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  • Aliso Niguel coaches save athlete's life BY FERMIN LEAL and MARK GARCIA
    Two Aliso Niguel High coaches rescued a sophomore boys basketball player who collapsed during practice Monday by performing CPR and using a defibrillator on him, an Orange County Fire Authority captain said Tuesday. “Both of these coaches saved his life,” Orange County Fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said. “He was clinically
    Tue Nov 18, 2014
  • Signing Day notes: Pflueger finds perfect fit
    Rex Pflueger visited Notre Dame when he was 8 years old. It was just a family, let’s-look-around trip. But it was not Pflueger’s last time there. Pflueger, a senior on the Mater Dei basketball team, signed a letter of intent with Notre Dame on Wednesday, the first day of the one-week fall signing period.
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Fall Signing Day photos (updated)
    Click through the slideshow to see more photos from Orange County Register photographers from Signing Day events throughout Orange County. This slideshow has been updated to include photos from Canyon, Capistrano Valley and Trabuco Hills. It also includes photos from Aliso Niguel, Beckman, JSerra, Laguna Beach, Mater Dei, Mission Viejo a
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Your Signing Day photos
    Click through the slideshow to see reader-submitted photos of Orange County athletes signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Send us your Signing Day photos: preps@ocregister.com. Include the athlete’s name, school, university or college attending, and sport.
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • Fall Signing Day: O.C. signees
    A list of the Orange County athletes who signed their National Letter of Intent (or submitted a letter of commitment to an Ivy League school or military academy). BASEBALL Bobby Ay, El Toro, Cal Poly SLO Brandon Alamo, Cypress Cal State Fullerton Kolby A
    Wed Nov 12, 2014
  • 2014-15 winter sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014-15 winter sports season, we need your help to supply us with rosters and other information about your teams. Click on a link below to download a team survey in Microsoft Word format (.doc). Fill out the survey, save it and e-mail it back to us at preps@ocre
    Thu Oct 30, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Pflueger commits to Notre Dame
    Mater Dei senior Rex Pflueger said Thursday night that he committed to Notre Dame. Pflueger, a sharpshooting 6-foot-5 guard, made the annoucement four days after making an official visit to the campus. “I'm blessed to announce that I am verbally committed to the University of Notre Dame!” he tweeted.
    Thu Sep 11, 2014
  • Serial transfers hope third time's the charm BY STEVE FRYER
    The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, or on the other side of the other side. Two boys basketball players who would have been counted among Orange County’s better returnees this season are transferring to what will be their third high schools. Tyler Burch has left Westminster. He is in the process o
    Thu Aug 28, 2014
  • Basketball notes: Jayce Johnson exits JSerra BY STEVE FRYER
    Jayce Johnson has left JSerra and enrolled at Findlay Prep of Henderson, Nev. Johnson, a 6-foot-11 center who will be a junior this school year, attended Mater Dei as a freshman. He averaged 10 points and five rebounds a game as a sophomore at JSerra. ... Xavi Castellano was named coach of the Estancia boys basketball team on Fri
    Sat Aug 23, 2014
  • Selway to Dominican, Olsen to West Point By STEVE FRYER
    Villa Park basketball players Kevin Olsen and Luke Selway announced their college destinations. Olsen, a senior this coming school year, will play for Armmy and attend West Point. Selway, who graduated this past spring, is off to Dominican University in northern California. Selway was All-County first team as a junior.
    Tue Aug 19, 2014
  • Basketball notes: Mater Dei loses top assistant coach BY STEVE FRYER
    Bob Serven has left the Mater Dei boys basketball after 10 years as a top assistant coach in the program, Coach Gary McKnight confirmed. Serven’s responsibilities included running the Monarchs offense. Mater Dei won six CIF state championships and five section championships during Serven’s tenure. McKni
    Fri Aug 08, 2014
  • K.J. Smith transferring to Mater Dei By STEVE FRYER
    Point guard K.J. Smith, the son of former NBA player Kenny Smith,  is transferring to Mater Dei from Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight confirmed today. Smith's transfer was
    Mon Aug 04, 2014
  • Basketball: Pflueger lists top five schools BY ANTONIO MORALES
    Mater Dei senior guard Rex Pflueger trimmed his college choices down to five potential schools on Tuesday afternoon. In a Twitter post, Pflueger said the final five are (in no order): Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Cal, Washington State and San Diego State. Pflueger averaged 12 points and five assists a game as a junior. He wa
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • Notebook: O.C. trio on roster for All-American Classic
    The Perfect Game All-American Classic, which will be played Aug. 10 at Petco Park in San Diego, will have strong representation from Orange County. The West team will be coached by Brett Kay of JSerra and includes three players from the county on its roster: Aliso Niguel pitcher Kyle Molnar; Mission Viejo pitcher Patrick
    Fri Jul 25, 2014
  • National award for Mater Dei's McKnight By STEVE FRYER
    Gary McKnight of Mater Dei is the National High School Coaches Association boys basketball coach of the year, the association announced today. McKnight coached Mater Dei to its fourth consecutive CIF State champio
    Tue Jul 22, 2014
  • Godinez's Smith flew under the radar to UC Irvine BY DEVIN UGLAND
    The story detailing the rise of Godinez basketball player Brandon Smith is one that is not scripted. Unlike other Division I college basketball recruits, Smith doesn’t play at a high-profile high school, but instead made his name at a small school in the heart of Santa Ana. Smith doesn’t have awe-inspiring size
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Former Mater Dei standout Tisdale adapts from hardwood to turf BY JOEY RAMIREZ
    Andrew Tisdale used to sit in the Santa Ana Bowl stands and wonder why he wasn’t one of the young men in red and white helmets on the field in front of him. Tisdale, a former Mater Dei basketball player, originally came to the school for its renowned football program, but never took a leap at joining the team. “I woul
    Tue Jul 15, 2014
  • Summer notebook: O.C. players inivted to U.S. camp
    Huntington Beach pitcher Hagen Danner and Mater Dei pitcher Nick Pratto were among the Orange County players selected to participate in the U.S. 17U National Team Development Program. The players were invited to a training camp Aug. 11-15 in Cary, N.C. Also selected were Aliso Niguel catcher Blake Sabol, Mate
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • North locks down South in rare win (video) By: JONATHAN KHAMIS
    [bc3]3669518254001[/bc3] The 55th annual Brea Lions OC All-Star football game featured the North breaking their losing streak to the South in a 12-6 victory. Offensive MVP Scott Lloyd made a game-winning TD throw with a minute left in the game.
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Rasheed brothers transfer to Santa Margarita By STEVE FRYER
    Kaden and Noah Rasheed have enrolled at Santa Margarita and are playing with the Eagles boys basketball team this summer, Santa Margarita coach Jeff Reinert confirmed today. The brothers, 5-foot-11 guards, were at Mission Viejo last school year.
    Thu Jul 10, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Pflueger has big plans for summer BY ANDREW TURNER
    Mater Dei guard Rex Pflueger has packed his summer schedule so thoroughly he hasn’t been able to stay in one place for long. Heading into his senior year, Pflueger has taken all the requisite steps to ensure that he gets exposure to the top college programs. He participated in the Kevin Durant Skills Camp last week i
    Fri Jul 04, 2014
  • Rob Cullinan gets dream job at Mission Viejo By: DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Rob Cullinan is coming home, having been hired as the boys basketball coach at Mission Viejo High. Athletic Director Troy Roelen confirmed the hiring Wednesday morning. Cullinan, a 1992 Mission Viejo graduate, was the associate head coach at Dana Hills for the previous 12 years. Cullinan will be on campus
    Wed Jun 25, 2014
  • OLu's Hankins now can force the issue BY ANTONIO MORALES
    In last season’s CIF-SS Division 1AA second-round boys basketball playoff loss against Long Beach Poly, Orange Lutheran was able to go toe-to-toe defensively with the eventual champion Jackrabbits, but the Lancers didn’t pack enough scoring punch to pull out a win. Orange Lutheran welcomes back four starters from last season&
    Tue Jun 24, 2014
  • Notebook: Summer basketball is everywhere By: STAFF REPORT
    The summer basketball season is in full swing, with tournaments and leagues at several locations in Orange County. Continuing operation this week are the Hope International University High School Summer League, the Tiger Basketball League at Valencia, the Los Al Summer League at Los Alamitos, the Villa Park Summer League and the Sea King
    Tue Jun 24, 2014
  • Summer schedules By STEVE FRYER
    Here are links to some summer leagues and tournaments ... Hope International University High School Summer League is here. Tiger Basketball League at Valencia is
    Tue Jun 17, 2014