SoCal Varsity honors the top fall sports athletes in Southern California

The Southern California News Group honors the top high school athletes for the fall sports with its SoCal Varsity Sports Awards.

SCNG’s team of high school sports reporters have selected the Athletes of the Year and All-SoCal teams in football, girls volleyball, boys water polo, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls golf.

Read all of the stories online (links below) and in a special section that is included in all of SCNG’s newspapers on Sunday, Dec. 22.

SOCAL VARSITY FALL SPORTS AWARDS

Football | Athlete of the Year: Bryce Young, Mater Dei | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls volleyball | Athlete of the Year: Kami Miner, Redondo | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys water polo | Athlete of the Year: Nolan Krutonog, Daily News | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls tennis | Athlete of the Year: Kammi Hance, Peninsula | All-SoCal First Team |

Boys cross country | Athlete of the Year: Nico Young, Newbury Park | All-SoCal First Team |

Girls cross coutnry | Athlete of the Year: Savannah Scriven, Palos Verdes | All-SoCal First Team | 

Girls golf | Athlete of the Year: Caroline Canales, Calabasas | All-SoCal First Team

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Orange County girls tennis to be well-represented at CIF-SS individual semifinals

Orange County girls tennis will be well-represented Friday at the CIF-SS individual championships at Seal Beach Tennis Center.

Three of the four doubles teams in the semifinal are from the county while junior Kayla Meraz of Brea Olinda also made the final day of the tournament.

The finals will follow the semifinals Friday.

In doubles, top-seeded and Pacific Coast League champion Mya Wang and Emily Markus of University defeated Elaine Wu and Rakel Ang of San Marino 7-5, 7-5 on Thursday to reach the semifinals against Laguna Beach’s Ella Pachal and Sarah MacCallum.

The Wave League champions defeated Milana Molnar and Bailey Smolinski of San Juan Hills 6-0, 7-6 in another quarterfinal.

Beckman sophomores Victoria Aguiree and Kaitlyn Nguyen, the Pacific Coast League runner-ups, advanced to the semifinals by defeating Arcadia’s Makaila Cheng and Cara Hung 6-2, 6-3.

In singles, Brea Olinda junior Kayla Meraz advanced to the semifinals by defeating Troy junior Jenna Sabile 6-4, 6-1. Meraz, the North Hills League runner-up, will face Chadwick senior and Wake Forest commit Casie Wooten in the 9 a.m. semifinals.

 

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Baseball and boys tennis playoffs schedule Friday, May 10

The Orange County high school sports playoff schedule for Friday, May 10:

BASEBALL

CIF-SS Playoffs

Quarterfinals

Games 3:15 p.m. unless noted

DIVISION 1

Orange Lutheran at Harvard-Westlake

Huntington Beach at Aliso Niguel

Yucaipa at Cypress

DIVISION 2

El Segundo at Santa Margarita

Norco at Villa Park

DIVISION 3

Serra at Yorba Linda

Ocean View at La Canada

DIVISION 4

Irvine at Sonora

Loara at Kennedy

DIVISION 5

Pasadena Poly at Estancia

Century at Xavier Prep

DIVISION 6

Vista del Lago at Costa Mesa

 

BOYS TENNIS

CIF-SS Playoffs

Championships

At the Claremont Club, Claremont

Open Division: University vs. Harvard-Westlake, 10:45 a.m.

Division 1: Beckman vs. Sage Hill, 10:30 a.m.

Division 3: San Juan Hills vs. Mater Dei, 1 p.m.

 

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CIF-SS boys tennis playoffs: Wednesday’s scores, championship matchups and schedule

Scores from the CIF-SS boys tennis semifinals on Wednesday and the schedule for Friday’s championship games.

BOYS TENNIS

OPEN DIVISION

Semifinals

University 11, Mira Costa 6

Harvard-Westlake 14, Palos Verdes 4

DIVISION 1

Semifinals

Beckman 10, San Clemente 8

Sage Hill 9, Ventura 9 (Sage Hill wins on games 80-63)

DIVISION 2

Semifinals

Calabasas 15, Cypress 3

Pasadena Poly 15, Walnut 3

DIVISION 3

Semifinals

San Juan Hills 10, Redlands East Valley 8

Mater Dei 11, Trabuco Hills 7

DIVISION 4

Semifinals

Maranatha 15, Canyon Springs 3

Flintridge Prep 9, Bishop Montgomery 9 (Flintridge Prep wins on games 74-62)

DIVISION 5

Semifinals

Sultana 10, Montclair 8

Oak Hills 12, Indian Springs 6

Championships schedule

Friday, May 10

at The Claremont Club

Open Division: University vs. Harvard-Westlake, 10:45 a.m.

Division 1: Beckman vs. Sage Hill, 10:30 a.m.

Division 2: Calabasas vs. Pasadena Poly, 11 a.m.

Division 3: San Juan Hills vs. Mater Dei, 1 p.m.

Division 4: Maranatha vs. Flintridge Prep, 1:15 p.m.

Division 5: Sultana vs. Oak Hills, 1:30 p.m.

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Orange County boys volleyball, boys tennis and lacrosse schedule for Wednesday, May 8

The playoff schedule for the Orange County teams on Wednesday, May 8:

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Semifinals

Matches 6 p.m. unless noted 

DIVISION 1

Newport Harbor at Loyola

DIVISION 2

Saddleback Valley Christian at West Ranch

Beckman at Oak Park

DIVISION 3

Quartz Hill at Woodbridge

Peninsula at Kennedy

DIVISION 5

Ocean View vs. Pacifica Christian/SM, at St. Bernard High

El Modena at Montebello

DIVISION 6

Oxford Academy at Rio Hondo Prep

 

BOYS LACROSSE

O.C. Championships final

Foothill vs. St. Margaret’s, at Newport Harbor High, 7:15 p.m.

GIRLS LACROSSE

O.C. Championships final

Foothill vs. St. Margaret’s, at Newport Harbor High, 5 p.m.

 

BOYS TENNIS

Semifinals

Games 3 p.m. unless noted

OPEN DIVISION

Mira Costa at University

DIVISION 1

San Clemente at Beckman

Ventura at Sage Hill

DIVISION 2

Calabasas at Cypress

DIVISION 3

Redlands East Valley at San Juan Hills

Mater Dei at Trabuco Hills

 

 

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University boys seeded second to Harvard-Westlake for All-American tennis tournament

University and Harvard-Westlake are ranked first-second, respectively, in the latest CIF-SS Division 1 boys tennis poll.

But entering this weekend’s 20th National High School Tennis All-American Tournament, they flipped spots.

Harvard-Westlake is seeded first while University is second for the prestigious 16-team tournament, which runs Friday and Saturday in Orange County.

University edged Harvard-Westlake 9-9 on games about a month ago but the Wolverines are the reigning CIF-SS Division 1 champion

The tournament begins Friday at 8:30 a.m. at University and Corona del Mar and progresses toward Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. final at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach.

University opens by playing host to Brophy Jesuit Prep of Phoenix, Ariz. at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Corona del Mar, the only other county team in the field, plays host to Gilman of Maryland in another 8:30 a.m. start on Friday.

Torrey Pines and defending champion Menlo are seeded third, fourth respectively. Division 1 contender Peninsula and Palos Verdes also are part of the field.

 

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Northwood girls tennis flexes muscle, dispatches Sunset League champion Newport Harbor

NEWPORT BEACH The Pacific Coast League has been called the Southeastern Conference of high school girls tennis.

In the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs, the group backed up that claim Wednesday.

Northwood, an at-large team from the PCL, defeated Sunset League champion and host Newport Harbor, 11-7, to reach Friday’s second round against undefeated and fourth-seeded Arcadia.

The Timberwolves, who tied for third in league with Beckman, won six of nine matches in singles and five of nine in doubles. They were also able to play 15 players, courtesy of substitutions in the final round.

“It shows you the strength of our league,” Northwood coach John Tichy said. “We’re a fourth-place team, we get an at-large and have to play a first-place team and then be able to win. … The league is just outstanding.”

Northwood was paced by its No. 1 singles of Michelle Kroll and Deepika Reddy. The juniors won their two matches, 6-0, 6-4, before Northwood inserted its reserves.

“A little bit more depth in singles and a little more depth in doubles,” Newport Harbor coach Kristen Case said of Northwood. “I’m proud of the way we fought.”

Newport Harbor (16-3) was paced by Sunset singles champion Nicole Knickerbocker, who swept her singles matches, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1, to improve to 58-3. She beat Northwood standout Shweta Kumar, 6-4.

“We were expecting it to be tough,” Knickerbocker, a senior, said. “We gave it our all.”

 

 

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Orange County scores and players stats for Friday: 10-13-17

This is where you can find the scores and stats for the Orange County high school games on Friday, Oct. 13.

GIRLS GOLF

GIRLS TENNIS
Corona del Mar 16, Beckman 2

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
JSerra def. Orange Lutheran, 18-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20.

BOYS WATER POLO
Savanna 13, Estancia 12
Goals: (Sav) Hunt 10, Martinez, Nguyen, Vasquez. Saves: Fish (Sav) 12.
Segerstrom 14, Loara 1
Goals: (Loa) Orozco.

 

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Orange County high school schedule: Saturday, Sept. 16

The Orange County high school schedule for Saturday, Sept. 16.

Football
Oak Grove vs. La Habra at Mission Viejo High, 1:30 p.m., Mater Dei vs. Bergen Catholic at Mission Viejo High, 7:30 p.m.

Cross country
Woodvridge Invitational (Canyon, Brea Olinda, Northwood)

Girls tennis
First Serve Tournament (El Dorado, Yorba Linda)

Girls volleyball
Whittier Tournament (Troy, Segerstrom, Westminster), Durango Classic (Villa Park, Mater Dei), Camarillo Tournament (Woodbridge), Valley Christian/Bellflow Tournament (Brea Olinda, El Modena, Sonora), Las Vegas Tournament (El Dorado), Kennedy Tournament (Valencia), Orange at Rancho Alamitos

Boys water polo
Jaguar Classic at Segerstrom (San Juan Hills, Woodbridge), Chino Hills Tournament (La Habra, Brea Olinda, Pacifica), Western Tournament (Godinez), Servite Tournament (University, Beckman, Capistrano Valley, Irvine)

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Girls tennis preview: Top five Orange County teams to watch in 2017

The Register’s Orange County girls tennis preview:

TOP FIVE TEAMS TO WATCH

1.Corona del Mar: Loaded Sea Kings return co-player of the year Danielle Willson and added standout transfers Annika Bassey and Kristina Evloeva.

2. University: The Trojans, Division 1 semifinalists in 2016, recently edged Dana Hills on a tiebreaker after the teams tied sets, 9-9, and games, 74-74.

3. Dana Hills: The defending South Coast League co-champions are led by rising junior Courtney Swift, who recently beat University ace Cami Brown, 6-2.

4. San Clemente: The Tritons and Utah commit Lindsay Hung shared the South Coast League crown with Dana Hills last season.

5. Northwood: Beckman coach Nick Friendt calls the Pacific Coast the “SEC of high school tennis.” The Timberwolves are ranked eighth in Division 1 and were solid in a loss against Dana Hills.

GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW
Beckman’s multi-talented Ashley Teng aiming for fantastic finish

Beckman tennis player Ashley Teng is one of the top players in the county in Irvine on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Beckman tennis player Ashley Teng is one of the top players in the county in Irvine on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. (Photo by Sam Gangwer, Orange County Register/SCNG)

 

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