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  • Fryer: Small schools stand tall in volleyball BY STEVE FRYER
    The last time these two excellent girls volleyball programs met, Sage Hill beat St. Margaret’s in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA final. Sage Hill and St. Margaret’s square off Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in an Academy League opener. In the CIF-SS Division 3AA rankings, Sage Hill is No. 1 and St. Margaret’s is No. 2. St. Margaret’
    Thu Sep 17, 2015
  • Cullinan resigns as Mission Viejo coach BY MARK GARCIA
    One of Orange County’s most successful boys basketball programs over the past decade is in search of its third coach in as many years. Rob Cullinan announced July 27 he has resigned as the head coach at Mission Viejo. Cullinan, a 1992 Mission Viejo graduate, took over from longtime coach Troy Roelen last season after 12 seasons as t
    Tue Aug 04, 2015
  • Update: Former Mater Dei star Stanley Johnson's mother dies after cancer fight By STEVE FRYER
    (Editor's note: This story was updated Wednesday, Aug. 5, to include information about services and other details.) Karen Taylor, the mother of former Mater Dei basketball star Stanley Johnson, died Saturday. Taylor, 54, had battled breast cancer for more than 20 years, according to her family.
    Mon Aug 03, 2015
  • Hollingsworth 'excited' to take over at Westminster BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    WESTMINSTER - Beads of sweat are forming atop C.J. Hollingsworth’s head. It’s the final day of summer practice, and for whatever reason, the air conditioning in Hollingsworth’s office is on the fritz. Just the other week, the white-walled, carpeted room cooled to a crisp 60 degrees. Today, it’s a sweltering
    Thu Jul 30, 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
  • Efstathiou gets started at San Juan Hills BY NATHAN PERCY
    San Juan Hills High administrators didn’t look very far to find their next varsity boys basketball coach. The school looked to the South Coast League and found Jason Efstathiou, an assistant varsity coach at Aliso Niguel, to lead the Stallions starting this summer. Efstathiou, 33, takes over for Kelly Hambrick, who re
    Tue Jul 07, 2015
  • Stanley Johnson: From Mater Dei to the NBA
    Click through OCVarsity’s slideshow of Stanley Johnson’s four memorable seasons at Mater Dei, which paved the way for his selection by the Detroit Pistons - No. 8 overall - in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
    Thu Jun 25, 2015
  • Adrease Jackson transfers to Santa Margarita By STEVE FRYER
    Adrease Jackson, who was All-Orange County last season as a sophomore at Tesoro, has transferred to Santa Margarita, his father Ben Jackson reported via email today. Santa Margarita athletic director Richard Schaaf confirmed that Jackson enrolled at Santa Margarita. Adrease Jackson, a 6-foot-8 forward, averag
    Tue Jun 23, 2015
  • New boys basketball coaches at Orange, Westminster By STEVE FRYER
    Tim Williams is the varsity boys basketball coach at Orange, Orange athletic director Mitch Ryan confirmed Wednesday morning. Williams has been an assistant coach at Northwood. We are pursuing confirmation that C.J. Hollingsworth is the new coach of the Westminster boys basketball team. Hollingsworth has been
    Wed Jun 17, 2015
  • Freedman joins Mater Dei; Pratto leaves for Huntington Beach BY STEVE FRYER
    There are some comings and goings within the Mater Dei athletic department. In boys basketball: Spencer Freedman, impressive as a freshman point guard at Santa Monica last season, is transferring to Mater Dei, Coach Gary McKnight confirmed Friday. McKnight said the 6-foot Freedman was expected to make
    Fri Jun 12, 2015
  • Fryer: Look ahead shows Mater Dei on top in two sports BY STEVE FRYER
    The final high school sports column of the 2014-15 high school sports year starts with a look ahead to the 2015-16 high school sports year. The super-early football preseason top 10, super-subject to change between now and when our 2015 football preview is published in August, goes like this … 1. Mater Dei (9-3 in 2014): T
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Video: Highlights from the Athlete & Coach of the Year banquet By JONATHAN KHAMIS
    The 2014-15 athletes and coaches of the year were awarded at the Marconi Museum in Tustin. Angels hall of famer Bobby Grich and former Ducks' goalie Guy Hebert were the guest speakers. Video by Jonathan Khamis and Drew A. Kelley,
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Hot Shots: 2015 O.C. Register Athlete & Coach of the Year Awards
    Check out a slideshow of the 2015 O.C. Register /OCVarsity Athlete & Coach of the Year Awards held at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Meet O.C.'s top high school athletes for 2014-15
    Click through the slideshow to see the Register's award winners and All-County teams for the 2014-15 season. Here is a list of the Register's award winners, starting with the Athletes of the Year and then a list of
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Segerstrom hires Brandon Rogers to coach boys basketball By TIM BURT
    Segerstrom High officials named Brandon Rogers as the school’s new boys basketball coach Wednesday afternoon. Rogers replaces Adrian Gomez, who resigned after 10 seasons. Gomez started the Segerstrom program in 2005. Rogers is a graduate of Santa Ana Valley. He played basketball at Irvine Valley College and Menlo College.
    Wed Jun 10, 2015
  • Darnold is the O.C. Boys Athlete of the Year BY STEVE FRYER
    “One town, one team” is not the official motto of San Clemente High, although it accurately summarizes the close school-community relationship. That dynamic produced one heck of an athlete this year. Sam Darnold led San Clemente to a CIF-SS football championship game while setting school passing records. He was
    Tue Jun 09, 2015
  • Berkley is the O.C. Small School Boys Athlete of the Year BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    Marcus Berkley seems to be humoring me. He has readily accepted my challenge to a game of “PIG” inside Orangewood Academy’s gymnasium – his haven. He finishes a cookie and meets me on the court. “No dunks,” I stipulate. “Then you better go first,” he quips. Be
    Tue Jun 09, 2015
  • 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