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  • State football playoffs to expand BY STEVE FRYER
    The CIF State football playoffs will expand to 51 teams next season. The CIF State Federated Council, which makes and amends the high school rules and regulations in California, voted Friday to support a proposal that will give a spot in the state playoffs to every team that wins a division championship. Under the current system, a commit
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Updated commitment lists (1-30-15) BY DAN ALBANO
    OCVarsity's Dan Albano has put together a list of the college commitments - and potential destinations - for the top players in the county. Orange County’s top football recruits for 2015 Rankings by Dan Albano TOP COMMITTED O.C. PLAYERS NAME
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • CIF State passes new bowl format
    The CIF State Federated Council voted Friday to approve a proposal that will expand the state football playoffs to 51 teams and to as many as 13 bowl championship games. The measure passed, 71-64, despite opposition from the CIF's largest section, the Southern, which includes all of Orange County. Two other sections also voted against th
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • Coaches: Download our 2015 spring surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2015 spring sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and e-mail it back to us at preps@ocregis
    Wed Jan 28, 2015
  • CIF-SS votes against proposal to expand state playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    [Update: As of Thursday afternoon, the vote stands at 63-57 against the proposal with 19 votes undeclared. The San Francisco Section, with its two votes, confirmed Thursday that it voted to support the measure.] LONG BEACH -- The CIF-Southern Section Council voted Wednesday against a proposal that would expand the CIF State footba
    Wed Jan 28, 2015
  • CIF-SS to decide if it will support expanding state football playoffs By STEVE FRYER
    The CIF-Southern Section Council meets Wednesday to vote on a proposal that would expand the number of teams participating in the state football championships. The proposal would allow all division championships in all 10 CIF sections to advance to the state playoffs. All 13 teams that win CIF-Southern Section championships would be elig
    Tue Jan 27, 2015
  • Schedule, ticket info for Nike Extravaganza
    Schedule for the 2015 Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High on Feb. 6-7. FRIDAY, FEB. 6 4 p.m.: Santa Margarita vs. Village Christian of Sun Valley 5:30 p.m.: Girls, Mater Dei vs. Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 7 p.m.: Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) vs. Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 8:30 p.
    Tue Jan 27, 2015
  • Tell OCVarsity about your Signing Day event
    OCVarsity is getting ready to cover National Signing Day on Feb. 4, and we're looking for information about the ceremonies and events that will be held that day at the Orange County schools. If your school is planning an event, please send the details to (We'd like to know the where and when for the event, and the n
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • All-star game turns into classic mismatch BY DAN ALBANO
    CORONA – The allure of pitting Orange County and the Inland Empire in an inaugural all-star football game filled Corona High on Saturday night. But a tightly contested game didn’t follow. USC commit Ykili Ross of Riverside Poly scored three touchdowns as the Inland Empire defeated Orange County, 69-16, in the f
    Sat Jan 24, 2015
  • Troy celebrates No. 184, but state mark raises questions BY ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – Troy’s girls basketball team set a CIF-Southern Section record for consecutive league wins by defeating La Habra, 56-32, Friday night in a Freeway League game at Troy High. The Warriors (12-7, 4-0) won their 184th straight league game. In the final minute, the crowd chanted “1-8-4” as Troy clos
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Updated O.C. commitments list BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange County’s top football recruits for 2015 Rankings by Dan Albano TOP COMMITTED O.C. PLAYERS(Updated list through Friday) NAME SCHOOL HT. W
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Update: Troy girls tie CIF-SS mark for league wins
    (Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Troy did not tie the CIF State record Wednesday night as was originally reported by Troy’s girls basketball team tied the CIF-Southern Section and Orange County records for consecutive league victories Wednesday with its 183rd win in a row - 56-15 over Bu
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Servite loses Trinity title to St. John Bosco BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    BELLFLOWER With the Trinity League dual meet wrestling title on the line, St. John Bosco took aim at the defending champs and didn’t miss. With two matches remaining, St. John Bosco’s Danny Salas clinched the title with his major-decision victory at 222 pounds, giving the Braves a 12-point lead that resulted in a 37-29
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran earns meaningful win BY STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei made it obvious last week that it is the No. 1 boys basketball team in Orange County. Orange Lutheran made it obvious Wednesday that it is No. 2. The Lancers took control early and did not lose it Wednesday. They beat Santa Margarita, 67-49, in a Trinity League game at Orange Lutheran High. Orange Lutheran is No
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • El Toro's Tinsley treats all-star game like a gift BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    LAKE FOREST – El Toro quarterback Trey Tinsley found himself back in his element Tuesday night: practicing under the lights on his home turf, running the Chargers’ up-tempo offense, slinging the football around the field as he made a habit of doing the past two seasons. The senior was beaming with enthusiasm throughout
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Foothill makes free throws, triumphs BY STEVE FRYER
    Practicing free throws might be boring. But it sure can be important. Foothill was 14 for 14 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter Tuesday as the Knights beat Canyon, 67-63, at Canyon High in the Crestview League opener for both. Reed Nakakihara scored 22 points with four 3-pointers for Foothill and was 4 for 4 at t
    Tue Jan 20, 2015
  • Jarrett, Bononi spark Brea Olinda victory BY JEREMY BALAN
    PLACENTIA – Brea Olinda’s greatest deficiency on the road against El Dorado appeared to be experience. The Golden Hawks started five seniors, while the Wildcats countered with two seniors, two freshmen and a junior. Those two seniors, however, carried more than their fair share of weight, leading Brea Olinda to a 59-4
    Tue Jan 20, 2015
  • Roster selected for O.C.-I.E. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    Quinten Pounds of Cypress and five other first-team All-County football players have been selected to represent Orange County in the inaugural Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Game on Jan. 24. The other first-team All-County players expected to play are El Toro wide receiver/returner Kaleb Fossum, Tesoro offensive l
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • No. 1 Mater Dei depleted, but not defeated BY STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight this week learned something about his team’s depth. It’s good. Mater Dei, minus two starters, defeated Orange Lutheran, 70-51, Friday in a Trinity League boys basketball game at Mater Dei High. It was a matchup of the top two teams in the Orange County top 10. Mater Dei is
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Football recruiting: O.C. commitment lists (1-16-15) BY DAN ALBANO
    Dan Albano's list of the top committed football recruits (Class of 2015) in Orange County: TOP COMMITTED O.C. PLAYERS NAME SCHOOL HT. WT. POS.
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • CdM reaches semifinals at Santa Barbara TOC BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA BARBARA Corona del Mar’s girls water polo team has experienced how thin the margin sometimes is between winning and losing. The Sea Kings dropped their last two games at the recent Holiday Cup in overtime to place fourth. But No. 4 Corona del Mar committed to working on the finer points of the game afterward and recei
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • St. Brown enjoying his 'mystery' tour BY DAN ALBANO
    [NOTE: Dan Albano's weekly football recruiting notebook will run each Saturday leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 4. If you have recruiting news to report, please email it to]  Servite wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown used the same word to describe his recruiting that others have picke
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Coach suspended two games over 161-2 score
    Michael Anderson, the girls basketball coach for Arroyo Valley High of San Bernardino, said Wednesday night that he has been suspended for two games by the school as a result of the Hawks’ 161-2 nonleague victory over Bloomington on Jan. 5. Anderson did not coach Arroyo Valley in its 80-19 win over Indian Springs of San
    Fri Jan 16, 2015
  • Fryer: Scratch a few big names off Servite's list BY STEVE FRYER
    Matt Logan? No, totally content where he is. Jim Kunau? Nope, just fine, thank you. Harry Welch? He’s got books to read and countries to visit. If Servite alums are expecting the school to make a splash with the hiring of its next football coach, they might be disappointed. Servite will
    Thu Jan 15, 2015
  • Pflueger's heroics help Mater Dei avoid defeat BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – It’s a question that has been tossed around since the start of the boys basketball season. Who is the best player in Orange County? Mater Dei shooting guard Rex Pflueger made a compelling case for himself Wednesday night in a Trinity League game against Santa Margarita. Playing
    Wed Jan 14, 2015