Click through OCVarsity’s slideshow of Stanley Johnson’s four memorable seasons at Mater Dei, which paved the way for his selection by the Detroit Pistons - No. 8 overall - in the first ro... Full story
“One town, one team” is not the official motto of San Clemente High, although it accurately summarizes the close school-community relationship. That dynamic produced one heck of an athlete this year. Sam Darnold led San Clemente to a CIF... Full story
Marcus Berkley seems to be humoring me.
He has readily accepted my challenge to a game of “PIG” inside Orangewood Academy’s gymnasium – his haven. He finishes a cookie and meets me on the court.
“No dunks,” I sti... Full story
The Register’s All-Orange County boys basketball team for 2014-15.
BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mater Dei, Guard, Senior
Read about Pflueger.
BOYS BASKETBALL COACH OF THE YEAR
Mike Murphy, Sonora
Read about Murphy.
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Maybe it was a clutch basket. Perhaps it was a crucial rebound.
It could be a great pass or a gutsy defensive effort.
Somehow in some way, and oftentimes in every way, Rex Pflueger made a major contribution to a victory by the Mater Dei boys baskeb... Full story
His silver anniversary season had a gold-medal finish.
Mike Murphy celebrated his 25th season coaching Sonora’s boys basketball team with a CIF-Southern Section championship.
The celebration continues for Murphy by being named the Register&rs... Full story
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 passi... Full story
BERKELEY – Mater Dei wanted to prove it could win without that other guy.
The Monarchs almost did so Saturday. They took state No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd of Oakland to overtime but lost, 65-64, in the CIF State Open Division championship game a... Full story
SANTA ANA – To understand what Rex Pflueger means to Mater Dei basketball, don’t look at the stat sheet.
Look at his knees. Splotches of skin are missing from diving for loose balls.
Examine his right hip. Nasty-looking strawberries are... Full story
LONG BEACH – The drive for five is very much alive.
Mater Dei will get a chance at a fifth consecutive CIF State boys basketball championship next week, having defeated Fairfax of Los Angeles, 51-40, Saturday in the CIF Southern California Reg... Full story
Mater Dei has done it before.
Can the Monarchs do it again?
Mater Dei’s boys basketball team has won a CIF State championship in a season in which it did not win a CIF-Southern Section championship in four of the past eight seasons.
Mater De... Full story