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    Football: Mater Dei captures first major passing tourney of offseason

    May 20th, 2015, 1:50 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei's football team captured the first major 7-on-7 passing tournament of the offseason, defeating Trinity League rival St. John Bosco, 14-12, in the finals of the San Juan Hills-hosted Gunslinger tournament.

    The next top tournament arrives May 30 with the Air Strike at Dana Hills.

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    Baseball: Saturday games

    May 15th, 2015, 7:38 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    Four games are on the Orange County baseball schedule Saturday (May 16).

    Garden Grove at Santiago, and Rancho Alamitos at La Quinta.Both at 9 a.m.

    Those Garden Grove League games are make-up games from Thursday. Both games were underway Thursday when rains forced postponement. Both must start from the beginning (according to the league constitution), which is bad news for Grove, which was leading Santiago, 4-0, and La Quinta, which was leading Rancho, 3-2.

    There all kinds of playoff scenarios from those games, too many to recount here. It is complicated.

    Also Saturday: JSerra at Santa Margarita at 9 a.m.; Servite at Mater Dei, 9 a.m.

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    Baseball: Some games with big implications

    May 14th, 2015, 12:32 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    There are a few playoff berths to be settled. A look at a couple of leagues ...

    Empire -- Cypress is the league champion and will go to the Division 1 playoffs as the league's No. 1 playoff representative. If today Pacifica (6-3 in league) beats Valencia (5-4), Pacifica is the league's No. 3 team -- the league's final playoff berth. If Valencia beats Pacifica, they both finish 6-4 in league. The first tiebreaker is how those teams did vs. the league champion. Valencia was 1-1 vs. Cypress, Pacifica was 0-2. So, a Valencia win today gives the Tigers the No. 3 spot. Tustin is going to the playoffs, but whether as a No. 2 or No. 3 is to be determined.

    Note: Valencia-Pacifica rained out; awaiting rescheduling information.

    Trinity League -- JSerra and Orange Lutheran are 1-2, respectively. Up for grabs between Mater Dei (7-7 in league) and Santa Margarita (6-8) is the No. 3 berth, the final playoff berth in the Trinity League. If Mater Dei beats Servite today, then Mater Dei is the league's No. 3 team. If Santa Margarita beats JSerra and Mater Dei loses, then Santa Margarita and Mater Dei finish at 7-8 each. As Santa Margarita won two of three against Mater Dei, Santa Margarita would go as the No. 3 team.

    Note: Servite at Mater Dei has been rescheduled for Friday, 6 p.m., at Mater Dei. JSerra at Santa Margarita was moved to a Saturday, 9 a.m. start.

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    Basketball: Mater Dei's Parker to attend Air Force Academy

    May 1st, 2015, 9:33 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Mater Dei senior shooting guard La'Vette Parker is going to the Air Force Academy, Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight announced today.

    Parker, 6-foot-2 and a terrific outside shooter, was second in Monarchs scoring this past season at 16 points a game. He led the team in 3-pointers with 81.

    Parker was especially good in the playoffs. He scored 23 points against Chino Hills in the CIF-Southern Section Open Division playoffs, and in the CIF Southern California Regionals scored 23 against Westchester and 21 against Bishop Montgomery.

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    Boys basketball: MD plays Wednesday

    March 16th, 2015, 1:14 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    Mater Dei's game against Bishop Montgomery in the CIF Southern California Regionals Open Division in Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach. Bishop Montgomery is the home team, but the Knights' gym is not larger enough for a game like this. All other regionals games are Tuesday.

    Mater Dei is the only Orange County team still playing in the boys hoops regionals.

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    Boys basketball: Regionals today

    March 14th, 2015, 10:52 am by By STEVE FRYER

    CIF Southern California Regionals, Second round (all games 6 p.m.)

    Division II: La Mirada (27-5) at Canyon (24-9). La Mirada lost to Compton in the CIF-Southern Section 2A semifinals. Canyon is 2AA champion. Including its 98-65 win over Kearny in the regionals first round Wednesday, Canyon has scored 201 points over its past two games. La Mirada beat Canyon, 61-56, in an Orange Holiday Classic semifinal in late December. The winner of this game plays the Compton-Hanford winner in the semifinals Tuesday.

    Division 3: Corona del Mar (25-7) at Damien of La Verne (25-5). Corona del Mar is on the road again in the regionals after winning at El Cajon Valley in the first round Wednesday, 46-33. CdM lost to Beverly Hills in the CIF-SS 3A final. Damien played in the Open Division: a first-round loss to Orange Lutheran; a consolation second-round win ove Alemany; a consolation semifinals loss to Redondo. Damien is No. 17 in the California top 20. The winner plays the Beverly Hills-Cantwell Sacred Heart winnner in the semifinals.

    Division 3: Sonora (29-4) at Alemany of Mission Hills (22-8). CIF-SS 3AA champion Sonora beat Valhalla by a lot, 101-74, in the regionals first round Wednesday. Alemany beat West Bakersfield 72-49. Alemany played in the CIF-SS Open Division. It lost to Centennial of Corona in the first round and to Damien in the consolation second round.The winner plays the Gahr-Cathedral winner in the semifinals.

    Division 6: Orangewood Academy (22-12) at Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (22-4): Orangewood, CIF-SS Division 6 champion, won a regionals first-round home game against Caruthers, 68-63. Sierra Canyon, No. 6 in the state top 20, played in the Open Division of the CIF-SS playoffs. It beat St. John Bosco in the first round and lost to Etiwanda by five points in the second round. The winner plays the St. Benard-Viewpoint winner in the semifinals.

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    Baseball: Newport Elks update

    March 11th, 2015, 11:06 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    The Newport Elks' Frank Lerner Division championship game Friday at 7 p.m. at Hart Park in Orange: Mater Dei vs. St. John Bosco. Two Trinity League teams.

    Foothill Division championship game: Corona del Mar vs. Trabuco Hills, Saturday at 3 p.m. at Foothill High.

    Costa Mesa Division championship game: Hemet at Laguna Hills, Friday at 3 p.m.

    Orange County Division championship game: Whittier at Rancho Alamitos, Friday at 3 p.m.

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    Football recruiting: National champs offer Mater Dei's Robinson

    March 2nd, 2015, 10:59 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Mater Dei junior outside linebacker Curtis Robinson might be Orange County's hottest football recruit in the class of 2016.

    Here are some of the most recent scholarship offers that Robinson reports : National champion Ohio State, UCLA, Oregon State, Colorado and Wisconsin.

    Last month, Robinson ranked fourth in OCVarsity's list of 2016 recruits to watch. Maybe that was too low?

    Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at

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    Basketball: MD date change; OLu doubleheader

    February 26th, 2015, 3:37 pm by By STEVE FRYER

    The Etiwanda-Mater Dei boys basketball playoff game will be played Tuesday at Mater Dei. It was scheduled for Saturday. Mater Dei has a major fundraiser event taking place off campus that day and Etiwanda has a girls basketball playoff game that day, too.

    Both schools must agree to any such schedule change which also must be approved by the CIF-SS office.

    It will be an Orange Lutheran doubleheader Saturday at Hope University in Fullerton. Lutheran's girls team plays Lompoc there at 4 p.m. The Lancers boys play Bishop Montgomery of Torrance at Hope at 7 p.m.

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    Winter Signing Day: Where will Malik McMorris end up?

    February 4th, 2015, 10:03 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Malik McMorris is an All-County defensive linemand who also was a heck of a fullback for Mater Dei. He also is one of the top track and field athletes in California, in the shot put and discus.

    He has offers from a few schools here and there, but he is leaning toward going the walk-on route at Cal for football, Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson said today.

    McMorris is 6-foot, 290 pounds. That footwork learned in the throws, and his quickness -- he also is a good basketball player -- should make him a bona fide football recruit for somebody.

    McMorris won a Sports Illustrated athlete of the month award this past October.

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