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  • Fryer: Fotheringham fast, but mission comes first By STEVE FRYER
    Cole Fotheringham is on a mission for his mission. The All-County tight end for San Clemente’s football team signed with Utah on Wednesday, the first day of the national letter-of-intent signing period for football. Fotheringham, a senior, will start his Mormon mission shortly after graduating from San Clemente in th
    Thu Feb 04, 2016
  • Fryer: New system will look to avoid playoff mismatches By STEVE FRYER
    Garden Grove’s football team was 23-4 overall, including 7-1 in the playoffs, over the 2014 and ’15 seasons. Over the same two football seasons, Servite went 8-13 overall and was 0-1 in the playoffs. So, will Garden Grove be in a higher playoff division than Servite in the 2016 football season? A new way for p
    Thu Jan 28, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Mater Dei missed Cage, but only for one night By STEVE FRYER
    MJ Cage might feel like he is in a cage at times, the way he is constantly observed. Mater Dei’s 6-foot-10 senior center was not at the Monarchs’ win over St. John Bosco on Friday. Coach Gary McKnight seem
    Mon Jan 25, 2016
  • Fryer: CIF-SS on brink of historic change to playoff system By STEVE FRYER
    Mission Viejo will play Santa Margarita in a nonleague football game this coming fall. Bob Johnson, Mission Viejo’s coach, arranged for that voluntarily. Johnson does not mind having his Diablos play a Trinity League team like Santa Margarita, or any other private-school team, if it is his choice to do so. Mission Vi
    Thu Jan 21, 2016
  • Fryer: Laguna Beach missing stars, but still strong By STEVE FRYER
    Laguna Beach’s girls water polo team lost two great players but not its winning edge. The Breakers started the season 11-0 - they suffered their first loss Thursday night. They are the No. 1 seed in this weekend's Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, which includes nine of the teams in the Orange County top 10 a
    Thu Jan 14, 2016
  • Fryer: Lots of names mentioned for open football jobs By STEVE FRYER
    This will be a newsworthy month for the county schools searching for a football coach. Santa Margarita is interviewing candidates. The school has done an excellent job of keeping secret the names of its interviewees. Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson’s name is circulating for that job, again. He has shown interest in S
    Thu Jan 07, 2016
  • Fryer: Los Alamitos' Worku a conversation starter By STEVE FRYER
    It is too early to discuss Orange County boys basketball player of the year. Player of the month? Easy. That would be Eyassu Worku. The 6-foot-2 senior guard at Los Alamitos averaged 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists a game for the Griffins, who went 12-3 in December. Worku scored a school-record 51 points Monday
    Sat Jan 02, 2016
  • Fryer on basketball: Transfers could bring big boost By STEVE FRYER
    Basketball players who transferred were eligible for their new school’s season opener if they made a valid change of residence. Players who did not make the residence change become eligible after sitting out the first month of the season. The “sit-out period” applies to other sports, too. The sit-out period for
    Mon Dec 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Getting Mission Viejo to No. 1 is a lot to follow By STEVE FRYER
    The Orange County media poll that creates the Register’s county top 10 ended two weeks ago with Mater Dei and Mission Viejo tied at No. 1. Some people aren’t happy about that, especially with Mission Viejo having won a CIF-Southern Section championship and then advancing to a CIF State championship game. Mater Dei and
    Thu Dec 17, 2015
  • Fryer on basketball: Mosham putting up big numbers By STEVE FRYER
    Elijah Mosham is consistent. He averaged 20 points and 16 rebounds a game last season as a junior at El Dorado. Mosham, now a 6-foot-9 senior, is averaging 20 points and 16 rebounds a game this season. He is capable of more points and rebounds. Last week, in El Dorado’s 76-68 nonleague win over Sultana of Hes
    Mon Dec 14, 2015
  • Fryer: Canyon's secret to success has been stability By STEVE FRYER
    Canyon’s football team came into this season with the same coach it had last season. That might not seem like a big deal. At Canyon, it was. When this year’s seniors were freshmen, in the 2012 season, Brent McKee was head coach of the varsity team. In 2013, Jim Kunau was head coach. In 2014, M
    Thu Dec 10, 2015
  • Fryer: Real life happens after crazy comeback By STEVE FRYER
    For Jake Colacion, La Habra’s crazy comeback win over San Clemente in the CIF-SS Southwest Division championship game Friday was a happy-sad moment. Colacion, an outstanding senior linebacker who was All-Freeway
    Fri Dec 04, 2015
  • Fryer: Football season has reached dangerous length By STEVE FRYER
    The football season does not end with the CIF-Southern Section finals. The CIF regionals and state championship games are coming during the following two weeks. Only CIF-SS champions are invited. The state football championships have two open divisions, one for large schools with enrollments more than 1,250 and the other for scho
    Thu Dec 03, 2015
  • Fryer: John Barnes retiring with most wins, lots of wonderful memories By STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Nov 19, 2015
  • Fryer: SVC vs. St. Margaret's has makings of a huge showdown By STEVE FRYER
    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.
    Mon Nov 16, 2015
  • Fryer: Trinity League tough on coaches By STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Nov 12, 2015
  • Fryer's predictions: from the first round to the finals By STEVE FRYER
    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
    Tue Nov 10, 2015
  • Fryer: Poly forfeits add to playoff pairings drama By STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Nov 05, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 10 By STEVE FRYER
    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) W
    Wed Nov 04, 2015
  • Fryer: Look beyond record before knocking top 10 By STEVE FRYER
    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.
    Thu Oct 29, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 9 By STEVE FRYER
    OCVarsity's Steve Fryer has his predictions and previews for the top games of Week 9, plus a complete schedule for the week. GAME OF THE WEEK Sunset League
    Wed Oct 28, 2015
  • Fryer: Here come the offers for Mater Dei freshman standout JT Daniels By STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Oct 22, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews & predictions for Week 8 By STEVE FRYER
    Steve Fryer's preview and prediction for the OCVarsity Game of  the Week, as well as for the other top games for Week 8. GAME OF THE WEEK No. 6 SERVITE (3-4, 1-1) V
    Wed Oct 21, 2015
  • Fryer: Dana Hills boys capable of historic run By STEVE FRYER
    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
    Thu Oct 15, 2015
  • Fryer on football: Previews, predictions for Week 7 By STEVE FRYER
    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.
    Wed Oct 14, 2015