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  • Football: Mission Viejo's Smith commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    All-County Mission Viejo offensive lineman Cole Smith (6-3, 275) committed Tuesday morning to USC, Diablos football coach Bob Johnson said. Smith, a senior center and the son of former Rams star center Doug Smith, was a first-team All-County selection last seas
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • Water polo: Robert Lynn lands at Chadwick BY DAN ALBANO
    Recently departed Newport Harbor boys water polo coach Robert Lynn has been hired as the boys and girls water polo coach at Chadwick, and he will also teach and assist as a swim coach at the private school in Palos Verdes, Dolphins athletic director Tom Goodspeed said Tuesday. Goodspeed said Lynn started his post Tuesday an
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • Selway to Dominican, Olsen to West Point By STEVE FRYER
    Villa Park basketball players Kevin Olsen and Luke Selway announced their college destinations. Olsen, a senior this coming school year, will play for Armmy and attend West Point. Selway, who graduated this past spring, is off to Dominican University in northern California. Selway was All-County first team as a junior.
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • OCVarsity Picks: Favorite stadiums and least favorite
    When it comes to the Orange County high school football scene, the OCVarsity reporters have seen and experienced enough to have opinions on everything - the stadiums, snack food, school bands and coaches. As a way to help O.C. fans get ready for the upcoming season, we've asked our top football reporters - Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, Kenny
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • Coaches take part in Ice Bucket Challenge BY DAN ALBANO
    The Ice Bucket Challenge has reached South County football and the fun is being shared by a few rival teams for the 2014 season. Last week, San Clemente coach Jamie Ortiz challenged the other head coaches in South County to join him
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • La Habra girls basketball coach resigns BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Jim Bohn confirmed Monday evening that after four seasons coaching La Habra High’s girls basketball team, he has resigned for personal reasons. “There are some family issues that I have to direct my attention to right now,” Bohn explained. “It was a tough decision. We have a great varsity class returning ne
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • JSerra's Eugenio suffers broken foot BY ANTONIO MORALES
    JSerra outside linebacker David Eugenio will miss the first 4-to-6 weeks of the season after suffering a broken foot, Lions coach Jim Hartigan confirmed in a text message on Monday. The 5-foot-8, 189-pound Eugenio was a second-team All-Trinity League selection as a junior, when he posted 97 tackles. Hartig
    Mon Aug 18, 2014
  • 2014 fall sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014 fall 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@ocregiste
    Sat Aug 16, 2014
  • Morgan Wilson's family pushes for CPR, AEDs By SARAH TULLY and TONY SAAVEDRA
    Two words separated 17-year-old Morgan Wilson from life and death, her parents believe: if only. If only the tennis center where she suffered a fatal heart attack had a defibrillator. If only someone had administered CPR in the precious minutes before paramedics arrived. Wilson’s family is trying to prevent others f
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • San Clemente's Darnold commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Darnold had narrowed his choices to the Trojans, Utah and Duke but said in a text message that he picked USC because, “I want to stay in SoCal for the rest of my life and the opportunity
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Smith sets an inspiring example, in the pool and out BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Thomas Smith of Edison dominated the Sunset League swim finals in May but his victories and awards don’t seem to be his favorite memories from the meet. He instead cites his interaction with a boy from rival Fountain Valley after a race. “As we were getting out of the water, he (said), ‘Hey, I read
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Servite hires Gilbert to coach baseball BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Servite announced the hiring of Shawn Gilbert as its baseball coach Thursday night. Gilbert had been the hitting coach at Long Beach State for the past four years. “Gilbert’s coaching philosophy mirrors what we believe here at Servite; he focuses on the formation of the entire individual, including on-field development
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Esperanza's Morgan Wilson, 17, dies after collapse BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Esperanza High student-athlete Morgan Wilson died Wednesday, eight days after suffering cardiac arrest while warming up at the Anaheim Tennis Center, her parents said in a statement through UC Irvine Medical Center. Wilson, 17, was a varsity tennis and track and field athlete who collapsed July 8. She was revived before being take
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Former Mater Dei standout Tisdale adapts from hardwood to turf BY JOEY RAMIREZ
    Andrew Tisdale used to sit in the Santa Ana Bowl stands and wonder why he wasn’t one of the young men in red and white helmets on the field in front of him. Tisdale, a former Mater Dei basketball player, originally came to the school for its renowned football program, but never took a leap at joining the team. “I woul
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • North win brings sigh of relief BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA – The North vowed this week to break the South’s dominance in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. On Thursday night, they made good on their promise. Quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Servite receiver Neil Pau’u with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter for the
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Friends, teammates pray for Morgan Wilson's recovery BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM Celia Wilson has been by her granddaughter Morgan’s side since Tuesday evening when the 17-year-old Esperanza High student-athlete was rushed to the UC Irvine Medical Center
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Final: North 12, South 6 By STEVE FRYER
    That ends the South's winning streak at five in the Orange County North-South All-Star Football Game. The offensive player of the game was North quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton. He scored one touchdown on a dive and threw a touchdown pass to Neil Pauu of Servite. The defensive player of the game was South defensive lineman J
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Mid-fourth quarter: 6-6 By STEVE FRYER
    Offenses sometimes are not crisp in these Orange County All-Star Football games. And that is what we have here at Orange Coast College. The North is driving here, with a first down at the North 49. Neil Pauu of Servite just got his fourth reception.
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • North TD, and the PAT is .. By STEVE FRYER
    ... a mess. North quarterback Scott Lloyd scored on a sneak. The North lined up for the extra-point kick attempt, but illegal procedure was called (and some pushing and shoving ensued). Backed up 5 yards, the next attempt produced a high snap that was caught by kicker Derek Brush who was tackled after a short run. So it is 6-6 wi
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Halftime stats By STEVE FRYER
    South 6, North 0 Kai Ross, South QB (Huntington Beach) 6 for 7, 48 yards. Dominic Collins, South WR (El Toro) 3 catches for 32 yards. Andrew Lopiccola, North RB (Servite) 7 carries for 25 yards. Justin Allen, North RB (Mater Dei) 2 catches for 25 yards.
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • End of 1st half: South 6, North 0 By STEVE FRYER
    The game has been more entertaining than the score suggests. We have seen a couple of interceptions, including one by the North's Deryck Fletcher (Fullerton) at the North goal line. He returned it to the North 31. North quarterback Scott Lloyd (Fullerton) was getting spun around in the backfield when he heaved the ball backwards.
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • End of 1st Q: South 6, North 0 By STEVE FRYER
    The North has struggled offensively, and its offensive mistake, the mishandled/high snap, gave the South the touchdown when Jack Bares (Tesoro) recovered the ball in the South end zone. Quarterback changes for the second half: for the North, Scott Lloyd (Fullerton) replaced Dylan Osborne (Villa Park); Luke Napolitano (Corona del Mar) rep
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • South TD, 6-0 lead By STEVE FRYER
    The North recovered a South fumble at the North 10. A few plays later, North quarterback Dylan Osborne (Villa Park) in shotgun formation could not snag a high snap. The ball bounced into the end zone where Jack Bares (Tesoro) recovered it for a South touchdown. The South went for two. Quarterback Kai Ross (Huntington Beach) threw an inco
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Live updates from the OC All-Star Game!!! By STEVE FRYER
    We are a few minutes from kickoff here at Orange Coast College for the Orange County All-Star Football game, organized and managed for charity by the Brea Lions. The South leads the series 26-25-3. I, Steve Fryer, will provide updates of the game here. The detailed kind. For quick scoring updates, follow me at
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Tolver departs; Kirchmeyer takes over at Sage Hill By STEVE FRYER
    JR Tolver has resigned as Sage Hill football coach. The school announced that Tom Kirchmeyer, an assistant coach, is interim coach. Tolver resigned for personal and professional reasons, Sage Hill announced. He coached the Lightning for six seasons. Sage Hill was 23-30 during Tolver's tenure. Sage Hill last year was
    Sun Jul 06, 2014