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  • Hall of Fame surprise for humble benefactor BY STEVE FRYER
    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. There
    Fri Aug 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Look ahead shows Mater Dei on top in two sports BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Fryer: Slow starts a distant memory for CIF champs BY STEVE FRYER
    It is frequently said in sports. “It’s not how you start, but it’s where you finish.” Take a look at Orange County’s CIF baseball champions, Huntington Beach and
    Thu Jun 11, 2015
  • Fryer: Transfers begin to make their moves BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s transfer season. Osiris St. Brown is leaving Servite, football coach Scott Meyer confirmed Thursday. St. Brown, who will be a junior this coming school year, i
    Thu Jun 04, 2015
  • Fryer: Sunny Hills enjoying playoff thrill ride BY STEVE FRYER
    Arlie Kearney might be the only 33-year-old man enjoying a rapidly advancing indicator of aging. “I’ve added some gray hairs these past few days,” Kearney said
    Mon Jun 01, 2015
  • Fryer: Merritt earns spot among O.C. all-time greats BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Freeway, Sea View teams flex their muscles BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Mon May 25, 2015
  • Fryer: CdM now has team to threaten The Streak BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu May 21, 2015
  • Fryer: Predictions for the baseball playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    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. Like Jord
    Tue May 19, 2015
  • Fryer: Toughest test awaits in baseball playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu May 14, 2015
  • Fryer: Schools need more officials, less complaining BY STEVE FRYER
    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. The k
    Thu May 07, 2015
  • Fryer: Laguna Beach one win away from O.C. record BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Mon May 04, 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
  • Fryer: Notes from the O.C. baseball scene BY STEVE FRYER
    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’s California top 20, won the South bracket and No. 12 St. Francis was North bracket winner of the statewide tournament. ESPN3 will tele
    Mon Apr 27, 2015
  • Fryer: Century's Tam earns special honor BY STEVE FRYER
    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-
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Mission Viejo eager to resume league play BY STEVE FRYER
    The other nine teams in the Coast View Conference know what Mission Viejo is dealing with. So do the eight teams in the Century Conference. “We’re 16-7,” Mission Viejo coach Chris Ashbach said. “But we’ve played only four league games.” That’s life in these conferences, no matter t
    Mon Apr 20, 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
  • Fryer: Foothill charges into 'Gauntlet Week' BY STEVE FRYER
    While Marina was winning the Ryan Lemmon Invitational and JSerra was winning the South bracket of the Boras Classic, Foothill was doing plenty of winning of its own 200 miles to the north. The Knights won the Righetti Tournament in Santa Maria last week. They beat Calabasas, 3-0, in the semifinals Saturday and later that day beat Thousan
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • Fryer: Hurdles showdown looms in Arcadia Invitational BY STEVE FRYER
    Every Arcadia Invitational has a few races and events that will provide great competition and excitement. This year, the boys 300-meter hurdles will be one of those races at Arcadia, which outside of the CIF sectional and state meets is annually the biggest high school track and field meet in California. The meet is today and Saturday at
    Thu Apr 09, 2015
  • Fryer: El Modena has rising star in Conine BY STEVE FRYER
    Around the horn in Orange County baseball: • El Modena has produced some excellent baseball players, including Atlanta Braves all-star Freddie Freeman. The latest could be Brett Conine, a senior pitcher/first baseman who signed with Cal State Fullerton. Last week, as the Vanguards won two Crestview League games against
    Mon Apr 06, 2015
  • Fryer: Plenty to cheer from basketball season BY STEVE FRYER
    The following is a semi-encompassing review of the 2014-15 boys basketball season. Subtitled “The State of Orange County Basketball” … • The quality of play in the county is OK. It would be better if players would stop passing up open 12-foot jump shots so they can drive to the basket where three defenders
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Fryer: Injury hurt, but San Clemente still strong BY STEVE FRYER
    If the reaction to Kolby Allard’s back injury was “there goes San Clemente’s season,” well, the season is going just fine. The Tritons won the National High School Invitational, probably the best high school baseball tournament in the nation, last week in Cary, N.C. They took home the 3-foot-tall trophy aft
    Tue Mar 31, 2015
  • Fryer: Challenges continue for No. 1 Diablos BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s been a challenging and successful March for Mission Viejo’s softball team. How does April look? Also challenging. The Diablos, undefeated going into Thursday’s game against Santa Margarita and No. 1 in county, state and national rankings, play in the Michelle Carew Classic that begins Wednesday. The tournam
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Fryer: O.C. Championships loaded with top volleyball teams BY STEVE FRYER
    They call it the Orange County Championships. And they aren’t kidding. The top seven boys volleyball teams in the county top 10 are in the Orange County Championships. The two-division tournament begins with pool play today at Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. Division 1 of the tournament has the
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Fryer: JSerra's talented roster will be tested BY STEVE FRYER
    JSerra has all of the elements of a great team. Now the Lions have to put those elements together on the field. “This team has a chance to be the best team we’ve had,” JSerra coach Brett Kay said. “We’ve got 10 starters back, when you include the pitchers. But we haven’t played anybody y
    Fri Mar 13, 2015