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    Swim: Santa Margarita's Grant Shoults sizzling at Junior Worlds in Singapore

    August 28th, 2015, 1:59 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Swimmer Grant Shoults of Santa Margarita and the Mission Viejo Nadadores is on fire at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore.

    The reigning Register swimmer of the year led off the Americans' 800-meter freestyle relay Friday with a lifetime-best time of 1 minute, 48.10 seconds, sending the team to the gold medal and world junior record time of 7:13.76.

    He teamed with fellow California high school swimmer Maxime Rooney, Sean Grieshop and Grant House.

    Shoults' time was faster than his silver-medal performance Wednesday in the 200 free when he clocked a 1:48.42 in touching second to Rooney (1:47.78). Rooney of Maxime Rooney of Granada in Livermore jumped to the No. 3-ranked American in the 200 while Shoults moves to 12th.

    On Tuesday, Shoults struck gold in the 400 free with a lifetime-best time 3:48.81. After that race, he sent a comment to OCVarsity via text:

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    Trinity League insider: Albano-Barajas podcast debuts

    August 27th, 2015, 10:16 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Can't get enough coverage of Trinity League football? Well, OCVarsity has a new podcast for you.

    OCVarsity's Dan Albano has teamed with Trinity League insider Scott Barajas, former publisher of Orange County's Gridiron magazine, for an expanded venture into Orange County's toughest league.

    In their first installment, Dan and Scott discuss St. John Bosco's dominance, Servite's hire of Coach Scott Meyer, preview each team -- including Mater Dei, Orange Lutheran, Santa Margarita, JSerra -- and offer predictions on the playoff race and league MVP awards.

    Give their debut podcast a listen and return each week for in-depth Trinity League coverage.


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    Football: CIF-SS preseason polls

    August 26th, 2015, 9:27 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Three Orange County teams are No. 1 in their CIF-Southern Section rankings. Of course, two of the divisions, the Southwest and Southern, are exclusively Orange County divisions so an O.C. team will be No. 1. St. Margaret's is No. 1 in the East Valley Division, a smaller-schools division that covers a large geographic area.

    It is interesting that Santa Margarita is ranked ahead of Mater Dei in the Pac-5 Division. Our O.C. top 25 had Mater Dei at No. 1, Santa Margarita at No. 3. In a preason ranking, the difference between Nos. 1 and 3 is slim.

    The CIF-SS polls are created by coaches advisory committees. Here are the rankings for divisions that include Orange County teams. (Whittier Christian, the only county team in the the Northwest Division, was not in that division's top 10.)

    1.    St. Margaret’s (Academy)
    2.    Grace Brethren (Frontier)
    3.    St. Anthony (Santa Fe)
    4T.    Saddleback Valley Chr (San Joaquin)
    4T.    St. Genevieve (Santa Fe)
    6.    Desert (Desert Mountain)
    7.    Capistrano Valley Chr (San Jaoquin)
    8.    Brethren Christian (Academy)
    9.    Calvary Murrieta (South Valley)
    10T.  St. Monica Catholic (Santa Fe)
    10T.  Santa Paula (Frontier)

    1.    Garden Grove (Garden Grove)
    2.    Brea Olinda (North Hills)
    3.    Canyon/A (North Hills)
    4.    El Modena (North Hills
    5.    Westminster (Golden West)
    6.    Calvary Chapel/SA (Orange Coast)
    7.    Rancho Alamitos (Garden Grove)
    8.    Los Amigos (Garden Grove)
    9.    Estancia (Orange Coast)
    10.   Katella (Orange)

    1.    San Clemente (Sea View)
    2.    La Habra (Freeway)
    3.    Trabuco Hills (Sea View)
    4.    Villa Park (Crestview)
    5.    Corona del Mar (Pacific Coast)
    6.    Capistrano Valley (Sea View)
    7.    Buena Park (Freeway)
    8.    Foothill (Crestview)
    9.    Troy (Freeway)
    10.   Sonora (Freeway)

    1.    Vista Murrieta (Southwestern)
    2.    Rancho Cucamonga (Baseline)
    3.    Mission Viejo (South Coast)
    4.    Great Oak (Southwestern)
    5.    Tesoro (South Coast)
    6.    El Toro (South Coast)
    7.    Upland (Baseline)
    8.    Los Alamitos (Sunset)
    9.    Edison (Sunset)
    10.   Chino Hills (Baseline)

    1.    Centennial/Corona (Big VIII)
    2.    St John Bosco (Trinity)
    3.    Bishop Amat (Mission)
    4.    Santa Margarita (Trinity)
    5.    Mater Dei (Trinity)
    6.    LB Poly (Moore)
    7.    Crespi (Mission)
    8.    Alemany (Mission)
    9.    Orange Lutheran (Trinity)
    10.   Servite (Trinity)

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    Laguna Beach's Aria Fischer, Santa Margarita's Shoults win world junior titles

    August 25th, 2015, 9:49 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Laguna Beach water polo player Aria Fischer and Santa Margarita swimmer Grant Shoults are finishing the summer aquatics season as junior world champions.

    Fischer, a junior, led the U.S. women's water polo team to the gold Sunday at the FINA Junior World Championships in Greece. Fischer scored four goals as Team USA defeated Spain, 13-10, in the championship match.

    The U.S. team also included former All-County players Emily Loughlin (Santa Margarita/Cal), Stephanie Mutafyan (Los Alamitos/Cal) and Mackenzie Barr (Mater Dei/UCLA). Former Rosary standout Natalie Benson, recently inducted into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame, was an assistant coach on the squad.

    Shoults, a senior bound for Stanford and The Register's reigning male swimmer of the year, captured the 400-meter freestyle at FINA Junior Championships in Singapore on Tuesday with a lifetime-best time of 3 minutes, 48.91 seconds.

    Please send water polo and swimming news to Dan Albano at

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    Football: Four O.C. players selected preseason all-state by Cal-Hi

    August 16th, 2015, 11:51 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita quarterback and Stanford commit KJ Costello and three left tackles are the Orange County selections to the preseason Cal-Hi Sports first-team all-state football team.

    The linemen picked were: Mater Dei's Frank Martin (USC), Mission Viejo's Zack Aylor and JSerra's Luke Wattenberg (Washington).

    Cal-Hi mentioned that Santa Margarita wide receiver Dylan Crawford was considered for first team honors.

    Please send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at or on Twitter at @ocvarsityguy

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    Football recruiting: Santa Margarita's Costello grabs third at Elite 11

    July 30th, 2015, 8:05 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita senior-to-be quarterback KJ Costello (6-5, 218), a Stanford commit and Orange County's top-ranked class of 2016 recruit, finished third at the Elite 11 camp earlier this month in Oregon.

    Mississippi commit Shea Patterson (6-2, 195) took top honors, followed by Texas commit Shane Buechele (6-1, 185).

    "It was awesome," Costello said of the national camp. "I felt real good about what I did."

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    Santa Margarita's Shoults picks Stanford

    July 25th, 2015, 8:51 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Reigning Register boys swimmer of the year Grant Shoults has committed to Stanford, the Santa Margarita senior-to-be announced Saturday.

    "It's been an exciting process learning about some of the top swimming programs across the country and getting to know some of the best coaches and swimmers in the world," the Mission Viejo Nadadores club standout wrote in a text message.

    "Stanford has all the attributes I was seeking for my swimming career, education and future."

    Shoults earned the Register's top swimming award this past spring after capturing the 500-yard freestyle at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals in a county-record 4 minutes, 15.56 seconds and claiming the 200 freestyle in a national private high school record 1:34.54.

    Shoults is the first Santa Margarita swimmer to commit to Stanford. He plans to major in human biology.

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    Football recruiting: Santa Margarita's Crawford aiming for early-fall commitment

    July 17th, 2015, 8:08 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita wide receiver Dylan Crawford (6-1, 185), Orange County's second-ranked class of 2016 recruit, has narrowed his list of potential colleges and targeted a time frame for his decision.

    Crawford didn't play at the recent Edison passing tournament (foot) but shared his top-10 schools: Arizona, Arizona State, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Tennessee and Washington.

    So in the breakdown, the senior-to-be is interested in seven Pac-12 schools, one SEC, one Big Ten and one ACC.

    As for his decision, Crawford said: "I'll probably get it down to five (schools) and then I'll have a decision probably like second, third week of the season."

    He also recently attended The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. "It was good to see where I'm at," Crawford said of the tough competition.

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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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    Adrease Jackson transfers to Santa Margarita

    June 23rd, 2015, 8:21 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Adrease Jackson, who was All-Orange County last season as a sophomore at Tesoro, has transferred to Santa Margarita, his father Ben Jackson reported via email today.

    Santa Margarita athletic director Richard Schaaf confirmed that Jackson enrolled at Santa Margarita.

    Adrease Jackson, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged a team-high 18 points and eight rebounds a game for Tesoro this past season. He was named All-Orange County fourth team.

    Jackson was one of only two sophomores to receive All-County status; the other was Kaden Rasheed, a sophomore guard at Santa Margarita last season who was named to the third team.

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