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  • Espinosa's hit propels Yorba Linda to title BY ANTONIO MORALES
    The Ryan Lemmon Invitational started off with a no-hitter from Trabuco Hills. Pitching continued to define the tournament as San Juan Hills had three pitchers combine to toss a no-hitter in the later rounds. But the championship game was defined by one big hit. Robbie Espinosa drove in three runs with a double in the third inning,
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Next stop for JSerra's Vassar: Northwestern
    Johnnie Vassar made it official Wednesday. He is going home. Vassar spent much of his youth living on Chicago’s South Side. He came out West, and this past basketball season he led JSerra to the CIF-SS Division 4AA championship. On Wednesday, the first day of the letter-of-intent spring signing period for man
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Spring Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent Wednesday. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in the following sports: boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys a
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Troy swim teams earn sweep over La Habra BY DAN ALBANO
    Troy’s girls swim team made the rebuilding process look easier than it really is. The defending CIF Division 2 champion overcame a transportation miscue to sprint past host La Habra, 125-41, on Wednesday in a showdown of undefeated teams in the Freeway League. The meet started about an hour late because one of Troy’s
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Swim leaderboard: Corona del Mar, Newport Harbor blaze in Battle of the Bay By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Nonleague ALISO NIGUEL 112, SAN JUAN HILLS 58 CORONA DEL MAR 104.0, NEWPORT HARBOR 66.0 Academy League SADDLEBACK VALLEY CHRISTIAN 99, OXFORD ACADEMY 70 Freeway League TROY 140, LA HABRA 48 Orange Coast League
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Water polo recruiting: Ex-Sunny Hills standout signs with San Diego St. By DAN ALBANO
    Former Sunny Hills standout water polo player Alex Hoetker, now at Fullerton College, signed Wednesday with San Diego State, her mother, Deborah, reports. Hoetker was a Freeway League MVP
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Softball recruiting: Esperanza's Steele makes dream a reality By DAN ALBANO
    Esperanza third baseman Brynley Steele waited longer than other recruits but the senior's dream of signing a letter of intent for softball became a reality Wednesday. Steele signed with Arizona Stat
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Vassar signs with Northwestern By STEVE FRYER
    JSerra boys basketball senior Johnnie Vassar signed with Northwestern. Vassar, a 5-foot-11 point guard, was CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA player of the year. JSerra won the 4AA championship.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Boys swim: Billy Monjay, Northwood By DAN ALBANO
    Billy Monjay Northwood The junior captured the 200-yard individual medley (1:56.45), 100 breaststroke (59.06) and raced on a winning medley relay to help lead the Timberwolves to a 99-71 victory against Woodbridge in the Pacific Coast League. He ranks fourth in the county in the breaststroke with a 58.76.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Girls swim: Karli Thuen, JSerra By DAN ALBANO
    Karli Thuen JSerra The junior captured the 200-yard individual medley (2:04.87) and 50 freestyle (24.20) in automatic CIF Division 1-qualifying times in a 120-50 loss against top-ranked Santa Margarita in the Trinity League. Her 200 IM time ranks second in the county.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Spring Signing Day photos
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mission Viejo freshman receiver holding double-digit offers By DAN ALBANO
    Mission Viejo sophomore-to-be wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (6-1, 185) has 11 scholarship offers, his father and Diablos assistant football coach Keyshawn Johnson said Wednesday. Johnson
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Wrestling: Fountain Valley's Bryant Vasquez signs By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Bryant Vasquez (Fountain Valley HS) signed with Western State Colorado. Vasquez qualified for the CIF State Tournament this season. He was a CIF champion. He is also a two-time Sunset League champion. The Mountaineers are the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champions and ranked in the top 10 in the nation among Division II wrestling p
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots Overtime: Tuesday's baseball (4-15-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from O.C. baseball games played on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots Overtime: Tuesday's lacrosse (4-15-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from O.C. lacrosse matches played on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots Overtime: Tuesday's volleyball (4-15-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from O.C. boys volleyball matches played on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Tesoro, Tustin wide outs haul in offers By DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro wide receiver Jake Smeltzer (6-3, 195) and Tustin wide out George Wilson (6-3, 190) -- both seniors-to-be -- have landed Division 1-A offers, their coaches report. Smeltzer has added Air Force to a list of offers that includes Harvard and Yale while Wilson has been offered by Massachusetts. Please send foo
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Track and field: Merritt progressing as season continues By: ANTONIO MORALES
    Santa Margarita's Kaitlyn Merritt won the girls pole vault competition at the Arcadia Invitational again this past weekend. Merritt cleared 13 feet, six inches after setting a county and meet record at Arcadia last season. Although Merritt won the event, which is an accomplishment in itself, she narrowly fell s
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Rosary rallies to beat Orange Lutheran BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    For the first five weeks of the softball season, Kolby Romaine’s game-day routine seemed rather bland. While she cheered for her Rosary teammates from the dugout and chewed the occasional sunflower seeds, the junior transfer from Chino Hills imagined being on the field. Since becoming eligible April 7, Romaine is mor
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Baseball signees By STEVE FRYER
    A trio of signings/commitments we received today ... Tyler Duncan, Yale Patrick Faley, Servite -- Ohio Wesleyan Brett Olson, Corona del Mar -- Auburn
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Softball recruitng: Rosary duo signs BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Rosary pitcher Annika Seedborg and second baseman Payton "Pepper" Lawton signed letters of intent this week to continue their softball careers at the collegiate level next season.  Seedborg signed with Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and Lawton signed with Georgetown University in Washngton D.C. The Royals newly signed d
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots Overtime: Tuesday's softball (4-15-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from Costa Mesa vs. Estancia softball game played on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Wednesday's tournament schedule highlights By STEVE FRYER
    The Ryan Lemmon Invitational's championship game is Yorba Linda vs. Trabuco Hills at Windrow Park's Ryan Lemmon Stadium at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Trabuco Hills beat San Juan Hills in one semifinal Tuesday, Yorba Linda beat Empire League rival Valencia in the other. The Lemmon consolation championship game Wednesday at 4 p.m.. has W
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Tesoro girls, Capo Valley boys make strides BY DAN ALBANO
    MISSION VIEJO - The encouraging shouts from coaches pierced the pool deck with more energy. The cheering from swimmers and spectators featured added enthusiasm. And the Tesoro girls and Capistrano Valley boys went above-and-beyond Tuesday to impress in the South Coast League. Tesoro’s No. 6 girls defeated the three-time defending l
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • Swim leaderboard: McLaughlin, Albertoli sizzle to kick-off Rivalry Week By DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley and Rafael Felix, pictured, help pace Tuesday's swim leaderboard: BOYS SWIMMING Academy League WHITNEY 120, CREAN LUTHERAN 37 Emp
    Tue Apr 15, 2014