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  • Smith: Warm homecoming for injured Stallion By MARCIA C. SMITH
    LADERA RANCH – A day after he finished his junior year and celebrated late into the night, San Juan Hills High football player Dalton deDianous fell asleep at the wheel of his father’s car. Dalton, 17, and his father, Michael deDianous, were going camping in the Mojave desert. Around 2 p.m. on June 21, they were driving along
    Tue Jul 29, 2014
  • OLu's Lucier-South releases list of his top 5 schools
    Orange Lutheran linebacker/defensive end Keisean Lucier-South, who is No. 38 in ESPN's ranking of the top 300 recruits in the nation for 2015, released a list of the top five schools he is likely to sign with - UCLA, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and Oregon. He did not rank them in any order. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lucier-Smith was
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • 2014 fall sports surveys
    Coaches, As we head toward the 2014 fall 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@ocregiste
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • Los Alamitos punter Johnson commits to Arkansas
    Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson said he has committed to Arkansas, which offered him a scholarship during a visit to the campus last week. Johnson is one of the top-ranked punters in the nation for the class of 2015. Rivals ranks him fourth in the nation and ranks him second. Johnson also held offe
    Mon Jul 28, 2014
  • Lapic hopes to keep building Century program BY TIM BURT
    Century’s new football coach, Andrew Lapic, is looking to help the Centurions take the next step. Lapic, 39, takes over for Ted Crego, who resigned after five seasons. Century was 7-3 overall and fourth in the Orange League last year, just missing the playoffs. “I’m excited, I’m good friends
    Fri Jul 25, 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
  • Croom transfers to Servite from LB Poly By STEVE FRYER
    Micah Croom, a highly regarded safety, today was accepted at Servite and is enrolling there, Servite athletic director Alan Clinton confirmed today. Croom, 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, will be a junior this coming school year. He attended Long Beach Poly as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to's All-Sophomo
    Wed Jul 23, 2014
  • Croom transfers to Servite from Poly By STEVE FRYER
    Micah Croom, a highly-regarded safety, today was accepted at Servite and is enrolling there, Servite athletic director Alan Clinton confirmed today. Croom, 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds who will be a junior this coming school year, attended Long Beach Poly as a freshman and sophomore. He was named to's All-Sophomore defense fir
    Wed Jul 23, 2014
  • New state rules for football signed into law BY STEVE FRYER
    The head coach in Sacramento just sent in a new play. Local high school football teams are trying to figure out how to run it. Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law AB2127, which limits full-contact football practices at the high school and middle school level. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, will limit teams to t
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Los Al's Johnson headed to U.S. Army game By DAN ALBANO
    Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson captured an Army All-American punting competition over the weekend and has accepted a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Game, the Griffins football program rep
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Tesoro takes third in Surf City passing tournament BY ANTONIO MORALES
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Tesoro’s defense struggled mightily in a semifinal loss to Bishop Amat of La Puente in the Surf City passing tournament at Huntington Beach High on Saturday. The Titans’ defense came together in the tournament’s third-place game as they picked off Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello four tim
    Mon Jul 21, 2014
  • Mater Dei's Humphreys commits to Duke By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei wide receiver/safety Ben Humphreys (6-2 1/2 205) has committed to Duke, the senior-to-be confirmed Saturday night. Humphreys is one of county's most versatile players. He also c
    Sat Jul 19, 2014
  • San Clemente's Darnold commits to USC BY DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente senior-to-be quarterback and Elite 11 selection Sam Darnold has committed to USC, he confirmed Friday. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Darnold had narrowed his choices to the Trojans, Utah and Duke but said in a text message that he picked USC because, “I want to stay in SoCal for the rest of my life and the opportunity
    Fri Jul 18, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Mater Dei's Humphreys eyes August trim By DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei senior-to-be wide receiver/safety Ben Humphreys (6-2 1/2, 205) -- one of the county's fastest rising juniors at the end of last season -- plans to trim his college list to a top-three o
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Football: San Clemente takes second at passing tournament By DAN ALBANO
    San Clemente and quarterback Sam Darnold placed second over the weekend at the Under Armour Rumble at the Ranch Passing League tournament at El Rancho, Tritons football coach Jaime Ortiz
    Wed Jul 16, 2014
  • Football: Huntington Beach hosting Surf City passing tournament Saturday By DAN ALBANO
    Reigning state champion St. John Bosco will be among the teams competing Saturday at Huntington Beach's Surf City passing and linemen competitions. The passing competition begins at 8:45 a.m. and also feat
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Los Al punter receiving SEC interest By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH Los Alamitos punter Blake Johnson is receiving recruiting interest from Arkansas, the senior-to-be said over the weekend at the
    Mon Jul 14, 2014
  • Santa Margarita earns respect at 'Battle of the Beach' By DAN ALBANO
    HUNTINGTON BEACH – Even from afar Saturday, it seemed clear that Santa Margarita’s KJ Costello received positive words from several St. John Bosco players as he navigated the teams’ postgame handshake at the Edison passing tournament. The junior-to-be quarterback comfortably chatted with a cluster of his Trinity
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Football: Hart of Newhall captures Edison passing tournament By DAN ALBANO
    Hart of Newhall and quarterback Brady White defeated St. John Bosco and quarterback Josh Rosen, 19-13, to capture Edison's "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament Saturday. In th
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Notebook: Los Alamitos' Telenko passes first test BY ANTONIO MORALES
    The bracket-makers for Edison's "Battle at the Beach" passing tournament on Saturday didn't do Los Alamitos any favors. In the Griffins' bracket was defending Open Division state champion St. John Bosco, Open division regional runner up Centennial of Corona, and 2012 Division 2 state champion Serra of Gardena. Los Alamitos went 1
    Sat Jul 12, 2014
  • Costello ready to be tested in 'Battle at the Beach' BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA - School is out for the summer, but for Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello and teammates, class remains in session. The 2014 season will usher in a new era for the Eagles, led by their new coach, Rick Curtis, who was hired in December to replace Harry Welch. With the change in lead
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Notes: North adjustments helped spark win By DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA A closer look at some of the key factors in the North’s 12-6 victory in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on Thursday night at Orange Coast College: • The North’s Fullerton coaches made three important adjustments at halftime, trailing, 6-0, after two quarters. First, the North’s offensi
    Fri Jul 11, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Fullerton's Soto picks up offer By: ANTONIO MORALES
    Fullerton wide receiver/defensive back Kaene Soto (5-11, 170) has picked up an offer from the University of San Diego according to Indians coach Gus Martinez. As a junior, Soto posted 39 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns.  Former Fullerton linebacker Matt Hall will begin p
    Fri Jul 11, 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 win brings sigh of relief BY DAN ALBANO
    COSTA MESA – The North vowed this week to break the South’s dominance in the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. On Thursday night, they made good on their promise. Quarterback Scott Lloyd of Fullerton threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Servite receiver Neil Pau’u with 1:32 left in the fourth quarter for the
    Thu Jul 10, 2014