CYPRESS – Cypress had six hits through three innings, but only one run to show for it.
What Cypress coach John Weber calls "trusting the process" became progress. The hits kept coming but so did runs, finally, as the Centurions beat Irvine, 6-1, Friday in a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 first-round playoff game at Cypress High.
HUNTINGTON BEACH – Every time an Ocean View softball team has won a CIF-Southern Section softball title, there has been a Hitchcock on the roster.
Now, the last Hitchcock to walk the halls has one final shot.
Ocean View senior pitcher Brittany Hitchcock has had a high school career that rivals any softball player in
The members of the La Quinta boys volleyball team come from different parts of the campus.
The roster includes a former baseball player turned basketball player (Miguel Flores), a football star (Don Tran) and a water polo player (John Pham).
In all, 11 of the Aztecs' 14 players are part-time volleyball player
PLACENTIA – Valencia's Cesar Serna saved his best for last.
The senior pitcher and outfielder started the game on the mound in Friday's CIF-SS Division 2 first round game against Camarillo and went three innings. It was his first start in a couple of weeks.
At the plate, Serna sent the first pitch from Camarillo's Blake Red
CLAREMONT – The copious plaques and trophies became obtainable for University's boys tennis program the moment Gage Brymer, Tyler Lu and Stefan Menichella first stepped onto the high school's courts.
And with talented doubles players and reserves, many of whom could start at singles at most other county schools
ALISO VIEJO -- Kyle Molnar is best known as a pitcher. The Aliso Niguel right-hander is considered the No. 1 sophomore in the nation, and has already committed to UCLA.
But Molnar showed Friday that he can do more than just pitch.
He belted two home runs and drove in three runs, and pitched six strong innings, to lead Aliso Nigue
Saturday at Santiago Canyon College
No. 2 Loyola of Los Angeles (30-3) vs. No. 4 Huntington Beach (30-2), 7:30 p.m.
How they got here: Loyola: first round, def. Capistrano Valley, 25-23, 25-19, 25-5; second, def. Edison, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 18-16; quarterfinals, def. Redondo,
SAN CLEMENTE – With Cody Maples and his 0.51 earned-run average on the mound, the San Clemente baseball team figured to be in good shape pitching-wise in Friday afternoon's CIF-SS Division 2 first-round playoff game against visiting Mayfair.
The question mark was whether the Tritons flagging bats would find new life in the playoffs
LAGUNA BEACH – For a moment, Laguna Beach coach Michael Bair said he felt a sinking feeling in his heart when his team was trailing by four runs with two outs left against Victor Valley of Victorville on Friday.
But it was only for a moment. Bair said the belief his team could rally was restored almost instantly.
In the sev
IRVINE – Just when Northwood's baseball team needed a lift, left fielder Luke Poirier provided one Friday afternoon.
Poirier belted a leadoff home run in the sixth inning to start a seven-run uprising, leading the Timberwolves to a 12-5 victory over San Juan Hills in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs at Northwood.
ANAHEIM – Savanna's baseball team scored 52 runs over its final four games of the regular season.
The Rebels' bats have stayed hot for the postseason.
Savanna scored five runs in the first two innings and it rolled past Fontana, 9-1, on Friday in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs at Savanna High.
Click through the slideshow to see photos from the following CIF-SS first-round baseball playoff games played on Friday (May 17, 2013): Camarillo vs. Valencia; Sonora vs. Bell Gardens; La Habra vs. La Serna.
WHITTIER — La Habra's ace struggled to adjust his footing on an awkward mound. Its batters struggled to adjust to a soft-tossing pitcher. Its base runners struggled to read the ball off the bat.
It all added up to the Highlanders losing, 4-1, to La Serna of Whittier on Friday in a CIF-SS Division 4 first round game at La Serna High
LA HABRA – The Sonora baseball team is out to show it belongs in the conversation about the top teams in Orange County.
The Raiders made a convincing case with their 9-0 victory over Bell Gardens in a CIF-SS Division 4 first-round playoff game Friday afternoon at Sonora High.
Sonora (22-6), which moves on to play La Canada
TORRANCE – Estancia was held to one hit — a first-inning single — as South Torrance took a 7-2 victory over the Eagles in a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 first-round playoff game at South Torrance High on Friday.
While Steven Macias' single helped lead to a run, South Torrance starter, Matt Mogollon, ret
ANAHEIM - In summer of 1990, A.J. Gass was faced with a major dilemma.
A soon-to-be sophomore at Servite High, Gass was in a heated competition for a starting spot on the football team. But a miscommunication with his ride to campus left the teenager stranded at his Corona home.
"I scrounged up all my change, tied my shoes and hi
CLAREMONT – In the past, University's 13-5 victory over Corona del Mar in Friday's CIF-Southern Section Division 1 title match would have marked the end of the season for both teams.
But this year, for the first time, the season will continue.
Both finalists will participate in the CIF USTA Southern Regional Boys Tennis Cha
Samuel Kim sat on the patio at the Industry Hills Golf Club on Tuesday, hanging on every score added to the leaderboard, hoping it would put him one step closer to qualifying for the U.S. Open.
The Northwood sophomore had just posted a 1-under-par 71 on the Eisenhower Course in his first attempt at qualifying for one of golf's fou
Villa Park junior Garrett Corcoran and Canyon senior Austin Goins are taking their season-long battle to the CIF-Southern Section's biggest stage.
One of the highlights at Saturday's CIF-SS Divisional Finals at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut is likely to be the battle between Corcoran and Goins for the 1,600-meters title
BREA – It's crazy to think how much things change over the course of one year.
Take Brea Olinda's Austin Tamagno.
At this time last year, Tamagno was a 14-year-old at Heights Christian Junior High in La Mirada preparing for his eighth-grade graduation.
Today, he is regarded as one of the best distance runners
A large number of college-signed and MLB draft-candidate players will play in the Orange County Baseball All-Star Game on June 4.
The game will be played at La Palma Park's Dee Fee Field in Anaheim. First pitch is 6:45 p.m. Admission is $5.
The game has been organized and managed by the Kiwanis Club of Greater Anaheim for 46 year
OCVarsity has complete coverage of the CIF-Southern Section baseball playoffs, including updated brackets from each of the seven divisions.
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