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  • Sonora battles back, grabs share of league lead By ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – Sonora coach Mike Murphy’s boys basketball teams have had a lot of success. The Raiders have won 15 of a possible 26 Freeway League titles in Murphy’s time with the school, including the last three. With experience like that, Sonora didn’t panic when it lost two of its first three league games.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • CdM sinks in sudden-death overtime By DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH – Corona del Mar’s girls water polo team earned the chance Friday night to upset San Marcos of Santa Barbara in sudden-death overtime at the Irvine Southern California Championships. Considering who San Marcos had sprinting to open the extra period, that was no small feat. Considering the personnel challenges Co
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Mater Dei goes bust against Las Vegas powerhouse By KENNY CONNOLLY
    SANTA ANA – The visitors had blown the game open well before the 3:30 mark in the fourth quarter, but their effort indicated otherwise. With her team, Centennial of Las Vegas, leading by 30 points, Samantha Thomas put up a shot from beyond the arc that ricocheted in the direction of the Bulldogs bench. Rather than letting th
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Los Alamitos' depth too much for Newport Harbor By BOB KEISSER
    NEWPORT BEACH – Los Alamitos got the win Friday night, but the Griffins had to do it Newport Harbor’s way. The Sailors were determined to put a cap on Los Alamitos standout guard Eyassu Worku, and did as good a job as anyone has this season, holding the senior to 19 points and only five field goals, four of them
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Girls water polo: Fantastic four set for Irvine SoCal Champs By DAN ALBANO
    Saturday's semifinal schedule is set for the Irvine SoCal girls water polo championships is set: At Woollett Aquatics Center on Saturday: Championship semifinals
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Souza puts Aliso Niguel on brink of claiming league title By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    ALISO VIEJO – It is probably the most difficult play to defend in high school boys soccer. It doesn’t involve a head or a foot and it begins off the field, with a player directing the ball on a high-flying arc toward the goal. A long throw-in can turn the game into a physical battle in the box. Often it is hard to keep track o
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Aliso Niguel's Mathews, Desiano fast-rising stars in O.C. soccer By ANDREW TURNER
    Aliso Niguel soccer coach Randy Dodge is as much a fixture as any other figure in the Southern California soccer scene. Since taking over the Wolverines’ girls program in 1997, he has witnessed his fair share of greatness. His teams have seen and produced a lengthy list of pro-level talents. That group includes Allison Sc
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Fullerton-La Habra girls soccer
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Fullerton vs. La Habra girls soccer match played on Thursday, Feb. 4.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Download our 2016 spring surveys
    Coaches: Tell us about your teams, including a roster and schedule. Coaches, As we head toward the 2016 spring sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Servite looks to repeat as CIF-SS Dual champs By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Servite’s wrestling team will try to claim a second consecutive CIF-SS Dual title Saturday. The Friars are the top seed in the Coastal Division meet at Marina. League champions are the only teams guaranteed a spot in the 16-team brackets. Second-place finishers have to apply for an at-l
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Cage stands tall in Mater Dei's victory in Nike Extravaganza By STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – Mater Dei’s MJ Cage delivered one of his stronger performances of the season in a 79-72 win over Shadow Mountain of Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday night in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei. The 6-
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • San Clemente applies pressure to get what it wants By ZACH CAVANAGH
    SAN CLEMENTE – Not that long ago, San Clemente’s boys basketball team had gone 35 years without a league title. All of a sudden, the Tritons are establishing a legacy in the South Coast League. San Clemente pressured Aliso Niguel from the tip and surged to a 77-64 victory on its home floor Friday to clinch at least a share of
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Esperanza stays calm, collects share of Crestview title By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    ANAHEIM – On the surface, fifth-ranked Esperanza is a young team, with just three seniors on the roster. The Aztecs proved again Friday night that looks can be deceiving, as they pulled out a hard-fought 64-57 victory over visiting Villa Park in a Crestview League game. The victory clinched at least a share of the title for
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Mission Viejo-Capistano Valley girls basketball
    Check out photos from the Mission Viejo vs. Capistrano Valley girls basketball game played on Thursday, Feb. 4. Mission Viejo won, 39-34. 
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Valencia vs. Brea Olinda girls water polo
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Valencia vs. Brea Olinda nonleague girls water polo match played on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Brea Olinda won, 8-4.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • All of Friday's basketball stories, photos
    This is the place to find all of OCVarsity's coverage of the boys basketball games Friday night: Poised Sonora comes back in second ha
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Linsky helps Northwood clinch share of PCL title By TIM BURT
    IRVINE – Northwood clinched a share of the Pacific Coast League title with a 52-38 victory over Woodbridge on Friday night at Woodbridge. But the Timberwolves (20-5, 8-0 PCL) still have some unfinished business. “We still got two games left, so we’re trying to go 10-0,” said Northwood 6-foot-7 senior cente
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Sonora-Troy boys soccer
    Check out a slideshow of photos from Sonora at Troy (Freeway League) boys soccer match played on Friday, Feb. 5.
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Capistrano Valley Christian collects victory over rival SVC By MICHAEL AMBROSE
    MISSION VIEJO – Capistrano Valley Christian coach Zach Brogdon was animated on the sideline during his team’s 68-60 victory over San Joaquin League rival Saddleback Valley Christian on Friday at Saddleback College. The Eagles matched their coach’s intensity and it showed on the defensive end, especially in limiti
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Two late blocked shots help Loara turn back Santa Ana By MARK CARLISLE
    SANTA ANA – Loara came from behind to defeat Santa Ana, 42-39, Friday night in a Golden West League boys basketball game at Santa Ana. Down by one point with 6.6 seconds on the clock, Santa Ana (12-12, 4-4) had one chance at a game-winner. It never got off a shot. Loara (12-13, 6-2) stymied the Saints with its defense, blocking two
    Fri Feb 05, 2016
  • Freshman D'Aquila leading the way for JSerra soccer team By NATHAN PERCY
    She was, perhaps, Greg and Matt Baker’s best-kept secret. Having worked with the Bakers for the past two-plus seasons in club, JSerra freshman forward Isabella D’Aquila is now taking Orange County high school soccer by storm, one goal – and sometimes more than that – at a time. Few tea
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Huntington Beach strikes fast, knocks off No. 5 Edison By ANDREW TURNER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Huntington Beach’s girls soccer team won its first Sunset League title last year. Against fifth-ranked Edison, the No. 10 Oilers showed that they’re serious about getting a second bite of the apple. Huntington Beach struck three times in the first half to defeat the Chargers, 3-1, Thursday nig
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • CdM pride shows in win over Newport Harbor By DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar’s girls water polo team lost Maddie Musselman to the U.S. national team before the season, and it entered a pivotal showdown Thursday night in the Irvine Southern California Championships without another standout. Corona del Mar still has plenty of pride, perhaps the top goalie in Orange County and some emergi
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Fairmont Prep dominates league showdown with Orangewood By KENNY CONNOLLY
    ANAHEIM – Fairmont Prep came up just three seconds shy of blanking rival Orangewood Academy in the second quarter, a late free throw serving as the lone point surrendered. It carried that defensive dominance over into the second half, limiting the visiting Spartans to a mere four points in the third quarter. The fourth-rank
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Water polo: Elite Eight set for Irvine SoCal champs By DAN ALBANO
    Here are the 6 p.m. quarterfinal matches Friday at the Irvine SoCal girls water polo champs: At Woollett No. 1-seed Laguna Beach v Murrieta Valley At Foothill No
    Thu Feb 04, 2016