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  • Swim: Servite's Marcin commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite swimmer Stephen Marcin of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Penn, the swim club announced on Twitter. Marcin finished second in the 500-yard free last season at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals with a time of 4 minutes, 24.30 seconds. He also took fourth in the 200 free with a swift time of 1 minute, 38.16 seconds.
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • JSerra's Bailey bucks tradition, picks Yale BY DAN ALBANO
    Daniel Bailey’s college decision, viewed from a football-only perspective, might have seemed puzzling. The talented JSerra defensive end turned down offers from two schools in powerhouse conferences, UCLA and, Duke, to commit to Yale. But the 6-foot-3, 254-pound senior owns a perspective that spans beyond the footbal
    Fri Oct 10, 2014
  • Swim: JSerra's Albertoli picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    JSerra All-County swimmer Kaitlyn Albertoli has committed to Stanford, the senior said Wednesday morning. "I am so thrilled to join this incredible group of girls and awesome c
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Servite's Flores picks a school By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Servite senior midfielder Oscar Flores has verbally committed to Cal State Fullerton, school officials said on Wednesday. Flores, a two-year letter winner, helped the Friars advance to the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs last season, scoring three goals to earn the Coaches' Award an an honorable mention on the All Tri
    Thu Sep 25, 2014
  • Tesoro's Modster receives offer from Arizona BY STEVE FRYER
    Tesoro junior quarterback Devon Modster received a scholarship offer from Arizona, Tesoro coach Matt Poston reported today. It is Modster's first offer.
    Wed Sep 17, 2014
  • Crean Lutheran's Ella Eastin commits to Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Register swimmer of the year and small-school athlete of the year Ella Eastin of Crean Lutheran and the SOCAL club has committed to Stanford, the senior said Wednesday night.
    Thu Sep 11, 2014
  • Swim: Capo Valley's Norman commits to Cal BY DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley All-County distance swimmer Nick Norman has committed to reigning NCAA champion Cal, Cougars boys swim coach Steve Yancey said Wednesday. Norman captured the CIF D
    Wed Sep 10, 2014
  • Tesoro's Irleand picks Cal State Fullerton By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    Tesoro golfer Jack Ireland, a two-time Register All-County first-team selection, has committed to play for Cal State Fullerton, his father Jim Ireland said Wednesday. Last spring, he posted the low round (3-under 69) at the CIF-SS South Coast Team Regional, helping the Titans place second and advance to the CIF state qualif
    Wed Sep 10, 2014
  • Hawkins draws interest from Pac-12 schools BY DAN ALBANO
    Jaylinn Hawkins started his senior season at Buena Park with an impressive burst Thursday. The uncommitted receiver/safety had eight receptions for 294 yards and four touchdowns in a 65-0 victory against Orange. Hawkins’ recruiting also is starting to build speed. While an official recruiting trip to Oregon h
    Sat Aug 30, 2014
  • 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 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 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