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  • All-star game turns into classic mismatch BY DAN ALBANO
    CORONA – The allure of pitting Orange County and the Inland Empire in an inaugural all-star football game filled Corona High on Saturday night. But a tightly contested game didn’t follow. USC commit Ykili Ross of Riverside Poly scored three touchdowns as the Inland Empire defeated Orange County, 69-16, in the f
    Sat Jan 24, 2015
  • Players motivated for O.C. vs. I.E. All-Star Classic BY DAN ALBANO
    LAGUNA HILLS – Some are fueled by painful memories from the fall. Others hope for one last, successful audition in front of college scouts. Others seek the enjoyment of another game under the lights or the allure of a new rivalry. The county team for Saturday night’s inaugural Orange County vs. Inland Empire A
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Buena Park's Dixon glad he trusted coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Keven Dixon trusted Buena Park’s football program from the start, even when Coach Anthony White suggested a dramatic change. The senior, who recently committed to Utah as an offensive tackle, said he arrived at Buena Park four years ago with aspirations of starring at tight end, the position he played in Pop Warner.
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Troy celebrates No. 184, but state mark raises questions BY ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – Troy’s girls basketball team set a CIF-Southern Section record for consecutive league wins by defeating La Habra, 56-32, Friday night in a Freeway League game at Troy High. The Warriors (12-7, 4-0) won their 184th straight league game. In the final minute, the crowd chanted “1-8-4” as Troy clos
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Shorts comes up big for Tustin BY STEVE FRYER
    His name fits his stature, but not the way he plays. Tustin’s 5-foot-9 point guard T.J. Shorts had another big game. He scored 14 points in the fourth quarter Friday as the Tillers beat Valencia, 43-37, in an Empire League game at Valencia High. The teams went into the game tied for first place in the Empire League.
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Big finish propels OLu past St. John Bosco BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    BELLFLOWER – How are you going to respond in crunch time when it matters most? That’s the question Orange Lutheran was presented with Friday night, on the road in front of a hostile crowd at St. John Bosco High. After a back-and-forth third quarter, the stage was set for the Trinity League rivals to duke it out for on
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Updated O.C. commitments list BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange County’s top football recruits for 2015 Rankings by Dan Albano TOP COMMITTED O.C. PLAYERS(Updated list through Friday) NAME SCHOOL HT. W
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Burch tallies 35 points as Westminster tops Ocean View BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    WESTMINSTER – Tyler Burch had all aspects of his game on display Friday night. The senior forward scored 35 points on 12-for-25 shooting from the field, made eight 3-point field goals as host Westminster (6-15, 5-0) took over sole possession of first place in the Golden West League with a 75-67 victory over Ocean View (11-10
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Aluya nails free throw to lift No. 8 El Dorado BY JEREMY BALAN
    SANTA ANA – She didn’t even want to be there. El Dorado sophomore Brianna Aluya had already missed two free throws in the second half and the two she made were banked in unintentionally. But after a scramble for the ball in the final seconds with the Golden Hawks tied on the road against Foothill on Friday night, the b
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Sonora turns back new challenger BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    LA HABRA – Sonora has seen its share of Freeway League contenders over the years: the Troys, the Sunny Hillses, the La Habras of the Mike Murphy era. And yet three of the past four seasons, including the past two, the program has secured the league championship. No. 4 Sonora got its first look Friday at a new challen
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Sunny Hills rallies to defeat shorthanded Fullerton BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    FULLERTON – Guillermo Jimenez is the only goalkeeper the Fullerton boys soccer team carries on its roster, and 10 minutes into Friday’s Freeway League match at Sunny Hills, Jimenez smashed into the post while trying to make a diving save. He left the game with a knot on the back of his head. So the Indians turned to
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • O.C. stars have coach on rise in El Toro's Frith BY DAN ALBANO
    LAGUNA HILLS El Toro coach Robert Frith showed his ability to learn and adapt quickly long before he assembled a team in less than two weeks for tonight’s inaugural Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Classic. Frith was a relatively unknown 32-year-old assistant when he was hired by El Toro in June of 2009 to take over
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • CdM changes: Ricker departs; Gresh takes over BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Corona del Mar girls tennis coach Brian Ricker resigned this week, stepping down after 11 seasons coaching one of the county’s top programs. He will be replaced by Jamie Gresh, who is also the school’s boys tennis coach. “It was a great experience,” Ricker said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • O.C. stars prepare for high-scoring battle BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    LAKE FOREST - Offenses in postseason all-star games have a tendency to be vanilla. With a limited amount of practice time and little familiarity between players and coaching staffs, playbooks, terminology and schemes are often simplified. The inaugural Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Classic on Saturday has the potential
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Servite loses Trinity title to St. John Bosco BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    BELLFLOWER With the Trinity League dual meet wrestling title on the line, St. John Bosco took aim at the defending champs and didn’t miss. With two matches remaining, St. John Bosco’s Danny Salas clinched the title with his major-decision victory at 222 pounds, giving the Braves a 12-point lead that resulted in a 37-29
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Fryer: O.C.-I.E. All-Star Game a natural BY STEVE FRYER
    Like noise-cancelling headphones for air travel, it is a concept that was long overdue. The first Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic will be played Saturday. It is a great way to settle any “who’s better” disagreement in Southern California football. The 7 p.m. game will be at Corona High.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Update: Troy girls tie CIF-SS mark for league wins
    (Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Troy did not tie the CIF State record Wednesday night as was originally reported by OCVarsity.com.) Troy’s girls basketball team tied the CIF-Southern Section and Orange County records for consecutive league victories Wednesday with its 183rd win in a row - 56-15 over Bu
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Ocean View back in control of Golden West race BY JEREMY BALAN
    It’s been a little while since Ocean View has been in the driver’s seat in the Golden West League. But the league, controlled by Westminster and Segerstrom in recent years, is back in the Seahawks’ control after a 44-35 home victory over Segerstrom on Thursday night. Ocean View coach Kim Morris has put a
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Northwood boosts confidence by shutting out CdM BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Minutes after his Northwood squad captured sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast League, Timberwolves girls soccer coach Cory Dilbeck made a bold prediction for the second half of league play. “I don’t think they’ll catch us,” the first-year coach said of Corona del Mar. “I don’t t
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Ocean View earns victory over rival Segerstrom BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    It wasn’t a full act of revenge, but it was a start for Ocean View’s girls water polo team. In their first match-up since Segerstrom beat them in last year’s CIF-SS Division 7 final, the Seahawks grabbed an early lead and held on for a 7-6 victory in a Golden West League game Thursday at Ocean View High. “
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran earns meaningful win BY STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei made it obvious last week that it is the No. 1 boys basketball team in Orange County. Orange Lutheran made it obvious Wednesday that it is No. 2. The Lancers took control early and did not lose it Wednesday. They beat Santa Margarita, 67-49, in a Trinity League game at Orange Lutheran High. Orange Lutheran is No
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Harris' effort puts Trabuco Hills alone at top BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    MISSION VIEJO – Aaron Harris has come a long way in a short period of time. Last year, he was a reserve for the Trabuco Hills boys basketball team. This year, as the team’s only returner, he has stepped into the role of leader. The senior guard scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Wednesday to lead to host
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Troy buries lots of shots in win over Buena Park BY NICK SELBE
    BUENA PARK—Facing a Buena Park team with more length and athleticism, Troy coach Aaron Mason knew his team had to limit mistakes and play efficiently in order to come away with the road win. After watching his players make nearly 60 percent of their shots Wednesday night, he was thrilled with the result—a 58-35 Freeway
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Savanna uses group effort to get past Katella BY ANDREW TURNER
    ANAHEIM – On a night in which its top scorer, Michael Enis, struggled at times offensively, Savanna patched together enough contributions from other players to get past Katella, 63-47, on Wednesday in an Orange League boys basketball game at Katella High. The contributions came from everywhere. Seven Rebels got on the score
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Roster selected for O.C.-I.E. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    Quinten Pounds of Cypress and five other first-team All-County football players have been selected to represent Orange County in the inaugural Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Game on Jan. 24. The other first-team All-County players expected to play are El Toro wide receiver/returner Kaleb Fossum, Tesoro offensive l
    Wed Jan 21, 2015