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  • Football recruiting: Orange Lutheran slot back commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange Lutheran slot back J.D. PicKell (5-11, 195) committed to Cornell on Monday night, Lancers football coach Chuck Petersen reports. PicKell racked up more than 700 total yards last season for the Lancers.
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Centennial tops SoCal Varsity Top 20 BY DAN ALBANO
    The SoCal Varsity Top 20 was released on Dec. 16, 2014. SoCal Varsity Top 20 (School, points, first-place votes) 1. Centennial of Corona 120 2. St. John Bosco 114 3. Bishop Amat 104 4. Long Beach Poly 100 5. JSerra 94 6. Mater Dei 91 7. Crespi 82 8. Ser
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Segerstrom's Drayton commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Segerstrom linebacker Kenari Drayton (6-2, 215) has committed to Brown, Jaguars football coach Mike Maceranka
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Karavedas hired at Sunny Hills; El Dorado coach departs By STEVE FRYER
    Sunny Hills hired former Whittier Christian defensive coordinator Pete Karavedas as its football head coach, Sunny Hills announced today. He replaces Jon Caffrey, who remains the athletic director at Sunny Hills. Mike Crawford resigned as El Dorado's head coach to pursure a business opportunity, the school announced
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Football recruiting: JSerra's Bailey decommits from Yale, picks rival BY DAN ALBANO
    JSerra senior defensive lineman Daniel Bailey has decommitted from Yale and committed to Harvard, Lions football coach Jim Hartigan said Monday night. Harvard defeated Yale, 31-24, in No
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • St. Margaret's continues perfect trip BY DAN ALBANO
    EL CAJON - Another night of perfection put small-school St. Margaret’s back in the big show Friday. Sophomore quarterback George Krantz threw four touchdowns and junior Nick Shanks intercepted two of five passes for the Tartans’ defense as they stayed undefeated with a 48-21 victory against Christian of El Cajon
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Football: SoCal Varsity Top 20 (12-10-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    FOOTBALL SoCal Varsity Top 20 (12-8-14) School, points, first-place votes 1. Centennial of Corona 120 2. St. John Bosco 114 3. Bishop Amat 103 4. Long Beach Poly 100 5. JSerra 94 6. Mater Dei 91 7. Crespi 83 8. Mission Viejo 74 9. Serra o
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Football: Friday's regional scores
    Scores from the CIF State football playoff games on Friday: FRIDAY REGIONAL ROUND Division I South Oceanside 37, Edison of Fresno 22 Division IV South St. Margaret's 48, Christian of El Cajon 21 Division I North Folsom 52, Grant of Sacramento 21
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Projecting what could have been in 2014 state playoffs
    Here is a look at how this year’s Southern and Northern Regional bowl games might have looked based on the proposed changes to the CIF State bowl system: PROJECTED SOUTHERN REGIONAL MATCHUPS Open (Large): Centennial of Corona (bye) 1AA: Mission Viejo vs. Oceanside 1A: El Capitan o
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Who's ready for 13 state championship games? BY JEREMY BALAN
    Win and you’re in. It seems like the simplest of formulas – win a section championship in high school football and you get an automatic berth to a regional championship game with a shot at a state title. That’s what is on the table in a proposal the 10 CIF sections plan to vote on Jan.30. Every section gets at l
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Tesoro's Modster adds second Pac-12 offer BY DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster has been offered by Arizona State, Titans football coach Matt Poston reports. The Sun Devils' in-state rival - Arizona -- was the first school to offer Modste
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 7
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, OCVarsity's prodigal son Kenny Connolly helps the guys tie a bow on the 2014 postseason, with analysis of Trabuco Hills' nail biter of a win over San Clemente; Mission Viejo's mastery of Vista Murrieta; Garden Grove's shu
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Fryer: More games for more teams is a bad idea BY STEVE FRYER
    A sure way to keep a football player from getting a concussion is to not let him play football. A sure way to increase a football player’s chances of getting a concussion is to have him play more football. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has made a laudable effort in educating coaches and athletic administra
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Preview: St. Margaret's vs. Christian of El Cajon BY DAN ALBANO
    A preivew capsule of the CIF State Division IV regional final matchup between St. Margaret's and Christian High of El Cajon. CIF STATE SOUTHERN REGIONAL PLAYOFFS Division IV St. Margaret’s (14-0) vs. Christian of El Cajon (13-0) Where, when: Granite Hills High, El Cajon, Friday, 7
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Grant resigns as Costa Mesa football coach By STEVE FRYER
    Wally Grant has resigned as football head coach at Costa Mesa, he announced Wednesday. Grant coached the Mustangs for four seasons. They were 21-21 during his tenure. Costa Mesa was 2-8 overall and 2-3 in the Orange Coast League this season. The Mustangs went 5-0 in league to win the league championship in 2013. Gr
    Wed Dec 10, 2014
  • Fryer's final O.C. Top 25 BY STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer’s final Orange County football top 25 for the 2014 season: 1. JSerra (10-2): The Lions had a dream season, making the playoffs for the first time and winning a playoff game for the first time. Probably bigger than that, though, was beating Mater Dei for the first time. 2. Mater Dei (9-3): This team
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: CIF finals review
    Steve Fryer, Dan Albano & Jonathan Khamis breakdown the CIF finals. Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Trabuco Hills & St. Margaret's championship wins are discussed, with a preview of St. Margaret's state opponent. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Sorting out playoff highs, lows BY STEVE FRYER
    A one-on-one interview with one person asking the questions and the same person providing the answers about what happened in the CIF-SS playoffs: Question: What was the most improved team in the county, from Week 0 to championship week? Answer: Mission Viejo. The Diablos thought their 0-2 start was not indicative of
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • OCVarsity's final O.C. Top 10 By STEVE FRYER
    The Register's final Orange County media poll for the 2014 season. FINAL O.C. TOP 10 1. JSerra, 10-2 (100 points) It was a historic season of “firsts” for the Lions, who beat Mater Dei for the first time, made the playoffs for the first time and won their first playoff game. JSerra’s seaso
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Offensive Player of the Week: Jimmy Jacobs, Trabuco Hills BY DAN ALBANO
    Jimmy Jacobs Trabuco Hills The senior quarterback threw three touchdowns and rushed for another as the Mustangs defeated host San Clemente, 44-37, in the CIF Southwest Division final. Jacobs tossed touchdowns of 12 and 24 yards to J
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Defensive Player of the Week: Reily Hoalton, Garden Grove BY DAN ALBANO
    Reily Hoalton Garden Grove The senior outside linebacker/safety grabbed three interceptions, including one in the end zone, and had four total tackles and a pass deflection to help Garden Grove capture the CIF Southern Division title
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • St. Margaret's selected to play in state playoffs BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    After finishing the season as Orange County’s only unbeaten football team, St. Margaret’s was selected to continue its season in the CIF State Bowl Championships on Sunday. The Tartans (14-0) will play in next weekend’s CIF State Division IV South matchup against Christian High of El Cajon.
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Ex-Tesoro player helps Centennial win Pac-5 title BY DAN ALBANO
     ANAHEIM - Orange County was represented after all in the CIF Pac-5 Division football final at Angel Stadium on Saturday night. Running back Sammonte Bonner doesn’t have the strongest ties to the county but he played a large role for Centennial of Corona, which dethroned top-seeded St. John Bosco
    Sun Dec 07, 2014
  • Garden Grove takes final step BY STEVE FRYER
    COSTA MESA – It was a running-game runaway. Garden Grove rushed for 310 yards and five touchdowns and the Argonauts defense posted another shutout in their 35-0 win over Rancho Alamitos in the CIF-Southern Section Southern Division championship game Saturday at Orange Coast College. The win ended two years of frustration fo
    Sat Dec 06, 2014
  • Miller: Picture-perfect day for Team Johnson BY JEFF MILLER
    ANAHEIM – He already had led his team to victory, already received his Gatorade bath, already accepted the plaque commemorating the championship. Bob Johnson paused now, on the field at Angel Stadium, between the hugs and hoots and handshakes, trying to process it all – as a coach, a dad and, this time, as a grandfather.
    Sat Dec 06, 2014