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  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Photos from Friday's semifinals
    Check out our photos from Friday night's high school football playoffs games. County teams were playing in the semifinals of the CIF-SS playoffs, and there was a lot of great action on the field and excitement in the stands. Go to to see
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Mater Dei's magic finally runs out against Centennial By STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – Mater Dei made a magical comeback last week to beat Serra of Gardena. The Monarchs couldn’t quite duplicate that Friday. They lost to Centennial of Corona, 42-36, in a CIF-Southern Section Pac-5 Division semifinal at Santa Ana Stadium. Mater Dei was trailing by 26 points late in the third quarter.
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Playoff brackets: Semifinals scores, finals matchups
    We've got updated playoff brackets following Friday night's semifinals. We've also got the matchups for all 13 finals next week and the home teams for those games. Click on the links below. Here are the links to the brackets: •
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Mission Viejo dominates Chino Hills in all phases By KENNY CONNOLLY
    CHINO HILLS – Brock Johnson digs the long ball. His receiving corps are pretty fond of it too. Mission Viejo’s senior quarterback tossed a career-high seven touchdown passes – four coming from 50 yards or longer – and racked up 372 yards through the air as the top-seeded Diablos throttled host Chino
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Barriere powers La Habra into Southwest final By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LA HABRA – The chase for No. 7 is still alive for the La Habra football team thanks in large part to another standout night from No. 3. With the game tied to start the second half, the stage was set for La Habra quarte
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • San Clemente roars into 2nd straight final By DAN ALBANO
    b SAN CLEMENTE – The rallying cry cut through the chilly air just before San Clemente ended its postgame team huddle Friday night. “Let’s finish it!” someone shouted after the Tritons advanced to their
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Brea Olinda's defense delivers knockout to Garden Grove By ANDREW TURNER
    GARDEN GROVE – Those within the Brea Olinda camp had waited a year for this game. The way the Wildcats told the narrative, their season had ended too early in a second-round playoff loss to Garden Grove last year. Not this time. Brea Olinda’s defense stood up the county’s third-leading rusher all game, a
    Sat Nov 28, 2015
  • Girls basketball preview: O.C. top 10 By KENNY CONNOLLY
    The girls basketball preseason O.C. top 10 for the 2015-16 season: 1. Mater Dei The Monarchs’ cupboard is far from bare. They possess great size and skill up front in forwards Ally Rosenblum and Emma Torbert, and a rotation of guards led by Jayda Adams and
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Boys basketball preview: O.C. top 10 By STEVE FRYER
    The boys basketball preseason O.C. top 10 for the 2015-16 season: 1. Mater Dei As always, the Monarchs have several all-star players, among them senior 6-foot-10 center MJ Cage (an Oregon signee) and sophomore Spencer Freedman, a highly regarded point guard who transferred from Santa
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo preview: O.C. top 10 By DAN ALBANO
    The girls water polo O.C. preseason top 10 for 2015-16: 1. Laguna Beach: The two-time defending CIF Division 1 champions will show their depth now that junior Aria Fischer has opted for the U.S. national team and Makenzie Fischer has graduated. “There’s definitely some disappointed seniors who want
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Chaves plays big, valuable role in Villa Park's success By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    VILLA PARK – Ramon Chaves has a list of hobbies for his free time away from the football field. He likes watching movies, snowboarding, going to the beach and bodysurfing. However, during the football season, there isn’t much time for off-the-field activities, because Chaves is rarely off the field. Cha
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Pac-5: Preview & prediction for Friday's game By STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's preview and prediction for Friday's semifinal: PAC-5 DIVISION Centennial of Corona (12-0) vs. Mater Dei (10-2) Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Live coverage: Fox Sports West Outlook: Defending division champion an
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • West Valley: Preview & prediction for Friday's game By DAN ALBANO
    OCVarsity's preview and prediction for Friday's semifinal: WEST VALLEY DIVISION Mission Viejo (12-0) vs. Chino Hills (10-2) Where, when: Chino Hills, 7:30 p.m. Live coverage: Outlook: The top-seeded defending champion D
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Southwest: Previews & predictions for Friday's games By KENNY CONNOLLY
    OCVarsity's previews and predictions for Friday's semifinals: SOUTHWEST DIVISION La Habra (11-1) vs. Villa Park (12-0) Where, when: La Habra High, 7 p.m. Live coverage: CASportsZone online radio ( Outlook: V
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Southern: Previews & predictions for Friday's games By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OCVarsity's previews and predictions for Friday's semifinals: SOUTHERN DIVISION Garden Grove (10-2) vs. Brea Olinda (7-5) Where, when: Garden Grove High, 7 p.m. Outlook: These teams met in the second round of the playoffs last year with the Ar
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • East Valley: Previews & predictions for Friday's games By KENNY CONNOLLY
    OCVarsity's previews and predictions for Friday's semifinals: EAST VALLEY DIVISION Brethren Christian (11-1) vs. Grace Brethren (12-0) Where, when: Ocean View High, 7 p.m. Outlook: Warriors running back Jordan
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Girls volleyball regionals: Saturday's schedule
    Schedule for the CIF State girls volleyball playoffs. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL DIVISION I Second round, Saturday, 7 p.m. Redondo at Torrey Pines Trabuco Hills at Mater Dei DIVISION II Second round, Saturday, 7 p.m.
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: Semifinals preview
    Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, and Jonathan Khamis preview the semifinals of the CIF-SS playoffs. Can Mater Dei take down mighty Centennial? Will Mission Viejo advance to the finals again? Who makes it out of the Southwest? Video by Jonathan Khamis,
    Wed Nov 25, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Giving thanks for playoff football By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun! It's Thanksgiving week, and there's football still being played. The guys discuss all the CIF-SS semifinals: Mater Dei/Centennial, Mission Viejo/Chino Hills, La Habra/Villa Park, Buena Park/San Clemente, Garden Gro
    Wed Nov 25, 2015
  • OCVarsity O.C. football top 10 going into the semifinals By STEVE FRYER
    A weekly poll of O.C. media members: 1. Mater Dei (10-2, 95 poll points) Monarchs return to top of poll after getting late defensive touchdown and clutch two-point conversion to beat Serra of Gardena, 28-27, i
    Tue Nov 24, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: All of Championship Saturday's events
    Check out all of our photos from Championship Saturday - the most important day of the fall for the fall sports. County teams were competing for CIF-SS titles in cross country, volleyball and water polo, and we have photos from all of the action. For complete coverage, go to There are stories from all of the games, scores,
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Garden Grove knows the way to semifinals By STEVE FRYER
    It would not feel right if Garden Grove wasn’t playing in the CIF-SS football semifinals this week. For the fourth year in a row, and for the sixth time in seven seasons, Garden Grove has advanced to a semifinal. Garde
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Albano notes: SVC looks for finals breakthrough By DAN ALBANO
    Saddleback Valley Christian football has visited this emotional ledge before. So has its 26-year-old, first-year head coach. This week’s CIF-SS semifinals pack plenty of challenges, but the Warriors and Coach Brendan Chambers are armed with more experience than one might guess. SVC (12-0) will attempt to win
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Updated schedule for CIF-SS football semifinals
    Schedule for this week’s CIF-SS football playoff games. SEMIFINALS FRIDAY Pac-5 Division Centennial of Corona (12-0) vs. Mater Dei (10-2), at Santa Ana Satdium, 7:30 p.m.
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • Mater Dei receives No. 2 seed in So Cal regionals By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Mater Dei is the second seed in the Southern California regional bracket for the upcoming CIF State Girls Volleyball Tournament. The Monarchs, who won their first CIF-SS title since 2003 with Saturday’s four-set victory over Redondo, will host Valencia of Valencia in the first round, Tuesday at 7 p.m. The pairings were rele
    Sun Nov 22, 2015