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
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Orange County’s top football recruits for 2015
Rankings by Dan Albano
TOP COMMITTED O.C. PLAYERS
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
As we head toward the 2015 spring sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams.
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[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
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
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
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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
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
(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 OCVarsity.com.)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight this week learned something about his team’s depth.
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
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
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Servite wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown used the same word to describe his recruiting that others have picke
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
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.
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.