NEWPORT BEACH – Edison took a large early lead and went on to defeat JSerra, 62-42, Friday in the semifinals of the Beach Bash boys basketball tournament at Corona del Mar High.
Edison (3-0) wi... Full story
ANAHEIM – Third-ranked Esperanza knew it would be in for a tough challenge from No. 9 El Toro on Friday night.
The Chargers delivered as expected, but the Aztecs got what they wanted.
Kezie Okpala scored 30 points and Esperanza’s defens... Full story
ANAHEIM – Myles Franklin scored 22 points to lead Villa Park to a 67-50 nonleague victory over longtime rival Canyon on Friday night in a packed and raucous Canyon High gym.
With the teams in different leagues this year, the schools wanted to ... Full story
LA HABRA – Sonora entered its game Wednesday night undefeated and ranked eighth in the county, but the Raiders didn’t quite play a complete game, according to Coach Mike Murphy.
Sonora had moments of dominance in a 73-66 victory over vis... Full story
Before a recent basketball practice at Esperanza High School, senior forward Isaac Lambert whips out his phone and presses “record.”
Kezie Okpala, the 6-foot-8, 185-pound Stanford commit who grew two inches this offseason – and 10 ... Full story
Sebastian Much doesn’t let the ball touch the ground. JSerra’s 6-foot-8 senior forward grabs the rebound at a recent practice and dribbles the full length of the court. Running the fastbreak like a point guard, Much bodies his way to the ... Full story
OCVarsity’s preaseason boys basketball top 10:
1. Mater Dei: This is the usual position for the Monarchs because they have the usual talent and depth. Point guard Spencer Freedman was All-Orange County first team last season, and Justice Suein... Full story
Kezie Okpala has grown into his role as a senior leader for the Esperanza basketball team.
Okpala was 6-foot-2 as a sophomore. Now he is 6-8.
“Kezie started for us his sophomore year,” Esperanza coach Mark Hill said. “He was a pre... Full story
OCVarsity’s top five players to watch this season:
Spencer Freedman, Mater Dei
He was All-Orange County first team last season as a sophomore and was named to the All-CIF Southern Section Open Division team. A 6-foot-1 left-hander, Freedman s... Full story
OCVarsity’s list of the other top players to watch this season.
OTHER TOP PLAYERS TO WATCH
Paulo Araujo, Foothill, Sr.; Jacob Alamudun, Marina, So.; David Atencio, Edison, Jr.; Michael Bagatourian, Crean Lutheran, Sr.; Dawson Baker, Capi... Full story
OCVarsity’s list of the important dates during the boys basketball season:
Irvine World News/Gary Raya/SoCal Elite Classic at El Dorado, Irvine, Woodbridge and University, Dec. 12-17
North Orange County Championships at Canyon, Servite and So... Full story