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  • San Clemente grad Wilson hoping for a chance at NFL By DAN ALBANO
    Travis Wilson is ready for whatever comes his way, or doesn't, from this weekend’s NFL Draft. The former San Clemente and Utah quarterback doesn’t know any other way to handle life's offerings but to take on all challenges.
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Trabuco Hills' Crosbie embraces his leading role By NATHAN PERCY
    Just beyond the left-center field fence at Trabuco Hills’ on-campus baseball field stands a goal post on what is a practice field for the Mustangs football team. Chad Crosbie can be seen hitting home runs in that direction during batting practice most days. “I guess that’s my lucky spot,” he said after Tue
    Fri Apr 29, 2016
  • Swim: Orange Lutheran boys tie No. 1 Santa Margarita (Thursday leaderboard) By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Orange Coast League LAGUNA BEACH 101, CALVARY CHAPEL 64 Trinity League SANTA MARGARITA 85, ORANGE LUTHERAN 85 MATER DEI 115, ST. JOHN BOSCO 51 Nonleague CORONA DEL MAR 90, NEWPORT HARBOR 80
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Title is dream come true for Tesoro volleyball By MATTHEW BAIN
    Tesoro assistant volleyball coach Patrick Eaton said his team’s players talked about winning the program’s first outright South Coast League title during the entire summer leading up to this year. Next summer they can talk about claiming their second title, as the No. 8 Titans bested No. 5 San Clemente, 23-25, 25-19, 2
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Irvine rides productive bats to win over Northwood By KENNY CONNOLLY
    The way Irvine has been hitting recently, it was never a matter of if, but when. Scoreless and trailing by three runs in the fourth, the Vaqueros offense came to life, riding a seven-run inning to knock off Northwood, 8-5, in a critical Pacific Coast League showdown Thursday afternoon at Northwood High. With the win, Irvine (11-1
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Another five-set test doesn't stop Santa Margarita By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ANAHEIM - The next match for the Santa Margarita boys volleyball team looked a lot like the previous one. Tuesday, the Eagles extended their Trinity League match against Mater Dei to five sets, but came up a couple of points short. Thursday, Santa Margarita was back at the edge again, but this time, the Eagles were a
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Woodbridge wins third PCL championship in four years By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    IRVINE – Woodbridge boys golf coach Tracy Roberts never wants the Warriors to pay too much attention to what the competition, so he always likes to set a goal for each match, so his starters have a reason to focus on their own games. For Thursday, shooting a 2-over-par 182 in the wind at Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course seemed like a
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Bowman takes over as Crean Lutheran football coach
    Matt Bowman was named head coach of the Crean Lutheran football team on Thursday. Bowman has been an assistant coach in the program since 2009, and he served as the school's defensive coordinator since 2012. He replaces Bruce Mertens, who resigned in February. In a statement released b
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Tracking the football coaching changes
    There has been a lot of movement in Orange County's football coaching ranks since the end of the 2015 season. Here is a list of the coaching moves that have been announced since December: Capistrano Valley Christian: Eric Preszler (resigned). Rick
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Fryer: JSerra basketball close to hiring Brogdon By STEVE FRYER
    In 2006, JSerra hired Brett Kay, then 26, away from Capistrano Valley Christian to coach its baseball team. That worked out well for JSerra. Kay has coached the Lions to two Trinity League championships, recently earned his 200th career coaching victory and has the team in first place in the league and at No. 1 in the O
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Surging Marina knocks off No. 5 Huntington Beach By ANDREW TURNER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Young and out to prove themselves might be the best way to describe Marina’s softball team. With one senior in the starting lineup, the Vikings had growing pains early in the season, but those stopped once the team got to league. Marina defeated fifth-ranked Huntington Beach, 5-3, Thursday to pull i
    Thu Apr 28, 2016
  • Swim: Wednesday's leaderboard By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Crestview League FOOTHILL 117, VILLA PARK 53 Golden West League Ocean View 125, Loara 36 North Hills League BREA OLINDA 116, CANYON 54 Orange Coast League ESTANCIA 115, GODINEZ 53 COSTA MESA 117, SADDLEBACK 42 Pacific Coast League NORTHWOOD 111,
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Quinn delivers another victory for JSerra By STEVE FRYER
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Collin Quinn is not the 6-foot-6, hard-throwing left-hander the college baseball programs pursue. The JSerra senior is a 6-2, side-arming, right-handed winner. Quinn sh
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Foothill triumphs in league showdown with Villa Park By DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA Probably no other high school in America could match the collection of former Olympian offspring that was assembled Wednesday at Foothill’s pool. Five children of two medal-winning U.S. Olympic swimmers raced as the host Knights and Villa Park tried to settle the dual-meet lead in the Crestview League. The proud f
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Wednesday's roundup: Kennedy remains undefeated in league By STEVE FRYER
    Kennedy remained undefeated in the Empire League with an 8-1 home win over Valencia on Wednesday. The Fighting Irish are 5-0 in league and are 15-6 overall. They play league-favorite Cypress in two weeks. Aaron Fishman pitched a complete game for Kennedy. He has pitched three complete games in three Empire League starts. F
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Troy tightens grip on league lead with shutout of Sonora By ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – As the stakes get bigger late in the baseball season, it is not uncommon to see hitters grip their bats a little tighter. The pitchers certainly had the edge in a game between the top two teams in the Freeway League on Wednesday. Jake Eisner and Vince Stachelski combined on a four-hit shutout as ho
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Aliso Niguel's Wagaman captures Sea View title By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    SAN CLEMENTE – Matt Wagaman isn’t the prototypical junior golfer. The Aliso Niguel sophomore doesn’t play in AJGA tournaments and hasn’t been groomed on pristine country club greens. He tees it up instead at places such as El Prado, an old public golf course built around, a dairy farm, shooting range and a
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Boys water polo: Huntington Beach's Wojciechowski, Hurst commit to Cal By DAN ALBANO
    All-County water polo player Ethan Wojciechowski of Huntington Beach and fellow junior teammate Ryan Hurst have committed to Cal, Oilers boys coach Sasa Branisavljevic confirmed Wednesday. Wojciechowski was a first-team All-County selection last season and is one
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • McLaughlin's comeback continues this weekend at SMOC By DAN ALBANO
    Katie McLaughlin’s comeback from a neck injury will be among the storylines at the TYR Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions this weekend in Mission Viejo. The Mission Viejo Nadadores and U.S. national team swimmer frac
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • Swim: Tuesday's leaderboard By DAN ALBANO
    BOYS SWIMMING Empire League KENNEDY 121, TUSTIN 45 Nonleague DANA HILLS 102, SAN JUAN HILLS 68 Sea View League MISSION VIEJO 92.5, EL TORO 77.5 South Coast League TESORO 113, SAN CLEMENTE 57 TRABUCO HILLS 110, CAPO VALLEY 60 Sunset League EDISON 99, NEWPORT H
    Wed Apr 27, 2016
  • CdM falls to University as players mourn death of former coach By ANDREW TURNER
    NEWPORT BEACH – In the hours leading up to Tuesday’s match, Orange County’s top two boys tennis teams had much to think about. There was, of course, the match at hand. Then there was the unexpected. Only the day before, word had started to spread about the passing of former longtime Corona del Mar tennis coach Brian
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • No. 1 JSerra beats No. 2 Orange Lutheran, 5-2, in Trinity clash By STEVE FRYER
    JSerra beat Orange Lutheran, 5-2, Tuesday at Hart Park in Orange in the first of three Trinity League games they will play against each other this week. JSerra is in first place in the Trinity League with a 6-2 league record. Orange Lutheran is in second place at 5-2. I
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Capo Valley sweeps away El Toro's effort to share league title By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    LAKE FOREST - The Capistrano Valley boys volleyball team had to adjust its lineup when it lost senior outside hitter Bobby Gaines for the rest of the season due to an injury. “The fact we don’t have him and these guys are stepping up and playing well, is a testament to our boys,” Capistrano Valley coach Jason
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Amarillas takes control, leads Foothill past Villa Park By KENNY CONNOLLY
    After allowing a pair of runs in the first inning, Foothill pitcher Anissa Amarillas found her groove and held Villa Park to just three hits in the final six frames, and the Knights capitalized on a few Spartans miscues to seal a 3-2 come-from-behind win in a North Hills League game Tuesday afternoon at Foothill High. Amarillas sc
    Tue Apr 26, 2016
  • Hurst's hit lifts CdM to win over Woodbridge By STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar pitcher Evan Larsen was on the bench, surveying the Woodbridge outfield. “That’s a little peculiar,” said Larsen, noting that
    Tue Apr 26, 2016