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  • Okubo, Smith almost hit goal at Jr. Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – It was easy to spot the Aquazot swimmers Thursday night as they navigated the pool deck at the Speedo Junior National Championships. Decked out in bright, blue “Junior National Team” T-shirts, the Irvine-based club drew upon its Orange County-high 23 individual qualifiers for the meet to line the sides of the p
    Thu Jul 31, 2014
  • Okubo gets first Junior swimming title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Corey Okubo received an extra boost from his cheering section before the men’s 200-meter butterfly final at the Speedo Junior National Championships on Wednesday night. The Aquazot swimmer ended up needing every bit of the encouragement from his teammates. Okubo rallied from sixth after the first lap t
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Mater Dei-based Regency wins Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team might not feature a star player this fall like in years past. But because of the teamwork they showed Tuesday, the Monarchs could be just as good as seasons past. Regency’s 18-and-under boys club team, a near replica of Mater Dei’s upcoming squad, outlasted
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • 2014 fall sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014 fall sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and e-mail it back to us at preps@ocregiste
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Smith: Warm homecoming for injured Stallion By MARCIA C. SMITH
    LADERA RANCH – A day after he finished his junior year and celebrated late into the night, San Juan Hills High football player Dalton deDianous fell asleep at the wheel of his father’s car. Dalton, 17, and his father, Michael deDianous, were going camping in the Mojave desert. Around 2 p.m. on June 21, they were driving along
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Batbusters softball powers up for Nationals BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – Over the last four seasons, Kaylee Carlson has built up one of the more impressive resumes in county softball history, and she has done so wearing Pacifica’s pinstriped jerseys. So during the CIF-SS softball championship weekend in late May, it was a tad strange seeing the Mariners ace stroll around Irvine&rsq
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • SoCal A's capture PGF Division 16 title
    IRVINE - Makayla Martin scattered four hits and struck out nine as the SoCal Athletics edged the Beverly Bandits, 2-1,  on Friday at Barber Park to capture the 16 Premier Division title at the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championships. The Bandits, based in Beverly, Ill., got off to a solid start in trying to defend
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • CdM water polo soars, scores gold in New Zealand BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – Nothing unites a team like a plunge or two … or three … off a 600-foot building, right? It sounds extreme, but that’s one of the experiences the Corona del Mar girls water polo players bonded over during a recent trip to New Zealand. The players also hiked inactive volcanoes, endured the
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Lapic hopes to keep building Century program BY TIM BURT
    Century’s new football coach, Andrew Lapic, is looking to help the Centurions take the next step. Lapic, 39, takes over for Ted Crego, who resigned after five seasons. Century was 7-3 overall and fourth in the Orange League last year, just missing the playoffs. “I’m excited, I’m good friends
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Tanabe wins first AJGA tournament By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    YORBA LINDA – The crystal trophy that Issei Tanabe cradled in left arm at Yorba Linda Country Club might not have been his had the Mater Dei boys golf not achieved an historic level of success last season. It was playing for the Monarchs last season that he learned to survive tournament pressure, knowing that each shot could have p
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Croom transfers to Servite from LB Poly By STEVE FRYER
    Micah Croom, a highly regarded safety, today was accepted at Servite and is enrolling there, Servite athletic director Alan Clinton confirmed today. Croom, 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, will be a junior this coming school year. He attended Long Beach Poly as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to's All-Sophomo
    Wed Jul 23, 2014
  • National award for Mater Dei's McKnight By STEVE FRYER
    Gary McKnight of Mater Dei is the National High School Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year, the association announced today. McKnight coached Mater Dei to its fourth consecutive CIF State champio
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's Blancs share national honor By STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita co-coaches and brothers Rich and Ron Blanc were named national girls swimming coaches of the year by the National High School Coaches Association. The Eagles' girls swimming team won its 15th consecutive Trinity League championship this past school year, and were CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champions. Mater De
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • New state rules for football signed into law BY STEVE FRYER
    The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to t
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Tesoro takes third in Surf City passing tournament BY ANTONIO MORALES
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Tesoro’s defense struggled mightily in a semifinal loss to Bishop Amat of La Puente in the Surf City passing tournament at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. The Titans’ defense came together in the tournament’s third-place game as they picked off Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello four tim
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Mater Dei takes second in state, Laguna girls win BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team didn’t get the outcome it desired Sunday but the Monarchs said they still proved an important point: They can play with reigning CIF Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City despite heavy losses from graduation. Top-seeded Harvard-Westlake never trailed but couldn’t co
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Morgan Wilson's family pushes for CPR, AEDs By SARAH TULLY and TONY SAAVEDRA
    Two words separated 17-year-old Morgan Wilson from life and death, her parents believe: if only. If only the tennis center where she suffered a fatal heart attack had a defibrillator. If only someone had administered CPR in the precious minutes before paramedics arrived. Wilson’s family is trying to prevent others f
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • San Clemente's Darnold commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Darnold had narrowed his choices to the Trojans, Utah and Duke but said in a text message that he picked USC because, “I want to stay in SoCal for the rest of my life and the opportunity
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Santa Margarita earns respect at 'Battle of the Beach' By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Even from afar Saturday, it seemed clear that Santa Margarita’s KJ Costello received positive words from several St. John Bosco players as he navigated the teams’ postgame handshake at the Edison passing tournament. The junior-to-be quarterback comfortably chatted with a cluster of his Trinity
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • Mater Dei, Harvard-Westlake on course to clash By DAN ALBANO
    Division 1 boys water polo rivals Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City remained on a collision course Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Last season’s Division 1 finalists each won twice to cruise into Sunday’s semifinals at Foothill.
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • North win brings sigh of relief BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA – The North vowed this week to break the South’s dominance in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. On Thursday night, they made good on their promise. Quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Servite receiver Neil Pau’u with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter for the
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Godinez's Smith flew under the radar to UC Irvine BY DEVIN UGLAND
    The story detailing the rise of Godinez basketball player Brandon Smith is one that is not scripted. Unlike other Division I college basketball recruits, Smith doesn’t play at a high-profile high school, but instead made his name at a small school in the heart of Santa Ana. Smith doesn’t have awe-inspiring size
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Smith sets an inspiring example, in the pool and out BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Thomas Smith of Edison dominated the Sunset League swim finals in May but his victories and awards don’t seem to be his favorite memories from the meet. He instead cites his interaction with a boy from rival Fountain Valley after a race. “As we were getting out of the water, he (said), ‘Hey, I read
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Recruiting: San Clemente's Darnold makes his decision By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold (6-4, 205) has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday afternoon. Darnold said he picked USC because, "I want to stay in SoCal
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Newport Harbor jolted by club departure of Lynn By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH One by one, Newport Harbor’s boys water polo players emerged on the pool deck Friday afternoon with a display of solidarity and disapproval regarding a coaching change that caught them off guard just hours earlier. The players walked toward their locker room at Newport Harbor with their team T-shirts turned inside out
    Fri Jul 18, 2014