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  • DeFalco extends Huntington Beach's reign BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NORWALK – Before the streak took on a life of its own and became “The Streak,” the Huntington Beach boys volleyball team had to sweat out a pair of five-set victories over Loyola of Los Angeles to start the title run that the Oilers are currently on. Saturday night, the Oilers were back in that same situation, this time
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Baseball playoffs: Updated schedule (2nd round)
    Updated schedule for the CIF-SS baseball playoffs. See below for scores from the Friday and Saturday games. BASEBALL DIVISION 1Second round, Tuesday, 3:15 p.m. unless notedFountain Valley at JSerraHart at Calab
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Woodbridge boys sprint to Div. 2 title BY ANDREW TURNER
    NORWALK – It was their finest hour. As the sprints were carried out in the early afternoon of Saturday’s CIF-SS Track and Field Finals, Woodbridge’s boys team produced a symphonic performance in a trio of dominating victories. Those wins helped the Warriors nail down the first CIF-SS boys team title in school hist
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • JSerra beats out Crean Lutheran for first state title BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - They burst onto Orange County’s swimming scene as freshmen, instantly helping turn a school into a powerhouse. They stayed champions the next season, but after a high-profile transfer in their ranks, they persevered to stay contenders without as much of the spotlight. And so went the story of JSerra’s girls until the
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Santa Margarita girls reach the top in Div. 3 BY ANDREW TURNER
    NORWALK – Gil Garcia’s conversation with his girls track team at the start of the season was short and to the point – opportunities like this do not come around often. Santa Margarita had the leader that every good team needs in pole vault champion Kaitlyn Merritt, but the Eagles surrounded her with talent
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • SVC collects third consecutive CIF title BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NORWALK – The Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team comes from a school with an enrollment of fewer than 400 students. However, the small-school label doesn’t fit the Warriors on the volleyball court. Saddleback Valley Christian captured its third consecutive CIF title, this time defeating St. Margaret’s, 28-
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Updates for second round of baseball playoffs By STEVE FRYER
    Only one coin flip was needed Saturday to determine a home team in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Divison 1 playoffs. JSerra won the flip, but still did not get exactly the type of home game it wanted. The Lions have played at night for the large majority of its home games at its on-campus field. For their second-ro
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • State title comes with a twist for Crean's Young BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Colten Young’s favorite dives are twisters. So with a chance Saturday to seal a convincing victory at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships with a twister, he was in perfect position. The Crean Lutheran sophomore hurtled toward the end of the 1-meter springboard in the 11th and final round, leape
    Sat May 23, 2015
  • Inspired Los Al wins title with dominating effort BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    CLAREMONT – The energy from court to court was contagious. Already regarded as one of the more lively teams in Southern California, Los Alamitos played on another emotional atmosphere Friday afternoon, thanks in large part to he remarkable play of their junior star, Riley Smith. Fueled by Smith’s dominant 6-0 showing
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • O.C. swimmers positioned for impact at state finals BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Orange County’s small but determined fleet of swimmers had its reasons Friday for arriving at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships. JSerra’s Kaitlyn Albertoli came for a chance to race after a health scare last week. Teammate Karli Thuen wanted another attempt at improving her times
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Rested Santa Margarita dances off with D2 title BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    CLAREMONT – Curfew on Thursday was 9:30 p.m. for the seniors on Santa Margarita’s boys tennis team. That check-in time wasn’t put in place by Eagles coach Doug Williams nor by the players’ parents. The curfew was self-imposed. Santa Margarita’s veterans had been on a mission since the
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Foothill can't get past first round this time BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA - Vince Brown has been coaching baseball a long time. He knows how difficult the playoffs can be. “There are a lot of good teams sitting around right now who’ve just called it a year,” Brown said, “and they’re talking about ‘what if’ and ‘what could have.’” Brown
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Mission Viejo finds way into second round BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    MISSION VIEJO - In the playoffs, all that matters is winning. Whether it’s scratching out a few runs, getting a big lead or holding on late, the victory is what counts. The Mission Viejo baseball team experienced all of that in its CIF-SS Division 2 first-round game on Friday. Behind a complete game by pitcher Pa
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Valencia triumphs in nerve-wracking final BY ANDREW TURNER
    CLAREMONT – Two Empire League boys tennis rivals with different histories went toe-to-toe in the CIF-SS Division 3 title game. Perennial contender Valencia was playing in its fifth championship game in the last seven years. Cypress was making just its second appearance on the Southern Section’s biggest stage, but its second i
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Ocean View finds comfort zone on Angels' field BY NICK SELBE
    ANAHEIM — Ocean View took the field Friday afternoon facing a fair amount of pressure. After losing in the wild-card round last season, and with most of last year’s roster returning, the Seahawks were trying to avoid another early-round loss. Raising the stakes even higher was the fact the Seahawks were playing at Angel Stadi
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Huntington Beach, SVC look to extend domination BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    A place in history will be within reach for the Huntington Beach and Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball teams Saturday. Huntington Beach is in search of its third consecutive CIF-SS title when it faces Corona del Mar in the Division 1 final at Cerritos College at 7:30 p.m. Saddleback Valley Christian could beat the Oiler
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Los Al, Santa Margarita lead charge into CIF-SS Finals BY ANDREW TURNER
    Last month, the Los Alamitos girls track and field team won the Orange County Championships for the first time in school history. The Griffins will be seeking another first today - their first CIF-SS team title. Los Alamitos, which has set school records this year in every event with the exception of the hurdles, is among the fav
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Notes: Crean Lutheran, JSerra girls contenders for state title BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO Crean Lutheran and JSerra’s girls are both expected to contend for team titles at the inaugural CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships, which begin in earnest Friday afternoon with swimming prelims at Clovis West. Both Orange County powers are at full-strength for the two-day meet. JSerra’s roster has been bolster
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Fairmont Prep's Lee finishes eighth in state BY DAN ALBANO
    FRESNO - Die-hard aquatics fans know Michelle Lee for mentoring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on a celebrity diving show a few years ago. “It was really fun and I’m happy I got to do that,” Lee said of her time on the short-lived series “Splash”. Lee stays in touch with the basketball legend thro
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Troy uses strong finish to advance in playoffs BY BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO
    MONTEBELLO - Troy saved its best for last in a 6-2 victory over Montebello in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4 baseball playoffs Friday. Trailing 2-0, the Warriors scored once in the fifth inning, four times in the sixth and added a run in the seventh for their first playoff win since 2011. Troy coach David Shirota
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Laguna Beach falls short in Div. 4 final BY ANDREW TURNER
    CLAREMONT – No tears were shed by the Laguna Beach boys tennis team when the final point was played out in the CIF-SS Division 4 championship match. The Breakers fell to Redlands, 12-6, at Claremont Club on Friday, but the team immediately began to reminisce about the fond moments of the season. Laguna Beach last reached th
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Fountain Valley walks into second round BY STEVE FRYER
    Hits weren’t producing runs, so Fountain Valley had to find another way to score. Fountain Valley beat El Modena, 1-0, on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning Thursday in a CIF-Southern Section Division 1 first-round playoff game. Fountain Valley (21-10) will play top-seeded JSerra (26-4-1) in the second roun
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • San Juan Hills' O'Brien commits to Nebraska BY DAN ALBANO
    San Juan Hills quarterback Patrick O'Brien has committed to Nebraska, Stallions football coach Aaron Flowerssaid in a text Thursday. "He's honored to have the opportunity to p
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • El Modena piles up the runs in first-round blowout BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Coming out of a loaded Crestview League, El Modena figured to be a tough opponent for any team in the postseason, but Thursday’s performance was still a bit shocking to witness. The Vanguards scored 12 runs in the first two innings and tallied 18 hits in a startling 18-3 victory over Mater Dei in a CIF-SS Division 1 playoff game at
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • Fryer: CdM now has team to threaten The Streak BY STEVE FRYER
    Maybe this one will be different. Huntington Beach boys volleyball’s 100-match winning streak includes a 25-21, 25-19 victory over Corona del Mar in the Orange County Championships in March. They meet again in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College. Corona del Mar is a different
    Thu May 21, 2015