Author: Manny Alvarez

In this week's episode of the OC Sports Podcast, we talk basketball with Newport Harbor of Newport Beach and we preview the CIF-SS Boys Basketball playoffs and discuss every OC basketball team in the postseason. We also talk to Steve Fryer of the Orange County Register as the CIF-SS Boys Basketball playoffs will officially kickoff tomorrow. In part 1 of the podcast, we talk Coach Robert Torribio as well as his three seniors, guard Sam Barela, forward Dayne Chalmers and center Will Harvey as they prepare for their CIF-SS Division 2AA first round game against El Toro of Lake Forest. Here is part 1 of this week podcast; In part 2 of the podcast, we talk about the 10 CIF-SS Division for the boys basketball playoffs with Steve Fryer as we discuss the teams that...
2018-2019 TOP 20 SOCAL BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS (02/02/19) (Last Week: 5) Rancho Christian of Temecula (Southeastern) 24-4 (4) Centennial of Corona (Big VIII) 25-3 (1) Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (Gold Coast) 24-3 (2) Fairfax of Los Angeles (Western) 24-1 (3) Westchester of Los Angeles (Western) 21-3 (6) Mater Dei of Santa Ana (Trinity) 26-3 (8) Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (Ivy) 24-4 (7) Etiwanda (Baseline) 24-3 (9) Bishop Montgomery of Torrance (Del Rey) 22-4 (10) Camarillo (Coastal Canyon) 24-3 (11) St. John Bosco of Bellflower (Trinity) 21-6 (13) Damien of La Verne (Baseline) 23-5 (15) Orange Lutheran (Trinity) 20-8 (12) Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita (Trinity) 18-10 (16) St. Augustine of San Diego (Western) 21-5 (17) Torrey Pines of San Diego (Avocado-West) 20-6 (18) Riverside Poly (Ivy) 20-8 (19) Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (Mission)...
When you knock out one of the best teams in San Diego, you’d expect your student section to go wild. And that’s what the Loud Crowd did. After cheering their Lancers on to victory over Torrey Pines, ranked No. 17 in SoCal and No. 2 in San Diego, the Loud Crowd went to the voting polls and battled against three tough student sections. Let’s meet the finalist. The Chaminade Cage of West Hills is always known for having a legit football student section and basketball is no different. The Cage rocked the gym for two home games, which in return were two big Mission League victories over Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, ranked No. 14 in LA, and Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, ranked No. 19 in SoCal and No. 7 in LA. It was a...
Episode 4 of the OC Sports Podcast now comes with a sightly more improved audio from yours truly. It's not going to pop your ears this time. Anyway, in this three part episode, we talk about the 60th Annual OC All-Star Football Classic in which the South defeated the North 16-7 despite the coaching change from the South a few weeks ago. We talk with Dan Albano and Michael Huntley, both from the Orange County Register. Here is part one of the podcast;     In part two of the podcast, we talk about the basketball league title races and the playoff races in Orange County with Michael Huntley. Almost every league is still open for first place and Michael breaks it down; In our third and final part of the fourth episode of the...
2018-2019 TOP 20 SOCAL BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS (01/28/19) (Last Week: 1) Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (Gold Coast) 23-2 (4) Fairfax of Los Angeles (Western) 20-1 (2) Westchester of Los Angeles (Western) 18-2 (6) Centennial of Corona (Big VIII) 23-3 (3) Rancho Christian of Temecula (Southeastern) 20-4 (5) Mater Dei of Santa Ana (Trinity) 24-3 (7) Etiwanda (Baseline) 22-2 (10) Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (Ivy) 22-4 (8) Bishop Montgomery of Torrance (Del Rey) 21-4 (13) Camarillo (Coastal Canyon) 22-3 (9) St. John Bosco of Bellflower (Trinity) 20-6 (11) Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita (Trinity) 18-9 (12) Damien of La Verne (Baseline) 21-4 (17) Notre Dame of Riverside (Ivy) 18-8 (14) Orange Lutheran (Trinity) 19-7 (19) St. Augustine of San Diego (Western) 20-5 (16) Torrey Pines of San Diego (Avocado-West) 18-6 (20) Riverside Poly (Ivy)...
The Rancho Cucamonga Rancho Rooters are picking up where they left off. After taking the 2018 SoCal Football Student Section Football Title, the Rancho Rooters returned to the sidelines and went wild for their Cougars, ranked No. 9 in the IE, who are in the top half of the Baseline League, one of the strongest basketball leagues in Southern California. Perhaps they can take the Inland Empire Student Section title again, this time for basketball. The same can be said for the SoCal title. The Rancho Rooters ran away with the title and it should be no surprise, they have been known as one of the best student sections for the last several years. The Rancho Rooters had competition, including my Alma Mater. Let’s meet the SoCal Basketball Student Section Finalist. The St. John Bosco...
Episode 3 of the OC Sports Podcast transferred in smoothly compared to last week. In part 1 of the OC Sports Podcast, we talk boys hoops with Michael Huntley of OC Varsity as we talk about the league title races and the many upsets that we saw last week. We also talk to Jared Brown, Anthony Tello, Cliff Patterson and coach Derek Mitchell of the Cypress Centurions as they are one of the hottest teams in Orange County. In part 2 of the podcast, we talk to Emma Giacomini and Jake Maffet of the Los Alamitos Los Locos. We discuss their preparation for each game and their wacky ideas.
2018-2019 TOP 20 SOCAL BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS (01/19/19) (Last Week: 1) Sierra Canyon of Chatsworth (Gold Coast) 21-1 (3) Westchester of Los Angeles (Western) 18-1 (4) Rancho Christian of Temecula (Southeastern) 18-2 (5) Fairfax of Los Angeles (Western) 17-1 (2) Mater Dei of Santa Ana (Trinity) 21-3 (6) Centennial of Corona (Big VIII) 20-3 (7) Etiwanda (Baseline) 20-2 (8) Bishop Montgomery of Torrance (Del Rey) 20-4 (14) St. John Bosco of Bellflower (Trinity) 19-5 (11) Rancho Verde of Moreno Valley (Ivy) 19-4 (9) Santa Margarita of Rancho Santa Margarita (Trinity) 17-7 (10) Damien of La Verne (Baseline) 19-3 (15) Camarillo (Coastal Canyon) 20-3 (12) Orange Lutheran (Trinity) 18-6 (16) Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (Mission) 16-5 (18) Torrey Pines of San Diego (Avocado-West) 17-5 (NR) Notre Dame of Riverside (Ivy) 16-7 (13) Brentwood School of Los...
This was an obvious choice, but it seems other think otherwise. The Asylum of Servite of Anaheim rocked it this past week on the road against Mater Dei of Santa Ana. They brought their A game plus more, but three other student sections across the Southland came to play as well.   The Damien Pit of La Verne is an insane student section and they had a big week. A win at home against Upland and to top it off, they brought their A game on the road against Chino Hills. The Spartans needed that extra push from The Pit and it worked with an overtime victory over Chino Hills. I’ve seen the Pit before and they know how to rock a student section. The St. Augustine Saints Pit of San Diego went a little...
Two episodes in and I'm already having technical issues. But, two days after the recording, I have the podcast up. Due to those technical issues, this podcast is broken down to two parts. The La Habra Highlanders join me in part one of the podcast. The Highlanders are currently 20-2 this year as they are 5-0 at the halfway point of the Freeway League. I also talk about hoops from last week in Orange County, including Fairmont Prep run in the San Joaquin League, Capistrano Valley big week in the South Coast League, Santa Margarita big wins last weekend and many more.   The OC Sports Podcast talks to La Habra coach Aaron Riekenberg as well as guards Cameron Dashiell and Jalen Overstreet and big man Sam Howlin.   In part two of the OC...