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  • Swim: Okubo captures 200 butterfly on Day 1 of Juniors By DAN ALBANO
    SWIMMING Speedo Junior National Championships At Irvine Finals MEN    200-meter butterfly – 1. Okubo (Aquazot) 1:58.30; 2. Thomas (Upper Dublin) 1:59.11; 3. Rooney (Pleasanton) 1:59.26    100 breast – 1. Hoppe (Clovis) 1:02.17; 2. Kropp (Canyons) 1:02.32; 3. Bray (Av
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Okubo gets first Junior swimming title BY DAN ALBANO
    IRVINE – Corey Okubo received an extra boost from his cheering section before the men’s 200-meter butterfly final at the Speedo Junior National Championships on Wednesday night. The Aquazot swimmer ended up needing every bit of the encouragement from his teammates. Okubo rallied from sixth after the first lap to captu
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Football: Paramount running back enrolls at Mater Dei BY DAN ALBANO
    Paramount junior-to-be running back Nick Hutson (5-9, 186) has enrolled at Mater Dei, Monarchs football coach Bruce Rollinson confirmed Wednesday morning. Hutson rushed for a team-leadin
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Baseball: Servite pitcher commits to Arizona By DAN ALBANO
    Servite senior-to-be right-handed pitcher Michael Flynn has committed to Arizona, the Trinity League school reports. Last season, Flynn went 1-1 with a 1.02 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings.
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Mater Dei-based Regency wins Junior Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team might not feature a star player this fall like in years past. But because of the teamwork they showed Tuesday, the Monarchs could be just as good as seasons past. Regency’s 18-and-under boys club team, a near replica of Mater Dei’s upcoming squad, outlasted
    Wed Jul 30, 2014
  • Basketball: Pflueger lists top five schools BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Mater Dei senior guard Rex Pflueger trimmed his college choices down to five potential schools on Tuesday afternoon. In a Twitter post, Pflueger said the final five are (in no order): Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cal, Washington State and San Diego State. Pflueger averaged 12 points and five assists a game as a junior. He wa
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Football recruiting: JSerra's Bailey picks Yale By DAN ALBANO
    JSerra senior-to-be defensive end/fullback DJ Bailey has committed to Yale, Lions assistant coach John Baggerly reports. Bailey, an explosive defender off the edge and a powerful runner, is expected to be a key player for the Lions this season. He was a first-team all-Trinity League defense selection last season.
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Football: Wingfield commits to Western New Mexico By DAN ALBANO
    Buena Park's football program certainly takes placing its players in college programs seriously. Take Coach Anthony White's announcement Tuesday night as the latest example.
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Okubo set for butterfly battle at U.S. Junior Nationals BY DAN ALBANO
    Corey Okubo’s schedule might be light, but the Aquazot swimmer could still make a sizable impact this week at the Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine. The Register’s two-time male swimmer of the year is on that kind of a roll. The recent University High graduate will be in the spotlight Wednesday as he race
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Water polo: Mater Dei-based Regency strikes gold at Jr. Olympics By DAN ALBANO
    Tournament MVP Nick Lavayen scored in the final round of shootouts and goalie Jonathan Van De Velde made two key saves at the end of regulation to help Mater Dei-based Regency defeat L
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Smith: Warm homecoming for injured Stallion By MARCIA C. SMITH
    LADERA RANCH – A day after he finished his junior year and celebrated late into the night, San Juan Hills High football player Dalton deDianous fell asleep at the wheel of his father’s car. Dalton, 17, and his father, Michael deDianous, were going camping in the Mojave desert. Around 2 p.m. on June 21, they were driving along
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Local girls capture beach volleyball championship
    The U.S. beach team of Morgan Martin (Mission Viejo) and Kathryn Plummer (Aliso Viejo) defeated compatriots Joy Dennis and Haley Hallgren, 20-22, 21-18, 15-13, on Sunday to win the gold medal at the inaugural FIVB Under-17 Beach Volleyball World Championships in Acapulco, Mexico. Plummer , a junior-to-be at Aliso Niguel High, was selecte
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • Notebook: O.C. trio on roster for All-American Classic
    The Perfect Game All-American Classic, which will be played Aug. 10 at Petco Park in San Diego, will have strong representation from Orange County. The West team will be coached by Brett Kay of JSerra and includes three players from the county on its roster: Aliso Niguel pitcher Kyle Molnar; Mission Viejo pitcher Patrick
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Batbusters softball powers up for Nationals BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – Over the last four seasons, Kaylee Carlson has built up one of the more impressive resumes in county softball history, and she has done so wearing Pacifica’s pinstriped jerseys. So during the CIF-SS softball championship weekend in late May, it was a tad strange seeing the Mariners ace stroll around Irvine&rsq
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • Lapic hopes to keep building Century program BY TIM BURT
    Century’s new football coach, Andrew Lapic, is looking to help the Centurions take the next step. Lapic, 39, takes over for Ted Crego, who resigned after five seasons. Century was 7-3 overall and fourth in the Orange League last year, just missing the playoffs. “I’m excited, I’m good friends
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • SoCal A's capture PGF Division 16 title
    IRVINE - Makayla Martin scattered four hits and struck out nine as the SoCal Athletics edged the Beverly Bandits, 2-1,  on Friday at Barber Park to capture the 16 Premier Division title at the Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championships. The Bandits, based in Beverly, Ill., got off to a solid start in trying to defend
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • CdM water polo soars, scores gold in New Zealand BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – Nothing unites a team like a plunge or two … or three … off a 600-foot building, right? It sounds extreme, but that’s one of the experiences the Corona del Mar girls water polo players bonded over during a recent trip to New Zealand. The players also hiked inactive volcanoes, endured the
    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
  • Croom transfers to Servite from 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 who will be a junior this coming school year, attended Long Beach Poly as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to's All-Sophomore defense fir
    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