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  • Huge breakthrough for No. 2 JSerra BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – The Orange County football universe changed Friday. JSerra 17, Mater Dei 10. It was only a few years that JSerra had to forfeit Trinity League games because it did not have enough healthy players to finish the season. Then the Lions started winning a league game here and there. They won their final two league ga
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Let the title talk begin for Santa Margarita BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO – Santa Margarita wasn’t part of the title talk in the Trinity League before the season, but the Eagles thrust themselves in that conversation Friday night. Dre Hall and Rick Ellison each rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown, Grady Higgins forced and recovered a key second-half fumble and No
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • OCVarsity Fandemonium: Week 8
    Click through the slideshow to see photos of O.C. football fans cheering on their teams at Week 8 games on Friday, Oct. 24.
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Orange Lutheran loses tough one to St. John Bosco BY JEREMY BALAN
    BELLFLOWER – Add another to the list for Orange Lutheran – the list of heartbreaking Trinity League losses that is only three games long, but feels endless. For the third game in the row Friday, the Lancers were in position to win in the fourth quarter against one of the state’s best football programs and again they cam
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Valencia claims inside track for Empire crown BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    PLACENTIA – While the Empire League title wasn’t on the line in Friday night’s highly anticipated showdown between Valencia and Cypress, overwhelming control of the league’s fate certainly was. As both Mike Marrujo and Rick Feldman suspected, the game’s outcome came down to the final drive, act
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Friday's stories, photos, video and more
    This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's game stories, photos, scores, video and more from the Week 8 of the high school football season: Week 8: Scores from Friday's games
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Buena Park pulls away from Troy BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    BUENA PARK – Buena Park and Troy have exchanged the last three Freeway League silver medals. The chasm between La Habra and its leaguemates is shrinking, yes, but it’ll exist until someone knocks the Highlanders off their throne. The way Buena Park looks right now, its time is fast approaching. Quarterback
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Mission Viejo wobbles, adjusts to top San Juan Hills BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    MISSION VIEJO – The real adjustments came after halftime for the Mission Viejo football team Friday night. After a frustrating first half on defense for the Diablos, they turned up the aggression in the second half, keeping the San Juan Hills offense out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, leading to a 42-21 South Coast Leagu
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Trabuco Hills' defense shuts down Capo Valley BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    MISSION VIEJO – Minutes before kickoff Friday night, Coach Tony Henney called Trabuco Hills’ showdown with Sea View League foe Capistrano Valley a “seize the moment” kind of game. It wasn’t long before the swarming Mustangs’ defense was seizing just about everything in its path. Powered
    Sat Oct 25, 2014
  • Los Amigos wins battle with Rancho Alamitos BY SCOTT FRENCH
    GARDEN GROVE – Moby Contreras was finding gaps for big gains on the ground for Los Amigos, and Nick Brown was connecting with his assortment of receivers as Rancho Alamitos’ aerial game was firing on all cylinders, a recipe for a real shootout between the Garden Grove League rivals. In the first quarter alone, t
    Sat Oct 25, 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
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • OCVarsity Pregame Madness for Week 8
    Another week of O.C. football is here. If you haven’t noticed, the regular season is moving quickly. It is time to start focusing your attention on the league standings. It is also time for you to start scoreboard watching or Twitter watching. Time to take a look at some of Friday’s can’t-miss games. Let
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Navarro breaks record as Villa Park rolls BY DAN ALBANO
    ORANGE Quarterback Anthony Navarro and Villa Park gave their fellow contenders in the CIF-SS Southwest Division plenty to ponder Thursday with their stellar play and potential injury news. The first-year starting senior passed for a school-record 367 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Kyle Harlin as Villa Park won its
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Katella stays on track for Orange showdown BY JEREMY BALAN
    ANAHEIM – When sophomore Jorge Fonseca recovered Katella’s game-opening onside kick Thursday night, Coach Fred DiPalma got an inkling things were going to be breaking the Knights’ way in their Orange League matchup with Savanna. Everything seemed to work for Katella during and after the opening kickoff, as
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • OCVarsity Hot 150: Studs, snubs after Week 7 BY DAN ALBANO
    After a few busy weeks on the high school scene, it's time to return to my reviews of
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Fryer: Orange a nice surprise in girls tennis BY STEVE FRYER
    Only one Orange County school has a girls tennis team ranked No. 1 in its CIF division. The school is not a private school or a beach school. It’s not south of the El Toro “Y” nor is it in the county’s northeast hills. Orange is No. 1 in Division 5 girls tennis. The Panthers are 16-1 overall and 10
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • McMorris determined to reach his goal line BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA – Before Malik McMorris plays a down of football Friday night for Mater Dei, he plans to pose for a family picture on the field as part of the school’s homecoming tradition for seniors. He hopes to have his father, Patrick, and perhaps his siblings by his side along with a special keepsake. McMorris wi
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • New OCVarsity podcast with Whitehead & Calhoun By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome to Week 1 of what we're temporarily calling the OCVarsity Podcast with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun! (If you have a better name, let us know.) During what we hope becomes a weekly podcast, Damian and I will discuss the happenings of Orange County varsity sports. This week: Who do Damian and I think will capture the
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • OCVarsity Offsides: El Toro's secret weapon By JONATHAN KHAMIS
    Jonathan Khamis travels to El Toro High School and hears voices in his head. The voices lead to the unveiling of El Toro's secret weapon. Video by Kevin Warn and Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com. Click here to go to the video.
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 8 BY STEVE FRYER
    GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 2 JSERRA (6-1 overall, 1-1 league) VS. NO. 1 MATER DEI (6-1, 1-1) Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m. Last time they met: Mater Dei won, 38-14 Series: Mater Dei leads, 8-0 Coaches: JSerra, Jim Har
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • O.C. leaders: Top performances this season
     Here are the top-10 single-game performances this season in Orange County.  The lists are through the Week 7 games. RUSHING 1. Carlos Martin, La Habra, Week 4: 31 carries, 429 yards, 4 TDs 2. Jacob Fimbres, Sonora, Week 6: 25 carries, 310 yards,
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • OCVarsity Blitz: Breaking down the matchups BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    With only three weeks left in the regular season, the jockeying for playoff positioning is in full swing. To help prepare you for the home stretch, we’re breaking down a handful of this week’s top games happening outside of the Orange County top 10, providing a key statistic from each matchup that'll help determine the outcom
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • Mater Dei rally brings sweet emotion By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    SANTA ANA – It was an emotional night all around for the Mater Dei girls volleyball team. It was senior night for 11 players on the team’s roster, and the match took the team through a wide range of emotions. It finally ended in jubilation for the fourth-ranked Monarchs as Alyse Ford connected on her 32nd kill to seal
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Le cruises to Trinity championship BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    ANAHEIM - Jakeishya Le didn’t have a good answer for how she has been able to do it, other than saying she has found her rhythm. She seemed surprised when she was reminded of her scores the last couple of weeks. That’s understandable, given that the Mater Dei senior is on the kind of roll rarely seen in girls golf.
    Wed Oct 22, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's volleyball (10-21-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from O.C. girls volleyball matches played on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2014.
    Wed Oct 22, 2014