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    Football: North roster moves

    June 29th, 2015, 6:39 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    North coach Mike Enright of Rancho Alamitos has made a few roster moves recently for the Brea Lions Orange County All-Star Game on July 9.

    The Vaqueros' football coach has added his defensive back, Matt Finona (5-11, 175), Western linebacker Nick Zarate (6-1, 210), Cypress offensive lineman Jacob Bakuwel (6-2, 240), Cypress linebacker Logan Burt (5-8, 185) and Westminster defensive lineman Steven Vu (5-11, 202).

    The game is set for 7:15 p.m. at Orange Coast College.

    The recent drops for the North include Sunny Hills linebacker Jason Critser (injured but still on roster), Mater Dei linebacker Jared Wilson and Servite offensive lineman Tommy Garcia.

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    Football recruiting: San Clemente QB, Villa Park WR land offers

    June 27th, 2015, 9:32 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    San Clemente junior-to-be quarterback Jack Sears (6-3, 190) has been offered by Utah, Tritons football coach Jaime Ortiz announced Saturday.

    Ortiz said Sears -- who flashed his potential last season as a brief backup to Sam Darnold in the CIF Southwest final -- received the offer at a satellite camp on Saturday. Utah is the first school to offer Sears.

    Utah currently features former San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson and holds a commitment from offensive lineman class of 2016 lineman Tucker Scott of San Clemente.

    In other recruiting news, Villa Park senior-to-be wide receiver Brennan Corbin (6-4, 190) has been offered by Colorado State, Spartans coach Dusan Ancich reports. Corbin is an ex-Cypress wide out.

    Villa Park athlete Lance Vecchio (6-2, 195) has been offered by Chicago, Ancich said.

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    Football: Los Alamitos captures Orange Coast College passing tourney

    June 26th, 2015, 10:20 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Los Alamitos went 5-0 to capture the inaugural Orange Coast College passing tournament on Friday.

    The Griffins defeated Mater Dei, 20-19, and, 25-20, en route to the title of the eight-school event.

    The field also included Santa Margarita, JSerra, Fountain Valley and Sonora among others. The Griffins defeated JSerra, 14-0.

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    Santa Margarita loses RB, Buena Park adds top WR

    June 24th, 2015, 10:27 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    The transfer winds whipping around Orange County football have produced two more noteworthy player moves.

    Santa Margarita running back Dre Hall has enrolled at Moreno Valley and rising Yorba Linda wide receiver Jeremiah Hawkins has enrolled at Buena Park, coaches at the players' new schools confirmed Wednesday.

    The senior-to-be Hall (6-0, 215) led the Eagles in rushing last season with 585 yards on a team-high 128 carries. He enrolled at Moreno Valley in February, Moreno Valley coach Ted Wadkins said. Hall's bother, Prince, was a standout at Moreno Valley and played at Alabama.

    Hawkins (5-9, 180) tweeted Wednesday that he has been offered by Nebraska, which has a commitment from his B2G passing league teammate, quarterback Patrick O'Brien of San Juan Hills.

    Hawkins is related to former Buena Park standout Jaylinn Hawkins, now at Cal, Coyotes coach Anthony White confirmed.

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    Football recruiting: O.C. players racking up offers in summer

    June 24th, 2015, 1:44 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Football recruiting never seems to take a break, so here are some notes to catch up the fans who have taken time off this summer:

    * Orange Lutheran junior-to-be safety Brandon McKinney (6-1, 180) has been offered by Arizona State, Lancers coach Chuck Petersen reports.

    * San Clemente senior-to-be offensive lineman Donte Harrington (6-2, 295) has been offered by Army, Navy and Cal Poly SLO, Tritons coach Jaime Ortiz reports.

    * Yorba Linda senior-to-be offensive lineman David Garfunkel (6-6, 285) has added offers from UNLV, San Jose State and Toledo.

    * Servite senior-to-be cornerback Tre Webb (6-1, 175) has been offered San Jose State, Friars coach Scott Meyer said. 

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    Water polo: San Juan Hills coach resigns

    June 23rd, 2015, 9:17 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    San Juan Hills boys and girls water polo coach Dan Newberry has resigned, Newberry and athletic director Armando Gonzalez confirmed Tuesday.

    Newberry was hired as the Stallions' water polo coach before the 2011 boys season.

    Newberry, a former Capistrano Valley assistant, said in a text message that he hasn't resigned from his swim coaching duties at San Juan Hills.

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    Water polo: Orange County well-represented on Pan Am rosters

    June 22nd, 2015, 8:11 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Several Orange County water polo products were selected to the U.S. men’s and women’s teams for the Pan American Games next month in Toronto.

    The men’s selections included goalie McQuin Baron (Mater Dei), John Mann (Corona del Mar), Josh Samuels (Villa Park), Luca Cupido (Newport Harbor) and Bret Bonanni (Mater Dei).

    The women’s team features Makenzie Fischer (Laguna Beach), Rachel Fattal (Los Alamitos), Kaleigh Gilchrist (Newport Harbor), Courtney Mathewson (Canyon) and Maddie Musselman (Corona del Mar).

    The U.S. men’s team can qualify for the 2016 Olympics by capturing the Pan American Games.

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    Football recruiting: Huntington Beach's Jimmons commits to USC

    June 14th, 2015, 6:34 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Huntington Beach senior-to-be defensive end Liam Jimmons (6-4, 240) has committed to USC, Oilers football coach Eric Lo said in a text message on Sunday.

    Jimmons picked the Trojans after receiving offers from Washington, Boise State and Fresno State among others.

    In other recruiting news, Huntington Beach tight end Nick Crabtree (6-6, 250) has been offered by Fresno State, Nevada and San Jose State.

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    Girls water polo: Corona del Mar's Storm commits to UCLA

    June 6th, 2015, 10:06 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Corona del Mar senior-to-be water polo player Bridgett Storm has committed to NCAA runner-up UCLA, new Sea Queens coach Kevin Ricks reports.

    Storm emerged last season as an active center/utility, scoring nearly 30 goals for the Division 1 semifinalist.

    The first-team All-Pacific Coast League pick joins Orange Lutheran attacker Emma Skelly as a UCLA commit.

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    Boys water polo: Northwood's Manderino resigns after two playoff seasons

    June 5th, 2015, 4:16 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Northwood boys water polo coach Jocelyn Manderino, who guided the Timberwolves to the Division 1 playoffs in each of her two seasons in the challenging Pacific Coast League, has resigned for personal reasons, she confirmed.

    Manderino led Northwood (15-14, 7-3) to a second-place finish in the Pacific Coast League this past season.

    In 2013, the Timberwolves earned a share of the league title with Corona del Mar, finishing 9-1 in the Pacific Coast League. Northwood lost to eventual champion Harvard-Westlake in the quarterfinals.

    Manderino is now coaching the 14 girls for the Newport Water Polo Foundation.

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