No Saturday varsity football games are on this week’s schedule.
That is a rare occurrence.
With so many stadiums having been added to Orange County campuses in recent years, there are fewer Thursday and Saturday games.
Not that long ago in Santa Ana, for example, there was one football stadium to share – Santa
Orange County’s top-ranked girls volleyball team, Santa Margarita, beat No. 2 Huntington Beach this week, so it must be easy times ahead for Santa Margarita.
The Eagles (17-1) swept No. 5 Aliso Niguel, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20, on Thursday. They play at Marymount of Los Angeles, which is ranked No. 6 in CIF-Southern S
The last time these two excellent girls volleyball programs met, Sage Hill beat St. Margaret’s in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA final.
Sage Hill and St. Margaret’s square off Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in an Academy League opener. In the CIF-SS Division 3AA rankings, Sage Hill is No. 1 and St. Margaret’s is No. 2.
“That’s a very, very good football team,” Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said of Tesoro after the Monarchs beat the Titans, 35-14, Friday.
Tesoro was playing without one of its top offensive players, running back Anthony Battista, who was out because of a strained hamstring. (Tesoro coach Matt Poston
Seven-man officiating crews will become more commonplace in football.
The Edison-Tesoro game last week used a seven-man crew. So did Huntington Beach’s home game against West Adams Prep of Los Angeles, Fountain Valley-Servite and Bishop Amat-Mater Dei. Tesoro-Mater Dei tonight at Santa Ana Stadium will have a seven-man crew.
The Santa Ana Unified School District celebrated the opening of its Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex by inducting 27 members into its first athletics hall of fame.
Inductees names are on a Wall of Fame at the complex.
SANTA ANA – Defense is overrated.
Otherwise, how could the worst defensive basketball player in the history of his hometown get into his hometown’s hall of fame?
The Santa Ana Public Schools Complex opened Friday. The project includes a football stadium, baseball fields, batting cages and soccer fields.
The final high school sports column of the 2014-15 high school sports year starts with a look ahead to the 2015-16 high school sports year.
The super-early football preseason top 10, super-subject to change between now and when our 2015 football preview is published in August, goes like this …
1. Mater Dei (9-3 in 2014): T
Santa Margarita’s Kaitlyn Merritt will be remembered as one of the county’s top girls field athletes of all time, having won the CIF-SS title in the pole vault for all four of her high school years.
The event has some rising stars worth watching Friday at the CIF-SS Masters Meet and, perhaps, in next week’s CIF S
Every Freeway and Sea View League team in the CIF-SS baseball playoffs advanced to the second round.
From the Freeway League, Sonora, Troy and Sunny Hills still are playing in Division 4. Sunny Hills had to win a wild-card r
Maybe this one will be different.
Huntington Beach boys volleyball’s 100-match winning streak includes a 25-21, 25-19 victory over Corona del Mar in the Orange County Championships in March. They meet again in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cerritos College.
Corona del Mar is a different
Last year, I correctly predicted the champion in only one of the seven CIF-Southern Section baseball playoff divisions.
I learned how DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard feel when they are shooting freethrows.
They get hacked; I’m a hack. They keep missing free throws; I keep misfiring on playoff predictions.
The most difficult team championship to win in the CIF-Southern Section is the Division 1 baseball championship.
The quality of baseball in Southern California in general and at the Division 1 level in particular is as high or is higher than the quality of play in any other CIF-SS sport.
Many teams that finished fourth in a Divis
Orange County athletics has a shortage of game officials in several sports.
Parents and coaches can help by being kinder to the refs and umps.
Of course, the level of officiating in county high school sports is not at an MLB, NFL or NBA level.
Guess what? Neither is the skill level of the teams and athletes.
Baseball has many “don’t jinx it” superstitions, like not discussing a potential no-hitter that is in progress.
Laguna Beach this week might set the Orange County baseball record for consecutive league wins. The Breakers tied the county record Friday with a win over Estancia, the Breakers’ 45th consecut
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
Around the horn in county baseball:
• JSerra plays St. Francis of Mountain View in the Boras Classic championship game Saturday at noon at Cal State Fullerton. JSerra, No. 1 in calhisports.com’s California top 20, won the South bracket and No. 12 St. Francis was North bracket winner of the statewide tournament. ESPN3 will tele
Sofia Tam was a bit late for softball practice at Century. When she got to the field, she found the school’s principal and vice-principal waiting for her.
“I thought, ‘Uh-oh,’” Tam said. “‘What did I do now?’”
What Tam did was win a great award.
Tam was the CIF-