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  • 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
  • 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
  • Fryer on football: Sorting out playoff highs, lows BY STEVE FRYER
    A one-on-one interview with one person asking the questions and the same person providing the answers about what happened in the CIF-SS playoffs: Question: What was the most improved team in the county, from Week 0 to championship week? Answer: Mission Viejo. The Diablos thought their 0-2 start was not indicative of
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Fryer: Rough ending for Darnold, Tritons BY STEVE FRYER
    SAN CLEMENTE – Sam Darnold was dazed, more by reality than the hit. In the fourth quarter, with his San Clemente team trailing by 10 points, the senior quarterback took off on a run around left end. He had gained a few yards when he skipped past a diving Trabuco Hills defender. Darnold got smacked by another Trabuco
    Fri Dec 05, 2014
  • Fryer: In home-site dispute, both sides are right BY STEVE FRYER
    Trabuco Hills is right. The Southwest Division championship football game should not be played at the on-campus stadium of San Clemente. San Clemente is right. The Southwest Division championship football game should be played at the on-campus stadium of San Clemente. San Clemente simply is taking advantage of a r
    Thu Dec 04, 2014
  • Fryer: St. Margaret's volleyball thrives in playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    Hello again. The CIF-Southern Section Division 3AA girls volleyball championship match is familiar territory to St. Margaret’s in more ways than one. The Tartans play Sage Hill in the 3AA final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Fullerton College. St. Margaret’s has played Sage Hill this season twice before. The Tartans lost to
    Thu Nov 20, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Los Al loses its edge in playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    Since losing to Long Beach Poly in the 2004 CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship game, Los Alamitos has not done well in the playoffs. The Griffins are 1-8 in playoff games since their 21-6 loss to Poly in ’04. Their latest disappointment was last week’s 59-21 loss to El Toro in the first round of the West Val
    Mon Nov 17, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Predictions for every playoff game BY STEVE FRYER
    The regular season no longer matters. It’s playoffs time. No matter how successful or how rough it was, the regular season is just a memory for players, coaches and even sportswriters. The “Fryer on Football” predictions column correctly forecasts game outcomes 83 percent of the time. That’s good, but nobo
    Tue Nov 11, 2014
  • Fryer: Football pairings system broken, baffling BY STEVE FRYER
    LOS ALAMITOS – Tesoro beat Upland. Mission Viejo beat Tesoro. Those three football teams qualified for the CIF-Southern Section’s West Valley Division playoffs. So which of the three is seeded No. 1 in the division? Upland. Illogical stuff happens on the Sunday that the CIF-SS releases its football playoff bra
    Sun Nov 09, 2014
  • Fryer: At-large teams can impact the playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    Saddleback has to be disappointed. Saddleback has to be optimistic. That’s how it goes for some teams on the final night of the high school football regular season. The Roadrunners went into Friday with a 4-0 record in the Orange Coast League. They played Estancia, which also was 4-0 in the Orange Coast. Saddleback was gunn
    Fri Nov 07, 2014
  • Fryer: SVC picking apart the opposition BY STEVE FRYER
    Football coaches say that on a passing play, three things can happen. And two of them are bad. One of those bad things is an interception. A lot of bad things are happening in a good way for the Saddleback Valley Christian football team. The Warriors had 21 interceptions going into their game Thursday against Santa Clarit
    Thu Nov 06, 2014
  • Fryer: Public schools draw line with private ones BY STEVE FRYER
    The top five teams in the Register’s Orange County media football poll top 10 are private school teams from the Trinity League. Teams ranked 6-10 are public school teams. Those top five did not play the 6-10 teams during the nonleague portion of the football season. They won’t play them in the playoffs, either. Trinit
    Fri Oct 31, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Miller chasing record BY STEVE FRYER
    It might happen this week. Maybe next week. Some day soon, Conner Miller is going to break the Orange County single-season record for touchdown passes. The senior quarterback at Brethren Christian has 38 touchdown passes this season. The record is 41, set by Conner Manning of El Toro in 2011 and equaled by Manning i
    Mon Oct 27, 2014
  • Fryer: Orange a nice surprise in girls tennis BY STEVE FRYER
    Only one Orange County school has a girls tennis team ranked No. 1 in its CIF division. The school is not a private school or a beach school. It’s not south of the El Toro “Y” nor is it in the county’s northeast hills. Orange is No. 1 in Division 5 girls tennis. The Panthers are 16-1 overall and 10
    Thu Oct 23, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Figuring out the O.C. Top 25 BY STEVE FRYER
    Here is my O.C. Top 25 for this week: 1. Mater Dei (6-1)2. JSerra (6-1) 3. Servite (4-3)4. Santa Margarita (5-2)5. Orange Lutheran (4-3)6. Mission Viejo (6-2)7. Tesoro (6-2)8. Corona del Mar (6-1)9. Los Alamitos (6-10)10. Edison (5-2) 11. San Clemente (6-1)12. El Toro (6-2
    Mon Oct 20, 2014
  • Fryer: JSerra nearly paid dearly for poor decision BY STEVE FRYER
    JSerra took a reckless gamble and got away it. The Lions suited up a player for its varsity game Friday against Santa Margarita who, from all appearances, was ejected from the previous day’s JV game. An ejected player can’t be at the next game - in uniform or not, anywhere in a gym, on a field or in a stadium for the next con
    Thu Oct 16, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 7 BY STEVE FRYER
    GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 1 MATER DEI (5-1, 0-1) VS. NO. 2 SERVITE (4-2, 1-0) Where, when: Cerritos College, Friday, 7:30 p.m. Live coverage:’s PrepZone Last time they met: 2013, Mater Dei won, 28-21 Series: M
    Wed Oct 15, 2014
  • Fryer: JSerra catches a break from CIF-SS BY STEVE FRYER
    Mother was wrong. Two wrongs do make a right. JSerra took an unwise gamble when it suited up for its varsity football game a player who, from what the school knew, might have been ejected from the previous day’s junior varsity game. According to rules of the CIF-Southern Section, the governing body of high school sports in Orange C
    Tue Oct 14, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Sorting out the playoff divisions BY STEVE FRYER
    Now that most leagues have begun league play, it’s a good time to review this season’s changes in leagues and playoff divisions. The only county teams in the elite Pac-5 Division for the playoffs are Trinity League schools JSerra, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita and Servite. The five-team South Coast Leagu
    Mon Oct 13, 2014
  • Fryer: Pioneers' spirit alive and well BY STEVE FRYER
    Western wide receiver Brandon Olvera had no catches in the Pioneers’ 70-3 nonleague football loss to Buena Park last week. Western made no pass attempts in the game. Olvera still was a star this week in Orange County football. When the Pioneers gathered for practice Monday to start preparing for their Empire
    Thu Oct 09, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Early leaders for O.C. awards BY STEVE FRYER
    We are at the halfway point of the regular season. Let’s take a look at the leaders for player of the year and coach of the year at this point in the season. Several quarterbacks are candidates for first-half offensive player of the year, including Sam Darnold of San Clemente, Devon Modster of Tesoro and Trey Tinsl
    Mon Oct 06, 2014
  • Fryer: Different rules for preps, pros BY STEVE FRYER
    This happens at plenty of high school football games. A defensive pass interference penalty occurs. The game officials advance the ball 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. And somebody in the stands yells, “That’s a spot foul! That ball should be on the 22-yard line!” That fan would be correct if he was attendi
    Fri Oct 03, 2014
  • Fryer on football: CdM streak ends right way BY STEVE FRYER
    Corona del Mar’s 30-game winning streak ended in the most noble of ways. Sea Kings coach Scott Meyer lined up a challenging nonleague schedule that put his team to the test. No Trinity League schools are on Corona del Mar’s nonleague schedule, but, hey, most of the larger public school programs don’t pursue playi
    Mon Sep 29, 2014
  • Fryer: Organizing this tourney no easy task BY STEVE FRYER
    Sometimes the most unpopular person at a tournament is the person who put the tournament together. The South Coast Water Polo Tournament began Thursday. It has every team in the Orange County top 10 and some excellent non-county teams. Whatever the sport, among the tournament organizers’ first duties is to create a schedule by whic
    Thu Sep 25, 2014
  • Fryer: Forfeits show CIF honor system works BY STEVE FRYER
    Nobody turns themselves in to the IRS when taxes are underpaid. Drivers don’t hail a cop to say they ran a stop sign. That is, though, sort of what happens when an Orange County high school team forfeits a game. The CIF-Southern Section is a self-policing organization. Schools report their own violations. Whittier Christian
    Thu Sep 18, 2014