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  • 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
  • Fairfax's turn to threaten Mater Dei's title streak BY STEVE FRYER
    Mater Dei has done it before. Can the Monarchs do it again? Mater Dei’s boys basketball team has won a CIF State championship in a season in which it did not win a CIF-Southern Section championship in four of the past eight seasons. Mater Dei this season lost in the CIF-SS semifinals. The Monarchs can get to another
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • Boys regional final: Mater Dei vs. Fairfax BY STEVE FRYER
    Saturday's game CIF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL FINAL Open Division Mater Dei (28-4) vs. Fairfax of Los Angeles (32-2) Where, when: Walter Pyramid, Long Beach State, 8 p.m. Fan info: Admission, $48 courtside reserved, $18 adult general admission, $10 seniors (65 and olde
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • O.C. All-Star Game on Saturday night
    Many of the top boys basketball players in Orange County will be taking part in O.C. All-Star Game on Saturday night at Irvine Valley College. The game is being organized and managed by Open Gym Premier. Tipoff: 7 p.m. Admission: Adults: $10. Children 5-11 years old: $7. Students w/ ID: $7 Locatio
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Fryer: O.C. Championships loaded with top volleyball teams BY STEVE FRYER
    They call it the Orange County Championships. And they aren’t kidding. The top seven boys volleyball teams in the county top 10 are in the Orange County Championships. The two-division tournament begins with pool play today at Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. Division 1 of the tournament has the
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Mater Dei keeps alive its drive for five BY STEVE FRYER
    REDONDO BEACH – MJ Cage was the star, but every Monarch who played contributed to Mater Dei’s 65-59 win over Bishop Montgomery of Torrance on Wednesday in the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division semifinals for boys basketball. Bailey Stout made two 3-pointers and threw a couple of expertly placed lob
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • Boys basketball regionals: Scores, updated schedule
    Scores and schedule for the CIF Southern California Regionals for boys basketball. We've included the schedule for all of the boys and girls regional finals on Saturday. **UPDATED WEDNESDAY NIGHT** BOYS BASKETBALL OPEN DIVISIONRegional semifinal,
    Wed Mar 18, 2015
  • Canyon's memorable playoff run comes to end BY STEVE FRYER
    ANAHEIM – There would be no comeback this time. Canyon could not overcome a big fourth-quarter deficit and lost to La Mirada, 93-73, Saturday in a CIF Division II Southern California Regionals second-round game at Canyon. A season of memories is over for the Comanches, who finished 24-10. The memory they will remember most
    Sat Mar 14, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran can't keep up with Fairfax BY ANDREW TURNER
    LOS ANGELES – Nothing was going to be easy for Orange Lutheran’s boys basketball team in the Open Division of the CIF Southern California Regionals. A matchup with Fairfax of Los Angeles, the L.A. City Section champions, would be tough enough. That, combined with a 13-day layoff, helped spell the end of the season for the Lanc
    Fri Mar 13, 2015
  • Mater Dei gets the job done with Parker, press BY STEVE FRYER
    SANTA ANA - The press gave Mater Dei a push. Mater Dei used a fullcourt press and the scoring of La’vette Parker to beat Westchester, 67-44, Friday in a CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division first-round game at Mater Dei. The Monarchs took control with a 28-2 run that started toward the end of the first qua
    Fri Mar 13, 2015
  • Boys basketball regionals: Scores, updated schedule
    Scores and schedule for the CIF Southern California Regionals for boys basketball. BOYS BASKETBALL OPEN DIVISIONQuarterfinals, FridayBishop Montgomery 75, San Diego St. Augustine 61Mater Dei 67, Westchester 44Etiwanda 56, El Cajon Foothills Christia
    Fri Mar 13, 2015
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Picking up the pieces By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys discuss the conclusion of Damian's winter sport, wrestling, by breaking down what happened last weekend at the CIF State tournament. Which local wrestlers medaled? Did Servite clean up? And what were the guys doing the last
    Thu Mar 12, 2015
  • Sonora stays hot in Division III regionals BY STEVE FRYER
    LA HABRA – Sonora won a CIF-SS championship Saturday. When the Raiders showed up for practice Monday, their demeanor astonished Coach Mike Murphy. “They said, ‘Coach, we’re really practicing?’ ” Murphy said. “I told them, ‘Yeah, we’ve got a game Wednesday.’ ” And what a game Sonora had Wednesday. The Raiders wallop
    Wed Mar 11, 2015
  • Canyon shows it's still hungry BY DAN ALBANO
    Tales of Canyon’s epic comeback in the CIF-SS boys basketball final swirled through the gym Wednesday night as the Comanches played host to Kearny of San Diego in the opening round of the CIF Southern California Regionals. There were stories about how many times players and coaches watched the video of Canyon’s rally from a 2
    Wed Mar 11, 2015
  • Boys basketball regionals: Scores, updated schedule
    Scores from the CIF Southern California Regional boys basketball playoff games on Wednesday. BOYS BASKETBALL OPEN DIVISIONQuarterfinals, Friday (7 p.m. unless noted)San Diego St. Augustine at Bishop Montgomery, 7:30 p.m.
    Wed Mar 11, 2015
  • O.C. all-star game set for March 21 By STEVE FRYER
    An Orange County boys basketball all-star game will be played at Irvine Valley College on March 21. Tipoff is 7 p.m. The event begins with an eighth-grade game at 5 p.m. Open Gym Premier is organizing and managing the event. Eddie Courtemarche of Los Alamitos will coach the South team. Servite’s John Morris will coa
    Tue Mar 10, 2015
  • Fryer: Canyon's comeback leaves a few marks BY STEVE FRYER
    Canyon broke or tied 28 CIF-Southern Section records Saturday. The Comanches’ 103-98 double-overtime win over Lawndale in the Division 2A
    Mon Mar 09, 2015