By David Dickens
December 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- -Monte Vista (7-6) was expected to cruise through this Division 4 rematch on December 8th against the Sweetwater High Red Devils(9-4)for the SDCIF crown. However, just like the age old saying, “ On any given Sunday,” this time the whims of fate kicked in on Saturday. Playoffs at any level discounts regular season play as a whole new atmosphere.
The ironic stat in this battle: not a single pass was thrown in the Monarch triumph early in the regular season play; this time it was the pass that stole the game.
December 12, 2013 (San Diego)--A unique gift challenges the SDSU Community to match funds to support the Aztec Basketball Performance Center.
On the heels of the public announcement of the Aztec Basketball Performance Center plans and a $1 million lead gift from Jeff Jacobs, San Diego State announces a $1 million challenge gift from the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation.
Preview by David Dickens
December 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County teams will be vying in the San Diego California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) football championships this weekend. Monte Vista Monarchs will take the field Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Sweetwater High’s Red Devils, followed by a 7 p.m. matchup between Christian High Patriots and the San Marcos Knights. Below are previews of the games.
November 23, 2013 (Rancho San Diego ) – The Steele Canyon Junior Midget cheer squad won first place at a regional competition Sunday at the Town & Country Hotel, after also placing first in a local competition at the San Diego Concourse. Now the team heads to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the national championship December 11-16.
Steele County Mitey Mitey Cheer is also going to Nationals in Florida after beating out six other California and Florida teams at Regionals.
November 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – East County’s own Jimmie Johnson zoomed into sports history tonight, wining is sixth Sprint Cup championship to become one of the top NASCAR racing competitors ever. He trails only Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, racing legends who each scored seven wins.
Sporting News writer Jeff Owens now names Johnson among the greatest athletes of all time, in any sport. Today’s win ties Johnson with LeBron James of NBA fame as the two most dominant pro athletes in pro sports today, each with six l titles in eight years, surpassing basketball’s Kobe Bryant and basebal’s Derek Jeter.
“Johnson rivals golf’s Tiger Woods and tennis star Roger Federer as the most accomplished individual athletes in pro sports,” Owens added.
Aztecs announce plans for a 23,500-square-foot facility for men’s and women’s basketball.
Story by SDSU Athletics
November 14, 2013 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman and Athletic Director Jim Sterk announced Tuesday that plans for a 23,500-square-foot Basketball Performance Center are in design, with a plan to break ground on the project in late spring 2014.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego) – The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) advises fans taking the Trolley to Qualcomm Stadium for the Chargers versus Denver Broncos game Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:25 p.m. to travel early and to purchase trolley tickets on their smart phones to avoid crowds.
MTS will increase the number of pre- and post-game Green Line trains that provide direct service to Qualcomm Stadium from downtown and Santee. Expanded service begins at 8:45 a.m. between Old Town and the stadium and at 9:50 a.m. between Santee and the stadium. After the game, MTS will operate extra Green Line service in both directions as needed.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego) – After winning the last five games and 10 of their last 11 Mountain West matches, the Aztecs football team will face the San Jose Spartans at Qualcomm in a crucial match.
The game will be aired online November 9 at 7:30; you can listen at http://www.walrusfm.com/pages/listenlive or purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/San-Diego-State-Aztecs-tickets/artist/805518?list_view=1&brand=qualcommaztecs .
October 23, 2013 (San Diego) -- A limited quantity of San Diego State men's basketball single-game tickets will go on sale on Monday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at GoAztecs.com, by calling 619-283-7378 or by visiting the Aztec Ticket Office at Window E at Qualcomm Stadium.
There are no single-game tickets available for games against Arizona and UNLV, but fewer than 100 remain for the rest of the Aztecs' home slate, including dates against 2013 NCAA tournament teams Boise State, Colorado State and New Mexico. There are also less than 100 tickets left for SDSU contests vs. perennial powers Washington and Utah State.
October 13, 2013 (La Mesa) -- Boosted by sponsorship of Drew Ford, La Mesa Kiwanis Club will conduct its annual Soap Box Derby Rally Race on Saturday, November 2 in La Mesa.
"Families with kids from throughout Southern California, Arizona and Nevada are expected to make the trip," Blake said. "Rally race winners in stock, super stock, and masters division cars earn points to help them qualify for the national race held each July in Akron, Ohio."
BARONA MUSEUM LAUNCHES NEW EXHIBITION TO SHOWCASE “HISTORY OF SPORTS” ON THE BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION
Sports: The Competitive Spirit at Barona is Now Open to the Public
Photo: Vice Chairman Harold Hill, Curator Cheryl Hinton, and Brian VanWanseele, Barona Tribal member and President of the Board of Directors for Inter Tribal Sports
October 8, 2013 (Lakeside) – To celebrate the history of sports on the Barona Indian Reservation, the Barona Cultural Center & Museum recently opened a new exhibition entitled Sports: The Competitive Spirit at Barona. The exhibit, on display this October through 2014, features Native American sports heroes from around the country as well as from the Barona Indian Reservation. Admission is free.
STRONG WILL FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT NOV. 1 AIMS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY PATIENT
September 26, 2013 (San Diego ) – JVD Golf and Promotions in Rancho San Diego is teaming up with the Strong Will Foundation to host the annual STRONG Will Foundation Golf Tournament, complete with helicopter ball drop contest and a chance to win $2,500—even for non-golfers.
The event will be held Friday, November 1 at The Crossings Carlsbad Golf Course, and benefits patients with traumatic brain injuries. The tournament is named after Will Barton, who was shot three times at close range while walking home from work at Barrio Star. With a bullet lodged in his brain, his chance of survival was less than one percent.
September 23, 2013 (Descanso) – The 23rd Annual Mountain Bike Benefit Ride is October 6 beginning at 8 a.m. at Los Vaqueros Group Camp at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Hwy 79. The event is a fundraiser for the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association which assists the State Park with trail building, maintenance and interpretive projects to benefit the public.
By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna
September 12, 2013 (San Diego) – School is now back in session and along with it comes sports! With over 30 million youths participating in sports, injuries are very likely to occur. Most sports related injuries can be prevented with some basic preventive measures says Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.
Keeping in shape “prior” to the season is a good start. It’s still hot, so take it easy on hot or humid days and keep hydrated. Warm up prior to engaging is also important. Many schools require a physical exam before starting a school sport. Check with your child’s school. You may even want to have your child get a physical from your family physician.
September 10, 2013 (El Cajon) – The 15th Annual All Fore R.E.C Golf Tournament, Dinner & Auction is September 20 at the Sycuan Golf Resort, 3007 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon. The Shotgun Start is at 12 p.m. This event is presented by the City of El Cajon Recreation Department and Crest Kiwanis Club to support recreational activities for East County youth.
By Derek Carlyon
September 9, 2013 (San Diego) -- Charger season is once again upon us, with the opening game tonight at 7:20 PST. The buzz in the air is different than it normally is in San Diego; instead of lofty goals of the Super Bowl, fans seem to just be looking to avoid a historically bad year. Considering the Chargers haven’t made a playoff appearance since 2009, you can’t blame the pessimistic views of the Chargers’ faithful coming into the 2013 campaign.
The Bolts have had their fair share of unfortunate off-season events, including the losses of linebacker Melvin Ingram and receiver Danario Alexander to injuries that will sideline them both for the season.
By Derek Carlyon
September 1, 2013 (Rancho San Diego)--The Friday night lights were back on as East County’s Steele Canyon Cougars faced off against the South Bay’s Chula Vista Spartans in the season opener. The Cougars were favored to win, but the Spartans would be no walk in the park coming off a 6-5 record just a season ago. The game focused on Steele Canyon’s high powered offense and the Spartans’ efforts to slow it down and stay in the game.
After exceptional junior Jordan Johnson (who plays both safety and quarterback) led the Cougars deep into Spartan territory, Steele had to settle for a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker Kenneth Bagdasar. Bagdasar was strong all game, going five of five on point-after-attempts and also booting another 25-yard field goal. He could easily be one of the best legs in East County this season.
By Derek Carlyon
August 28, 2013 (Otay) -- At the start of Little League season, every young player dreams of earning a trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to play in the Little League World Series. For 12 young players from San Diego’s own Eastlake Little League in Otay, that dream became a reality.
On Thursday at 6 p.m., a big homecoming is planned for the U.S. champion Eastlake All Stars team at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre.
By Janis Mork
August 17, 2013 (El Cajon)- Born missing three limbs due to a rare birth defect, Alex Montoya has triumphed over adversity. Now manager of Latino affairs for the San Diego Padres, he met representatives from Cuyamaca College after speaking at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park and was invited to deliver the commencement speech.
Montoya moved here from Columbia when he was 4 years old. “It was absolutely a new world. It was at times scary and at times daunting, but really it was refreshing and exhilarating,” he told ECM. “I realized that there were boundless opportunities.”
He learned English by watching baseball. Montoya is most passionate about baseball because “it’s a very fair and very beautiful sport..I quickly saw that it was America’s past time… [It] was something that really stayed with me my entire life.”
By Go Aztecs, SDSU
August 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego State University is set for Aztec Fan Fest, formerly known as Aztec Family Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17 at Qualcomm Stadium.
The event features Tailgate Town, a Fan Fest scrimmage and a Meet the Team autograph session.
Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and admission is free. The event begins with Tailgate Town, which includes appearances by SDSU players, coaches and sponsors, as well as the SDSU Marching Aztecs and Cheer team.
Rachel Mitchell, a sophomore water polo player, helped the United States win at the Maccabiah Games
By Go Aztecs, SDSU News Center
San Diego State University water polo rising sophomore Rachel Mitchell helped the United States win gold at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel last week.
July 18, 2013 (Santee) – Xtreme Diamond Sports (XDS) returns to San Diego County for the Xtreme Diamond Sports World Series (July 22-27), the premier youth baseball tournament serving ages 8-18 years across five venues. This year, XDS will welcome teams from all over the western United States and the South Pacific — including six teams from Hawaii and one from Guam. The event will be held at Sportsplex USA Santee located at 9951 Riverwalk Drive, Santee CA 92071.
Highlight is KGB Sky Show August 31
By Go Aztecs, SDSU
June 27, 2013 (San Diego)--The San Diego State athletic department has announced the 2013 promotional and giveaway schedule for the defending Mountain West championship football program's six home games.
June 21, 2013 (Alpine) – The American Cancer Society’s Alpine Relay for Life begins at 8:00 a.m. at Joan Mac Queen Middle School, 2001 Tavern Road, Alpine. Get a group of friends, family, or co-workers together as a Relay team and get ready for 24 hours of fun, excitement with music, food contests, awards and prizes. Participants can choose to walk or run the relay.
The event will honor the courageous spirit of those battling cancer. An evening luminaria ceremony will honor those who lost their battle to cancer or are currently on a cancer journey.
Shanieka Thomas is the fifth individual national champion in the program's history
By Go Aztecs
June 12, 2013 (San Diego)--San Diego State junior Shanieka Thomas won the national title in the triple jump to lead the 23rd-ranked Aztecs at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday in Eugene, Oregon. She became the fifth individual national champion in program history and second straight, joining Whitney Ashley, who won the discus throw at the 2012 championship meet.
Thomas, who finished runner-up in the event at both the 2013 indoor meet and 2012 outdoor meet, beat the other 23 entrants with a best of 46 feet, 4 ¾ inches (14.14 meters).
By Sholeh Sisson
June 5, 2013 (Ocotillo Wells) -- Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Desert Protective Council (DPC) filed a legal action May 21, 2013 to stop open riding in the Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). If successful this action would end ORV "open riding" beyond designated trails and require the state park to implement strategies to protect the park's habitats and archaeological resources.
The park, located in east San Diego county, allows off-road driving on all 85,000 acres except for a few fenced and protected areas.
Match-up set the stage for infamous Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs "Battle of the sexes"
By Richard Muscio
I just returned from the Ramona suburb of San Vicente on Mother’s Day 2013, where I spent the weekend to see what festivities or activities might be going on to commemorate the 40th anniversary of one of the most historic tennis matches in our country’s history. Sadly, I found nothing there, beyond the beautiful scenery.
On Mother’s Day 1973 (May 13, 1973 to be exact), the first “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match took place there, as a sales gimmick put on by the legendary real estate developer Ray Watt. Aimed at drawing the Hollywood crowd 120 miles south to the still-remote San Diego Country Estates, developer Watt hoped to bring attention to the 3,000 vacant lots he had for sale there, in hopes that actors and actresses and other luminaries would buy his vacant lots and construct glorious vacation homes thereupon.
May 8,2013 (San Diego) – Mayor Bob Filner met with former Governor Mitt Romney on Monday evening to discuss the City of San Diego’s Olympic bid for the 2024 Summer Games.
Mayor Filner announced last month that the cities of San Diego and Tijuana will submit a bi-national bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Mayor invited Romney to his office to ask if the former Presidential candidate, who formerly headed up Salt Lake City’s Olympic organizing committee, would lend his advice to the effort. Romney said yes.
OLYMPIC COMMITTEE RULES MAY PRECLUDE BINATIONAL OLYMPICS HERE; MAYOR FILNER "UNDAUNTED", SEEKS RULE CHANGE
Media outlets reported today that the International Olympic Committee rules may prohibit a joint bid by the U.S. and Mexico to host the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in San Diego and Tijuana.
In response Mayor Bob Filner released the following statement. “We are undaunted by this statement from the International Olympic Committee. We don’t have all the answers right now."
April 27, 2013 (San Diego) – Mayor Bob Filner’s efforts to win the bid to host the 2024 Olympics in our border region is getting serious consideration from the U.S. Olympic Committee. The San Diego/Tijuana team is on the list of top 10 cities under consideration.
The Mayor announced his idea earlier this year at the opening of the San Diego’s new Tijuana office, alongside Mayor Carlos Bustamante, who is wholeheartedly behind the idea and committed to working together to make this happen.
“I am very serious about this proposal and clearly the U.S. Olympic Committee is paying attention,” said Mayor Bob Filner. “Imagine the message we could send to the world in the true spirit of what the Olympics is all about, bringing together people and countries. What better way to do it than with our neighbors south of the border?”
Mayor Bob Filner and Mayor Carlos Bustamante will soon name a top-notch committee to guide the bi-national effort.