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2014 Boys Basketball Archive Stories

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  • Sunny Hills hot from distance in tourney BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    COSTA MESA – The 3-point field goal is not only a way of life, but a means of survival for the Sunny Hills basketball team. The Lancers opened the game with six 3-pointers in the first quarter to get them off and running in their opening-round game of the game of the Tustin/Estancia Coast Classic at Estancia High. “We
    Fri Dec 26, 2014
  • Tesoro overcomes turnovers to beat Yorba Linda BY STEVE FRYER
    FULLERTON - Tesoro made plenty of turnovers but did plenty of things right to beat Yorba Linda, 58-52, Friday in a first-round game of the Orange Holiday Classic at Hope International University. The Titans (5-7) committed 16 turnovers, seven of them in the second quarter. Their interior passing game and rebounding kept those turnovers f
    Fri Dec 26, 2014
  • Savanna's tempo too much for Fountain Valley BY ANDREW TURNER
    COSTA MESA – Savanna’s boys basketball team is making the best of what it has. The Rebels do not have a lot of size, but they have used their athleticism to run past their opponents. Savanna put up its most points since the 2005-2006 season on Friday night, as the Rebels defeated Fountain Valley, 85-77, in the first r
    Fri Dec 26, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's boys basketball (12-23-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from two boys basketball games played during the O.C. North vs. South Challenge at El Toro High on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2-14: Valencia vs. Dana Hills and El Toro vs. Capistrano Valley.
    Wed Dec 24, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 9
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys host OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly, Nathan Percy, and The Daily Breeze's Antonio Morales. (They have a starting five; all they need now is a coach, and, if we're being honest, perhaps a couple subs.)
    Wed Dec 24, 2014
  • Hot Shots: SVC vs. Edison (12-22-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Saddleback Valley Christian vs. Edison game during the O.C, North vs. South showcase at El Toro High School Monday, Dec. 22, 2014.
    Wed Dec 24, 2014
  • Blanchard leads Foothill past Woodbridge BY STEVE FRYER
    LAKE FOREST Foothill was missing Eric Patton, but Greg Blanchard wasn’t missing many shots. With All-CIF forward Patton out with the flu, Blanchard made 5 of his 6 shots as Foothill built a 17-point lead in the first half and cruised from there Tuesday in a 47-35 win over Woodbridge in the final game of the two-day Or
    Tue Dec 23, 2014
  • Boys basketball: Canyon scores some big victories BY STEVE FRYER
    Canyon is averaging 71 points a game. That is the third-highest average in Orange County, behind Mater Dei’s 76 points a game and Santa Margarita’s 72. The Comanches won one of the county’s better December tournaments, the North Orange County Championships, with a 70-63 win over Edison on Saturday. Canyon beat Sonora, 7
    Mon Dec 22, 2014
  • Edison triumphs over No. 8 SVC BY STEVE FRYER
    In boys basketball highlights Monday: In the North/South Challenge: No. 8 Edison 75, No. 6 Saddleback Valley Christian 56: The Chargers (9-3) did their share-the-ball, shoot-the-ball thing as well as ever in a victory over the Warriors (6-2) at El Toro High. The Chargers’ Brae Ivey scored 16 po
    Mon Dec 22, 2014
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Vince Smetona, San Clemente BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    VINCE SMETONA SAN CLEMENTE BASKETBALL GPA: 4.57 Smetona, a senior forward, has played in six games so far this season and is averaging 3.7 points and 2.2 rebounds a game. He’s currently enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Literature, AP Economics and Spanish 4. On campus, Smetona
    Mon Dec 22, 2014
  • Boys basketball AOW: Jarrett Brodbeck, Esperanza BY STEVE FRYER
    JARRETT BRODBECK ESPERANZA He was tournament MVP of the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic. Brodbeck, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, scored 36 points with five 3-pointers in the Aztecs’ 60-57 win over San Clemente in the tournament champi
    Mon Dec 22, 2014
  • Boys basketball: O.C. Top 10 (12-22-14) BY STEVE FRYER
    REGISTER MEDIA POLL 1. Mater Dei, 7-1 (50 points) Monarchs did lose, but it was to a team ranked No. 2 in the nation so Mater Dei remains No. 1 in O.C. 2. Orange Lutheran, 7-1 (45) Lancers did lose, but it was to a team ranked No. 1 in California so Orange Lutheran remains No. 2 in O.C.
    Mon Dec 22, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Friday's basketball (12-19-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the following boys basketball games played on Friday, Dec, 19, 2014: Esperanza vs. Woodbridge and San Clemente vs. Tustin in the IWN/Gary Raya Classic semifinal; Huntington Beach vs. Westminster in the Charlie Wilkins Memorial Tip-Off Classic
    Mon Dec 22, 2014
  • Brodbeck shoots Esperanza to title in Irvine tournament BY STEVE FRYER
    Esperanza’s Jarrett Brodbeck has the coach’s permission to shoot at Brodbeck’s discretion. “Any shot I can get I’m going to try to take for my team,” Brodbeck said. “As long at it’s a good shot.” Brodbeck took plenty of good shots Saturday. He scored 36 points to lead E
    Sat Dec 20, 2014
  • Esperanza advances to Irvine final BY TIM BURT
    IRVINE - Esperanza held off a fourth-quarter rally by Woodbridge to capture a 61-52 victory in the championship semifinals of the Irvine World News / Gary Raya Classic on Friday night at Irvine. The Aztecs (7-2) moved into the championship of the 16-team tournament to face San Clemente today at 6 p.m. at Tustin High. “For t
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Canyon ends Sonora's run in North O.C. tourney BY STEVE FRYER
    LA HABRA - Sonora will not celebrate a “three-peat” in its tournament this year. Canyon beat Sonora, 74-73, on Friday in a semifinal of the North Orange County Championships that Sonora has organized and managed since 1976. Canyon (7-2) will play Edison (8-2) in the tournament championship game today at 7:30 p.m. at S
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Pacifica beats Ocean View with strong finish BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    ANAHEIM - Pacifica boys basketball coach David Friedman was concerned Friday night when the Mariners’ point guard suffered an injury and two key players fouled out late in a tight game. But much like his players, Friedman remained confident and steady. After a large halftime lead evaporated, Pacifica used a late surg
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Woodbridge rallies to reach semifinals BY STEVE FRYER
    Woodbridge overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat Valencia, 63-59, Wednesday at Northwood High in a second-round game of the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic. Woodbridge will play Esperanza in a tournament semifinal Friday. Esperanza beat Dana Hills, 62-59, Wednesday. The time and location of the semifinal will be determine
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 8 By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys celebrate their two-month anniversary by hosting OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly (again) and Nathan Percy. How does St. Margaret's feel about playing a 16th football game? And how important are head coaches to gridiron success?
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's boys basketball (12-16-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from two games in the Irvine World News Gary Raya Classic: Northwood vs. Esperanza and Irvine vs. Mission Viejo.
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Hot Shots: San Juan Hills vs. LB Wilson (12-15-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the San Juan Hills vs. Long Beach Wilson boys basketball game played in the North Orange County Championships boys basketball tournament at Sonora High School on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Boys basketball: CIF-SS polls (12-15-14)
    The CIF-SS boys basketball polls that were released Monday (Dec. 15, 2014) by the CIF-SS. OPEN DIVISIONWatch list will begin Jan. 12 DIVISION 1AA1. Mater Dei2. Centennial/Corona3. Long Beach Poly4T. Chino Hills4T. St John Bosco6T. Etiwanda6T. Village Christian
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Boys basketball: N/S Challenge loaded with top teams BY STEVE FRYER
    The Orange County North/South Challenge again will have many of the county’s top teams in it when the two-day showcase is played at El Toro on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Among the matchups for the 16th edition of the event: Mission Viejo vs. Los Alamitos on Monday at 6 p.m.; Saddleback Valley Christian vs. Edison on Monday at
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Boys basketball: OCVarsity Top 10 (12-15-14) BY STEVE FRYER
    REGISTER MEDIA POLL 1. Mater Dei, 6-0 (50 points) The Monarchs won the Corona del Mar Beach Bash tournament. 2. Orange Lutheran, 4-1 (44) The Lancers have wins over Canyon, Mission Viejo and Woodbridge. 3. Sonora, 5-1 (35) Even with All-County guard Ben Rico out with inj
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Boys basketball AOW: Brent Cahill, St. Margaret's BY STEVE FRYER
    BRENT CAHILL ST. MARGARET’S He averaged 32 points a game for the Tartans in the Valley Christian of Cerritos Tournament. Cahill, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, had a high game of 38 points in a 68-56 win over South Torrance in the tournament. For the season, Cahill is averaging a county-leading 26 points a game. H
    Mon Dec 15, 2014