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  • O.C.'s hot topics going into the 2015 football season BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – Scott Meyer looked ready for a day at the beach instead of an evening on the gridiron on a recent afternoon, some three hours before a 7-on-7 passing league at Servite High. When the new Servite coach emerged amidst the near ceiling-high stacks of boxes in the football offices, he donned a black Friars T-shirt &nda
    Sat Aug 01, 2015
  • Fryer: Intro to O.C. Football 2015 BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s high school football season. Already. All ready? The first day of “fall practice,” as it’s called by the CIF-Southern Section, is Monday for teams that play Week 0 games. The first day of fall practice for teams that start the season in Week 1 is Aug. 10. In recent years, a football te
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • OCVarsity Blitz: Nonstop O.C. football coverage
    OCVarsity is ready to start 2015 high school football season in Orange County. But are you ready for the OCVarsity Blitz? Starting Saturday and continuing throughout August, it will be nonstop football coverage at We'll have something to highlight each day - notebooks, features, lists and analysis,
    Wed Jul 29, 2015
  • Updated: O.C.'s Top 34 recruits for 2016 BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's Dan Albano continues to update his list of Orange County's top football recruits for the Class of 2016. The list now is at 34 players heading into August. In late August, OCVarsity will reveal its annual O.C. Hot 150 list -- which ranks the top players in the county regardless of their grade. The Hot 150 will be pa
    Wed Jul 29, 2015
  • Northwood Club climbs to the top at Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE - The rise of an Orange County water polo power moved Tuesday to the coronation stage, complete with medals and wonder about what the future holds. Northwood Water Polo Club’s 16-and-under boys defeated top-seeded Del Mar of San Diego, 7-5, to capture gold in their age group’s top
    Tue Jul 28, 2015
  • Hollingsworth 'excited' to take over at Westminster BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    WESTMINSTER - Beads of sweat are forming atop C.J. Hollingsworth’s head. It’s the final day of summer practice, and for whatever reason, the air conditioning in Hollingsworth’s office is on the fritz. Just the other week, the white-walled, carpeted room cooled to a crisp 60 degrees. Today, it’s a sweltering
    Tue Jul 28, 2015
  • OCVarsity O.C. Top 10 (Summer Edition) BY STEVE FRYER
    (Editor's note: This story was first published in late June.) Creating an Orange County football top 10 two months before the season begins might seem like a foolhardy endeavor. We went for it anyway. This is not the OCVarsity top 10 that will appear in our “Kickoff 2015” season preview package that c
    Tue Jul 28, 2015
  • Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register boys swimmer of the year Grant Shoults has committed to Stanford, the Santa Margarita senior-to-be announced Saturday. "It's been an exciting process learning about some of the top swimming programs across the country and getting to know some of the best coaches and swimmers in the world," the Mission Viejo
    Sat Jul 25, 2015
  • Mayoral expects easy transition at El Toro BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    El Toro High named Mike Mayoral as its new head football coach, the program announced on its website July 16. Mayoral replaces Athletic Director Robert Frith, who resigned as coach to take his current position earlier this month. “He was the best qualified person for the job is what it came down to,” Fri
    Wed Jul 22, 2015
  • Williams sees bright future for Orange basketball program BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    ORANGE - Not one of the keys on Tim Williams’ lanyard appears to open the door to the Orange High gymnasium. “All part of being a new coach, I guess,” he says after another failed turn. “You get a set of keys, and you’ve got to figure out where they all go.” After trying every key twice over, W
    Wed Jul 22, 2015
  • Clarke ready to rebuild at Laguna Beach BY NATHAN PERCY
    It was less than two years ago when Ted Clarke decided to take a spontaneous trip to south Orange County. The longtime football coach, 57, was sitting alone in his Whittier College office on a Friday night, weary from recruiting trips to San Diego, Oregon and Washington. Not long after losing his wife, Nancy, to can
    Mon Jul 20, 2015
  • Mater Dei boys, Laguna Beach girls capture state titles BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA Mater Dei’s boys water polo team couldn’t get past Harvard-Westlake of Studio City last fall in four matches, including the CIF-SS Division 1 final. On Sunday, the Monarchs continued to progress on reversing that trend by defeating the top-seeded Wolverines in the final of the biggest high school summer tournament.
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Modster helps Tesoro take third in Huntington Beach tournament BY HAYDEN KNUDSEN
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach passing tournament ended Saturday and so did the summer tournament season. With its completion, high school football fans have a good idea of what they can expect during the regular season, and they got to see it all on display at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. Tesoro quarterback
    Sat Jul 18, 2015
  • Re-energized Carlson returns to coach Los Al girls BY DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH Dave Carlson felt “burnt out” when he resigned from coaching varsity water polo at Los Alamitos. The avid sports fan recharged by attending football and baseball games throughout the country.
    Sat Jul 18, 2015
  • El Toro hires Mayoral to replace Frith BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro has hired assistant Mike Mayoral as its replacement for football coach Robert Frith, assistant principal Ed Begany said Thursday. Mayoral served as the defensive coordinator under Frith, who recently resigned after six highly-successful seasons to become the school’s athletic director. Frith repl
    Thu Jul 16, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Saturday's Battle at the Beach BY DAN ALBANO
    Check out the Register's photos from the Battle at the Beach passing tournament at Edison High on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Contact the writer:
    Sun Jul 12, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: O.C. All-Star Game '15
    Check out the Register’s photos from the North vs. South in the annual Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game played Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Orange Coast College.
    Sun Jul 12, 2015
  • Los Alamitos falls to Narbonne in final of Edison tournament By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH John Barnes didn’t have time to chat after his team’s surprising runner-up finish at the Battle of the Beach 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday at Edison. “I never planned on being in this game,” the Los Alamitos football coach said before he departed the field on a golf cart i
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • Pruett's record-setting effort lifts South in All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA - Gavin Pruett wanted a high-scoring game with plenty of passing. The Capistrano Valley quarterback made sure both happened for the South on Thursday night. P
    Fri Jul 10, 2015
  • All-Star notebook: South defense did damage, too BY OSCAR TERRONES
    COSTA MESA – A dominant defensive performance helped secure a 30-20 win for the South in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on Thursday at Orange Coast College. While the
    Fri Jul 10, 2015
  • Pruett gives credit to hard work of South teammates BY HAYDEN KNUDSEN
    COSTA MESA - A stellar first-half performance from the South defense Thursday in the Brea Lions O.C. All-Star Game had things looking grim for the North, which generated just six points - on a
    Fri Jul 10, 2015
  • Drayton ready for the next challenge BY OSCAR TERRONES
    Being the first student-athlete from Segerstrom High to attend an Ivy League university is just the first of a long list of goals Kenari Drayton has planned for his future. Drayton loves football, but he acknowledges science and academics have always had a strong pull with him, something his parents instilled in him while he was g
    Thu Jul 09, 2015
  • Biehns happily united for O.C. All-Star Game BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    MISSION VIEJO – As the sun slowly crept behind the Saddleback Mountain range Tuesday evening, Chi Chi Biehn repositioned his shades atop the bill of his baseball cap for a sharper
    Wed Jul 08, 2015
  • Offenses look to make it a memorable night BY DAN ALBANO
    South quarterback Gavin Pruett knows what type of game he’d like. “Lots of points,” the Capistrano Valley graduate said of Thursday night’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game at Orange Coast College. “Lots of throwing.” The North and South teams appear stockpiled to do both, but they
    Wed Jul 08, 2015
  • Updated: Top 31 O.C. football recruits for 2016 BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's Dan Albano has updated his list of the top football recruits (Class of 2016) in Orange County. The list now is at 31 players. (**The list was updated July 8 to show recent commitments**) In late August, Albano will have the O.C. Hot 150, a list of the top 150 players in the
    Wed Jul 08, 2015