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  • Servite's hot start beats Canyon By STEVE FRYER
    When he banked in a 3-pointer, Anastasios Marcopulos knew it would be a good night. Marcopulos was 7 for 7 on 3-point shots in the first half. He was 0 for 3 on 3s in the second half, but that first half was good enough to get Servite off to a hot start as the Friars beat Canyon, 71-51, at Canyon on Monday in a pool play game on t
    Mon Nov 30, 2015
  • Boys basketball preview: Top players to watch By STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's top 5 players to watch for the 2015-16 season: MJ CAGE Mater Dei Cage was All-Orange County first team and All-CIF Southern Section/Open Division last year. The 6-foot-10 senior center, a three-year starter at Mater Dei, signed with Oregon. Cage averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds a game.
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Boys basketball preview: Important dates By STEVE FRYER
    Important dates in the 2015-16 boys basketball season: Coaches For A Cause at Ocean View, Nov. 28; Canyon/Esperanza Tip-Off Classic at Canyon and Esperanza, Monday-Dec. 5 Chick Fil-A Classic at Crean Lutheran, Monday-Dec. 5 Godinez Invitational, Monday-Dec. 5 Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champi
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Segerstrom vs. Laguna Beach
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Segerstrom vs. Laguna Beach preseason boys basketball game played on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.
    Fri Nov 27, 2015
  • Boys basketball preview: O.C. top 10 By STEVE FRYER
    The boys basketball preseason O.C. top 10 for the 2015-16 season: 1. Mater Dei As always, the Monarchs have several all-star players, among them senior 6-foot-10 center MJ Cage (an Oregon signee) and sophomore Spencer Freedman, a highly regarded point guard who transferred from Santa
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Mater Dei's depth could be its biggest strength By STEVE FRYER
    Gary McKnight’s coaching record at Mater Dei is 1,028-90. His Monarchs teams have won 11 CIF State championships and 22 CIF-Southern Section championships. So it catches the attention whenever McKnight says his current team is especially strong in any category. That category this season is depth. “We ca
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Boys basketball preview: Other players to watch By STEVE FRYER
    Spider Adetunji, Capistrano Valley Christian, Sr. Christian Anderson, Ocean View, Sr. Lucas Araujo, Foothill, Sr. Matt Avila, Foothill, Sr. Dawson Baker, Capistrano Valley, So. Evan Battey, Villa Park, Jr. Matthew Bautista, Rancho Alamitos, Jr.
    Thu Nov 26, 2015
  • Fall notes: Capo Valley enjoyed journey despite loss
    A loss in the CIF-SS Division 3 championship game frustrated the Capistrano Valley boys water polo team, but didn’t wash away the Cougars’ feeling of accomplishment. “I told them only two teams from our division got to play tonight,” Capistrano Valley coach Steve Yancey said Saturday after a 12-8 loss again
    Mon Nov 23, 2015
  • 2015-16 winter sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2015-16 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
    Mon Nov 16, 2015
  • Zeller ready to re-ignite Mission Viejo basketball By NATHAN PERCY
    Chris Zeller can hardly contain his excitement. Earlier this year, the bright-eyed 26-year-old was handed the keys to one of the county’s more respected basketball programs by the same man who mentored him when he was a student athlete. With an enthusiasm second to none and five years of working under good basketball minds,
    Thu Nov 12, 2015
  • Miller: Signing day is time to appreciate potential, achievement By JEFF MILLER
    SANTA ANA – One called herself “super nervous” but also “super happy.” Another said she saw her hand trembling even though she was doing the most routine of things – writing her name. A third said he felt himself shaking as he walked into the school’s gym, something he had done hundreds o
    Wed Nov 11, 2015
  • Signing Day: Basketball, baseball notes By STEVE FRYER
    Marcus Berkley took a short detour en route to his college destination. Berkley averaged 22 points a game last basketball season as a senior at Orangewood Academy. Orangewood is one of Orange County’s smaller private schools. He did not get the college offers he wanted, although he did have an eye on UC Riverside.
    Wed Nov 11, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Signing Day in photos
    Check out a slideshow of photos of Orange County high school students signing National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. We have dozens of photos from signing events across the county, as well as reader-submitted photos. Do you have a photo you would like to share with us?
    Wed Nov 11, 2015
  • Basketball: Sebastian Much back in O.C., transfers to JSerra By STEVE FRYER
    Sebastian Much, a 6-foot-7 junior, transferred to JSerra, JSerra athletic director Brett Kay confirmed today. Much was a key player last season at Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, which lost to La Mirada in a CIF State championship game. He is an excellent shooter. Much was at St. Margaret's his freshman year. A Contra Costa Times r
    Mon Oct 19, 2015
  • What to watch for Saturday at the O.C. Championships By ANDREW TURNER
    What to watch for Saturday at the Orange County Championships: • The No. 2-ranked Brea Olinda boys will try to defend their back-to-back county titles. Will the addition of sophomore transfer Kevin McNulty to the Wildcats lineup be enough to fend off top-ranked Dana Hills? • The No. 2-ranked Capistrano Valley gir
    Fri Oct 16, 2015
  • Former Sonora, UCLA star Dave Meyers dies BY JOEY KAUFMAN
    Condolences to the family of @uclambb legend Dave Meyers, who passed away today after battling cancer. #RIP — UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletic
    Fri Oct 09, 2015
  • 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