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  • Fryer: JSerra basketball takes familiar path By STEVE FRYER
    In 2006, JSerra hired Brett Kay, then 26, away from Capistrano Valley Christian to coach its baseball team. That worked out well for JSerra. Kay has coached the Lions to three Trinity League championships, recently earned his 200th career coaching victory and has the team in first place in the league and at No. 1 in the
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Fryer: All-time great votes for Tamagno as best miler ever By STEVE FRYER
    Austin Tamagno had just set the Orange County record in the mile last week when he heard people compare him to the county’s great distance runners of the past. “To be listed with those names, it’s pretty amazing,” the Brea Olinda senior said. One of those “names” puts Tamagno at the top
    Thu Apr 21, 2016
  • Fryer: La Habra's Rodriguez chasing that perfect feeling By STEVE FRYER
    Janelle Rodriquez might be the easiest player Steve Harrington has coached. Rodriguez, a pitcher for La Habra’s softball team, might be the most challenging player he’s coached, too. “That girl is so hard on herself,” said Harrington, in his first season coaching at La Habra after coaching at
    Thu Mar 24, 2016
  • Fryer on baseball: Tournaments take over O.C. scene By STEVE FRYER
    Huntington Beach and Mater Dei travel out of state. Out-of-state teams travel to here. It’s another week of tournaments in Orange County baseball. Huntington Beach and Ma
    Mon Mar 21, 2016
  • Fryer: Lee, Trabuco Hills track off to strong start By STEVE FRYER
    Things are looking up for Trabuco Hills’ Sean Lee. He is the state leader in the high jump at 7 feet, 1/4 inch. That’s a high mark for mid-March, with the season just a couple of weeks old. Making the figure more impressive is that Lee is a sophomore. Lee started “messing around,” as he put it
    Thu Mar 17, 2016
  • Fryer: Best of the West will test Oilers' strength By STEVE FRYER
    The streak is about to be tested. Huntington Beach’s boys volleyball team takes a national-record 113-match winning steak into the Best of the West Invitational that starts today at Poway High. The 32-team event includes eight teams that are in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 top 10, including No. 1 Huntington Beach. Th
    Thu Mar 10, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Regionals are a time for rematches By STEVE FRYER
    Two rematches are assured. More could be on the way in the CIF Southern California Regionals. Orange Lutheran plays host to Army-Navy of Carlsbad in a Regionals Division 2 first-round game Wedn
    Mon Mar 07, 2016
  • Fryer: Season will continue for 15 O.C. basketball teams By STEVE FRYER
    Three Orange County teams are playing in CIF-Southern Section basketball championship games – one boys team, Edison, and two girls teams, Sonora and Orange Lutheran which play each other. You might think that the CIF State tournament would be more exclusive, as it is a higher-level tournament. It is not. The state tournament will h
    Thu Mar 03, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Edison gets an A for effort By STEVE FRYER
    Edison is the only Orange County team playing in the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball championship games. The Chargers (24-7) will play Ayala of Chino Hills (28-3) in the Division
    Mon Feb 29, 2016
  • Fryer: Mater Dei excited to play No. 1 team By STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei’s boys basketball team lost to the No. 2 team in the nation by 19 points. The Monarchs play the No. 1 team in the nation tonight, a team that has scored in triple figures 15 times and has won its two playoff games by 34 and 44 points. Mater Dei plays Chino Hills today at 7 p.m. in a CIF-SS Open Division semifinal.
    Thu Feb 25, 2016
  • Fryer: Freeway closure adds to stress for some playoff teams By STEVE FRYER
    Gentlemen, start your traffic apps! All lanes on the 91 freeway between the 71 and I-15 will be closed in both directions for 55 hours, starting this evening. The closure starts at 9 p.m., but expect horrible backups beforehand. Some O.C. teams headed to the Inland Empire for playoff games today are planning ahead and will be furiously e
    Thu Feb 18, 2016
  • Fryer: Predictions for every division of the boys basketball playoffs By STEVE FRYER
    Orange Lutheran is seeded 15th in the CIF-Southern Section’s 16-team Open Division of the boys basketball playoffs. The Lancers play at No. 2-seeded Bishop Montgomery of Torrance in the first round. Last year, Orange Lutheran was seeded 12th in the Open Division. The Lancers beat No. 5-seeded Damien of
    Wed Feb 17, 2016
  • Fryer: Playoff changes will benefit basketball By STEVE FRYER
    Anaheim’s boys basketball team lost by 40 points in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs last season. That was in Division 1A. Anaheim will be in the playoffs aga
    Thu Feb 11, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Tesoro healthy, surging at right time By STEVE FRYER
    Tesoro got better when it got healthy. “We’re eight games into having a full roster,” Tesoro coach Steve Garrett said. The Titans are 6-2 over those eight games and have won five in a row. Senior forward Chandler White missed all of December because of a tibia fracture. Senior guard Devo
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Fryer: Fotheringham fast, but mission comes first By STEVE FRYER
    Cole Fotheringham is on a mission for his mission. The All-County tight end for San Clemente’s football team signed with Utah on Wednesday, the first day of the national letter-of-intent signing period for football. Fotheringham, a senior, will start his Mormon mission shortly after graduating from San Clemente in th
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Fryer: New system will look to avoid playoff mismatches By STEVE FRYER
    Garden Grove’s football team was 23-4 overall, including 7-1 in the playoffs, over the 2014 and ’15 seasons. Over the same two football seasons, Servite went 8-13 overall and was 0-1 in the playoffs. So, will Garden Grove be in a higher playoff division than Servite in the 2016 football season? A new way for p
    Thu Jan 28, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Mater Dei missed Cage, but only for one night By STEVE FRYER
    MJ Cage might feel like he is in a cage at times, the way he is constantly observed. Mater Dei’s 6-foot-10 senior center was not at the Monarchs’ win over St. John Bosco on Friday. Coach Gary McKnight seem
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Fryer: CIF-SS on brink of historic change to playoff system By STEVE FRYER
    Mission Viejo will play Santa Margarita in a nonleague football game this coming fall. Bob Johnson, Mission Viejo’s coach, arranged for that voluntarily. Johnson does not mind having his Diablos play a Trinity League team like Santa Margarita, or any other private-school team, if it is his choice to do so. Mission Vi
    Thu Jan 21, 2016
  • Fryer: Laguna Beach missing stars, but still strong By STEVE FRYER
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team lost two great players but not its winning edge. The Breakers started the season 11-0 - they suffered their first loss Thursday night. They are the No. 1 seed in this weekend's Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, which includes nine of the teams in the Orange County top 10 a
    Thu Jan 14, 2016
  • Fryer: Lots of names mentioned for open football jobs By STEVE FRYER
    This will be a newsworthy month for the county schools searching for a football coach. Santa Margarita is interviewing candidates. The school has done an excellent job of keeping secret the names of its interviewees. Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson’s name is circulating for that job, again. He has shown interest in S
    Thu Jan 07, 2016
  • Fryer: Los Alamitos' Worku a conversation starter By STEVE FRYER
    It is too early to discuss Orange County boys basketball player of the year. Player of the month? Easy. That would be Eyassu Worku. The 6-foot-2 senior guard at Los Alamitos averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists a game for the Griffins, who went 12-3 in December. Worku scored a school-record 51 points Monday
    Sat Jan 02, 2016