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  • OLu's Lucier-South releases list of his top 5 schools
    Orange Lutheran linebacker/defensive end Keisean Lucier-South, who is No. 38 in ESPN's ranking of the top 300 recruits in the nation for 2015, released a list of the top five schools he is likely to sign with - UCLA, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon. He did not rank them in any order. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lucier-Smith was
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • Los Alamitos punter Johnson commits to Arkansas
    Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson said he has committed to Arkansas, which offered him a scholarship during a visit to the campus last week. Johnson is one of the top-ranked punters in the nation for the class of 2015. Rivals ranks him fourth in the nation and ranks him second. Johnson also held offe
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • JSerra's Lewis to play for U.S. in Baseball World Cup
    JSerra incoming sophomore Royce Lewis was selected Friday to be part of the U.S. team that will play in the 15U Baseball World Cup in Mazatlan, Mexico, from July 31 to Aug. 11. Lewis made the 20-player roster after going through the National Team Trials this week in Cary, N.C. The team will play an exhibition game July 29
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Tanabe wins first AJGA tournament By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    YORBA LINDA – The crystal trophy that Issei Tanabe cradled in left arm at Yorba Linda Country Club might not have been his had the Mater Dei boys golf not achieved an historic level of success last season. It was playing for the Monarchs last season that he learned to survive tournament pressure, knowing that each shot could have p
    Thu Jul 24, 2014
  • Croom transfers to Servite from LB Poly By STEVE FRYER
    Micah Croom, a highly regarded safety, today was accepted at Servite and is enrolling there, Servite athletic director Alan Clinton confirmed today. Croom, 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, will be a junior this coming school year. He attended Long Beach Poly as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to's All-Sophomo
    Wed Jul 23, 2014
  • Lofink to coach Canyon girls basketball team
    Mark Lofink has been hired as the girls basketball coach at Canyon, the school announced on July 16. Lofink has been a junior varsity head coach and assistant coach at Orange Lutheran for the past 15 seasons. "Coach Lofink brings a weath of knowledge from his almost two decades of coaching experience in high-profile progra
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • Santa Margarita's Blancs share national honor By STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita co-coaches and brothers Rich and Ron Blanc were named national girls swimming coaches of the year by the National High School Coaches Association. The Eagles' girls swimming team won its 15th consecutive Trinity League championship this past school year, and were CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champions. Mater De
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • National award for Mater Dei's McKnight By STEVE FRYER
    Gary McKnight of Mater Dei is the National High School Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year, the association announced today. McKnight coached Mater Dei to its fourth consecutive CIF State champio
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • Los Al's Johnson headed to U.S. Army game By DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson captured an Army All-American punting competition over the weekend and has accepted a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Game, the Griffins football program rep
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Water polo: Laguna Beach girls win state title, Mater Dei boys second By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made eight saves, including one against a penalty, and attackers Lucas Wyatt and Matthew Payne each scored twice for the Monarchs but th
    Sun Jul 20, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Humphreys commits to Duke By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei wide receiver/safety Ben Humphreys (6-2 1/2 205) has committed to Duke, the senior-to-be confirmed Saturday night. Humphreys is one of county's most versatile players. He also c
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Lynn out at Newport Beach club By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Former U.S. Olympic assistant men's water polo coach Robert Lynn is no longer coaching at Newport Beach Water Polo Club but remains Newport Harbor's boys varsity coach, officials with the
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Recruiting: San Clemente's Darnold makes his decision By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold (6-4, 205) has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday afternoon. Darnold said he picked USC because, "I want to stay in SoCal
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Water polo: State high school tournament starts Friday By DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team and the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City boys are the top seeds for the California State High School Championships this weekend in Orange County. Both schools are th
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Track and field: Martinez receives coaching honor By: ANTONIO MORALES
    Mater Dei boys and girls track and field coach Rick Martinez was named the Southern Section boys track and field Coach of the Year by the California Coaches' Association this week. Martinez led the Monarchs boys team to their first ever CIF-SS Division 2 title and CIF state championship. He was also named the Register's gi
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Truong released from the hospital BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Former Esperanza football and track and field standout William Truong has been released from the hospital a little more than a month after he sustained a broken neck, Aztecs throws coach Bill Pendleton said Thursday. Pendleton also confirmed that Truong is now able to walk on his own, but it has been suggested he use a cane
    Thu Jul 17, 2014
  • Girls water polo: Sunny Hills graduate commits By DAN ALBANO
    High-scoring Sunny Hills water polo player Kate Vera, who scored 121 goals this past season, has committed to Whittier College, Lancers water polo coach Keith Nighswonger reports. Vera,
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mater Dei's Humphreys eyes August trim By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei senior-to-be wide receiver/safety Ben Humphreys (6-2 1/2, 205) -- one of the county's fastest rising juniors at the end of last season -- plans to trim his college list to a top-three o
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Football: San Clemente takes second at passing tournament By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente and quarterback Sam Darnold placed second over the weekend at the Under Armour Rumble at the Ranch Passing League tournament at El Rancho, Tritons football coach Jaime Ortiz
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Boys water polo: East Coast star seeks to enroll at Mater Dei By DAN ALBANO
    U.S. national team water polo player Thomas Dunstan of New Canaan High in Connecticut -- one of the hottest rising talents in the sport -- said Tuesday at the
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Los Angeles Water Polo Club captures Ironman By DAN ALBANO
    Los Angeles Water Polo Club, featuring standouts from Agoura's Division 2 champion boys team, captured the 19-and-under title at the Ironman Super Final on Sunday at Newport Harbor. Outgoing Agoura se
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Football: Huntington Beach hosting Surf City passing tournament Saturday By DAN ALBANO
    Reigning state champion St. John Bosco will be among the teams competing Saturday at Huntington Beach's Surf City passing and linemen competitions. The passing competition begins at 8:45 a.m. and also feat
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Los Al punter receiving SEC interest By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson is receiving recruiting interest from Arkansas, the senior-to-be said over the weekend at the
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Boys water polo: Day 2 scores from Ironman 19-and-under By DAN ALBANO
    Day 2 club boys water polo scores from the Ironman 19-and-under Super Finals: At Newport Regency (Mater Dei) 13, Stanford 7 Del Mar 11, Elite 6 Orange County 10, Premier
    Sun Jul 13, 2014
  • Notebook: Los Alamitos' Telenko passes first test BY ANTONIO MORALES
    The bracket-makers for Edison's "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament on Saturday didn't do Los Alamitos any favors. In the Griffins' bracket was defending Open Division state champion St. John Bosco, Open division regional runner up Centennial of Corona, and 2012 Division 2 state champion Serra of Gardena. Los Alamitos went 1
    Sat Jul 12, 2014