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  • Brea Olinda comes up short in state title game BY STEVE FRYER
    BERKELEY – It was a tie game at halftime. Brea Olinda coach Jeff Sink succinctly and accurately described the rest of the game. “In the second half,” he said, “their athletes dominated.” Bishop O’Dowd’s Dragons quickly built a big lead in the third quarter and rolled to a 55-40 wi
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Boys lacrosse: Jason Simaan, CdM By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Jason Simaan Corona del Mar Simaan, a junior midfielder and face-off specialist, won 22 of 23 face-offs in a pair of victories last week for the Sea Kings. CdM defeated St. John’s of Texas (19-1) and Beckman (16-1). He also had an assist against Beckman. Simaan is committed to Brown University.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Girls lacrosse: Grace Houser, Mater Dei By DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Grace Houser Mater Dei Houser, who earned first team all-county honors last season as a freshman, is off to a great start so far this season, scoring 21 goals in six games. She scored five in a big 15-4 victory over Aliso Niguel last week.
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Final -- O'Dowd 55, Brea Olinda 40 By STEVE FRYER
    Brea Olinda lost to Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, 55-40, Friday here at UC Berkeley in the CIF State Division III girls basketball championship game. Reili Richardson scored 19 points, almost half of the Ladycats' total. Brea finished 26-5. O'Dowd finished 25-9. It is O'Dowd's third state title over the past four years. O'Dow
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Halftime: Brea 22, O'Dowd 22 By STEVE FRYER
    Reili Richardson leads the Ladycats with 11 points in this CIF State girls basketball Division III championship game here at UC Berkeley's Haas Pavilion, which is not one of the better venues for a CIF championship event. Brea had its only lead late in the second quarter, 22-18. Brea shot 7 for 24 in the first half. O'Dowd was 7
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Boys swim: Capo Valley's Norman sizzles against CdM, Loyola BY DAN ALBANO
    The high school swim season is young but that didn't stop Capistrano Valley's Nick Norman from throwing down times Thursday worthy of the championship season. The senior out of the Mission Viejo
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Santa Margarita's Costello picks Stanford BY DAN ALBANO
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Santa Margarita quarterback KJ Costello called it an opportunity too good to pass on. So on Thursday afternoon before teammates, friends and family, Orange County’s top class of 2016 recruit committed to Stanford, picking the Cardinal over USC and Michigan. Costello placed hats from eac
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Brea Olinda benefits from fresh approach BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    BREA – The "Ghosts of the Alumni" overlook the basketball courts inside Brea Olinda’s on-campus gymnasium, serving as constant reminder of where the girls basketball program has been, as well as where it should strive to be. Those ghosts are embodied in the form of nine state championship banners, hanging from the walls, fill
    Thu Mar 26, 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
  • OCVarsity On the Record: volleyball, baseball and Wrestlemania By BRIAN WHITEHEAD and DAMIAN CALHOUN
    Welcome back to OCVarsity On the Record with Brian Whitehead and Damian Calhoun. This week, the guys are joined by OCVarsity's Jonathan Khamis, who chimes in on all things spring sports. Damian leads by talking boys volleyball. Which players earned first-team laurels at the recent O.C. Championships? Which Or
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's boys golf (3-25-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos of the El Modena vs. Esperanza boys golf match at the Yorba Linda Country Club on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Wednesday's baseball (3-25-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from the Mission Viejo vs. San Juan Hills baseball game played on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Hot Shots: Tuesday's baseball (3-24-15)
    Check out a slideshow of photos from two baseball games -- Beckman vs. University and Saddleback vs. Laguna Beach -- played on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Boys track: Connor Meech, San Juan Hills
    Connor Meech San Juan Hills Meech became the state pace-setter in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 38.37 at the Triton/Asics Invitational at San Clemente High. The senior also placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.61) on Saturday.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Girls track: Amanda Gehrich, Tesoro
    Amanda Gehrich Tesoro Gehrich put herself in elite company at the Laguna Beach Trophy Invitational by running the third best 3200 time in the nation. Her 10:33.99 mark ranks second in the state. The junior also won the 1600 in 4:59.56.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Aliso Niguel's bats do number on Tesoro BY ANDREW TURNER
    LAS FLORES – Aliso Niguel’s Kyle Molnar knows that his job does not change each time he takes the mound. His coaches have told him to pitch to contact and not to worry about cranking up the velocity. That mentality is a little easier to accept when the Wolverines’ bats are as hot as they were in Wednesday
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • CIF State finals preview: Brea Olinda vs. Bishop O'Dowd BY KENNY CONNOLLY
    CIF STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL FINALS DIVISION III Brea Olinda (26-4) vs. Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland (24-9) Where, when: at Haas Pavilion, Berkeley; Friday, 2 p.m. Fan info: Tickets are $16 general admission; $10 (seniors and students with valid ID), $10 children. Parking: $10.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Mater Dei sweeps JSerra in a dual swim meet BY DAN ALBANO
    Mater Dei swim coach Ken Dory loves the dual-meet format because of days such as Thursday. The Monarchs’ No. 9-ranked girls used their depth and strategy to open the Trinity League with a 99-70 dual-meet victory at No. 3 JSerra. “I wish there was a CIF championship for dual meets,” Dory said. “I&rsq
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Servite escapes with win over St. John Bosco BY DAMIAN CALHOUN
    The eighth-ranked Servite boys volleyball team went into survival mode late in the second set of Thursday’s Trinity League match against St. John Bosco and escaped unscathed. After winning the opening set against St. John Bosco, the Friars were on the verge of dropping the second set as they trailed, 24-18. Servite managed
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Herb Hill, Celebration of Life By STEVE FRYER
     The Celebration of Life form longtime county football coach Herb Hill is Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. at The Green Parrott, 2035 N. Main Street in Santa Ana. Hill, at one time the Orange County leader in career coaching victories, coached at Rancho Alamitos and Loara. The Green Parrott is on the east side of Main Street
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • "Taste of Marina" fundraiser By STEVE FRYER
    Food, music and fun for a great cause -- the Marina High School Educational Foundation. Any "taste of ... " events is a good one. For information click here.
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • CdM freshman blazes two school records in victory BY DAN ALBANO
    Corona del Mar freshman Eva Merrell blazed two school records Wednesday to help lead the Sea Queens' No. 5 girls swim team past host No. 8 Irvine, 90-80, in the Pacific Coast League. The Aquazot club swimmer won the 100-yard butterfly (54.26 seconds) and 100 backstroke (56.20) in school records but also anchored the
    Wed Mar 25, 2015
  • Football recruiting: El Toro defensive lineman commits to Northern Arizona BY DAN ALBANO
    El Toro nose tackle Victor Reyes (6-1, 255) has committed to Northern Arizona as a preferred walk-on, Chargers football coach Robert Frith reports. The senior was first-team All-South Coast League defense last season for El Toro. Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@ocregister.com
    Wed Mar 25, 2015
  • Santa Margarita golf team adds to Mater Dei's woes BY DAMIAN DOTTORE
    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Two teams that have recently played for a state boys golf championship find themselves in a slightly different position this season. Both Mater Dei and Santa Margarita are just hoping to get one of the Trinity League’s three automatic berths into the postseason. And after Wednesday’s mat
    Wed Mar 25, 2015
  • Boys golf: Everton Hawkins, Beckman
    Everton Hawkins Beckman He fired a 2-under-par 34 at Tustin Ranch Golf Club to help Beckman , post a school-record 171 on the par-36 course and beat Corona del Mar by 23 strokes. He has a 34.6 average over his last six matches and has shot 34 in three consecutive matches. He's 10-under in his last five rounds.
    Wed Mar 25, 2015