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  • Water polo recruiting: Newport Harbor goalie Ferraro signs with new program By DAN ALBANO
    Newport Harbor water polo goalie Joe Ferraro has signed with Wagner College in New York. Wagner added men's water polo to its lineup of sports in September and will compete in the Collegiate Water Polo Association this fall. The CWPA features mostly East School schools such as Princeton, Brown, Harvard and Navy.
    Tue Feb 09, 2016
  • Water polo recruiting: Mater Dei's Dunstan commits to USC By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei left-hander and U.S. national team player Thomas Dunstan has committed to USC, Monarchs boys water polo coach Chris Segesman said Monday night. Dunstan picked the Trojans
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Water polo: Latest CIF rankings (2-8-15) By DAN ALBANO
    The CIF girls water polo rankings going into the final week of the regular season: Div. 1 1. Laguna Beach 2. OLu 3. San Marcos 4. Dos Pueblos
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Football: CVC lands Curtis as coach, athletic director By DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley Christian has named former Santa Margarita and Northwood coach Rick Curtis as its football coach and athletic director, the San Joaquin L
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Wrestling: CIF-SS Dual Meet Championships final results By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Here are the final results from the six CIF-SS Division Dual Meet Championships on Saturday: Central Division Northview 44, Hillcrest 19 Coastal Division Servite 38, St. John Bosco 23 Eastern Division Victor Valley 43, Vista Mu
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Football: San Clemente's Sears, Servite's Lytle offered by same Pac-12 school By DAN ALBANO
    Oregon State has its eye on at least two Orange County junior quarterbacks. The Beavers have offered San Clemente's Jack Sears (6-3, 200) and Servite's
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Boys basketball: Fryer's top 10 vote By STEVE FRYER
    The Orange County basketball top 10 is a poll of five media members who see plenty of county ball. My vote today: 1. Mater Dei; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. Orange Lutheran; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Esperanza; 6. Crean Lutheran; 7. Villa Park; 8. Yorba Linda; 9. Foothill; 10. Northwood.
    Mon Feb 08, 2016
  • Water polo: All-tournament team from Irvine SoCal Champs By DAN ALBANO
    Irvine SoCal girls water polo championships all-tournament team: Outstanding goalie: Heidi Ritner, CdM, Sr. Outstanding field player: Paige Hauschild, San Marcos
    Sat Feb 06, 2016
  • Girls water polo: Fantastic four set for Irvine SoCal Champs By DAN ALBANO
    Saturday's semifinal schedule is set for the Irvine SoCal girls water polo championships is set: At Woollett Aquatics Center on Saturday: Championship semifinals
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Football recruiting: Juniors Sears, Garbers, Johnson, St. Brown receive offers BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange County's rising junior football recruits are racking up the scholarship offers, including one from the SEC that signals a national-level prospect. Here's the latest news: San Clemente quarterback
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Sonora-Troy boys soccer
    Check out a slideshow of photos from Sonora at Troy (Freeway League) boys soccer match played on Friday, Feb. 5.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Mission Viejo-Capistano Valley girls basketball
    Check out photos from the Mission Viejo vs. Capistrano Valley girls basketball game played on Thursday, Feb. 4. Mission Viejo won, 39-34. 
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Fullerton-La Habra girls soccer
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Fullerton vs. La Habra girls soccer match played on Thursday, Feb. 4.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Valencia vs. Brea Olinda girls water polo
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Valencia vs. Brea Olinda nonleague girls water polo match played on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Brea Olinda won, 8-4.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Baseball: Sunset vs. Trinity Challenge By STEVE FRYER
    The Sunset League Vs. Trinity League Baseball Challenge, begins Saturday with two games: Mater Dei at Los Alamitos, 10 a.m.; and Santa Margarita vs. Huntington Beach at Canyon High, noon. Santa Margarita was CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champion in 2014. Huntington Beach won the D1 title in 2015. It is a preseason event that c
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Water polo: Elite Eight set for Irvine SoCal champs By DAN ALBANO
    Here are the 6 p.m. quarterfinal matches Friday at the Irvine SoCal girls water polo champs: At Woollett No. 1-seed Laguna Beach v Murrieta Valley At Foothill No
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Water polo recruiting: El Toro CIF POY Damato picks Eastern contender By DAN ALBANO
    El Toro water polo defender Maddy Damato, who helped the Chargers capture their first CIF title last season, has committed to Princeton, the senior in a text message Thursday. Damato was the CIF-SS Division 2 player of the year last winter and is having another strong season for the No. 6 Chargers. She ranks as one of the
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Water polo recruiting: El Toro's Wilde, Mater Dei's Lule commit By DAN ALBANO
    El Toro left-handed attacker Connor Wilde has committed to UC Santa Barbara, Chargers water polo coach Justin Johnson reports. Wilde was a first-team All-CIF selection in the fall for El Toro.
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Football: Drzanek resigns as varsity head coach By STEVE FRYER
    Ed Drzanek resigned today as varsity football head coach at El Modena. He will remain at El Modena as athletic director and will become freshman football head coach. Replacing him is Matt Mitchell, and El Modena alumnus who has been El Modena offensive coordinator and assistant head coach the past three seasons. Mitchell had a pr
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Football: Mertens leaves Crean Lutheran By STEVE FRYER
    Brett Mertens resigned as head coach at Crean Lutheran to accept a coaching position in Colorado, Crean Lutheran announced today. Mertens was Crean's head coach for three seasons. The Saints had their best season in school history in 2015 when they finished 9-4 and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division semifinals.
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Signing Day: Costello, Johnson remember their journeys By DAN ALBANO
    Highlights from National Signing Day at Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo with quarterbacks KJ Costello (Stanford) and Brock Johnson (georgetown). Video by Dan Albano, OCVarsity.com
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Signing Day news: Martin is USC-bound ... of course By STEVE FRYER
    Frank Martin II followed USC’s tumultuous season closely. An early-season head coaching change and associated issues did not alter Martin’s goal – sign a letter of intent with USC, which Martin did today. Martin, a 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman at Mater Dei, was raised to become a Trojan. &ldq
    Wed Feb 03, 2016
  • Signing Day news: No more football for football player of the year By STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei linebacker Jed Smith was the Orange County football defensive player of the year for the 2015 season. That likely will be the last football award of any type he will receive. Smith’s football days almost certainly are over, today’s national letter of intent signing day proved – Smith signed with
    Wed Feb 03, 2016
  • Servite gives up late goal and ties St. John Bosco By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    NORWALK – St. John Bosco coach Dave Sabet studied the game film, figured out where the Braves weak spots were, changed the personnel and the tinkered the formation. This time, the Braves would be ready for Servite. Because if the No. 1 Friars are involved in a match, “nothing comes for free,” Sabet said.
    Wed Feb 03, 2016
  • Signing Day news: Teammates, from San Clemente to Utah By STEVE FRYER
    San Clemente football teammates Cole Fotheringham and Tucker Scott signed with Utah. It was not planned that way, but they are happy it turned out that way. “I committed first, and Cole was still debating,” said Scott, a 6-5, 275-pound All-County offensive lineman. “We’ve been playing together since sixth grade s
    Wed Feb 03, 2016