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  • Servite's Ward commits to Cal Poly SLO BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Servite senior pitcher Nigel Ward committed to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Monday, the school announced. Ward posted a 4-4 record with 36 strikeouts and a 1.08 ERA as a junior. He threw a no hitter against Laguna Hills on April 1. "Nigel is a tremendous talent and has a chance to be an outstanding college pitcher," Friars
    Tue Aug 12, 2014
  • Basketball: Pflueger lists top five schools BY ANTONIO MORALES
    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
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • OLu's Lucier-South releases list of his top 5 schools
    Orange Lutheran linebacker/defensive end Keisean Lucier-South, who is No. 38 in ESPN's ranking of the top 300 recruits in the nation for 2015, released a list of the top five schools he is likely to sign with - UCLA, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon. He did not rank them in any order. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lucier-Smith was
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • Los Alamitos punter Johnson commits to Arkansas
    Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson said he has committed to Arkansas, which offered him a scholarship during a visit to the campus last week. Johnson is one of the top-ranked punters in the nation for the class of 2015. Rivals ranks him fourth in the nation and ChrisSailerKicking.com ranks him second. Johnson also held offe
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • JSerra's Owen commits to Mississippi State
    JSerra left-handed pitcher Jack Owen, who will be a sophomore next season, has committed to Mississippi State. Owen was a first-team All-Trinity League selection last season.
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Football: Air Strike returns Saturday to Dana Hills By DAN ALBANO
    Regular contenders Mater Deiand Long Beach Poly aren't part of the field this year but the Air Strike passing tournament returns to Dana Hills on Saturday with several strong teams. The events starts at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with the finals at 5 p.m. Here's a list of teams and couple notable county QBs: Dana Hills, Alemany, JSe
    Fri May 30, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Servite's Waller offered by Alabama By DAN ALBANO
    Servite All-County junior quarterback Travis Waller (6-4, 195) has been offered by Alabama, Friars football coach A.J. Gass reports Saturday. Waller also has recently been offered by Fre
    Sat May 17, 2014
  • San Clemente alum Rettig signs with Packers By STEVE FRYER
    San Clemente alum Chase Rettig signed a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers. After an outstanding high school career with the Tritons, Rettig was a four-year starting quarterback at Boston
    Tue May 13, 2014
  • Tesoro alum Finkenberg signs with Dolphins By STEVE FRYER
    Evan Finkerberg, who was an All-County lineman at Tesoro, signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins. Finkenberg went on to play offensive line at Arizona State. He was a star on Tesoro's 2008 team that lost to Long Beach Poly, 20-17, in the Pac-5 championship game at Angel Stadium.
    Tue May 13, 2014
  • Spring Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent Wednesday. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in the following sports: boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys a
    Wed Apr 30, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Spring Signing Day photos
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • OCVarsity wants your Signing Day news, photos
    Wednesday is the beginning of the spring period when high school students can sign a National Letter of Intent for the following sports: baseball, softball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, girls water polo, swimming, wrestling and hockey.  Please email your signing news to the Register and OCVarsity.com at preps@ocre
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • North rostre for O.C. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    First-team All-County safety Johnny Johnson of Mater Dei, Penn-bound defensive lineman/tight end Louis Vecchio of Villa Park and All-CIF quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton highlight the North roster selections for the Brea Lions Orange County North-South All-Star Football Game. The 55th edition of the game will be
    Sun Apr 13, 2014
  • Early commitments create debate in softball BY DAN ALBANO
    A late national signing day for softball arrives Wednesday, and according to coaches, it will be just that: late. Most of the recruits, they say, have already signed letters of intent, but that’s not where the debate lies in softball recruiting. In a trend that concerns some coaches, softball seems to be among the sports fe
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • O.C's top football recruits for 2015 BY DAN ALBANO
    Rankings by Dan Albano (Listed in alphabetical order) Joe Babros, Mission Viejo, 6-4, 215, DE: Pushed Colorado signee Michael Mathewes for team supremacy last season D.J. Bailey, JSerra, 6-2, 210, DE/RB: Boise State and Yale have already offered, Lions coach Jim Hartigan reports Sam
    Sat Feb 15, 2014
  • Going from overlooked to a Miner threat BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    BUENA PARK – Before the start of his senior season, the question was overheard far too many times. Who is Nik Needham? While it was a frustrating phrase to listen to, the 6-foot, 180-pounder could understand why he continued to be considered an unknown. Three years into his high school career, Needham had pla
    Fri Feb 14, 2014
  • College recruiters get in line at Servite BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite football coach A.J. Gass was returning to his office one day in December when he noticed a line of college coaches waiting for him. “I walked in from my P.E. class and there were five coaches waiting,” he recalled this week. “As I brought the first coach in and was talking to him, two more coaches
    Fri Feb 14, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Signing Day in photos (1)
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County. These are photos from the following schools: Edison, Mater Dei, Santa Margarita and St. John Bosco. We have more photos coming from other schools, too. And don’t forget to check out our slides
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Signing Day in photos (2)
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County. These are photos from the following schools: El Toro, Los Alamitos, Laguna Hills, Tesoro, Trabuco Hills and Yorba Linda. We have more photos from more schools coming, too. And don’t forget to
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Signing Day in photos (3)
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County. These are photos from the following schools: Capistrano Valley, Foothill, JSerra, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, Woodbridge and Laguna Beach. And don’t forget to check out our slideshow with the all of
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Your Signing Day photos
    Click through the slideshow to see a slideshow of reader-submitted photos from Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed (updated)
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent this week. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in football, girls and boys soccer, boys water polo, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls cross country and field hockey. Also included a
    Fri Feb 07, 2014
  • OCVarsity wants your Signing Day news, photos
    Wednesday is the beginning of the National Letter of Intent signing period for many high school sports: football, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls cross country, boys water polo and field hockey. Please email the Register and OCVarsity.com with news of signings to preps@ocregister.com. A list of the a
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Beckman's Wright stunned, thrilled to end up in SEC By DAN ALBANO and STEVE FRYER
    Charles Wright had left school for the day when he received a surprising summons from Beckman football coach Glen Fisher. A coach from a school in the mighty Southeastern Conference wanted to talk to Wright. The school: Vanderbilt. With just nine days remaining before National Signing Day, Wright was stunned
    Wed Feb 05, 2014
  • Villa Park's Vecchio makes painful decision By KEITH SHARON
    You usually see the happiness when they pick up the hat, the hugs, the handshakes congratulating the high school senior football player for making his college choice.
    Wed Feb 05, 2014