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SPRING RECREATION CLASSES IN EL CAJON ANNOUNCED

 

 

March 26, 2011 (El Cajon)-- The City of El Cajon will host a "Dare to Dodgeball" tournament, "Dodgball Mania" and "Skate Clinics" -- all as part of the City's spring recreation programs.  Below are details and information on how to register:

WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT KICKS OFF GRAND OPENING OF SAN DIEGO OFFICE WITH BIKE RIDE EVENTS

 

By Christopher Mohr

 

March 24, 2011 (San Diego) - The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), an organization providing support for American soldiers injured in combat, is holding a series of local events this weekend that are part of the grand opening of the organization's new office in San Diego's Liberty Station.

 

Public participants are sought to join the ride and raise funds to help America's wounded combat veterans. 

LET THE MADNESS BEGIN! SECOND SEED AZTECS FACE NORTHERN COLORADO IN NCAA TOURNEY

By Christopher Mohr

 

March 16, 2011 (San Diego)  - The San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team continues its storied season as the second seeded team in the Western Regional of the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship tournament. Winning the Mountain West Conference (MWC) tournament and having a record of 32-2 gave the Aztecs a favorable seed from the NCAA selection committee, which announced on Sunday (3/13) the 68 teams that qualified for the championship tournament. 

SDSU'S STEVE FISHER SHARES MSC COACH-OF-THE-YEAR AWARD

 

March 10, 2011 (San Diego) - Steve Fisher, San Diego State men’s basketball head coach, has earned Mountain West Conference co-coach-of-the-year accolades, the league announced Monday.  Fisher, in his 12th season at SDSU and 20th overall, garners his first-ever conference coach-of-the-year award and shares it with Brigham Young’s Dave Rose. 

 

Fisher led the Aztecs to a share of the Mountain West regular-season title with a record of 14-2. He was previously named national coach of the year in 1992.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS AT WEST HILLS HIGH SCHOOL MARCH 12

 

March 4, 2011 (Santee)--West Hills High School in Santee will once again be the location for the East County Special Olympics. The 28th annual event host¬ed by the Division 31 Kiwanis of East County takes place Saturday, March 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. The Special Olympics celebrates diversity and inspires participants, volunteers and all who attend the free event.

 

Athletes ages eight to 80 will participate in competitions including: a softball throw, long jump, the standing long jump, meter (up to 100 meter), and wheelchair races (5 and 10-yard dashes).

SHERIFF GORE TO JOIN “FINISH CHELSEA’S RUN” ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5

 

 

March 3, 2011 (San Diego) -- Chelsea King never got to finish her run at Rancho Bernardo Community Park on February last year, when convicted sex offender John Gardner murdered her. This Saturday, March 5th, Sheriff Bill Gore and Sheriff’s Department employees will participate in Finish Chelsea’s Run at Balboa Park starting at 7:30 a.m.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: WOLFPACK EDGES CONQUISTADORS ON LAST-SECOND LAYUP BY COLE, 37-36

 " I just sprinted as fast as I could and went in for the layup."  -- West Hills player Emily Cole on her game-winning shot

  

 by Christopher Mohr

 
 
February 27, 2011 (Santee) - Bedlam erupted in the West Hills High School gym Friday night (2/25) after Emily Cole scored the game-winning layup as time expired to lead the Wolfpack to a 37-36 win over the visiting Conquistadors of San Diego Serra High School. 
 
 
"It was one and one and [Serra player Tia Griffis] missed the shot, so Haley got the rebound, she threw it to me, I just sprinted as fast as I could and went in for the layup," said Cole about receiving the pass from teammate Haley Forsberg.
 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE KICKOFF EVENT FEBRUARY 28

February 19, 2011 (Lakeside) -- The American Cancer Society is holding a meeting to begin organizing the second annual Relay for Life in Lakeside on February 28, 2011.

 

The public is invited to learn about opportunities for participation, pick up Relay for Life materials, and learn about the American Cancer Society’s programs and services.

WITH HEARTS AND MEDALS OF GOLD

  

Story and photos by Ron Logan

 

February 10, 2011 (La Mesa): "This event turned out better than I ever could have imagined!" exclaimed Kim Fleming. "The outpouring of support from the students, teachers, and staff at Helix was overwhelming."

 

Fleming, a special education teacher, provided the heartbeat for the First Annual Games of Champions at Helix Charter High School. The inaugural event, held on February 9th at the school's Benton Hart Stadium, brought together the entire Helix High Community to support a demonstration of athletic prowess by some of the school's most special students.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: FOOTHILLERS HOLD OFF SECOND HALF SURGE BY COUGARS IN 61-51 WIN

by Christopher Mohr

 

February 8, 2011 (El Cajon) - Friday night's (2/4) boys basketball game at Grossmont High School between the host Foothillers and the visiting Cougars from Steele Canyon High School was a critical game for the home team. Grossmont badly needed to win this game to avoid possibly falling three games behind Grossmont Hills League leader Helix. A 52-47 road loss to the Cougars on January 14 was also something they did not want to repeat. 

 
 
The game started pretty much the way the Foothillers wanted it to as they dominated in the first half and led 36-18 at halftime. A resurgent Cougars team put together an impressive second half where they had a 9-2 scoring run in the third quarter and outscored the Foothillers in the second half 33-25. It was not enough however, to allow the Cougars to overcome the early deficit they were in as the Foothillers held on to win 61-51. 
 

DESERT RACERS EAGER TO START SEASON

 

By Duane Swainston

 

February 2, 2011 (Ocotillo)- The Over The Belt (OTB)-promoted Jeff Cady 100 Motorcycle/ATV race kicked off the District 38 season on Sunday.  A crowd estimated at 500-800 turned out, including 140 racers and their families, making this one of the highest attended season openers in years.

 

OTB club president Steve Orton said, "This kind of turn out just shows that local racers are eager to start the season and willing to support racing in the local desert."

CHARITY GOLF EVENT TO BENEFIT ETHAN MILLER, 2, CANCER PATIENT IN SANTEE

January 31, 2011 (Santee) – Two-year-old Ethan Miller, son of Darren and Christie Miller in Santee, has neuroblastoma cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. A charity golf event will be held on Thursday, April 7th at Cottonwood Golf Course in Rancho San Diego to benefit Ethan Miller and his family.

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: GRANITE HILLS SHUTS VALHALLA DOWN IN SECOND HALF, WINS 42-32

by Christopher Mohr

 

January 26, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) - Only a few miles separate Granite Hills and Valhalla high schools from each other. The players and coaches from both teams know each other well. Both schools have girls basketball teams with winning records fighting for top position in Grossmont Hills league play.

It was not surprising that Friday night's rivalry game (1/21) between these two teams at Valhalla High School was a tightly contested, spirited matchup in the first half. In the second half however, the visting Eagles' defense intensified and limited the Norsemen to just 11 points in a 42-32 Granite Hills win.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: NORSEMEN DEFENSE SHINES IN 54-44 WIN OVER EAGLES

by Christopher Mohr

 

January 25, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) - When most coaches talk about playing defense, they use terms like 'deny' and 'shut down'. When your opponent has a player as talented as Granite Hills' Garrett Larch-Miller, who averages 26 points per game, defensive vocabulary changes to 'containing' and 'slowing down'.

In Friday night's boys basketball game at Valhalla High School, the host Norsemen were able to slow Larch-Miller down enough to pull out a 54-44 win over the Eagles.

U.S. TIES CHILE 1-1 IN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY SOCCER MATCH


American team included Poway player Marvell Wynne

Story and photos by Ron Logan

 

January 22, 2011 (Carson, Calif.) – The U.S. Men's National Team (MNT) tied Chile 1-1 in an international friendly match played at The Home Depot Center (HDC) in Carson, Calif. Both teams fielded their third-string teams in a contest that showcased some of the best new young talent from both countries. The 18,850 fans set an attendance record for largest crowd for an MNT friendly at the HDC.

Poway's Marvell Wynne played the second half of the match. Wynne (son of the former San Diego Padres player Marvell Wynne) has earned five career caps with the full national team.

CHIEF’S CHALLENGE: POLICE COMPETE AT INDOOR TRIATHLON JAN. 22 TO HELP KIDS THROUGH STAR/PAL

 

January 19, 2011 (San Diego) – The San Diego Police Department and STAR/PAL invite the public to attend the 2011 Chief’s Challenge Indoor Triathlon on Saturday, January 22nd. Officers from SDPD and other local agencies will put their athletic ability to the test to help raise money to support underserved youth in our community. Proceeds will directly benefit inner-city youth who take part in STAR/PAL programs.

AUTHOR SCORES A HOMERUN WITH HER BOOK, ONE ON ONE: MY JOURNEY WITH HALL OF FAMERS, FAN FAVORITES AND RISING STARS


One On One: My Journey with Hall Of Famers, Fan Favorites and Rising Stars, By Jane Mitchell (Sweet Dreams Publishing Of Massachusetts, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 2010, 638 Pages.)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

January 19, 2011 (San Diego)--The foreword to Jane Mitchell's book, One on One: My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and Rising Stars, by San Diego native and broadcast legend Dick Enberg and San Diego Padres' Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, speaks volumes about fellow San Diego native Mitchell and her book. While giving homage to her hometown, Mitchell explores the lives of some of our most celebrated personalities.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: MATADORS SURGE IN THIRD QUARTER TO 58-36 WIN OVER MONARCHS

January 18, 2011  (Spring Valley) - The Mt. Miguel Matadors' varsity basketball team visited their crosstown rival, the Monte Vista Monarchs for the opening game of Grossmont Valley league play Friday night (1/14). Both teams played evenly for one half, but an 18-6 scoring run in the third quarter by the Matadors was too much for the Monarchs to overcome as Mt. Miguel won easily, 58-36. 

 

HOKE HEADS TO MICHIGAN, LONG TO TAKE OVER AS AZTECS' TOP FOOTBALL COACH

by Christopher Mohr

 

January 12, 2011 (San Diego) - In spite of Aztecs fans' wishes to the contrary, San Diego State head football coach Brady Hoke will take over the head coaching position at the University of Michigan. Hoke's move to Ann Arbor ends days of speculation that followed the firing of previous Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez on January 4th. 

 

LOCAL DESERT RACING SEASON ABOUT TO KICK INTO GEAR

 

By Duane Swainston

January 11, 2011 (Ocotillo) -- The American Motorcycle Association (AMA)' District 38 off-road motorcycle racing season kicks off January 30th with the fifth annual OTB Jeff Cady memorial race. The race was established to commemorate the loss of a fellow racer and friend Jeff Cady. It will be a desert scramble format and consist of approximately four 25-mile loops. Race sign-ups, pit row, and the race starting line will be located southeast of the Superstition Mountain range off Huff Road.

 

This year's race season consists of 13 weekends which includes the March 6th national race promoted by The Road Runner off- road club.

CYPRESS WINS GROSSMONT WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

 

Story and photos by Ron Logan

 

January 2, 2010 (El Cajon)-- Cypress College defeated Mt. San Jacinto College to win the Grossmont College 23rd Annual Holiday Tournament for women's basketball held on the Grossmont campus in El Cajon December 28 - 30. The Grossmont Griffins finished in fourth place.

HOLIDAY MIRACLE: AZTECS WIN POINSETTIA BOWL WITH 35-14 WIN OVER MIDSHIPMEN

by Christopher Mohr

 

December 25, 2010 (San Diego) - The San Diego State University Aztecs won a bowl game for the first time in 41 years with a 35-14 victory over the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Thursday night (12/23) at Qualcomm Stadium. Ronnie Hillman scored four touchdowns and rushed for 228 yards to lead the offense.

That the game even took place as scheduled was nothing short of a miracle. Flooding from recent storms submerged the field in water up to two feet deep in some places 24 hours before the game.

PASSAGES: SOCCER COACH HOWIE HAWVER LOSES BATTLE WITH LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE

December 23, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Howie Hawver, former soccer coach at Grossmont College and Patrick Henry High School, died December 5th following a two-year battle with Amyotrphic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 27th at St. Andrew’s, 8350 Lake Murray Blvd.

AZTECS TO TACKLE NAVY IN HOLIDAY BOWL DEC. 23 IN SAN DIEGO

Fans encouraged to travel early to see the Aztecs take on Navy

December 22, 2010 (San Diego) –San Diego State’s Aztecs will be taking on the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen. Both teams have an 8-4 record for the season. The game kicks off tomorrow, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. in Qualcomm Stadium. To buy tickets, visit http://www.poinsettiabowl.com/.
 

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is expanding Trolley service for the Poinsettia Bowl--and fans can park for free at MTS park-and-rides to avoid traffic and save money while enjoying the events.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE TO HOST WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

December 20, 2010 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont College Lady Griffs women’s basketball team will host its 23rd annual Grossmont College Holiday Tournament, Tuesday through Thursday, Dec. 28-30, at Grossmont College in El Cajon. The public is invited to attend.

PLAY BALL! ESCONDIDO APPROVES MINOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL PARK FOR PADRES

December 16, 2010 (Escondido) – Local sports fans will be able to cheer on a Padres’ Triple-A baseball team in Escondido starting with the season opening in 2013, if plans proceed on time to build a $50 million stadium approved yesterday by the Esondido City Council.

 

But several issues remain to be resolved.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: MOUNT MIGUEL'S SEASON ENDS WITH TURNOVER-PLAGUED LOSS TO PT. LOMA 34-10

by Christopher Mohr

 

December 2, 2010 (Spring Valley) - The Mount Miguel Matadors' 2010 football season came to an end Friday night (11/26) with a 34-10 loss to the Point Loma Pointers. Mount Miguel surrendered a total of seven turnovers in a game where disaster seemed to strike just as momentum appeared to shift in the their favor. 

 

SPORTS FANS WELCOME ON THANKSGIVING FOR FEASTING & FOOTBALL ALL DAY AT CALI COMFORT

November 21, 2010 (Spring Valley) – Cali Comfort Restaurant and Sports Bar invites you , your family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving all day—and join a holiday crowd  to cheer on your favorite team while watching NFL football. The family-owned restaurant in Spring Valley will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A loaded turkey dinner plate with all the fixings plus homemade pumpkin pie costs $15.99 – one of the best bargains in town.

 

 

If you attended East County Magazine’s holiday party last year, you'll have fond memories of the scrumptious feast served up by Cali’s cooks and catering crew. We at ECM are also thankful for Cali’s for being the major sponsor of our Sports section. Please tell them thanks if you visit—and let them know you heard about them through East County Magazine!

COMPETITION WINNERS FROM STEELE CANYON HAVE PLENTY TO CHEER ABOUT

November 20, 2010 (Spring Valley) –The Steele Canyon Youth Flag Cheerleaders won first place at the San Diego Youth Football and Cheer Competition at the San Diego Sports Arena on November 14.  

 

The youngsters, ages 5-7, were cheered on by head coach Megan Chambers.

HELIX WINS GROSSMONT HILLS TITLE WITH 26-7 WIN OVER STEELE CANYON

by Christopher Mohr

November 13, 2010 (La Mesa) - Friday night's football game at Helix High School between the host Highlanders and the visiting Cougars from Steele Canyon High School effectively amounted to a league championship game. The CIF may not have planned it that way, but both teams have had outstanding seasons; Helix had a 9-0 record, while Steele Canyon was 8-1.

 

The game began as a stalemate, but the Cougars blinked first, making costly mistakes that the Highlanders capitalized on en route to a 26-7 win and a Grossmont Hills league title.

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