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2015 Steve Fryer Archive Stories

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  • Fryer: Century's Tam earns special honor BY STEVE FRYER
    Sofia Tam was a bit late for softball practice at Century. When she got to the field, she found the school’s principal and vice-principal waiting for her. “I thought, ‘Uh-oh,’” Tam said. “‘What did I do now?’” What Tam did was win a great award. Tam was the CIF-
    Thu Apr 23, 2015
  • Fryer: Mission Viejo eager to resume league play BY STEVE FRYER
    The other nine teams in the Coast View Conference know what Mission Viejo is dealing with. So do the eight teams in the Century Conference. “We’re 16-7,” Mission Viejo coach Chris Ashbach said. “But we’ve played only four league games.” That’s life in these conferences, no matter t
    Mon Apr 20, 2015
  • Fryer: Golden West League rivals show their aces BY STEVE FRYER
    Great pitchers are all over south Orange County baseball and in the Sunset and Trinity leagues, too. JSerra alone could have multiple pitchers on the All-County and All-CIF teams. Other leagues have terrific hurlers. This week in the Golden West League, league leaders Ocean View and Orange are sending some good ones to the mound.
    Thu Apr 16, 2015
  • Fryer: Foothill charges into 'Gauntlet Week' BY STEVE FRYER
    While Marina was winning the Ryan Lemmon Invitational and JSerra was winning the South bracket of the Boras Classic, Foothill was doing plenty of winning of its own 200 miles to the north. The Knights won the Righetti Tournament in Santa Maria last week. They beat Calabasas, 3-0, in the semifinals Saturday and later that day beat Thousan
    Mon Apr 13, 2015
  • Fryer: Hurdles showdown looms in Arcadia Invitational BY STEVE FRYER
    Every Arcadia Invitational has a few races and events that will provide great competition and excitement. This year, the boys 300-meter hurdles will be one of those races at Arcadia, which outside of the CIF sectional and state meets is annually the biggest high school track and field meet in California. The meet is today and Saturday at
    Thu Apr 09, 2015
  • Fryer: El Modena has rising star in Conine BY STEVE FRYER
    Around the horn in Orange County baseball: • El Modena has produced some excellent baseball players, including Atlanta Braves all-star Freddie Freeman. The latest could be Brett Conine, a senior pitcher/first baseman who signed with Cal State Fullerton. Last week, as the Vanguards won two Crestview League games against
    Mon Apr 06, 2015
  • Fryer: Plenty to cheer from basketball season BY STEVE FRYER
    The following is a semi-encompassing review of the 2014-15 boys basketball season. Subtitled “The State of Orange County Basketball” … • The quality of play in the county is OK. It would be better if players would stop passing up open 12-foot jump shots so they can drive to the basket where three defenders
    Thu Apr 02, 2015
  • Fryer: Injury hurt, but San Clemente still strong BY STEVE FRYER
    If the reaction to Kolby Allard’s back injury was “there goes San Clemente’s season,” well, the season is going just fine. The Tritons won the National High School Invitational, probably the best high school baseball tournament in the nation, last week in Cary, N.C. They took home the 3-foot-tall trophy aft
    Tue Mar 31, 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
  • 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