Oxford Academy’s Angie Choi commits to MIT for women’s basketball

High-scoring Oxford Academy point guard Angie Choi has committed to Division III MIT, the Patriots’ girls basketball program announced.

The 5-foot-3 Choi led Orange County in scoring last season by averaging 21.6 points. She shined for a team that finished 12-16 after graduating seven seniors from its CIF-SS Division 2-A runner-up squad in 2019.

Choi also averaged 4.1 assists and 3.7 steals last season. She scored a season-high 36 points in a 53-51 loss against Cerritos.

In three seasons at Oxford Academy, Choi ranks second in school history in scoring (1,323 points) and owns the school record for 3-pointers (128). She made 56 of her 168 attempts (33 percent) from beyond the arc last season.

MIT reached the Division III postseason in 2018 and 2019, losing in the first round each year. The Engineers also won their New England conference title in 2018 and 2019, and placed second last season.

Assistant Meghan O’Connell was named the team’s interim coach in September.

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SoCal club football league organized by Winner Circle Athletics aims to play in Arizona starting Dec. 28

A Southern California club football league at the center of discussion among high school coaches and administrators plans to begin later this month in Bullhead City, Ariz., organizer Jordan Campbell of Winner Circle Athletics in Corona said Saturday, Dec. 19.

Campbell, who owns the Winner Circle Athletics’ training and wellness center, said the league’s Elite 10 will play a showcase Dec. 28-29 and continue with games Jan. 8, Jan. 22 and Feb. 15. Most dates pair 10 teams in five games.

The league’s plans arrive as the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recently released guidelines that will allow high school and youth sports to begin competition as early as Jan. 25, if they can meet certain health conditions.

The CDPH announced on Dec. 14 that football, for example, can be played in a county that has cleared regional, stay-at-home orders and has reached the orange tier (moderate risk) in the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system. Nearly all of the 58 counties in the state are in the purple tier (widespread risk) as cases have spiked in recent weeks.

The updated guidelines have cast doubt about whether the high school football season can be played, especially in hard-hit Southern California.

High school football is a fall sport that was scheduled to start Jan. 7 and could be played as late as April 17, CIF Southern Section commissioner Rob Wigod said.

The CIF State has canceled its regional and state playoffs to allow as much time as possible to schedule games. The Southern Section has indicated it could make a similar move.

State executive director Ron Nocetti also has said that the federation will advocate for football and others sports in the orange and yellow tiers to placed in tiers that will allow competition sooner.

Moving football to the spring season, officials say, isn’t a viable option because of safety reasons related to the proximity to the fall of ’21 season.

Youth sports teams from Southern California began traveling to Arizona and other places to compete after California prohibited competition on Aug. 3. High school and youth sports were limited to physical conditioning and skill development in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

The rise of club football has been a new trend for high schools, raising questions about rules and participation. Because of the pandemic, CIF State adjusted its rules for this school year to allow athletes to compete in club sports at the same time as high school athletics.

Mater Dei High football coach Bruce Rollinson recently said that he will encourage his players to hold off playing club and to wait for the high school season.

“What I tell them is ‘Hold tight fellas. Lets stay together because I truly believe there is going to be a season,’ ” Rollinson said. “Our preference is to play CIF football. … If a parent wants to meet with me (about club), and decide, I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Ultimately, the parent is the provider. The parent ultimately makes the decision.”

Rollinson said the subject of forming a Mater Dei club team if the high school season were canceled has come up but those discussions have been preliminary.

“I’d look into it in a heartbeat if it got my team on the field but I think there will be other solutions to get us on the field of play,” he said. “I just say my prayers every night that they get to play together and we have a season.”

Campbell, who played at Norco High before moving on to USC and the NFL, has advice for players whose high school coaches ask them not to play the club league. “Listen to your high school coach and keep your high school program first,” he said.

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Fairmont Prep girls basketball players Kayla Ishibashi, AnLing Su Vera commit to colleges

Fairmont Prep senior guards Kayla Ishibashi and AnLing Su Vera have committed to strong, Division III college programs, Huskies girls basketball coach Sara Brown said.

Ishibashi, a 5-foot-6 shooting guard, has pledged to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps while Su Vera, a 5-foot-3 point guard, has selected Division III powerhouse Amherst College in Massachusetts.

Amherst College reached the Division III Sweet 16 in March but the tournament was canceled because of the pandemic. The Mammoths also reached the Sweet 16 the previous season and captured back-to-back national titles in 2017-18 with 33-0 records.

Ishibashi joins former Oxford Academy standout forward Austyn Masuno at Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, a regular contender in the SCIAC now led by second-year coach Chanel Murchison.

Su Vera and Ishibashi helped Fairmont Prep finish as the CIF Southern Section Division 2AA runner-up to league rival Orangewood Academy last season and reach the first round of the CIF State Division 1 SoCal regionals.

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Mater Dei offensive lineman Ross Maseuli commits to San Diego State

San Diego State’s recruiting class for 2021 has added another Trinity League football standout.

Mater Dei High offensive lineman Ross Maseuli committed on Wednesday, Dec. 2 to the Aztecs, giving the Mountain West Conference program three recruits with Trinity League ties.

All Glory 2 God!!! Please respect my decision🙏🏽🙏🏽🔴⚪⚫pic.twitter.com/zI9ZaBp59B

— Ross Maseuli (@RossMaseuli) December 2, 2020

Maseuli joins a recruiting class that includes Servite defensive back Noah Avinger and former JSerra safety New Zealand Williams, now at St. Bernard in Playa Del Rey.

San Diego State has 20 commits from the class of 2021 and ranks second in the Mountain West Conference to Boise State, according to 247sports.

Maseuli (6-3, 350) spent last season at JSerra but didn’t play because his transfer from Cathedral Catholic in San Diego wasn’t cleared by the Southern Section.

He also was offered by Alabama, Arizona and Fresno State among others.

The early signing period for football is Dec. 16.

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Mission Viejo’s Ryder Fitch, Mater Dei’s Marceese Yetts commit to Air Force


Mater Dei Monarchs running back Marceese Yetts (5) runs for yards against the St. John Bosco Braves during the first half of the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 1 High School Football Championship game at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif. on Saturday November 30, 2019. (Photo by Raul Romero Jr, Contributing Photographer)

Mission Viejo High and Mater Dei might be Division 1 rivals in football but the programs will have something in common if they clash again in the playoffs in 2021.

Cornerback Ryder Fitch of Mission Viejo and running back Marceese Yetts of Mater Dei have recently committed to Air Force.

Fitch (5-11, 175) earned second-team All-South Coast League honors last season.

He is the second Mission Viejo defensive back to commit to Air Force in recent years, joining former teammate Deavyn Woullard, now at UCLA.

“I picked (Air Force) because of the opportunities after the academy and how it sets you up for life,” Fitch said. “I also had a good relationship with the coaches and took my own visit to the campus. I feel like it’s a good fit for me.”

The speedy Yetts (5-8, 175) was a second-team All-Trinity League selection last season. He led the Monarchs in rushing with 578 yards, added 12 catches for 121 yards and returned kicks.

Yetts highlighted his 2019 campaign by rushing for 96 yards on 13 carries against St. John Bosco in the Trinity League.

He said Air Force recruited him as an all-purpose back.

Yetts plans to major engineering.

Air Force’s roster includes former Pacifica quarterback Ben Jefferson, now a wide receiver, punter Charles Bein (San Clemente) and defensive end Chris Kane (San Clemente).

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Brea Olinda tennis ace Kayla Meraz honors coach at signing day celebration

Brea Olinda High tennis ace Kayla Meraz paid homage to one of her coaches on National Signing Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The All-County player celebrated signing a national letter of intent with Arizona with a festive gathering at Fullerton Tennis Center, where she trains privately with Coach Dave Mann.

“Dave Mann has done so much for,” said Meraz’s father Rich, “it was only fitting.”

Mann was Meraz’s first coach and remains a key mentor for the senior, Rich said.

Meraz, who reached the semifinals of the CIF-SS individual championships last season, also trains privately with Hector Chairez at Monarch Beach Tennis Club in Dana Point.

Mann also has trained Troy All-County senior Jenna Sabile.

Meraz also celebrated Signing Day with her brothers Ryan and Roman and her grandmother, Margret, who made an impressive cake with Arizona’s symbolic red A outlined in white and blue.

Check the #NationalSigningDay cake made for Brea Olinda tennis ace and #Arizona signee Kayla Meraz by her grandmother! ⁦@CupcakeWarsTV⁩ should sign grandma! 🎾➕🍰💯@ocvarsitypic.twitter.com/vxRmHdO09t

— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) November 12, 2020

In other tennis recruiting news Wednesday, Huntington Beach senior and reigning Register player of the year Kaytlin Taylor signed with Cal State Fullerton.

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Top committed Orange County, Trinity League football recruits, Nov. 9

The top committed Orange County and Trinity League football recruits from the Class of 2021 as of Monday, Nov. 9, 2020:

Name, School, Position, Height, Weight, College

Anton Ambuehl, St. John Bosco, OL, 6-6, 280,UNLV

Mavin Anderson, Mission Viejo, WR, 6-0, 190, Cal

Noah Avinger, Servite, CB, 5-11, 165, San Diego State

Cole Batson, San Clemente, S, 6-4, 190, Boston College

Kamren Blanton, St. John Bosco, CB, 5-11, 175, UNLV

James Bohls, San Clemente, LB, 6-3, 210, Arizona

Thomas Bouda, Corona del Mar, OL, 6-4, 250, Army

Malik Brooks, Los Alamitos, RB, 6-2, 205, Fresno State

Noah Chase, Orange Lutheran, S, 5-9, 160, Kenyon College

Beaux Collins, St. John Bosco, WR, 6-3, 195, Clemson

Peter Costelli, Mission Viejo, QB, 6-3, 200, Utah

Jaylin Davies, Mater Dei, CB, 6-1, 175, Oregon

Raesjon Davis, Mater Dei, OLB, 6-1, 215, LSU

Cristian Dixon, Mater Dei, WR, 6-2, 190, Michigan

Nicholas Fryhoff, Foothill, DE, 6-5, 235, Penn

Maximus Gibbs, St. John Bosco, OL, 6-6, 385, USC

Scott Giuliano, Corona del Mar, TE, 6-5, 225, Harvard

Sammy Green, Huntington Beach, RB, 5-9, 180, UNLV

Tommy Griffin, Corona del Mar, DB, 6-2 185, Cal Poly SLO

JT Hand, Mission Viejo, C, 6-3, 295, Arizona

Maurice Heims, Santa Margarita, DE, 6-6, 240, Washington

Carson Irons, Sunny Hills, LB, 6-0, 200, Princeton

Jack Kosick, Edison, WR/DB, 6-0, 170, Penn

Mitch Leigber, Laguna Hills, S, 6-1, 200, Stanford

Ashton Logan, Orange Lutheran, P, 6-2, 185, Colorado

Caleb Manson, El Modena, DE, 6-4, 225, Nevada

Easton Mascarenas, Mission Viejo, LB, 6-0, 200, Oregon State

Shancco Matautia, Servite, 6-3 320, OL, Idaho State

George Miki-Han, Mater Dei, C, 6-1, 300, Colorado State

Mason Murphy, JSerra, OL, 6-5, 287, USC

Tyler Narayan, Mater Dei, DL, 6-1, 255, Navy

Nick Ostlund, St. Margaret’s, DL, 6-3, 260, Penn

Jake Parsons, Edison, OL, 6-4, 285, UC Davis

Tj Patu, La Habra, OLB, 6-4, 190, Colorado

Faaeanuu Pepe, Orange Lutheran, OL, 6-5, 320, Rice

Mason Randolph, Yorba Linda, OL, 6-4, 210, Boise State

Bentley Redden, San Clemente, TE, 6-5, 220, BYU

RJ Regan, Orange Lutheran, CB, 6-1, 170, Arizona State

Andrew Simpson, St. John Bosco, LB, 6-1, 225, Kansas

Jake Trachtman, Corona del Mar, OL, 6-7, 295, Cal Poly SLO

Kyron Ware-Hudson, Mater Dei, WR, 6-2, 205, Oregon

Jason White, Orange Lutheran, OL, 6-5, 295, Boise State

Derek Wilkins, Santa Margarita, DE, 6-5, 240, Cal

Please send updates and football recruiting news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter and Instagram

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Foothill defensive end Nicholas Fryhoff finds winning combination at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania’s combination of football and academics was too enticing for Nicholas Fryhoff to resist.

The Foothill High defensive end recently committed to the Ivy League contender, picking the Quakers over a few other schools, including Arizona of the Pac-12.

“I have a chance to join the Wharton School at UPenn, which is the top business school in the country,” Fryhoff, a senior, explained.

“By being a part of a program like this, as well as having the opportunity to build connections with so many people involved with Wharton, UPenn puts me in the best position to reach my full potential in the professional world.

“In regards to athletics, the UPenn football family is unlike any other. Their top-notch facilities and amazing coaching staff produce some of the best athletes in the Ivy League, including a few NFL players.”

Last fall, Fryhoff (6-5, 235) helped Foothill win the North Hills League title and go 11-1 overall. The Knights beat Villa Park and Yorba Linda in nonleague games.

Fryhoff was a second-team all-North Hills League selection from a strong defense.

He is the second class of 2021 recruit from Orange County to commit to Penn, joining St. Margaret’s defensive lineman Nick Ostund.

The duo continues a strong flow of O.C. football recruits to Penn. Last season, former St. Margaret’s wide out Ryan Cragun led the Quakers in receiving with 58 catches for 885 yards. JSerra products Nick Robinson and Sam Philippi were standouts at quarterback and defensive back, respectively.

La Habra quarterback Ryan Zanelli and Mater Dei outside linebacker Nate White are freshmen to watch. Penn last earned a share of the Ivy League title in 2016.

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College commits Thomas Bouda, Jake Trachtman raise profile of Corona del Mar linemen

Corona del Mar High football has become known for its record-setting quarterbacks and wide receivers, and gifted tight ends.

But don’t forget about the Sea Kings’ linemen, especially in the class of 2021.

Seniors Thomas Bouda and Jake Trachtman both recently committed to college programs.

Bouda (6-4, 270) committed to Army as a defensive tackle while Trachtman (6-7, 295) committed to Cal Poly SLO as an offensive tackle.

Bouda said he picked Army for its academics, camaraderie, coaching staff and opportunities after football.

“Army is the No. 1 leadership school in the country and I want to be part of something that is bigger than me,” he said.

Trachtman said he is excited to attend Cal Poly SLO, a member of the Big Sky Conference and another school with a strong reputation for academics.

At Corona del Mar, Bouda and Trachtman also team up to play offensive line. Bouda was the Sunset League’s offensive lineman of the year last season.

Both players helped the Sea Kings finish 16-0 last season with CIF-SS Division 3 and CIF State Division 1-A titles. Corona del Mar’s 16-game winning streak is the third longest active streak in the state.

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Orange Lutheran punter Ashton Logan commits to Colorado

Punters usually don’t receive scholarships coming out of high school. Those rewards seem to go to every other position except punter.

Orange Lutheran High senior Ashton Logan isn’t your usual punter.

The Chris Sailer Kicking five-star recruit has committed to Colorado as a scholarship punter.

“I’m super-excited and blessed,” Logan said of his commitment to the Pac-12 school. “I’ve worked extremely hard to master my craft and playing for a Power 5 program has always been the dream.”

Sailer describes Logan (6-2, 185) as having a live leg with the ability to combine distance and hang time.

“He is averaging 45-plus yards and 4.4-plus (seconds) hang time,” Sailer writes in his evaluation of Logan. “Also shows the ability to hit 50-plus yard punts, with 5.0-plus hang time. … Fantastic prospect.”

Logan could be Orange County’s best punting prospect since Mater Dei’s Ryan Stonehouse, now a standout senior at Colorado State.

Last season, Logan was selected the Trinity League’s MVP Kicker.

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