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  • Trabuco Hills' Crosbie embraces his leading role By NATHAN PERCY
    Just beyond the left-center field fence at Trabuco Hills’ on-campus baseball field stands a goal post on what is a practice field for the Mustangs football team. Chad Crosbie can be seen hitting home runs in that direction during batting practice most days. “I guess that’s my lucky spot,” he said after Tue
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Irvine rides productive bats to win over Northwood By KENNY CONNOLLY
    The way Irvine has been hitting recently, it was never a matter of if, but when. Scoreless and trailing by three runs in the fourth, the Vaqueros offense came to life, riding a seven-run inning to knock off Northwood, 8-5, in a critical Pacific Coast League showdown Thursday afternoon at Northwood High. With the win, Irvine (11-1
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Fryer: JSerra basketball close to hiring Brogdon By STEVE FRYER
    In 2006, JSerra hired Brett Kay, then 26, away from Capistrano Valley Christian to coach its baseball team. That worked out well for JSerra. Kay has coached the Lions to two Trinity League championships, recently earned his 200th career coaching victory and has the team in first place in the league and at No. 1 in the O
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Title is dream come true for Tesoro volleyball By MATTHEW BAIN
    Tesoro assistant volleyball coach Patrick Eaton said his team’s players talked about winning the program’s first outright South Coast League title during the entire summer leading up to this year. Next summer they can talk about claiming their second title, as the No. 8 Titans bested No. 5 San Clemente, 23-25, 25-19, 2
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Surging Marina knocks off No. 5 Huntington Beach By ANDREW TURNER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Young and out to prove themselves might be the best way to describe Marina’s softball team. With one senior in the starting lineup, the Vikings had growing pains early in the season, but those stopped once the team got to league. Marina defeated fifth-ranked Huntington Beach, 5-3, Thursday to pull i
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Another five-set test doesn't stop Santa Margarita By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ANAHEIM - The next match for the Santa Margarita boys volleyball team looked a lot like the previous one. Tuesday, the Eagles extended their Trinity League match against Mater Dei to five sets, but came up a couple of points short. Thursday, Santa Margarita was back at the edge again, but this time, the Eagles were a
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Quinn delivers another victory for JSerra By STEVE FRYER
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Collin Quinn is not the 6-foot-6, hard-throwing left-hander the college baseball programs pursue. The JSerra senior is a 6-2, side-arming, right-handed winner. Quinn sh
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Foothill triumphs in Olympic-sized showdown with Villa Park By DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA Probably no other high school in America could match the collection of former Olympian offspring that was assembled Wednesday at Foothill’s pool. Five children of two medal-winning U.S. Olympic swimmers raced as the host Knights and Villa Park tried to settle the dual-meet lead in the Crestview League. The proud f
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Troy tightens grip on league lead with shutout of Sonora By ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – As the stakes get bigger late in the baseball season, it is not uncommon to see hitters grip their bats a little tighter. The pitchers certainly had the edge in a game between the top two teams in the Freeway League on Wednesday. Jake Eisner and Vince Stachelski combined on a four-hit shutout as ho
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Wednesday's roundup: Kennedy remains undefeated in league By STEVE FRYER
    Kennedy remained undefeated in the Empire League with an 8-1 home win over Valencia on Wednesday. The Fighting Irish are 5-0 in league and are 15-6 overall. They play league-favorite Cypress in two weeks. Aaron Fishman pitched a complete game for Kennedy. He has pitched three complete games in three Empire League starts. F
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Aliso Niguel's Wagaman captures Sea View title By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    SAN CLEMENTE – Matt Wagaman isn’t the prototypical junior golfer. The Aliso Niguel sophomore doesn’t play in AJGA tournaments and hasn’t been groomed on pristine country club greens. He tees it up instead at places such as El Prado, an old public golf course built around, a dairy farm, shooting range and a
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Amarillas takes control, leads Foothill past Villa Park By KENNY CONNOLLY
    After allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, Foothill pitcher Anissa Amarillas found her groove and held Villa Park to just three hits in the final six frames, and the Knights capitalized on a few Spartans miscues to seal a 3-2 come-from-behind win in a North Hills League game Tuesday afternoon at Foothill High. Amarillas sc
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Hurst's hit lifts CdM to win over Woodbridge By STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar pitcher Evan Larsen was on the bench, surveying the Woodbridge outfield. “That’s a little peculiar,” said Larsen, noting that
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • CdM falls to University as players mourn death of former coach By ANDREW TURNER
    NEWPORT BEACH – In the hours leading up to Tuesday’s match, Orange County’s top two boys tennis teams had much to think about. There was, of course, the match at hand. Then there was the unexpected. Only the day before, word had started to spread about the passing of former longtime Corona del Mar tennis coach Brian
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • No. 1 JSerra beats No. 2 Orange Lutheran, 5-2, in Trinity clash By STEVE FRYER
    JSerra beat Orange Lutheran, 5-2, Tuesday at Hart Park in Orange in the first of three Trinity League games they will play against each other this week. JSerra is in first place in the Trinity League with a 6-2 league record. Orange Lutheran is in second place at 5-2. I
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Capo Valley sweeps away El Toro's effort to share league title By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LAKE FOREST - The Capistrano Valley boys volleyball team had to adjust its lineup when it lost senior outside hitter Bobby Gaines for the rest of the season due to an injury. “The fact we don’t have him and these guys are stepping up and playing well, is a testament to our boys,” Capistrano Valley coach Jason
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Baseball O.C. top 10 and Fryer's 11-25 (4-25-16) By STEVE FRYER
    O.C. MEDIA POLL (Records through Sunday) 1. JSerra, 16-6 (49 poll points) Lions won two of three against Mater Dei, take on Oran
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Santa Margarita confident it can compete with the best By STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita was feeling pretty good about itself going into Trinity League play. The Eagles had won eight of its past nine games, with the loss being by one run
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Softball O.C. top 25 (4-25-16) By KENNY CONNOLLY
    O.C. TOP 25 (Records through Sunday) 1. Mission Viejo, 17-2 Best case scenario, the Diablos will play Dana Hills, Orange Lutheran and Huntington Beach in consecutive days later this week. 2. Orange Lutheran, 20-3 The Lancers went unbeaten in the first round of Trinity League pla
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Softball notes: Carew Classic ending worth the wait By KENNY CONNOLLY
    What started April 6 officially comes to an end Saturday, 21 days after its original conclusion was scheduled. The championship game of the Michelle Carew Classic will be played at Canyon High at 11 a.m. Saturday. Whatever matchup the rain-interrupted tournament produces, the wait will have been worth it. Fifth-ranked Huntington
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • OCVarsity Dugout: Surprising Marina stands tall
    OC Varsity's Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis were at Marina High on Monday to discuss what is happening in Orange County baseball. Among the topic
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Spring notes: South Coast volleyball title up for grabs
    The South Coast League boys volleyball title will be decided this week. Tesoro and San Clemente begin the week tied for first place at 5-1. The teams meet Thursday night at Tesoro. In their first meeting on April 12, the Tritons defeated the Titans in five sets. Tesoro plays Trabuco Hills on Tuesday night. Things
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • CIF-SS boys tennis polls (4-25-16)
    CIF-SS BOYS TENNIS POLLS (Selected by the CIF-SS Boys Tennis Advisory Committee) Division 1 1. San Marino 2. University 3. Mira Costa 4. Peninsula 5. Palm Desert 6. Corona del Mar 7. Harvard Westlake 8. Beckman 9. Los Alamitos 10.
    Mon Apr 25, 2016
  • Marina's Gordon soars to meet record at O.C. Championships By ANDREW TURNER
    MISSION VIEJO – As long as there have been sports, there have been those willing to test their limits. Marina pole vaulter Jett Gordon has made it known that his goal is not to chase the heights of others, but to jump to the best of his ability. The senior will have a new target to hit after shattering the Orange Cou
    Sat Apr 23, 2016
  • Canyon's Baxter soars higher in highlight-filled O.C. Championships By MATTHEW BAIN
    MISSION VIEJO – Rachel Baxter was out shopping for prom dresses Friday night. The Canyon pole vaulter — who bought a light blue dress, by the way — was trying to distract herself and avoid thinking about breaking her state record at the Orange County Championships on Saturday. With a vault of 14 feet, 3 i
    Sat Apr 23, 2016