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  • No. 2 JSerra breaks through to top, beats No. 1 Mater Dei BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – The Orange County football universe changed Friday. JSerra 17, Mater Dei 10. It was only a few years that JSerra had to forfeit Trinity League games because it did not have enough healthy players to finish the season. Then the Lions started winning a league game here and there. They won their final two league ga
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • O.C. track great Swisshelm dies BY STEVE FRYER
    Bill Swisshelm, one of the greatest athletes in Orange County track and field history, died Monday of complications related to skin cancer. He was 78. He set records at Santa Ana High and at Santa Ana College. Swisshelm ran the 180-yard low hurdles in a county-record time of 18.7 in 1954. Future NFL star Isaac Curtis
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's volleyball (10-23-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from O.C. girls volleyball matches played on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's water polo (10-23-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the boys water polo match between San Juan Hills and Aliso Niguel played on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Updates on Twitter for tonight's football games
    OCVarsity will have score and game updates from all of tonight's Orange County high school football games. Fans can keep track of their favorite team along with the rest of the games through OCVarsity's Twitter feed (@OCVarsity). You can follow along
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • OCVarsity Pregame Madness for Week 8
    Another week of O.C. football is here. If you haven’t noticed, the regular season is moving quickly. It is time to start focusing your attention on the league standings. It is also time for you to start scoreboard watching or Twitter watching. Time to take a look at some of Friday’s can’t-miss games. Let
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Roundup: Trabuco Hills, Santa Margarita pull upsets BY DAN ALBANO
    Kyle Beeler scored five goals Thursday to help Trabuco Hills’ boys water polo team defeat host Capistrano Valley, 10-8, to move into a first-place tie with the Cougars atop the Sea View League. Jacob Rendina and
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Mater Dei leads O.C. contingent into North-South Challenge BY DAN ALBANO
    Top-ranked Mater Dei, No. 3 Huntington Beach, No. 4 Laguna Beach along with Century League contender Villa Park are among the boys water polo teams competing at the North-South Challenge on Friday and Saturday in Atherton. The Monarchs (14-3) are the four-time defending tournament champion and could clash f
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Orange Lutheran loses tough one to St. John Bosco BY JEREMY BALAN
    BELLFLOWER – Add another to the list for Orange Lutheran – the list of heartbreaking Trinity League losses that is only three games long, but feels endless. For the third game in the row Friday, the Lancers were in position to win in the fourth quarter against one of the state’s best football programs and again they cam
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • OCVarsity Fandemonium: Week 8
    Click through the slideshow to see photos of O.C. football fans cheering on their teams at Week 8 games on Friday, Oct. 24.
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Mission Viejo wobbles, adjusts to top San Juan Hills BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    MISSION VIEJO – The real adjustments came after halftime for the Mission Viejo football team Friday night. After a frustrating first half on defense for the Diablos (7-2, 3-0), they turned up the aggression in the second half, keeping the San Juan Hills offense out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, leading to a 42-21 South
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Trabuco Hills' defense shuts down Capo Valley BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    MISSION VIEJO – Minutes before kickoff Friday night, Coach Tony Henney called Trabuco Hills’ showdown with Sea View League foe Capistrano Valley a “seize the moment” kind of game. It wasn’t long before the swarming Mustangs’ defense was seizing just about everything in its path. Powered by eigh
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Buena Park pulls away from Troy BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    BUENA PARK – Buena Park and Troy have exchanged the last three Freeway League silver medals. The chasm between La Habra and its leaguemates is shrinking, yes, but it’ll exist until someone knocks the Highlanders off their throne. The way Buena Park looks right now, its time is fast approaching. Quarterback Zac
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Edison rolls past Newport Harbor behind Beynon BY MICHAEL KATZ
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – It didn’t take long for Edison’s A.J. Beynon to make an impression Friday night. After intercepting a pass in the end zone in the first quarter, Beynon snagged the first of his two first-half scoring catches from Grant Lowary on the ensuing drive, helping the Chargers roll past the Sailo
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Tavarez rallies Fullerton past Sonora BY TOM CONNOLLY
    FULLERTON – Both Sonora coach Paul Chiotti and Fullerton coach Gus Martinez emphasized that Friday night’s Freeway League game was as Martinez put it an ‘October playoff game.’ With both teams coming off losses last week, neither could afford another setback with the playoffs on the horizon. Indians quarte
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • San Clemente's Darnold has four TD passes vs. Laguna Hills BY NATHAN PERCY
    LAGUNA HILLS – Coming off its bye week, a slow first quarter and a sluggish second half couldn’t keep No. 10 San Clemente from defeating Laguna Hills, 49-10, Friday in a Sea View League game at Laguna Hills. San Clemente (7-1, 2-0) sets up a league showdown with Trabuco Hills next week. The Mustangs picked up a 21-6 win over
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Woodbridge rallies, ends Northwood's streak BY TIM BURT
    IRVINE – After a frustrating first half, Woodbridge finished with a bang Friday night in a Pacific Coast League game with Northwood at University. The Warriors scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and went on to capture a 24-7 victory, ending Northwood’s five-game winning streak. The victory moved Woodbridge
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Cypress' Pounds ready to reveal his commitment BY DAN ALBANO
    Cypress senior Quinten Pounds has been secretive so far about his college commitment, but he plans to share the news Wednesday. “I made my decision already,” he said after a practice this week. “I know where I’m going but I’m going to keep it quiet until (Wednesday).” Pounds’ finalists are Boise State, Colorado, Utah and Was
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Santiago's Ledezma too much for Bolsa Grande BY DANIEL HERNANDEZ
    GARDEN GROVE – Santiago coach Brandon Croft said his players knew they had dug themselves into a hole with their 0-2 start in league play and needed to find a way out. The team found new life in speedy running back Aaron Ledezma, who rushed for 187 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cavaliers trounce Bolsa Grande, 38-0, in a Ga
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Brethren Christian's Miller delivers against Sage Hill BY TREVOR BANGMA
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Brethren Christian quarterback Conner Miller passed for 336 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 104 and one touchdown to lead his team to a 48-14 Academy League victory over Sage Hill on Friday night at Ocean View. Miller, a senior, has an Orange County-best 38 touchdown passes, three short of tying the cou
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Corona del Mar rolls past banged-up University BY KYLE INFANTE
    NEWPORT BEACH – Corona del Mar took advantage of an injury-riddled University squad Friday night, running away with a 35-0 Pacific Coast League victory at Newport Harbor High. After his impressive performance last week, Corona del Mar (7-1, 3-0) gave sophomore quarterback Chase Garbers the start and he did not disappoint. On the Se
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Esperanza takes to air to overtake Yorba Linda BY LOU PONSI
    YORBA LINDA – There were plenty of reasons to be pumped up before the Crestview League opener between visiting Esperanza and Yorba Linda on Friday. Yorba Linda and Esperanza are rivals who share the same stadium, Esperanza coach Gary Bowers was once an assistant under Yorba Linda coach Jeff Baily and it was the Mustan
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Gomez rushes for 4 TDs in St. Margaret's win BY SCOTT McREYNOLDS
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Oscar Gomez rushed for 134 yards and four touchdowns and St. Margaret’s used another dominant defensive effort to remain unbeaten, defeating Crean Lutheran, 49-7, on Friday night at St. Margaret’s. Gomez, a running back, scored on touchdown runs of 52 and 35 yards in the first half, then add
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • La Habra overwhelms Sunny Hills BY STEPHAN MARTIN
    LA HABRA – La Habra jumped out to a 21-point first-quarter lead and went on to defeat Sunny Hills, 49-14, on Friday night in a Freeway League game at La Habra High. The Highlanders (5-3, 3-0) also went on a 21-0 run in the second quarter to build a 42-6 lead at halftime against the Lancers (5-3, 0-3). The Highlanders took a
    Fri Oct 24, 2014
  • Tesoro puts it all together in rout BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    LAS FLORES – A week after a narrow loss to rival Mission Viejo, No. 7 Tesoro took out its frustration on Dana Hills. Tesoro dominated both sides of the ball in a 52-12 South Coast League victory Friday night at Tesoro. Tesoro (7-2, 2-1) gained 337 yards, scored on eight of its first 10 drives and held Dana Hills (1-7, 0-2) to 44 ya
    Fri Oct 24, 2014