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  • Football recruiting: Mission Viejo offensive lineman commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Mission Viejo offensive lineman Izrael Castellanos (6-5, 275) has committed to New Mexico of the Mountain West, Diablos football coach Bob Johnson reports. Castellanos played g
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Santa Margarita's Sweet commits, Waller to enroll early BY DAN ALBANO
    Speedy Santa Margarita wide receiver Kyle Sweet (6-1, 190) has committed to Washington State, Eagles football coach Rick Curtis said. Curtis said Sweet committed on Thursday night to the Pac-12
    Fri Dec 19, 2014
  • State preview: St. Margaret's vs. Central Catholic BY DAN ALBANO
    CIF STATE FOOTBALL BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW Division IV Bowl Game St. Margaret’s (15-0) vs. Central Catholic of Modesto (11-3) Where, when: StubHub Center, Carson, Friday, 4 p.m. TV: TWC Community On the web: TWCcommunity.com (live streaming)
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • St. Margaret's Shanks has been Mr. Excitement BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    As he backpedaled to his team’s 35-yard line, eyes locked on the sky-high punt, Nick Shanks had no idea what he would be confronted with in the coming seconds. He took his eyes off the ball to glance back to the field, and he saw racing toward him a brigade of white jerseys, five of which had a clear path to the St. Margaret’
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Fryer: Success took good planning by St. Margaret's BY STEVE FRYER
    In the beginning, there was Brady Lock. He was St. Margaret’s first football coach. Lock started the program in 1985. The Tartans played 8-man football. Today, St. Margaret’s is one of Orange County’s more consistent winners in 11-man football. The Tartans will attempt to become the first county team to w
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Football: St. Margaret's to face major challenge in state bowl BY DAN ALBANO
    CIF STATE FOOTBALL BOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS Division IV St. Margaret’s (15-0) vs. Central Catholic of Modesto (11-3) Where, when: StubHub Center, Carson, Friday, 4 p.m. TV: TWC Comm
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 8 By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys celebrate their two-month anniversary by hosting OCVarsity's Kenny Connolly (again) and Nathan Percy. How does St. Margaret's feel about playing a 16th football game? And how important are head coaches to gridiron success?
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Woodbridge rallies to reach semifinals BY STEVE FRYER
    Woodbridge overcame an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat Valencia, 63-59, Wednesday at Northwood High in a second-round game of the Irvine World News/Gary Raya Classic. Woodbridge will play Esperanza in a tournament semifinal Friday. Esperanza beat Dana Hills, 62-59, Wednesday. The time and location of the semifinal will be determine
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Orange Lutheran slot back commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Orange Lutheran slot back J.D. PicKell (5-11, 195) committed to Cornell on Monday night, Lancers football coach Chuck Petersen reports. PicKell racked up more than 700 total yards last season for the Lancers.
    Wed Dec 17, 2014
  • Centennial tops SoCal Varsity Top 20 BY DAN ALBANO
    The SoCal Varsity Top 20 was released on Dec. 16, 2014. SoCal Varsity Top 20 (School, points, first-place votes) 1. Centennial of Corona 120 2. St. John Bosco 114 3. Bishop Amat 104 4. Long Beach Poly 100 5. JSerra 94 6. Mater Dei 91 7. Crespi 82 8. Ser
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Segerstrom's Drayton commits BY DAN ALBANO
    Segerstrom linebacker Kenari Drayton (6-2, 215) has committed to Brown, Jaguars football coach Mike Maceranka
    Tue Dec 16, 2014
  • Karavedas hired at Sunny Hills; El Dorado coach departs By STEVE FRYER
    Sunny Hills hired former Whittier Christian defensive coordinator Pete Karavedas as its football head coach, Sunny Hills announced today. He replaces Jon Caffrey, who remains the athletic director at Sunny Hills. Mike Crawford resigned as El Dorado's head coach to pursure a business opportunity, the school announced
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • Football recruiting: JSerra's Bailey decommits from Yale, picks rival BY DAN ALBANO
    JSerra senior defensive lineman Daniel Bailey has decommitted from Yale and committed to Harvard, Lions football coach Jim Hartigan said Monday night. Harvard defeated Yale, 31-24, in No
    Mon Dec 15, 2014
  • St. Margaret's continues perfect trip BY DAN ALBANO
    EL CAJON - Another night of perfection put small-school St. Margaret’s back in the big show Friday. Sophomore quarterback George Krantz threw four touchdowns and junior Nick Shanks intercepted two of five passes for the Tartans’ defense as they stayed undefeated with a 48-21 victory against Christian of El Cajon
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Football: SoCal Varsity Top 20 (12-10-14) BY DAN ALBANO
    FOOTBALL SoCal Varsity Top 20 (12-8-14) School, points, first-place votes 1. Centennial of Corona 120 2. St. John Bosco 114 3. Bishop Amat 103 4. Long Beach Poly 100 5. JSerra 94 6. Mater Dei 91 7. Crespi 83 8. Mission Viejo 74 9. Serra o
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Football: Friday's regional scores
    Scores from the CIF State football playoff games on Friday: FRIDAY REGIONAL ROUND Division I South Oceanside 37, Edison of Fresno 22 Division IV South St. Margaret's 48, Christian of El Cajon 21 Division I North Folsom 52, Grant of Sacramento 21
    Fri Dec 12, 2014
  • Projecting what could have been in 2014 state playoffs
    Here is a look at how this year’s Southern and Northern Regional bowl games might have looked based on the proposed changes to the CIF State bowl system: PROJECTED SOUTHERN REGIONAL MATCHUPS Open (Large): Centennial of Corona (bye) 1AA: Mission Viejo vs. Oceanside 1A: El Capitan o
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Who's ready for 13 state championship games? BY JEREMY BALAN
    Win and you’re in. It seems like the simplest of formulas – win a section championship in high school football and you get an automatic berth to a regional championship game with a shot at a state title. That’s what is on the table in a proposal the 10 CIF sections plan to vote on Jan.30. Every section gets at l
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Tesoro's Modster adds second Pac-12 offer BY DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster has been offered by Arizona State, Titans football coach Matt Poston reports. The Sun Devils' in-state rival - Arizona -- was the first school to offer Modste
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • OCVarsity On the Record: Episode 7
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, OCVarsity's prodigal son Kenny Connolly helps the guys tie a bow on the 2014 postseason, with analysis of Trabuco Hills' nail biter of a win over San Clemente; Mission Viejo's mastery of Vista Murrieta; Garden Grove's shu
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Fryer: More games for more teams is a bad idea BY STEVE FRYER
    A sure way to keep a football player from getting a concussion is to not let him play football. A sure way to increase a football player’s chances of getting a concussion is to have him play more football. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has made a laudable effort in educating coaches and athletic administra
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Preview: St. Margaret's vs. Christian of El Cajon BY DAN ALBANO
    A preivew capsule of the CIF State Division IV regional final matchup between St. Margaret's and Christian High of El Cajon. CIF STATE SOUTHERN REGIONAL PLAYOFFS Division IV St. Margaret’s (14-0) vs. Christian of El Cajon (13-0) Where, when: Granite Hills High, El Cajon, Friday, 7
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Grant resigns as Costa Mesa football coach By STEVE FRYER
    Wally Grant has resigned as football head coach at Costa Mesa, he announced Wednesday. Grant coached the Mustangs for four seasons. They were 21-21 during his tenure. Costa Mesa was 2-8 overall and 2-3 in the Orange Coast League this season. The Mustangs went 5-0 in league to win the league championship in 2013. Gr
    Wed Dec 10, 2014
  • Fryer's final O.C. Top 25 BY STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer’s final Orange County football top 25 for the 2014 season: 1. JSerra (10-2): The Lions had a dream season, making the playoffs for the first time and winning a playoff game for the first time. Probably bigger than that, though, was beating Mater Dei for the first time. 2. Mater Dei (9-3): This team
    Tue Dec 09, 2014
  • OCVarsity Gridiron: CIF finals review
    Steve Fryer, Dan Albano & Jonathan Khamis breakdown the CIF finals. Mission Viejo, Garden Grove, Trabuco Hills & St. Margaret's championship wins are discussed, with a preview of St. Margaret's state opponent. Video by Jonathan Khamis, OCVarsity.com.
    Tue Dec 09, 2014