With only three weeks left in the regular season, the jockeying for playoff positioning is in full swing.
To help prepare you for the home stretch, we’re breaking down a handful of this week’s top games happening outside of the Orange County top 10, providing a key statistic from each matchup that'll help determine the outcom
SANTA ANA – It was an emotional night all around for the Mater Dei girls volleyball team.
It was senior night for 11 players on the team’s roster, and the match took the team through a wide range of emotions. It finally ended in jubilation for the fourth-ranked Monarchs as Alyse Ford connected on her 32nd kill to seal
SANTA ANA – Before Malik McMorris plays a down of football Friday night for Mater Dei, he plans to pose for a family picture on the field as part of the school’s homecoming tradition for seniors. He hopes to have his father, Patrick, and perhaps his siblings by his side along with a special keepsake.
Here are the top-10 single-game performances this season in Orange County.
The lists are through the Week 7 games.
1. Carlos Martin, La Habra, Week 4: 31 carries, 429 yards, 4 TDs
2. Jacob Fimbres, Sonora, Week 6: 25 carries, 310 yards,
ANAHEIM - Jakeishya Le didn’t have a good answer for how she has been able to do it, other than saying she has found her rhythm. She seemed surprised when she was reminded of her scores the last couple of weeks.
That’s understandable, given that the Mater Dei senior is on the kind of roll rarely seen in girls golf.
GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 2 JSERRA (6-1 overall, 1-1 league) VS. NO. 1 MATER DEI (6-1, 1-1)
Where, when: Santa Ana Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.
Last time they met: Mater Dei won, 38-14
Series: Mater Dei leads, 8-0
Coaches: JSerra, Jim Har
OC Varsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis travel to Cypress High to preview the Centurions' Week 8 showdown against Valencia.
Both teams are 2-0 in the Empire League.
Interviews with Quinten Pounds, Nick Buras and Coach Rick Feldman.
Video by Jonathan Khamis, OC
The Brea Olinda girls volleyball team was able to bounce back after two of the first three sets to upset sixth-ranked Villa Park in Tuesday’ home match.
Abby Broadstreet led the Wildcats with 26 kills and added 17 digs in the 25-23, 21-25, 9-25, 29-27, 15-12 victory.
Alyssa Rifilato added 14 kills and led Brea
IRVINE It has been suggested in recent years that the University boys tennis program is the most dominant Orange County has to offer.
Five straight CIF championships and 100-plus consecutive league wins will do that for a squad.
Rather quietly, the Trojans’ girls program is following in the boys’ footsteps.
If water polo fans are looking for an entertaining league race to follow the next few weeks, the Freeway League might be the best pick.
Troy added another plot twist to the league’s script Tuesday by defeating league favorite Sunny Hills, 13-9, behind a barrage of perimeter strikes at Troy High.
The six-time defending leagu
COSTA MESA - Five holes changed everything for Lilia Vu during the final round of the Sunset League championship Tuesday at Costa Mesa Country Club.
On the 14th tee of the Mesa Linda course, the Fountain Valley senior trailed Newport Harbor’s Grace Ferrell, but Vu finished with two birdies and an eagle
OC Varsity's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis discuss their choices for the stars of Week 7 before previewing the key games in Week 8.
The group discusses the upcoming games between No. 1 Mater Dei and No. 2 JSerra, Servite and Santa Margarita and Villa Park andFoothill.
Video by Jonathan Khami
Here are this week's CIF boys water polo polls:
2. Mater Dei
4. LB Wilson
5. Corona del Mar
9. Orange Lutheran
10. Santa Margarita
St. John Bosco, coming off a pair of narrow victories in the Trinity League against Mater Dei and JSerra, remains atop the SoCal Varsity Top 20 poll, but the Braves (6-1) have some new company from Orange County in the rankings.
Mission Viejo (6-2) surfaced in the poll at No. 19 after defeating Tesoro, 12-10, in the South Coast League on
Here are the CIF-SS girls volleyball rankings that were released Monday:
1. Redondo Union
3. Mater Dei
4. Corona del Mar
6. Flintridge Sacred Heart
7. Santa Margarita
8. Mira Costa
Northwood coach Dean Toohey referred to the 2014 campaign as a season of firsts for his Timberwolves squad.
Under Toohey, a longtime defensive coordinator at the school now in his debut season as head coach, Northwood opened the year with a 34-6 win over Costa Mesa, the squad’s first victory in a season opener in four years.
Here is my O.C. Top 25 for this week:
1. Mater Dei (6-1)2. JSerra (6-1) 3. Servite (4-3)4. Santa Margarita (5-2)5. Orange Lutheran (4-3)6. Mission Viejo (6-2)7. Tesoro (6-2)8. Corona del Mar (6-1)9. Los Alamitos (6-10)10. Edison (5-2) 11. San Clemente (6-1)12. El Toro (6-2
Zambrano won the girls Division 2 race at the Orange County Championships on Saturday. Her time of 17:43 established a new personal best, and it marked a new school record for Bolsa Grande runners at the meet