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  • Fryer: Challenges continue for No. 1 Diablos BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s been a challenging and successful March for Mission Viejo’s softball team. How does April look? Also challenging. The Diablos, undefeated going into Thursday’s game against Santa Margarita and No. 1 in county, state and national rankings, play in the Michelle Carew Classic that begins Wednesday. The tournam
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: volleyball, baseball and Wrestlemania By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys are joined by OCVarsity's Jonathan Khamis, who chimes in on all things spring sports. Damian leads by talking boys volleyball. Which players earned first-team laurels at the recent O.C. Championships? Which Or
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's baseball (3-25-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Mission Viejo vs. San Juan Hills baseball game played on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's baseball (3-24-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from two baseball games -- Beckman vs. University and Saddleback vs. Laguna Beach -- played on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Aliso Niguel's bats do number on Tesoro BY ANDREW TURNER
    LAS FLORES – Aliso Niguel’s Kyle Molnar knows that his job does not change each time he takes the mound. His coaches have told him to pitch to contact and not to worry about cranking up the velocity. That mentality is a little easier to accept when the Wolverines’ bats are as hot as they were in Wednesday
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Fryer: Depth might be Dana Hills' biggest weapon BY STEVE FRYER
    Dana Hills coach Tom Faris had a problem nominating a Dolphin for player of the week. He had too many candidates. Faris went with pitcher/first baseman/outfielder Marrick Crouse, who had a fine week on the mound and in the batter’s box. He could have gone with catcher/first baseman Jay Schuyler,
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Baseball AOW: Marrick Crouse, Dana Hills BY STEVE FRYER
    MARRICK CROUSE DANA HILLS He pitched a one-hit shutout in a South Coast League win over Tesoro and went 5 for 10 for the week with the bat for the Dolphins. In the win over Tesoro, Crouse struck out nine and walked two. He also had two hits in two at bats. Crouse had three hits, two RBIs and a stolen base in a doubl
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Baseball O.C. Top 10 (3-23-15) BY STEVE FRYER
    REGISTER MEDIA POLL (Records through Sunday) 1. JSerra, 6-0 (50 poll points) Preseason No. 1 playing like it, swept doubleheaders against Cypress and Huntington Beach last week. 2. San Clemente, 6-1 (45) Loara Tournament champ beat Trabuco Hills and swept Pacifica in doubleheade
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • El Toro stuns No. 5 Aliso Niguel with rally in 7th BY DAN ALBANO
    ALISO VIEJO - El Toro baseball coach Mike Gonzales called it a character-revealing victory. In the seventh inning alone Friday, the Chargers showed a few qualities that fit that description as snug as the final out: resilient, gritty and selfless. All would have done justice to El Toro’s 7-5 victory over No. 5 Aliso Niguel
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • San Clemente loses Allard to injury, but beats Trabuco Hills BY NATHAN PERCY
    SAN CLEMENTE - Midway through its Sea View League opener Friday against Trabuco Hills, No. 2 San Clemente received word that its standout pitcher, Kolby Allard, would be out of action for a while. The Tritons’ senior left-hander, considered one of the top pro prospects in the nation, felt tightness in his back Tuesday and sen
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's Halo Classic games (3-19-15)
    Check out the OCVarsity photos from the Halo Classic doubleheader - Troy vs. Fullerton and Edison vs. Huntington Beach - at Angel Stadium on Thursday. (March 19, 2015)
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Edison triumphs in wild, 12-inning battle BY NICK SELBE
    *Editor's note: This story has been updated with more photos from the game.**  ANAHEIM – Angel Stadium played host to two high school baseball games Thursday, and both games featured excitement fitting for a major league ballpark. Fullerton beat Troy, 1-0, in a pitchers’ duel in the first game of the da
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Dana Hills' Crouse dominates 2-0 win over Tesoro BY NICK SELBE
    DANA POINT - Dana Hills starting pitcher Marrick Crouse fired seven shutout innings and flirted with a no-hitter to lead the third-ranked Dolphins to a 2-0 win over Tesoro in a South Coast League opener Friday at Dana Hills High. Crouse lost the no-hitter on an infield single with one out in the seventh inning by Jordan Martini
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's baseball (3-19-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Pacifica vs. Orange Lutheran baseball game played on Thursday, March 19, 2015.
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • El Dorado sticks with a winning formula BY ANDREW TURNER
    PLACENTIA - El Dorado baseball coach Matt Lucas is starting to notice a trend with his team. The Golden Hawks had two recent come-from-behind victories, and it happened again Friday. El Dorado scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to defeating Canyon, 4-2, in a Crestview League game at El Dorado High
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • CdM's Larsen earns another shutout BY TIM BURT
    IRVINE - Corona del Mar junior Evan Larsen looked like he was headed for his second no-hitter of the season Friday afternoon. Larsen didn’t notch the no-hitter, but he was dominant on the mound, allowing just two hits and striking out eight to lead the Sea Kings to a 1-0 victory over Irvine in the Pacific Coast League opener
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Friday's baseball (3-20-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Brea Olinda vs. Foothill baseball game played on Friday, March 20, 2015.
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Sonora continues strong start in Freeway League BY MAURICE PENNINGTON
    FULLERTON - Strong pitching and solid hitting is an equation that usually equals wins in baseball. Sonora showcased both as its defeated Troy, 8-4, Friday in a Freeway League game at Troy High. The win, which was kick-started by four singles in the third inning, has the Raiders off to a 2-0 start in league and feeling good about
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: (New) Season's greetings! By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys begin by asking where the first three months of the year have gone. Weren't we just talking football? (Yes. Yes, we were.) Damian talks boys volleyball, then breaks down the field at this weekend's Best of the West t
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Monahan continues family tradition at Pacifica BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    Tommy Monahan is getting ribbed pretty good. It’s a Friday afternoon, and Pacifica High’s baseball team is tending to the field after practice. Monahan is relieved of his duties to answer a few questions and take a couple photos. He’s not shy, but the attention he’s receiving in front of his teammates has
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Cypress back on track with win over No. 4 Mater Dei BY MARUICE PENNINGTON
    SANTA ANA - After losing two straight games and having its record fall to 3-3, the ninth-ranked Cypress baseball team knew its next game was a pivotal one. “We had a rough week this week. We’ve never been 3-3 since I’ve been here and the group kind of knows that,” Cypress coach John Weber said. “We ju
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Fullerton's Bell won't forget this shutout BY NICK SELBE
    ANAHEIM - Fullerton pitcher Brent Bell felt anxious before the game even started. While throwing his warm-up pitches in the bullpen at Angel Stadium, he could feel the effects of being on a much bigger stage than normal. If Bell felt nervous after the game’s first pitch, her certainly didn’t show it. The senior took a
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Fryer: O.C. Championships loaded with top volleyball teams BY STEVE FRYER
    They call it the Orange County Championships. And they aren’t kidding. The top seven boys volleyball teams in the county top 10 are in the Orange County Championships. The two-division tournament begins with pool play today at Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. Division 1 of the tournament has the
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Angel Stadium set to host O.C. high school games
    Over the next several weeks, some of Orange County's high school baseball teams will get a chance to be part of the "major league experience" by playing games at Angel Stadium. The stadium is going to host games - broken up into four doubleheaders - and each game involves a county team. The teams' fans can be part of the experien
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • No. 1 JSerra takes two from Huntington Beach BY NATHAN PERCY
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Heading into the season, top-ranked JSerra had no shortage of weapons or experience, and everyone in the team’s lineup factored into the Lions’ sweep of No. 6 Huntington Beach in a nonleague doubleheader Tuesday at JSerra High. Christian Molfetta and Royce Lewis led the way in Game 1,
    Tue Mar 17, 2015