the Sea King
Taking a final look, forward and backward, around Orange County high school sports for the 2013-14 school year:
• Let’s start with a super-early county football preseason top 10 for the fall: 1. Servite; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. JSerra; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Santa Margarita; 8. Corona del Mar; 9.
Check out photos from the Register’s Athletes of the Year banquet at the O.C. Sports Grill in Anaheim on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.
Among the awards that were handed out were the Register’s Boys Athlete of the Year (Mater Dei’s Stanley Johnson), Girls Athlete of the Year (Santa Margarita’s Katie McLaughlin), Small Sc
OC VARSITY’S 2013-14 AWARD WINNERS
O.C. ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Boys athlete of the year: Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei
Girls athlete of the year: Katie McLaughlin, Santa Margarita
Boys small schools athlete of the year: Josh Davis, St. Margar
It has been said that the best athletes are basketball players.
To succeed at the game, a basketball player needs to have hand-eye coordination, speed, quickness, strength, stamina and the will to win.
Mater Dei’s Stanley Johnson possessed those qualities in abundance. He displayed those qualities consistently.
Steven Schultz today was named boys basketball coach at Fountain Valley. He replaces Roger Holmes who resigned last month.
Schults was an assistant coach and junior varsity head coach at Los Alamitos the past four seasons. He was an assistant varsity coach and junior varsity head coach at Fountain Valley for seven seasons.
Troy Roelen confirmed Saturday night that he has resigned as boys basketball coach at Mission Viejo because of a Saddleback Valley Unified School District policy that does not allow a coach to serve as the athletic director at the same time.
Roelen said he chose to remain the school's athletic director. He coached the Diablos for 12 seas