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  • Girls basketball O.C. Top 10 (3-2-15) BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    O.C. TOP 10 (Records through Sunday) 1. Mater Dei, 27-1 A week off will serve the Monarchs well after physical wins over Brea Olinda and Alemany. 2. Brea Olinda, 23-4 The Ladycats will be back on the court when the state regional playoffs begin next week. 3. Troy, 22-
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Boys basketball O.C. Top 10 (3-2-15) BY STEVE FRYER
    REGISTER MEDIA POLL (Records through Sunday) 1. Mater Dei, 26-3 (50 poll points) Defending Open Division champion Monarchs have advanced to semifinals matchup against Etiwanda. 2. Orange Lutheran, 24-5 (45) Lancers got to the final four in the Open Division, lost to top
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Updated schedule for boys basketball playoffs
    The updated schedule for divisions of the CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs. **UPDATED MONDAY** ************************ CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE ************************
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Fryer: Tesoro has it all figured out now BY STEVE FRYER
    It was late December. Tesoro had a record of 5-8. The Titans are 14-2 since, including three playoff wins in CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA. One of those playoff wins was a 67-62 victory over top-seeded Thousand Oaks on Friday. Tesoro plays today in the 2AA semifinals against Canyon. What happened? Tesoro coach Steve Garret
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • O.C. finalists share a painful past BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    The cast of characters happens to be the same. The idea now is to alter the ending. When the girls basketball finals get underway Friday night, eight county schools will have the opportunity to walk away with a CIF championship. As of today, seven teams – Mater Dei, El Dorado, Santa Margarita, Orange Lutheran, JSerra, Fairmont Prep
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Updated schedule for girls soccer playoffs
    The updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs. **UPDATED MONDAY** GIRLS SOCCER DIVISION 1Semifinals, Tuesday (March 3), 3 p.m.Long Beach Wilson at Laguna Hills, 5 p.m.
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Updated schedule for girls basketball playoffs
    The updated schedule for all divisions of the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs. **UPDATED TUESDAY** CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES Open Division: Mater Dei vs. Chaminade, Saturday, at Azusa Pacific, TBD Division 1AA: TBD vs. TBD, Sa
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Updated schedule for boys soccer playoffs
    The updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS boys soccer playoffs. **UPDATED MONDAY** BOYS SOCCER DIVISION 1Semifinals, Tuesday (March 3), 3 p.m.Servite at LoyolaEdison at El Toro, 5 p.m.
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran runs out of magic in semifinals BY ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – They were playing their best at the end of the season. Orange Lutheran’s boys basketball team had won five in a row against a handful of tough opponents. The magic ran out Saturday night as the Lancers fell to top-seeded Bishop Montgomery of Torrance, 69-47, in a CIF-SS Open Division semifinal at Hope Inte
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Laguna Beach caps perfect season with title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team felt a little nervous at the start Saturday night and quickly fell behind against Foothill in the CIF-SS Division 1 final. “We were definitely freaking out,” attacker Bella Baldridge said. “I was kind of surprised (Foothill) came out so hard.”
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • El Dorado returns to Division 3AA title game BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    El Dorado’s senior duo of Brooke Salas and Jaylin Jones combined to score 46 points Saturday night in leading the Golden Hawks past visiting South Hills of West Covina, 66-50, in the CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinals. For the second consecutive season, El Dorado (24-7) will play in a CIF championship game. The Golden Haw
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • El Toro wins first CIF-SS girls water polo title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – The joyful screams from the El Toro players huddled around the championship plaque Saturday night rang with history. The Chargers claimed their first CIF-SS girls water polo title by rallying past South Coast League rival San Clemente, 5-4, in a dramatic Division 2 final with an ending cut from Olympic legend. El Tor
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Updated schedule for girls basketball playoffs
    Scores from Wednesday's games and updated schedule for all of the divisions of the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs. **UPDATED MONDAY** GIRLS BASKETBALL OPEN DIVISION Championship semifinals Friday (
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Yorba Linda's Ochoa captures Masters Meet title BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ONTARIO – Abe Ochoa said he’s ready for what’s ahead of him at this year’s CIF State Tournament. If his performance this weekend is any indication, then Yorba Linda’s heavyweight could have another productive Saturday. Ochoa, who won a CIF title last weekend, won four matches by fall and then defeated
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Ocean View falls in final but earns respect BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Ocean View’s crowd rose to its feet and cheered Saturday as the Seahawks climbed from the pool after the CIF-SS Division 6 girls water polo final. For the third consecutive season, Ocean View fell in the section’s biggest splash, falling to top-seeded Pasadena Poly and left-hander Lindsey Kelleher, 10-4,
    Sat Feb 28, 2015
  • Los Alamitos finds way around Santa Margarita BY STEVE FRYER
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – It was not working for Eyassu Worku. Noah Rasheed and his Santa Margarita teammates were doing what Worku would say was the best defense he has encountered all season. So Los Alamitos needed some scoring help elsewhere Friday. And Los Alamitos got it. Five players, including two reserv
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Araujo, Foothill pull off 'amazing' comeback BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    SANTA ANA – “Amazing, wasn’t it?” “I have no words. Just awesome.” “Amazing. I don’t have the words to say how I’m feeling right now.” Those postgame quotes from Foothill boys basketball coach Rusty Van Cleave, Riley O’Hern and Lucas Araujo fr
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Rodriguez makes sure Sonora gets back to final BY BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO
    POMONA – Sonora boys basketball coach Mike Murphy called senior point guard Josh Rodriguez “the best player in the county” after the Raiders defeated Diamond Ranch of Pomona, 76-56, on Friday night in a CIF-SS Division 3AA semifinal. Rodriguez, the Raiders’ captain, stands just under 5-foot-11, but h
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Samuelson pushes Mater Dei into Open final BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA – When they made their way out of the locker room at the conclusion of Friday night’s contest, Mater Dei’s senior duo gave off an aura of exhaustion, but for good reason. Katie Lou Samuelson hit the deck time after time over the course of four physical quarters, while Andee Velasco sported a fres
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Determined Tustin returns to semifinals BY TIM BURT
    TUSTIN – Tustin’s boys basketball team has been pointing for a return trip to the semifinal round of the CIF-SS playoffs for a while. Friday night, the No. 3 Tillers punched their ticket with a 64-60 victory over Long Beach Millikan in the quarterfinal round of the 1AA playoffs in front of a near-capacity crowd in the Tustin
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Hot-shooting Edison has postseason breakthrough BY BOB KEISSER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Edison will be making its first trip to the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball semifinals next week in 21 years. Appropriately, the achievement came via a slew of 3-point field goals that all seemed to be from 21 feet or longer. Senior Brae Ivey hit four 3-pointers, each seemingly longer the other, in th
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • CdM surges into 3A championship game BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The opponent’s zone was shredded. The defensive matchups followed. And the free throws in the fourth quarter made. Corona del Mar’s No. 2-seeded boys basketball team accomplished each with precision Friday night to defeat visiting Tahquitz of Hemet, 57-50, in the CIF-SS Division 3A semifinals and reach t
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Friday's stories, photos, video and more
    This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's game stories, photos, video, scores and more from the boys basketball playoffs on Friday: Scores, schedule for the boys basketball playoffs
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Damato siblings bonded by their love of water polo BY DAN ALBANO
    They’re separated by 16 years, two schools and one playoff division, yet no brother-sister duo will likely be more united at today’s CIF-SS girls water polo championships. Ethan and Maddy Damato have grown too close to have it any other way. Today will deliver another batch of memories for the Damato fa
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • Jackson's effort, attitude help Tesoro pull off upset BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Don’t tell Adrease Jackson he is too early to take this stage. The dynamic sophomore, brimming with a can’t-stop-me attitude, knew his Tesoro boys basketball squad was more worthy than its No. 8 playoff seeding. On Friday night, Jackson was quick to hit on nearly every mark, manip
    Fri Feb 27, 2015