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    Swim: O.C. foursome set for Junior Pan Pacific Championships

    August 27th, 2014, 12:46 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Two-time Register swimmer of year Corey Okubo, Crean Lutheran senior and former Register swimmer of the year Ella Eastin, Capistrano Valley senior Nick Norman and Santa Margarita junior Grant Shoults, pictured left, are set to race for Team USA at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui, starting Wednesday.

    Okubo is a recent University graduate headed to Princeton.

    The four-day meet is for top up-and-coming swimmers ages 13-18, on the first day of the meet. Norman and Shoults are from the Mission Viejo Nadadores club while Okubo and Eastin represent Aquazot and SOCAL, respectively, in club. All four swimmers were All-County in the spring.

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    McLaughlin grabs bronze at Pan Pacific champs

    August 21st, 2014, 10:46 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita senior swimmer and reigning Register female athlete of the year Katie McLaughlin claimed a major international medal Thursday at the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

    The 17-year-old from the Mission Viejo Nadadores club finished third in the 200-meter butterfly with a lifetime-best time of 2 minutes, 7.08 seconds, eighth fastest in the world this year.

    McLaughlin's time also ranks second all-time for U.S. girls in the 17-18 age-group, just off the Kathleen Hersey's 2008 age-group record of 2:06.96.

    American Cammile Adams, 22, won in 2:06.61 while Japan's Natsumi Hoshi, 24, took the silver in 2:06.68. Adams became the first U.S. woman to claim gold in the 200 fly at Pan Pac's since Summer Sanders in 1991.

    McLaughlin also likely claimed a spot on the U.S. team for next summer's FINA World Championships in Russia. The Register's reigning female swimmer of the year emerged from the Phillips 66 Nationals Championships and Pan Pacific Championships -- the two qualifying meets for Worlds -- as the No. 2-ranked American woman to Adams in the 200 fly.

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    Swim: McLaughlin among the contenders for Day 1 of Nationals

    August 5th, 2014, 11:37 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    What to watch Wednesday at the Phillips 66 National Championships

    Where: William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center

    Events: 200-meter butterfly, 100 free, women’s 800 free, men’s 1,500 free

    Times: Prelims, 9 a.m.; finals, 6 p.m.

    Preview: While Michael Phelps could be part of a blistering final in the men’s 100 free, Katie Ledecky, 17, might emerge as the star of the night in the 800 free, one of world-record events. “There’s a good amount of focus (for me) on this meet,” she said Tuesday. Former Edison and Cal standout Tom Shields, Katie McLaughlin,pictured, of the Mission Viejo Nadadores and Santa Margarita High and Corey Okubo of Aquazot are contenders in the 200 butterfly. Ex-Nadadore Chloe Sutton, now living in North Carolina, also could be in the mix in the 800.

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    Football recruiting: Santa Margarita's Wade picks UCLA

    August 1st, 2014, 2:38 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita senior-to-be defensive end Rick Wade (6-5, 245) has committed to UCLA, he confirmed Friday.

    "The campus is unparalleled and the coaching staff is a lot like me and they are the people that can take me to the next level," Wade said in a text message.

    Last season, he was the Eagles' fourth-leading tackler with 67 total tackles and was second in sacks with four.

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    Santa Margarita's Costello lands 'dream' offer

    July 31st, 2014, 10:14 pm by By DAN ALBANO

    Santa Margarita junior-to-be quarterback KJ Costello (6-5, 210) said via twitter Thursday night that he has been offered by USC.

    His post on @kj_costello read,

    "Been dreaming of this ever since I could remember. Feeling blessed to say I just received an offer from USC #FightOn"

    Costello also has been offered by UCLA and Arizona State this week.

    In other recruiting news, Greg Biggins of FOX and Scout reports that Santa Margarita lineman Rick Wade has committed to UCLA.

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    Santa Margarita's Blancs share national honor

    July 22nd, 2014, 11:17 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Santa Margarita co-coaches and brothers Rich and Ron Blanc were named national girls swimming coaches of the year by the National High School Coaches Association.

    The Eagles' girls swimming team won its 15th consecutive Trinity League championship this past school year, and were CIF-Southern Section Division 1 champions.

    Mater Dei's Gary McKnight was named national boys basketball coach of the year by the NHSCA.

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    Mater Dei state school of the year

    July 12th, 2014, 10:54 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Mater Dei is state school of the year as selected by

    It is the second straight year as state school of the year for Mater Dei. The school also was awarded the honor in the 1996-97, 1994-95 and 1991-92 school years.

    CalHiSports had eight Mater Dei teams among the top 10 teams in various sports. The Monarchs were state champions in boys basketball and boys track and field.

    Mater Dei teams advanced to CIF-Southern Section finals in boys and girls water polo, girls basketball, girls volleyball and football.

    Honorable mentions went to Mission Viejo in the Division 1 category, Laguna Beach in Division 3 and St. Margaret's in Division 5.

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    Rasheed brothers transfer to Santa Margarita

    July 10th, 2014, 10:58 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Kaden and Noah Rasheed have enrolled at Santa Margarita and are playing with the Eagles boys basketball team this summer, Santa Margarita coach Jeff Reinert confirmed today.

    The brothers, 5-foot-11 guards, were at Mission Viejo last school year.

    Kaden averaged 19 points a game last year as a freshman and was All-CIF Southern Section Division 1AA first team. Noah averaged 10 points last year as a sophomore.

    "They're nice kids," Reinert said. "They're hard workers, they're talented and it's nice to see them here."

    Santa Margarita won the CIF-SS Division 3AA championship last season. The Eagles lost several top players to graduation, including All-County second-team guard Devonte Klines and fourth-team forward Joe Furstinger. Six of last year's Eagles are expected to play college basketball this coming season.

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    Baseball: Five O.C. players on All-State first team

    July 7th, 2014, 10:44 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Five Orange County players were named to the CalHiSports All-California baseball first team released Monday.

    The county’s first-team selections are pitchers Griffin Canning of Santa Margarita and Scott Schultz of Fountain Valley; infielders Josh Morgan of Orange Lutheran and Brian Schales of Edison; and utility Parker Joe Robinson of JSerra.

    All five county players on the all-state first team were All-Orange County first team. Robinson was county player of the year.

    Morgan was selected in the third round by the Texas Rangers in last month’s draft. Schales was a fourth-round pick of the Miami Marlins. The Colorado Rockies took Canning in the 38th round.

    Nine county players made CalHiSports’ all-state second team: Nathan Rodriguez, catcher, El Dorado; Matt Ruff, catcher, Valencia, Noah Davis, pitcher, Huntington Beach; Tristan Hildebrandt, infielder, Esperanza; Louis Raymond, outfielder, Dana Hills; Hudson Hughes, utility, Foothill; and Kyle Molnar, utility.

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    Football: Recruiting updates

    June 18th, 2014, 12:05 pm by ANTONIO MORALES

    Another big offer rolled in for San Clemente quarterback Sam Darnold this morning. The senior-to-be was offered by the University of Oregon, which was announced by Tritons coach Jaime Ortiz on Twitter on Wednesday morning.

    The Ducks join the likes of Oregon State, Utah, Tennessee, Northwestern, Nevada and some other schools as among those who have offered Darnold a scholarship.

    Darnold and Servite quarterback Travis Waller, who is also getting his fair share of attention from colleges, are finalists for the Elite 11 QB camp, which takes place next month.

    On Tuesday, Santa Margarita rising junior quarterback KJ Costello announced over Twitter that he was offered a scholarship by Alabama. Costello has been offered by defending national champion Florida State as well.

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