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  • 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
  • Fryer: JSerra nearly paid dearly for poor decision BY STEVE FRYER
    JSerra took a reckless gamble and got away it. The Lions suited up a player for its varsity game Friday against Santa Margarita who, from all appearances, was ejected from the previous day’s JV game. An ejected player can’t be at the next game - in uniform or not, anywhere in a gym, on a field or in a stadium for the next con
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 7 BY STEVE FRYER
    GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 1 MATER DEI (5-1, 0-1) VS. NO. 2 SERVITE (4-2, 1-0) Where, when: Cerritos College, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Live coverage:’s PrepZone Last time they met: 2013, Mater Dei won, 28-21 Series: M
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Fryer: JSerra catches a break from CIF-SS BY STEVE FRYER
    Mother was wrong. Two wrongs do make a right. JSerra took an unwise gamble when it suited up for its varsity football game a player who, from what the school knew, might have been ejected from the previous day’s junior varsity game. According to rules of the CIF-Southern Section, the governing body of high school sports in Orange C
    Tue Oct 14, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Sorting out the playoff divisions BY STEVE FRYER
    Now that most leagues have begun league play, it’s a good time to review this season’s changes in leagues and playoff divisions. The only county teams in the elite Pac-5 Division for the playoffs are Trinity League schools JSerra, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and Servite. The five-team South Coast Leagu
    Mon Oct 13, 2014
  • Fryer: Pioneers' spirit alive and well BY STEVE FRYER
    Western wide receiver Brandon Olvera had no catches in the Pioneers’ 70-3 nonleague football loss to Buena Park last week. Western made no pass attempts in the game. Olvera still was a star this week in Orange County football. When the Pioneers gathered for practice Monday to start preparing for their Empire
    Thu Oct 09, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Early leaders for O.C. awards BY STEVE FRYER
    We are at the halfway point of the regular season. Let’s take a look at the leaders for player of the year and coach of the year at this point in the season. Several quarterbacks are candidates for first-half offensive player of the year, including Sam Darnold of San Clemente, Devon Modster of Tesoro and Trey Tinsl
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Fryer: Different rules for preps, pros BY STEVE FRYER
    This happens at plenty of high school football games. A defensive pass interference penalty occurs. The game officials advance the ball 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. And somebody in the stands yells, “That’s a spot foul! That ball should be on the 22-yard line!” That fan would be correct if he was attendi
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • Fryer on football: CdM streak ends right way BY STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar’s 30-game winning streak ended in the most noble of ways. Sea Kings coach Scott Meyer lined up a challenging nonleague schedule that put his team to the test. No Trinity League schools are on Corona del Mar’s nonleague schedule, but, hey, most of the larger public school programs don’t pursue playi
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Fryer: Organizing this tourney no easy task BY STEVE FRYER
    Sometimes the most unpopular person at a tournament is the person who put the tournament together. The South Coast Water Polo Tournament began Thursday. It has every team in the Orange County top 10 and some excellent non-county teams. Whatever the sport, among the tournament organizers’ first duties is to create a schedule by whic
    Thu Sep 25, 2014
  • Fryer: Forfeits show CIF honor system works BY STEVE FRYER
    Nobody turns themselves in to the IRS when taxes are underpaid. Drivers don’t hail a cop to say they ran a stop sign. That is, though, sort of what happens when an Orange County high school team forfeits a game. The CIF-Southern Section is a self-policing organization. Schools report their own violations. Whittier Christian
    Thu Sep 18, 2014
  • Fryer: Edison won't duck a challenge BY STEVE FRYER
    Edison begins its usual back-to-back Trinity League challenge this week. The Chargers play Servite at Cerritos College on Friday. They play Mater Dei next week. Few will give the Chargers a chance in those games. Of course, few gave the San Diego Chargers a chance this past weekend against Seattle and look what happened. Edison a
    Mon Sep 15, 2014
  • Fryer: Commissioner Wigod answers our questions BY STEVE FRYER
    CIF-Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod invited us into the office to discuss the state of high school athletics in the section that includes Orange County and much of Southern California. Wigod, 55, is an alumnus of Long Beach Wilson High and Long Beach State. He was an Orange County baseball coach of the year at Los Alamitos
    Thu Sep 11, 2014
  • Fryer: Turner was outstanding coach and teacher BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Barry Turner, who died last week after a gave-it-hell fight with ALS, was not just a great soccer coach at Foothill. He also was outstanding in the class room at Hillview. Turner was Tustin Unified School District High School Teacher of the Year in 2002. •
    Thu Sep 04, 2014
  • Serial transfers hope third time's the charm BY STEVE FRYER
    The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, or on the other side of the other side. Two boys basketball players who would have been counted among Orange County’s better returnees this season are transferring to what will be their third high schools. Tyler Burch has left Westminster. He is in the process o
    Thu Aug 28, 2014
  • Fryer: An early football top 10, and more BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a final look, forward and backward, around Orange County high school sports for the 2013-14 school year: • Let’s start with a super-early county football preseason top 10 for the fall: 1. Servite; 2. Mater Dei; 3. Mission Viejo; 4. Orange Lutheran; 5. JSerra; 6. Newport Harbor; 7. Santa Margarita; 8. Corona del Mar; 9.
    Fri Jun 13, 2014
  • Fryer: Fishel still a part of Foothill success BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Gary Fishel was not replaced by Vince Brown as Foothill baseball coach because Foothill finished last in the Century League last season. Fishel has a young family and needed a break from the demands that come with being a conscientious head coach. Brown kept Fish
    Thu Jun 05, 2014
  • Fryer: National mark might be Knights' next target BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • What a nice girl, giving other kids a chance. Bethan Knights of Northwood will not run Friday in the 1,600 meters at the CIF-SS Masters Meet so she can focus on the 3,200. Knights set CIF-SS Division 3 records while winning the 1,600 and 3,200 at last week’s CIF-S
    Thu May 29, 2014
  • Fryer: Good move for South Coast, Sunset BY STEVE FRYER
    Playoff divisions are like family reunions. Somebody is going to be unhappy. So, of course, not everybody was pleased with the playoff divisions the CIF-Southern Section put together for most team sports. On Tuesday, the CIF-SS released its recommend playoff divisions for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. There is an
    Thu May 22, 2014
  • Fryer's predictions for the baseball playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    A baseball team needs great pitching, reliable fielding, timely hitting and some luck to win a CIF-SS championship. A sportswriter needs a lot of luck to predict which teams win CIF championships. Now that the appetizer of the playoffs, the wild-card round, has been consumed, let’s get to the main course and zero in on what
    Wed May 21, 2014
  • Fryer: Baseball playoffs are just around the corner BY STEVE FRYER
    The high school baseball season can be divided into three parts: the tournament season; the league season and the playoffs. It’s time for Round 3. The regular season ended Friday, and the CIF-SS playoff brackets will be released Monday for all seven divisions. The playoffs begin with wild-card rounds Tuesday in Divi
    Fri May 16, 2014
  • Fryer: Esperanza has a good shot, or three BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Track and field athletes usually are at their best this time of year, with CIF-Southern Section championships and the state meet coming up. It will be interesting to see what Esperanza freshman shot put and discuss thrower Bronson Osborn will do in the Division 3 prelim
    Thu May 15, 2014
  • Baseball notes: Final playoff spots on the line BY STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County baseball: • This final week of the regular season could bring some wild finishes. In the South Coast League, if Tesoro wins its two games against Capistrano Valley, and Mission Viejo and Trabuco Hills split their two games, there would be a four-way for first place. • Nobody wants to play three g
    Mon May 12, 2014
  • Fryer: Scholarships a rarity, that's the reality BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • A study published by the National Federation of State High School Associations, of which the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) is a member, showed that only 2 percent of the nation’s high school athletes get college athletic scholarships. The average athletic s
    Thu May 08, 2014
  • Fryer: Time-limit proposal doesn't scare coaches BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • One could assume that if any programs would sweat out abiding by the proposed 18-hours-a-week limitation on student-athletes’ sports participation it would be the elite football programs in the college-like Trinity League. But the proposal got unanimous support fr
    Thu May 01, 2014