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  • Stanley Johnson, national basketball player of the year By STEVE FRYER
    Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei was named's national high school boys basketball player of the year. Johnson led Mater Dei to a 35-0 rec
    Thu Apr 17, 2014
  • Next stop for JSerra's Vassar: Northwestern
    Johnnie Vassar made it official Wednesday. He is going home. Vassar spent much of his youth living on Chicago’s South Side. He came out West, and this past basketball season he led JSerra to the CIF-SS Division 4AA championship. On Wednesday, the first day of the letter-of-intent spring signing period for man
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Spring Signing Day: O.C. athletes who signed
    NOTE TO OUR READERS: This list consists of athletes who officially signed their letters of intent Wednesday. The only athletes who can sign during this period are those who participate in the following sports: boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls tennis, boys a
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Spring Signing Day photos
    Check out all of the Register and OCVarsity photos that were taken today at the Signing Day ceremonies across Orange County.
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • OCVarsity wants your Signing Day news, photos
    Wednesday is the beginning of the spring period when high school students can sign a National Letter of Intent for the following sports: baseball, softball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, girls water polo, swimming, wrestling and hockey.  Please email your signing news to the Register and at preps@ocre
    Tue Apr 15, 2014
  • All-league boys basketball (updated)
    BOYS BASKETBALL Academy League MVP: Brent Cahill, St. Margaret's, Jr. First Team: Brent Cahill, St.
    Fri Apr 11, 2014
  • Johnson leads Mater Dei to a perfect ending BY STEVE FRYER
    SACRAMENTO – His number is 41. That would be 4 state championships. And maybe 1 national championship. Stanley Johnson, No. 41 on the Mater Dei roster, and the Monarchs finished No. 1 again. The Monarchs beat Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland, 71-61, Saturday to win the CIF State Open Division championship. Mate
    Sat Mar 29, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Fab Five gives a perfect performance BY ADAM MAYA
    SANTA ANA — There have been more talented Mater Dei boys basketball teams. There have been more dominant ones. There surely have been deeper ones. These Monarchs are unbeaten yet not unbeatable. They are also one win away from completing the most prolific season in the basketball program’s storied tradition. “Th
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Open final preview: Mater Dei vs. Bishop O'Dowd BY STEVE FRYER
    CIF STATE BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS Open Division Mater Dei (34-0) vs. Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (28-4) Saturday, March 29 At Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, 8 p.m. Fan info: General admission is $16 for a
    Fri Mar 28, 2014
  • Fryer: Batter wasn't only one who stumbled BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Yours truly usually sides with the officials on these things, but the opinion here is the umpiring crew at last week’s Servite-JSerra baseball game at Angel Stadium blew a call. The mistake was crucial to the game’s outcome. • In the bottom of the seve
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • OCVarsity Boys Hoops: Mater Dei awaits state championship (video) By: JONATHAN KHAMIS
    [bc3]3392239363001[/bc3] Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis travel to Mater Dei to preview the Monarchs' CIF state championship game against Bishop O'Dowd. Interviews with Isaiah Juarez and M.J. Cage. Video by Jonathan Khamis,
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • All-CIF boys basketball teams
    ALL CIF-SS BOYS BASKETBALL SELECTIONS OPEN DIVISION Player of the Year: Stanley Johnson, Mater Dei, Sr. Coach of the Year: Gary McKnight, Mater Dei Team: MJ Cage, Mater Dei, So.; Rex Pflueger, Mater Dei, Jr.; Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills, So.; Mark
    Mon Mar 24, 2014
  • Johnson, Hutchison lead O.C. CIF-SS award winners BY STEVE FRYER
    Five Orange County boys basketball players were selected CIF-Southern Section players of the year. The All-CIF teams were released Monday for the Southern Section’s 12 divisions. The awards and teams were selected by CIF-SS coaches. Representing Orange County as CIF-SS players of the year: Stanley Johnson of Mater De
    Mon Mar 24, 2014
  • Mater Dei rallies, reaches CIF state championship By STEVE FRYER
    ONTARIO – That was close. Mater Dei trailed by six points with less than three minutes remaining, then scored 12 of the game’s final 13 points, mostly on free throws, to beat Westchester of Los Angeles, 59-54, in the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division final. The Monarchs (34-0) will play Bishop O’Do
    Sun Mar 23, 2014
  • Santa Margarita loses on buzzer-beater By ADAM MAYA
    ONTARIO – A trip to Sacramento was on the line. Chaminade of West Hills guard Michael Oguine’s shocking buzzer-beater seemed to come from about as far away. Oguine banked in a 40-footer to beat the horn and beat Santa Margarita, 53-52, on Saturday in the CIF Southern California Regionals Division 3 final at Colony High
    Sat Mar 22, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Juarez seized his opportunity BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – Isaiah Juarez played four minutes last season. Juarez expected more minutes would be in store for him this season, his senior year on the Mater Dei basketball team. Monarchs coach Gary McKnight projected Juarez to be the team’s seventh man, the second player off the bench. Then, just
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • Regionals final preview: Santa Margarita vs. Chaminade BY ADAM MAYA
    SATURDAY'S GAME BOYS BASKETBALL CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS FINALS Division 3 Santa Margarita (26-8) vs. Chaminade of West Hills (25-6) At Colony High (Ontario), 8 p.m. Fan info: Tickets are $12 for adults
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • Regionals final preview: Mater Dei vs. Westchester By STEVE FRYER
    SATURDAY’S GAME BOYS BASKETBALL CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS FINALS OPEN DIVISION Mater Dei (33-0) vs. Westchester of Los Angeles (30-6) At Citizens Business Bank Arena, 8 p.m. Fan info: General admiss
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • Unselfish play has Eagles in position for title BY ADAM MAYA
    Santa Margarita point guard Devonte Klines is the driver. Forward Joe Furstinger is the engine. Both are involved in nearly every offensive turn. “It starts with those two,” Eagles coach Jeff Reinert said. Things don’t always end there for Santa Margarita. Forward Sjur Berg is resourc
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • OCVarsity Boys Hoops: SoCal finals preview By: JONATHAN KHAMIS
    [bc3]3363549785001[/bc3] Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis recap the epic semifinals game between Etiwanda and Mater Dei. Also, a preview of Santa Margarita vs. Chaminade and Mater Dei vs. Westchester. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • Fryer: O.C. setting the pace in track and field BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Three county athletes have posted the state’s top marks in their events in this still-young track and field season. Mater Dei’s Curtis Godin recorded California’s fastest time in the 100 meters at 10.5 seconds, and in the 200 at 21.29; Villa Park&rsquo
    Thu Mar 20, 2014
  • Schedule for boys and girls regional finals
    Here is the schedule for Saturday's CIF Southern California Regional championhip games: SATURDAY BOYS BASKETBALL At Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario Division 2: (1) St. John Bosco vs. (2) Compton, noon Division 1: (1) Chino Hills vs. (3) Cent
    Wed Mar 19, 2014
  • Brea's incredible run finally comes to end BY ADAM MAYA
    WEST HILLS — Brea Olinda coach Darryl Hilliard said his three goals before the season were to finish in the top three of the Century League, reach the section finals, and make a run in the state tournament.  “Did I think that was going to happen?” Hilliard said. “No.”  The Wildcats'
    Wed Mar 19, 2014
  • Santa Margarita keep its cool, wins in OT BY ANTONIO MORALES
    LOS ANGELES – It took Santa Margarita three quarters to paint a masterpiece on Tuesday night. It took them one quarter to nearly ruin it. Then it took an overtime period for them to salvage it. The Eagles kept their cool after blowing an 18-point second-half lead, and outlasted Cathedral of Los Angeles to claim an 86-76 ove
    Wed Mar 19, 2014
  • Canyon loses OT battle with Compton BY DAN ALBANO
    COMPTON - Canyon’s boys basketball team didn’t take comfort Tuesday night that it pushed host Compton and its high-flying players to overtime before falling, 81-78, in the Division 2 semifinals of the CIF State Southern California Regional playoffs. Coach Nate Harrison was pleased, however, with his team’s effort
    Wed Mar 19, 2014