John Barnes had modest expectations.
“When I got hired here my only goal was to not get fired,” he said. “Today, I reached my goal.”
And then some.
On Thursday, Barnes announced his retirement as football coach at Los Alamitos. He coached the Griffins for 37 seasons.
He leaves as Ora
They are mighty big for small schools.
Saddleback Valley Christian is 11-0. St. Margaret’s is 9-2. They play each other Friday at St. Margaret’s in a CIF-Southern Section East Valley Division second-round game.
That Trinity League is a tough place for a football coach.
Jim Kunau lifted Orange Lutheran from a strong small-schools program to a champion in the Trinity League. He was fired.
After three years as JSerra’s first football coach, Tim O’Hara was fired.
After a couple of struggling seasons, Servit
It was a bold prediction.
In September, yours truly picked Orange Lutheran to beat De La Salle of Concord
Decades of experience covering high school football enables one to sense the potential upsets like an Orange L
Just when we thought we were getting a clearer view of the Pac-5 football playoffs …
Long Beach Poly on Thursday forfeited four games for using an ineligible player. That might affect some of Orange County’s Trinity League teams trying to make the playoffs.
Poly forfeited Moore League wins over Compton, Long Beach Ca
OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has his predictions and previews for the top games of Week 10, plus a complete schedule for the week.
GAME OF THE WEEK
South Coast League
NO. 9 SAN JUAN HILLS (8-1, 2-1) VS. NO. 4 TESORO (7-2, 2-1)
It’s that time of year when we get emails and phone messages in which displeasure is communicated about the Orange County football rankings.
Specifically, folks are aghast that teams like Servite, 3-5 overall, and JSerra, in last place in its league, are in the county top 10, while several 8-0 and 7-1and first-place teams are not.
Taking a look around Orange County high school sports:
• He just might get more of these … Mater Dei freshman quarterback JT Daniels got his first college scholarship offer this week when Cal made an offer. Daniels has completed 64 percent of his passes for an average of 281 yards a game, 15 yards a completion and 21 t
Dana Hills’ depth could take the Dolphins to the top.
Their boys cross country team would set the record for most Orange County Championships boys team championships with a victory Saturday in the event at Irvine Regional Park.
Dana Hills has six boys titles, as does Costa Mesa.
“This would be lucky No. 7,&rdq
OCVarsity's Steve Fryer takes a look at some of the top matchups on the Week 7 football schedule and makes his predictions.
GAME OF THE WEEK
NO. 5 TESORO (6-1, 1-0) VS. NO. 2 MISSION VIEJO (7-0, 1-0)
Where, when: Mission Viejo High, Friday, 7 p.
Sorry, coach. Your secret is out.
Valencia football coach Mike Marrujo is close to getting his 300th career win. He has 299 going into the Tigers’ home game Friday against Kennedy.
Some of those wins were at Pius X in Downey, where Marrujo coached from 1977 to 1980. He took over in ’81 at Valencia; 2
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.