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  • Fryer: Time for midseason evaluations, awards BY STEVE FRYER
    High school football is as predictable as an earthquake. Through six weeks of games, though, everyone has a better idea of what’s going on in Orange County football. What we’ve learned … Th
    Mon Oct 05, 2015
  • Fryer: New stadiums add to need for more officials BY STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Oct 01, 2015
  • Fryer: Santa Margarita volleyball turns challenges into triumphs BY STEVE FRYER
    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. Not quite. 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
    Thu Sep 24, 2015
  • Fryer: Small schools stand tall in volleyball BY STEVE FRYER
    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. St. Margaret’
    Thu Sep 17, 2015
  • Fryer: Transfer numbers up as many follow deceptive path BY STEVE FRYER
    Nobody said it. Not one inductee added to the baseball or pro football halls of fame this summer said, “The reason I am here is because I transferred from one high school to anot
    Thu Sep 10, 2015
  • Fryer on Football: Previews, predictions for Week 2 BY STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer's previews and predictions for the Week 2 football games, plus the complete schedule for all of this week's games. GAME OF THE
    Wed Sep 09, 2015
  • Fryer notes: Respect the Titans BY STEVE FRYER
    “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
    Mon Sep 07, 2015
  • Fryer: Officiating crews of 7 now more common BY STEVE FRYER
    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.
    Thu Sep 03, 2015
  • Fryer on Football: Previews, predictions for Week 1 BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has previews and predictions for some of the top games this week.  GAME OF THE WEEK NO. 5 TE
    Wed Sep 02, 2015
  • Santa Ana Unified honors first group for new Hall of Fame BY STEVE FRYER
    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.
    Wed Sep 02, 2015
  • 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