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  • Troy adds to Freeway congestion at the top BY DAN ALBANO
    If water polo fans are looking for an entertaining league race to follow the next few weeks, the Freeway League might be the best pick. Troy added another plot twist to the league’s script Tuesday by defeating league favorite Sunny Hills, 13-9, behind a barrage of perimeter strikes at Troy High. The six-time defending leagu
    Tue Oct 21, 2014
  • Gridiron Extra: Empire League showdown
    OC Varsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis travel to Cypress High to preview the Centurions' Week 8 showdown against Valencia. Both teams are 2-0 in the Empire League. Interviews with Quinten Pounds, Nick Buras and Coach Rick Feldman. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OC
    Tue Oct 21, 2014
  • University girls reach milestone for dominance BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    IRVINE It has been suggested in recent years that the University boys tennis program is the most dominant Orange County has to offer. Five straight CIF championships and 100-plus consecutive league wins will do that for a squad. Rather quietly, the Trojans’ girls program is following in the boys’ footsteps. On
    Tue Oct 21, 2014
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: This week in O.C. football
    OC Varsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis discuss their choices for the stars of Week 7 before previewing the key games in Week 8. The group discusses the upcoming games between No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 JSerra, Servite and Santa Margarita and Villa Park andFoothill. Video by Jonathan Khami
    Tue Oct 21, 2014
  • Vu's closing act gives her Sunset League title By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    COSTA MESA - Five holes changed everything for Lilia Vu during the final round of the Sunset League championship Tuesday at Costa Mesa Country Club. On the 14th tee of the Mesa Linda course, the Fountain Valley senior trailed Newport Harbor’s Grace Ferrell, but Vu finished with two birdies and an eagle
    Tue Oct 21, 2014
  • O.C. Top 10 for Week 8: There's a new No.2 By STEVE FRYER
    1. Mater Dei, 6-1 (100 points) Running game led by Noah Delgadillo and defense did the job for the Monarchs in their 20-17 win over undisputed No. 1 rival Servite. This week: vs. JSerra at Santa Ana Stadium, Friday 2. JSerra, 6-1
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Figuring out the O.C. Top 25 BY STEVE FRYER
    Here is my O.C. Top 25 for this week: 1. Mater Dei (6-1)2. JSerra (6-1) 3. Servite (4-3)4. Santa Margarita (5-2)5. Orange Lutheran (4-3)6. Mission Viejo (6-2)7. Tesoro (6-2)8. Corona del Mar (6-1)9. Los Alamitos (6-10)10. Edison (5-2) 11. San Clemente (6-1)12. El Toro (6-2
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Northwood enjoying thrills, chills of being 6-1 BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Northwood coach Dean Toohey referred to the 2014 campaign as a season of firsts for his Timberwolves squad. Under Toohey, a longtime defensive coordinator at the school now in his debut season as head coach, Northwood opened the year with a 34-6 win over Costa Mesa, the squad’s first victory in a season opener in four years.
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • SoCal Varsity Top 20 for Week 8 BY DAN ALBANO
    St. John Bosco, coming off a pair of narrow victories in the Trinity League against Mater Dei and JSerra, remains atop the SoCal Varsity Top 20 poll, but the Braves (6-1) have some new company from Orange County in the rankings. Mission Viejo (6-2) surfaced in the poll at No. 19 after defeating Tesoro, 12-10, in the South Coast League on
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • CIF-SS girls volleyball rankings (10-20-14) BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Here are the CIF-SS girls volleyball rankings that were released Monday: Division 1AA 1. Redondo Union 2. Lakewood 3. Mater Dei 4. Corona del Mar 5. Marymount 6. Flintridge Sacred Heart 7. Santa Margarita 8. Mira Costa 9. Gre
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • OCVarsity Fandemonium: Week 7
    Click through the slideshow to see photos of O.C. football fans cheering on their teams on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Brea Olinda, Capo Valley defend O.C. titles BY ANDREW TURNER
    ORANGE – In the 48th running of the Orange County Championships on Saturday, the Brea Olinda boys and the Capistrano Valley girls left little room for doubt that they deserve to be at the top of the rankings. The county’s No. 1 boys and girls cross country teams came up huge on Orange County’s biggest stage,
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Friday's game stories, scores, photos and more
     This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's game stories, scores, photos, video and more from the Week 7 football games on Friday night: Johnson, Mission Viejo stun No. 6 Tesoro
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • No. 1 Mater Dei wins battle with No. 2 Servite BY STEVE FRYER
    CERRITOS – Last week, Mater Dei lost three turnovers and lost to St. John Bosco. This week, three more lost turnovers but a different outcome against Servite. Mater Dei, thanks in large part to a vigorous running game, survived its mistakes to beat Servite, 20-17, Friday in a Trinity League game - and for the third consecut
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Johnson, Mission Viejo stun No. 6 Tesoro BY DAN ALBANO
    LAS FLORES – Orange County football fans have witnessed plenty of dramatics over the years from quarterbacks named Johnson playing for their father, Coach Bob Johnson. On Friday night, the crowd at Tesoro saw another Johnson quarterback – wearing No. 11 like his predecessors – produce another powerful finish. Qu
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • JSerra falls short in epic battle with St. John Bosco BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    COSTA MESA – At the end of the day, someone inevitably had to lose Friday night’s epic back-and-forth game between JSerra and St. John Bosco. While the Lions will be credited with the loss, there’s no doubting this JSerra team is one of the best teams in not only the Pac-5 Division, but the state. St. John Bosco
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Pounds ignites Cypress rout of Tustin BY DAN ARRITT
    ANAHEIM – What began as a scintillating matchup between two of the best athletes in the Empire League turned one-sided in the second half Friday night, as Quinten Pounds of Cypress set the Centurions on course for a 41-21 win over Tustin at Western High. Pounds ignited the Centurions with a rushing TD and two interceptions i
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Costello, Santa Margarita win with wild ending BY JEREMY BALAN
    MISSION VIEJO – As many times as KJ Costello threw the ball against Orange Lutheran on Friday night, when the game was on the line, he used his legs. Santa Margarita’s 6-foot-5 junior quarterback isn’t the fleetest of foot, but trailing by six points and facing fourth down with 18 seconds remaining, he rolled rig
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Shot at history at stake in O.C. Championships BY ANDREW TURNER
    The top-ranked Brea Olinda boys and Capistrano Valley girls cross country programs go into the Orange County Championships on Saturday looking to break into an elite group. Both teams are favorites to win the featured Sweepstakes races at Irvine Regional Park in Orange. But history, as well as the rest of the deep and talented field, is
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Locher helps Los Alamitos lower the boom BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LONG BEACH – Los Alamitos football coach John Barnes believes recruiting interest in Matt Locher will pick up in the coming weeks. If the senior linebacker continues to perform as he did Friday night, then Barnes might be onto something. Aside from his duties in the middle of the ninth-ranked Griffins defense,
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Rally helps St. Margaret's stay perfect BY ANDREW TURNER
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – St. Margaret’s defense had been stingy to say the least, having held foes to just 7.8 points per game going into Friday night’s Academy League showdown with Brethren Christian. Faced with the most potent offense it had seen all season, St. Margaret’s was unforgiving in the second half and ral
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • SI picks McMorris as its first Athlete of the Month BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA Standing amidst an adrenalized sea of scarlet-and-gray swathed students, Chris Stone – the managing editor of Sports Illustrated – addressed the Mater Dei student body, asking the 1,000-plus in attendance to guess how many athletes had been recognized in the magazine’s storied “Faces in the Crowd” s
    Sat Oct 18, 2014
  • Live football updates tonight on Twitter
    OCVarsity will have score and game updates from all of tonight's Orange County high school football games. Fans can keep track of their favorite team along with the rest of the games through OCVarsity's Twitter feed (@OCVarsity). You can follow along by searching Twiter for the hash tag
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • Live game updates tonight on Twitter
    OCVarsity will have score and game updates from all of tonight's Orange County high school football games. Fans can keep track of their favorite team along with the rest of the games through OCVarsity's Twitter feed (@OCVarsity). You can follow along by searching Twiter for the hash tag
    Fri Oct 17, 2014
  • OCVarsity Pregame Madness for Week 7 BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The opening of the league portion of the schedule was wild. All three Trinity League games were decided by seven points or less, Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach scored points in bunches in their game, La Habra held off a determined Buena Park team in the Freeway League opener, Sonora’s Jacob Fimbres rushed for 310 yards
    Fri Oct 17, 2014