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  • San Juan Hills' O'Brien has grown into a top recruit BY DAN ALBANO
    SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – He played linebacker on a Pop Warner team that featured two quarterbacks who would gain notoriety well before him. He picked a high school football program that went 0-10 the season before his arrival. And as a 6-foot, 170-pound freshman with aspirations to play quarterback, his resume included no game e
    Fri May 15, 2015
  • O.C. Top 25 recruits for Class of 2016 (5-15-2015) BY DAN ALBANO
    The Register's Dan Albano has updated his rankings of the top football recruits for the Class of 2016 in Orange County. *************** O.C. Top 25 recruits for the Class of 2016 RANKINGS BY STAFF WRITER DAN ALBANO
    Fri May 15, 2015
  • Gunslinger kicks off busy passing tournament season BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange County’s 7-on-7 passing season for high school football teams begins in earnest Saturday with the San Juan Hills-hosted Gunslinger Tournament. The list of entries includes JSerra, Mater Dei, Edison, Oaks Christian of Westlake Village and St. John Bosco. Here are a few other tournaments to watch this spring and summer
    Fri May 15, 2015
  • Lopez brings a new method to Pacifica BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD • staff writer
    Vinnie Lopez remembers seeing everything unravel. Losses to Troy High agitate him still. No stranger to Orange County football, Lopez the past three years ventured into the area for games as coach at El Rancho High of Pico Rivera. He often left winless, but no worse for the wear. Lopez can recite from memory the plays resp
    Thu May 14, 2015
  • San Clemente's Darnold honored as player of the year BY DAN ALBANO
    ANAHEIM – San Clemente quarterback Sam Darnold earned another major award Saturday. The USC signee collected the O.C. Prep Football Player of Year trophy at the player recognition luncheon for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game. The 56th edition of the game will be played July 9 at Orange Coast College at 7:15 p.m.
    Sat May 09, 2015
  • Pacifica to hire Lopez as football coach
    Pacifica has reached an agreement to hire Vinnie Lopez as its football coach. Lopez, 38, spent the last three seasons as head coach at El Rancho of Pico Rivera. The Dons were 8-3 and Del Rio League champs in 2014. His overall record in three seasons was 19-13. The deal will become official Monday, at which time he will mee
    Fri May 08, 2015
  • Football recruiting: JSerra has its own St. Francis transfer BY DAN ALBANO
    One of JSerra's candidates to fill the void left by the transfer of All-County running back Edward Vander is St. Francis of La Canada transfer Avery Williams (5-11, 195), Lions football coach Jim
    Mon May 04, 2015
  • Football: Ex-Servite QB Fajardo signs with Raiders BY DAN ALBANO
    Ex-Servite and Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo (6-1 1/2,
    Mon May 04, 2015
  • Football: Santa Margarita hopes transfer Crawford will play in opener BY DAN ALBANO
    Santa Margarita believes wide receiver Dylan Crawford, a standout transfer from St. Francis High of La Canada, is in the process of making a valid change of residence that could make him eligible for the Ea
    Fri May 01, 2015
  • HHM Football Camp at Orange Lutheran on May 18
    Orange Lutheran's football coaching staff is joining with a group of former U.S. Air Force Academy players to hold the Healing Heroes Ministries Football Camp on May 18 at Orange Lutheran High. The cost for the camp is $30, and all of the proceeds go to the Healing Heroes Ministries.
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • Fryer: Schools expect droughts effects to be felt soon BY STEVE FRYER
    Trona might become the new normal. Trona High, located in the high desert of San Bernardino County, has an on-campus dirt football field. Grass cannot grow there and the school has no artificial turf. The dirt is watered, leveled and lined on game day. If this drought persists, perhaps there will be Tronas all over Orange County
    Thu Apr 30, 2015
  • CIF-SS changes start dates for football practice BY STEVE FRYER
    LONG BEACH – The CIF-Southern Section Council on Wednesday voted to create fixed dates for when football teams can begin practices in the summer. Football teams that play Week 0 games can have their first practices on Aug. 3. Teams that start in Week 1 can practice starting Aug. 10. These dates are effective for the coming football
    Wed Apr 29, 2015
  • Skinner 'ecstatic' about taking over at Dana Hills BY MARK GARCIA
    Dana Hills didn’t have to look far to find its newest head football coach. Athletic Director David Georgia announced April 16 that Phil Skinner, who has served numerous roles with the program since 2007, has been named the program’s football coach. His hiring became official April 22 when it was approved by the
    Wed Apr 29, 2015
  • Former Century football coach Crego dies BY STEVE FRYER
    Former Century football coach Ted Crego died Tuesday. He was 59. Crego coached Century from 2009-13. Having suffered a stroke in 2007, Crego coached from a wheel chair. He died of lingering complications from the stroke that included kidney failure. Crego’s final season coaching Century was one of the Centurion
    Tue Apr 28, 2015
  • Fajardo plays underdog role in NFL draft BY DAN ALBANO
    Cody Fajardo kept the list ready in college. While at Nevada, the four-year starting quarterback remembered the schools that snubbed him during recruiting when he was coming out of Servite High. He made it a personal challenge to play well against those teams to prove they made a mistake. “I got a lot of teams to say, &lsqu
    Tue Apr 28, 2015
  • Santa Margarita's Crawford must sit out first 5 games
    Santa Margarita's football team will be missing an important part of its offense for the first five games of the 2015 season. The CIF Southern Section ruled this month that standout receiver Dylan Crawford, a transfer from St. Francis High of La Canada, won't be eligibile to play for Santa Margarita's football team until Oct. 5 -
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • 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
  • 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