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  • Day 1: Sonora starts practice with plan for the postseason BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Sonora coach Paul Chiotti jokingly referred to it as his team’s “15 minutes of fame.” That’s how long the Raiders were in the Southwest Division playoffs last November before the CIF-SS realized it had erred and pulled them out. The final at-large berth was awarded to Irvine. If all goes according t
    Mon Aug 03, 2015
  • Fryer: Practice rules force teams to start slowly BY STEVE FRYER
    Football practice started Monday for many Orange County teams. Or maybe practice actually “resumed” Monday. CIF-Southern Section rules state that teams that will play Week 0 games – Aug. 27-29 – could begin the mandatory three-day conditioning period Monday. After the three-day conditioning period, full-co
    Mon Aug 03, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Football practice begins
    Check out OCVarsity’s photos from the start of football practice at Orange Lutheran and JSerra on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. (We'll have photos from Sonora's first practice later this evening.)
    Mon Aug 03, 2015
  • O.C.'s hot topics going into the 2015 football season BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – Scott Meyer looked ready for a day at the beach instead of an evening on the gridiron on a recent afternoon, some three hours before a 7-on-7 passing league at Servite High. When the new Servite coach emerged amidst the near ceiling-high stacks of boxes in the football offices, he donned a black Friars T-shirt &nda
    Sat Aug 01, 2015
  • Fryer: Intro to O.C. Football 2015 BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s high school football season. Already. All ready? The first day of “fall practice,” as it’s called by the CIF-Southern Section, is Monday for teams that play Week 0 games. The first day of fall practice for teams that start the season in Week 1 is Aug. 10. In recent years, a football te
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • OCVarsity Blitz: Nonstop O.C. football coverage
    OCVarsity is ready to start 2015 high school football season in Orange County. But are you ready for the OCVarsity Blitz? Throughout August, it will be nonstop football coverage at We'll have something to highlight each day - notebooks, features, lists and analysis, as well as videos from Jonathan K
    Wed Jul 29, 2015
  • OCVarsity O.C. Top 10 (Summer Edition) BY STEVE FRYER
    (Editor's note: This story was first published in late June.) Creating an Orange County football top 10 two months before the season begins might seem like a foolhardy endeavor. We went for it anyway. This is not the OCVarsity top 10 that will appear in our “Kickoff 2015” season preview package that c
    Tue Jul 28, 2015
  • Mayoral expects easy transition at El Toro BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    El Toro High named Mike Mayoral as its new head football coach, the program announced on its website July 16. Mayoral replaces Athletic Director Robert Frith, who resigned as coach to take his current position earlier this month. “He was the best qualified person for the job is what it came down to,” Fri
    Wed Jul 22, 2015
  • Updated: O.C.'s Top 34 recruits for 2016 BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's Dan Albano continues to update his list of Orange County's top football recruits for the Class of 2016. The list now is at 34 players heading into August. In late August, OCVarsity will reveal its annual O.C. Hot 150 list -- which ranks the top players in the county regardless of their grade. The Hot 150 will be pa
    Mon Jul 20, 2015
  • Clarke ready to rebuild at Laguna Beach BY NATHAN PERCY
    It was less than two years ago when Ted Clarke decided to take a spontaneous trip to south Orange County. The longtime football coach, 57, was sitting alone in his Whittier College office on a Friday night, weary from recruiting trips to San Diego, Oregon and Washington. Not long after losing his wife, Nancy, to can
    Mon Jul 20, 2015
  • Modster helps Tesoro take third in Huntington Beach tournament BY HAYDEN KNUDSEN
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach passing tournament ended Saturday and so did the summer tournament season. With its completion, high school football fans have a good idea of what they can expect during the regular season, and they got to see it all on display at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. Tesoro quarterback
    Sat Jul 18, 2015
  • Football: Huntington Beach passing tournament returns Saturday BY DAN ALBANO
    The 7-on-7 passing season continues Saturday with the second annual Huntington Beach summer tournament. Here are the four groups for the 16-team tournament that begins at 8:45 a.m. and finishes with the fi
    Wed Jul 15, 2015
  • Los Alamitos falls to Narbonne in final of Edison tournament By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH John Barnes didn’t have time to chat after his team’s surprising runner-up finish at the Battle of the Beach 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday at Edison. “I never planned on being in this game,” the Los Alamitos football coach said before he departed the field on a golf cart i
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Saturday's Battle at the Beach BY DAN ALBANO
    Check out the Register's photos from the Battle at the Beach passing tournament at Edison High on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Contact the writer:
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: O.C. All-Star Game '15
    Check out the Register’s photos from the North vs. South in the annual Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game played Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Orange Coast College.
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • Pruett's record-setting effort lifts South in All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA - Gavin Pruett wanted a high-scoring game with plenty of passing. The Capistrano Valley quarterback made sure both happened for the South on Thursday night. P
    Thu Jul 09, 2015
  • Pruett gives credit to hard work of South teammates BY HAYDEN KNUDSEN
    COSTA MESA - A stellar first-half performance from the South defense Thursday in the Brea Lions O.C. All-Star Game had things looking grim for the North, which generated just six points - on a
    Thu Jul 09, 2015
  • All-Star notebook: South defense did damage, too BY OSCAR TERRONES
    COSTA MESA – A dominant defensive performance helped secure a 30-20 win for the South in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on Thursday at Orange Coast College. While the
    Thu Jul 09, 2015
  • Drayton ready for the next challenge BY OSCAR TERRONES
    Being the first student-athlete from Segerstrom High to attend an Ivy League university is just the first of a long list of goals Kenari Drayton has planned for his future. Drayton loves football, but he acknowledges science and academics have always had a strong pull with him, something his parents instilled in him while he was g
    Thu Jul 09, 2015
  • Biehns happily united for O.C. All-Star Game BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    MISSION VIEJO – As the sun slowly crept behind the Saddleback Mountain range Tuesday evening, Chi Chi Biehn repositioned his shades atop the bill of his baseball cap for a sharper
    Wed Jul 08, 2015
  • Offenses look to make it a memorable night BY DAN ALBANO
    South quarterback Gavin Pruett knows what type of game he’d like. “Lots of points,” the Capistrano Valley graduate said of Thursday night’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College. “Lots of throwing.” The North and South teams appear stockpiled to do both, but they
    Wed Jul 08, 2015
  • North players' love of game runs in the family BY DAN ALBANO
    GARDEN GROVE – The route started with a quick explanation of lineage. An impromptu history lesson illuminated the path. A personal revelation paved the final steps. In just a few minutes after a recent practice, four players on the North team for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game ditched the X’s and O’s on thei
    Tue Jul 07, 2015
  • CdM's Martin gets to evade defenders one final time BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    MISSION VIEJO – Shaded just to the left of his quarterback in a shotgun set Wednesday morning, Corona del Mar running back Cole Martin stomached his first handoff of a drive and broke right behind a pulling guard in an 11-on-11 drill at Capistrano Valley High. The theoretical hole that was drawn up in the playbook never materialize
    Tue Jul 07, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Three O.C. players commit to Pac-12 schools BY DAN ALBANO
    Foothill defensive lineman Chris Yaghi, San Clemente tight end Cole Fotheringham and Orange Lutheran offensive lineman Logan Bathke --
    Tue Jul 07, 2015
  • South offense finding its tempo for O.C. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO - Notes from the South practice Tuesday night for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College on Thursday: • The South pushed the tempo of its multiple spread
    Tue Jul 07, 2015