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    Football recruiting: CdM's Peter Bush lands 2nd major preferred walk-on offer

    October 6th, 2015, 12:44 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Corona del Mar wide receiver Peter Bush (6-2, 205) has been offered a preferred walk-on by Michigan, the senior said in an e-mail Tuesday.

    Bush, the Sea Kings' former quarterback who has successfully moved to wide receiver, was offered as a wide receiver/athlete.

    Bush also has received a preferred walk-on from Notre Dame as a quarterback and committed late in the summer to the Fighting Irish. His brother, Sam Bush, is a redshirt freshman offensive lineman for the Fighting Irish.

    Bush leads Corona del Mar with 30 receptions for 383 yards and four TDs.

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    CIF boys water polo polls (10-5-15)

    October 6th, 2015, 12:29 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    The CIF-SS boys water polo polls released Monday (10-5-15).


    1. Harvard-Westlake
    2. Mater Dei
    3. Loyola
    4. Corona del mar
    5. Huntington Beach
    6. Orange Lutheran
    7. Agoura
    8. Long Beach Wilson
    9. Newport Harbor
    10. Santa Margarita
    Others: None

    1. Foothill
    2. Dana Hills
    3. Santa Barbara
    4. El Toro
    5. San Marcos
    6. Los Osos
    7. Mira Costa
    8. Villa Park
    9. Damien
    10. Palos Verdes
    Others: None

    1. Murrieta Valley
    2. Capistrano Valley
    3. Laguna Beach
    4. Vista Murrieta
    5. Montebello
    6. Aliso Niguel
    7. Moorpark
    8. Yorba Linda
    9. Royal
    10. Costa Mesa
    Others: Trabuco Hills

    1. Righetti
    2. El Segundo
    3. Crescenta Valley
    4. Arroyo Grande
    5. Santa Monica
    6. Hoover
    7. Troy
    8. Cerritos
    9. Sonora
    10. Chadwick
    Others: None

    1. Claremont
    2. La Serna
    3. Redlands
    4. Ayala
    5. Webb
    6. Redlands East Valley
    7. Yucaipa
    8. Bonita
    9. La Quinta/La Quinta
    10. Palm Desert
    Others: Cajon, Poly/R, Los Altos

    1. Segerstrom
    2. Temescal Canyon
    3. Malibu
    4. Kennedy
    5. Pacifica
    6. Ocean View
    7. Hemet
    8. Beaumont
    9. Carpinteria
    10. Lakeside
    Others: Warren, Western

    1. Rio Mesa
    2. Don Lugo
    3. San Dimas
    4. Oxnard
    5. Jurupa Valley
    6. Pacifica/Oxnard
    7. Colony
    8. Rowland
    9. Los Amigos
    10. Rancho Alamitos
    Others: Alta Loma

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    Tesoro's Modster feeling better, expects to play this week

    October 5th, 2015, 7:26 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster, who suffered a shoulder injury Friday in a victory against San Clemente, said he will play this Friday when the Titans (5-1) play host to El Toro (4-2) in the teams' South Coast League opener.

    "Nothing major," Modster, a senior, said in a message via Twitter on Monday night. "Feeling a lot better. … I'll play."

    The Arizona commit was expected to undergo a medical exam Monday, Titans coach Matt Poston said over the weekend.

    Modster has been one of the county's top players, completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards and 12 TDs. He also has rushed for 169 yards and eight TDs.

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    Football: Two standout receivers transfer to Buena Park

    October 5th, 2015, 2:05 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Touted junior wide receivers Taariq Johnson from Hawkins of Los Angeles and Victor Bates of Lakewood have enrolled at Buena Park, Coyotes football coach Anthony White confirmed Monday.

    Johnson (6-3, 220), who also plays linebacker, played for the Coyotes last week against Western. He reportedly holds offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami and Baylor, among others.

    Bates (6-0, 175) began classes at Buena Park on Monday and was expected to practice, White said. He has been offered by Oregon State, White said.

    Football fans might also recognize Bates' name from a recent incident between Lakewood and Long Beach Millikan. He was kicked in the face when his helmet flew off during the game.

    Buena Park opens Freeway League play Friday at Fullerton in a duel of 4-1 teams.

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    Football: Albano's Top 10 vote

    October 5th, 2015, 10:45 am by By DAN ALBANO

    My Top-10 vote for Orange County football shuffled today because of the continued impressive play of Tesoro and San Juan Hills.

    There's been heavy debate that San Juan Hills should be ranked ahead of La Habra based on their scores against Los Alamitos. Common opponent scores are vital but I give the edge to the Highlanders, for now, because of how close they played Mission Viejo and that they took Los Alamitos' best shot the week before San Juan Hills' got its crack.

    The Griffins didn't have probably their most valuable player, two-way standout Schuyler Whitehead, against San Juan Hills. He would have helped make the score closer.

    It's a tough call between La Habra and San Juan Hills. The Highlander' rout of El Toro also is looking more impressive by the week. We'll see how the Stallions' common scores fare against El Toro and Mission Viejo.

    JSerra and Orange Lutheran dropped in my rankings because of the quality county victories recorded by Tesoro and San Juan Hills. But with the Trinity League opening Friday, the Lancers and Lions could be on the rise.

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    Football: Tesoro's Modster to be examined today

    October 5th, 2015, 8:08 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Tesoro quarterback Devon Modster, who suffered a shoulder injury Friday in a 31-22 victory against San Clemente, is expected to be examined today, Titans coach Matt Poston said in a text over the weekend.

    The Arizona commit was injured on a run in the third quarter and was replaced by wide receiver Carter Jaenichen, the team's backup quarterback.

    The sixth-ranked Titans (6-0) play host to surging El Toro (4-2, four straight victories) on Friday in the teams' South Coast League opener and then play at defending league champion Mission Viejio on Oct. 16.

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    Boys water polo: Edison upsets No. 8 Capo Valley at Villa Park Classic

    October 3rd, 2015, 7:28 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Edison's boys water polo team notched a breakthrough victory Friday at the Villa Park Classic.

    The unranked Chargers upset the No. 8 Cougars, 12-11, in overtime in a third-round consolation match at El Toro.

    Alex Nathan (five goals) and Jake Moss (four) combined for nine goals for Edison (11-6).

    The loss could drop Capistrano Valley from its top spot in Division 3. Laguna Beach and Murrieta Valley, ranked second and third, respectively, play this morning at 10 at Murrieta Valley.

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    Boys water polo: El Toro, Villa Park reach Villa Park Classic quarterfinals

    October 2nd, 2015, 2:43 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    El Toro and Villa Park's boys water polo teams have reached the quarterfinals of the Villa Park Classic.

    The Chargers play host to Righetti -- ranked No. 1 in Division 4 - tonight at 6 while the Spartans play host to fellow Division 2 foe San Marcos at 6 p.m. San Marcos is ranked fifth in Division 2 while Villa Park sits at No. 10.

    The other two quarterfinals: St. Mary's of Stockton vs. Damien of La Verne at Yorba Linda, 6 p.m. and top-seeded Sir Francis Drake vs. La Serna at El Dorado, 6 p.m.

    The final is Saturday at Villa Park at 8 p.m.

    Villa Park Classic Scores, Thursday
    At Villa Park                    At Yorba Linda
    Villa Park 19 – Temescal Canyon 4        St. Mary’s 14 – Yorba Linda 7
    Troy 9 – Rio Americano 8            Claremont 15 – Chino Hills 10
    ML King 10 – Aliso Niguel 8            Esperanza 12 – San Clemente 8
    San Marcos, SB 17 – Canyon 5            Damien 10 – Crescenta Valley 6
    Villa Park 21 – Troy 13                St. Mary’s forfeit over Claremont – Coach red card
    San Marcos, SB 17 – ML King 10            Damien 14 – Esperanza 7

    At Capo Valley                    At El Dorado
    El Toro 11 – Royal 4                Palos Verdes 17 – El Dorado 1
    Edison 11 – Las Lomas 8                La Serna 6 – Carlsbad 5
    Capo Valley 12 – Grossmont 9            Cerritos 11 – Santiago 8
    Righetti beat San Marcos, SD            Sir Francis Drake 16 – Buena Park 1
    El Toro 17 – Edison 9                La Serna 12 – Palos Verdes 11
    Righetti 12 – Capo Valley 9            Sir Francis Drake 15 – Cerritos 3

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    Football recruiting: Tustin's Pilimai commits to Utah

    October 2nd, 2015, 10:44 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Tustin quarterback/linebacker Alema Pilimai has committed to Utah, Tillers football coach Winter Welz confirmed Friday.

    The athletic senior committed Thursday night as an outside linebacker, Welz said.

    Pilimai (6-4, 200) has shown a strong burst on defense this season with plenty of speed and aggressiveness in his pursuits. He also plays quarterback for Tustin.

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    Football: New Trinity Podcast ranks position leaders, grades each team

    October 1st, 2015, 11:37 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Football teams in the Trinity League are taking their bye weeks, but Dan Albano of and Scott Barajas have been busy with their weekly podcast.

    This week, they rank their top-three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receiver corps, offensive lines and defenses in the Trinity League based on nonleague performances.

    Dan and Scott also hand out grades for each team and list a strength and concern going into league play Oct. 9.


    The 43-minute podcast ends with short comments from Mater Dei QB JT Daniels and Monarchs coach Bruce Rollinson, who channels his Trinity League passion while discussing a penalty, "Picture that in the Trinity League. It's over."

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