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  • Largest Junior Olympics under way in Orange County BY DAN ALBANO
    If Orange County’s most spacious pools seem more crowded than usual the next week or so, fear not: it’s just the arrival of the nation’s largest youth water polo tournament. Starting on Saturday, USA Water Polo’s Junior Olympics roll into 24 high school pools along with the William W
    Sat Jul 25, 2015
  • Boys swim: Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Register boys swimmer of the year Grant Shoults has committed to Stanford, the Santa Margarita senior-to-be announced Saturday. "It's been an exciting process learning about some of the top swimming programs across the country and getting to know some of the best coaches and swimmers in the world," the Mission Viejo
    Sat Jul 25, 2015
  • 2015 All-league baseball teams
    The all-league baseball teams for the 2015 season. Academy League MVP: Brett Super, Sage Hill, So. First team: Brett Super, Sage Hill, So.; Conner Bock, Sage Hill, Jr.; Parker Reposa, Sage Hill, Sr.; Kellen Ochi, Sage Hill, Sr.; Chris Cooper, Crean Lutheran, Sr.;
    Wed Jul 22, 2015
  • Mayoral expects easy transition at El Toro BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    El Toro High named Mike Mayoral as its new head football coach, the program announced on its website July 16. Mayoral replaces Athletic Director Robert Frith, who resigned as coach to take his current position earlier this month. “He was the best qualified person for the job is what it came down to,” Fri
    Wed Jul 22, 2015
  • Williams sees bright future for Orange basketball program BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    ORANGE - Not one of the keys on Tim Williams’ lanyard appears to open the door to the Orange High gymnasium. “All part of being a new coach, I guess,” he says after another failed turn. “You get a set of keys, and you’ve got to figure out where they all go.” After trying every key twice over, W
    Wed Jul 22, 2015
  • Updated: O.C.'s Top 31 recruits for 2016 BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's Dan Albano has made his summer update to his list of Orange County's top football recruits for the Class of 2016. The list now is at 31 players. In late August, OCVarsity will reveal its annual O.C. Hot 150 list -- which ranks the top players in the county regardless of their grade. The Hot 150 will be part of the
    Mon Jul 20, 2015
  • Clarke ready to rebuild at Laguna Beach BY NATHAN PERCY
    It was less than two years ago when Ted Clarke decided to take a spontaneous trip to south Orange County. The longtime football coach, 57, was sitting alone in his Whittier College office on a Friday night, weary from recruiting trips to San Diego, Oregon and Washington. Not long after losing his wife, Nancy, to can
    Mon Jul 20, 2015
  • Mater Dei boys, Laguna Beach girls capture state titles BY DAN ALBANO
    SANTA ANA Mater Dei’s boys water polo team couldn’t get past Harvard-Westlake of Studio City last fall in four matches, including the CIF-SS Division 1 final. On Sunday, the Monarchs continued to progress on reversing that trend by defeating the top-seeded Wolverines in the final of the biggest high school summer tournament.
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Girls water polo: Laguna-CdM to clash for state, two Breakers commit BY DAN ALBANO
    Reigning Division 1 champion Laguna Beach will play at Corona del Mar and new coach Kevin Ricks in the girls water polo final of the California State High School Championships later this afternoon. The game is set for about 3:45 p.m. The Breakers recently had Haley Evans (UCLA) and Natalie Selin (UC Santa Bar
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Newport Harbor boys, Sinclair surprise at state tournament BY DAN ALBANO
    NEWPORT BEACH Ross Sinclair knows some were surprised by the result Saturday at the California State High School Championships. Just don’t count the new Newport Harbor boys water polo coach and his team among the jolted
    Sun Jul 19, 2015
  • Modster helps Tesoro take third in Huntington Beach tournament BY HAYDEN KNUDSEN
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Huntington Beach passing tournament ended Saturday and so did the summer tournament season. With its completion, high school football fans have a good idea of what they can expect during the regular season, and they got to see it all on display at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. Tesoro quarterback
    Sat Jul 18, 2015
  • Re-energized Carlson returns to coach Los Al girls BY DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH Dave Carlson felt “burnt out” when he resigned from coaching varsity water polo at Los Alamitos. The avid sports fan recharged by attending football and baseball games throughout the country.
    Fri Jul 17, 2015
  • Water polo podcast: State summer championships preview BY DAN ALBANO
    The California State high school water polo championships are Friday through Sunday in Orange County. Dan Albano of OCVarsity.com and The Register and Coach Steve Carrera of Orange Lutheran previewed the tournament with a podcast on July 16, 2015.
    Fri Jul 17, 2015
  • El Toro hires Mayoral to replace Frith BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro has hired assistant Mike Mayoral as its replacement for football coach Robert Frith, assistant principal Ed Begany said Thursday. Mayoral served as the defensive coordinator under Frith, who recently resigned after six highly-successful seasons to become the school’s athletic director. Frith repl
    Thu Jul 16, 2015
  • Water polo: State tournament splashes down this weekend BY DAN ALBANO
    Forty-eight boys water polo teams and 48 girls squads will be in act
    Thu Jul 16, 2015
  • Water polo: U.S. men, women claim gold at Pan American Games BY DAN ALBANO
    Josh Samuels (Villa Park) and Luca Cupido (Newport Harbor) each scored three goals and Merrill Moses made 17 saves Wednesday as the Rio Olympics-bound U.S. men's water polo tea
    Thu Jul 16, 2015
  • Football: Huntington Beach passing tournament returns Saturday BY DAN ALBANO
    The 7-on-7 passing season continues Saturday with the second annual Huntington Beach summer tournament. Here are the four groups for the 16-team tournament that begins at 8:45 a.m. and finishes with the fi
    Wed Jul 15, 2015
  • Saddleback remains undefeated in Foothill Summer League By DAMIAN DOTTORE
    TUSTIN – Two years ago, Saddleback coach Mel Silva said a group club players “basically destroyed” his boys soccer team, intimidating some talented sophomores such as Brady Carbajal and Jorge Chavarria. “The club players didn’t come to play. They were looking for some way to stay in shape for club, and for t
    Tue Jul 14, 2015
  • County stars help U.S. men qualify for Olympics BY DAN ALBANO
    Former Newport Harbor standout Luca Cupido scored three goals and veteran goalie Merrill Moses added 17 saves Monday night in Toronto as the U.S. men's water polo team held off Canada, 9-8, in the
    Tue Jul 14, 2015
  • U.S. men seeking Olympic berth at Pan American Games BY DAN ALBANO
    Dejan Udovicic left the reins of a European water polo juggernaut for this type of scenario. “I’m always looking for a new challenge,” the U.S. men’s water polo coach said in June. Udovicic, 44,
    Mon Jul 13, 2015
  • Los Alamitos falls to Narbonne in final of Edison tournament By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH John Barnes didn’t have time to chat after his team’s surprising runner-up finish at the Battle of the Beach 7-on-7 passing tournament Saturday at Edison. “I never planned on being in this game,” the Los Alamitos football coach said before he departed the field on a golf cart i
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Saturday's Battle at the Beach BY DAN ALBANO
    Check out the Register's photos from the Battle at the Beach passing tournament at Edison High on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregister.com
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: O.C. All-Star Game '15
    Check out the Register’s photos from the North vs. South in the annual Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game played Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Orange Coast College.
    Sat Jul 11, 2015
  • Pruett's record-setting effort lifts South in All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA - Gavin Pruett wanted a high-scoring game with plenty of passing. The Capistrano Valley quarterback made sure both happened for the South on Thursday night. P
    Thu Jul 09, 2015
  • Pruett gives credit to hard work of South teammates BY HAYDEN KNUDSEN
    COSTA MESA - A stellar first-half performance from the South defense Thursday in the Brea Lions O.C. All-Star Game had things looking grim for the North, which generated just six points - on a
    Thu Jul 09, 2015