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  • Swim: Santa Margarita's Grant Shoults sizzling at Junior Worlds in Singapore BY DAN ALBANO
    Swimmer Grant Shoults of Santa Margarita and the Mission Viejo Nadadores is on fire at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore. The reigning Register swimmer of the year led off the Americans' 800-meter freestyle relay Friday with a lifetime-best time of 1 minute, 48.10 seconds, sending the team to the gold medal and
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • The passing of two great men: Frank Ciarelli and Doc Scudday By STEVE FRYER
    Two great men on the Orange County high school sports scene died in recent days. Frank Ciarelli. He was the father of two of the county's great coaches, Tony (Newport Harbor football and track and field -- and a throws master) and Rocky (Huntington Beach volleyball, and elsewhere). Frank had a bunch of grandchildren
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Academy League to debut in 2015 BY DAN ALBANO
    There's a new boys water polo league coming to Orange County in 2015. The Academy League, featuring Crean Lutheran, Sage Hill, Whitney of Cerritos and Webb of Claremont will debut this fall, Crean Lut
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Trinity League insider: Albano-Barajas podcast debuts BY DAN ALBANO
    Can't get enough coverage of Trinity League football? Well, OCVarsity has a new podcast for you. OCVarsit
    Thu Aug 27, 2015
  • Swim: Mater Dei standout Kampfer transfers to CIF champion Crean Lutheran BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei standout freestyler Brittany Kampfer has enrolled at three-time defending CIF champion Crean Lutheran, Saints girls swim coach Craig Brown said Wednesday. Kampfer, a
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Football: CIF-SS preseason polls By STEVE FRYER
    Three Orange County teams are No. 1 in their CIF-Southern Section rankings. Of course, two of the divisions, the Southwest and Southern, are exclusively Orange County divisions so an O.C. team
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Dana Hills standout Connor McCloud transfers to Tesoro BY DAN ALBANO
    The 2015 football season is underway but the transfer news continues to surface and there could be more to come. The latest: Dana Hills standout running back/'defensive back Connor McCloud has enrol
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Football: Mater Dei promising sophomores to face early test BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson was in midseason form last week as he discussed the numerous sophomores who will play varsity for the Monarchs, who of course, also feature freshman quarterback J
    Tue Aug 25, 2015
  • Laguna Beach's Aria Fischer, Santa Margarita's Shoults win world junior titles BY DAN ALBANO
    Laguna Beach water polo player Aria Fischer and Santa Margarita swimmer Grant Shoults are finishing the summer aquatics season as junior world champions. Fischer, a juni
    Tue Aug 25, 2015
  • Mater Dei names Matt McDonald as starting QB BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei has named junior Matt McDonald as its starting quarterback for Friday’s season-opening game against fellow Pac-5 Division foe Bishop Amat, Monarchs football coach Bruce Rollinso
    Mon Aug 24, 2015
  • Boys water polo: Northwood selects alumnus Kim-E as coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Northwood has selected alumnus and former standout Kyle Kim-E as its boys and girls water polo coach, Timberwolves boosters announced and Kim-E confirmed. Kim-E was a four-year varsity pla
    Mon Aug 24, 2015
  • Girls volleyball: Santa Margarita wins Ann Kang tournament By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The Santa Margarita girls volleyball team put the finishing touches on a remarkable weekend, defeating Punahou, 22-25, 25-15, 15-12 in the finals of the annual Ann Kang Invitational preseason tournament. The Eagles lost just one match during the weekend. Santa Magarita becomes the first county team since Edison in 2011 to win the
    Sun Aug 23, 2015
  • Mater Dei quarterback competition nearing a decision BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA - Matt McDonald started the scrimmage and zipped a short touchdown pass t
    Fri Aug 21, 2015
  • Football: Top 22 impact transfers of 2015 BY DAN ALBANO
    Dan Albano's top impact transfers for O.C. football in 2015 (listed alphabetically, former school in parentheses) Elijah Bynum, Buena Park, RB
    Thu Aug 20, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Orange Lutheran junior DE offered by Hawaii BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange Lutheran junior defensive end Travis Yates has been offered by Hawaii, Lancers football coach Chuck Petersen confirmed Wednesday. Yates teams with Scean Mustin to give the Lance
    Wed Aug 19, 2015
  • Funeral and visitation services set for Noble Franklin By STEVE FRYER
    The funeral for Noble Franklin, longtime coach in Santa Ana and a great athlete at Valley in the 1970s, is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church of Santa Ana. Visitation is Friday, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Brown Colonial Mortuary in Santa Ana. Also, a visitation precedes the funeral at Second Baptist, starting at 10 a.m. Saturd
    Wed Aug 19, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Orange Lutheran's Lj Northington commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange Lutheran quarterback Lj Northington has committed to Harvard, the senior announced Monday. "Proud to announce that I've committed to further my education and football career at Harvard University!" he announced on Twitter. The left-handed senior is a dual-threat quarterback who showed improvement over the summer dur
    Tue Aug 18, 2015
  • Football: Four O.C. players selected preseason all-state by Cal-Hi BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita quarterback and Stanford commit KJ Costello and three left tackles are the Orange County selections to the preseason Cal-Hi Sports first-team al
    Sun Aug 16, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Huntington Beach's Nick Crabtree commits to Boise State BY DAN ALBANO
    Huntington Beach senior tight end Nick Crabtree (6-6, 250) has committed to Boise State, Oilers football coach Eric Lo confirmed Friday. Crabtree also received offers from San Jose
    Fri Aug 14, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Corona del Mar's Peter Bush to be walk-on at Notre Dame BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar wide receiver/quarterback Peter Bush has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Notre Dame as a quarterback, Sea Kings football coach Dan O'Shea reports. The athletic senior played quarterback and tight end last season but appears headed to play wide receiver as the Sea Kings attempt to field their best lineup
    Thu Aug 13, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Woodbridge's Alex Young commits to Yale BY DAN ALBANO
    Speedy Woodbridge senior running back/wide receiver Alex Young (6-0, 185) has committed to Yale, Warriors football coach Rick Gibson reports. Young joins Edison wide receiver Garrett White
    Thu Aug 13, 2015
  • Savanna looking for tennis coach after Eric Hansen ends long run
    Savanna's athletic department is trying to solve a problem that last came up more than four decades ago: Who will coach the school's tennis teams? Eric Hansen had been the school's tennis coach since 1969, but he retired from coaching during the summer. Now the school is looking for a replacement for him to coach the girls
    Thu Aug 13, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Fountain Valley's Iakopo offered, Barnett lost for season BY DAN ALBANO
    Fountain Valley senior defensive tackle Keiti Iakopo (6-0, 300) has been offered by Southern Utah, Barons football coach Ray Fenton said. Iakopo earned first-team all-Sunset League honors las
    Thu Aug 13, 2015
  • Burns steps down as San Clemente girls basketball coach BY NATHAN PERCY
    Lacey Burns has stepped down as girls basketball coach at San Clemente to become an assistant coach at Pepperdine, Athletic Director Jon Hamro announced via email Wednesday afternoon. In four seasons as coach, Burns guided the Tritons to a 70-34 overall record, with back-to-back 19-win seasons in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Her te
    Wed Aug 12, 2015
  • Water polo recruiting: U.S. attacker Maddie Musselman commits to UCLA BY DAN ALBANO
    U.S. women's water polo attacker Maddie Musselman, an All-County performer from Corona del Mar who recently helped the Americans capture the FINA World Championships in Russia, has committed to UCLA, she confirmed Wednesday. "Happy to be committed to UCLA" the class of 2016 recruit posted on Twitter. Mus
    Wed Aug 12, 2015