LA HABRA – A soccer ball sat alone at midfield Monday at La Habra High’s athletic stadium. A soccer team stood teary-eyed and shocked on the sideline.
They had lost a coach, a mentor, a friend.
Steve Aanderud, the Highlanders’ varsity boys soccer coach for more than a decade who led the team to CIF-SS tit
A look at Orange County boys basketball:
• Mario Soto, a 6-foot-6 senior, is in the process of transferring from Mater Dei to Saddleback Valley Christian. The CIF-Southern Section on Monday was reviewing Soto's valid change of residence paperwork. Soto could be immediately eligible at Saddleback Valley Christian if the sectio
Each week OCVarsity asks its reporters to come up with new topics and lists that involve the county's athletes.
Here are this week's topics:
Who are you postseason player of the year candidates?
Deven Boston, Buena Park
Mater Dei got its season off to a strong start by winning the Battle at the Beach Tournament last week at Redondo Union of Redondo Beach.
The Monarchs, ranked No. 1 in the state by CalHiSports.com, beat Long Beach Wilson, 93-17, West Torrance, 73-49, and Long Beach Millikan, 74-51, before picking up a
ALISO VIEJO – If history repeats itself, Edison's boys soccer team will be Sunset League champion this season.
The No. 4 Chargers shut out Downey, 1-0, on Monday at Aliso Niguel High to win the championship of the Aliso Cup.
When the Chargers won the tournament in 2010, they topped the Sunset standings and the CIF-SS Divisi
For three seasons now, Corona del Mar has set out to win the Pacific Coast League and the CIF Southern Division. And the Sea Kings accomplished all that this season.
“We never really talk a whole lot about state,” Sea Kings football coach Scott Meyer said.
Let the conversation begin.
Corona del Mar on Sunday w
ANAHEIM – On the final play, Mater Dei quarterback Chase Forrest hoisted a pass toward the end zone for Ben Humphreys.
With the junior receiver in the end zone, the football fell harmlessly and symbolically incomplete.
After eight quarters against St. John Bosco this season, Mater Dei finished without an offen
Steve Aanderud, who coached the La Habra boys soccer team to two consecutive CIF-SS titles, died at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday night because of a heart attack, La Habra athletic director Frank McCarroll said. McCarroll said Aanderud was in his late 50s.
Aanderud, McCarroll said, suffered one heart attack at his home and then had a
ANAHEIM – Kai Ross plucked the ball out of the air and dodged just about every opposing defender as he zigged, zagged and zigged again, covering the width of the field during a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“When you get a pick-six, you’re exhilarated,” Ross said. “It’s the best f
Taking a look at the CIF-Southern Section football championships:
• The large gap between St. John Bosco and Mater Dei in their two games is in these two statistics: The cumulative score of Bosco’s two wins over Mater Dei is 56-9; and in the two games in which they played each other, St. John Bosco did not allow an offensive t
ANAHEIM – Throughout the playoffs, Huntington Beach has jumped on teams early.
Against Yorba Linda, it was 17-0 before the Oilers could blink. With San Juan Hills, it was 21-0 in the first quarter. Last week against Edison, it was 20-0 early in the second.
The same patented surge came in the Oilers 42-28 win over Newport Ha
FONTANA – On its ride to the championship game, St. Margaret's relied on pulling itself together just in time to make the one play it needed. One week, it was an implausible goalline stand. The next, it was a timely fumble recovery to seal the game.
While glimpses of the wizardry that got St. Margaret's to this point surfaced at ti
ORANGE – The quest for the perfect ending to the season for the Los Alamitos girls volleyball team was spoiled by the team that has been perfect all year.
Los Alamitos, which had withstood several near-misses along its run to the CIF-SS Division1AA title and the regional title, ran out of magic, falling to Granite Bay, 25-22, 14-25
The Kickoff Classic concluded with a gem as the No. 8 Canyon boys basketball team defeated No. 7 Sonora, 61-59, on Saturday night in the championship game at El Modena High.
Nick Anderson scored 27 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Comanches (4-0).
Anthony Ballestero added 18 points and six ass
COSTA MESA – Garden Grove coach Willy Puga said he thought his team was ready for all the explosive players on Corona del Mar's football team, but sophomore running back Anthony Battista turned out to be the big surprise.
The Argonauts fell behind by two touchdowns in the first quarter, but they battled their way back
COSTA MESA - Corona del Mar has won three CIF championships in a row. The Sea Kings' winning streak is at 24 games.
When will all this success stop?
It could be a while.
Only one of the 11 starters on defense was a senior Friday in C
SANTA ANA - Eric Johnson sat with ease and assurance on the hottest seat in the Mater Dei football complex.
Wearing an old-school, gray Golden West College football T-shirt, he occupied the desk of Coach Bruce Rollinson. He quietly chewed over a challenge perhaps unlike any Mater Dei has encountered in its rich CIF champion
The parents are in the playoffs, too.
For years they’ve packed up the snacks, or designed the team banners, or stitched the names on the back of the junior jerseys.
They’ve bought the cleats and left work early to get to practice, and on Friday nights they’ve worn the school colors and bellowed for touchdowns an
Here’s are OCVarsity's and the Register's selections for the 2013 All-County girls golf teams, includingO.C. Player of the Year, O.C. Coach of the Year and second and third teams.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Yorba Linda, Jr.
NEWPORT BEACH - Given how Cole Norris typically performs late in games, it's interesting to hear his teammates recollect about the first time he stepped into the lineup last season.
“(He) was a little nervous,” Newport Harbor lineman Ramsey Hufford said.
Added receiver Quest Truxton: “Defini
HUNTINGTON BEACH - Week after week, sophomore Liam Jimmons saw his teammates at Huntington Beach High participate in a new tradition.
On senior night, the last home game of the regular season against Newport Harbor, Huntington Beach football coach Eric Lo allowed the fathers of his seniors to enter the Oilers' locker room before t
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO -- When he thinks about it now, the magic act Josh Davis pulled off three weeks ago was just like he practiced.
He dropped back to pass in the third quarter of St. Margaret's CIF-SS playoff opener against Twentynine Palms and the defensive ends rushed behind him and began to close.
He stepped up in the pocket,