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  • Woodbridge rallies to reach semifinals BY STEVE FRYER
    Woodbridge overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat Valencia, 63-59, Wednesday at Northwood High in a second-round game of the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic. Woodbridge will play Esperanza in a tournament semifinal Friday. Esperanza beat Dana Hills, 62-59, Wednesday. The time and location of the semifinal will be determine
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 8 By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys celebrate their two-month anniversary by hosting OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly (again) and Nathan Percy. How does St. Margaret's feel about playing a 16th football game? And how important are head coaches to gridiron success?
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's boys basketball (12-16-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from two games in the Irvine World News Gary Raya Classic: Northwood vs. Esperanza and Irvine vs. Mission Viejo.
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Hot Shots: San Juan Hills vs. LB Wilson (12-15-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the San Juan Hills vs. Long Beach Wilson boys basketball game played in the North Orange County Championships boys basketball tournament at Sonora High School on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Boys basketball: CIF-SS polls (12-15-14)
    The CIF-SS boys basketball polls that were released Monday (Dec. 15, 2014) by the CIF-SS. OPEN DIVISIONWatch list will begin Jan. 12 DIVISION 1AA1. Mater Dei2. Centennial/Corona3. Long Beach Poly4T. Chino Hills4T. St John Bosco6T. Etiwanda6T. Village Christian
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Boys basketball: N/S Challenge loaded with top teams BY STEVE FRYER
    The Orange County North/South Challenge again will have many of the county’s top teams in it when the two-day showcase is played at El Toro on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Among the matchups for the 16th edition of the event: Mission Viejo vs. Los Alamitos on Monday at 6 p.m.; Saddleback Valley Christian vs. Edison on Monday at
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Boys basketball: OCVarsity Top 10 (12-15-14) BY STEVE FRYER
    REGISTER MEDIA POLL 1. Mater Dei, 6-0 (50 points) The Monarchs won the Corona del Mar Beach Bash tournament. 2. Orange Lutheran, 4-1 (44) The Lancers have wins over Canyon, Mission Viejo and Woodbridge. 3. Sonora, 5-1 (35) Even with All-County guard Ben Rico out with inj
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Boys basketball AOW: Brent Cahill, St. Margaret's BY STEVE FRYER
    BRENT CAHILL ST. MARGARET’S He averaged 32 points a game for the Tartans in the Valley Christian of Cerritos Tournament. Cahill, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, had a high game of 38 points in a 68-56 win over South Torrance in the tournament. For the season, Cahill is averaging a county-leading 26 points a game. H
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • CdM bounces back to beat Edison in third-place game BY STEVE FRYER
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – It can be difficult for the host team of a tournament to get motivated to play in that tournament’s third-place game. Corona del Mar lost big to Mater Dei on Friday in the semifinals of its Beach Bash tournament. The Sea Kings bounced back with a solid effort to beat Edison, 59-54, Saturday in the Beach Bas
    Sat Dec 13, 2014
  • Mater Dei's McKnight collects 1,000th victory BY STEVE FRYER
    NEWPORT BEACH – Gary McKnight’s most important win happened 18 years ago, when he beat cancer. Another glorious triumph was when he convinced Judy Keithley to marry him 39 years ago. McKnight got another significant victory Friday. He became the first basketball coach in California high school history to get 1,
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Despite adversity, Sonora keeps winning BY ANDREW TURNER
    LA HABRA – Adversity is part of basketball. It has found Sonora’s team early this season. The Raiders won their fifth straight game Friday night, defeating Woodbridge, 62-50, in a nonleague boys basketball game at Sonora High. All of those wins have come with senior leader Ben Rico watching from the sidelines.
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Emeterio hits six 3-pointers to lift Canyon BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    LOS ALAMITOS It’s funny that the only shots Canyon’s Jake Emeterio missed Friday were a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter. By that point, the Comanches’ bench had enough breathing room to razz the senior when both freebies rimmed out. Everything else the small forward put up p
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Beckman's Taleisnik gets his birthday wish BY JOHN SCAFETTA
    IRVINE – Shane Taleisnik’s modest birthday wish Friday was to simply sink a shot. After struggling to find success in the first 31 minutes of a nonleague boys basketball contest against visiting San Juan Hills, the Beckman guard found the bottom of the basket at the most opportune moment. Connecting on a wide-o
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Wilson leads Tustin into tourney final BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    NEWPORT BEACH - George Wilson had the fourth quarter that Tustin coach Ringo Bossenmeyer had been expecting from the senior forward. Wilson scored seven of his 14 points, including a four-point play, in the final period to help lead the Tillers to a 48-42 victory over seventh-ranked Edison (4-1) in the semifinals of the Cor
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Friday's boys basketball (12-12-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Foothill vs. Tahquitz boys basketball game played at Foothill High School on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Yorba Linda's Douglass cool under pressure BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    YORBA LINDA - Yorba Linda's boys basketball team needed a basket. In less than three minutes of game time, its 14-point lead had evaporated into the gymnasium rafters. Capistrano Valley had used a 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter to pull within a point. Yorba Linda looked overwhelmed by half-court pressure during this precario
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's boys basketball (12-10-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Fullerton vs. Yorba Linda, Dana Hills vs. Laguna Beach and Edison vs. California boys basketball games played on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Tustin controls both ends to beat Troy BY STEVE FRYER
    Tustin’s little guy had a big game and so did its big guy. The appropriately named T.J. Shorts scored a game-high 20 points and Myles Garvin scored 10 points with 10 rebounds for the Tillers in a 61-38 win over Troy in a second-round game of the Corona del Mar Beach Bash boys basketball tournament at Corona del Mar Hi
    Wed Dec 10, 2014
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Tuesday's boys basketball (12-9-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Rancho Alamitos vs. Newport Harbor boys basketgball game played on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014.
    Wed Dec 10, 2014
  • Hot Shots: Monday's basketball (12-8-14)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from the Tustin vs. Valley View of Moreno Valley game played at Sage Hill School on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • Mater Dei's McKnight nears 1,000-win plateau BY STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight this season will become the first in California boys basketball history to achieve 1,000 wins. It could happen this week. The Monarchs are in the Beach Bash Tournament at Corona del Mar. McKnight had 996 wins going into the tournament, which began Monday. All tournament teams will play five ga
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Boys scholar-athlete: Ryan Kusch, Los Alamitos By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    RYAN KUSCH LOS ALAMITOS BASKETBALL GPA: 4.38 Kusch earned second team all-Sunset League honors last season for the Griffins and he is a captain this season. He’s a starting forward. He’s enrolled in Multivariable Calculus, via Cypress College, AP Physics, AP English Literatu
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Orange Lutheran's hot start halted by La Mirada BY ANDREW TURNER
    MISSION VIEJO – Through three games at the Diablo Inferno Tournament, the second-ranked Orange Lutheran boys basketball team had represented an unstoppable force. The Lancers were winning their games by an average of 32.6 points per game. The first challenge to that reputation came in Saturday night’s championship gam
    Sun Dec 07, 2014
  • Smith helps Godinez earn spot in Grizzly Invitational final BY ZACH CAVANAGH
    SANTA ANA — Brandon Smith hit nine of 10 free throws in the third quarter to push Godinez to a 50-43 victory over Aliso Niguel in the Gold Bracket semifinals of the Grizzly Invitational at Godinez High on Friday. “It’s even more exciting,” Smith said of making the final in Godinez’s tournament. &ldquo
    Sat Dec 06, 2014
  • Shorts provides spark as Tustin beats Brea Olinda BY NICK SELBE
    TUSTIN - Tustin point guard T.J. Shorts scored a team-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Tillers to a 57-47 victory over Brea Olinda in Friday’s nonleague game at Tustin High. Shorts was able to get to the rim with eases and led the way for the Tillers (2-0) on both ends of the floor, collecting four steals
    Sat Dec 06, 2014