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  • Woodbridge boys sprint to title at O.C. Championships BY STEVE FRYER
    MISSION VIEJO – The competitive environment at practice is creating winning results in meets. Behind individual wins by Gabe Warner and Scott Patton, Woodbridge won the Orange County Track and Field Championships boys team championship at Mission Viejo High on a Saturday that began cool and overcast and became cold, d
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • Baxter ends Merritt's reign in pole vault at O.C. Championships BY ANDREW TURNER
    MISSION VIEJO – If the uncommonly threatening skies did not grab the attention of the onlookers, then the excitement flowing from the west end of Mission Viejo’s stadium finished the job. There in the pouring rain stood Canyon’s Rachel Baxter and Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt. A clash of titans w
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • 12 meet records set at Foothill Swim Games By DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA – The outside temperatures at the Foothill Swim Games hovered on the cool side Saturday. The readings on the timing board showed that the water actually was sizzling. “That was smoke,” Crean Lutheran coach Craig Brown jubilantly declared after the girls 200-yard medley relay.
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • CdM's Hoffmann battles, but falls in Ojai singles final BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    OJAI – It was inevitably going to become a rivalry in the coming years as they entered the collegiate ranks at Cal and Stanford, but on Saturday, Corona del Mar’s Bjorn Hoffmann and Harvard-Westlake’s Michael Genender awarded tennis fans with a glimpse into the future. Sporting their high school colors in
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • O.C. hockey player of the year: Evan Camba, Villa Park BY MARK GARCIA
    Evan Camba didn't want to conclude his high school hockey career without a league championship. The senior forward helped make that possible for Villa Park this season. Camba, 18, was one of the Spartans’ top scorers in a season where they won their first Ducks High School Hockey League Division 2 title. That success made fo
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • Newport Harbor coach Peirsol is hitting right marks BY DAN ALBANO
    Edison swimmer Thomas Smith quickly changed course before his impromptu question for Aaron Peirsol meandered. The senior caught himself discussing backstroke technique with arguably the greatest backstroker of all-time when he realized he actually wanted tips on transitioning to college. Newport Harbor’s boys
    Sat Apr 25, 2015
  • JSerra flexes its arms strength in victory BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - In the ultra-competitive Trinity League, each series is a showdown and each game a grind. So when certain offensive situations didn’t pan out for JSerra’s baseball squad Friday night, Coach Brett Kay was quick to lean on his talented arms. Backed by strong pitching performances from Jac
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Huntington Beach continues hot streak BY STEVE FRYER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – When coaches place their teams in far-away tournaments, they hope the experience will increase team camaraderie. That happened to Huntington Beach. The players got closer on a North Carolina trip and the team got better. On Friday the third-ranked Oilers continued a hot streak with an 8-0 win over Los Ala
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Cypress extends win streak to 6 BY ANDREW TURNER
    CYPRESS – The midseason inconsistencies for Cypress’ baseball team appear to be over. A six-game winning streak will quickly ease any doubts. That is what the Centurions have accomplished after defeating Tustin, 8-2, Friday at Cypress High. The Centurions (14-8, 4-0) powered their way to the win against the Tillers (13-
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Canyon's Turley-Young showing right state of mind BY ANDREW TURNER
    Fear can be a powerful motivator. It has been a catalyst for one of the county’s most versatile track and field athletes. Canyon’s Alexis Turley-Young has learned to use her fear – in this case, a fear of losing – to her advantage. A decorated career has left the junior with a lot to be proud of. She got a
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Magnolia football player dies
    Magnolia senior football player Laquan Pleas died early Monday morning from cardiac arrest, according to Athletic Director Rick Penn. “He was a totally healthy kid. No (health) issues, ran track and did football,” football coach Ryan Olson said. “He was a solid kid, a quality individual.”
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • O.C. hockey coach of the year: Dan Adams, Orange Lutheran BY MARK GARCIA
    It was quite a year for Orange Lutheran hockey coach Dan Adams. Not only did the first-year coach guide the Lancers to their first Ducks High School League championship, but he also led them to their first CAHA state title and an appearance for the second consecutive year in the U.S. Hockey Nationals. For his accomplishments, Adam
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • El Modena's Conine shuts out Villa Park BY NICK SELBE
    ORANGE – A year ago, El Modena pitcher Brett Conine was in the midst of a lost season. A bout with mononucleosis sapped his strength, and he was never able to pitch to his full potential. His senior year has been a different story. Now fully healthy, Conine has dominated opposing hitters, and he continued his spectac
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Alvarez helps Troy beat Sonora again BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    FULLERTON - On Wednesday, Troy beat Sonora for the first time since 2012, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the teams’ series. The win also tied the teams for first place in the Freeway League baseball standings. As the scene shifted to Troy High for Friday’s game, the Warriors had a chance to start a new trend in the s
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Huntington Beach keeps undefeated streak going BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LOS ALAMITOS – Senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco had 17 kills, but it was his team’s defense that Coach Craig Pazanti wanted to talk about after top-ranked Huntington Beach beat Los Alamitos, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, Friday night in a Sunset League boys volleyball match. Huntington Beach (28-0, 7-0) has won 92 consec
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Smith, Hoffmann in semifinals at Ojai Tournament BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Four local athletes will have the opportunity today to play their way into the history books of one of the most prestigious high school tennis tournaments in the country. Two singles players – Los Alamitos’ Riley Smith and Corona del Mar’s Bjorn Hoffmann – and University’s doubles tandem of
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Damian returns, chaos ensues By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. Damian (triumphantly) returns this week, and the guys discuss the stretch run for lacrosse, volleyball and baseball. All this and more on OCVarsity On the Record.
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Irvine storms back to beat Woodbridge BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    He was able to laugh about it after the game, but when his team trailed by four runs early, there was no sense of amusement on the face of Irvine softball coach Tim Jacobs or anyone in his dugout. “I was nervous,” he acknowledged after the game. “Our girls like to give me a little bit of gray hair. They always ma
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Woodbridge shows its depth BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    IRVINE - Woodbridge was missing its best boys golfer who was playing in the prestigious Junior Invitational in South Carolina. But the No. 2 Warriors carried on just fine without Hide Yoshihara on Thursday, posting another even-par round at Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course to clinch at least a share of the Pacific Coast League title
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Woodbridge girls keep PCL title hopes alive BY DAN ALBANO
    Roster depth is a desired attribute for dual-meet swimming, but consistent first-place touches are more valuable. Woodbridge’s girls team made that clear Thursday. The 10th-ranked Warriors captured all three relays and seven of the eight individual events to collect a critical victory, 90-80, against No. 7 Irvine in a Pacific Coast
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Mission Viejo's Palomino sets state record for HRs BY MAURICE PENNINGTON
    MISSION VIEJO - It wasn't the most picturesque of afternoons, but for Mission Viejo’s Alyssa Palomino the day couldn’t have been any better. Palomino came into Thursday’s South Coast League game against El Toro with 53 home runs for her career and needed one more to set a CIF State record. She hit two, he
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Century's Tam earns special honor BY STEVE FRYER
    Sofia Tam was a bit late for softball practice at Century. When she got to the field, she found the school’s principal and vice-principal waiting for her. “I thought, ‘Uh-oh,’” Tam said. “‘What did I do now?’” What Tam did was win a great award. Tam was the CIF-
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran's Olson needs NCAA clearance to walk on at USC BY MICHAEL LEV
    Jake Olson has a hurdle to clear before walking on to the USC football team. The blind snapper and Trojans super fan from Orange Lutheran High has been accepted to USC and plans to join the squad, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times. However, Olson will have to navigate some NCAA red tape before making his latest dream a reality.
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Roundup: Fountain Valley extends hot streak BY ANDREW TURNER
    Good pitching and timely hitting win a lot of baseball games. Fountain Valley has been receiving both lately. Stephen Fedele crushed a pinch-hit triple to drive in three runs in the sixth innings, and the Barons captured a Sunset League victory over fifth-ranked Edison, 6-1, Wednesday at Edison High. The Barons (16
    Wed Apr 22, 2015
  • CdM refuses to fall to St. Margaret's BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – By the 8:06 mark of the fourth quarter, the outcome in the majority of games played by the Corona del Mar boys lacrosse team is usually decided. The Sea Kings have won 11 games this season by at least seven goals and nine by at least 11. So after St. Margaret’s Kevin Cox scored to give the
    Wed Apr 22, 2015