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  • Football: Albano's Orange County Top 10 BY DAN ALBANO
    The OCVarsity preseason football rankings have been released but here's my Top 10, after a bit of flip-flopping over the past week or two: 1. Servite 2. Mater Dei 3. Santa Margarita
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Tesoro WR Smeltzer picked for national all-star game BY DAN ALBANO
    Tesoro senior wide receiver Jake Smeltzer (6-3, 187) will play in the NUC Sports All-American Bowl on Dec. 30 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, his father, Bryan, reports. The National Underclassmen Combine event will be played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. Smeltzer is ranked No. 23 in the annual
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: OCVarsity's Hot 150 BY DAN ALBANO
    From blue-chip recruits to sons of former NFL stars to small-school giants, Orange County remains a fertile breeding ground for high school football talent. Based on statistics, coaches’ input, recruiting and hours of watching video highlights, we have compiled this year’s Hot 150, a list of the players to watch for in 2014.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • New wave of elite QBs lands in O.C. BY DAN ALBANO
    There’s a current sweeping through Orange County high school football, and it has arrived at the precise time that members of a potentially historic quarterback class are poised to catch the wave. At the center of this perfect storm is a shift toward the spread offense with quarterbacks using their speedy feet along with their stro
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Trinity League BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS: TRINITY LEAGUE 1. St. John Bosco: Last year’s league and Pac-5 champions might not be as great as last year, as graduation took some stars. But with quarterback Josh Rosen and all sorts of talent on hand, the Braves still are the best of the league.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • OCVarsity Kickoff '14: O.C.'s best fan guide
    Here is everything you need to know about the Orange County high school football scene for 2014. We have our Hot 150 - a look at the top players in the county. We have our OCVarsity Top 25, a countdown of the top teams in the county. We have detailed previews of every league - with predictions on the league races and the
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • OCVarsity Hot Shots: Kickoff '14 football photos
    Just as some football fans love defense over offense, running over passing, there are some fans who love the pictures more than the stories. So here is a slideshow of some of the great images taken by the Register's photographers for the OCVarsity Kickoff ’14 football preview section.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Swim: O.C. foursome set for Junior Pan Pacific Championships BY DAN ALBANO
    Two-time Register swimmer of year Corey Okubo, Crean Lutheran senior and former Register swimmer of the year Ella Eastin, Capistrano Valley senior Nick Norman and Santa Margari
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: South Coast League BY STEVE FRYER
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Mission Viejo: There are a lot of new faces in the lineup. Still, expect excellence along the offensive and defensive lines and a bevy of playmakers to again make the defending leag
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Sunset League BY DAN ALBANO
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Los Alamitos: The Griffins could be the league’s most complete team with their plethora of running backs, size on the lines and speed on defense. They usually play three-time d
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: OCVarsity's position rankings
    OCVarsity's reporters have come up with the most comprehensive rankings of the top players at each position in Orange Countygoing into the 2014 season. Check out our rankings and let us know on Twitter (#ocvarsity) and Facebook whether you agree with us or not. This free content is part of our Kickoff '14 preview package.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Crestview League BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Villa Park: The Spartans should have one of the county’s best defenses, returning eight starters. Offensively, they’re loaded at the skill positions, which will help ease t
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: North Hills League BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. Canyon: What they lack in experience, the Comanches make up for in size and athleticism. While they might be raw on opening night, this Canyon bunch should be plenty prep
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Sea View League BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. Trabuco Hills: New coach Tony Henney takes over a team that returns nine starters. The Mustangs return four offensive lineman, which is always a good thing. 2.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Freeway League BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. La Habra: The Highlanders are loaded with talent at the skill positions and will start a big, experienced offensive line. Expect a big season from junior quarterback
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Empire League BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. Valencia: The Tigers’ three losses in 2013 came by seven, eight and nine points. With 15 starters returning and Yorba Linda changing leagues, Valencia is the clear-
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Garden Grove League BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. Garden Grove: The Argonauts have all-league players returning on both sides of the ball. They’re in perfect position for another league title and run to t
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Pacific Coast League BY ANTONIO MORALES
    OC VARSITY PREDICTS 1. Corona del Mar: The Sea Kings have become the kingpins of this league, and are riding a state-best 26-game winning streak coming into the season. With 10 starters b
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Golden West League BY ANTONIO MORALES
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Westminster: With so much experience – and the league’s best player, Humberto Maciel – coming back, the Lions should be the league favorite.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14 preview: Orange Coast BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Estancia: The race for the league title appears to be a close one. The Eagles get the edge with their experience (13 returning starters). 2.
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: Orange League BY ANTONIO MORALES
    OCVARSITY PREDICTS 1. Santa Ana Valley: This might be the deepest team in the league. Those numbers, and a stellar defense, have the Falcons in good position to repeat as league champ
    Wed Aug 27, 2014
  • Kickoff '14: Counting down the O.C. Top 25 BY STEVE FRYER
    Depending on the fan, preseason football rankings are “fantastic” or “meaningless” or somewhere in between. But it’s fairly safe to say that nearly everyone loves to check them out. Who’s No. 1 is one of the biggest questions each preseason. It’s all part of the buildup and excitement over the ne
    Tue Aug 26, 2014
  • Football recruiting: Capo Valley's Gordon offered trip by Army BY DAN ALBANO
    Capistrano Valley senior wide receiver/cornerback Adam Gordon (5-11, 170) has been offered an official recruiting trip by Army, Cougars football coach Ernie Bucher reports. Gordon had 48 catc
    Tue Aug 26, 2014
  • Beard takes over as San Clemente volleyball coach BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Tom Beard is returning to San Clemente as the school's girls volleyball coach. Beard replaces Rob O'Rear who resigned after last season. Beard is a San Clemente alum, former All-American at Pepperdine and a former member of the U.S. National team. He is also the director of the San Clemente Volleyball Club. “After an
    Tue Aug 26, 2014
  • Football: Servite wants to keep Bishop Gorman on the schedule BY DAN ALBANO
    Servite's football team is 0-3 against Bishop Gorman of Nevada heading into the teams' clash Friday night, but the Friars want to keep playing the Gaels in future seasons. Servite football coa
    Tue Aug 26, 2014