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  • 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
  • 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
  • New state rules for football signed into law BY STEVE FRYER
    The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to t
    Mon Jul 21, 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
  • Tesoro takes third in Surf City passing tournament BY ANTONIO MORALES
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Tesoro’s defense struggled mightily in a semifinal loss to Bishop Amat of La Puente in the Surf City passing tournament at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. The Titans’ defense came together in the tournament’s third-place game as they picked off Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello four tim
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Capistrano United hockey team hires new head coach BY MARK GARCIA
    The Capistrano United Coyotes hockey team finally settled a coaching overhaul by hiring Jean Labbé as head coach, General Manager David Bird announced July 10. Labbé, 37, takes over from Darren Gardner, who resigned in May to take an assistant coach position at Santa Margarita after guiding the Coyotes to the Division 2A cha
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players take part in lacrosse event
    Evidence of lacrosse’s growth in Orange County was plentiful at the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, which was held last weekend at Towson University in Baltimore. Seven county players were on the West boys underclassmen team, which made an appearance in the event’s semifinals for the first time ever.
    Mon Jul 21, 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
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Mater Dei takes second in state, Laguna girls win BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei’s boys water polo team didn’t get the outcome it desired Sunday but the Monarchs said they still proved an important point: They can play with reigning CIF Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City despite heavy losses from graduation. Top-seeded Harvard-Westlake never trailed but couldn’t co
    Sun Jul 20, 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
  • 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
  • Mater Dei, Harvard-Westlake on course to clash By DAN ALBANO
    Division 1 boys water polo rivals Mater Dei and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City remained on a collision course Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Last season’s Division 1 finalists each won twice to cruise into Sunday’s semifinals at Foothill.
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • Newport Harbor jolted by club departure of Lynn By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH One by one, Newport Harbor’s boys water polo players emerged on the pool deck Friday afternoon with a display of solidarity and disapproval regarding a coaching change that caught them off guard just hours earlier. The players walked toward their locker room at Newport Harbor with their team T-shirts turned inside out
    Fri Jul 18, 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
  • Godinez's Smith flew under the radar to UC Irvine BY DEVIN UGLAND
    The story detailing the rise of Godinez basketball player Brandon Smith is one that is not scripted. Unlike other Division I college basketball recruits, Smith doesn’t play at a high-profile high school, but instead made his name at a small school in the heart of Santa Ana. Smith doesn’t have awe-inspiring size
    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
  • 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
  • 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