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  • Boys scholar-athlete: Jackson Lanigan, San Juan Hills By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Jackson Lanigan San Juan Hills Baseball GPA: 4.0 The left-handed pitcher appeared in eight games for the Stallions and rec
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Boys tennis: Riley Smith, Los Alamitos By KENNY CONNOLLY
    Riley Smith Los Alamitos The junior swept his singles sets in dominant fashion, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0, in leading his team to the CIF-SS Division 1 title. Smith
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Boys volleyball: Noah Dyer, Saddleback Valley Christian By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Noah Dyer Saddleback Valley Christian The junior recorded 25 kills to lead the Warriors to a three-set victory over St. Margaret’s in the CIF-SS Division 4 final on Saturday. The victory gave the Warriors a third consecutive CIF-SS title. Dyer hit over .400 in th
    Fri May 29, 2015
  • Baseball playoffs: Updated schedule (quarterfinals)
    Updated schedule for Friday's games in the CIF-SS baseball playoffs. BASEBALL DIVISION 1Quarterfinals, Friday, 3:15 p.m.JSerra at HartArling
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Boys volleyball regionals: Scores, schedule
    Thursday's scores and updated schedule for the CIF Southern California Regional volleyball playoffs. BOYS VOLLEYBALL DIVISION I Regional semifinals, Thursday Huntington Beach d. Buchanan/Clovis, 25-20, 25-15, 25-2
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Pacifica puts up fight, but Norco wins in 10 BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Hannah Boos and Taylor Dockins traded one-two-three innings throughout the course of the afternoon. Both sophomore aces worked out of jams at one point or another, but for the most part, each received impeccable defensive play from their teammates. But when Boos and Dockins both encountered bases-loaded situations i
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Villa Park's Adnams advances to state championship BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    PASADENA - Chris Adnams and his father Barry were headed home from Brookside Golf Course on Thursday when they decided to pull to the side of the road and take another look at the live scoring on their cell phone. The Villa Park senior didn’t think his 1-over-par 73 in the SCGA So Cal Championships would be good enoug
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Merritt earns spot among O.C. all-time greats BY STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt will be remembered as one of the county’s top girls field athletes of all time, having won the CIF-SS title in the pole vault for all four of her high school years. The event has some rising stars worth watching Friday at the CIF-SS Masters Meet and, perhaps, in next week’s CIF S
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Football: San Clemente fundraiser for family in need By STEVE FRYER
    San Clemente’s football program has a Seniors Ladies vs. Juniors Ladies flag-football game June 5 at 7 p.m. on campus. The event is a fundraiser to help a family with medical expenses. Admission is $5. More information is here.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Boys track: Jett Gordon, Marina By ANDREW TURNER
    Jett Gordon Marina The county leader in the pole vault cleared 15 feet, 6 inches to win the Division 2 title at the CIF-SS Finals on Saturday.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Girls track: Cassie Durgy, Huntington Beach By ANDREW TURNER
    Cassie Durgy Huntington Beach The junior ran a lifetime-best 2:09.57 to win the Division 1 800-meter title at the CIF-SS Finals on Saturday.
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • O.C.'s signed and committed softball players
    OCVarsity's list of the signed and committed softball players in Orange County. The list was compiled using various sources, including information provided by coaches on our preview surveys, information provided by the athletes and their families, and recruiting sources. If we're missing a player, send the player's information to
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Mission Viejo stays on path toward title game BY NICK SELBE
    FULLERTON - By this point in the softball season, Mission Viejo coach Troy Ybarra has the routine down pat. So many times during the Diablos’ undefeated season they have jumped out to an early lead then relied on strong pitching to cruise to a victory. Throughout all of their one-sided wins, one thing that hasn’t waver
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Surging Canyon rides momentum into semifinals BY ANDREW TURNER
    ANAHEIM – At the midpoint of the Crestview League season, Canyon’s candidacy for the softball playoffs was anything but a sure thing. The Comanches had dropped back-to-back games to El Modena and Yorba Linda. Sin
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Softball playoffs: Thursday's scores, schedule update
    Scores and updated schedule for the CIF-SS softball playoffs. SOFTBALL DIVISION 1 Los Osos 9, El Modena 4 West Ranch vs. Murrieta Valley, Friday
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Huntington Beach closes in on a perfect repeat BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The Huntington Beach boys volleyball team will attempt to add another 40-0 season to the record book. The Oilers, who are the top seed in the CIF Southern California Regional Division I bracket, advanced to the regional final with a businesslike victory, 25-20, 25-15, 25-22, over visiting Buchanan of Clovis on Thursday night. Hun
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • SVC sticks to plan, returns to regional title game BY NATHAN PERCY
    LAGUNA HILLS - Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball coach Ryan Van Rensselaer knew that trying to defeat St. Margaret’s a third time was going to be a challenge. Noting the Tartans’ strong defensive abilities, SVC’s game plan was to control the front line by pinching the block and putting St. Margaret&rsqu
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Tran rises to the top at Garden Grove BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    One of William Lou’s favorite Cody Tran stories predates Tran’s time at Garden Grove High. In sixth grade, Tran often watched his older sister, Priscilla, play for Lou, the school’s longtime boys and girls tennis coach. For every league match, Lou remembers, Tran purposely wore the other team’
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • El Modena's Conine turning heads with his play BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    It’s a recent Monday afternoon, and El Modena baseball coach Josh Kliner is overseeing and participating in an intra-squad scrimmage. The Vanguards haven’t played a game since their Crestview League finale the Thursday prior, and Kliner wants his troupe ready for its playoff opener in three days. Brett Conin
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • Sonora's Rosander earns his place in spotlight BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    Jake Rosander thumbs through the March 8 edition of the Orange County Register and grabs the Sports section. Atop the page, occupying nearly the entire space above the fold, is a photo of him jumping into the side of Sonora High teammate Christian Miller. He’s jubilant in the photo, screaming with joy. “
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Corona del Mar selects Santa Margarita veteran Ricks as coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar has named former Santa Margarita coach Kevin Ricks as its girls water polo coach, Sea Kings athletic director Don Grable said in an e-mail Wednesday afternoon. Ricks guided
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • List of qualifiers for Masters Meet BY ANDREW TURNER
    Here a list of the boys and girls qualifiers for the Masters Meet at Cerritos College on Friday. Their seeding is based on their CIF-SS Finals performance. In order to qualify, athletes had to finish in the top nine in the track events. The 800 meters, 1,600, and 3,200 take the top 12 finishers, as do the field events.
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • Baseball: Quarterfinals schedule/info By STEVE FRYER
    Huntington Beach and San Clemente were among were among today's winners of coin flips that determined home teams for CIF-SS baseball quarterfinals games Friday. Huntington Beach will be the home team when the Oilers play El Dorado. Both are league champions. Huntington Beach is No. 2 and El Dorado is No. 7 in this week's Orange County to
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • OCVarsity Dugout: Second-round and quarterfinals preview By STEVE FRYER and JONATHAN KHAMIS
    Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis recap the wild card and first-round of the CIF-SS baseball playoffs. Also, a preview of the second-round and quarterfinals. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
    Wed May 27, 2015
  • Boys aquatics: Colten Young, Crean Lutheran By DAN ALBANO
    COLTEN YOUNG CREAN LUTHERAN The sophomore diver won the inaugural state title with an 11-dive score of 581.45 points on the 1-meter springboard. He scored two 10s on an inward 1½ somersault.
    Wed May 27, 2015