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  • Fryer: John Barnes retiring with most wins, lots of wonderful memories By STEVE FRYER
    John Barnes had modest expectations. “When I got hired here my only goal was to not get fired,” he said. “Today, I reached my goal.” And then some. On Thursday, Barnes announced his retirement as football coach at Los Alamitos. He coached the Griffins for 37 seasons. He leaves as Ora
    Thu Nov 19, 2015
  • Fryer: SVC vs. St. Margaret's has makings of a huge showdown By STEVE FRYER
    They are mighty big for small schools. Saddleback Valley Christian is 11-0. St. Margaret’s is 9-2. They play each other Friday at St. Margaret’s in a CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division second-round game.
    Mon Nov 16, 2015
  • Fryer: Trinity League tough on coaches By STEVE FRYER
    That Trinity League is a tough place for a football coach. Jim Kunau lifted Orange Lutheran from a strong small-schools program to a champion in the Trinity League. He was fired. After three years as JSerra’s first football coach, Tim O’Hara was fired. After a couple of struggling seasons, Servit
    Thu Nov 12, 2015
  • Fryer's predictions: from the first round to the finals By STEVE FRYER
    It was a bold prediction. In September, yours truly picked Orange Lutheran to beat De La Salle of Concord Decades of experience covering high school football enables one to sense the potential upsets like an Orange L
    Tue Nov 10, 2015
  • Fryer: Poly forfeits add to playoff pairings drama By STEVE FRYER
    Just when we thought we were getting a clearer view of the Pac-5 football playoffs … Long Beach Poly on Thursday forfeited four games for using an ineligible player. That might affect some of Orange County’s Trinity League teams trying to make the playoffs. Poly forfeited Moore League wins over Compton, Long Beach Ca
    Thu Nov 05, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 10 By STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has his predictions and previews for the top games of Week 10, plus a complete schedule for the week. GAME OF THE WEEK South Coast League NO. 9 SAN JUAN HILLS (8-1, 2-1) VS. NO. 4 TESORO (7-2, 2-1) W
    Wed Nov 04, 2015
  • Fryer: Look beyond record before knocking top 10 By STEVE FRYER
    It’s that time of year when we get emails and phone messages in which displeasure is communicated about the Orange County football rankings. Specifically, folks are aghast that teams like Servite, 3-5 overall, and JSerra, in last place in its league, are in the county top 10, while several 8-0 and 7-1and first-place teams are not.
    Thu Oct 29, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 9 By STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has his predictions and previews for the top games of Week 9, plus a complete schedule for the week. GAME OF THE WEEK Sunset League
    Wed Oct 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Here come the offers for Mater Dei freshman standout JT Daniels By STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • He just might get more of these … Mater Dei freshman quarterback JT Daniels got his first college scholarship offer this week when Cal made an offer. Daniels has completed 64 percent of his passes for an average of 281 yards a game, 15 yards a completion and 21 t
    Thu Oct 22, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews & predictions for Week 8 By STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer's preview and prediction for the OCVarsity Game of  the Week, as well as for the other top games for Week 8. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 SERVITE (3-4, 1-1) V
    Wed Oct 21, 2015
  • Fryer: Dana Hills boys capable of historic run By STEVE FRYER
    Dana Hills’ depth could take the Dolphins to the top. Their boys cross country team would set the record for most Orange County Championships boys team championships with a victory Saturday in the event at Irvine Regional Park. Dana Hills has six boys titles, as does Costa Mesa. “This would be lucky No. 7,&rdq
    Thu Oct 15, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 7 By STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer takes a look at some of the top matchups on the Week 7 football schedule and makes his predictions.  GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 5 TESORO (6-1, 1-0) VS. NO. 2 MISSION VIEJO (7-0, 1-0) Where, when: Mission Viejo High, Friday, 7 p.
    Wed Oct 14, 2015
  • Fryer: Valencia's Marrujo tries to quietly reach 300th win BY STEVE FRYER
    Sorry, coach. Your secret is out. Valencia football coach Mike Marrujo is close to getting his 300th career win. He has 299 going into the Tigers’ home game Friday against Kennedy. Some of those wins were at Pius X in Downey, where Marrujo coached from 1977 to 1980. He took over in ’81 at Valencia; 2
    Thu Oct 08, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 6 BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has previews and predictions for the top matchups in Week 6, as well as the complete schedule of games. GAME OF TH
    Wed Oct 07, 2015
  • Fryer: Time for midseason evaluations, awards BY STEVE FRYER
    High school football is as predictable as an earthquake. Through six weeks of games, though, everyone has a better idea of what’s going on in Orange County football. What we’ve learned … Th
    Mon Oct 05, 2015
  • Fryer: New stadiums add to need for more officials BY STEVE FRYER
    No Saturday varsity football games are on this week’s schedule. That is a rare occurrence. With so many stadiums having been added to Orange County campuses in recent years, there are fewer Thursday and Saturday games. Not that long ago in Santa Ana, for example, there was one football stadium to share – Santa
    Thu Oct 01, 2015
  • Fryer: Santa Margarita volleyball turns challenges into triumphs BY STEVE FRYER
    Orange County’s top-ranked girls volleyball team, Santa Margarita, beat No. 2 Huntington Beach this week, so it must be easy times ahead for Santa Margarita. Not quite. The Eagles (17-1) swept No. 5 Aliso Niguel, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20, on Thursday. They play at Marymount of Los Angeles, which is ranked No. 6 in CIF-Southern S
    Thu Sep 24, 2015
  • Fryer: Small schools stand tall in volleyball BY STEVE FRYER
    The last time these two excellent girls volleyball programs met, Sage Hill beat St. Margaret’s in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA final. Sage Hill and St. Margaret’s square off Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in an Academy League opener. In the CIF-SS Division 3AA rankings, Sage Hill is No. 1 and St. Margaret’s is No. 2. St. Margaret’
    Thu Sep 17, 2015
  • Fryer: Transfer numbers up as many follow deceptive path BY STEVE FRYER
    Nobody said it. Not one inductee added to the baseball or pro football halls of fame this summer said, “The reason I am here is because I transferred from one high school to anot
    Thu Sep 10, 2015
  • Fryer on Football: Previews, predictions for Week 2 BY STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer's previews and predictions for the Week 2 football games, plus the complete schedule for all of this week's games. GAME OF THE
    Wed Sep 09, 2015
  • Fryer notes: Respect the Titans BY STEVE FRYER
    “That’s a very, very good football team,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said of Tesoro after the Monarchs beat the Titans, 35-14, Friday. Tesoro was playing without one of its top offensive players, running back Anthony Battista, who was out because of a strained hamstring. (Tesoro coach Matt Poston
    Mon Sep 07, 2015
  • Fryer: Officiating crews of 7 now more common BY STEVE FRYER
    Seven-man officiating crews will become more commonplace in football. The Edison-Tesoro game last week used a seven-man crew. So did Huntington Beach’s home game against West Adams Prep of Los Angeles, Fountain Valley-Servite and Bishop Amat-Mater Dei. Tesoro-Mater Dei tonight at Santa Ana Stadium will have a seven-man crew.
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Fryer on Football: Previews, predictions for Week 1 BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has previews and predictions for some of the top games this week.  GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 5 TE
    Wed Sep 02, 2015
  • Santa Ana Unified honors first group for new Hall of Fame BY STEVE FRYER
    The Santa Ana Unified School District celebrated the opening of its Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex by inducting 27 members into its first athletics hall of fame. Inductees names are on a Wall of Fame at the complex.
    Wed Sep 02, 2015
  • Fryer: Hall of Fame surprise for humble benefactor BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – Defense is overrated. Otherwise, how could the worst defensive basketball player in the history of his hometown get into his hometown’s hall of fame? The Santa Ana Public Schools Complex opened Friday. The project includes a football stadium, baseball fields, batting cages and soccer fields. There
    Fri Aug 28, 2015