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  • Croom transfers to Servite from LB Poly By STEVE FRYER
    Micah Croom, a highly regarded safety, today was accepted at Servite and is enrolling there, Servite athletic director Alan Clinton confirmed today. Croom, 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, will be a junior this coming school year. He attended Long Beach Poly as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to's All-Sophomo
    Wed Jul 23, 2014
  • National award for Mater Dei's McKnight By STEVE FRYER
    Gary McKnight of Mater Dei is the National High School Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year, the association announced today. McKnight coached Mater Dei to its fourth consecutive CIF State champio
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's Blancs share national honor By STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita co-coaches and brothers Rich and Ron Blanc were named national girls swimming coaches of the year by the National High School Coaches Association. The Eagles' girls swimming team won its 15th consecutive Trinity League championship this past school year, and were CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champions. Mater De
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • New state rules for football signed into law BY STEVE FRYER
    The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to t
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Tesoro takes third in Surf City passing tournament BY ANTONIO MORALES
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Tesoro’s defense struggled mightily in a semifinal loss to Bishop Amat of La Puente in the Surf City passing tournament at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. The Titans’ defense came together in the tournament’s third-place game as they picked off Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello four tim
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Mater Dei takes second in state, Laguna girls win BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team didn’t get the outcome it desired Sunday but the Monarchs said they still proved an important point: They can play with reigning CIF Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City despite heavy losses from graduation. Top-seeded Harvard-Westlake never trailed but couldn’t co
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Morgan Wilson's family pushes for CPR, AEDs By SARAH TULLY and TONY SAAVEDRA
    Two words separated 17-year-old Morgan Wilson from life and death, her parents believe: if only. If only the tennis center where she suffered a fatal heart attack had a defibrillator. If only someone had administered CPR in the precious minutes before paramedics arrived. Wilson’s family is trying to prevent others f
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Mater Dei, Harvard-Westlake on course to clash By DAN ALBANO
    Division 1 boys water polo rivals Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City remained on a collision course Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Last season’s Division 1 finalists each won twice to cruise into Sunday’s semifinals at Foothill.
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • San Clemente's Darnold commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Darnold had narrowed his choices to the Trojans, Utah and Duke but said in a text message that he picked USC because, “I want to stay in SoCal for the rest of my life and the opportunity
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Godinez's Smith flew under the radar to UC Irvine BY DEVIN UGLAND
    The story detailing the rise of Godinez basketball player Brandon Smith is one that is not scripted. Unlike other Division I college basketball recruits, Smith doesn’t play at a high-profile high school, but instead made his name at a small school in the heart of Santa Ana. Smith doesn’t have awe-inspiring size
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Smith sets an inspiring example, in the pool and out BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Thomas Smith of Edison dominated the Sunset League swim finals in May but his victories and awards don’t seem to be his favorite memories from the meet. He instead cites his interaction with a boy from rival Fountain Valley after a race. “As we were getting out of the water, he (said), ‘Hey, I read
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Recruiting: San Clemente's Darnold makes his decision By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold (6-4, 205) has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday afternoon. Darnold said he picked USC because, "I want to stay in SoCal
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Newport Harbor jolted by club departure of Lynn By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH One by one, Newport Harbor’s boys water polo players emerged on the pool deck Friday afternoon with a display of solidarity and disapproval regarding a coaching change that caught them off guard just hours earlier. The players walked toward their locker room at Newport Harbor with their team T-shirts turned inside out
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Servite hires Gilbert to coach baseball BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Servite announced the hiring of Shawn Gilbert as its baseball coach Thursday night. Gilbert had been the hitting coach at Long Beach State for the past four years. “Gilbert’s coaching philosophy mirrors what we believe here at Servite; he focuses on the formation of the entire individual, including on-field development
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Esperanza's Morgan Wilson, 17, dies after collapse BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Esperanza High student-athlete Morgan Wilson died Wednesday, eight days after suffering cardiac arrest while warming up at the Anaheim Tennis Center, her parents said in a statement through UC Irvine Medical Center. Wilson, 17, was a varsity tennis and track and field athlete who collapsed July 8. She was revived before being take
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • O.C. stars help Team USA sweep gold at Jr. Pan Am's By DAN ALBANO
    RIVERSIDE Huntington Beach senior-to-be goalie Alex Wolf made 11 saves and Dana Hills junior-to-be attacker Bennett Williams added a goal and three assists as the U.S. men's water polo team rallied from a three-goal deficit to edge Brazil, 10-9, in the gold-medal match of the Junior Pan American Championships at Riverside City Coll
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • Notes: Santa Margarita earns respect at Battle of the Beach By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Even from afar Saturday, it seemed clear that Santa Margarita’s KJ Costello received positive words from several St. John Bosco players as he navigated the teams’ postgame handshake at the Edison passing tournament. The junior-to-be quarterback comfortably chatted with a cluster of his Trinity
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Samuelson back at work after winning world title BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Mater Dei girls basketball coach Kevin Kiernan spent part of this past Sunday on his couch, tuned in to ESPN to watch his star player, Katie Lou Samuelson, help Team USA’s U17 squad win the FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic. With a day of traveling ahead of her to get back stateside, the last place the Mon
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players inivted to U.S. camp
    Huntington Beach pitcher Hagen Danner and Mater Dei pitcher Nick Pratto were among the Orange County players selected to participate in the U.S. 17U National Team Development Program. The players were invited to a training camp Aug. 11-15 in Cary, N.C. Also selected were Aliso Niguel catcher Blake Sabol, Mate
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Notes: North adjustments helped spark win By DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA A closer look at some of the key factors in the North’s 12-6 victory in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on Thursday night at Orange Coast College: • The North’s Fullerton coaches made three important adjustments at halftime, trailing, 6-0, after two quarters. First, the North’s offensi
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • North win brings sigh of relief BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA – The North vowed this week to break the South’s dominance in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. On Thursday night, they made good on their promise. Quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Servite receiver Neil Pau’u with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter for the go
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Rasheed brothers transfer to Santa Margarita By STEVE FRYER
    Kaden and Noah Rasheed have enrolled at Santa Margarita and are playing with the Eagles boys basketball team this summer, Santa Margarita coach Jeff Reinert confirmed today. The brothers, 5-foot-11 guards, were at Mission Viejo last school year.
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Servite's Waller has big final day at Elite 11
    The last day of Nike's Elite 11 quarterback camp was filled with highlights and a special honor for Servite's Travis Waller. The 6-foot-3 Waller jumped up in the camp's final rankings Thursday night in Beaverton, Ore., finishing No. 3 in the competition that brought together the nation's top 18 quarterbacks in the class of 20
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Katella's Ashmeade beats adversity By DAN ALBANO
    FULLERTON TJ Ashmeade knows about beating long odds and staying motivated. The running back from Katella has earned a spot in the same backfield for Thursday’s Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game as standout runners from Mater Dei (Justin Allen) and Servite (Nick Loppicola). The Orange and Trinity le
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Sunny Hills wins Summer League championship By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    FULLERTON – As soon as Mike Schade was in range, the Sunny Hills boys soccer team let their coach have it, dumping every bottle of water that they had over his head. Yeah, it’s only July and still about five months away from when the matches start counting for real. But on Thursday, the Lancers accomplished one of the
    Thu Jul 10, 2014