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  • Fryer: Merritt earns spot among O.C. all-time greats BY STEVE FRYER
    Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt will be remembered as one of the county’s top girls field athletes of all time, having won the CIF-SS title in the pole vault for all four of her high school years. The event has some rising stars worth watching Friday at the CIF-SS Masters Meet and, perhaps, in next week’s CIF S
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Toughest test awaits in baseball playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    The most difficult team championship to win in the CIF-Southern Section is the Division 1 baseball championship. The quality of baseball in Southern California in general and at the Division 1 level in particular is as high or is higher than the quality of play in any other CIF-SS sport. Many teams that finished fourth in a Divis
    Thu May 14, 2015
  • Basketball: Gomez resigns at Segerstrom By STEVE FRYER
    Adrian Gomez, the only boys basketball coach at Segerstrom since the school opened in 2005, resigned, school athletic director Nick Canzone announced today via email. Gomez previously was boys basketball coach at Santa Ana. The Jaguars in the 2014-15 season finished third in the Golden West League with a 6-4 league record. They l
    Tue May 12, 2015
  • San Juan Hills to hire new basketball coach soon BY MARK GARCIA
    San Juan Hills Co-Athletic Director Armando Gonzalez said Friday he expects the school to hire a new boys basketball coach within the next couple of weeks. Gonzalez said the school has narrowed the candidates down to two, and will conduct interviews next week. Gonzalez, Principal Tom Ressler and another assistant principal will be conduc
    Mon May 11, 2015
  • Basketball: Hambrick resigns at San Juan Hills By STEVE FRYER
    Kelly Hambrick resigned as boys basketball coach at San Juan Hills, the school announced Thursday. Hambrick coached the Stallions for seven years. San Juan Hills principal Tom Ressler reported via email that Hambrick resigned to create time for his family. San Juan Hills in the 2014-15 season finished 14-13 overall
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Golden West League rivals show their aces BY STEVE FRYER
    Great pitchers are all over south Orange County baseball and in the Sunset and Trinity leagues, too. JSerra alone could have multiple pitchers on the All-County and All-CIF teams. Other leagues have terrific hurlers. This week in the Golden West League, league leaders Ocean View and Orange are sending some good ones to the mound.
    Thu Apr 16, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Spring Signing Day (4-15-15)
    Check out OCVarsity’s photos from the Spring Signing Day ceremonies that took place at county schools on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. This slide show includes photos from Mater Dei, Sonora and Trabuco Hills, and it will be updated later with photos from events at other schools.
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Send OCVarsity your Signing Day news
    The spring period when high school athletes can sign a National Letter of Intent begins Wednesday, and OCVarsity would like your help to make sure we don't miss any signings. Please email us the name of any county athletes who will officially sign Wednesday. A list of the athletes who sign will be published in Thursday's Sports section a
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County boys basketball team BY STEVE FRYER
    The Register’s All-Orange County boys basketball team for 2014-15. BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Rex Pflueger Mater Dei, Guard, Senior
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • 2014-15 Boys basketball player of the year: Rex Pflueger, Mater Dei BY STEVE FRYER
    Maybe it was a clutch basket. Perhaps it was a crucial rebound. It could be a great pass or a gutsy defensive effort. Somehow in some way, and oftentimes in every way, Rex Pflueger made a major contribution to a victory by the Mater Dei boys baskeball team this season. Pflueger not only provided big plays but also
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County winter sports teams
    Here are links to All-County teams for the 2014-15 winter sports season Boys basketball Girls basketball
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-County boys basketball: 2nd team, other selections BY STEVE FRYER
    The Register’s All-Orange County teams for the 2014-15 season: ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM Brae Ivey, Edison, Senior Rogers Printup, Orange Lutheran, Senior Eyassu Worku, Los Alamitos, Junior Ben Rico, Sonora, Senior Brando
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • 2014-15 Boys basketball coach of the year: Mike Murphy, Sonora BY STEVE FRYER
    His silver anniversary season had a gold-medal finish. Mike Murphy celebrated his 25th season coaching Sonora’s boys basketball team with a CIF-Southern Section championship. The celebration continues for Murphy by being named the Register’s Orange County Coach of the Year for the 2014-15 season. ------
    Fri Apr 10, 2015
  • Fryer: Hurdles showdown looms in Arcadia Invitational BY STEVE FRYER
    Every Arcadia Invitational has a few races and events that will provide great competition and excitement. This year, the boys 300-meter hurdles will be one of those races at Arcadia, which outside of the CIF sectional and state meets is annually the biggest high school track and field meet in California. The meet is today and Saturday at
    Thu Apr 09, 2015
  • Wooldridge resigns as Sunny Hills basketball coach By STEVE FRYER
    John Wooldridge resigned as Sunny Hills boys basketball coach, Sunny Hills athletic director Jon Caffrey announced Friday. Wooldridge coached the Lancers for nine seasons. They won two Freeway League championships during his tenure. Sunny Hills advanced to the CIF-Southern Section 2AA semifinals and qualified for the CIF St
    Fri Apr 03, 2015
  • Fryer: Plenty to cheer from basketball season BY STEVE FRYER
    The following is a semi-encompassing review of the 2014-15 boys basketball season. Subtitled “The State of Orange County Basketball” … • The quality of play in the county is OK. It would be better if players would stop passing up open 12-foot jump shots so they can drive to the basket where three defenders
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Mater Dei title streak ends with loss in OT BY STEVE FRYER
    BERKELEY – Mater Dei wanted to prove it could win without that other guy. The Monarchs almost did so Saturday. They took state No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland to overtime but lost, 65-64, in the CIF State Open Division championship game at Cal. Mater Dei was trying for a fifth consecutive state title. The Monarchs had
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • No job too big or small for Mater Dei's Pflueger BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA – To understand what Rex Pflueger means to Mater Dei basketball, don’t look at the stat sheet. Look at his knees. Splotches of skin are missing from diving for loose balls. Examine his right hip. Nasty-looking strawberries are souvenirs from charges taken. “People talk about the intangib
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • CIF state boys final preview: Mater Dei vs. Bishop O'Dowd BY STEVE FRYER
    CIF STATE BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS OPEN DIVISION Mater Dei (29-4) vs. Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (27-4) Where, when: Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Saturday, 8 p.m. Fan info: Tickets are $16 general admission; $10 (seniors and students with valid ID), $10 children. Parking: $1
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • 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 Hoops: CIF State finals preview from Brea Olinda
    OC Varsity's Steve Fryer and Jonathan Khamis travel to Brea Olinda to preview the CIF state championships. Can the Mater Dei boys win their fifth straight title? Will the Mater Dei girls send off Katie Lou Samuelson with a championship? Do the Ladycats have enough to win the title?
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • 2014-15 All-CIF boys basketball teams
    Foothill’s Eric Patton (Division 1A), Canyon’s Nicholas Anderson (Division 2AA), Sonora’s Josh Rodriguez (Division 3AA) and Orangewood Academy’s Marcus Berkley (Division 6) were selected the All-CIF boys basketball players of the year for their divisions. The awards, selected by the Sou
    Mon Mar 23, 2015
  • Mater Dei refuses to let drive for five be stopped BY STEVE FRYER
    LONG BEACH – The drive for five is very much alive. Mater Dei will get a chance at a fifth consecutive CIF State boys basketball championship next week, having defeated Fairfax of Los Angeles, 51-40, Saturday in the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division final at Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State. Mater Dei (29-4)
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • South tops North in O.C. All-Star Game
    Trabuco Hills' Aaron Harris scored 21 points to lead the South to a victory over the North, 119-108, in the Open Gym Premier O.C. All-Star Game on Saturday night at Irvine Valley College. Harris was selected the game's MVP. The game consisted of senior players from Orange County high schools. Other top scorers for
    Sat Mar 21, 2015
  • Schedule for basketball state finals
    Schedule for the CIF State championships for boys and girls basketball. All games at Haas Pavilion, Berkeley Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 CIF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE Friday Girls Division V: La Jolla Country Day vs. East Palo Alto Eastside
    Sat Mar 21, 2015