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  • Valencia cruises, stays atop Empire League BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    Valencia’s Vivian Ocampo found herself heating up midway through the third quarter of what was a tight league showdown with Kennedy High. In the midst of her run minutes into the second half, the senior shooting guard found herself in NBA 3-point territory. Why not try a shot from downtown? Ocampo’s lon
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • Ernest, Connelly have arrived BY JEREMY BALAN
    ANAHEIM -- – Scott Sangren knew something was off. The third-year coach of Connelly’s girls basketball team was watching his brand-new junior forward Deepali Ernest play for the first time. When things would get complicated – an out-of-the-ordinary whistle or anything outside of what one might enco
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Thursday's girls basketball (1-29-15)
    Click through the slideshow to see photos from three girls basketball games -- San Clemente vs. Tesoro, Westminster vs. Loara and Marina vs. Fountain Valley-- played on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Friday's girls basketball (1-30-15)
    See a slideshow of photos from the Cypress vs. Pacifica girls basketball game played on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.
    Fri Jan 30, 2015
  • Mater Dei steps up without Samuelson BY JEREMY BALAN
    What first appeared to be a detriment to the Mater Dei girls basketball team might end up being a blessing in the long run. When star senior Katie Lou Samuelson went down with a knee injury against Orange Lutheran on Monday, the Monarchs might have collectively held their breath, but in two games without her, they haven’t sk
    Thu Jan 29, 2015
  • Mater Dei's Samuelson selected for McDonald's All-American Game
    Mater Dei's Katie Lou Samuelson has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American  Game on April 1 at the United Center in Chicago. Samuelson is a two-time Register player of the year and has committed to Connecticut. The 6-foot-3 senior is averaging 30 points per game for the top-ranked Monarchs (19-1), but is
    Wed Jan 28, 2015
  • Brea Olinda routs another top-10 team BY JEREMY BALAN
    Brea Olinda girls basketball coach Jeff Sink has said multiple times this season that his team is probably “a year away.” Maybe the Wildcats have taken that distinction to heart and are trying to prove wrong the coach who has led Brea to four state titles. No. 2 Brea proved again it is the class of the Crestvie
    Tue Jan 27, 2015
  • Schedule, ticket info for Nike Extravaganza
    Schedule for the 2015 Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High on Feb. 6-7. FRIDAY, FEB. 6 4 p.m.: Santa Margarita vs. Village Christian of Sun Valley 5:30 p.m.: Girls, Mater Dei vs. Bishop Gorman (Nevada) 7 p.m.: Oak Hill Academy (Virginia) vs. Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth 8:30 p.
    Tue Jan 27, 2015
  • Mater Dei's Samuelson suffers knee injury BY JEREMY BALAN
    Update: Katie Lou Samuelson did not play in Mater Dei's 74-25 victory over Rosary on Tuesday night.  Standout Mater Dei senior Katie Lou Samuelson had a season-low seven points in the Monarchs’ Trinity League win over Orange Lutheran on Monday night, but for good reason. The 6-foot-3 Connecticut-bound recruit,
    Tue Jan 27, 2015
  • Girls basketball: Tough schedules forge top teams BY JEREMY BALAN
    The best coaches in Orange County know from experience – schedule tough, or face the consequences down the line. For teams that aren’t regularly challenged in league play, like Mater Dei and Troy, nonleague showdowns and showcases are of extreme importance with playoff aspirations at stake. “If you’re worr
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Girls basketball O.C. Top 10 (1-26-15) BY JEREMY BALAN
    1. Mater Dei, 18-1 The Monarchs had their tightest win in months – a 14-point win over Fairmont Prep – on Saturday. 2. Brea Olinda, 17-2 In arguably their best week of the season, the Wildcats had double-digit wins over El Dorado and Orange Lutheran. 3. Troy, 13-7 Look out
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Girls basketball AOW: Samantha Leyds, Mission Viejo BY JEREMY BALAN
    SAMANTHA LEYDS MISSION VIEJO The senior forward had her seventh and eighth games of 20 points or more last week in the Diablos’ Sea View League victories over El Toro and San Juan Hills. She had 27 points in each, and also had an 18-point performance in a 39-20 win over Capistrano Valley sandwiched in between. L
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Friday's girls basketball (1-23-15)
    See a slideshow of photos from the Beckman vs. Woodbridge girls basketball game played on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • CIF-SS girls basketball rankings (1-26-15)
    This week's CIF-SS girls basketball rankings (released Monday, Jan. 26, 2015). OPEN DIVISION WATCH LIST (Teams on the list are being considered for the Open Division playoff bracket. No more than 16 teams will be selected.) AlemanyBrea OlindaBurroughs/BurbankCajonCanyon SpringsCentenni
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Girls scholar-athlete: Christina Liao, University BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    CHRISTINA LIAO UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL GPA: 4.29 Liao is a senior guard for the Trojans and a key player on the defensive end of the court. She scored 13 points in a 48-26 victory over Irvine, Jan. 23. Liao is enrolled in AP Economics, AP Political Science, AP Literature, AP Psychology, AP Ch
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Sunny Hills' Keung assists on the court, in life BY BRIAN WHITEHEAD
    FULLERTON - Project Birthday Angel began nearly four years ago, when a homeless child told Sarah Keung he hated birthdays. What child hates birthdays? She devised a plan. The youth ministry at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton sponsors a program called Summer Servants, which Keung joined in 2011.
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Aluya nails free throw to lift No. 8 El Dorado BY JEREMY BALAN
    SANTA ANA – She didn’t even want to be there. El Dorado sophomore Brianna Aluya had already missed two free throws in the second half and the two she made were banked in unintentionally. But after a scramble for the ball in the final seconds with the Golden Hawks tied on the road against Foothill on Friday night, the b
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Troy celebrates No. 184, but state mark raises questions BY ANDREW TURNER
    FULLERTON – Troy’s girls basketball team set a CIF-Southern Section record for consecutive league wins by defeating La Habra, 56-32, Friday night in a Freeway League game at Troy High. The Warriors (12-7, 4-0) won their 184th straight league game. In the final minute, the crowd chanted “1-8-4” as Troy clos
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • Basketball notes: Top O.C. teams in Matson Memorial Tournament BY STEVE FRYER
    The Tony Matson Memorial girls basketball tournament will be played Saturday at Orange Lutheran. Five of the teams in Orange County top 10 will take part. The schedule: Rosary vs. Esperanza, noon; No. 3 Foothill vs. Bishop Amat of La Puente, 1:30 p.m.; No. 6 Orange Lutheran vs. No. 2 Brea Olinda, 3 p.m.; and No. 1 Mater Dei vs. No. 7 Fai
    Fri Jan 23, 2015
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Thursday's girls basketball (1-22-15)
    Check out all OCVarsity’s photos of the girls basketball action - San Clemente vs. San Juan Hills, Savanna vs. Anaheim - that took place Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Ocean View back in control of Golden West race BY JEREMY BALAN
    It’s been a little while since Ocean View has been in the driver’s seat in the Golden West League. But the league, controlled by Westminster and Segerstrom in recent years, is back in the Seahawks’ control after a 44-35 home victory over Segerstrom on Thursday night. Ocean View coach Kim Morris has put a
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's girls basketball (1-21-15)
    See a slideshow of photos from the La Habra vs. Sunny Hills girls basketball game played on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Update: Troy girls tie CIF-SS mark for league wins
    (Editor's note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Troy did not tie the CIF State record Wednesday night as was originally reported by OCVarsity.com.) Troy’s girls basketball team tied the CIF-Southern Section and Orange County records for consecutive league victories Wednesday with its 183rd win in a row - 56-15 over Bu
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's girls basketball (1-20-15)
    See a slideshow of photos from the Northwood vs. University girls basketball game played on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.
    Wed Jan 21, 2015
  • Jarrett, Bononi spark Brea Olinda victory BY JEREMY BALAN
    PLACENTIA – Brea Olinda’s greatest deficiency on the road against El Dorado appeared to be experience. The Golden Hawks started five seniors, while the Wildcats countered with two seniors, two freshmen and a junior. Those two seniors, however, carried more than their fair share of weight, leading Brea Olinda to a 59-4
    Tue Jan 20, 2015