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  • Playoff Picture: Updated league races BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    There are two weeks left in the regular season, and league titles and playoff spots up for graps all across the county. OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly takes a look at every team and every league race. (Each team and league was updated after Thursday night's games.) Click on the links below to the league and team breakdowns:
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • More milestones, momentum for JSerra BY DAN ALBANO
     COSTA MESA - JSerra passed its first test as Orange County’s top-ranked team, but the Lions took a giant step toward a more important landmark Thursday night in the Trinity League. With their faithful chanting “CIF! CIF! CIF!” from the stands in the closing seconds, the Lions held off No. 5 Orange Lutheran, 24-20,
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • OCVarsity's Halloween Night Pregame Madness BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    First, a quick Halloween-related PSA. If you see me at a game this week, or next week or even the week after, feel free to bring me any of your leftover Halloween candy. Now, back to the football … This is a scary time for all of the coaches whose teams are hanging around in third and fourth place in their respecti
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • San Clemente wins a wild one BY STEVE FRYER
    SAN CLEMENTE - Andrew Frohner made an interception in the end zone late in the fourth quarter to preserve San Clemente’s win over Trabuco Hills on Thursday. Or so it seemed. Trabuco Hills recovered a San Clemente fumble to get another chance. On fourth and goal at the San Clemente 5-yard line with just over a minute
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Mission Viejo stops El Toro, extends reign BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    MISSION VIEJO - The Mission Viejo sighs of relief could be both heard and seen when El Toro quarterback Trey Tinsley’s fourth-down pass sailed out of bounds with just over a minute remaining in the contest. After slowing down the Chargers high-powered offense for the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Diablos defense withstoo
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Pounds, Cypress find way to get past Kennedy BY TIM TUTTLE
    ANAHEIM - Kennedy had Cypress star Quinten Pounds bottled up and the Centurions on the ropes in an Empire League game Thursday night at Western High. Pounds, who committed to Washington the day before, didn’t catch a pass and gained 78 yards on 11 carries. But the swift 6-foot-1, 180-pounder was there when Cypress needed him
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Thursday's stories, photos, scores and more
    This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's game stories, photos, scores, league updates, video and more from the Week 9 football games on Thursday night: Playoff Picture: Breaking down the league races
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • La Habra holds off Troy, clinches Freeway title BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LA HABRA - La Habra’s reign on top of the Freeway League has been tested greatly this year, but Thursday night, the Highlanders again proved why they’ve been on top for so long. With a one-touchdown lead, the Highlanders were unable to recover the onside kick with less than two minutes remaining, but found one final defensive
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Ocean View's season keeps getting better BY ANDREW TURNER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Ocean View’s football team is having a historic season. The Seahawks remained perfect in league this year by defeating Segerstrom, 27-6, on Thursday night in a Golden West League game at Ocean View High. Ocean View (7-2, 4-0) locked down a playoff berth with the win. The Seahawks will be seeking the
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 9 BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVARSITY GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 3 SANTA MARGARITA (6-2, 2-1) VS. NO. 2 MATER DEI (6-2, 1-2) Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m. Last time they meet: Santa Margarita won, 16-7, in 2013 Series: Mater Dei leads, 9-6
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Updates on Twitter for tonight's football games
    OCVarsity will have score and game updates from all of tonight's Orange County high school football games. Fans can keep track of their favorite team along with the rest of the games through OCVarsity's Twitter feed (@OCVarsity). You can follow along
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • CIF-SS penalty might cost Eagles share of title BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Santa Margarita’s girls volleyball team had to forfeit an important league victory that will likely cost the fourth-ranked Eagles a share of the Trinity League title, Athletic Director Rich Schaaf confirmed  Thursday. The Eagles were informed by the CIF-SS on Tuesday that they must forfeit their victory over Rosary on Monday b
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Banner year might be first of many for Garden Grove BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    The gym is rocking. Will be for the next hour or so. Frankie Perales stands on one side of the volleyball court, serving lob after lob to the liberos. Lauga Gauta and other springy outside hitters soar for balls lofted perfectly by spry setters. Sive’a Gauta, 6-foot-3, and other towering middle blockers leap up. Junior varsity girl
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Beckman wins first CIF-SS regional championship By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    COSTA MESA - After putting one some oversized gray CIF T-shirts and decorating their faces with streaks of red lipstick, six Beckman girls golfers headed to the first tee at Costa Mesa Country Club to begin a celebration that they never anticipated having. While off to the side, no more than 30 feet away, M
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • OCVarsity Offsides: Are you a BOliever?
    OCVarsity's Jonathan Khamis travels to Corona del Mar High to ask if there are any BOlievers. Also, is there more to CdM than going to the beach? Is the community aware of the Sea Kings' CIF-SS three-peat? Video by Jonathan Khamis & Kevin Warn, OCVarsity.com.
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Cypress' Pounds commits to Washington BY DAN ALBANO
    CYPRESS Cypress senior Quinten Pounds delivered a heartfelt speech and then followed his heart by committing to Washington on Wednesday night before a gym filled with teammates and family. The dynamic wide receiver/cornerback sat at a table with visors from Washington, Boise State and Colorado in front of him. He delivered his new
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Yorba Linda slips past dangerous El Dorado BY DAN ALBANO
    Yorba Linda’s boys water polo team seized control of the North Hills League race Wednesday but not until it rallied to beat an Orange County mystery squad that proved plenty dangerous. George Allison flipped in a loose ball in front of El Dorado’s goal with 49 seconds left in the fourth period for the eventual winning
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Episode 2: Whitehead & Calhoun's new podcast By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome to Week 2 of what remains an unnamed OCVarsity podcast! (Although, "Off the Cuff with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun" has a nice ring to it.) This week, the guys discuss league championships, postseason berths and divisional rankings; high schools without yard markers on their football field; the merit of intangibles; the hap
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Playoff Picture: Trinity League breakdown (Updated) BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    There are two weeks left in the regular season, and league titles and playoff spots up for graps all across the county. OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly takes a look at every team and every league race
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Playoff picture: Sunset League breakdown By KENNY CONNOLLY
    There are two weeks left in the regular season, and league titles and playoff spots up for graps all across the county. OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly takes a look at every team and every league race
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • Playoff Picture: South Coast breakdown (Updated) BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    There are two weeks left in the regular season, and league titles and playoff spots up for graps all across the county. OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly takes a look at every team and every league race
    Wed Oct 29, 2014
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: This week in O.C. football
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis discuss this week's big topics in Orange County football, including the possibility that both Mater Dei and Servite might miss the CIF playoffs. They allso preview some of this week's top games, including San Clemente vs. Trabuco Hills and Tustin vs. Valencia.
    Tue Oct 28, 2014
  • Huntington Beach battles back, stays tied for first BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach girls volleyball team entered Tuesday night’s match against No. 10 Newport Harbor on a two-game losing streak in the Sunset League and missing three key players. Then the visiting Sailors won two of the first three sets, and the Oilers could see their chances of winning the league title
    Tue Oct 28, 2014
  • Manderino, Northwood make right moves in OT BY DAN ALBANO
    Congratulations were due Northwood boys water polo coach Jocelyn Manderino for a few reasons Tuesday night. Manderino called a bold timeout in sudden-death overtime and orchestrated a play that delivered a winning goal by JJ Meador that lifted the Timberwolves past visiting Woodbridge, 12-11, in a critical match in the Paci
    Tue Oct 28, 2014
  • Gridiron Extra: Mission Viejo is back
    OCVarsity's Dan Albano, Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis travel to Mission Viejo to preview the Diablos' Week 9 game against El Toro. Also, they discuss the West Valley Division and the Johnson family legacy. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
    Tue Oct 28, 2014