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
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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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 -
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.