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2015 Steve Fryer Archive Stories

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  • 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
  • Fryer: O.C. Championships loaded with top volleyball teams BY STEVE FRYER
    They call it the Orange County Championships. And they aren’t kidding. The top seven boys volleyball teams in the county top 10 are in the Orange County Championships. The two-division tournament begins with pool play today at Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. Division 1 of the tournament has the
    Thu Mar 19, 2015
  • Fryer: JSerra's talented roster will be tested BY STEVE FRYER
    JSerra has all of the elements of a great team. Now the Lions have to put those elements together on the field. “This team has a chance to be the best team we’ve had,” JSerra coach Brett Kay said. “We’ve got 10 starters back, when you include the pitchers. But we haven’t played anybody y
    Fri Mar 13, 2015
  • Fryer: Trinity League loaded with top girls teams BY STEVE FRYER
    The Trinity League is known for being great in many sports. The sport in which it might most excel this school year is girls basketball. All five of the league’s teams – JSerra, Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Rosary and Santa Margarita – reached the CIF-Southern Section semifinals or better: JSerra was Division 4A runnerup
    Thu Mar 12, 2015
  • Fryer: Canyon's comeback leaves a few marks BY STEVE FRYER
    Canyon broke or tied 28 CIF-Southern Section records Saturday. The Comanches’ 103-98 double-overtime win over Lawndale in the Division 2A
    Mon Mar 09, 2015
  • Fryer: Cypress soccer peaking at right time BY STEVE FRYER
    It was not a good December for the Cypress girls soccer team. The Centurions were tying or losing against teams they probably should have defeated. A good reason for that existed. “At one time we had eight players out,” Cypress coach Nicole Woiemberghe said. Cypress got better, physically and on the pit
    Thu Mar 05, 2015
  • Fryer: Tesoro has it all figured out now BY STEVE FRYER
    It was late December. Tesoro had a record of 5-8. The Titans are 14-2 since, including three playoff wins in CIF-Southern Section Division 2AA. One of those playoff wins was a 67-62 victory over top-seeded Thousand Oaks on Friday. Tesoro plays today in the 2AA semifinals against Canyon. What happened? Tesoro coach Steve Garret
    Mon Mar 02, 2015
  • Fryer: It's batters up for baseball, softball BY STEVE FRYER
    Weather permitting – and isn’t that always the situation, this time of year? – spring sports get started Saturday. Spring sports can have their first official CIF-Southern Section competition Saturday. In baseball, the game of the day Saturday is, or maybe “would be,” Huntington Beach at Aliso Niguel
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Fryer: Crean Lutheran savoring every bite of playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    Crean Lutheran had not won a boys basketball playoff game until last week. The Saints beat Rim of the World, of Lake Arrohead, 57-31, on Wednesday in a CIF-Southern Section Divission 4A first-round game. They did not stop there. Crean beat Don Bosco Tech of Rosemead, 57-53, in the second round Friday. “At this point,”
    Mon Feb 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Fans get their wish with Brea vs. Mater Dei BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s the girls basketball game everybody wanted. Mater Dei plays Brea Olinda on Tuesday in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs. The game is at Brea. Mater Dei is No. 1 and Brea is No. 2 in this week’s county rankings. In the CalHiSports.com state top 20, Mater Dei is No. 1 and Brea is N
    Thu Feb 19, 2015
  • Fryer's predictions for the basketball playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    They played there. Now they are coaching there. And they want to win CIF-SS championships there. Eddie Courtemarche and Marc Popovich are among several Orange County high school boys basketball coaches who are coaching at their alma mater. Courtemarche is in his fifth season coaching Los Alamitos, where he was a sta
    Tue Feb 17, 2015
  • Fryer: Saddleback finds way back to postseason BY STEVE FRYER
    It’s been six years. Welcome back to the boys basketball playoffs, Saddleback. The Roadrunners qualified as an at-large team in CIF-Southern Section Division 4AA. They are in the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Saddleback (13-14 overall) has a difficult first-round assignment. The Roadrunners h
    Mon Feb 16, 2015
  • Fryer: Miller's comeback picks up steam BY STEVE FRYER
    The Orange County Register selects players of the year in every sport. If comeback players of the year also were selected, that distinction in girls basketball might go to Coco Miller of JSerra. Miller had knee reconstruction this past summer to repair a torn ACL. It can take up to a year, or even more, to return to sports
    Thu Feb 12, 2015
  • Fryer: Best student sections are positive BY STEVE FRYER
    Be loud, be proud, be positive. That should be the motto that all student cheering sections should follow at high school sports events. Most of the time, that motto is followed. Sometimes, it is not. These student cheering sections at basketball games are growing in popularity. The four schools in the Crestview Le
    Thu Feb 05, 2015
  • Fryer: Making a push toward the playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    Teams will get closer to league championships and playoff berths this week, the next-to-last week of the regular season. Guaranteed entry into the CIF-Southern Section playoffs are granted to teams that finish second or higher in four-team leagues, third or higher in five- and six-team leagues, and fourth or higher in seven- and eight-te
    Mon Feb 02, 2015
  • Fryer: Orangewood ready for bigger battles BY STEVE FRYER
    The coach called it “a really good win.” The best player called it “a huge win.” Whatever the dimensions, Orangewood Academy’s win over Saddleback
    Thu Jan 29, 2015
  • CIF-SS votes against proposal to expand state playoffs BY STEVE FRYER
    [Update: As of Thursday afternoon, the vote stands at 63-57 against the proposal with 19 votes undeclared. The San Francisco Section, with its two votes, confirmed Thursday that it voted to support the measure.] LONG BEACH -- The CIF-Southern Section Council voted Wednesday against a proposal that would expand the CIF State footba
    Wed Jan 28, 2015
  • Fryer on basketball: Nike field includes No. 1 team BY STEVE FRYER
    No. 1 is one more reason to get excited about the Nike Extravaganza. USA Today’s national rankings that were released Monday have Oak Hill Academy at No. 1. The co-ed private school in Mouth Of Wilson, Va., is scheduled to play twice in the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei: on Feb. 6 against Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth, and F
    Mon Jan 26, 2015
  • Fryer: O.C.-I.E. All-Star Game a natural BY STEVE FRYER
    Like noise-cancelling headphones for air travel, it is a concept that was long overdue. The first Orange County vs. Inland Empire All-Star Football Classic will be played Saturday. It is a great way to settle any “who’s better” disagreement in Southern California football. The 7 p.m. game will be at Corona High.
    Thu Jan 22, 2015
  • Fryer on basketball: CIF-SS system can be mind-boggling BY STEVE FRYER
    CIF-Southern Section basketball has a system by which teams are moved to higher divisions based upon their recent success in the playoffs. It does not always work. Price of Los Angeles was a semifinalist in CIF-SS Division 4A last season. Price was a quarterfinalist in Division 4AA two years ago and was a 4AA semifinalist three y
    Mon Jan 19, 2015
  • Fryer: Scratch a few big names off Servite's list BY STEVE FRYER
    Matt Logan? No, totally content where he is. Jim Kunau? Nope, just fine, thank you. Harry Welch? He’s got books to read and countries to visit. If Servite alums are expecting the school to make a splash with the hiring of its next football coach, they might be disappointed. Servite will
    Thu Jan 15, 2015
  • Fryer: Success took good planning by St. Margaret's BY STEVE FRYER
    In the beginning, there was Brady Lock. He was St. Margaret’s first football coach. Lock started the program in 1985. The Tartans played 8-man football. Today, St. Margaret’s is one of Orange County’s more consistent winners in 11-man football. The Tartans will attempt to become the first county team to w
    Thu Dec 18, 2014
  • Fryer: More games for more teams is a bad idea BY STEVE FRYER
    A sure way to keep a football player from getting a concussion is to not let him play football. A sure way to increase a football player’s chances of getting a concussion is to have him play more football. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) has made a laudable effort in educating coaches and athletic administra
    Thu Dec 11, 2014
  • Fryer on football: Sorting out playoff highs, lows BY STEVE FRYER
    A one-on-one interview with one person asking the questions and the same person providing the answers about what happened in the CIF-SS playoffs: Question: What was the most improved team in the county, from Week 0 to championship week? Answer: Mission Viejo. The Diablos thought their 0-2 start was not indicative of
    Mon Dec 08, 2014
  • Fryer: Rough ending for Darnold, Tritons BY STEVE FRYER
    SAN CLEMENTE – Sam Darnold was dazed, more by reality than the hit. In the fourth quarter, with his San Clemente team trailing by 10 points, the senior quarterback took off on a run around left end. He had gained a few yards when he skipped past a diving Trabuco Hills defender. Darnold got smacked by another Trabuco
    Fri Dec 05, 2014