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    Boys water polo flash: Servite's Hassan resigns

    December 11th, 2014, 1:10 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Respected Servite water polo coach Mustafa Hassan, who guided the Friars since 2008, has resigned to spend more time with his family and pursue other goals, he confirmed Thursday.

    "I think it's time to take a break (from coaching)," said Hassan, who has a 6-month-old son, Mateo, with his wife, Nicole.

    Hassan, 39, also has resigned as the boys swim coach at Servite but remains at the Trinity League school as a teacher. The Magnolia graduate started coaching out of a high school at under the late Grafton Weiss at Katella.

    Hassan guided Servite to the CIF-SS Division 2 water polo finals during his first season, falling to Mater Dei, 8-6, in the 2008 finale. The Friars knocked off Villa Park and Josh Samuels in the quarterfinals during their playoff run. Servite reached the semifinals in 2009 and then transitioned to Division 1 in 2010.

    This past season was a challenging one for Servite. The Friars were a county-ranked team but tied for second in the Trinity League with Santa Margarita and Orange Lutheran. But after losing a coin-flip, the Friars fell to Santa Margarita for third place and missed the playoffs because there were no at-large berths in boys water polo.

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    Mater Dei-Servite tickets available

    October 17th, 2014, 9:27 am by By STEVE FRYER

    There will be tickets available at Cerritos College tonight for the Mater Dei vs. Servite game.

    Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m.

    There will be ticket sales desks at two entrances -- the Mater Dei (visitor) side and the Servite side. Cash only. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $1 for children.

    Parking is free at Cerritos College, which is in Norwalk.

    Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

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    Swim: Servite's Marcin commits

    October 15th, 2014, 2:22 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Servite swimmer Stephen Marcin of the Irvine Novaquatics has committed to Penn, the swim club announced on Twitter.

    Marcin finished second in the 500-yard free last season at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals with a time of 4 minutes, 24.30 seconds. He also took fourth in the 200 free with a swift time of 1 minute, 38.16 seconds.

    Marcin also is a standout water polo for the county-ranked Friars, which makes him one of the best overall aquatics athletes in Orange County.

    Please send swimming recruiting news to Dan Akbano at

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    Football recruiting: Servite brothers offered by Texas Tech

    September 22nd, 2014, 5:13 pm by BY DAN ALBANO

    Servite's brothers duo of wide receivers Equanimeous (6-5, 190) and Osiris (6-1, 175) St. Brown have been offered by Texas Tech, Friars football coach A.J. Gass said Monday.

    Equanimeous, a senior, has several offers, including USC and UCLA, while his emerging brother, a sophomore, also has been offered by Washington State.

    Gass was high on Osiris before the season but has emerged as one of the Friars' top receivers, even making a highlight film-leap over a defender against Edison last week.

    Plaese send football recruiting news to Dan Albano at

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    Tempers flare after Servite defeats Edison (video)

    September 20th, 2014, 9:05 am by JONATHAN KHAMIS

    Postgame shenanigans marred what was a wonderfully played game between Servite and Edison.

    Edison was offended that Servite stuck to the pass late in the fourth quarter, after the game was well in hand. Servite head coach AJ Gass said he called for running plays, but quarterback Travis Waller improvised.

    A shouting match then commenced during postgame handshakes.

    Edison head coach Dave White screamed to the Servite side that someone said "I couldn't coach."

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    O.C. Hot 150 studs, snubs after Week 2

    September 17th, 2014, 11:32 am by BY DAN ALBANO

    Here's another review of The Register's annual Hot 150 list of football players to watch in a blog I'm calling "Hot 150 studs and snubs."

    The "studs" are ranked players who are having great seasons and the "snubs" are players exceeding my expectations or who I ranked low on my list or perhaps not at all.

    I'm keeping this positive, so those are my only two categories.


    Malcolm Dixon, Sunny Hills, Jr. -- Dixon (5-11, 170) didn't make the Hot 150 but is generating a buzz with his play for the 3-0 Lancers. As the quarterback, he has rushed for 178 yards and 7 TDs and also thrown for a score. Sunny Hills is averaging about 50 carries a game as a team. On defense, the cornerback has two interceptions, both from his spectacular, five-TD performance against Pioneer in the season opener.

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    "Mr. C" -- Frank Cicero -- funeral information

    September 17th, 2014, 10:37 am by By STEVE FRYER

    Frank Cicero, an omnipresent man in Orange County sports, died from heart failure last week.

    He coached football at Servite and is the father of longtime county football assistant coach Bobby Cicero and grandfather to a couple of great Servite players of the past, Greg and Joe Cicero. Frank -- "Mr. C" as he was often called -- was friends with Rams coach Chuck Knox, all-time Angels great Jim Fregosi and many more.

    Mr. C might have umpired one of your Little League games.

    The viewing will be Monday at Dimond & Shannon Mortuary at 10630 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. A second viewing beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the same location followed by the Rosary at 6:30 p.m.

    The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Columban Catholic Church next Wednesday at 10 a.m. Burial will be held after Mass at Holy Sepulchur Cemetery in Orange.

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    OCVarsity Gridiron: Edison's Trinity test (video)

    September 16th, 2014, 4:55 pm by BY JONATHAN KHAMIS

    OCVarstiy's Steve Fryer, Dan Albano and Jonathan Khamis travel to Edison High to preview the Chargers' Trinity League test -- back-to-back games against Servite and Mater Dei - which starts this week.

    Interviews with Edison quarterback Matt Gane and Coach Dave White.

    Video by Jonathan Khamis,


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    OCVarsity Gridiron: Drastic changes in Top 10 (video)

    September 2nd, 2014, 8:57 pm by JONATHAN KHAMIS

    Steve Fryer, Dan Albano, and Jonathan Khamis discuss what was learned from Week 0 and changes to the Top 10.

    Is Los Alamitos for real this year?

    Also previews of the games of the week, including Foothill vs. Tustin and more.

    Video by Jonathan Khamis,

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    Baseball: Servite pitcher commits to Arizona

    July 30th, 2014, 8:46 am by By DAN ALBANO

    Servite senior-to-be right-handed pitcher Michael Flynn has committed to Arizona, the Trinity League school reports.

    Last season, Flynn went 1-1 with a 1.02 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings. He also played center field and batted .284.

    “The University of Arizona is a great place for Michael, the sky is the limit for him. He is a tremendous athlete that should do well with the Wildcats,” Servite coach Shawn Gilbert said in a statement.

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