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  • OCVarsity Kickoff '14: O.C.'s best fan guide
    Here is everything you need to know about the Orange County high school football scene for 2014. We have our Hot 150 - a look at the top players in the county. We have our OCVarsity Top 25, a countdown of the top teams in the county. We have detailed previews of every league - with predictions on the league races and the
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Week 0: Fryer's previews and predictions BY STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer has his previews and predictions for the featured games in Week 0: GAME OF THE WEEK BISHOP GORMAN OF LAS VEGAS (13-2 in 2013) VS. NO. 1 SERVITE (6-6) Where, when: Cerritos College, Friday, 7:30 p.m. TV: Prime Ticket Last time t
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: OCVarsity's Hot 150 BY DAN ALBANO
    From blue-chip recruits to sons of former NFL stars to small-school giants, Orange County remains a fertile breeding ground for high school football talent. Based on statistics, coaches’ input, recruiting and hours of watching video highlights, we have compiled this year’s Hot 150, a list of the players to watch for in 2014.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • New wave of elite QBs lands in O.C. BY DAN ALBANO
    There’s a current sweeping through Orange County high school football, and it has arrived at the precise time that members of a potentially historic quarterback class are poised to catch the wave. At the center of this perfect storm is a shift toward the spread offense with quarterbacks using their speedy feet along with their stro
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Kickoff '14 photos
    Just as some football fans love defense over offense, running over passing, there are some fans who love the pictures more than the stories. So here is a slideshow of some of the great images taken by the Register's photographers for the OCVarsity Kickoff ’14 football preview section.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: South Coast League BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Mission Viejo: There are a lot of new faces in the lineup. Still, expect excellence along the offensive and defensive lines and a bevy of playmakers to again make the defending leag
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Trinity League BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS: TRINITY LEAGUE 1. St. John Bosco: Last year’s league and Pac-5 champions might not be as great as last year, as graduation took some stars. But with quarterback Josh Rosen and all sorts of talent on hand, the Braves still are the best of the league.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Sunset League BY DAN ALBANO
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Los Alamitos: The Griffins could be the league’s most complete team with their plethora of running backs, size on the lines and speed on defense. They usually play three-time d
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Sea View League BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. Trabuco Hills: New coach Tony Henney takes over a team that returns nine starters. The Mustangs return four offensive lineman, which is always a good thing. 2.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: OCVarsity's position rankings
    OCVarsity's reporters have come up with the most comprehensive rankings of the top players at each position in Orange Countygoing into the 2014 season. Check out our rankings and let us know on Twitter (#ocvarsity) and Facebook whether you agree with us or not. This free content is part of our Kickoff '14 preview package.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: Counting down the O.C. Top 25 BY STEVE FRYER
    Depending on the fan, preseason football rankings are “fantastic” or “meaningless” or somewhere in between. But it’s fairly safe to say that nearly everyone loves to check them out. Who’s No. 1 is one of the biggest questions each preseason. It’s all part of the buildup and excitement over the ne
    Tue Aug 26, 2014
  • CIF eliminates football Open Division regionals By STEVE FRYER
    The CIF State office today announced the elimination of the regionals round in the Open Division of the CIF State football championships. Regional rounds will continue in divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the state football playoffs. CIF State spokesman Rebecca Brutlag said the CIF State Football Advisory Committee and the state's 10 se
    Mon Aug 25, 2014
  • Gane leads Edison to 49-10 victory over Baldwin BY ROB COLLIAS
    WAILUKU, Hawaii – The Edison football team beat Baldwin, 49-10, on the island of Maui in its season opener Saturday night. The Chargers took a 21-0 lead in the first quarter with three long touchdown passes by Matt Gane – 49 and 42 yards to Jake Favreau and 37 yards to Jacob Price. The Edison defe
    Sun Aug 24, 2014
  • Coming soon: OCVarsity Kickoff '14
    Are you ready for OCVarsity to get in your face about the start of the 2014 high school football season? Our 14-page special section will be in Wednesday's edition of the Register and available online the first thing Wednesday morning. We've got it all -- analysis of every team and league, the Orange County preseason Top 25 poll,
    Sat Aug 23, 2014
  • Truong's journey goes from nightmare to 'miracle' BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Pictures of William Truong’s physical accomplishments have a special place on the walls of the Esperanza High weight room. It’s the room where he’s expended hours of effort and sweat; the room where Truong, a football player and shot putter, became one of the strongest athletes in school history. The phot
    Sat Aug 23, 2014
  • Paramount transfer lands at JSerra BY DAN ALBANO
    Paramount junior Edward Vander (6-1, 195) has enrolled at JSerra and is playing running back and linebacker, Lions football coach Jim Hartigan said. Vander is the second Paramount standout pl
    Fri Aug 22, 2014
  • OCVarsity Blitz: Best of the fans, food and uniforms
    When it comes to the Orange County high school football scene, the OCVarsity reporters have seen and experienced enough to have opinions on everything - the stadiums, snack food, school bands and coaches. As a way to help O.C. fans get ready for the upcoming season, we've asked our top reporters - Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, Kenny Connolly,
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • McLaughlin grabs bronze at Pan Pacific champs BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita senior swimmer and reigning Register female athlete of the year Katie McLaughlin claimed a major international medal Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Austra
    Thu Aug 21, 2014
  • O.C. sisters victims of hazing at New Mexico
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Two former Orange County high school soccer players, Danielle and Devin Scelsi, have withdrawn from the University of New Mexico after a hazing incident that involved alcohol. The freshmen twins were starting their first year at the school after graduating from Mission Viejo High in June. They both
    Wed Aug 20, 2014
  • OCVarsity rankings: O.C.'s top kickers and punters BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    With the start of the high school season quickly approaching, the Register has put together its lists of the top 10 players in the county at each position. These lists are based on the observations of the Register's reporters, the input of football coaches around the county and the amount of interest shown by college scouts. Here
    Wed Aug 20, 2014
  • Football recruiting: O.C.'s updated commit list BY DAN ALBANO
    ORANGE COUNTY'S TOP COMMITTED FOOTBALL PLAYERS  Class of 2015  Updated 8-21-14 17 commits P
    Wed Aug 20, 2014
  • OCVarsity rankings: O.C.'s top defensive backs BY ANTONIO MORALES
    With the start of the high school season quickly approaching, the Register has put together its lists of the top 10 players in the county at each position. These lists are based on the observations of the Register's reporters, the input of football coaches around the county and the amount of interest shown by college scouts. Here
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • Football: Mission Viejo's Smith commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    All-County Mission Viejo offensive lineman Cole Smith (6-3, 275) committed Tuesday morning to USC, Diablos football coach Bob Johnson said. Smith, a senior center and the son of former Rams star center Doug Smith, was a first-team All-County selection last seas
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • OCVarsity Blitz: Best and worst of the stadiums
    When it comes to the Orange County high school football scene, the OCVarsity reporters have seen and experienced enough to have opinions on everything - the stadiums, snack food, school bands and coaches. As a way to help O.C. fans get ready for the upcoming season, we've asked our top football reporters - Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, Kenny
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • Coaches take part in Ice Bucket Challenge BY DAN ALBANO
    The Ice Bucket Challenge has reached South County football and the fun is being shared by a few rival teams for the 2014 season. Last week, San Clemente coach Jamie Ortiz challenged the other head coaches in South County to join him
    Mon Aug 18, 2014