1932: “I Want to Play Football at San Diego High”

Coach Hobbs Adams was in his office a couple years before, finishing some paper work during the quiet of the Christmas vacation break.

A strapping youngster walked into the school’s recently constructed gymnasium and found Adams at his desk.

The visitor told Adams he was from Texas and wanted to play football at San Diego High.

Adams thought he had  youngster convinced.

Adams thought he had youngster convinced.

Adams was curious.  Who was this guy? The coach and the boy spoke for almost an hour.

At length Adams convinced the young man that he should return home to his parents.

Adams went so far as to helping purchase a train ticket that would take the youngster north to Los Angeles and then east.

The train stopped in Santa Ana.  The youth got no further.

Earle (Tex) Harris made another visit, to coach Gerald (Tex) Oliver at Santa Ana High, enrolled in school, and became an all-Coast League end in 1931.

Adams related the moment to Charles Byrne of The San Diego Union as the Cavemen were getting ready for their annual battle with the Saints.

Word had reached Adams that Harris had been declared ineligible at Santa Ana through enforcement of the “nine-semester” rule.

Harris, it was learned, had played football three years before at a Texas military school.  He had attended high school for at least eight semesters, exhausting his athletic eligibility.

Harris’ and Santa Ana’s loss was not the Cavemen’s gain.

In the midst of a 24-game unbeaten streak, the Saints defeated San Diego, 6-0, and advanced to the Southern Section championship game before losing to Inglewood, 14-0.


San Diego’s starting 11 players averaged only 151 pounds, making for its lightest team in years.

“We won’t get to first base unless we block,” said Adams, mixing metaphors like those that made Yogi Berra famous years later.


San Diego was out of the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season, denied by some tough Coast League rivals.

Hoover won the four-team City Prep League and coach John Perry and principal Floyd Johnson petitioned the CIF for inclusion in the major division playoffs.

The caption days it all about Hoover's Jack Beal (top), joined in preparation for Santa Ana by lineman Brad Chaffin.

The caption says it all about Hoover’s Jack Beal (top), augmented by the blocking of  lineman Brad Chaffin.

Hoover was granted the step up, but Coronado, undefeated and champion of the Southern Prep League, was denied a similar request.  The Islanders then prepared for a playoff against Wildomar Elsinore.


Hoover surprised.  They won their first-ever playoff, 7-6,  at Los Angeles Loyola, which won its league with a 7-0 record.

Hoover coach John Perry “laughed” when he learned that Loyola employed an unheard of four-man defensive line, as most teams deployed six linemen.

Perry said the way to defeat the 4-man line, which did not become popular until the 1950s in the NFL, was with straight ahead, power running.

The Cardinals didn’t win with offense.

Hoover’s Jack Beal launched a punt that traveled 70 yards to Loyola’s two-yard line. Possession was akin to holding a hot potato.  Loyola immediately punted back on first down.

Beal received the punt on Loyola’s 30-yard line and raced to Hoover’s lone touchdown and kicked the winning point after.

The Cardinals then prepared to take on the winner of Brea-Olinda-Anaheim in the quarterfinals.

Not so fast.


CIF commissioner Seth Van Patten, after returning from an Amateur Athletic Union meeting in New York, apparently did not like the pairing.

Van Patten assigned the Cardinals to a game at City Stadium  against Santa Ana.

Santa Ana had beaten Hoover, 13-0, earlier in the season. The Saints made their third trip South and, after a sluggish first half, scored 26 points after intermission and won, 33-0.

Jimmy Blaisdell was a fourth-year star for Coronado Islanders.

Jimmy Blaisdell led Coronado’s undefeated squad and Southern League champion.

The Elsinore game did not materialize for Coronado, which then awaited the champion of the Imperial Valley League.

George Herrick of the Evening Tribune a few days later wrote that Coronado was “unable to get a booking from the CIF or schedule a practice game.”  The Islanders turned in their gear, secure with a 5-0-1 record.


Escondido, which tied Coronado, 6-6, in the regular season and was runner-up to the Islanders in league play, dropped a 7-6 decision to Orange in its final game.

Wexler's club would make another title attempt.

Wexler’s club would make another title attempt.

Season over? Not quite.

Cougars principal Martin Perry announced that coach Harry Wexler’s squad, would go to Brawley to play the Imperial Valley League champion for the Southern Section Southern Group title for small schools.

The Cougars would be appearing in their second finals in the last three seasons, having lost to El Centro Central, 20-6, in 1930.

Brawley won, 27-13, and created an unhappy end for Cougars halfback Ed Goddard, who completed an outstanding, four-season career.

Goddard  continued on to Washington State, where he won all-America honors and was the second selection by the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1937 NFL draft.


Football was making progress regarding, to use a modern expression, “in-stadium entertainment.”

The San Diego Union and Evening Tribune again announced that they would sponsor a public address system at City Stadium for San Diego High and San Diego State games.

Local personality Hal Brucker would give the fans a play-by-play report on downs, distances, penalties, etc. Former Hilltop gridder Ed Ruffa was behind the mike when a P.A. was believed to have been installed for the first time in 1931.

Oceanside also employed a public address for its big Southern League game against Grossmont.


Postseason honors went to San Diego High's Mushy Pollock, alt Beerle, Ed Knapp, and Don Callison.

Postseason honors went to San Diego High’s Mushy Pollock, Walt Beerle, Ed Knapp, and Don Callison.

San Diego quarterback Morris (Mushy) Pollock, all of 132 pounds, was named to the first all-Southern California team. Pollock was the only local player on the four squads.

Six writers, representing teams in their newspapers’ respective circulation districts, voted for Pollock and lineman Walt Beerle for the first all-Coast squad.


Lawrence Carr replaced Clair Seeley at La Jolla and Seeley moved to Point Loma to teach in the classroom and assist head coach Lawrence Purdy.

Purdy returned from a one-year hiatus at Point Loma, succeeding Algy Lambert, who took over for Purdy in 1931.  Lambert  moved to Pacific Beach Junior High and eventually coached Kearny in 1945.

Yuma, Arizona, which dropped a 25-7 decision to Hoover under a heavy nighttime fog at Navy Field, was coached by former University of Arizona athlete Marvin Clark, who became coach at La Jolla in 1937 and later the principal.


The CIF added the football throw to the state track meet and discussed recognition of horse shoes as an interscholastic sport.

The CIF also made starting blocks mandatory in track and held the first cross-country championship.  Thigh guard pads were required in football and a pay ceiling of $10 was established for game officials.

Commissioner Seth Van Patten’s office was embroiled in its first legal challenge when Covina High sued over an issue of playoff receipts.

San Diegans had no sympathy for Covina, which cheated with the use of ineligible players in its 1925 title win over the Hilltoppers.


Artist’s concept below is of an auto racetrack that was to be built fronting Barnett Avenue and the “Causeway” and would be across the street from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the former Ryan Airport.

That's San Diego Bay in distance and Pacific Highway in foreground.

That’s San Diego Bay in distance and Pacific Highway in foreground.

The 5/8th mile dirt course would be similar to the Ascot course in  the Los Angeles area, said the local promoter.


Harvey Fall, 70, of San Diego hurled a crude bomb over a transom into the offices of a stock brokerage located on  Third Avenue at Plaza Street about 5 a.m.

The disgruntled investor told Police Captain Harry Kelly that “I wish I could have done this on Wall Street.”

No one was hurt but the explosion rocked the downtown area and caused about $10,000 damage to the building.

Fall said the fuse had been activated when he held the explosive.  “It I had held it a minute longer I would have been killed,” he said.

Newspaper pulled all stops with story that broke on afternoon publication's news cycle.

Newspaper pulled out all stops with story that broke during afternoon publication’s news cycle.


Southern League schools played a round-robin schedule of 10 games.  Six concluded with scores of 7-0 or less and another was 9-0.

Mountain Empire’s games did not count in the standings, as the Redskins played only when one of the other four had a bye.


The lead paragraph in The San Diego Union following the season’s opening game:

“In one of the most spectacular climaxes ever witnessed in a high school football game in San Diego County, Oceanside defeated Garden Grove of Orange County on the Pirates’  field yesterday, 15-12….”

The score actually was 13-12, but no less exciting.

Thompson of Oceanside intercepted an Argonauts pass on his 16-yard line with 1:40 remaining in the game and Thompson’s squad trailing, 12-7.

“Following a series of off-tackle smashes and with less than five seconds to play, Stevenson fought his way over right tackle for a touchdown to tie the score,” the Union report continued.

“Thompson, fullback, then proceeded to put the game on ice by smashing over right tackle for the extra point.”

The game actually turned after a third quarter touchdown put Garden Grove ahead, 12-7.  The Argonauts converted but the point was canceled by an offside penalty.


Writer George Herrick wrote that the Santa Ana-San Diego game “has all the earmarks of a pocket-sized Notre Dame-Southern California battle”.

Santa Ana used the Knute Rockne Notre Dame Box system and the Hilltoppers employed the “mystery” shift of Howard Jones’s Trojans.


Approximately 75 per cent of San Diego State’s freshmen team was declared ineligible, costing a game San Diego High had scheduled against the Frosh.

The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rule stated that “ineligible men are not to be used in any games, whether they are conference or not.”

Aztec coach Morris Gross then scheduled a scrimmage with his remaining players against Hobbs Adams’ Cavemen.


Future politicians Lionel Van Deerlin (U.S. Congress) and Ivor DeKirby (State Assembly) were on the rosters of Oceanside and San Diego, respectively…Sweetwater officials made a request often repeated…”Call us Red Devils, not Sweeties,” was the refrain… …San Diego’s 30-6 win at Phoenix before more than 4,000 persons was the Coyotes’ worst loss in a decade…coach Hobbs Adams took the Cavemen to Arizona by bus and had them work out behind locked gates and at night…Adams wanted his team to get used to lights…an otherwise uneventful San Diego season ended when the Cavemen were stopped inside the one-yard line as the game ended at Long Beach with Poly a 7-6 winner…a handful of Grossmont athletes defeated Mountain Empire, 26-0, and then those Foothillers who didn’t get into the game, topped Hoover’s Reserves, 20-0, in the nightcap of the afternoon doubleheader…a intersectional match between Brawley and St. Augustine was canceled because of a “misunderstanding of schedules”….

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2014-15: Saints Can Look Ahead With Confidence

Wait till next year seems appropriate in San Diego Section basketball, according to the respected Cal-Hi Sports.

The Stockton-based newsletter is suggesting that St. Augustine could be a Top 20 team in the 2015-16 season.

That would be an accomplishment, since no San Diego squad finished in Cal-Hi Sports’ Top 20 this season.

St. Augustine was 23rd, Torrey Pines 24th, and Foothills Christian 26th in the online publication’s final top 40.

La Jolla Country Day was 15th in the girls’ ratings, Mission Hills 30th.

“”Pencil in the CIF San Diego Section Open Division champs (St. Augustine’s Saints) as a State Top 20 team next season, with five returning starters, including freshman standout Tasheon Taylor,” wrote Cal-Hi honcho Mark Tennis.

“The game that boosts the (Torrey Pines) Falcons up for the final rankings was their 54-49 win over No. 25 Long Beach Poly in one of the bigger upsets in the SoCal regionals,” said Tennis.

St. Augustine and Torrey Pines had not been ranked in prior Cal-Hi ratings.  Foothills Christian jumnped from 35th after a one-point loss to Etiwanda (No. 5) in the regionals.

La Jolla Country Day’s girls achieved a lofty position with the poorest record (18-11) of any Boys’ or Girls’ Top 20 club.

“Anyone who saw the Torreys in person (on television or at the University of California’s Haas Arena) could see this is a team of the future that arrived in the state playoffs,” said Tennis.

“Because of injuries to several girls, including promising sophomore Alaysia Styles, 2012 coach of the year Terri Bamford had to retool the team,” Tennis noted.  “LJCD definitely will be the top preseason team to beat from the San Diego Section.”



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2015: Art Powell, Member of Legendary Family

Oakland Raiders managing general partner Al Davis spoke in 2006 about Art Powell, whom Davis signed out of the Canadian Football League years before.

“I wish I could take you back to 1963,” said Davis, “because I had one of the greatest receivers who have ever played this game.  His first year for me, he carried us.”

Powell caught 73 passes and scored 16 touchdowns as the Raiders, under first-year coach Davis, improved their record from 2-12 to 10-4.

Powell played one season in Canada and 10 seasons in the AFL and NFL and was a member of the all-American Football League team for the decade of the league’a existence, 1960-69.

Powell was one of the Southland's best players in 1954.

Powell was one of the Southland’s best players in 1954.

Powell recently passed away at age 78 in Aliso Viejo in Orange County, where he and his family had resided many years.

A 6-foot, 3-inch, 210-pound receiver as a professional, Powell was the third in arguably the most gifted family of athletes in San Diego history.

His older brother Charlie earned an unequaled 12 varsity letters at San Diego High.  Ellsworth Powell was a standout basketball player at San Diego, and younger brother Jerry was the San Diego Section football player of the year at Lincoln in 1967.

Art Powell caught 479 passes in his NFL-AFL career.  His 81 touchdowns represented one touchdown for every 5.9 catches.

Powell was all-Southern California in 1954 at San Diego and was the City League player of the year in basketball in 1954-55.

A proud and principled man, Powell stood up when others sat.

Powell was one of the first to balk when black players were not allowed to stay in white hotels with the rest of their teammates in the days when pro athletes experienced segregation and discrimination.

Powell was on the verge of quitting at San Diego High in 1954, upset at head coach Duane Maley, who had elevated Powell from the junior varsity in 1953 but then played Powell sparingly.

It was Powell’s teammate; quarterback Pete Gumina, who prevailed on the youngster to stick it out.  Powell responded with an outstanding season.

As a sportswriter for the San Diego Evening Tribune, I interviewed Powell after the Raiders had beaten the Chargers, 34-33, in Balboa Stadium in 1963.

When I asked Powell who had been the most significant person in his athletic development, I expected him to identify Maley or basketball coach Merrill Douglas.

But Powell pointed to Augie Escamilla, a coach at the Boys’ Club on Marcy Avenue, not far from the youngster’s home in Logan Heights.

Art had gotten his inspiration from the energetic and encouraging Escamilla, who coached all of the Boys’ Club teams and all of the great athletes who would graduate from those playing fields known as the 40 acres.


James (Jimmy) Gunn, a star on Lincoln’s San Diego Section championship team and a member of 3 USC Rose Bowl teams and the “Wild Bunch” defensive line, was 66 when he passed in Los Angeles this month.

Lincoln posted a 10-1 record and defeated Point Loma, 21-14, for the Division 1-A title in 1965.

Gunn was member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.

Gunn was member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1976.

The 200-pound Gunn also was talked into going out for track in his senior season by coach Bobby Smith, became a 50-second quartermiler, and ran on some of Lincoln’s fast sprint relay squads.

As a starting defensive end and all-America in 1969, Gunn starred on a USC unit that was named after the title of a popular shoot-‘em-up movie of the day, “The Wild Bunch”.

Gunn was selected in the 12th round of the 1970 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears and played seven seasons in the NFL.

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1931: San Diego High Plays for Charity

The Star Spangled Banner became our national anthem, Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, the Empire State Building rose in Manhattan, the small community of Las Vegas voted to legalize gambling.

And 8 million Americans, at least 16 per cent of the work force, were on the street, out of work, and soon to be joined by millions of others.

That’s the way it was in 1931.

Football in San Diego survived but was not untouched by the deepening Great Depression.

San Diego High was preparing for the regular-season finale against Long Beach Poly, when coach Hobbs Adams was told to extend the season and have his gridders help in “the nationwide call to charity.”

Sherman Institute Bucky Jamieson (left) yuks it up with San Diego mentor Hobbs Adams.

Sherman Institute coach Bucky Jamieson (left) yuks it up with San Diego mentor Hobbs Adams.

City Schools superintendent Walter Hepner announced at a press conference that the Cavemen would play a postseason game against the Riverside Sherman Indian Institute.

There were approximately 30,000 elementary, junior, and senior high students in the city.  Many of their parents were affected by the mounting despair of a failing economy and vanishing jobs.

Proceeds from the game would be apportioned to the Parent-Teachers’ Association for student nutrition support and to the City Schools’ Student Aid department, said Hepner.

The superintendent pointed out that students in elementary school were being found to be undernourished as their parents struggled to make ends meet and put food on the table.

Student Aid hopefully would help older boys and girls remain in school. Many were being forced to go out in search of work.

Also attending the event were Bud Kearns, superintendent of city playgrounds who would be the game manager, and Adams and his boss, John Aseltine, San Diego High principal.

About 2,500 persons (Kearns was quoted as predicting a turnout of 8,000) attended the Cavemen’s 24-0 victory over the Sherman Institute.

City Schools’ bands and ROTC units provided halftime entertainment and more than $1,200 was raised, a small but useful sum in a period of growing desperation and unemployment.


Hobbs Adams hoped he had found a “new Cotton Warburton” in Morris (Mushy) Pollock, a diminutive junior halfback who weighed 132 pounds and made the all-Southern California second team.

Pollock, who would cover 100 yards in :09.8,  was fastest man in school.

Pollock, who would cover 100 yards in :09.8, was fastest man in school.

Pollock, who lived in Coronado but had come to the Hilltoppers from Memorial Junior High, lived up to expectations but Adams, impatient if not impetuous, often was on the warpath.

The coach benched 3 regulars after a 32-13 victory over San Bernardino and jerked three more regulars following a 25-7 win over Redondo Beach Redondo.

Headline  in The San Diego Sun:  “Adams Declares Hillmen Asleep on Feet”.

The coach was especially peevish when the Cavemen dropped an 18-14 Coast League decision at Alhambra on Armistice Day.  San Diego led, 14-0, at the end of three quarters.

Adams never was totally comfortable with his 7-2-1 team, but the season was a success after the Hillers had laid the wood to Poly, 26-0.


Amos Schaefer’s Coronado Islanders tied with Grossmont and Escondido for the Southern League championship and were the league’s nominee for the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

The teams had tied for first in 1930 and Coronado was chosen after a meeting of coaches Schaefer, Harry Wexler of Escondido, and Jack Mashin of Grossmont.

Escondido principal Martin Perry made the announcement at a 1931-season-ending meeting of the San Diego County Football Officials’ Association.

Perry said the decision came after a three-way telephone conference involving Perry, Coronado principal J. Leslie Cutler, and Grossmont honcho Carl Birdsall.

Perry declined to address the question of whether there was a vote, but it was apparent the schools would ignore, for the second year in a row, the Southern Section rule that championship ties require playoffs.

“There will be no playoff to determine the Southern League’s representative,” said Perry.

The Islanders stopped Hoover, 18-9, in a first-round game at City Stadium, but were shut out at El Centro Central, 14-0, the next week.

Coronado’s chances of victory in the Imperial Valley were doomed when star quarterback Jimmy Blaisdell was announced out of the game minutes before kickoff. Press reports did not give a reason, but Blaisdell had played hurt in several games.


Escondido hid end Red Broerman on the sideline before Ed Goddard completed a long pass to set up a touchdown and Goddard scored on a hidden ball play as the Cougars defeated visiting Excelsior, 27-13.

Goddard was the County’s leading scorer with 94 points (Blaisdell was runner-up with 79) and  made the all-Southern California third team.

Escondido finished the season with a 10-1 record, best in school history.  The 10 victories would be equaled by Cougars teams in 1969, 1978, and 2008.


Mountain Empire High in Campo opened in 1925 but took its first, hesitant step in football.

The Emperors, as they were known, did not find the game to their liking.

Coronado pulled its regulars with five minutes left in the first quarter and still handed principal-coach James Martin’s team a 74-0 loss.

The Emperors played their schedule on the road, forfeited twice, and finished with a 0-5 record in the Southern Prep League.

A game with the Oceanside varsity was not played.  Instead, the Emperors dropped a 47-6 decision to a team representing the Oceanside varsity…the Oceanside B’s.

Future football at Mountain Empire would be on a Class B or junior varsity level.


After San Diego struggled in a 13-2 victory over Pasadena, Eddie West, writer for the Santa Ana Register, challenged the hometown Saints.

“Coach Oliver’s team has the best chance since 1927 of waxing the Hilltoppers as Santa Ana has so longed yearned to wax ’em,” wrote West.

“The Saints now know they are meeting no ‘wonder team,’” said West, “and know, too, they have a better-than-even chance of winning—if they don’t choke up as other Santa Ana teams have against San Diego.”

Gerald (Tex) Oliver, who coached Hilltoppers B teams in the early ‘twenties, guided the Saints to a 14-2 victory, their first over San Diego since 1921.

Santa Ana went to defeat Covina, 34-0, for the Southern Section title and interrupted a Coast League run in which San Diego or Long Beach Poly usually finished on top.

Poly had won five championships and San Diego two since the league, in its present alignment, was formed in 1923.

Wynne was versatile asset for Hilltoppers.

Wynne was versatile asset for Hilltoppers.


After becoming one of the top players in the Imperial Valley at El Centro Central in 1930, Dave Wynne moved to San Diego and was an offensive standout first at quarterback, then at halfback, when Hobbs Adams shifted junior Mushy Pollock to quarterback.

Wynn scored 8 touchdowns and drop-kicked 12 point after touchdowns.  He was the third leading scorer in the County with 60 points.

Qurterback George Albin rushed for six touchdownms as Hoover qualified for the playoffs in  its second season, a year after Albin played at St. Augustine.


Federal “dry” officers raided a ranch two miles north of Escondido and arrested Tony Norris, 40, for the second time in two months for violating the national prohibition act.

Norris was in County jail, charged with being the “maintainer” of 5,000 gallons of wine and brandy.


Mary Elizabeth Shourds sued for divorce from Richard Shourds.

Mrs. Shourds told a San Diego Superior Court magistrate that her husband threw hair brushes at her during spousal tiffs.


From the San Diego Union of Oct. 20, 1931:Cottontom

“As elected guardians of a public-owned auditorium, members of the board of education last night spent 45 disturbed minutes discussing ethics, morals, policies of the board and religions before they decided to not cancel a contract which the San Diego citizens’ committee has made for the Russ auditorium, where in two weeks former Senator James T. Heflin of Alabama will speak.”

A redneck, white supremacist, Heflin was known as “Cotton Tom.”


Oceanside High football player Henry Langford, 17,  was killed when the car in which he was riding overturned on the beach in the North County community.

Elwood Phillips, the driver, was uninjured.  The accident occurred when the front wheels of the vehicle locked in the sand.


Phoenix Union, arrived a day early on the Arizona and California Railway for its intersectional tussle with San Diego.

Billboarded as the “Southwestern Champions of 1930” after beating teams from California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, the Coyotes and Hilltoppers were allowed to play the only intersectional game of the season in Southern California.

In time the Southern Section would pass a rule prohibiting inter-state games but okayed this year’s contest because it was the second in a series of home-and-home games.

Phoenix defeated San Diego, 22-20, in 1930 in the Arizona city.

The Hilltoppers had 16 first downs to 1 and defeated the Coyotes, 9-6, after trailing, 6-0, at the half.


San Diego players got a free ticket to showing about late Notre Dame coach.

San Diego players got a free ticket to showing about late Notre Dame coach.

City League teams were limited by rule to a total of seven regular-season games, including  three league games…Coronado’s opening game, 12-0 victory over Hoover was not all because of Jimmy Blaisdell, who scored both touchdowns in a 12-0 victory…Kent Bush’s 45-yard punting average kept the favored Cardinals backing up…businesses and stores closed for the afternoon when Escondido and Oceanside met in their annual North County battle at Oceanside…San Diego’s varsity players were invited to the Spreckels theater to see “The Spirit of Notre Dame” motion picture, which was a tribute to the late coach, Knute Rockne, killed in a plane crash in Kansas earlier in the year…Hobbs Adams took 20 Hilltoppers to the USC-Stanford game on Saturday, returned home, and then traveled to Alhambra for a Tuesday Armistice Day game…John Perry of Hoover chartered a bus for his Hoover team’s trip to Yuma, Arizona, but some players traveled in private cars…after defeating the Criminals, 6-0, the Cardinals’ were guests at a postgame dance and returned on Sunday to San Diego…El Monte defeated Oceanside, 34-0, for the Southern California Class B title…Russ Saunders, a star on San Diego’s 1925-26 teams and all-America at USC, played for the champion Green Bay Packers this season and was the second (after Brick Muller in 1925-26) San Diego athlete in the NFL….

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2014-15: Day Girls Save the Day

San Diego Section teams came home with one championship in the state basketball tournament, old reliable La Jolla Country Day’s girls winning in Division V, 40-36 over Palo Alto Eastside Prep.

The title was coach Terry Bamford’s fourth.  The Torreys finished with an 18-11 record, not their best, but Bamford sees the big picture, schedules tough, and points to March. Eastside was the Central Coast Section champion and No. 1 seed in the North.

The Torreys and The Bishop’s, both beaten in league and section  play by state-uninvited Horizon, owned the division, racing through the Southern California playoffs before Day knocked off the Knights, 75-56, in the finals.

A disappointing boys season  concluded with Torrey Pines and Army-Navy coming up short in the D-1 and D-5 semifinals, respectively.

Coach John Olive’s Torrey Pines Falcons battled through the rounds as a No. 6 seed before losing at 2 seed Chino Hills, 64-57.

Army-Navy, coached by John Maffucci, in his 59th year at the academy, was a No. 6 seed and battled 2 seed Los Angeles Price before coming up short, 67-62.

The area top teams would have been better served had the CIF San Diego Section placed St. Augustine and Foothills Christian in their proper divisions.

Instead 7 seed St. Augustine was forced to go to the Open Division instead of D-III for the second year in a row and bowed to second-ranked Torrance Bishop Montgomery, 75-61, and Foothills, the 6 seed, came up short at 3 seed Etiwanda, 56-55.

With largely underclass squads, the Saints and Knights could be the top teams in the San Diego Section next season.  But they again likely will face a stacked deck by being pushed into the Open Division playoffs.

It’s a system that needs more than a tweak.


OPEN                                                                                                                                     ROUND 1                                                                                                                                           7 St. Augustine 61, @2 Torrance Bishop Montgomery 75.                                                             6 Foothills Christian 55, @3 Etiwanda 56.

DIVISION I                                                                                                                              ROUND 1                                                                                                                                         6 Torrey Pines 62, 11 N. Tustin Foothill 49.                                                                                         10 San Marcos 60, @7 Riverside J.W. North 57.

QUARTERFINALS                                                                                                                 Torrey Pines 54, @3 Long Beach Poly 49.                                                                                     San Marcos 63, @2 Chino Hills 82.

SEMIFINALS                                                                                                                                   Torrey Pines 57, @Chino Hills 64.

II                                                                                                                 ROUND 1                                                                                                   1 La Costa Canyon 74, 16 Las Flores Tesoro 53.                                                                             12 Mira Mesa 67, @5 Redlands East Valley 75.                                                                               15 Kearny 65, @2 Anaheim Canyon 98.

QUARTERFINALS                                                                                                                    La Costa Canyon 69, 8 Santa Barbara 44.  

SEMIFINALS                                                                                                                                      La Costa Canyon 46, 4 Lawndale 60.

III                                                                                                                 ROUND 1                                                                                                                                       12 Valhalla 76, @ 5 La Habra Sonora 101.                                                                                           7 El Cajon Valley 33, 10 Newport Beach Corona del Mar 46. 

IV                                                                                                                                   ROUND 1                                                                                                                             14 Granite Hills 49, @3 Encino Crespi 78.                                                                                         6 Mission Bay 58, 11 Cerritos Valley Christian 66.

V                                                                                                                                     ROUND 1                                                                                                                                                6 Army-Navy 91, 11 Hesperia Christian 52.                                                                                       10 Lutheran 52, @7 Temecula Rancho Christian 70.

QUARTERFINALS                                                                                                                    Army-Navy 60, @3 L.A. Windward 52.

SEMIFINALS                                                                                                                             Army-Navy 62, @2 L.A. Price 67.


OPEN                                                                                                                                                 ROUND 1                                                                                                                                         6 Mission Hills 41, @3 Long Beach Poly 58.                                                                                       I                                                                                                                                                        ROUND 1                                                                                                                                                12 Torrey Pines 51, @5 San Bernardino 81.                                                                                       15 Eastlake 50, @2 Vista Murietta 70.

II                                                                                                                               ROUND 1                                                                                                                                         12 La Costa Canyon 57, @5 Norco 65.

III                                                                                                                           ROUND 1                                                                                                                                           14 Westview 31, @3 Mira Costa 59.                                                                                                 12, Kearny 34, @5 Newport Beach Corona del Mar 70.                                                                 11 Rancho Bernardo 42, @6 Rancho Santa Margarita 48.

IV                                                                                                                               ROUND 1                                                                                                                                           9 El Capitan  26, @8 San Juan Capistrano JSerra 67.                                                                  12 San Ysidro 31, @5 Anaheim Fairmont Prep 78. 

V                                                                                                                                           ROUND 1                                                                                                                                           1 La Jolla Country Day, bye.                                                                                                                 2 The Bishop’s 79, 15 L.A. Price 30.                                                                                                     11 Escondido Adventist 18, @6 San Bernardino Aquinas 61.

QUARTERFINALS                                                                                                                        The Bishop’s 73, 7 Santa Barbara Bishop Diego 49.                                                                     La Jolla Country Day 69, 9 Caruthers 20.

SEMIFINALS                                                                                                                                      La Jolla Country Day 64,  4 L.A. Ribet 36.                                                                                   The Bishop’s 55, 3 Garden Grove Orangewood Academy 48, OT.

CHAMPIONSHIP                                                                                                                             La Jolla Country Day 75, The Bishop’s 56.

STATE                                                                                                                                                     La Jolla Country Day 40, 1 Palo Alto Eastside Prep 36, @Haas Arena, California-Berkeley.

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2015: San Diegans in State Top 10 (3)


100 Suzie Acolatse (3) Mission Hills :11.65 :11.42 Lauren Williams Westlake Village Oaks Christian
Jackie Patterson (T9) Rancho Bernardo :11.95
200 Acolatse (4) Mission Hills :24.23 :23.57 Williams
800 Sakura Roberson (10) La Jolla 2:12.74 2:08.43 Mikaela Smith Clovis North
300H Hannah Labrie Smith (3) Cathedral :42.62 :42.25 Morganne Hill Bakersfield Liberty
Leah Molter (8) Valhalla :43.99
4×400 Relay Cathedral Catholic (8) 3:51.55 3:47.49 Corona Eleanor Roosevelt
Shot Put Lausauga Tausaga (4) Mount Miguel 46-1 49-10 Elena Bruckner San Jose Valley Christian
Triple Jump Dejanae Harvey (9) Steele Canyon 38-3 40-7 1/2 Tara Davis Agoura
1600 Trevor Siniscalchi (7) Westview 4:15.49 4:12.09 Tyler Janes Riverside King
Shot Put Charles Lenford (5) Oceanside 60-7 1/2 71-3 1/2 Matt Katnik Bellflower St. John Bosco
Discus Lenford (8) 175-5 194-8 Malik McMorris Santa Ana Mater Dei
Long Jump Tanner Battikha (4) St. Augustine 23-8 3/4 24-10 1/2 Greg Vann Oxnard Rio Mesa
Triple Jump Jordan Miller (5) Oceanside 47-7 3/4 49-3 Moraga St. Mary's College High


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2015: San Diegans in State Track Top 10


1600 Trevor Siniscalchi (6) Westview 4:15.49 4:12.09 Tyler Janes Riverside King
Shot Put Charles Lenford (3) Oceanside 60-7 1/2 61-1 3/4 Michael Titherington Carmichael Jesuit
Discus Lenford (3) 175-5 183-1 Tyler Merkley Rancho Cucamonga Las Osos
Long Jump Tanner Battikha (4) St. Augustine 23-8 3/4 Greg Vann Oxnard Rio Mesa 24-10 1/2
Triple Jump Jordan Miller (2) 47-2 3/4 48-7 1/2 C.J. Alumbres Vista Murietta

100 Suzie Acolatse (1) Mission Hills :11.65 :11.84 Rae;vyn Lawler Elk Grove Pleasant Grove
200 Suzie Acolatse (2) Mission Hills :24.47 :24.16 Courtne Davis Corona Roosevelt
400 Hannah Labrie-Smith (6) Cathedral :56.26 :55.41 Schantell Williams Berkeley St. Mary's Melissa Mongiovi (10) West Hills :57.18
800 Sarah Abrahamson (7) La Costa Canyon 2:15.60 2:12.84 Kendall Derry Fair Oaks Bella Vista
300H Hannah Labrie-Smith (4) Cathedral :43.54 :42.84 Morganne Hill Bakersfield Liberty
Shot Put Lausauga Tausaga (4) Mount Miguel 44-3 49-10 Elena Bruckner San Jose Valley Christian

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1924: Hilltoppers’ Star Saved in Swimming Pool Accident

San Diego High avoided a disastrous, tragic event when star sophomore fullback Bert Ritchey almost drowned before the Hilltoppers’ “bowl game” at Phoenix Union.

After a 12-hour ride on a San Diego & Arizona railroad car, the Cavemen worked out at Phoenix’s Riverside Park Friday afternoon.  That evening many in the squad took advantage of a nearby swimming pool.

Ritchey apparently got into trouble.  His teammates did not notice until Werner Peterson saw his Ritchey lying at the bottom of the pool.

Peterson quickly dived, embraced Ritchey, and got his teammate to the surface, according to the report in The San  Diego Union.   

Ritchey was shaken but okay after a few minutes.

Perry declared the youngster out of the game, but Ritchey played 15 or 5 minutes the next day, according to various reports, and scored a touchdown in the 14-13 victory.

Perry had scheduled the game late in the season as a reward for the team after the Hilltoppers had clinched the Coast League championship.

Following the Saturday afternoon game, the Hilltoppers boarded a railroad car for another 12-hour trip back to San Diego, arriving Sunday night.


Big Ritchey, a 180-pounder, was born in Kansas and came to San Diego at an early age in 1910.  His was one of the earliest African-American families to settle here.

Sophomore Bert Ritchey  was star for Hilltoppers.

Sophomore Bert Ritchey was star for Hilltoppers.

Bert’s younger brother, Johnny, was the first black player in baseball’s Pacific Coast League when he joined the San Diego Padres in 1948.

Ted Ritchey, the star of San Diego High’s 1947 Southern California finalist, was a nephew of Bert, who also had athletic brothers Alfred and Earl.


According to The San Diego Union’s Allen McGrew, the Cavemen wasted five scoring opportunities in their 0-0 tie at Orange.

“The game might be a moral victory for Orange,” wrote McGrew.  “Their ability to hold San Diego at times appeared uncanny.”

McGrew then took a veiled shot at head coach John Perry.  “San Diego either lacked good plays or good judgment in their many attempts to score.”

Orange scored more than a moral victory in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.  The Panthers took a 17-0 lead and returned intercepted passes 35 and 60 yards for touchdowns in a 29-20 victory.

According to historian Don King’s “Caver Conquest,” San Diego stunningly outgained Orange, 559 yards to 98, and held a 33-1 advantage in first downs.


Which was reason enough for coach John Perry to seek a third game.  He challenged Orange to a Christmas Day showdown in San Diego.

“I am confident that our team is better than Orange,” said Perry.  “They did not score on their own plays but on our fumbles.”

The challenge was in play only if Orange did not win the Southern California championship.  Orange wasn’t interested after playing five postseason contests and being eliminated in the semifinals.


One had to follow closely to understand the postseason.

Orange  defeated Redlands, 39-0, in the first round.

Orange defeated San Diego in the second round.

San Diego had a first-round bye and Sweetwater had first-round and a second-round byes (not an unusual procedure for that era since travel and who was available came into play).

Orange defeated Sweetwater, 14-0, the following week in the quarterfinals.

Glendale and Compton deadlocked, 0-0, in the semifinals and, by rule,  played again the following week, Glendale winning, 7-0.

The Dynamiters then defeated Compton, 24-0, for the championship as star lineman Marion Morrison played his final game before moving on to USC.

Morrison later was successful  in the motion picture industry under the name of John Wayne.


Having first played Santa Ana in 1905, the Saints were the Cavemen’s oldest intersectional rival and this year’s game, a physical, 13-0 San Diego victory, showed how much coach John Perry team liked to run the ball.

Individual game statistics for high school games were rarely published, but someone kept a record in this game.

Bert Ritchey gained 76 yards in 25 carries and scored 1 touchdown.  Phil Winnek had 50 yards in 12 attempts and scored once.  In all, the Hilltoppers rushed 58 times for 171 yards.


San Diego B coach Gerald (Tex) Oliver greeted 60 candidates, all reportedly fewer than 140 pounds and averaging 132 (Sweetwater had 62 B prospects, with about 30 that weighed no more than 110) and Oliver was hard pressed to outfit all.

The San Diego board of education denied an appropriation for the Hilltoppers’ B’s, so Oliver planned benefits.

The “Infants,” as Oliver’s club was known, charged 15 cents for a game with La Jolla.


Usually fast and experienced, most B players had participated in junior high or interclass competition.

Pasadena appeared to have a 12th defender, the game umpire, as it attempted to stop San Diego fullback Bert Ritchey.

Pasadena appeared to have a 12th defender, the game umpire, as it attempted to stop San Diego fullback Bert Ritchey.

With eligibility based on “exponents”–height, weight, and age–B teams, similar to junior varsity squads, were an integral part of Southern California football programs for many years.

Many players would start with the B team but advance to the varsity and return to the B’s in the same season.

The San Diego varsity generally practiced at 2 p.m. in City Stadium, followed by the B’s at 4.


Sweetwater’s student executive committee voted for the Red Devils to give up a possible home-field advantage and play San Diego in the City Stadium.

The committee rubber-stamped the request of athletic manager Cheeney Moe and head coach Herb Hoskins, who wanted the gate receipts from a larger turnout in the stadium to go to improving the school’s football facilities.


Hoskins, whose teams were in the Southern California playoffs four out of five seasons in the 1920s, didn’t flinch when asked his team’s chances against San Diego in the season opener.

Writer Alan McGrew of The San Diego Union asserted that the Sweeties had lately “taken some of San Diego’s thunder”.

“We’ll win,” said Hoskins.  “We never figure on losing when we enter a game.  I am confident we’ll win.”

The Cavemen defeated the Red Devils, 33-0, as  Ritchey made his debut with four touchdowns.


Stanford and California announced they were suspending relations with the University of Southern California at the end of the season.

Things had soured between the Pacific Coast powerhouses, with the Northern schools, original conference members since 1915, accusing the Trojans, who joined in 1922, of paying players and not enforcing admittedly vague conference academic standards.

USC promptly announced it was a canceling a home game that week with Stanford, saying that the Northern schools had challenged USC’s “honor”, had a “anti-Southern California feeling” and that the Trojans had always played by the rules.

The USC action affected that week’s San Diego-Long Beach Poly battle for the Coast League title.

Originally scheduled Saturday, Poly boss Harry Moore announced a switch to Friday, not wanting to go against USC-Stanford.

Kemp long punts were vital.

Kemp’s long punts were vital.

When USC bailed on Stanford, Moore switched again, back to Saturday, saying that his school would “lose too much money” and a probable big San Diego crowd by playing on Friday.

San Diego clinched a tie for the Coast League championship with a 6-3 victory over Poly in a taut defensive struggle.  The Hilltoppers’ Rocky Kemp kept the Jackrabbits backing up with booming punts, one traveling 80 yards.


Northern schools in the Coast League also were angry with one of their brethren.

San Diego High vice principal Edgar Johnson was called to Los Angeles for a meeting in which the Hilltoppers were forced to defend themselves against possible expulsion.

Fullerton’s principal charged the Hilltoppers with “rough tactics” in San Diego’s 33-7 victory weeks before.

One Indians player “even had a black eye”, said the school administrator.

Fullerton coach Shorty Smith complained to officials at the end of the game that the Cavemen were “holding” and “coached to play dirty.”


Pasadena also pointed out that San Diego was penalized twice for roughing.

The Union’s McGrew dismissed the charge by noting that the locals only “kept on playing after the whistle”, which apparently was okay with the writer.

The meaningless vote, which needed the CIF’s approval, was 3-2, with Pasadena backing Fullerton.

Whittier, Santa Ana and Long Beach Poly sided with their Border City rivals.


Fullerton also claimed that Hilltopper Alden Johnson, son of the San Diego City Schools superintendent, was not on the eligibility list when the teams met.

Anderson stated that Johnson indeed was eligible but was on the “Seconds” Squad and didn’t play.

The San Diego official then stuck it to Fullerton by producing an eligibility document sent by Fullerton during the previous track season.

The Orange County club list had only a scarce number of athletes cited, not nearly enough for a track meet.  Instead of being on the Coast League’s official form the information “was on a piece of scratch paper,” said Anderson.


The Cavemen did not have clean hands.

“San Diego High was in hot water during this time period, because of not following CIF rules. There were delays in making reports (forwarding game receipts, etc) ,” said CIF Southern Section historian John Dahlem.

Similar complaints of travel were voiced many times over the years.


Army-Navy also drew the wrath of the Southern Section.

The Cadets’ starting backfield and three linemen were declared ineligible thirty minutes before kickoff against El Centro Central.

In all 30 players were banished from football, according to coach Ed Tarr.

Alan McGrew wrote that “most of the ineligibility was caused by students transferring from other schools after being out a semester.”

McGrew was emotional.

The scribe declared that “the murder of Caesar was nothing compared to the ‘crime’ the Southern California Interscholastic federation, boss of prep sports in this section, has committed.”

Minutes from a Southern Section executive committee meeting 10 days before did not shed much light, only that games played by Army-Navy “are not to count towards a championship in any way.”

The CIF was uneasy about the Pacific Beach military boarding school, whose perceived unfair housing advantage raised questions of residence and eligibility.


The Army-Navy coach announced that he would have to dismantle the “Seconds” team and that he was debating whether to field an “Ineligible” squad.

Tarr thought his ineligibles could meet the San Diego Lightning squad.

The Lightning also was comprised of  ineligible players and was coached by Rupert Costo, a 200-pound Native American lineman who was expected to be a starter on the Hilltoppers’ varsity.

Costo had gotten the rubber key from school officials after it was discovered that he had exhausted all of his eligibility when Costo had attended several other high schools.


Artist concept of the new San Diego sports emporium.

Artist’s concept of the new San Diego sports emporium.

The new Coliseum Athletic Club was being constructed at 15th and E Streets.  “Every possible modern convenience” was to be included in the 4,500-seat stucco and tile structure.

Carlsbad celebrated its second annual “Avocado Days”.  Some 2,000 guests enjoyed Avocado soup, Avocado sandwiches, and Avocado ice cream.

A dance concluded the event, at which a local Avocado honcho said the fruit had made the North Coast of San Diego County famous.

Low bid of $247,000 was submitted by contractor William C. Reed for construction of Woodrow Wilson Memorial Junior High at 37th Street and El Cajon Blvd., in East San Diego.

Wilson would open in 1926 and be the primary feeder for a high school that was to be built later in the decade.  That school was to be named after President Herbert Hoover.


The last quarter of Coronado’s 38-12 victory at Army-Navy was played with the aid of automobile lights.

Many scoring plays and penalties meant a longer game and late October’s dwindling sunlight contributed to the need for artificial illumination.


Pay dues at Memorial or Roosevelt, the city’s two junior highs, which opened in in 1922 and ’24, respectively, and be promoted to the high school.

Future San Diego coaches Dewey (Mike) Morrow and George Hobbs were on the Memorial staff.

Francis Parker in Mission Hills announced Sept. 4 it would field a high school football team this year, under the guidance of Lloyd Prante, former Nebraska player.

The school, which opened in Mission Hills in 1911, would move to Linda Vista in the late 1960s and begin playing football again in 1969.


The County League, inclusive of all schools other than San Diego, entered its eighth season of operation with a double, round-robin schedule and welcomed newcomer La Jolla Junior-Senior High.

Other football-playing members were Grossmont, Sweetwater, Escondido, and Coronado.


Twenty-one Grossmont players and coach Ladimir (Jack) Mashin engaged in a one-week camp at Pine Hills YMCA (later known as Camp Marston) in Julian.

“Most of the boys have been on ranches all summer with little time for recreation,” explained principal Carl Quicksall.

The group was accompanied by a chef.  Goal posts were added to the athletic field, and a swimming pool was available.


Blocking back Saunders was on first-team all-Southern California.

Blocking back Saunders was first-team all-Southern California.

San Diego had one player on the all-Southern California team, blocking back Russ Saunders…Glenn Rozelle, the uncle of future NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle, also was a first-team choice, from Compton…San Diego players didn’t practice on the first day of school, instead watching a slow-motion film on fundamentals, instructed by USC coach Gus Henderson and Notre Dame boss Knute Rockne…Grossmont defeated Brawley, 6-0, in the first ever game between San Diego and Imperial County clubs…the Pasadena Star newspaper ordered a phone line for the City Stadium press box so its correspondent could provide a running, play-by-play of the Bullpups’ game against San Diego…San Diego and the Pomona College freshmen almost evenly split 25 punts and Pomona missed four field goals…”Blackboard” practice was a precursor to modern-day game film…coaches diagrammed plays on a chalkboard and tested the players…

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2014-15: Torrey Pines Leads 6 San Diego Teams

Can coach John Olive’s tough-minded, resourceful Torrey Pines Falcons pull off another victory in Tuesday’s Southern California playoff Division I semifinals?

The No. 6-seed Falcons, trailing, 43-40, after three quarters, walked down host No. 3 Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in the quarterfinals Saturday night.  The Falcons now visit 2 seed Chino Hills, averaging a turbo-charged  85.4 points and holding a 78-54 victory over Poly and an 82-63 win last week over Torrey Pines neighbor San Marcos.

The Huskies’  16-14 record is the result of seven forfeit defeats early in the season, including a forfeit loss to Foothills Christian, which came up short in an Open Division game at Etiwanda, the state’s third-ranked team.

Coach Brad Leaf’s Foothills Knights held a one-point lead with a little more than one minute remaining, surrendered a basket, and then, in possession, could not get the shot it needed with 10 seconds left.

St. Augustine was ushered out in the Open Division, 75-61, by Torrance Bishop Montgomery.

Of the original 18 teams from the San Diego Section, three boys’ teams and three girls’ squads still are in the hunt.

La Costa Canyon, No. 1 in Boys’ Division II, faces the 22-11 Lawndale Cardinals, who defeated Redlands East Valley, 75-50.

Lawndale recently surrendered a 28-point lead in the third third quarter and 22-point advantage in the fourth and bowed to Anaheim Canyon, 105-98, in two overtimes in the Southern Section finals.

Mt. Carmel must travel to Alhambra and take on No. 1-ranked Mark Keppel in Girls’ D-II. La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s, seeded 1 and 2 in D-V, could be headed to a championship showdown. Pairings:


Div. Seed Team Record Seed Team Record
I 6 Torrey Pines 31-3 @2 Chino Hills 16-14*
II 1 La Costa Canyon 24-7 4 Lawndale 22-11
V 6 Army-Navy 26-6 @2 L.A. Price 22-7

*Includes 7 forfeits.


Div. Seed Team Record Seed Team Record
II 4 Mt. Carmel 30-3 @1 Alhambra Mark Keppel 24-7
V 1 La Jolla Country Day 15-12 4 L.A. Ribet 24-10
V 2 The Bishop’s 23-9 3 Garden Grove Orangewood 29-4
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2014-15: Horizon Girls Get Stink Eye From CIF

Winning a league and section title no longer matters, according to the convoluted “power” ratings and Open divisions established by the state CIF and endorsed by the San Diego Section.

The Horizon girls’ basketball team was essentially told to drop dead by the CIF after the Panthers had won their league title and the San Diego Section Division I championship.

State regional playoffs begin tomorrow night. Horizon is out and La Jolla Country Day and The Bishop’s, teams beaten by Horizon for the Horizon League title, are the 1 and 2 seeds in D-V.

Teams can move down in the regional only if they were in Open Division in their section playoffs.  St. Augustine stays in the Open by virtue of another seeding criteria.

No less an expert and booster of high school sports than Mark Tennis of Cal-Hi Sports weighed in.

“We’ve been doing this for 35 years, longer than the CIF has even had a state tournament, and the Horizon Christian girls basketball team having its season end through a series of CIF San Diego Section policies, CIF State regional criteria, and ridiculous power ratings is one of the worst cases of how not to run high school sports that we’ve ever seen.”

“It’s a tragedy,” added Steve Brand of UT-San Diego.

Boys D-I titlist Escondido also is out.  Morse, which lost to the Cougars, 63-49, in the D-I championship, is in.

Go figure.

The ratings are the result of much statistical analysis.  A labyrinth of information goes into a computer to help determine which teams compete in Roman numeral divisions and which teams are selected for Open divisions.

Sounds good, but it hasn’t worked.

St. Augustine, which won a state D-III title in 2012-13, was denied an opportunity to defend its title and was consigned to the Open Division in 2013-14.

The Saints were forced to go on the road and  took a 67-39, first-round shellacking from Santa Ana Mater Dei.

Coach Mike Haupt’s squad again is in the Open Division and faces another tall hurdle.  As the No. 8 seed, the Saints visit No. 1 Torrance Bishop Montgomery, the state’s second-ranked squad.

Foothills Christian, which won the San Diego Section D-II title, all of a sudden is in the Open Division, apparently because the Knights have an overall high state ranking (No. 20 by Cal-Hi Sports).

The No. 6 seed Knights also have a daunting challenge, visiting No. 3 seed Etiwanda, the state’s third-ranked team.

Torrey Pines, the Open Division loser to St. Augustine, also is in the tournament, but now has a home game  in D-I tomorrow night against North Tustin Foothill.

Go figure II.

More and more teams are being invited to the state playoffs.  The once-pristine regional is beginning to look like the  bloated early rounds of the Section tournament.

Teams with losing records are creeping in.

Regional first-round pairings involving San Diego section teams:


Div. Seed Team Record Seed Team   Record
Open 8 St. Augustine 25-6 @1 Torrance  Bishop Montgomery   29-1
6 Foothills Christian 23-7 @3 Etiwanda 23-8
I 11 Tustin Foothill 28-3 @6 Torrey Pines 29-3
10 San Marcos 25-3 @7 Riverside  J. W. North 24-3
II 16 Ladera Ranch Tesoro 19-11 @1 La Costa Canyon 22-7
12 Mira Mesa 25-7 @5 Redlands East Valley 25-7
15 Kearny 23-8 @2 Anaheim Canyon 23-9
III 12 Valhalla 22-9 @5 La Habra Sonora 28-4
10 Corona del Mar 24-7 @7 El Cajon Valley 25-6
IV 11 Cerritos Valley Christian 22-9 @6 Mission Bay 21-4
15 Pacific Ridge 22-6 @2 Pasadena Maranatha 20-8
V 11 Hesperia Christian 23-9 @6 Army-Navy 24-6


Div. Seed Team Record Seed Team Record
Open 6 Mission Hills 26-5 @1 Long Beach Poly 25-3
I 12 Torrey Pines 22-9 @5 San Bernardino Cajon 26-3
15 Eastlake 20-8 @2 Vista Murrieta 22-7
II 12 La Costa Canyon 23-6 @5 Norco 22-9
13 Eagle Rock 19-10 @4 Mt. Carmel 28-3
14 Westview 21-7 @3 Mira Costa+ 24-7
III 12 Kearny 22-6 @5 Corona 22-8
11 Rancho Bernardo 14-12 @6 Rancho Santa Margarita 18-14
IV 9 El Capitan 19-8 @8 Capistrano J. Serra 23-7
V 1 La Jolla Country Day 14-12 Bye
2 L.A. Price 14-16 @2 The Bishop’s 21-9


Foothills Christian came on strong in the San Diego Section playoffs and  finished atop the UT-SanUT-San Diego poll.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L Points* Previous
1 Foothills Christian (9) 23-7** 107 2
2 St. Augustine (2) 25-6 101 7
3 Torrey Pines 29-4 89 1
4 Escondido 23-7 64 8
5 La Costa Canyon 22-7 59 3
6 Army-Navy 24-6 47 5
7 San Marcos 25-3 44 4
8 Morse 25-7 28 9
9 El Camino 21-6 22 6
10 Mission Bay 20-4 17 10

*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.  **Includes two forfeits.

Others receiving votes: El Cajon Valley (25-6), 5; Mira Mesa (25-7), 4; Francis Parker (19-8), 2.

Eleven San Diego County sportswriters and broadcasters and a CIF San Diego Section representative vote each week. The panel includes John Maffei and Kirk Kenney (UT-San Diego), Terry Monahan (UT-San Diego correspondent), Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com), Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section), Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com), Aaron Burgin (fulltimeshoops.com), Rick Willis (KUSI Chl. 51), Rick Smith (partletonsports.com), Drew Willis (sdcoastalsports.com).


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