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  • Magnolia football player dies
    Magnolia senior football player Laquan Pleas died early Monday morning from cardiac arrest, according to Athletic Director Rick Penn. “He was a totally healthy kid. No (health) issues, ran track and did football,” football coach Ryan Olson said. “He was a solid kid, a quality individual.”
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Orange Lutheran's Olson needs NCAA clearance to walk on at USC BY MICHAEL LEV
    Jake Olson has a hurdle to clear before walking on to the USC football team. The blind snapper and Trojans super fan from Orange Lutheran High has been accepted to USC and plans to join the squad, as first reported by the Los Angeles Times. However, Olson will have to navigate some NCAA red tape before making his latest dream a reality.
    Fri Apr 24, 2015
  • Olson excited about return to coaching in O.C. BY NICK SELBE
    Mitch Olson last coached a high school football game in Orange County on Dec. 1, 2007, when his Kennedy team lost to Pacifica in the 2007 CIF-SS Southern Division semifinals. After 21 seasons as the head coach at Kennedy, he moved across the country to continue his coaching career at Oconee County High in Watkinsville, Ga.
    Wed Apr 22, 2015
  • All-County running back Vander leaves JSerra BY DAN ALBANO
    All-County running back Edward Vander (6-1, 205) has left JSerra and enrolled at his previous school, Paramount, Pirates football coach Matt Howard said Tuesday afternoon. "He has checked back into Paramount," Howard said in a text. "Today is his first day." Vander, a senior-to-be, transfered from Paramount to JSerr
    Tue Apr 21, 2015
  • Football: Mitch Olson returns to O.C. as Loara's coach By STEVE FRYER
    Mitch Olson confirmed Friday night he is returning to Orange County football to coach at Loara. Olson, 54, coached at Kennedy for 21 seasons. His Fighting Irish teams won eight league championships and in 2006 won a CIF title. Olson was 163-85-3 at Kennedy. He will continue to teach the remainder of the spring at the high
    Fri Apr 17, 2015
  • Skinner hired as new Dana Hills football coach BY MARK GARCIA
    Dana Hills didn’t have to look far to find its newest head football coach. Athletic Director David Georgia announced Thursday that Phil Skinner, who has served numerous roles with the program since 2007, has been named the program’s football coach, replacing Todd Rusinkovich, who resigned during the offse
    Thu Apr 16, 2015
  • Mater Dei OL Frank Martin commits to USC
    Mater Dei’s Frank Martin became the second offensive lineman in as many days to verbally commit to USC when he announced his intention to attend the school Thursday. S
    Thu Apr 16, 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
  • Football: Godinez hires coach By STEVE FRYER
    Michael Echaves is the new football coach at Godinez, the school announced Wednesday.He replaces Aron Kaye, who resigned.Echaves was an assistant coach at his alma mater Fullerton and at Santa Ana Valley and Segerstrom.Godinez was 0-10 in 2014.
    Thu Apr 16, 2015
  • Football recruiting: Tesoro's Modster picks Arizona BY DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro junior quarterback Devon Modster (6-2, 215) committed to Arizona on Wednesday, he said in an announcement on Twitter. "Excited and extremely blessed to say that I have committe
    Wed Apr 15, 2015
  • Corona del Mar football names new coach BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar has named defensive coordinator Dan O'Shea as its football coach, replacing Scott Meyer, athletic director Don Grable said in an e-mail Tuesday. O'Shea has served as the
    Tue Apr 14, 2015
  • Former Newport Harbor player Cornwell dies BY MARK GARCIA
    Former Newport Harbor High and Saddleback College football player Zach Cornwell, 20, died Saturday, Saddleback College officials announced. Cornwell played last season at Saddleback before transferring to Orange Coast. Saddleback coach Mark McElroy said Cornwell “had some kidney problems last Sunday, so he went to (Ch
    Mon Apr 06, 2015
  • South roster selected for O.C. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente linebacker Riley Whimpey is among four first-team All-County players who have been selected to the 36-player South roster for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. The game will be played July 9 at Orange Coast College at 7:15 p.m. Defensive back Rick Ellison of Santa Margarita, offensive lineman
    Fri Apr 03, 2015
  • North selects roster for O.C. All-Star Game BY DAN ALBANO
    First-team All-County defensive end Rasheed Williams of Mater Dei and record-setting quarterback Nick Brown of Rancho Alamitos highlight the North roster for Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on July 9. The game will be played at Orange Coast College at 7:15 p.m. Williams, who signed with Idaho State, led a str
    Fri Mar 20, 2015
  • O.C. All-Star Game: South team nominees
    The South nominees for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on July 9 at Orange Coast College. The final roster is expected to be announced later this month. (Click here to see North te
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • Giuliano leaves Pacifica to take Beckman job By TIM BURT
    IRVINE - Marcello Giuliano is coming back to Irvine to guide the Beckman football program, Athletic Director Lance Neal announced Tuesday. Giuliano, 40, is a former Irvine High football standout who played under former Irvine coach Terry Henigan. He has been at Pacifica for the last six years, but he has been wanting
    Tue Mar 17, 2015
  • NFF-OC Chapter Honorees for 2014-15 By STEVE FRYER
    The Orange County Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its Scholar-Athlete Banquet on Monday at Anaheim Convention Center. Seventy graduating county high school and college football players were honored for being all-league or all conference first team while maintaining a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher. The chap
    Wed Mar 11, 2015
  • O'Brien, Crawford take home Nike MVP awards BY DAN ALBANO
    REDONDO BEACH San Juan Hills quarterback Patrick O'Brien, pictured, arrived Sunday at the Nike Football Opening Regional without a scholarship offer but also not much of a recruiting profile.
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Top O.C. recruits headed to Nike Regional
    Many of Orange County’s top high school football recruits in the class of 2016 are expected to participate Sunday in the Nike Football Opening Regional at Redondo High in Redondo Beach. The half-day event, formerly known as the Nike Football Training Camp, offers position-specific training along with drills and one-on-one competiti
    Fri Mar 06, 2015
  • Fooball: Coaching hires at Trabuco, SVC By STEVE FRYER
    Joe Silvey is the new head coach at Trabuco Hills. Brendan Chambers is the new head coach at Saddleback Valley Christian. Silvey was defensive coordinator on this past season's CIF-Southern Section championship team at Trabuco. He also was defensive coordinator at Santa Margarita from 1994-2000. Silvey has been a head coach at Fallbrook
    Thu Mar 05, 2015
  • O.C. All-Star Game: North team nominees BY DAN ALBANO
    The North nominees for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on July 9 at Orange Coast College. The official roster will be announced later this month. ANAHEIM – Manny Covarrubias (LB, 5-11, 220); Roberto Barajas (WR, 5-10, 160); BOLSA GRANDE – Michael Allen (OL/LB, 6-1, 215); Reno Lace (WR,
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Barbee to continue as St. Margaret's coach
    St. Margaret’s announced Tuesday that Stephen Barbee will stay on as the team's head coach. Barbee served as the interim head coach last season after Rod Baltau stepped down due to a health issue. Barbee led the Tartans to a 15-1 record, the CIF-SS East Valley Division championship and the Division IV regional champio
    Wed Feb 25, 2015
  • Longtime football coach Herb Hill, 84, dies
    Herb Hill, who retired as the career wins leader in Orange County football coaching history, died Friday. He was 84. Hill accumulated a then-record 191 wins at Rancho Alamitos and Loara. He retired from coaching after the 1989 season, his 31st as an Orange County football head coach. Dick Hill, no relation, broke the record
    Sat Feb 21, 2015
  • Mater Dei's Rollinson to receive OCYSF Sportsman of the Year honor
    Mater Dei football coach Bruce Rollinson will be honored Wednesday as the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation's Sportsman of the Year. Tickets for the dinner at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach are $175 each. The event, which will pay tribute to the longtime coach who has won five CIF-Southern Section titles, is a fundraiser fo
    Fri Feb 20, 2015
  • Football: Mission Viejo's Brock Johnson breaks collarbone BY DAN ALBANO
    Mission Viejo quarterback Brock Johnson, who helped lead the Diablos to the CIF-SS West Valley Division title in December, broke his collarbone over the weekend while riding the snow slopes, Mission Vi
    Tue Feb 17, 2015