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  • Brodbeck shoots Esperanza to title in Irvine tournament BY STEVE FRYER
    Esperanza’s Jarrett Brodbeck has the coach’s permission to shoot at Brodbeck’s discretion. “Any shot I can get I’m going to try to take for my team,” Brodbeck said. “As long at it’s a good shot.” Brodbeck took plenty of good shots Saturday. He scored 36 points to lead E
    Sat Dec 20, 2014
  • Servite dominates Mann Classic BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ORANGE – Heavyweight VJ Leuta put the wraps on another big weekend for the Servite wrestling team in his finals match in the Mann Classic. Leuta won his finals match by fall, giving the Friars six individual champions, 14 medalists (entire lineup) and 382 team points to conclude the two-day tournament at Santiago Canyon Coll
    Sat Dec 20, 2014
  • Fischer's six goals help Laguna Beach top Orange Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Top-ranked Laguna Beach and No. 6 Orange Lutheran found the competition they were seeking Saturday at the girls water polo showcase at Santa Margarita. The reigning CIF Division 1 champs just found more success despite not being at full strength. U.S. national team defender Makenzie Fischer s
    Sat Dec 20, 2014
  • Bittersweet ending for St. Margaret's BY DAN ALBANO
    CARSON – The official signaled touchdown on the final play and St. Margaret’s players mobbed Charlie Beall for a wild celebration that featured lifted helmets and spirits. For the next several moments at StubHub Center, the final numbers on the scoreboard didn’t seem to match the postgame reactions of the players
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Updates from today's state championship game
    OCVarsity will have live updates from today's CIF State championship game between St. Margaret's and Central Catholic of Modesto. Kickoff for the Division IV game is 4 p.m. The updates will be posted through the OCVarsity Twitter account (@OCVarsity), and you can search for the updates with the hash tag #ocvupdates. We have a Twi
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Loss hurts, but St. Margaret's still smiling BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    CARSON - The mood was surprisingly upbeat. No heads hanging. No one in need of consoling. In fact, the St. Margaret’s sideline at StubHub Center looked like a USC football tailgate as their players and fans waved two fingers in the air. “We had too good of a season to let this get us down,” offensive tac
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • 2014 All-County boys water polo team BY DAN ALBANO
    FIRST TEAM ALEX WOLF Huntington Beach, GK, Senior The Register&
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • 2014 All-County girls cross country team BY ANDREW TURNER
    FIRST TEAM BRIANNA BARTELLO Laguna Hills, Senior The Register’s athlete of the year. Read about Bartello. ASHLEY LICATA Capistra
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • 2014 All-County boys cross country team BY ANDREW TURNER
    FIRST TEAM AUSTIN TAMAGNO Brea Olinda, Junior The Register's Athlete of the Year. Read more about Tamagno. ANDREW BURKHARDT JSerra,
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Canyon ends Sonora's run in North O.C. tourney BY STEVE FRYER
    LA HABRA - Sonora will not celebrate a “three-peat” in its tournament this year. Canyon beat Sonora, 74-73, on Friday in a semifinal of the North Orange County Championships that Sonora has organized and managed since 1976. Canyon (7-2) will play Edison (8-2) in the tournament championship game today at 7:30 p.m. at S
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Newport Harbor wins Battle of Bay for coach BY ANDREW TURNER
    NEWPORT BEACH – There are few rivalries on the level of the “Battle of Bay” meetings between the Newport Harbor and Corona del Mar water polo teams. Bill Barnett has been a coach at Newport Harbor since 1966 and witnessed these remarkable duels from the pool deck, but he plans to retire at the end of this season.
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • 2014 All-County girls volleyball team BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    FIRST TEAM LINDSEY RUDDINS Aliso Niguel, Senior, OH The Register’s player of the year. Read more about Ruddins. PAYTON CARTER
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • 2014 All-County girls tennis team BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    FIRST TEAM KATIE TA Capistrano Valley, Senior The Register’s player of the year. Read about Ta. YUKI ASAMI University, Senior The
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Tesoro advances to Elks final BY JEREMY BALAN
    SANTA ANA – For about a quarter and a half against Cypress on Friday night, Tesoro played almost flawless basketball. The open man was always found, seemingly every basket was accompanied by an assist, the Titans were opportunistic on defense and thrived in transition. The stretch - during which, the Titans outscored Cypress
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • St. Margaret's Shanks has been Mr. Excitement BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    As he backpedaled to his team’s 35-yard line, eyes locked on the sky-high punt, Nick Shanks had no idea what he would be confronted with in the coming seconds. He took his eyes off the ball to glance back to the field, and he saw racing toward him a brigade of white jerseys, five of which had a clear path to the St. Margaret’
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Podcast: Girls water polo season preview By DAN ALBANO
    OCVarsity's Dan Albano and Orange Lutheran girls water polo coach Steve Carrera preview the Division 1 girls water polo season in the Southern Section. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Fryer: Success took good planning by St. Margaret's BY STEVE FRYER
    In the beginning, there was Brady Lock. He was St. Margaret’s first football coach. Lock started the program in 1985. The Tartans played 8-man football. Today, St. Margaret’s is one of Orange County’s more consistent winners in 11-man football. The Tartans will attempt to become the first county team to w
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Rosary strikes back in Mater Dei Invitational BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA - Consider Group C the “Group of Death” in the Mater Dei Premier Invitational. Cathedral Catholic of San Diego and Aliso Niguel – ranked Nos. 1 and 4 in the state by Top Drawer Soccer – lead a group that includes Villa Park and Rosary, ranked 18th and 19th in the same poll. With the Spartans and
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Santa Margarita battles, but falls to West Torrance BY JEREMY BALAN
    TORRANCE - Disruption was the name of the game Thursday night. The No. 8 Santa Margarita girls basketball team tried to limit standout West Torrance sophomore forward Jasmine Jones with a zone defense and the Warriors blanketed the Eagles with an aggressive full-court pressure defense, focusing on point guard Tori Anderson.
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Samuelson makes 10 3-pointers in Mater Dei romp BY JEREMY BALAN
    The best girls basketball player in the nation played up to that title on the biggest early-season stage Thursday. Standout Mater Dei senior Katie Lou Samuelson tied a school record with 41 points and set a school record with 10 made 3-pointers in a 67-34 win over Skyline of Dallas, Texas, in the opening round of the Nike Tourname
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Defense sparks offense for Santa Ana Valley BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Ana Valley’s best offense Thursday was its defense. The Falcons’ girls water polo team used a tight press to spark a potent counterattack that charted the course for a 17-7 victory at Garden Grove in a duel of CIF-SS Division 7 contenders. Santa Ana Valley (6-2) forced at least five turnovers in each period, rac
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 8 By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys celebrate their two-month anniversary by hosting OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly (again) and Nathan Percy. How does St. Margaret's feel about playing a 16th football game? And how important are head coaches to gridiron success?
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • San Clemente beats Century in Lotto Showcase By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    SAN CLEMENTE – San Clemente is not used to being in this position, still trying to learn the system almost a month into the boys soccer season. After losing four returning starters to the academies, the Tritons are an inexperienced bunch, lacking the leadership they had in past championship-winning season when 10 or 11 returning le
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's boys basketball (12-16-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from two games in the Irvine World News Gary Raya Classic: Northwood vs. Esperanza and Irvine vs. Mission Viejo.
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Mission Viejo ends Northwood's streak
    Samantha Leyds scored 24 points to lead visiting Mission Viejo to a 56-49 victory over Northwood in a nonleague girls basketball game Wednesday. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Timberwolves (7-3). Taylor Loskot added 18 points for Mission Viejo (6-2), which led 28-26 at halftime. Kaitlyn
    Wed Dec 17, 2014