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  • CdM doesn't plan to be down for long BY MICHAEL KATZ
    It took 735 days for it to happen, but Corona del Mar’s football team finally came out on the wrong end of a box score. Yes, after a 30-game winning streak that spanned two years and five days, the Sea Kings fell on the road last week to Tesoro, 28-14, ending the state’s longest winning streak. After losing to the Tit
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 5 BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVARSITY GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 6 TESORO (4-1) NO. 10 SAN CLEMENTE (5-0) Where, when: San Clemente High, Thursday, 7 p.m. Last time they met: 2013, Tesoro won, 30-14. Series: San Clemente leads, 6-4 Coaches: Tesoro, Matt Poston (
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Los Alamitos pulls out victory over No. 2 CdM BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    With the final set of the third round still in progress Wednesday afternoon at Los Alamitos High, Griffins girls tennis coach Kevin Garrett positioned himself away from the crowd, noticeably fixated on his clipboard. In a match that potentially could’ve ended in a tie, Garrett was tallying games, trying to predict how a tiebr
    Wed Oct 01, 2014
  • Asic-led Dana Hills continues to beat El Toro BY DAN ALBANO
    Senior Marko Asic operates from a perspective that few, if any, Dana Hills water polo players before him have known. Asic has only experienced success against traditional South Coast League powerhouse El Toro. The sharp-shooting attacker helped the Dolphins claim league crowns as a sophomore and junior, and contributed to
    Tue Sep 30, 2014
  • Mater Dei looks ready for Trinity BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Tuesday night provided the Mater Dei girls volleyball team with a final test run before it starts playing Trinity League games later this week. By the looks of things, the seventh-ranked Monarchs appear to be ready for any challenge, as they swept visiting Chaparral of Temecula, 25-21, 25-19, 25-20. “I would say we’re
    Tue Sep 30, 2014
  • O.C. Top 10 for Week 5: Mater Dei leads the way BY STEVE FRYER
    O.C. FOOTBALL TOP 10 1. Mater Dei, 4-0 (100 poll points): Monarchs’ offensive line had its best outing in 34-12 win over Edison. This week: at We
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Fryer on football: CdM streak ends right way BY STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar’s 30-game winning streak ended in the most noble of ways. Sea Kings coach Scott Meyer lined up a challenging nonleague schedule that put his team to the test. No Trinity League schools are on Corona del Mar’s nonleague schedule, but, hey, most of the larger public school programs don’t pursue playi
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • SoCal Varsity Top 20 for Week 5 BY DAN ALBANO
    St. John Bosco and Mater Dei are on a collision course on the field. And in the SoCal Varsity Top 20 poll, their paths also are getting closer. For the first time this season, the Braves aren't the unanimous No. 1 team, and the new support for the top spot went to Mater Dei. St. John Bosco (3-1) suffered its first loss of the sea
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: This week in O.C. football
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis discuss Week 5 of the football season, including a preview of Tesoro vs. San Clemente, which shapes up as a battle of the top two public schools in the county. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Valerio gives Beckman a leg up on most teams BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Beckman coach Glen Fisher believes Sebastian Valerio has the potential to be one of the best football players on the Patriots roster. “He’s one of the most athletic kids on the team,” Fisher explained. “He’d be a great receiver. He’s strong and has some great football attributes.”
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Dana Hills Invitational
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Dana Hills Invitational cross country meet held on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014.
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Fall notebook: Mater Dei out to regain No. 1 status
    One of the strengths of Mater Dei’s boys water polo program in recent seasons has been its focus. The ability to focus helped the Monarchs win a state-record 105 consecutive games and five consecutive CIF titles. True to form, Mater Dei’s focus quickly returned Saturday after claiming the South Coast Tournament for a
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • OCVarsity Fandemonium: Week 4
    Click through the slideshow to see photos of O.C. football fans cheering on their teams at Week 4 games.
    Sun Sep 28, 2014
  • De La Salle runs away from Servite BY CHACE BRYSON
    CONCORD – After going toe-to-toe with state power De La Salle for a little more than a half, a costly turnover began a nightmarish final 17 minutes for visiting Servite in a 47-24 loss Saturday. The Friars trailed, 27-17, with 5:15 left in the third quarter, when Travis Waller was intercepted on a deep seam route. The Sparta
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Mater Dei continues So. Coast Tournament dominance By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – The mega-star players are gone for now. The breathtaking, power moves at center have been replaced by chemistry, depth and creativity. But not everything has changed with Mater Dei’s boys water polo team. The Monarchs still rule the South Coast Tournament. Mater Dei captured the 32-team tournament Satu
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • All of Friday's football stories and photos By STEVE FRYER
    Friday night's high school football action produced some huge performances, wild finishes and big upsets. The nonleague games continued to set the stage for what promises to be an exciting league season. Click on the links below to find game stories and photos, or
    Sat Sep 27, 2014
  • Tesoro ends Corona del Mar's 30-game streak BY DAN ALBANO
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Tesoro was determined not to let Corona del Mar’s magical number grow Friday night. Titans coach Matt Poston told his players about the Sea Kings’ 30-game winning streak – the longest active streak in the state – and Tesoro attacked it with defense, the dual-threat abilities o
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • Live football updates tonight on Twitter
    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 by searching Twiter for the hash tag
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • OCVarsity's Friday Pregame Madness: Week 4 By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    We’re back for another week of fun across the county. Will there be any upsets? Who will be the surprise team or player this week? Here is this week’s OCVarsity Pregame Madness for Week 4.  MY WEEKLY TOP 10 VOTE 1. Mater Dei; 2. Servite; 3. JSerra; 4. Sa
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • Darnold's four TDs spark San Clemente's victory BY STEVE FRYER
    NEWPORT BEACH – Sam Darnold is not perfect. He threw an interception. But Darnold was darned close to perfection otherwise. He passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown to lead San Clemente to a 47-24 win over Newport Harbor in a nonleague game Friday night at Newport Harbor Hi
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • Orange Lutheran runs away in win BY BRIAN HAAS
    MURRIETA – Patrick Reardon found the end zone three times Friday night as Orange Lutheran defeated Vista Murrieta in blowout fashion, 37-3. Reardon carried the ball 14 times for 152 yards in the win. It was the second-largest home loss in Vista Murrieta history. “This was a great win to go into league o
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • No. 8 Mission Viejo overcomes mistakes BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    MISSION VIEJO – It wasn’t pretty, but no one associated with the Mission Viejo football team will throw the victory away. The eighth-ranked Diablos (3-2) had to hold off a determined Redondo Union (1-4) team and at times, were forced to overcome their own mistakes, before finally pulling out the 19-5 victory Friday. &
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • Mater Dei defense stifles Edison BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    COSTA MESA – Mater Dei’s defense had Dave White’s stamp of approval well before kickoff. “They’re phenomenal,” the longtime Edison coach said during pregame warmups. “As good as I’ve seen.” While White’s initial compliments stemmed from hours of film study, a frightening
    Fri Sep 26, 2014
  • All of Thursday's football stories and photos
    Week 4 for high school football got off to a strong start with seven nonleague games involving Orange County teams. Click on the links below to find our reports on the games or click here to go to the statist
    Thu Sep 25, 2014
  • Foothill's defense leads way past Brea Olinda BY STEVE FRYER
    TUSTIN – Foothill might not be as good as it needs to be to contend for the Crestview League championship. But the Knights have a few weeks to go before league play begins, and they took a step in the right direction Thursday with a 37-21 nonleague win over Brea Olinda at Tustin High. Foothill improved to 2-2. Brea is 1-3.
    Thu Sep 25, 2014