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2014 Steve Fryer Archive Stories

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  • Fryer: Perfect Sea View so far for Dana Hills BY STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County baseball: • Dana Hills coach Tom Faris knew his team would be good, but he was unsure how good, before the season began. The Dolphins are in an excellent league, the five-team Sea View League that also has Aliso Niguel and San Clemente in it. The Dolphins are ranked third in Orange County and take a 14
    Mon Apr 14, 2014
  • Three O.C. teams grab GPA honors BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • A few county teams are winners of the the CIF-Southern Section/Ford Academic Awards for this school year. The teams that had the highest cumulative grade-point averages for their sports in the 575-school Southern Section are: Newport Harbor, large-school girls cross country, 3
    Thu Apr 10, 2014
  • Fryer on baseball: Trabuco Hills heating up BY STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County baseball … • Trabuco Hills is 12-2 overall and 2-0 in the South Coast League, but Mustangs coach Michael Burns thinks the team still has yet to find its groove. “We’re still a little bit of a work in progress,” Burns said. “We haven’t swung the bats like I think we
    Mon Apr 07, 2014
  • Fryer: Trabuco Hills meet truly a big deal BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • One of the highlights of every spring, the Trabuco Hills Distance Carnival and Track and Field Invitational, is today and Saturday at Trabuco Hills High. The event is the third-largest regular-season high school track event on the West Coast with 102 schools and more than 3,20
    Thu Apr 03, 2014
  • Fryer: Laguna Beach might be better than last year BY STEVE FRYER
    Laguna Beach went 26-3 last year and won the Orange Coast League championship with a 15-0 league record. The Breakers might be as good this year. Maybe even better. Laguna Beach had the best winning percentage going into this week in county baseball, at .909 with its 10-1 record. The best players on the field are seniors,
    Mon Mar 31, 2014
  • Fryer: Batter wasn't only one who stumbled BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Yours truly usually sides with the officials on these things, but the opinion here is the umpiring crew at last week’s Servite-JSerra baseball game at Angel Stadium blew a call. The mistake was crucial to the game’s outcome. • In the bottom of the seve
    Thu Mar 27, 2014
  • Fryer: Tournament season in full swing BY STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County baseball: • Two tournaments start this week. The 78-team Anaheim Lions Tournament starts Friday at various sites and concludes April 2 with the championship game at Glover Stadium. The Boras Classic begins Saturday and concludes with the championship game April 5 at Mater Dei. Both tournaments have in
    Mon Mar 24, 2014
  • Fryer: O.C. setting the pace in track and field BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Three county athletes have posted the state’s top marks in their events in this still-young track and field season. Mater Dei’s Curtis Godin recorded California’s fastest time in the 100 meters at 10.5 seconds, and in the 200 at 21.29; Villa Park&rsquo
    Thu Mar 20, 2014
  • Fryer on baseball: Exciting start to league play BY STEVE FRYER
    With season-opening tournaments completed, many leagues begin league play this week. Some league openers are matchups of top contenders and ranked teams. The Century League has this home-and-home, two-game series: El Dorado at Esperanza on Wednesday; Esperanza at El Dorado on Friday. Also on Friday’s schedule of terrific league gam
    Mon Mar 17, 2014
  • Fryer: CIF forced to reshape playoff proposal BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • The CIF-SS was expected today to send to league representatives its recommendations for playoff groupings that would take effect in the 2014-15 school year. But four schools – Damien of La Verne, Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, St. Bonaventure of Ventura and St. Lucy
    Thu Mar 13, 2014
  • Fryer: Canyon, JSerra will rise and fire BY STEVE FRYER
    The 10 a.m. starting times Saturday for Canyon's boys basketball team and the JSerra girls team in CIF-Southern Section championship games might look difficult. “We practice at 10 a.m. every Saturday,” Canyon coach Nate Harrison said. “We haven't played a game at 10, though. It's not a great time.”
    Thu Mar 06, 2014
  • Fryer on basketball: O.C. could take over Honda Center By STEVE FRYER
    County teams could be involved in all six CIF-Southern Section championship games Saturday at Honda Center. The section released sites, dates and times for its basketball finals Monday. The 2AA game begins Saturday's Honda Center schedule at 10 a.m. Canyon and Foothill play in 2AA semifinals today, with Canyon at home against Can
    Mon Mar 03, 2014
  • Fryer: Calvary Chapel leads pack toward Masters BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Calvary Chapel, still cranking out excellent wrestlers year after year, has a county-leading eight athletes in this weekend’s CIF-Southern Section Masters Meet at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. With nine place-winners advancing to the state meet, March 7-8 in B
    Thu Feb 27, 2014
  • Basketball notes: Open Division has a private vibe BY STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County boys basketball: • Of the 16 boys teams in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division, nine are private schools (56 percent). Of the 573 CIF-SS member schools, 147 (26 percent) are private schools. Thus it could be viewed that a disproportionate number of schools in this elite division are private schools.
    Mon Feb 24, 2014
  • Fryer: Puga's departure could have deep impact BY STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • Willy Puga resigned this week after a great four-year tenure as football coach at Garden Grove. He left because of frustration with what he sees as insufficient funding of the school's football program at the district level. Districts can't be faulted for making academi
    Thu Feb 20, 2014
  • Fryer's predictions for the basketball playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    Making predictions for all 12 divisions of the CIF-Southern Section boys basketball playoffs, which start Wednesday night. Open Division 2013 champion: None; division debut Top seeds: 1. Mater Dei; 2. Etiwanda; 3. Loyola of Los Angeles; 4. Centennial of Corona
    Tue Feb 18, 2014
  • Fryer: Busy, complicated time for CIF-SS BY STEVE FRYER
    The CIF-Southern Section announces Friday which schools will play in the first Open Division in the boys and girls basketball playoffs. One month from today, leagues in Orange County and elsewhere in the 575-school Southern Section receive the CIF-SS office’s recommendation for new playoff groupings that go into effect this fall.
    Thu Feb 13, 2014
  • Fryer on basketball: CIF playoffs almost here BY STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County boys basketball: • The CIF-Southern Section playoffs begin with an important announcement Friday – the teams that are in the inaugural Open Division in CIF-SS boys basketball. A 14-person panel will select 12 or 16 teams to play in the Open Division. There are no enrollment parameters for the Open Divis
    Mon Feb 10, 2014
  • Fryer: Schools should laud top club athletes By STEVE FRYER
    Some of the county's top soccer players do not play for their high school teams because of commitments to high-level clubs or national programs. Tesoro senior Indigo Gibson is on the U.S. national women's 18-and-under team. She has not played for Tesoro's team since her All-CIF freshman year. High school athletic departmen
    Thu Feb 06, 2014
  • Fryer on basketball: Playoff selection time nears By STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County boys basketball: • El Toro is on the list of 22 candidates for the Open Division that will be part of the CIF-Southern Section playoffs for the first time. Like many other coaches of many other teams, El Toro coach Todd Dixon would be flattered if his team would be selected to the Open Division, but kn
    Mon Feb 03, 2014
  • Fryer: Esperanza girls moving up in Century By STEVE FRYER
    Taking a look around Orange County high school sports: • The most improved team in county basketball might be the Esperanza girls. The Aztecs finished 5-22 last year. They are 13-9 going into Friday's home game against Canyon and have three Century League wins, after going 0-10 in league last year. • That girls basketba
    Thu Jan 30, 2014
  • Sneddon resigns as Santa Ana College manager BY STEVE FRYER
    Santa Ana College’s baseball team did something Tuesday the Dons had not done since 1981. They played without Don Sneddon as their coach. Sneddon, 61, quietly submitted his resignation last week. On Monday, the Modesto Nuts of the California League announced he is their manager. Modesto is a Colorado Rockies Class A
    Tue Jan 28, 2014
  • Star-studded lineup for Nike Extravaganza By STEVE FRYER
    A look at Orange County boys basketball: • The 10th Nike Extravaganza is Friday and Saturday at Mater Dei. Among the highlights on the 14-game schedule are St. John Bosco of Bellflower, No. 12 in the California rankings, vs. state No. 5 Etiwanda, Saturday, 5:45 p.m.; Foothill vs. county No. 10 Orange Lutheran, Saturday, 2:45 p.m.; s
    Mon Jan 27, 2014
  • Fryer: Marina restarts search for football coach By STEVE FRYER
    The motto of Marina football might be, “Now what?” The school on Thursday released the varsity football coach it hired two weeks ago. Marina principal Paul Morrow said in a news release that Kevin Oberlander did not have the proper teaching credential required by the Huntington Beach Union High School District s
    Thu Jan 23, 2014
  • Fryer: Time has come for NFL to kick PAT to the curb By STEVE FRYER
    Touring the sports world, here and there … • NFL kickers attempted 1,183 extra points and missed five of them for a success rate of 99.6 percent. Yes, it’s time to get rid of the extra-point kick. NFL Total Access’s Rich Eisen calls the extra point “the penny of the NFL.” • So, what
    Wed Jan 22, 2014