2014: 2 State Leaders Await Arcadia Invitational

Madison’s Doton Ogundeji continues to lead state and national shot putters and Mt. Carmel’s Derek Morton has moved in front of California 800-meter runners.

Both are expected to take on some of the nation’s best in the annual Arcadia Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Ogundeji leads the nation with a throw of 65-4 1/2 and is 10th in the U.S. and fourth in California with a 180-foot waft in the discus.

Morton took the state lead with a  1:53.60 last week in a dual meet at Westview and is fifth in the country.

The Sundevils senior showed promise last year with bests of 1:57.80 and 4:18.16 in the 1,600 meters and cranked a 1:55.65 month ago in the Mt. Carmel Field and Distances invite.

Other San Diego Section athletes who have moved into respective state Top 10′s:

Event Rank Name School Mark
300 HurdlesG 4 Hannah Labrie-Smith Cathedral :43.4
1600 MetersG 5 Emma Abrahamson La Costa Canyon 4:55.81
1600 MetersB 7 Erik Ames Coronado 4:16.32
Pole VaultG 8T Augusta Thomason Rancho Bernardo 12-0
800 MetersB 9 Bryan Alvarado Sweetwater 1:55.30
800 MetersG 9 Kelly Bernd Canyon Crest 2:15.09
200 MetersG 9T Melissa Mongiovi West Hills :24.79
Pole VaultB 9T Charlie Bush Poway 15-7
Shot PutG 10 Kiely Osby Escondido 42-10 1/2
400 MetersB 10 Brian Thomas Scripps Ranch :48.41
1600 RelayB 10 Scripps Ranch 3:20.75
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2000: New Century & New Faces

There wasn’t just a millennium going on.

Wholesale league changes and the San Diego Section’s annexation of schools in the Imperial Valley were creating a new landscape.

What started in 1980 with the addition of Calipatria, Holtville, and Imperial, was complete after Blythe Palo Verde,  El Centro Central, Brawley, Calexico, El Centro Southwest, and Calexico Vincent Memorial left the Southern Section.

Winterhaven San Pasqual also joined in 1980 and Salton City West Shores became a member in 1998, but neither of those schools was in for the long run.

DID VALLEY GET SHAFT?

Not everyone was happy.

Brian Hay wondered about his new associates. The El Centro Southwest coach was miffed when his 7-3 team was left out of the playoffs and three with losing records were bracketed into D-III.

“All of the San Diego-area team reps teamed up to keep us out,” Hay told Steve Brand of The San Diego Union.  “There’s something wrong when you’re 7-3 and don’t get into the playoffs.

“Only one of the Imperial Valley teams (Brawley) made it,” Hay added.  ”I’d like to see the top two teams from each league be included.”

Hay was determined:  “We’re looking for a game against a San Diego-area team next year, so this won’t happen again.”

CAN’T BEAT ‘EM? JOIN ‘EM

Hay didn’t get that game for El Centro Southwest.

He  went one better.

The Southwest mentor headed west to San Diego to become head coach at Hilltop and became a fixture in the South Bay area, moving on to Mar Vista and then Sweetwater.

OTHERS UPSET, TOO

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2014: Ogundeji Takes National Lead in Shot Put

Madison’s Doton Ogundeji, who made noise in the state meet in 2013, raised the decibel level to a shout  at the Sundevil Invitational Saturday at Mt. Carmel.

The all-San Diego Section football linebacker last season took the national lead in the shot put with a 65 foot, 4 ½ inch heave, almost two feet better than the reported 63-7 by Kord Ferguson of Ottawa, Kansas.

Only three other County athletes have bettered Ogundeji’s throw.

Fallbrook’s Brent Noon went 76-2 in 1990, Morse’s Darius Savage 66-3 ½ in 2006, and El Cajon Valley’s Curt Hampton 65-11 1/4 in 1974.

Ogundeji was sixth in the state shot put at 58-11 ¾ last year and was the only double-qualifier from San Diego. He was a nonscoring discus finalist at 175-2.

Meet Director Dennis McClanahan’s annual  Sundevil event is usually a barometer of the big meets in late May and early June.

Outstanding marks, including several state Top 10 efforts, were made by section athletes in what was for most the first significant meet of the season.

Hanna Labrie-Smith’s :43.4 in the 300-meter hurdles moved the Cathedral junior into second place in California behind the :43.14, converted hand time of Bakersfield Liberty’s Morganne Hill.

Labrie-Smith in 2013 came within 1/10 of Gail Devers’ 1983 San Diego Section record of :42.26.

A rare dead heat occurred in the Girls’ 3,200-meter run, when favored Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley and Irvine Northwood’s Bethany Knights were inseparable.

Each finished with times of 10:07.52, fastest in the country this year.

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2013-14: Section Overwhelmed in state playoffs

La Jolla Country Day’s 60-42 loss to Los Altos Hills Pinewood in the State Girls’ V championship last week was the final, tumbling domino in a disappointing San Diego Section season.images

Mater Dei Catholic was the only boys’ team to advance beyond the first round of the Southern California Regional and got to the Division II semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Bellflower St. John Bosco, 84-64.

San Diego Section boys teams lost 11 of 12 first-round encounters.  The girls won 6 of 14.

Mount Miguel girls reached the D-III semifinals but were beaten, 60-50, by Santa Barbara, which got to the state finals before losing to Modesto Christian, 64-55.

FARED BETTER A YEAR AGO

Local teams won 8 of 11 first-round games in 2012-13 and earned two championships, St. Augustine boys in D-III and Horizon girls in D-V. Area squads had won championships in three of the previous four years.

St. Augustine was denied the opportunity to defend its  championship and forced to play in the new Open Division.  The Saints went out early, losing to Santa Ana Mater Dei, 65-38.

La Costa Canyon, another Open Division entry, went down, 71-51, to Redondo Beach Redondo.

Criteria for the Open Division is based on a premise of  “past success” and other factors in a confusing tableau.

Why, then, should La Jolla Country Day, a traditional girls state power, be allowed to drop after elimination in San Diego’s Open division to the state D-V bracket?

That champions St. Augustine and La Costa Canyon had to play on the road in first-round games was a radical departure from other years.

Adding to confusion, the divisional nomenclature in San Diego is not the same as for the rest of the state.  Example, Kearny won the San Diego Section D-IV title but played in the D-III regional bracket, losing to La Canada St. Francis, 67-62.

ROAD TO DESTRUCTION

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2014: San Diego Legends Meet

Bill Walton and Larry Blum had more in common than just being among the crowd at the University of San Francisco’s National Invitation Tournament game recently.

Both are former San Diego Section basketball players of the year, Blum at Crawford in 1962-63 and Walton at Helix in 1969-70.

San Diego ;legends Walton and Blum.

Walton and Blum starred at area  schools.

Blum set a San Diego Section record with 737 points and had a 23.8 average in Crawford’s 24-6-1 season that concluded with a championship-game,  64-44 victory over St. Augustine.

Walton averaged 29.1 points  and scored 960 points in leading  Helix to a 33-0 season.  Helix defeated Madison, 87-72, for the title in 1969 and repeated, 70-56 over Chula Vista in 1970.

Blum went on to play at the University of San Francisco and forged a highly successful career in the business world in the Bay Area.

Even in his ‘sixties, Blum still plays fullcourt basketball 2 or 3 nights a week and has a key to the USF gymnasium.

Walton became one of the most famous basketball players in history, winning championships at UCLA and with the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics in the NBA.

The 6-foot, 11-inch Walton and 5-11 Blum hooked up last week, when Louisiana State defeated USF, 71-63, in a NIT first-round game at which Walton served as analyst on the ESPN broadcast.

As Walton said during the broadcast, “There is my good friend, Larry Blum, who set all the high school scoring records in San Diego (which Walton broke) and had a successful career at USF and after graduation he produced the world famous Haight-Asbury street sign poster and has been very successful ever since.”

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1999: Avocado League Avalanche

What a difference 50 years makes.

The population growth of San Diego’s North County coincided with the rise of the once small and remote Avocado League.

After years of  ascendancy, a punctuation mark was added this season.

As Tom Shanahan of The San Diego Union pointed out:

–Five Avocado schools ranked in the top six of the County Top 10.

–Avocado champion El Camino won the section Division I title, defeating Carlsbad in an all-Avocado final.

–Oceanside won the D-II championship.

–Five of the league’s six schools were unbeaten against nonleague opponents and posted a 32-2 record against outsiders. (La Costa Canyon, 3-7 overall and 0-5 in the league, was beaten by two North County Palomar League teams).

Cal-Hi Sports declared the Avocado League the most competitive in the state.

–El Camino was ranked third in the state behind Concord De La Salle and Hart by Cal-Hi Sports.  Oceanside was twelfth.

–Torrey Pines, with a 91-29-2 (.754) record, and El Camino, 92-36-1 (.717), had the best San Diego Section records for the decade of the 1990s.

“GOOD AS ANYWHERE”

“I came here from a strong league,” said Randy Blankenship, who coached state power Clovis West before moving to Fallbrook this year. “What made the Avocado different is we faced a college running back every week.”

October fog was a ubiquitous companion to San Diego Section teams, including Avocado League powers Carlsbad and El Camino.

Fog reared its seasonal self during the football season, as El Camino and Carlsbad players discovered.

”…In general North County football is as good as anywhere in the nation,” said Carlsbad coach Bob McAllister.

“I’m not saying we’d beat (Concord) De La Salle (winner of almost 100 games in a row), but…our top teams could play with anybody,” said El Camino’s Herb Meyer.

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2013-14: First Round: San Diego 7, Opponents 19

Wipeouts like these usually are reserved for the North Shore of Oahu.

San Diego Section boys basketball teams lost 10 of 11 games in the first round of the Southern California regional playoffs.

Girls teams helped ease the pain and won 6 of 14.

In four games in which San Diego boys teams were seeded higher their combined record was 1-3.

imagesMater Dei (29-2), the 4 seed in Division II, was the only area squad to win, defeating visiting Tustin (22-9), 59-50.

‘Dei will get a second home game Friday night when it takes on 5 seed Calabasas (28-5), which defeated Sylmar of the Los Angeles City Section, 57-54.

More negative reinforcement is expected Friday night when Open division play begins. No. 8 St. Augustine (29-3) is at 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei (31-0) and 6 La Costa Canyon (27-5) goers to Redondo Beach Redondo (24-5).

WOMEN PICK UP SLACK

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2013-14: Mavericks Return to No. 1

What goes around, comes around.

La Costa Canyon, ranked No. 1 in the first UT-San Diego basketball poll in December, is first again after vacating the top spot weeks ago.

LA-Costa-CanyonThe Mavericks defeated St. Augustine, 62-60, in the San Diego Section Open Division championship last week and received 10 first-place votes.  St. Augustine dropped to second and Mater Dei, which received three first-place votes, is third.

The first eight teams will be in Southern California playoffs beginning Wednesday. Morse, ranked ninth, and San Marcos, ranked 10th, played in the Division I final last week but were dissed by the state playoff committee.

# Team(1st place votes) W-L* Points** Last Week
1 La Costa Canyon (10) 27-5 127 5
2 St. Augustine 28-3 112 1
3 Mater Dei Catholic (3) 28-2 110 2
4 El Camino 27-4 82 4
5 Kearny 25-2 71 10
6 Torrey Pines 26-5 63 6
7 Sweetwater 28-1 53 3
8 Francis Parker 26-5 39 8
9 Morse 18-12 32 NR
10 San Marcos 21-9 11 9

**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR Not ranked.

Others receiving votes: Orange Glen, 8; Eastlake, 6; Foothills Christian, 2.

Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego stringer);
Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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2013-14: San Diego Teams Whacked in Seedings

Talk about a kick in the pelvic region.  The new State Basketball Tournament Open Division pairings did no favors for two San Diego Section stalwarts.

The seedings and pairings were announced by the state CIF this evening.

St. Augustine (28-3) will visit Santa Ana Mater Dei (31-0), the nation’s No. 2-ranked team, Friday night, March 14.

Santa Ana Mater Dei is the top seed in the Open Division and the Saints are No. 8.

On the same evening, La Costa Canyon (27-5), seeded sixth, goes to Redondo Beach Redondo (24-5), seeded third.

La Costa Canyon, playing from behind as the fourth seed, won the San Diego Section Open championship by defeating St. Augustine, 62-60, before more than 4,000 persons  at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus on Saturday night.

The Saints were the state D-III champions last season and would have been accorded at least an even chance to repeat, but they will not get that more competitively friendly opportunity.

The Open Division includes four Southern Section squads (Mater Dei, Redondo, Riverside North, and Etiwanda), two from San Diego, two from the Los Angeles Section (El Camino Real and Westchester), and zero from the Central Section.

No San Diego Section team gets a home game until Division II. The highest seed for any San Diego Section squad is 3 by the La Jolla Country Day women.  Mount Miguel’s women are seeded fourth.

Chula Vista Mater Dei is the highest seed among men’s teams, with a 4.

Unhappiness award goes to San Diego D-I winner Morse (18-12) and IV winner Orange Glen (26-5), who are uninvited.

All divisions except Open begin play Wednesday, March 12.

First round airings:

MEN’S DIVISION  I
–No. 13 seed Torrey Pines (26-5) at 4 Lakewood Mayfair (23-6).
–No. 10 El Camino (27-4) at 7 Mission Viejo (24-7).

II
–No. 13 Tustin (22-8) at 4 Chula Vista Mater Dei (28-2).
–No. 10 Santa Ana Foothill (23-7) at 7 Francis Parker (26-5).
–No. 14 San Diego Hoover (18-11) at 3 Anaheim Canyon (28-4).

III
–No. 11 La Canada St. Francis (19-12) at 6 Kearny (25-2).
–No. 13 Sweetwater (28-1) at 4 Brea Olinda (23-10).

IV
–No. 9 Tri-City Christian (21-9) at 8 San Juan Capistrano JSerra (18-11).

V
–No. 10 Palm Springs Desert Chapel (23-5) at 7 Escondido Adventist (20-6).
–No. 12 Lutheran (16-7) at San Juan Capistrano Saddleback Valley Christian (25-6).

WOMEN’S DIVISION I

–No. 8 Mission Hills (22-8) at 9 Alhambra Mark Keppel (26-3).
–No. 13 Mt. Carmel (25-7) at 4 Fullerton Troy (22-7).

II
–No. 10 Redondo Beach Redondo (20-10) at 7 La Costa Canyon (25-3).
–No. 9 Poway (17-11) at Norco (26-5).
–No. 14 San Diego Serra (19-10) at Placentia El Dorado (26-5).

III
–No. 13 Yorba Linda (11-15) at 4 Mount Miguel (25-5).

IV
–No. 11 Fullerton Rosary (17-14) at 6 Chula Vista Mater Dei (22-8).
–No. 13 Ocean View Christian (17-3) at 4 San Juan Capistrano JSerra (21-10).

V
–No. 14 L.A. Shalhevet (19-3) at 3 La Jolla Country Day (16-11).
–No. 9 San Bernardino Aquinas (27-2) at 8 Horizon (9-18).
No. 12 Foothills Christian (17-5) at 4 Garden Grove Orangewood (23-8).

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2013-14: Game of Year Revisited

St. Augustine and La Costa Canyon, which played arguably the game of the regular season in January, go for the gold tonight.

The Saints edged the Mavericks, 79-74, as part of a Martin Luther King Day doubleheader at Francis Parker and things haven’t changed.  Expect the score to be a little lower but the intensity a little higher.

To the winner goes the San Diego Section Open Division championship.

The question that remains unanswered is where these two clubs will be placed in next week’s Southern California regionals, depending, of course, on the loser getting a bid.

Does St. Augustine stay in the Open Division or go back to D-III?  Does La Costa Canyon revert to D-1?

Two of the area’s best coaches, the Saints’ Mike Haupt and La Costa’s Dave Cassaw, will match wits again.

Tip is at 7 at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus.  Another big game will begin at the same time about 10 miles east, when San Diego State opposes New Mexico for the Mountain West Conference marbles.

PREDICTION

St. Augustine 64, La Costa Canyon 58.

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2013-14: Kearny Knocks Off Sweetwater

Kearny High found the key to ending Sweetwater’s great run Saturday afternoon.

Coach Carl Bronson, ably assisted by UT-San Diego sportswriter Mark Zeigler, exposed the shorter Red Devils’ lack of a low post defense.

The strategy allowed the Komets to repeatedly attack from the low block under the basket for layups and point-blank shots.

Kearny took the lead at 33-32 at the start of the third quarter and never looked back, pulling away for a 73-58 victory in the San Diego Section III finals before about 2,500 persons at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

David Moa led Kearny with 19 points and 18 rebounds in a contest that had a pin ball machine pace.

Errant passes and turnovers were routine as the Komets matched Sweetwater’s rapid, pressing style, which had worn down the Red Devils’ first 28 opponents.

Spencer Mattox  scored 19 points for Sweetwater but the hustling, high-energy senior seemed fatigued in the second half.

For the game, Mattox missed on five three-point attempts.

Kearny, now 25-2, await its seeding and opponent in the Southern California playoffs next week.

 

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2013-14: Alma Maters Beckoned Coaches

How uncommon is this?

When Kearny (23-2) meets Sweetwater (28-0) Friday afternoon the teams will be coached by alumni of their respective schools.

At stake will be the San Diego Section Division IV championship.

Historian Greg (Stats) Durrant came up with this and other nuggets as the veteran prep sports maven prepared to take in five boys’ and girls’ division finals Friday and five more Saturday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus.

Sweetwater is coached by Jesse Aguirre, class of 1985,  Kearny by Carl Bronson, class of 1983.

Both schools returned to prominence this year.

KOMETS BACK

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2013-14: Foothills Coach Not Quite Boeheim

There are 20.8 seconds remaining in the game.  Your team trails, 58-54, after battling back from a 14-point deficit.

A blocking foul is whistled on one of your players.

The frustration finally got to Foothills Christian coach Brad Leaf.

Leaf channeled his inner Jim Boeheim and was slapped with a technical.

The Knights mentor’s outburst at the officials differed from that of the Syracuse coach, who was famously double T’d and ejected late in a loss to Duke last week.

Leaf, unlike Boeheim, was not wearing a coat when Leaf came onto the court.

Sweetwater then converted  three free throws and ran out a 61-54, Division III semifinals victory over the Knights, who, adding to Leaf’s game-long unhappiness, blew several opportunities to oust the undefeated, 28-0 Red Devils.

A vocal crowd of about 2,000 nearly filled the hosts’ gym and they saw coach Jesse Aguirre’s swifties race to leads of 7-0 and 23-9.

T.J. Leaf, the coach’ 6-foot, 8-inch sophomore son,  had a good line, 22 points, 12 rebounds, four steals, and four assists.

But Leaf missed 6 of his first 7 free throws and could not get several point-blank shots to go down as the very short Red Devils, like a pack of swarming bees, harassed their taller opponents.

Leaf fouled out with 3:03 left in the game with the Knights lagging, 55-47.  Foothills manned up and closed to 57-54 but could get no closer.

Sweetwater’s Spencer Mattox scored 29 points and rebounded, dished, and stole in a pell-mell performance.  Mattox also mockingly preened for the Foothills crowd after he  drained an NBA-distance prayer  at the third quarter buzzer, increasing the Sweeties’ lead to 48-38.

Foothills surprisingly, and to Leaf’s dismay, was assigned a fourth seed in D-III, guaranteeing that it would have to meet the No. 1 Red Devils before the championship  game, which now matches Kearny and Sweetwater Friday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

Leaf’s week thus began and ended on  sour notes.

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2013-14: Great Matchups in Open Final 4

There will be basketball almost every night this week in the San Diego Section.

Girls begin quarterfinals play in Divisions II, III, and IV tonight and  Tuesday night.  Boys tip Tuesday night in II, III, and IV.

Open semifinals are Tuesday and Wednesday and finals  Saturday at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the University of San Diego campus.

D-V teams will play championship games Thursday evening at Sage Hill High in Carlsbad.

A look at this week’s Boys’ games:

OPEN—Two terrific semifinals matches and a potentially great final, if St. Augustine and El Camino pass their tests.

El Camino won its 20th in  a row and is 27-3 after a  105-68 romp over Lincoln (13-14), which trailed only 28-24 after one quarter.

The second-seed Warriors take on tough La Costa Canyon (25-5) Wednesday at El Camino. St. Augustine (27-2) will meet Torrey Pines (26-4) at University City High.

Ray Johnson ‘s Wildcats, coming strong after the January eligibility  of Army-Navy transfer Devin Watson, have averaged 80.2 points a game during their streak.

The Oceanside club has not lost since dropping a 77-71 decision to Sweetwater Dec. 21 and hold two February decisions over La Costa Canyon, 74-70 and 78-70.

Beating the same team three times in a row in the same season is El Camino’s test.  Cathedral could not pull off the trifecta a year ago against St. Augustine.

Prediction:  El Camino 64, La Costa Canyon 61.

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2013-14: Saints No. 1 Here, 18th in State

St. Augustine is top-ranked in the final UT-San Diego regular-season poll and is the defending state champion in Division III as playoff teams enter the homestretch of the season.

Coach Mike Haupt’s team,  29-4 a year ago, take a 26-2 record into this season’s playoffs and are ranked 18th in the state by Cal-Hi Sports.

St. Augustine finished 10th overall in the state in 2012-13.  The Saints  defeated San Francisco Sacred Heart 59-52 in overtime for the championship after Trey Kell buried three consecutive free throws to forge a tie in the final three seconds of regulation.

The two teams with victories over the Saints are Chino Hills (24-4), ranked seventh, and Lakewood Mayfair (23-5), ranked 17th.

Chino Hills holds a 66-55 win over the Saints and Mayfair beat them, 62-61, in late December in the  Torrey Pines tournament.

Should St. Augustine win the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs there is no guarantee it would revert to D-III in the Southern California alignment.  The Saints may be placed in the Open Division and be grouped with a maximum of four Southern Section Open clubs.

El Camino is 15th in D-1, Mater Dei Catholic eighth in D-II, St. Augustine third in D-III, Sweetwater sixth and Kearny ninth.  Francis Parker is “on the bubble” in D-II.  La Costa, No. 10 a week ago, dropped out of the D-II Top 10.

Cal-Hi Sports does not follow the San Diego model in identifying teams’  divisions.

1 St. Augustine (13) 26-2   130         1

2

Mater Dei

24-2

115

2

3

Sweetwater

25-0

98

3

4

El Camino

26-3

97

4

5

La Costa Canyon

24-5

77

4

6

Torrey Pines

25-4

70

6

7

Eastlake

23-5

35

8

8

Francis Parker

23-4

25

10

9

Foothills Christian

16-8

24

7

10

Kearny

21-2

22

9

**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

Others receiving votes: San Marcos, 12;  Mission Bay, 5; Steele Canyon, 3; Calvin Christian, 1.

Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego correspondent);                          Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego correspondent);

Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera, Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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2013-14: Basketball’s Second Season Begins

Seventeen teams with losing records and three .500 squads  made the San Diego Section playoffs.

It doesn’t look as ridiculous as in previous years.

Pairings announced Saturday promise good games, even  in early rounds, especially considering size of brackets and number of divisions.

Only in Division II is there virtual mediocrity. Seven of the eight, first-round visiting clubs have losing records, some real bad (see Hills, Granite 7-19).

D-II clubs have a combined .503 winning percentage and overall record of 198-196.  The others reflect more success:  Open–157-65, .707; I–251-173, .592; III–260-148, .637; IV–216-166, .565; V–108-55, .662.

OPEN IS OPEN

The eight-team Open Division promises big matchups in later rounds.  Only Vista (7-20) and Lincoln (13-12) look out of place.Elcam logo

St. Augustine (26-2) and El Camino (26-3) are the Open 1-2 seeds and could meet in a blockbuster final at the University of San Diego’s Jenny Craig Pavilion on March 8.

Eastlake (23-5) and Mission Bay (13-8) are top-ranked D-I entries, but that division looks wide-open.

San Marcos (18-8) is dangerous.  In-an-outers Poway (17-11), Carlsbad (17-11), Escondido (19-8), Westview (17-10), Helix (16-12), and Cathedral (15-10) all could make runs.

‘DEI AND PARKER

Mater Dei (24-2) and Francis Parker (22-4) should  ride to the D-II final.

Teams in the Mater Dei half of the bracket are a combined 80-103. Teams in Parker’s half are 94-92.

SweetwaterPrimaryLogoSweetwater (25-0) and Kearny (21-2) are at the top of D-III, but questions persist over Kearny’s less-than-robust list of opponents.

Foothills Christian could meet Sweetwater in  the semifinals in  the division’s most appealing contest.

D-IV lacks pizzazz, although Orange Glen (22-5) has emerged after years in the tank.  Second seed behind the Patriots is Tri-Christian (18-8), which has dropped two to D-V seven-seed Pacific Ridge.

D-V is the smallest of the small.  Escondido Adventist (18-6) is top seed.

 

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1960: For Better or (Mostly) Worse

San Diego County was “free” of the giant Southern Section and on its own, thirty-one schools strong.

The formation of the local CIF section pleased administrators and assorted education honchos who now wielded the sharp end of the stick.

Coaches and the media were ambivalent, at best.

The great competition against Northern schools and the building excitement of playoffs at foreign sites against largely unknown opponents was gone, replaced by two divisions and two weeks of watered-down postseason play.

Champion of 31 schools was not like champion of more than 300.

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Three County affiliates did not join the new section. Mountain Empire and Rancho del Campo remained in the Southern Section and usually played more easily accessed Imperial Valley squads.

Faallbrook deuceFallbrook, 0-8 in 1957 and 0-9 in ’58 as a member of the Avocado League, was not considered strong enough to compete against schools from the North County circuit.

The Warriors had joined the DeAnza League in Riverside County in 1959 and stayed there through this football season.  Their opponents were schools such as Hemet, Perris, San Jacinto, and Beaumont.

The alignment agreed with coach Al Waibel’s club, which was 3-1 in the league and 6-3 overall.

Fallbrook dropped a 32-0 decision to San Pedro Mary Star of the Sea in the first round of the Southern Section small schools playoffs.

Football at Julian still was seven years away, making 30 the actual count of football-playing schools in the San Diego Section.

San Diego fans were happy, as long as their teams were winning.

That meant that virtually every week was a celebration at Escondido High, where coach Bob (Chick) Embrey built a small school power into a major force in the new order.

The game of the year matched San Diego, at 6-2 the Eastern League champion and, by reputation, the favorite, against the 7-1-1 Cougars in the AA semifinal.

MAESTRO, MUSIC!

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2013-14: Playoff Seeding and Pairings Next

Selection Saturday is just five days away.

League play wraps up this week, but all eyes are on the postseason and the ensuing rounds that lead to the state championships in Sacramento next month.

Seedings and pairings for the San Diego Section playoffs, to be waged in 5 divisions,  will come out of  Section commissioner Jerry Schniepp’s office sometime Saturday, depending on the length and volume of discussions.

With the new, Open Division format, several teams are on a collision course, including St. Augustine, El Camino, La Costa Canyon, and Torrey Pines, the favorites in an eight-team bracket that also includes Mission Hills, Hoover, Lincoln, and Vista.

Vista, at 5-20,will exit very early, but the others can make things interesting.

Eastlake is the highest ranked Division I team.  The other 15 squads essentially are lying in the weeds.  Mission Bay might be a factor.  The Buccaneers are only 12-7 but hung with St. Augustine last week, ending with a flurry of 3′s that cut the final deficit to 54-53.

D-II features Mater Dei, Francis Parker, and Steele Canyon.

Sweetwater and Kearny headline D-III, with Foothills Christian, Del Norte and Calvin Christian gaining some cred.  Calexico Vincent Memorial and Orange Glen may have the edge in D-IV.

El Camino is still fourth in this week’s UT-San Diego poll, but  the Wildcats of coach Ray Johnson have lately positioned themselves for a postseason run.

# Team (1st place votes)1 W-L Points** Last Week
1 St. Augustine (13) 24-2 130 1
2 Mater Dei Catholic 22-2 114 2
3 Sweetwater 23-0 97 3
4 El Camino 24-3 88 5
5 La Costa Canyon 23-4 87 4
6 Torrey Pines 23-4 70 6
7 Foothills Christian 16-8 28 9
8 Eastlake 21-5 26 8
9 Kearny 19-2 25 10
10 Francis Parker 21-4 24 7

**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

Others receiving votes: San Marcos, 10; Escondido, Mission Bay, 8; Del Norte, 5; Steele Canyon, 4; Calvin Christian, 1.

Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego stringer);
Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
and Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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1916: The Legendary Hilltoppers

The 12-0 season, Southern California championship, and acclamation as national champions proved  just the beginning for coach Clarence (Nibs) Price and many of the San Diego High Hilltoppers.

–Price left the school after the 1917 season and made his way back to his alma mater, the University of California at Berkeley, joining the staff of head coach Andy Smith in 1920.

Price was the Bears’ head coach following Smith’s death and guided the Bears to a 27-17-3 record from 1926-30, including the 1929 Rose Bowl, made famous by the wrong-way run of California’s Roy Riegels.

The 1922 Golden Bears' coaching staff. Nibs is second from left, next to Andy smith (left).

The 1922 Golden Bears’ coaching staff. Nibs is second from left, next to  head coach Andy Smith (left).

Price was head coach of the Bears’ basketball team from 1924-54.  His teams won 453 games,  seven conference championships, and went to the Final Four of the 1946 national collegiate tournament.

Perhaps most significant, seven members of the 1916 Hilltoppers were recruited by Price and played on the 1920 California squad that was 9-0, outscored opponents, 510-14, and defeated Ohio State, 28-0, in the Rose Bowl.

The Bears were known as the “Wonder Team”.  In 1953 the Helms Athletic Foundation in Los Angeles named the 1920 squad the greatest in collegiate history.

–Bryan (Pesky) Sprott was known more in college as Albert, his given name, and was the offensive catalyst for the Bears in the Rose Bowl, gaining 92 yards in 20 carries and scoring two touchdowns.

Karl Deeds, another former Hilltopper, raced 61 yards with an interception for the Bears’ final touchdown.

Sprott was star on "Wonder Team".

Sprott was star on “Wonder Team”.

Sprott scored seven touchdowns against Stanford in 1918.

A star runner in high school, Sprott was fifth in the 800-meter  run at the 1920 Olympics  in Antwerp, Belgium.

–Harold (Brick) Muller won the state high jump championship in 1918.

Muller won the state high jump and broad jump in 1919 after transferring to Oakland Technical  and was a silver medalist at 6 feet, 2 ¾ inches, in the 1920 Olympics.

Muller  threw a pass 57 yards in the air for a touchdown in the 1921 Rose Bowl.  It was said to be the longest pass in football history.

The future orthopedic surgeon was the first West Coast player to be a collegiate all-America  and won several all-time all-America honors.

Having graduated from medical school, Muller signed with a professional team, the Los Angeles Buccaneers of the fledgling American Football League, then became the team’s head coach in 1926.

Muller ranks as one of  the Bears' all-time greatest athletes.

Muller ranks as one of the Bears’ all-time greatest athletes.

For many years Muller served as the team doctor for the Bears’  athletic teams.

Walter (Dutch) Eells, Karl Engebretsen, Karl Deeds, Stan Barnes, and Olin (Cort) Majors also played for the 1920 Bears.

Barnes became a federal judge and Majors was a special assistant to the University of California chancellor.

The esteem with which the 1920 teammates were held was such that Sprott’s death in 1951 resulted in giant headlines in Bay Area newspapers.

Sprott, who was hard of hearing, did not see an oncoming freight train.  He  dodged the train at the last moment but  hit his head on the iron step of an stationary box car nearby.

Sprott  was on his lunch break from work and enjoying a favorite hobby, counting and comparing numerals on passing trains.

WHAT IS “FOOTBALL”?
Nibs Price may have asked that question when he became coach at San Diego High in 1914.

The 5-foot, 6-inch Price had been a star high school footballer in Iowa but discovered that rugby was the prevailing sport when he enrolled at the University of California.

Price had to re-learn the difference between football and rugby.  Rules of the gridiron game had changed dramatically.

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2014: Coaching Legend Walt Harvey, 95

Walt Harvey, whose firm and folksy touch resonated with generations of San Diego-area athletes and future coaches, passed away Feb. 7 at age 95.

A memorial will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 22, at La Vida Real, where Harvey resided the last several years.

La Vida Real is located at 11588 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon Ca., 92019.

Samuel Walter Harvey was born in San Diego and attended John Adams elementary, Wilson Junior High, and graduated from Hoover in 1936.

Harvey, third from left in top row, was memb er of Hoover's outstanding team in 1935.

Harvey, third from left in top row, next to Roy Engle, was member of Hoover’s outstanding team in 1935.

“He never forgot a name, a face, or a particular play in a game,” said Tom Whelan, quarterback of Crawford’s 1961 championship team .  ”He was amazing.  Even when he developed health issues we got to see him and it was a special time.”

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1916-2013: Did Hilltoppers forfeit to Drillers?

It was a moot point for 97 years.

But when Bakersfield defeated Loomis Del Oro, 56-26, in the State Division I championship in 2013 an old wound apparently was reopened.

Officially the title was Bakersfield’s seventh, along with years of 1920, ’21, ’22, ’23, ’25, and ’27. State championships were not played from 1928-2005.

Bakersfield historians claim the win over Del Oro was the Drillers’ eighth championship, because San Diego High refused to play then-named Kern County Union in 1916.

But did the Hilltoppers’ default, or worse, forfeit?

San Diego coach Clarence (Nibs) Price apparently never agreed to or intended to play the unscheduled game.

Twelve games were enough for Price.

Twelve games were enough for Price.

Student manager Ralph Noisat is reported to have offered Bakersfield a $300 guarantee days before the Southern California final against Los Angeles Manual Arts.

Noisat, probably acting at the behest of the school’s executive committee, apparently issued a challenge, the Hilltoppers to meet Kern County Union in San Diego on New Year’s Day.

Price said no, not now. He would think about it and decide after the Southern California championship game.

Hours after the 9-0 win over Manual Arts Price said his team was “fatigued” and that the Hilltoppers would call it a day, their season complete.

The coach made plans to take advantage of the school Christmas vacation and headed for Catalina. Many players visited friends or relatives in the Los Angeles area before eventually making their way back home.

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1916: San Diego Hilltoppers Are National Champions

Follow the 12-0 San Diego High team, which won the Southern California title and was declared No. 1 in the U.S. by the National Sports News Service, as seen by Jack Darroch, “beat reporter” for The San Diego Union.

Darroch’s view took in the inner workings of the country’s outstanding high school program and was witness to some surprising (in 21st century football dynamics) and interesting intramural politics that were part of the Hilltoppers’ memorable season.

Darroch saw it all and wrote about most of it.

Virtually forgotten but noted here were the  five other  football-playing squads in the County: Escondido, National City (Sweetwater), Coronado, Army-Navy, and the  San Diego High reserves, known as the “Seconds.”

Fallbrook, Ramona, and Julian did not field teams.

Aug. 28—On the first day of school and of practice (San Diego High opened two to three weeks ahead of other highs in Southern California) Hilltoppers coach Clarence (Nibs) Price revealed that he would “probably play in the style used by Harvard University” in 1915.

“Harvard’s offense began with the kicking formation, which forced the defense to draw back in preparation for the kick and that opened possibilities for the end run or forward pass,” Darroch wrote.

The 26-year-old Price built a winner at San Diego and went with the Harvard offense.

The 26-year-old Price went with the Harvard offense.

Price finished the initial workout by sending the team on a short run around the City Stadium field and then through a session of “falling on the ball”.  The runways and landing pits for track and field were full of sawdust and useful for this exercise.

The team will be much lighter than last year, but faster, said manager Ralph Noisat, a student at the school.

Sept. 4—Awaiting purchase of a tackling dummy, Price planned to work the team in “signal practice, calling of the plays, and falling on the ball.”

Sept. 5—With graduates helping, five coaches were assisting Price.

Manager Noisat was awaiting approval by the school executive committee to purchase a blocking dummy and bucking machine.

Sept. 6—Additional candidates brought the number at practice to 48.  Perhaps the increase in numbers was due to a rally in the auditorium yesterday.

Sept. 7—Ed Suggett averaged about 35 yards a carry in an intrasquad scrimmage at Coronado.

“The boys are showing more enthusiasm than in former years, “said captain and kicker Albert (Dabs) Madden, who predicted the Islanders would field a “crack team.”

San Diego was attempting to sign rival Santa Ana for a Thanksgiving Day game, but the Saints said they wouldn’t come unless they received a percentage of the gate receipts, plus a guarantee.

Sept. 9—The executive committee turned down an offer from East High in Salt Lake City.  The Utah school wanted San Diego to foot all of its travel expenses.

Turnout at San Diego jumped to 68 boys, with others turned away because of lack of uniforms.  No more than 38 had reported in 1915.

Sept. 12—Lincoln High of Portland proposed a Thanksgiving Day game in San Diego but projected expenses of $800 made the game unlikely.

Manager Ralph Noisat reported that he worked all weekend constructing a bucking machine and installed a rubdown table in the gym.

Sept. 13—Finally, a game.  Los Angeles Manual Arts agreed to a $50 guarantee and 10 per cent of the gate receipts to play a game in the new City Stadium.

Admission was set at 10 cents and a game with Coronado also was scheduled.

Sept. 20—William Buck sustained a broken nose in an intrasquad scrimmage.

The executive committee allowed yell leader Bert Picketts $4 to purchase a blue and white sweater so he would be “all dolled up” for the opening game with Coronado.

Sept. 21—A game with the USC freshman was scheduled.  The Hilltoppers covered travel expenses but would keep all gate receipts.

Sept. 22–The Hilltoppers spent today on ”blackboard practice”, following a tough Thursday practice that was their last before the Coronado game.

Discontent was reported to be “rampant” campus. A game with Santa Ana was agreed to without the consent of coach Price. It was not until two days after the final arrangements were made that Price was informed of the game and then only indirectly.

Santa Ana played only for expenses in 1915.  “Weaker” thus year, the Saints wrangled a 20 per cent take of the gate, a sum of about $300.

When the 1916 game was proposed it was accepted by the executing committee with one dissenting vote. End Brick Muller, a student representative on the committee, voted for the game.

Football star Byron (Pesky) Sprott was elected captain of the swimming team.  Sprott also played basketball and would be the player-,manager of thre baseball team.

Sept. 23—San Diego’s starting lineup averaged 153 pounds to Coronado’s 142, but the Hilltoppers were without Brick Muller who injured his nose in practice.

Coronado advanced to San Diego’s 1 and 4-yard lines but couldn’t score as the Hilltoppers won, 19-0, in the City Stadium.

Sept. 25—Officials from the County Conference met to discuss a constitution an d set up a schedule.  Teams were Army-Navy, National City, Coronado, Escondido, and the San Diego “Seconds”.

Sept. 29—Price gave each player a rule book and will periodically quiz them on the different rules and plays.

Every play to be used tomorrow against Manual Arts will be diagrammed on the blackboard this afternoon.

Word from Los Angeles was that Man ual Arts players had not been attending schools, but were “living” school and taking all of their meals there.

The Toilers toiled from 6 to 8 each morning and from 4-6 in the afternoon.

The executive committee has voted $15 for Noisat and Price to tour northern schools in  an attempt to schedule games.

Sept. 30—A squad of 17 Manual Arts players arrived and were met by a delegation of Hilltoppers rooters.  Price put his players through a “mental drill and worked out every play in theory.”

San Diego scored a 6-3 victory over the team from Los Angeles.

Oct. 3—Price announced he would work more with the Seconds team in preparation for its County Conference opener with Coronado and called off practice because of rain.

Noisat traveled North by “machine” with Frank Rudolph, manager of the Los Angeles High team.  Rudolph visited the Hilltop in hopes of finalizing a game contract.

The Hilltoppers turned down a game with the University of Redlands since they had scheduled the USC Frosh.

The Midgets played to sa scoreless tie with a squad from University Heights playground.

Oct. 6—Noisat signed a two-year, home-and=home contract with Long Beach. A  game with Pasadena also would be scheduled if the Bullpups would provide a minimum guarantee.

Oct. 7—County Conference play began with Coronado beating the Seconds, 27-0, and Escondido topping National City, 6-0, in Barr’s eight-yard run.

Oct. 9—Price kept the team practicing until darkness in preparation for the recently signed Orange team, reputed to be the largest in Southern California and averaging 164 pounds.

Elmer Weitekamp and Werner Shurr, members of the Seconds, were promoted to the varsity, meaning they no longer could play in County Conference games.

Bob Frick, back in school, was declared academically ineligible by the faculty and would miss at least two weeks.

Oct. 10–Noisat wired $90 to Orange for expenses.  The Panthers were to arrive Friday evening.  Officers of the junior class announced that a Saturday postgame dance would be in honor of the visitors.

Oct. 12—The Hilltoppers scrimmaged a team from the Mission Hills community.

Oct. 13–A ticket, in the color of and shaped like an orange, was produced by the graphic arts department and was used for admission.

Walter (Dutch) Eells scored  touchdown  in championship game against Manual Arts.

Walter (Dutch) Eells scored touchdown in championship game against Manual Arts.

San Diego students did the traditional serpentine dance down city streets before arriving back at campus.

Noisat was allowed to spend $6 to replace the worn and  recently purchased tackling dummy.

Oct. 14—The question was, how good are the Hilltoppers, now 3-0 after an 84-6 rout of Orange?

Pesky Sprott scored 5 of the 13 touchdowns.  Bill Garber scored a touchdown and drop-kicked a field goal.

Oct. 17—A final account showed that San Diego barely made expenses for the Orange contest.  An estimated crowd of only 300 was on hand, including just 4 of the 96-member faculty.

A turnout of at least 580 persons was necessary for the school to cover the expected $145 in travel and advertising expense for the game with the USC Frosh.

Hilltoppers principal Arthur Gould switched the USC contest from Saturday to Friday so that many students, who claimed to having to work on Saturday, could attend the game.

Oct. 21—The Hilltoppers were outweighed, 170 pounds to 155 per man, but defeated the first-year collegians, 10-7, as Lincoln (Abe) Frick scored their only touchdown with a 24-yard pass interception.

Coronado smashed Army-Navy, 87-0, before a “hilarious crowd that capered along the sidelines” at the Polo Grounds.

Ed Suggett scored 7 touchdowns.

Oct. 23–Bob Frick was officially declared ineligible for the season.  Frick had given “insufficient statements” as to why he previously dropped out of school.

Oct. 24—Coronado coach George Perry was looking for a new quarterback.  His starter, Lyons, quit school yesterday to go to work in a local bank.

Oct. 28—Principal  Gould heard that many students were preparing to “ditch” school and take a special railroad car to Pasadena on Nov. 3.

Gould declared that any student going to the game would be required to remain in school after hours and double the time lost.

The principal then  switched gears after receiving permission from his Pasadena counterpart to play the game a day later on Saturday.

Some students reportedly “pouted” and were upset that Gould didn’t “consult” student manager Noisat about a change in the game’s date.

Oct. 28—San Diego Junior College, also coached by Price and located on the high school campus, defeated Fullerton JC, 7-6, in the first intercollegiate game ever played in San Diego.

Backup halfback Preston Perrenot, who also wrote about the team in the San Diego Sun, scored Hilltoppers touchdown against Whittier State School.

Halfback Preston Perrenot, who also wrote about the team in the San Diego Sun, scored touchdown against Whittier State School.

On the same day San Diego High whipped Fullerton, 40-0, before an announced attendance of 800.

Bryan (Pesky) Sprott returned the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown for the Hilltoppers, who lost Karl Deeds during the game.

Deeds and Fullerton’s Johnson were ejected, Deeds for holding Johnson and Johnson  for punching Deeds.

Oct. 31—Two “female members” of the faculty voted against the eligibility of Jackson Draine, who transferred from a school in Chicago and had to repeat a class at San Diego.

Students repeating classes were not to receive credit, but school administrators determined that San Diego High came under a rule affecting all  California schools.

The rule was that a student had to pass only nine units of credit to play.

Nov. 3–Seventeen players, coach Price, manager Noisat, a writer from each of San Diego’s three daily newspapers, and a group of boosters rode on the “High School Special” to Pasadena.

Price entertained, playing ragtime tunes on his ukelele.

Passing through Oceanside the squad led out a whoop for Les Gould, a “seaside Hilltop booster”, who waved as the train went by.

The train stopped in Santa Ana and team members awakened the city with a war whoop. The travelers then made their way to an overnight stop in Los Angeles.

Nov. 4—The Hilltoppers rolled past Pasadena, considered the strongest team in Southern California, 26-0, as Karl Deeds set the victory in motion with a 55-yard touchdown return of an intercepted pass.

Price’s team now was 6-0 and had outscored its opponents, 185-16.

Coronado  followed up its rout of Army-Navy with a 74-0 victory over National City. Ed Suggett’s scoring totals were not included in the game summary in the city’s three newspapers.

Nov. 11—Attendance was picking up.  About 1,000 were on hand in City Stadium as Sprott scored three touchdowns and Garber and Deeds 2 each in a 62-0 victory over Long Beach.

Nov. 14—Ralph Noisat was ousted as team manager for scholastic deficiencies.  Renwick Thompson, 1915 manager, took over.

Ed Suggett scored 4 touchdowns and ran for five points after in Coronado’s 53-0 win over the 21st Infantry team, which was part of an Army Regiment that protected the borders of California and Arizona and was stationed in San Diego.

Nov. 15—Noisat was reinstated.  Principal Gould cited an error by the committee on eligibility.

Nov. 18—Noisat was part of the game officiating crew, serving as head linesman as San Diego defeated the Whittier State School, 47-10.  State was a correctional facility for boys.

Nov. 28—Plans for the Thanksgiving Day game with Los Angeles Poly included marching in serpentine formation around the stadium and through  city streets, followed by a bonfire.

Students were seen bringing boxes to schools instead of textbooks.

San  Diego's Pesky Sprott scores first touchdown in 41-0 victory over L.A. Poly. Players were issued jersey numbers for first time.

San Diego’s Pesky Sprott scores first touchdown in 41-0 victory over L.A. Poly. Players were issued jersey numbers for first time.

Nov. 30—The Hilltoppers’ 41-0 victory over L.A. Poly, before a Thanksgiving Day gathering of almost 6,000 persons at City Stadium guaranteed that Ontario Chaffey would be their opponent in quarterfinals of the Southern California playoffs.

Other quarterfinals matchups paired Manual Arts against Pasadena and Fullerton against Glendora Citrus.  The six teams led their respective “leagues”, which actually were districts based on geography.

Dec. 4—Price announced that the team would scrimmage only once a week through the end of the season.

Dec. 7—Price had a painted, white football for practice and kept the team on the field until “long after the moon rose over the hills.”

The executive committee voted to pay yell leader Bert Pickett’s expenses to Los Angeles for the Chaffey game, which would be played at the neutral Manual Arts field.

If at least 100 students go, Santa Fe Railways agreed to provide a special coach.

Dec. 8—Price installed an 8 p.m. curfew at the well-appointed, two-year-old Clark Hotel, located at 4th and Hill streets in downtown L.A.

San Diego High and Manual Arts players were on Jack Darroch's All-Southern California 11.  Clockwise from lower left:  Guard Cortis Majors, left halfback Bryan (Pesky) Sprott, right end Brick Muller, and quarterback Karl Deeds of San Diego.  Fullback Jim Blewett and left tackle Brockman of Manual Arts.

San Diego High and Manual Arts players were on Otto Frisch’s Spalding Sporting Goods Company All-Southern California 11. Clockwise from lower left: Guard Cortis Majors, left halfback Bryan (Pesky) Sprott, right end Brick Muller, and quarterback Karl Deeds of San Diego. Fullback Jim Blewett and left tackle Brockman of Manual Arts.

“The boys are in fine shape,” said Price.  “They are hard and trained to the minute and have plenty of confidence.”

Dec. 9—Playing what writer Darroch described as its best game of the year, San Diego defeated Chaffey, 21-7, before a crowd estimated at 7,000.

Pesky Sprott caught two touchdown passes from Brick Muller and Bill Garber drop-kicked a 44-yard field goal.

Telephone operators at The San Diego Union estimated they received at least, 1,500 calls from fans wanting the game score after the result was received in the Union newsroom at 5 p.m.

Dec. 12—Calexico was offered $200 in expenses, a larger-than-usual sum, to come to San Diego for a semifinals playoff.

Price wanted no part of a game in the Imperial Valley.  San Diego would have to leave two days later for a championship game in Los Angeles. The coach said it took a week to recover from a road game.

Sprott sustained  a sore neck against Chaffey and would not play against the Bulldogs.

Money was taken from the football budget to pay for a Los Angeles physician, who was on duty at the Chaffey game.

Allan Sampson kept Manual Arts off scoreboard.

Allan Sampson kept Manual Arts off scoreboard.

Dec. 15—Calexico was averaging 25 points a game and was undefeated, but had played only four games.

Dec. 16—San Diego “easily outclassed the ‘desert rats,’” Darroch wrote of the 55-0 victory.

The Hilltoppers advanced to play Manual Arts, 47-7 winner over Pasadena and 52-0 conqueror of Fullerton,  in a Wednesday championship game at Washington Park, home of the baseball Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.

Dec. 18—Sprott, idled about 10 days with a sore neck, retired for the day after an end run in practice, coming down with a bruised foot.

Manual Arts’ star player, Jim Blewett, was slowed by what was described as torn ligaments in his knee.

Dec. 19—Twenty-two Hilltoppers arrived on the noon train in Los Angeles and worked out on the turf, Washington Park field.  Sprott may play but would not start, said Price.

Blewett was said to be out of a hospital and would play with a brace on his leg.

Price established a 9 p.m. curfew for the team, which was quartered at the two-year-old Clark Hotel at Hill and 4th Street.

Local San Diego sportsman Mouney Pfeffercorn wrote an op-ed piece in the Union that was critical of the Hilltoppers’ football administration.

“San Diego already has beaten Manual Arts and should not have to play the game in Los Angeles,” said Pfeffercorn.

“The high school needs a graduate manager trained in different tricks of arranging games and selecting officials, etc.”

In closing, Pfeffercorn seemed to exonerate Ralph Noisat.

“Unfortunately, they had too many managers (on) the ‘High’ grounds this season and had they left Noisat alone he would have done his best to come out ahead of the game.”

Manual Arts quarterback Harold Galloway looks for receiver as San Diego defenders battle it out with Manual Arts in championship game.

Quarterback Harold Galloway looks for receiver as San Diego defenders battle  Manual Arts in championship game.

Dec. 20—Sprott did not make an appearance until the third quarter, with the score deadlocked at 0-0.

When Sprott took the field “the band of rooters (approximately 300 made the trip) accompanying the team from the Southern City let forth a battle yell,” wrote Darroch. “The din could have been heard from La Jolla to Dulzura.”

Sprott’s arrival “acted like an electric charge on the tired San Diego players,” wrote Howard Angus of the Los Angeles Times.

Sprott gained 23 yards in six carries, positioning Garber’s 25-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead after a drive that started at Manual’s 37-yard line.

Walter (Dutch) Eells’ 36-yard run in the fourth quarter sealed the Hilltoppers’ 9-0 victory before about 5,000 persons.

Sprott played enough to gain 53 yards in 12 carries.

Blewett was 3-for-3 for 26 yards passing, which gave the Toilers a first down on the Hilltoppers’ 13, where a field goal attempt was blocked on fourth down in the first quarter by San Diego’s Allan Sampson.

Blewett took a shot in the second quarter and did not reenter the game until the fourth quarter and, after a sack of six yards, was carried off the field.

Price nixed Noisat’s challenge to Kern County Union (Bakersfield) to play a state championship game on New Year’s Day and the Hilltoppers returned home and turned in their uniforms.

An accompanying story reveals a mini controversy about the challenge…almost 100 years later!

 

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2013-14: Sweetwater Runs to Fourth in Poll

Echos of Gary Zarecky’s fast-breaking teams of the 1980′s are being heard at Sweetwater, where the Runnin’ Red Devils now are 16-0 and inching higher in the UT-San Diego weekly poll.

An 82-66 victory over Morse last week was preceded by five games in which coach Jesse Aguirre’s hustlers scored at least 90 points and 100 twice.

Sweetwater defeated San Diego  Southwest, 116-30, recently, but that scoring total is only fifth all-time at the National City school, made famous by Zarecky’s relentless offensive teams.

The Red Devils defeated Coronado, 136-48, and Mar Vista, 123-54, in 1984-85, rolled a 123-48 number against San Diego Southwest and ran past Marian, 122-91, in 1983-84.

This Red Devils squad is averaging 83.7 points a game, while Zarecky’s clubs averaged 92.3 in ’84-85, 91.7 in ’82-83, and 88.4 in ’83-84.

St., Augustine and Mater Dei are running 1-2 in this week’s poll, with La Costa Canyon third.

The 18-2 Saints lost to Chino Hills, which is 17-4, and to Lakewood Mayfair, now 16-5. A more relevant evaluation of the Saints may come Wednesday night when Chino Hills meets 18-3 La Verne Damien, a 73-63 loser to St. Augustine.

Mater Dei’s two losses were in a tournament in Phoenix, where it was outscored by Capistrano JSerra, 63-48, and West Hills Chaminade, 55-47.

JSerra is 11-7 and lost its most recent game to Santa Ana Mater Dei, 69-39, ranked No. 1 in the country today by USA Today. Chaminade is 17-3 and holds a 73-61 win over Loyola, ranked twelfth nationally.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L* Points** Last Week
1 St. Augustine (13) 19-2 130 1
2 Mater Dei 17-2 115 2
3 La Costa Canyon 17-4 96 3
4 Sweetwater 16-0 88 5
5 Torrey Pines 17-4 82 4
6 El Camino 18-3 70 6
7 Francis Parker 16-4 46 7
8 Eastlake 16-4 31 8
9 Hoover 14-8 19 9
10 San Marcos 13-7 11 10

**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis

Others receiving votes: Foothills Christian, 9; Grossmont, 8; Kearny, Mission Hills, Westview, 2 each.

Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego stringer);
Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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2013-14: Saints Unanimous No. 1 in Poll

The Martin Luther King Day doubleheader at Francis Parker produced the best game of the season, St. Augustine’s 79-74 victory over La Costa Canyon, and the Saints are unanimous choices as San Diego’s top team in the UT-San Diego poll.

Trey Kell was brilliant for the winners and scored  37 points, but the tough Mavericks hounded Kell into four turnovers in a highly-charged game in which bodies resounded as they hit the floor and the two game officials “let them play.”

UT-San Digo photographer catches Kell putting up two of his 37 points against La Costa Canyon,

UT-San Diego photographer catches Kell putting up two of his 37 points against La Costa Canyon.

St. Augustine jumped to a 27-15 lead early in the second quarter and was up 48-34 midway in the third, but  La Costa Canyon kept coming and narrowed the gap to 62-61 in the fourth.

Coach Mike Haupt’s team held serve.  The  Saints came up with  late steals and hit most of their free throws in the stretch run.

A full house at Parker included head coach Steve Fisher and assistants Brian Dutcher,  Justin Hutson, and David Valenzuela of San Diego State, and many of the local basketball cognoscenti.

TORREY WINS UNDERCARD

Torrey Pines coach John Olive sauntered along the edge of the court in front of his team’s bench, seemingly at ease despite’s Francis Parker’s  opening a 10-point lead in the first quarter.

Olive obviously knew better things were in store for his squad.  The Falcons got rolling and were up by 25 points in the second half, then geared down and cruised in with a 62-47 win over the host Lancers.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L* Points** Last Week
1 St. Augustine (13) 17-2 130 1
2 Mater Dei 15-2 117 2
3 La Costa Canyon 16-3 98 3
4 Torrey Pines 15-3 85 4
5 Sweetwater 13-0 79 5
6 El Camino 16-3 76 6
7 Francis Parker 15-3 41 8
8 Eastlake 16-3 28 10
9 Hoover 13-8 18 9
10 San Marcos 11-7 14 7
**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
Others receiving votes: Foothills Christian, Grossmont, 8 each; Cathedral, Kearny, Mission Hills, 3 each; Steele Canyon, Morse, 2 each.
Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego stringer);
Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).
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2009: They Became Booming Sooners

The University of Oklahoma was quick to notice that Randall, Baxter, and Seale weren’t the only San Diego Section football stars with exclamation points next to their names.

Running back Brennan Clay (Scripps Ranch), wide receiver Kenny Stills, Jr. (La Costa Canyon), and free safety Tony Jefferson (Eastlake) all took their diplomas and moved to where the wind comes rolling down the plains.

With apologies to the Rogers and Hammerstein and their musical creation, “Oklahoma!”

Each San Diegan was  a productive Sooner for coach Bob Stoops, whose teams rarely recruit players west of the Rio Grande River.

Clay  is eligible for the 2014 NFL draft.  Stills was selected in the fifth round and was the 144th taken in the 2013.  Jefferson surprisingly was undrafted but signed with Arizona.

CLAY

Clay loomed large at Scripps Ranch.

Brennan loomed large at Scripps Ranch.

Rushed for 2,026 yards and scored 27 touchdowns in 13 games as senior after catching 70 passes, rushing for 1,453 yards, and scoring 20 touchdowns as  junior…led Sooners with 957 rushing yards and a 5.5-yard rushing average and scored 6 touchdowns in 2013…caught 16 passes…gained 44 yards in 17 carries and shook off tacklers that earned critical first down which led to  fourth-quarter touchdown in Oklahoma’s 45-31 upset  victory over Alabama in 2014 Sugar Bowl…a later, 12-yard run   forced Alabama into early use of  its timeouts….

JEFFERSON

Eastlake opponents faced Jefferson's stern countenance.

Eastlake opponents faced Tony’s stern countenance.

Fierce, two-way player…led Eastlake to 2009 D-1 championship with 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumbles forced, and recovered two fumbles…averaged 8.9 yards for 223 attempts and rushed for 1,995 yards and 27 touchdowns as senior…projected as middle-round draft choice in 2013 but was bypassed and signed as rookie free agent with Arizona Cardinals…earned roster spot after intercepting two passes and making five tackles in second preseason game against Dallas…got into all 16 games  and started two at free safety…made 19 total tackles…entered NFL draft after junior season….

STILLS

Kenny Stills, Jr., kicks it with his dad, Kenny, Sr.

Kenny Stills, Jr., kicks it with his dad, Kenny, Sr.

Caught 45 passes for 914 yards and 20.3 average and scored 10 touchdowns in last season for La Costa Canyon Mavericks… had 204 pass receptions for 12.7-yard average and scored 24 touchdowns in three collegiate seasons…made himself available for NFL draft after 2012 campaign…caught 32 passes for 20-yard average and 5 touchdowns in rookie season with Saints…son of Kenny Stills, Sr., who played at El Camino High and University of Wisconsin, was eighth-round draft choice of Green Bay in 1985,  stayed 6 seasons in NFL and got into 77 games for Packers and Minnesota Vikings as defensive back….

A fourth San Diego player was Mira Mesa running back Damien Williams, who was recruited by the Sooners out of Arizona Western Junior College in Yuma.  Williams left the team in 2013 after the ninth game.

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2009: No Neon in This Deon

Deon Randall, his jersey in tatters and his high school career at an end, walked off the Carson Home Depot Field.

“It’s a great parallel,” Randall said, “a great analogy, a great symbol to how the game went…it was a rough game.”

Randall did it all at Francis Parker...

Randall did it all for Francis Parker…

Randall was a warrior in the State Small Schools Bowl.  He rushed for 276 yards in 36 carries and scored three touchdowns, but Modesto Central Catholic hung on for a 44-40 victory

IT’S ON ME

The Francis Parker quarterback pointed to the middle of his jersey (“It was my call”) when asked about the play that brought an end to Parker’s season.

Randall said it was his decision to check from a run to a pass on fourth down with 1:43 left in the game and Parker on the Crusaders’ two-yard line.

The receiver, Dalante Dunklin, caught the pass, but was smothered at the five-yard line.  Game over.

So was Randall’s brilliant career at the little school on Linda Vista Road.

Writer Steve Brand sought out Parker coach John Morrison.

“I would never second-guess him,” said Morrison of his signal caller, who scored 70 touchdowns in his final two seasons.

“I wanted him to make those decisions,” the coach added.  “If that’s what he decided, it was the right call.  He’s not just a great athlete but he’s very smart—heady.  I’d never question his call, never.”

DISAPPOINTMENT IN 2008

A year before Randall scored 40 touchdowns and rushed and passed for more than 3,000 yards in a 12-1 season.

It wasn’t enough.

Parker was bypassed for the State Bowl Series when Capistrano St. Margaret, undefeated at 13-0 and riding a 42-game winning streak, was selected.

Parker had averaged 52 points a game and was convinced it could beat any Division V team.

A YEAR LATER

To get to a state bowl game the Lancers would have to defeat St. Margaret, either in the eyes of the selectors or in head-to-head competition.

Parker and St. Margaret agreed to play the second week of the season in a quaint stadium with an all-weather field and a view of the Mission San Juan Capistrano.

The game wasn’t that close.  Parker opened a 28-13 lead and won convincingly, 28-20.  Randall raced 86 yards for one touchdown and passed 29 yards to Roland Jackson for another.

“I thought we did a great job on Randall except for two or three plays, but great players make you pay on those plays,” said Tartans coach Harry Welch.

....and Randall is a standout at Yale.

…and caught 85 passes and averaged 5.3 yards per rush for Yale Bulldogs in 2013.

Randall took his  football  East to Yale  and was a star in 2013.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pounder was the Bulldogs’ leading receiver with 85 catches for a 9.3 average and 8 touchdowns, and  scored three rushing touchdowns and averaged 5.3 yards for 33 attempts.

A greater achievement for Randall came during the team’s season-ending awards dinner. He was named captain of the 2014 team, the 137th in Yale’s storied history.

UNDEFEATED MISMATCH

Valley Center was 8-0, ranked sixth in the San Diego Section, and awaiting a visit from Oceanside, No. 1 in Southern California among D-1 squads and fourth in the state.

The Jaguars didn’t score until 23.4 seconds remained in the game and could amass only 40 total yards as the Pirates won, 45-0.

Heeding coach John Carroll’s command to “read the keys and get off to a fast start,” Noah Tarrant returned an intercepted  pass  for a touchdown on Valley Center’s third play and raced  12 yards with a botched punt for another touchdown in the first quarter.

The Pirates led, 24-0, after 12 minutes.

Noah Tarrant scores touchdown for Oceanside in State Championship game against San  Jose Bellarmine Prep.

Noah Tarrant scores touchdown for Oceanside in State Championship game against San Jose Bellarmine Prep.

ANOTHER TITLE ROMP

Oceanside never looked back.

Coach John Carroll’s Pirates rolled past Ramona, 52-6, the following week, a season after the Bulldogs “upset” the Pirates in a 33-33 tie.

Helix was a 26-10 victim in the San Diego Section II championship and Oceanside overcame a 13-3, second-quarter deficit at Carson to defeat San Jose Bellarmine Prep, 24-19, in the State D-I title game, ending the season with 17 consecutive victories and unbeaten in 39 games.

“Other Oceanside teams may equal this (two championships in three years), but no one will ever beat it,” said Carroll.

FACIAL WEAR

Reggie Bush had his San Diego hometown area code 619 penciled onto the eye black he affected at USC.

Escondido’s Ricky Seale also wore taped eye black, honoring “Aunt Jackie”, according to Don Norcross of The San Diego Union. “Aunt” was on one eyeblack, “Jackie” on the other.

Aunt Jackie was Ricky’s father’s sister, who died in 2008.

Seale honored his late aunt.

Seale honored his late aunt.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

“After a Pop Warner game she told me, ‘I can’t wait to see you play in the big time,’” Ricky remembered.  “Yet she was the type of person, she knew when I wasn’t trying the hardest and she told me.”

That wasn’t very often. The son of Sammy Seale, a 10-year NFL player (4 with the Chargers), who became an NFL college scout, Ricky went on to set the San Diego Section career rushing record, although finishing his prep career on crutches.

Seale injured his left knee in the second quarter after gaining 55 yards in 13 carries in a 35-14, semifinal playoff loss to Eastlake.

Seale had 6,690 career rushing yards and was the only San Diego Section athlete to surpass 6,000 yards. He moved on to play at Stanford University.

DUELING RUNNING BACKS

On the night Ricky Seale rushed for 404 yards against San Pasqual, Kenneth James, Jr., of Mt. Carmel rushed for 424 against Westview, breaking the record of 410 by Escondido’s Darrick Jackson in 2003.

BAXTER BLOW OUT

Dillon Baxter made a promise as a ninth grader when he joined the Mission Bay varsity.

“I told him I’d get him a ring,” Baxter said before he gave coach Willie Matson a hug.

Baxter fulfilled his promise by almost single handedly knocking out Valley Center in the Buccaneers’ D-IV championship, 48-17 victory.

Baxter delivered on promise to his coach.

Baxter delivered on promise to his coach.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder rushed for 384 yards in 26 carries and scored seven touchdowns.  Along the way Baxter erased Tyler Gaffney’s year-old season rushing record and tied the Section record with 7 touchdowns.

Baxter’s touchdowns were on runs of 6, 21, 9, 92, 87, 1, and 46 yards.

Baxter finished with 2,974 rushing yards in 13 games.  Gaffney had 2,866 in 14.  Baxter came close with 52 season touchdowns but Gaffney held on the record, having scored 56 in 2008.

The Mission Bay quarterback set a state record with 76 rushing and passing touchdowns, burying the record of 64 by Ventura St. Bonaventure’s Tyler Ebell in 2000. Baxter’s 919 career points and 481 points this season also set state records.

A brilliant career start was short circuited in Baxter’s second year at USC and was followed by a brief stint at San Diego State. He finished his collegiate career in 2013 at NAIA Baker University in Kansas.

BEWARE OF THE SHADOW

Ray Herring’s response to a question from writer Steve Brand on why Herring continued to run so hard after he broke into the clear on a 91-yard interception return:

“I saw a shadow and thought someone was after me, but it was my own shadow.”

Herring also teamed with quarterback Dillon Baxter as Mission Bay ran past Point Loma, 49-27.

Baxter accounted for his almost usual 300 yards in total offense, but Herring shared the spotlight with four catches of Baxter passes for 132 yards, including touchdowns of 59 and 51 yards, and intercepted two passes.

RING THE BELL

Writer Don Norcross’ game account captured the moment and the tapestry of the annual Imperial County “Bell Game” between El Centro Central and Brawley.

The 9-1 Central Spartans won, 23-18, and now trail Brawley (7-3), 41-24-1 since the Bell was first rung in 1944.

Bell tolls for El Centro's Silvia Soriano (left) and Elena Williams.

Bell tolls for El Centro’s Silvia Soriano (left) and Elena Williams.

However, the rivalry goes back to 1921, and until 2004, the Spartans and Wildcats teed it up for desert bragging rights twice a year.

Norcross pointed out that fans began lining up outside Cal Jones Field in El Centro at 2:30 p.m.

By 5:30 a crowd of 6,000 had filled  the stands and the fire marshal warned that the game wouldn’t start until the aisles were cleared.

Booster Club sales at El Centro normally grossed about $2,500, but upwards of $10,000 worth of merchandise is realized on this night.

MARKETING PAYS OFF

A total of 450 “Bell Game” T-shirts, at $12 apiece, was sold to students and the boosters used the $4,600 profit to buy “Bell Game” black jerseys for the Spartans.

El Centro players didn’t see the jerseys until they returned to their locker room after warmups.

WHISTLE BLOWERS FROM LONG DISTANCE

Members of the San Diego County Officials’ Association worked the Bell game, instead of representatives from the Imperial County association.

San Diego official Jacob Whittler explained that a perceived bad call could result in recriminations for a local official making the call.

Aggrieved fans could boycott the official’s business and “they’d know where his house is,” said the San Diego arbiter.

WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME

A  minute remained in the first half of the Castle Park-Chula Vista season opener when the stadium public address reminded students that progress reports would be coming the following Tuesday.

The announcer was drowned out by a chorus of boos.

“Who invited this guy to the party?” wondered writer Kirk Kenney.

It was a party for Chula Vista, which routed its neighborhood rival, 41-10.

POISON THREAT

Arsenic is believed to have been around since the Bronze Age, but it was 2,500 years later when discovered at Carlsbad High.

Mode of transportation in background, Carlsbad's Connor Sodano stretches after Lancers arrived at Westview.

Mode of transportation in background, Carlsbad’s Connor Sodano stretches after Lancers arrived at Westview.

The school was being renovated in 2008 and excess levels of the poison element were discovered in a routine soil check.

Swede Krcmar Field, named after the original Lancers coach, was condemned.

The team was forced to play all games in ’08 and ’09 away from its campus, with home designations at La Costa Canyon in ’08 and El Camino and Oceanside this year.

Carlsbad was 7-6 in 2008 and 3-8 this season.

The Lancers’ theme song might have been the 1961 Ray Charles  favorite, “Hit the Road, Jack”.

TOP THIS

When St. Augustine coach Richard Sanchez heard that Carlsbad had played away from home for 22 consecutive weeks, Sanchez remarked, “Twenty-two games? We haven’t had a home game since 1922.”

The Saints’ 7 ½-acre site in North Park has no football field.  Their “home” games usually are at Mesa College, Southwestern College, or Balboa Stadium.

4.1 MILES & 47 YEARS

That was the distance and that was how long neighboring schools Morse and Mount Miguel had waited to play a regular-season game.

Referee Mike Parsa flips coin with historic implication at Morse-Mount Miguel game.

Referee Mike Parsa flips coin with historic implication at Morse-Mount Miguel game.

It was an eight-minute drive from Morse’s Skyline Drive campus to Jamacha Road to Blossom Road, site of the Mount Miguel facility in Spring Valley.

But the teams met only once, in the 1987 playoffs, after Morse opened in 1962.

The Tigers played 500 regular-season games before they visited Mount Miguel in the opening game of the 2009 season.

No specific reason could be offered as to why the teams had not met.

The stars apparently never were aligned.

Mount Miguel is a County school and Morse is in the city.  The schools had other rivalries. Schedules conflicted.

A game was to be played at Mount Miguel in 2003 but canceled and forfeited by Morse when a school official was warned that undesirables would be present with weapons.

Mount Miguel dedicated its new turf field with a 35-14 victory.

AND ANOTHER ONE

Mount Miguel didn’t stop there.  The Matadors defeated Helix for the first time since 1987, giving the rivalry spoils, a Scottish Claymore sword, a new address after the 44-21 win.

DON’T CROSTH ME

Quote Cathedral’s 6-foot-5, 307-pound Alex Crosthwaite, headed for California-Berkeley:  “I just want to kick someone’s (behind).  If I don’t pancake the guy I’m blocking, it’s not a complete block for me.”

WHO WRITES HIS STUFF?

Writer Don Norcross enjoyed the announcements by Scripps Ranch’s public address announcer Will Bailey, an English teacher at the school:

“Keep the car in neutral, grandma.  There’s flags on the field.”

“Break out your caliper, your abacus, your slide rule, and your yardstick.  Time for a measurement.”

PIRATES CATCH JACKRABBITS

Oceanside  scored a rare San Diego Section victory when the Pirates knocked off Long Beach Poly, 14-7.  The Jackrabbits fell to 1-3, having also lost to No. 2 Ventura St. Bonaventure and No. 4 Anaheim Servite.

La Costa Canyon, No. 2 in San Diego, defeated Rancho Santa Margarita, 28-14,  and Vista, No. 4, in   was hammered by Mission Viejo, 41-17, in other  matchup’s with Southern Section powers.

BOUNCE BACKS

Mar Vista had not beaten Castle Park since 1988 and, after dropping the Trojans from its schedule from 1994-2000, the Mariners began a decade in which the average score was 43-7 in Castle Park’s favor.

Enter Danny Salazar.  The Mariners’ senior kicker booted field goals of 46, 42, and 35 yards as Mar Vista lashed back at its South Bay neighbor, winning, 23-0.

Another long wait was over at Valhalla, which claimed the Grossmont South championship. The 14-7 victory over Steele Canyon was the Norsemen’s first league title in the school’s 35 years.

Valhalla held on for the win after a game official ruled “no catch”, nullifying a 35-yard passing gain which would have put the Cougars on the Norsemen’s 7-yard line with 1:20 remaining.

Valhalla safety Hansell Wilson told Bill Dickens of The San Diego Union that “we both had our hands on the ball, but I was able to strip it loose…the ref made the right call.”

QUICK KICKS—Eastlake was one of 10 playoff teams making its first appearance in the finals…the Titans spent part of the day shooting a team picture at Qualcomm Stadium…Clairemont forfeited its opener to La Jolla when 12 players were busted for breaking school rules and the Chieftains didn’t have enough players…Grossmont beat Otay Ranch, 16-14,  on Chance House’s 19-yard field goal with 5.2 seconds remaining, one year after the Foothillers missed a 40-yard field goal on the last play that would have won at Otay Ranch…the West Hills pep band’s timing was curious…it played Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust!”, after the Wolf Pack had just fumbled and lost a second-quarter kickoff and with Valhalla leading, 20-0 on its way to 48-7…West Hills unveiled its new, two-tone, all-weather field but again the timing was not good…Steele Canyon beat the Wolf Pack 48-23, in the inaugural game…Point Loma blocked two field goals and sacked El Capitan quarterbacks nine times in a 9-7 victory despite a 10-0 record, Eastlake did not receive a first-round playoff bye in D-IV….Mission Bay (10-0) and Valley Center (9-1), more established programs which played tougher schedules, warranted byes in the opinion of the selection committee…

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2013-14: Powell Has Moved on and Lincoln Struggles

Lincoln could have used Norman Powell last night at St. Augustine, but Powell is busy rising  at UCLA under first-year coach Steve Alford.

It should have been expected.

There’s a connection between Powell and Alford.

That was apparent three years ago at a Lincoln-St. Augustine game in the Saints’ old Daugherty Gym.

The date, Feb. 15, 2011.

Alford, then coaching New Mexico, arrived in town for a game the next day at San Diego State.

The coach first took in the afternoon contest between the Hornets and Saints.

Powell is key Bruin.

Norman Powell is a key Bruin.

Alford was there to see Powell, who didn’t disappoint,  dunking and breaking away for 35 points on 14 of 19 shooting from the field, harassing the Saints on defense, and leading Lincoln to an 85-53 victory.

Powell didn’t go to New Mexico. He chose UCLA, but it wasn’t until Alford’s arrival on the Westwood campus this season that the 6-foot, 4-inch junior emerged.

Powell scored a season high 19 points earlier this week and was a stout defender as the No. 25 Bruins scored a 69-56 victory at No. 21 Colorado and put themselves firmly in the hunt for Pac-12 Conference and posteason honors.

“I don’t hang my hat on the offensive end,” Powell told a Los Angeles Times reporter. “Defense, defense, defense, defense.  That’s what coach tells us every time we go out to play a game.”

Alford had another view:  ”Norman is a load when you give him freedom in the post and on drives to the basket.”

Meanwhile, Lincoln was woeful  in the Western League rivals’ first 2013-14 meeting.  The Saints entertained a full house  of mostly purple-clad fans and dismissed the Hornets, 70-45, after running to a 45-17 halftime lead.

BARNBURNER IN CARLSBAD

Tommy McCarthy drained a three-point looper with 1.3 seconds remaining to give La Costa Canyon a 54-52 victory over visiting Torrey Pines in a battle of North County honchos.

La Costa Canyon, ranked third in the U-T San Diego poll, and top-ranked St Augustine will meet Monday evening at Francis Parker in the feature of many Martin Luther King holiday games around the San Diego Section. The undercard  matches  No. 4 Torrey Pines and the host  No. 8 Lancers.

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2013-14: Bennie Edens Basketball Classic?

Amid the flourishing mid-season “shootouts” is Point Loma High, among the increasing number of schools hosting all-day, nonleague “showcase” games.

The contests don’t always turn out to be showcases, because games often have to be scheduled a year in advance and teams’ fortunes change, ebbing and flowing for myriad reasons.

The Pointers call their  annual event Saturday, January 18,  the “Bennie Edens Basketball Classic.”

Let’s try that again.

The “Bennie Edens Basketball Classic”.

Yes, that’s what it’s known as.

Edens, who passed away in 2008,  was an outstanding coach at Point Loma from 1955-97.   His teams won 243 football games, second highest total in San Diego Section history.

Bennie never  blew a whistle, diagrammed a  play, or called a time out in  a high school basketball game.  At least not on the varsity level.

The Edens name still resonates, but a more likely coach to honor in the basketball context probably would have been  Hilbert Crosthwaite, who holds a singular distinction among all Point Loma hoop mentors.

Crosthwaite’s 1959-60 Pointers came out of the weeds to win the Southern California AA championship, the last by a local team before the San Diego Section became reality the following year.

Crosthwaite moved on after the championship run to coach the San Diego Junior College team  and took the Knights to the 1962-63 state championship game, losing to Fresno City, 76-69, and finishing with a 25-5 record.

The San Diego State graduate coached at Point for 11 seasons, from 1947-48 to 1951-52 and for five seasons beginning in 1954-55.  His overall record at Point Loma was 116-116 and his last squad was playing at that pace for most of the season.

The Pointers tied coach Jim Poole’s Kearny Komets for first in the Western League but were only 12-10 overall when they launched their playoff run.

The Pointers won their opening game at Hemet High against Beaumont, 32-24, then defeated  Yucaipa at Redlands University, 55-23.  They followed by knocking off Rosemead Bosco Tech, 54-37 and Lompoc, 54-40, quarterfinals and semifinals games at home, and San Marino, 52-36, in finals at Los Angeles State.

That Point Loma probably was the school with the largest enrollment in the AA division was not lost on the straight-shooting Crosthwaite.  ”We had everything to lose.” he said.  ”We couldn’t have walked out of here unless we won.”

Winning Pointers, back row from left:  Larry Moore, Mike Dolphin, Dick Walden, Doug Lawrence.  Front: Winston Yetta, Don Sadas, reading newspaper account, and coach Hilbert Crosthwaite.

Winning Pointers, back row from left: Larry Moore, Mike Dolphin, Dick Walden, Doug Lawrence. Front: Winston Yetta, Don Sada, reading newspaper account, and coach Hilbert Crosthwaite.

Crosthwaite and forward Winston Yetta didn’t have to walk.  They were paraded around the court after the victory on the shoulders of the other Pointers before a crowd of about 5,200.

As Jerry Magee of The San Diego Union said, paraphrasing Winston Churchill,  who spoke after the British Royal Air Force had defeated the more heavily armed German Luftwaffe in World War II: “Winston (Winnie) Yetta enjoyed his finest basketball hour here tonight, collecting 22 points….”

The 6-foot Yetta was joined in the starting lineup by 6-1 Don Sada, 6-2 Larry Moore, 6-0 Mike Dolphin, and 6-0 Doug Lawrence, or 6-6 1/2 Dick Walden.

Meanwhile, action was slow in the UT-San Diego Top 10 last week.  Francis Parker dropped a 53-52 decision to 21-0 Brentwood Buckley and went from sixth to eighth. Eastlake replaced Poway at 10th.

Hoover, apparently gaining traction, elevated to ninth after victories of 71-65 over Serra and 73-65 over Woodland Hills Taft.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L* Points** Previous*
1 St. Augustine (9) 14-2 121 1
2 Mater Dei Catholic (2) 14-2 118 2
3 La Costa Canyon (1) 15-2 105 3
4 Torrey Pines 13-2 91 4
5 Sweetwater (1) 12-0 67 5
6 El Camino 13-3 60 6T
7 San Marcos 11-4 48 8
8 Francis Parker 14-2 47 6T
9 Hoover 10-7 14 10
10 Eastlake 15-3 9 NR

*Last week.
**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR–Not ranked.

Others receiving votes: Cathedral, 6; Foothills Christian, Grossmont, 5 each; Mission Hills, 4; Escondido, 3; Steele Canyon, 1.

Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego correspondent);
Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office); Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com); Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com); Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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2013: San Diego Teams Land 4 in First 25

No state champions, but there were four San Diego Section teams in Cal-Hi Sports‘ final, overall top 25.  It was a good year.

San Diego tied for second with the Sac-Joaquin Section in number of top 25 squads from the 10 state sections.

Mission Hills (11-2) was 11th,  Oceanside (10-3) 13th.  St. Augustine and Cathedral, each 11-2, were 24th and 25th, respectively.

The vast Southern Section placed six of the first seven teams and 11 of the top 25.  St. John Bosco was 16-0 and number one after a 20-14 victory over No. 2 Concord De La Salle in the  Open Division championship.

De La Salle was the only North Coast Section squad in the top 25.

No. 6 Folsom was the highest of the four from the Sac-Joaquin Section.

Other sections with ranked representatives included the Central Coast (2) and the Central (1) and Los Angeles City (1).  The Northern, San Francisco, and Oakland Sections were blanked.

San Diego teams  in Cal-Hi Sports‘  top four divisions were 11-6 in intersectional games but  1-2 in arguably the season’s three biggest.

Oceanside was beaten 50-39 by Gardena Serra (13-1), which finished No. 4 overall.  Mission Hills lost a state playoff, 35-28, to No. 10 Bakersfield (13-2). Cathedral defeated No. 26 Vista Murrieta (12-2), 35-28.

Cal-Hi Sports‘ state rankings by its traditional format of five divisions:

DIVISION I

1–Bellflower St. John Bosco.  10–Oceanside.  11–Eastlake.

II

1–West Hills Chaminade.  3–Mission Hills.  8–San Pasqual.

III

1–Newport Beach Corona del Mar.  2–St. Augustine.  3–Cathedral.  11–Mission Bay.  13–Madison.

IV

1–Modesto Central Catholic.  3–Christian.

V

1–Le Grand.  9–Holtville.

SOUTH D-I

1–Bellflower St. John Bosco.  7–Mission Hills.  9–Oceanside.  10–Eastlake. 13-Cathedral.   14–San Pasqual (10-2).

SOUTH D-II

1–West Hills Chaminade.  4–St. Augustine.  12. Mission Bay (12-2).  14–Madison (9-2). 19–Christian (12-1).

SOUTH D-III

1–Newport Beach Coronado del Mar. 14–Sweetwater.

SOUTH D-IV

1–Bakersfield Christian.  (no San Diego Section teams)

FREEMAN, PATRIOT COACH HONORED

Imperial’s Royce Freeman was state medium schools player of the year and Christian coach Mike Ward was state small schools coach of the year.

Freeman, who set a San Diego Section career rushing record with 7,601 yards in four seasons and who rushed for 2,819 yards in 2013, is the fourth San Diego Section medium schools player of the year in the last six.

Others include Madison’s Pierre Cormier, 2012; Mission Bay’s Dillon Baxter, 2009, and Cathedral’s Tyler Gaffney, 2008.  Gaffney and Baxter were overall state players of the year.

Ward, who guided Christian to a  12-1 record and the San Diego Section D-III championship, also was coach of the year in 2011.  A previous winner was Ramona’s Glenn Forsythe, who led the Bulldogs to an 11-0 record and the Southern Section smallest schools championship in 1958.

 

 

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2013-14: South Bay Teams Make Noise

Rumblings out of the South Bay have become a roar.

Mater Dei Catholic and Sweetwater barged into the upper half of the ratings in the U-T San Diego poll this week.

Mater Dei, a 26-7 squad and Southern California Division  IV regional semifinalist in 2012-13, is no surprise, posting a 12-2 record and losing only to San Juan Capistrano JSerra and West Hills Chaminade, two schools from higher divisions.

The second-ranked Crusaders received two first place votes and their 118 points are only one less than top-ranked St. Augustine.

Sweetwater’s Running Red Devils went from  unranked to No. 5.

At 12-0, the Red Devils are the only unbeaten team in the top 10 and adamantly made their intentions known in a 91-56 victory over a regarded Poway club last week.

The Red Devils are in their fourth season under coach Jesse Aguirre, who took over a team that was 0-23 in 2009-10.  the Red Devils were  13-11, 17-12, and 12-13 in Aguirre’s first three seasons.

SAINTS RECOVER

Despite two losses in the Under Armour Tournament at Torrey Pines during the Christmas break, St. Augustine  stayed on top.

The Saints regrouped with a 73-63, home victory over La Verne Damien, which was 13-1 coming into the game.

The Saints were muscled in a 66-55 loss to Chino Hills and beaten, 62-61, by a mid-level Lakewood Mayfair squad in the Torrey Pines event.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L* Points** Last Week
 1 St. Augustine (8) 13-2 119       1

2

Mater Dei Catholic (2)

13-2

118

6

3

La Costa Canyon (2)

13-2

107

2

4

Torrey Pines

13-2

93

T3

5

Sweetwater (1)

12-0

67

NR

6

Francis Parker

12-1

54

9

7

El Camino

12-3

54

9

8

San Marcos

11-4

53

5

9

Poway

9-5

14

10

10

Hoover

7-6

7

T3

**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR Not ranked.
Others receiving votes: Lincoln, Cathedral Catholic, 6 each; Foothills Christian, 5; Mission Hills, Grossmont, 3 each; Escondido, Eastlake, 2 each.
Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego correspondent);
Bill Dickens, Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).
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2013-14: Saints Hold off Damien

St. Augustine saw an 18-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to 4 but finally put away La Verne Damien, 73-63, as a full house of about 800 persons nervously looked on at St. Augustine Saturday night.

Trey Kell had 22 points for the winners but it was six free throws in the final 38.7 seconds by sophomore Martin Tombe that got the Saints over the finish line against the resilient visitors, who were 13-1 coming in.

St. Augustine, which led 41-25 at halftime and 50-32 midway in the third quarter, improved to 13-2.

Damien formerly was Pomona Catholic and is the alma mater of baseball slugger Mark McGwire and former San Diego State quarterbacks Dennis Shaw and Dan McGwire.

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1922: Student Gives Newspaper Inside Scoop

San Diego High had an unusual relationship with The San Diego Union.

Student Alan McGrew, who also served in a business position as the “Temporary Football Manager of San Diego High School,” was the de facto Hilltoppers beat writer for the newspaper.

McGrew filed daily reports on the Hilltoppers, the headline sports attraction in the city. He also provided  inside information on coach John Perry’s team along with up-to-date messages on scheduling.

Who the Cavemen were playing and where often was the question of the day, as money guarantees were negotiated and games agreed to on virtually a moment’s notice.

McGrew’s access to the team was apparent on the pages of the Union:

–A player reported to be smoking on a downtown street and who admitted his “guilt” when quizzed before the entire team was suspended by coach John Perry for the opener with Sweetwater and lost half of his letter-earning, game quarters participation.

Youthful Perry laid down the law.

Youthful Perry laid down the law.

–Perry had established an 8 p.m., be-at-home curfew with retirement by not more than an hour later.  The only evening players would be allowed to stay out “late” was after a game, when curfew would be at 10 p.m.

According to McGrew the team voted unanimously to abide by the Perry Rules.  The third-year head man  was 24, not much older than his players.

UNBEARABLE VICTORY

McGrew’s San Diego High bias also was obvious. The intrepid high school correspondent was one unhappy camper after the Hilltoppers’ 6-3 victory over Sweetwater in the season’s opening game.

Expecting a rout, McGrew was forced to acknowledge a stunningly difficult outing.

“The local players were taken off their feet by the county gang,” wrote McGrew.  “They were dazed, it appeared.”

McGrew continued.  ”Possibly some of the players were unstrung, the game being the first of the season, and when they discovered the Sweetwater team had all kinds of  power (they) went to pieces.”

Sweetwater had been 0-3 against the San Diego varsity, losing, 54-6 in 1915, 65-7 in ’20, and 40-0 in ’21.

Fullback Charles Williams drop-kicked a 25-yard field goal to give coach Herb Hoskins’ Red Devils a 3-0 lead early in the first quarter.

Clockwise from left, Hilltoppers' aces Norton Langford, Coney Galindo, Rex Driver, Kenny Zweiner.

Clockwise from left, Hilltoppers’ aces Norton Langford, Coney Galindo, Rex Driver, Kenny Zweiner.

Norton Langford scored to put the Hilltoppers ahead, 6-3, later in the quarter, after which San Diego was stymied by the determined National City squad.

The following week, under a story without byline, the writer hadn’t yet moved on, still unhappy and describing the Sweetwater game as a “catastrophe”.

RED DEVILS NO PUSHOVERS

Sweetwater opened as National City High 1907 and, according to available records, played football in 1910.

For the first 11 years, including the 1913 season when they didn’t field a team, the Red Devils were 10-24-3, according to infrequent newspaper reports.

Hoskins took over in 1919 and was 5-9-2 in his first three seasons, but the Red Devils won the four-team County League with a 5-0-1 record this season and manned up once more in the playoffs against San Diego.

Sweetwater thrived under Hoskins.

Sweetwater thrived under Hoskins.

The Cavemen this time prevailed by a 13-6 score, but Sweetwater had established itself as a credible program.

The Red Devils were 33-16-5 under Hoskins from 1922-27 and made three playoff appearances.

NO ROOM FOR HERB?

Writer Jess Puryear pointed out that Hoskins apparently had not been considered after the Sweetwater mentor showed interest in filling a position that opened on the San Diego coaching staff.

Hilltoppers basketball coach A.E. Shaver had left after the 1921-22 school year.

RESEMBLING EARLY MAN

San Diego High historian Don King corrected a story which promoted many different versions over the years.

How did the name Cavemen evolve?

In 1921 the football team dressed in dingy quarters beneath the 400 building on campus, King wrote in Caver Conquest, the 1993  history of San Diego High athletics.

There was only one entrance to the dressing room and that was through a long, dark tunnel that supposedly looked like that of a passageway to the caves used by our earliest ancestors, King noted.

Vintage San Diego High Caveman sticker.

Vintage San Diego High Caveman sticker.

Alden Ross, a reporter for the school newspaper (and a future member of the 1922 squad), was standing outside the players’ entrance when the  the squad exited for a game and was struck by the similarity to cave dwellers of the past.

Ross referred to the “Cavemen” in the next issue of The Russ.

“Cavemen” caught on and was used thereafter along with “Hilltoppers”and “Hillers.”

When girls began participating in the 1970s, the name was officially amended to “Cavers,” to correct gender inequity, said King.

PREGAME HYPE?

USC Freshmen coach H.W. Hess, responding when asked in a telephonic interview with  San Diego writers if there were “any stars who have been showing up” on the Trobabes’ squad:

“There are no stars, but eleven men on the team…and they’re all rotten,” declared the coach.

San Diego coach John Perry said he expected his squad “to be fighting all through the game (but) I do expect to be beaten by more than forty points.”

Interest in the USC team was such that the frosh’s pregame meal was assessed:  two poached eggs and a cup of tea.

The freshmen, featuring many 1921 prep stars from throughout the state, prevailed, 21-0.

THE LONGEST TRIP

According to one writer, 19 players and two coaches traveled to Bakersfield by automobile. Presumably more than one automobile.

Alan McGrew wrote that the team was scheduled to leave  at 8 a.m. on a Friday morning for  an 11-hour trip by “stage”.

Travel would include 48 miles on what was known as the Ridge Route, beginning at the Castaic Junction and featuring switchbacks and sudden  turns over the mountains north of Los Angeles.

Climax to this sometimes dangerous stretch was the Grapevine, a six-mile down grade that took travelers from 4,233 feet to the floor of the San Joaquin Valley, passing native grapevines growing on the hills near Fort Tejon.

WHY?

In this still developing period of motorized conveyance (passenger railroad travel was not available to or from Bakersfield), why schedule a game so distant and so difficult to reach?

Alan McGrew pointed out that “almost every school south of the Tehachapi pass had received letters seeking games from Hilltop management, but refused.”

San Diego High was feared in the North, particularly around Los Angeles, said McGrew. Scheduling the defending state champion would curtail some of the criticism about Perry’s perceived reluctance to schedule strong opponents.

There was some history with Bakersfield.  The Hilltoppers declined an invitation to play a state championship playoff with the Drillers after San Diego had posted 12-0 record and won the Southern Section championship in 1916.

Hilltop coach Clarence (Nibs) Price sensed his team was fatigued and was not interested in a long trip.

Price did schedule the Drillers in 1917, when the school known as Kern County Union High came south and was beaten by the Hilltoppers, 18-7.

This year’s  result was different.  Dwight (Goldie) Griffith’s Drillers, who were rumored to play some adult roughnecks from the neighboring oil fields, scored a 32-0 victory.

Age limits were nonexistent.  San Diego’s outstanding lineman was Al Scheving, who would be 21 when he graduated in June, 1923.

“I was only eighteen  months older than my team captain,” coach John Perry told writer Jim Trinkle in 1954.

TWO GAMES IN TWO DAYS

Without a league and of  independent classification, San Diego was required to have  five victories against high school competition for inclusion in the CIF Southern Section playoffs.

Scheduling was madcap.

With the SCIF postseason beginning in a week, the Cavemen were pressed to play two high school games in two days.

John Perry shrugged when it was suggested that no prep team in California had ever been asked to meet  such a challenge.

The  Hilltoppers teed up at 9:15 a.m. Friday in City Stadium, where they defeated the 7-2 Whittier Cardinals, 26-0, then followed at 12:30 the next afternoon with a 41-0 victory over weak Anaheim, against which Perry employed only four varsity starters.

Students were all for the doubleheader.  They were dismissed from school Friday to watch the game.

The Hilltoppers were fortunate not to have to travel for the Anaheim contest, which originally was scheduled in the northern community but was moved to San Diego because of an Armistice Day parade in Anaheim.

HOW MANY GAMES?

Don King’s Caver Conquest listed 14 games on San Diego High’s schedule, as did the first Evening Tribune Prep Football Record Book, published in 1965.

According to The San Diego Union of November 30, 1922,  the Cavemen had played 17 games and, after meeting  Santa Ana, Gardena and Bakersfield, would finish the season with a stunning total of 20, their record being 14-5-1.

NFL teams don’t play that many, unless they’re a wildcard team that plays in the Super Bowl.

The line between scrimmages and games was blurred in The San Diego Union.  

A midseason excercise with Sweetwater was loosely described as a game but also as a “practice.”  The Cavemen played five “games” with teams from military institutions and seven “games” in 13 days from late September to early October.

Games with military squads were common for San Diego-area teams.

COEDS SHUN HILLTOPPERS

San  Diego’s playoff with Santa Ana matched not-so-friendly rivals in a series that dated to 1905. The Cavemen claimed the Orange County school’s students and players were the poorest losers in the state.

“Besides ‘razzing’ the players on the street  and at the hotel where the team was lodged, the girls at a public dance in Santa Ana refused to dance with the San Diego boys,” reported Alan McGrew.

According to historian Don King, “Santa Ana fans threw soda pop bottles and ripe fruit as Kenny Zweiner ran 65 yards with an intercepted pass for a touchdown.”

Coney Galindo raced 35 yards for another score in a 12-0 victory that elevated the Hilltoppers into the Southern California finals against Gardena.

The winners rushed for 112 yards, Galindo leading with 50 yards rushing, and completing a 17-yard pass.

ROCKY TOP

Perry remembered years later what it was like to practice on the “Rock Pile,” and to play on a dirt surface in City Stadium.

“We weren’t allowed to practice in the stadium, but had to go across the highway by the horse barns,” said Perry.  “Before working out we’d try to get all the rocks we’d kicked up the previous day out of the way.”

The stadium layout would be sprinkled, then rolled before each game.  “There wasn’t any grass and it was as hard as concrete,” remembered the coach.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Future World War II hero aviator Lt. James Doolittle left Jacksonville, Florida at 7:30 p.m. Pacific  time and hoped to land at Rockwell Field, located on Coronado’s North Island, at about 4 p.m. the next afternoon.

The 18 1/2-hour flight included a fuel stop in San Antonio, Texas.

SCHOOL DAYS, SCHOOL DAYS!

Back to School at Lion Clothing.

Back to School at Lion Clothing.

Two-pant tweed sports suits were available for $19.65, Shoes for $6.50, and caps for $2.50 at Lion Clothing Co., Fifth Avenue at E Street.

National City High, renamed Sweetwater, moved to a new location on Highland Avenue at the South end of National City, serving approximately 325 students from Chula Vista and as far south as San Ysidro.

Construction of Grossmont’s permanent campus on the hill overlooking El Cajon Valley was almost complete, with 350 students listed as having enrolled.

San Diego High pupils paid student dues of .75, plus they were required to make a $4 deposit to assure return of textbooks at the end of the school year.

Students were required to purchase locker padlocks that were available from San Diego merchants.

Incoming freshmen received a 128-page “manual”, detailing all activities and regulations at the school.

THERE WERE PERKS

Prospective San Diego High players were feted in a banquet at the San Diego Hotel the night before the first practice.

Team leader Norton Langford addressed the players on the “value of close association and the necessity for no petty jealousy (apparently a problem the last couple seasons, along with questions of soft scheduling and Perry’s not coaching ‘fundamentals’).

Langford said he hoped to “see a game up North” at the end of the season “for the state championship and with San Diego returning victorious.”

CART BEFORE HORSE

San Diego players favored a rematch in the state playoffs with Bakersfield, rather than  participate in a so-called national championship game.

The Cavers received challenges from the Amarillo Golden Sandstorm of Texas, Twin Falls, Idaho, and a team in St. Louis.  Coach John Perry postponed any decision until after the Gardena contest.

LOVE THAT GRASS

Gardena, which won at Bishop, 31-0, the week before,  was accorded an edge by the San Diego media because it had played on the Bovard Field turf  gridiron at USC.

Whatever advantage Gardena possessed disappeared in the fourth quarter, when the Cavemen trailing, 14-12, scored 19 points to win 31-14.  Coney Galindo ran for three touchdowns and scored another on an intercepted pass.

HERE COME THE DRILLERS

San Diego accepted a challenge to play Bakersfield in a state playoff, but only if the game was played in the City Stadium.  In a telegram to Bakersfield officials, McGrew said the Cavemen were “not in condition for another trip.”

The Drillers agreed.

The journey south was easier on the visitors, who were reported to have “passed through Los Angeles” and were spending the night in Santa Ana after practicing at Whittier College.

Transported in two motor coaches, Bakersfield arrived in San Diego on the day of the game.

The Cavemen battled in vain before about 6,000 City Stadium fans who represented the largest turnout in school history, according to the Union, although the 1917 game drew a reported 10,000.

Part of he crowd of 6,000 watched action near San Diego goalline.

Part of he crowd of 6,000 watched action near San Diego goalline.

It was 17-0 before Ed Ruffa scored a touchdown in the final two minutes to send the Hilltoppers home 17-6 losers.

READ IT AND WEEP

That was the lead on The San Diego Union account of the Cavemen’s 106-6 victory over Army-Navy.  The writer also suggested that flags would be at half mast at the Pacific Beach academy.

Nothing out of the ordinary about that, but in the second paragraph it was noted that the Cadets fully expected to win and to qualify for the Southern California playoffs!

Coach Paul Jones, who exuded such confidence before the game, was slightly off the mark.

Contributing to the carnage was a rule of the day:  Teams scoring touchdowns received the ensuing kickoff, i.e., Army-Navy kicked off after every San Diego touchdown.

QUICK KICKS—By contract with the CIF and Santa Ana, expenses were provided for  18 players when the Cavemen took the train north for the second of three semifinal playoff contests, but coach John Perry traveled a squad of 23… San Diego High was not the only team to play games on back-to-back days…Grossmont sustained a 40-7 loss to the Hilltoppers, then went out the next day and dropped a 7-6 decision to the sailors from the U.S.S. Rapahannock…when writers referred to a team concentrating on its ground game, it was described as “straight football”…passing, infrequently used,  was just that, passing…The San Diego Union published the roster of San Diego High and players’ numbers before the game with the USC Freshmen…24 players were numbered from 1 to 25, with only jersey No. 2 omitted… …Escondido was greeting “a whole set of husky Indians from the backcountry,” according to the Union… County League teams Escondido, Sweetwater, and Grossmont were considered “backcountry”…”The Winning Play,” an article that appeared in Redbook magazine, was read to the team by San Diego coach John Perry before it took the field against Gardena…sweater and Letter Day at Sweetwater was attended by the entire student body, which honored the County League team as Herb Hoskins awarded monograms to 15 players….

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2013: Freeman Sets Scoring Pace

Royce Freeman of Imperial scored 43 touchdowns and 258 points in 12 games to lead the San Diego Section for the third year in a row and finished sixth in the state, according to unofficial statistics provided by Max Preps.

Freeman amassed 39 touchdowns and 3 two-point conversions for  240 points in 2011 and 36 touchdowns and 216 points in 2012.

Freeman scored 111 touchdowns in three seasons for Tigers.

Freeman scored 118 touchdowns in three seasons for Tigers.

Edgar Segura of Mendota in the Central Section was the 2013 state leader with 57 touchdowns and a total of 358 points.

Andrew Brown of Ripon Christian of the Sac-Joaquin Section, had 335 points, followed by Rashaad Penny of Norwalk, Southern Section, 320. Tre Watson of Corona Centennial, Southern Section, was fifth with 306.

Freeman also ended his career with the sixth highest single-season performance in the San Diego Section.

Evan Fisher of Julian scored 342 points in eight-man football in 2001, followed by Tyler Gaffney of Cathedral, 336 (’08); Dillon Baxter, Mission Bay, 324 (’09); Zay Shepard, Brawley, 276 (’04), Dionne Grigsby, San Pasqual Academy 8, 262 (’04), and Freeman.

San Diego Section 2013 leaders:

Player Team Games TD PAT 2Pt FG Pts
Royce Freeman Imperial 12 43 0 0 0 258
Clayton Bowler Holtville V 13 27 0 0 0 162
J.T. Barnes Grossmont 12 13 64 0 2 150
Brandon Alexander San Pasqual Academy 8 7 23 0 0 0 148
Thai Cottrell Oceanside 13 22 7 1 0 141
Justin Santa Maria Calvary Christian S.D. V 9 19 0 12 0 138
Riley Racciato Classical V 10 23 0 0 0 138
Jose Ramirez Calvary Christian Vista 8 7 20 0 4 0 128
Damonte Holiday Hoover 11 21 0 0 0 126
Isiah Olave Eastlake 12 21 0 0 0 126
Jimmie Hill Mar Vista 10 21 0 0 0 126
Tim Clow St. Joseph 8 8 19 0 5 0 124
Elijah Preston St. Augustine 11 20 0 0 0 120
Isaiah Capoocia El Capitan 12 19 0 0 0 114
James Harwell San Marcos 14 7 53 0 6 113
Ray Lyons Crawford 10 18 0 1 0 110
Bulla Graft The Bishop’s 10 17 0 3 0 108
Chris Moliga Cathedral 11 18 0 0 0 108
Tony Miro Santa Fe Christian 10 18 0 0 0 108
Dan McManus West Hills 12 6 29 0 14 107
Nareg Skakarian St. Joseph 8 8 12 34 0 0 106
Damian Ramirez Blythe Palo Verde 12 17 0 1 0 104
Jesse Brookins Francis Parker 11 17 0 1 0 104
Ben Lomibao Mount Miguel 10 17 0 0 0 102
Isiah Henne San Marcos 14 17 0 0 0 102
Manny Rodriguez Olympian 11 17 0 0 0 102
Carlos Campos San Ysidro 10 15 8 0 0 98
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2013-14: Saints Now 10-0 and on 24-0 Run

saints logo deuceSt. Augustine is 10-0  and has a 24-game winning streak after a 65-49 victory over the host team in the first annual Rancho Santa Margarita Tournament today, climaxing a 4-game run through the Orange County event.

The Saints beat Trabuco Hills, 62-61, Seattle Prep, 79-60,  and Alta of Sandy, Utah, 63-56, in earlier games.  Santa Margarita was 7-0 before taking on coach Mike Haupt’s North Park sharpshooters.

Trey Kell led the top-ranked San Diego Section team with 26 points.  Eric Monroe and Danny Caya had 11 each and Martin Tombe  10.

The Saints, ninth in California and 30th in the country in Max Preps‘ ratings,  now gear up for the Under Armour post-Christmas tournament and draw scoreboard blinking Chino Hills in their opening game at 2:15 p.m. on Dec. 26 in the Torrey Pines gym.

Chino Hills is 7-2 and averaging 79 points a game.

The Huskies most recently dropped a 65-63 decision to Etiwanda, ranked fourth in California and 10th in the country by Max Preps. Chino Hills also holds a 121-102 decision over tough Rancho Cucamonga.  Both games were in the Inland Empire Classic at Ontario Colony.

St. Augustine has not lost since dropping a 62-59 decision to Cathedral on Jan. 24, 2012. The Saints won their last 14 in a run that took them to the State III championship and a final record  of 29-4 in 2012-13.

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2013: 38 Coaches Are Members of Club 100

La Jolla Country Day’s Jeff Hutzler, who stepped down recently, became the 37th coach in the San Diego Section to have a career total of at least 100 victories.  Jack Mashin of Grossmont recorded 125 victories in the Southern Section.

Twelve active coaches have 100 or more (see complete list here):

Oceanside's Carroll tops all.

Oceanside’s Carroll tops all.

John Carroll (234-74-6, .755), Ron Hamamoto (195-122-4, .614), Rob Gilster (183-112-5, .618), Willie Matson (166-117-6, .585), Sean Doyle (144-77, .652), John Morrison (140-60-3, .697); Gary Blevins (129-90-4, .587), John McFadden (120-42-4, .735), Chris Hauser (115-54-2, .678), Matt Oliver (115-56-3, .670), Jerry Ralph (111-65-2, .629), and Mike Hastings (111-74-4, .598).

Hutzler, whose Torres finished 5-6 this season, posted a  101-37 record and .732 winning percentage from 2002-13,  joined a select group that is led by Herb Meyer, who was 339-148-15 for a .690 percentage from 1959-2003 at Oceanside and El Camino.

Other 100-game winners include Bennie Edens (240), John Shacklett (229), Gil Warren (216), Ed Burke (215), Jim Arnaiz (213), Dick Haines (194), Carl Parrick (190), Mike Dolan (165), Bob Woodhouse (146), Chick Embrey (144);

Gene Edwards (136), Birt Slater (133), Bob McAlister (132),  Steve Sutton (131), Craig Bell (130), Walter (Bud)  Mayfield, (129), Ladimir (Jack) Mashin (125), Mike David (122), Gene Alim (120); John Bishop (117), Chris Hauser (115), Brad Griffith (112), Vic Player (111), George Ohnessorgen (103), and Dave Lay (102).

Carroll (.755) is first among all San Diego Section coaches, active or retired, in winning percentage and with 100 victories. Birt Slater (.747) is second to Carroll in percentage. Ohnessorgen (.745), Lay (.741), McFadden (.735), Hutzler (.732), Arnaiz (.726), Burke (.720), Warren (.707), Alim (.701), and Bishop (.701) round out the Top 11.

Ties are factored in as half games won and half games lost.

The highest winning percentage in the history of high school football in San Diego is .841 by San Diego’s Duane Maley, whose record in Southern Section competition from 1948-59 was 97-19-1.

Bill Bailey, who coached at Point Loma in 1942 and at San Diego from 1943-47, posted a career record of 40-8-1, 827.

The comprehensive list of Win, Lose, Tie records of all 100-game winners.

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2013-14: Saints Switch Places With Mavericks

The season’s first showdown came in the Horsman Invitational at  West Hills and the tournament championship and this week’s No. 1 ranking went to St. Augustine.

Trey Kell fired from three-point range and, driving to the hoop, twisted around Torrey Pines defenders to score 28 points and lead the Saints to a 60-55 victory in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

Torrey Pines went to the foul line 17 times in the first three quarters.  St. Augustine did not make its first visit until early in the fourth quarter.  The Saints led throughout and had opened a 42-33, third-quarter advantage.

La Costa Canyon, the preseason number one, dropped a 61-59 decision to Hoover, then rebounded with a 74-50 win over the Cardinals.

Mater Dei was off to a fast start, then fell to Capistrano JSerra, 63-48, and West Hills Chaminade, 55-47, in the Catholic Cup Challenge in Phoenix.  The Crusaders defeated St. Mary’s of Phoenix, 74-60, in the same event.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L* Points** Last Week
1 St. Augustine (11) 6-0 128 2
2 La Costa Canyon (2) 5-1 117 1
3 Hoover 5-2 90 3
3 Torrey Pines 5-1 90 5
5 San Marcos 5-1 56 8
6 Mater Dei Catholic 6-2 51 9
7 El Camino (2) 4-2 46 4
8 Foothills Christian 2-1 41 41
9 Francis Parker 4-1 31 7
10 Poway 3-2 30 NR

* Last year
**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR Not previously ranked.

Others receiving votes: Lincoln, 15; Escondido, 6; Valhalla, Cathedral, 5 each; Mission Hills, El Cajon Valley, 1 each.

Thirteen sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego correspondent);
Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com);
Andrew Smith (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack Cronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
and Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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2008: He Scored 56, Count ‘em, 56 Touchdowns!

That Tyler Gaffney led Cathedral to a State championship and scored a record 56 touchdowns in 14 games only reinforced the notion that this was a year of the running back.

Thirty-one San Diego Section players rushed for at least 1,000 yards and none were more productive than Gaffney, Escondido’s Ricky Seale, and Madison’s Robbie Rouse.

NORTH-SOUTH RUNNER

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 215-pound Gaffney was a power runner and long distance threat.  Third and short, fourth and goal, or from far outside the redzone, Gaffney was the package.

In 2013, when a group of San Diego writers selected the all-time, all-San Diego County squad, Gaffney was one of three, first-team running backs, joining Oceanside’s C.R. Roberts (1953) and Lincoln’s Darrin Wagner (1987).

Gaffney sheds St. Mary's tackler en route to winning touchdown in State III championship game.

Gaffney sheds St. Mary’s tackler en route to winning touchdown in State III championship game.

Gaffney also was named state player of the year for 2008, selected by the respected Cal-Hi Sports.

“Tyler Gaffney is Justin Green and Demetrious Sumlin (earlier star backs for the Dons) rolled into one,” said Cathedral coach Sean Doyle.  “He’s physically the best back I’ve ever had.”

Gaffney rushed for 324 yards in 33 carries and scored 6 touchdowns in a 58-32, regular-season victory over 5-0 Lincoln.

That monster performance, however, was not close to being the story of Gaffney’s season.

OUTSCORES SCRIPPS RANCH HIS OWNSELF

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2013: North County, City Take 4 Top Spots in Final Grid Poll

Win or lose Saturday evening, coach Chris Hauser’s Mission Hills Grizzlies are an almost unanimous choice as the No. 1 2013 football team in the San Diego Section.

The final Top 10 poll of the season was voted on after conclusion of the  five San Diego Section championships.

The Grizzlies will host the Central Section champion Bakersfield Drillers in a State Bowl Series Southern California Regional playoff.

If Mission Hills wins, the San Marcos squad will play for a Division I state championship against either San Mateo Serra or Loomis Del Oro at the Home Depot Center in Carson the following week.

Two Eastern League teams, Cathedral and St. Augustine, finished third and fourth, respectively.  The Saints also received a first-place vote.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L Points* Previous
1 Mission Hills (30) 12-1 308 1T
2 Oceanside 10-3 244 1T
3 Cathedral 11-2 232 9
4 St. Augustine (1) 11-2 204 7
5 San Pasqual 11-2 204 5
6 Eastlake 10-2 149 3
7 Helix 9-3 121 5
8 Ramona 10-2 72 8
9 Mission Bay 12-2 47 NR
10 Madison 9-2 29 6

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. NR: previously unranked
Others receiving votes: Christian, 22; Carlsbad, 20; Rancho Buena Vista, 8; Sweetwater, San Marcos, 5 each; Holtville, El Capitan, Imperial, 1 each.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County voted in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Lisa Lane, Andrew Burer,
and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan, Tom Saxe, and Rick Hoff (U-T San Diego stringer);
Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Craig Elsten, and Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090);
Jerry Schniepp and John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Willis, Brandon Stone, and Jake Fadden (KUSI-TV);
Bruce Ward (San Diego City Schools);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Steve (Biff) Dolan and Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain);
Jeff Kurtz (NFHSnetwork.com; Ernie Martinez (XTRA Sports 1360);  and
Nick Pellegrino.

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2013-14: La Costa Canyon Opens on Top

The discussion already is in full swing.  Who’s No. 1?

The U-T San Diego preseason basketball poll has La Costa Canyon No. 1 and St. Augustine No. 2.

North County bias by a majority of the voters aside,  I’ll take the Saints.  Call me South-of-Highway-56-biased, at least for this vote.

Saints Coach Mike Haupt, 330-173 in 18 seasons, guides the state’s defending Division III champions, 29-4 in 2012-13 and returning, among others, four-star San Diego State commit Trey Kell.

La Costa Canyon, 28-6 last season, was eliminated by Westlake, 66-64, in the Southern California playoff quarterfinals in D-II.

The Mavericks opened with a 56-46 victory over Poway earlier this week.  St. Augustine has beaten Serra, 70-47, and Santa Fe Christian, 80-38.

A top 10  adjustment should already be in the works. El Camino, No. 4, was edged by No. 6 Foothills Christian, 74-71, and unranked Poway topped Foothills, 72-70.

In other action:

No. 9 Mater Dei has been the busiest with wins over Chula Vista, 78-55; Rancho Buena Vista, 83-43; Castle Park, 66-33; Patrick Henry, 63-40, and Grossmont, 55-49.

No. 8 San Marcos eased up in the second half but still rolled over Castle Park, 102-18. Cathedral, No. 10, defeated Patrick Henry, 69-48.

Hoover, No. 3, topped Vista, also No. 10, 61-55.

# Team (1st place votes) W-L* Points** Previous*
1 La Costa Canyon (6) 28-6 111 6
2 St. Augustine (4) 29-4 94 1
3 Hoover 31-6 88 3
4 El Camino (2) 26-7 87 7
5 Torrey Pines 20-10 67 NR
6 Foothills Christian 20-15 50 NR
7 Francis Parker 16-12 46 NR
8 San Marcos 27-6 43 NR
9 Mater Dei Catholic 26-7 32 8
10t Cathedral Catholic 29-5 38 5
10t Vista 15-13 38 NR

*Last year
**Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis
NR Not previously ranked.

Others receiving votes: Westview, 7; Escondido, Mission Bay, 5 each; Lincoln, Helix, 3 each; Eastlake, 2; Serra, Oceanside, Canyon Crest, 1 each.

Twelve sportswriters, sportscasters and CIF representatives from throughout San Diego County vote in the weekly poll:
John Maffei, Craig Malveaux and Don Norcross (U-T San Diego);
Terry Monahan (U-T San Diego stringer);
Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com);
Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions);
John Kentera and Jack ronin (The Mighty 1090);
John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section office);
Rick Smith (Partletonsports.com);
Jodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com);
and Aaron Burgin (fulltimehoops.tumblr.com).

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2013: Bakersfield is Stranger in These Parts

BakeSan Diego High first played Bakersfield, then known  as Kern County Union High, in 1917.

The Drillers, who play at Mission Hills Saturday night in a State Southern Regional playoff, were last seen in this area in 1952.

San Diego holds a 6-5, all-time advantage over the Drillers, the Cavemen having won the last five meetings.  Hoover and Grossmont each is 0-1.

Bakersfield and Long Beach Poly rank 1-2 in most wins by a California prep team.  The Drillers won their 776th  with a 60-21 victory over Clovis North and clinched their 36th Central Section championship.

The school opened in 1893 and is still located at its original site in the middle of the city.  Its 2,800 students represent the largest enrollment in the city but the school’s 25-acre site is the smallest.

All-time results with teams from the San Diego area:

Year Opponent Score
1917 @San Diego 7-18
1922 San Diego 32-0
1922 @San Diego 17-6
1938 @San Diego 21-0
1939 @San Diego 13-6
1940 San Diego 35-13
1946 @San Diego 7-13
1947 San Diego 0-25
1948 @San Diego 0-31
1949 San Diego 12-14
1950 San Diego 7-19
1950 Grossmont 38-7
1952 @Hoover 33-13

Bakersfield’s second victory over San Diego in 1922 was a state playoff. San Diego had won the Southern California championship a  week before with a 31-14 victory over Gardena.

The CIF dropped  state playoffs in 1926 and didn’t renew the series until 2006.

Mission Hills will be the first San Diego Section team involved in a playoff with a school from another section since Mountain Empire dropped a 34-26, decision to Claremont in 1965.

Mountain Empire had remained in the Southern Section in 1960, when other San Diego County schools formed their own section, and didn’t become a member of the local group until 1969.

CHRISTIAN’S SEASON ENDS WITH NO BID

A Superior Court judge in San Diego sided with the state CIF and the CIF San Diego Section and denied a lawsuit by Christian.

The Patriots claimed a bylaw in CIF rules would allow them to move down to Division IV in the State Bowl Series.

The Patriots, who cited their enrollment of less than 500 students as basis for the action, won the San Diego Section III title but the Section declared them D-II for state playoff consideration.

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2013: Mission Hills In; Christian Waits

One San Diego team is in the State Bowl Southern Regional playoffs and another will learn its fate Monday.

Mission Hills (12-1) was invited to play host to the Central Section champion Bakersfield Drillers (11-2) Saturday night, Dec. 14, in Division I.

Christian, which defeated San Marcos, 19-7, for the San Diego Section III title, filed suit to be considered as a D-IV entry in the state playoffs.

A hearing is scheduled in  San Diego Superior Court Monday.

The  winner  of Mission Hills-Bakersfield will take on either the Central Coast’s San Mateo Serra (11-2) or the Sac-Joaquin’s Loomis Del Oro (12-2), which play in the North Regional.

The Grizzlies solidified their standing as the San Diego Section’s best team with a 36-14 win over Oceanside in the Open Division final.  Bakersfield defeated Clovis North, 60-21, for the Central Section I title.

Bakersfield’s two losses were early in the season to Westlake Village Oaks Christian, 51-50, and Long Beach Poly, 27-7.  Mission Hills was beaten, 13-10, in overtime by San Marcos.

A CHEER FOR CHRISTIAN

Coach Matt Oliver has presided over four San Diego Section championship teams and had two others advance to the finals in his 15 seasons at Christian,  but no title was more satisfying than this.

The Patriots (12-1), enrollment less than 400, defeated San Marcos (9-5), enrollment more than 2,200, by a score of 19-7 in the D-III championship at Mesa College.

Paris Miller drove  the Patriots’ offense with 217 yards in 28 carries and a 12-yard touchdown run.  Sebastian Swift led the defense with 10 tackles, a quarterback sack, two interceptions (one returned 45 yards for a touchdown), and recovered a fumble.

RED DEVILS CLOSE FAST

Sweetwater (9-4), which lost four of its first five games, won its eighth in a row, longest streak for the school since 1986, and its first championship since 1984, scoring late to defeat  Monte Vista (7-6), 7-0, for the D-IV title.

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1950: As Powell Goes, So Go Cavers

This team may have been the best of all coached by Duane Maley at San Diego High, but the Cavemen lost two of their best players and five reserves as practice started and their best player at the most important time of the season.

They came up short in the Southern California playoffs.

Two  starters, halfback Darnes Johnson and tackle Ed Wallace were gone before the first scrimmage. Johnson was the team’s leading ball carrier and a :09.9 100-yard sprinter who anchored the Hillers’ rapid 880-yard relay team in the spring. Wallace was an experienced lineman who saw  playing time in 1949.

UNCLE SAM BECKONS

Halfbacks Richard Reel, Paul Brooks and Mickey Hall, end Howard Simpson, and guard Calvin Rayford joined Johnson and Wallace, also literally hauled out of school and ordered to report to National Guard units at Fort Rosecrans on the Point Loma peninsula.

The Korean War erupted on June 25, 1950, when the North Korean army invaded South Korea. American ground troops aided the South Korean cause. The seven National Guard Cavers were called to duty to help take the place of those deployed.

Maley soon learned there would be no “education deferments.”   The only  games the players would be playing were war games. They had joined the National Guard in high school partly because each earned as much as $10 for every meeting attended, a handy sum for teenagers of the era. Active duty was expected to be in the future, after graduation.

Deep and fast, San Diego overcame the personnel losses and stormed through the new City Prep League to finish the regular season with an 8-0 record. But disaster struck in game 7.

End Charlie Powell, who would be named Southern California player of the year, sustained a bruised kidney after taking a knee in his back during a 58-12 romp over Kearny, the poorest team on the schedule.

Of all the games to lose the star player in Southern California and arguably the best in the country! San Diego went into the game with an overall 29-pound weight advantage, 184-155. The Cavers led 27-0 after one quarter and 58-0 after three.

Powell did not play the following week against La Jolla, the thinking that he would be available for the opening round of the playoffs. Medical reports indicated a more serious injury.

1950 San Diego High Cavers

Injured Powell missed team photograph in Balboa Stadium. Chuck McDairmant is number 27 in front row.

The 6-foot, 3-inch, 225-pounder, a marvelous player who excelled in 4 sports (the only athlete in school history to earn 12 varsity letters in three years) , including track and field (he held the school shot put record of 57 feet, 9 1/4 inches, for 31 years) and baseball in the spring, was declared out several days before the first-round game at Fullerton.

No mystery. No intrigue. No wait for a game-time decision.

Powell not only missed the game but also almost half of the basketball season.

San Diego Police detective Bert Ritchey, star of 1925 and 1926 teams. chats up Charlie Powell, star of 1950 Cavers.

San Diego Police detective Bert Ritchey, star of 1925 -26 teams. chats up Charlie Powell of 1950 Cavers.

CAVERS QB TOPPED POWELL’S FLAG TEAM

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2013: Season May Not Be Over

Is a state bowl game series game  in the offing for a San Diego Section team?

Cal-Hi Sports is suggesting that Mission Hills could meet the winner of  tonight’s Southern Section, Vista Murrieta-Corona Centennial Division I championship contest.  Such a game would take place on  the weekend of Dec. 13-14 and be a Southern California playoff prelude to a state championship game.

St. Augustine, Cathedral, and Holtville also are in the mix.  Any  of the 5 Section champions are eligible, but most will be on the outside looking in. 

The Saints have not turned in their equipment and will be watching to see who wins the Southern Section Division II matchup between Gardena Serra and West Hills Chaminade.

Holtville, which won D-V, is an 11-1 possibility in D-IV. There is no D-V playoff.

Cathedral is a D-1 longshot but administered the only loss in 13 games for Vista Murrieta.

A caveat to much of this is which Southern Section winners will go into the Open Division and which will be in D-I. 

Meanwhile, Christian has taken legal action to  place the Patriots in a D-IV bowl series game.  Christian has less than 500 students and, according to state CIF bylaws, that automatically means Christian is D-IV.

Playoff pairings throughout the state this year were determined by “past success” and not by enrollment.  Christian thus is in the San Diego Section D-III title game tomorrow night against San Marcos, which has a student body of more than 2,200.

San Marcos is favored and a Christian loss could make a D-IV state playoff berth and the law suit agajnst the San Diego Section and State CIF somewhat academic.

Christian is represented by attorney Bob Ottilie, who has won previous battles against the high school federations.

The games are tonight. The politics will follow soon after.

 

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2013: Cathedral & San Pasqual Both Winners

So shocked were San Pasqual defenders they just watched.

Cathedral’s Jack Onstott ran 98 yards with an intercepted pass and brought a stunning conclusion to the Division I, San Diego Section championship game.

It was the most thrilling finish since…since Auburn beat Alabama with a 99-yard field goal return a week ago.

But Cathedral’s three-overtime, 37-31 victory over the school from Southeast Escondido was just as sudden and more final and maybe a little more emotional.Cathedral

Onstott, just a junior, has next season to look forward to.

But the Dons’ linebacker ended this season and the careers of many players on the field at Qualcomm Stadium, seniors on both sides of the ball who most likely strapped on a helmet for the last time.

Scoreboard be damned, both teams were winners.

Remember it, guys, and take the experience with you through life.

ADMISSION SLOW, AS USUAL

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2013: Championship Predictions…er, Guesses

Imperial’s dream run and Crawford’s miracle run each came to an end…with a thud.                                                                                                                                                   

The Tigers of the Imperial Valley were no match for St. Augustine in the San Diego Section Division II semifinals, losing 56-12, despite a good performance by Royce Freeman.

Crawford, which had stepped down a division and rekindled success of years past, was ambushed 42-6 in the D-V championship by Holtville, a team the Colts had beaten 21-14 in the regular season.

Such is life in the postseason.

Five championships will be determined this week, three tomorrow at Qualcomm Stadium. Two more are scheduled Saturday at Mesa College.

OPEN DIVISION, 5 P.M.

Is there a possible California bowl series bid in the offing for either Oceanside (10-2) or Mission Hills (11-1)? 

Probably not, but hopefully.

The Grizzlies whacked Oceanside 30-6 during the regular season, but most pundits, including me, have sided with the Pirates.

As we see it:  Oceanside, 34-24.

DIVISION I, 2 P.M.

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2013: Warren Vinton, 89, Led Helix in ‘Sixties

Warren Vinton, who helped Helix establish itself as an athletic force as San Diego schools moved to form their own CIF section, passed away in Murrieta in Riverside County recently at age 89.

Vinton  posted a 25-9-1 record as the Highlanders’ head coach from 1964-67, winning two Grossmont League championships and taking his team to the San Diego Section title game in 1966.

The University of California at Santa Barbara graduate joined the coaching staff at Helix in 1956, when coach Tom Welbaum guided the Highlanders to an 8-1 record and a berth in the Southern Section playoffs.

Vinton (cnter) was joined at a 1967 practice with assistants Tom Feeser (left) and Bill White.

Vinton (center) was joined at  1967 practice by assistants Tom Feeser (left) and Bill White.

When Welbaum relocated to start the new Mount Miguel program in 1957, Vinton remained as college teammate Dick Gorrie became head coach.

After posting a 39-21-2 record in seven seasons, Gorrie was named head coach at Santa Ana Junior College and was succeeded by Vinton.

Vinton stepped down after the 1967 season but remained on the Highlanders’ faculty until his retirement in 1989.

A  La Mesa resident for 56 years, Vinton was remembered by Helix graduate and San Diego Evening Tribune sportswriter Roger Conlee, who covered the Highlanders during one of the most successful eras in school history.

“Warren was a contrast, more cerebral, less rah-rah than the charismatic Gorrie,” said Conlee.   “He had a droll sense of humor and a keen knowledge of football, especially the defensive side of the game.”

Vinton was tall, Gorrie much shorter.  Both handsome, they crafted an image of Helix football that was hip and almost glamorous compared to their Grossmont League brethren.

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2013: Open Semifinals & III, IV, and V Quarterfinals

Ailing John Carroll, still not fully back from a late-season health scare,  wasn’t about to go hyperbolic.

After all, Carroll has won 233 games  in  25 seasons at Oceanside.

U-T San Diego writer Don Norcross wanted to know if the Pirates’ rally from 23 points behind at the half to a 33-30 Open Division playoff victory over Eastlake was the greatest..

“No, thank God, we’ve done it before,” said Carroll, “but (it was) the best this year.  Fantastic!”

Recovering Carroll stayed cool.

Carroll”s 247th career victory was result of Oceanside’s return from 30-7 halftime deficit.

History and tradition must mean something.

TITANS COULDN’T FINISH

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2013: D-I & II Quarterfinals: No. 8 Beats No. 1

Props to the Open Division, which delivered the games the CIF hoped for in a terrific week of San Diego Section playoffs.

But Oceanside’s stunning comeback, which ousted Eastlake, 33-30, and Mission Hills’ grinding, 24-21 win over Helix were just part of  competitive, late November action.

And at most venues there was the accompaniment of a calendar visitor,  rain and chill.

It started Thursday night with  Divisions I and II quarterfinals.

BUCCANEERS SAIL ON MATSON LINE

–Mission Bay, now 11-1 but the No. 8 seed in D-II, rallied in the last three minutes, then weathered a last-second field goal attempt to knock out Madison, the No. 1 seed and the state’s defending D-III champion.

Matson and Buccaneers advanced to D-II semifinals.

Matson (in earlier game) and Buccaneers advanced to D-II semifinals.

The 21-18 victory, coming on Andre Petties-Wilson’s 12-yard touchdown  catch of Nicholas Plum’s pass with 2:50 remaining, was the 161st in coach Willie  Matson’s 24-season career as a head coach.

Matson, a Kearny graduate, was head coach at Mission Bay from 1984-85 (5-15), then served from 1987-93 at Kearny (49-32-1) and logged  logged six seasons, 1996-2001,  at Hoover (38-28-2).

His  last nine years have been Mission Bay redux (69-35-3)  and few, if any, of the coach’s 161 victories (including one San Diego Section title), were more dramatic or satisfying.

Only six weeks before the Buccaneers were on the short end of a 42-7 score against Madison in the teams’ Western League opener.

FREEMAN FREES IMPERIAL

–El Capitan  took its 10-1 record and 44-point scoring average over the mountains to the Imperial Valley and became Imperial’s 11th straight victim, 49-42.

The Tigers’ Royce Freeman rushed for 218 yards in 36 carries and scored three touchdowns to raise his season total to 43.

Imperial, undefeated and with an average winning margin of 46-14, was behind 35-21 at halftime.

Freeman finally put the Tigers ahead for the first time with a 13-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-three with 5:52 remaining in the game.

The Tigers, the 3 seed, now take on No. 2 St. Augustine in the semifinals at Mesa College next Wednesday.

RBV RETURNS TO PROMINENCE

–It took awhile for people to start taking notice of Rancho Buena Vista, which was 4-35-1 from 2007-11.

The Longhorns, seeded fifth in D-II, showed some unexpected muscle in blowing out 4 seed Mount Miguel, an 8-2 team, 50-10, and this followed a regular-season, 38-36 win RBVcrestover San Pasqual, top seed in D-I.

The Vista school’s comeback began when Paul Gomes, who was 59-37-7 in nine years at Escondido, took over the program in 2012 and immediately improved the Longhorns from 0-10 to 6-6.

Gomes had left Escondido after the 2009 campaign to take a job on the staff of Rancho Santa Margarita’s Harry Welch.

Note: results and pairings for next week’s games can be accessed by going  to the  ”Scores” link on the home page, then visiting the drop-down menu “by year”.

 

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2013, Week 12: Favorites Ease Through Round 1

The seeding panel of mostly former coaches did its job.

There were almost no upsets in any of the six rounds on the opening Friday of the San Diego Section playoffs.

None, except in the ubiquitous and maligned Division IV, where 11 seed El Centro Southwest (3-7) defeated six seed Montgomery (4-6), 10-7, and 10 seed Clairemont (4-6) upset 7 seed La Jolla Country Day (5-5), 28-14.

LOSERS THINNED OUT

Seventeen losing teams and eight with .500 records comprised 25 of the 64, opening-round qualifiers.

There are  six losing teams and three .500 teams remaining as  quarterfinals take place in D-II, III, and IV, and semifinals in the Open and V divisions on Nov. 21-22.  Seven with non-winning records still are alive in  D-IV.

The Open Division semifinals are just what the CIF San Diego Section hoped for:  two big matchups, Helix at Mission Hills and Oceanside at Eastlake.

Division I is yet to shake out, but Carlsbad (4)-Grossmont (5) and Ramona (2)-Mt. Carmel (7) could be interesting.

IMPERIAL’S ROLLS ROYCE

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2013: Is Eastlake Underrated?

Cal-Hi Sports honcho Mark Tennis continues to build a case for Eastlake as the San Diego Section’s No. 1 team, although the 31 members of the U-T San Diego voting panel have re-installed Oceanside as No. 1, followed by Mission Hills.

Eastlake is third.

Answers should be forthcoming in the Open Division playoffs, which begin tonight.  Eastlake and Oceanside could meet in next week’s semifinals.

Eastlake is ranked 12th in Cal-Hi Sports’ latest poll, followed by Mission Hills, which rose from 20th to 14th, and Oceanside, back in the poll at 25th.

“Bubble” teams included Helix and Madison.  Cathedral did not get a call, its loss to St. Augustine three weeks ago a collective kick in the pelvic region.

“Based on our assessment of their record and the who beat who, a young Eastlake is our top dog until someone from the CIFSDS beats them,” wrote Tennis.

Tennis then made a more interesting observation.  “If the boys from Chula Vista were the top seed in the San Diego Union-Tribune (sic) poll, they would most likely be a Top 10 team (in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings).

Eastlake’s only loss in a 9-1 season was to Chandler Hamilton 28-17, in the season’s opening game.  Hamilton is a Top 10 team in Arizona.

THE BOWLS

Eastlake is sixth in the newsletter’s South Division I ratings  for State Bowl consideration. Madison is fifth and St. Augustine seventh in D-II.  Francis Parker and Christian are 1-2 in D-IV.

HOOPS

Cal-Hi Sports is not particularly impressed with San Diego Section basketball teams.  Not one was in its preseason Top 10.  La Costa Canyon is 22nd, El Camino (with standout guard Jason Watson transferring from Army-Navy) 26th, and St. Augustine 35th.

Foothills Christian and Hoover are on the bubble.

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2013, Week 12: Oceanside, Mission Hills Deadlock

Oceanside and Mission Hills reached the end of the 10-game regular-season race in a flatfooted tie, each earning a first-place rating after they deadlocked with 276 points in the UT-San Diego poll of sportswriters and sportscasters.

Coach Chris Hauser’s Grizzlies, who shocked Oceanside, 30-6, in the regular season, are the top-seeded team in the San Diego Section Open Division playoffs, created this year to place teams not by enrollment but by records and past success.

The criteria also is in place for Divisions I-V and means that teams will be moved up and down in future playoff seedings.  As an example, Crawford, 10-0 and favored in D-V this season, could automatically move up a division in 2014.

Mission Hills takes on No. 8 Steele Canyon (3-7) in the first round.  Second-seeded Eastlake, which finished third in the poll, meets No. 7 Poway (4-6).  Oceanside, seeded third, gets No. 6 Torrey Pines (6-4)  and fourth-seeded Helix takes on No. 5 La Costa Canyon (7-3).

If seeding goes to form, a blockbuster semifinal looms, Mission Hills meeting Helix and Eastlake battling Oceanside.

The playoff seeding meeting was anchored by a group of mostly retired coaches.  The coaches (seeding) and media (poll), not surprisingly, didn’t agree on Open Division placements, although they were in step regarding top seeds in D-I and  II.

As the  games begin the U-T‘s group will be on hiatus, with a final poll conducted after the playoffs.

#

Team (1st)

W-L

Pts*

Last Week

1

Oceanside (13)

8-2

276

1

1

Mission Hills (12)

9-1

276

2

3

Eastlake (5)

9-1

263

3

4

San Pasqual (1)

9-1

204

4

5

Helix

8-2

188

5

6

Madison

9-1

160

6

7

St. Augustine

8-2

118

7

8

Ramona

9-1

88

9

9

Cathedral Catholic

8-2

73

8

10

Mount Miguel

8-2

38

10

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes: Carlsbad, 6; El Capitan, 4; Imperial, 3; Grossmont,  2; Mission Bay, Hoover, 1 each.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 12: Playoffs Begin In 6 Divisions

We must be in an era of entitlement.

How else can you explain that 64 of 97 San Diego Section teams were invited to participate in the playoffs?

And 25 don’t even have winning records.

Seventeen losing teams and eight with .500 records are in.

They’ll vie for 6 divisional championships.

Sixty of 96 teams, including seven with losing records, made the five-division postseason in 2012.

Division IV this year includes one winning team out of 12, Sweetwater’s 6-4 Red Devils.

La Jolla, with a 4-6 record, gets a first-round bye.

El Cajon, 2-8 with a record of 0-4 and a negative point differential of 191-7 in the Grossmont Valley League, is in the IV playoffs!

ADDITIONAL BRACKET

The CIF created an Open Division this year in hopes of getting the elite teams competing in one bracket.  “Only” two losing teams, 3-7 Steele Canyon and 4-6 Poway are in the Open Division.

The top seeds are Mission Hills (9-1), Open; San Pasqual, 9-1, D-I; Madison, 9-1, D-II; Francis Parker, 10-0.  D-III; Monte Vista, 5-5, D-IV, and Crawford, 10-0, D-V.

FIRST ROUND CHOICES

Best first-round matchups:

Open–La Costa Canyon (5) at Helix (4).

DI—None.

DII—Brawley (9)  versus Mission Bay (8) at site to be determined. Scripps Ranch (10) at West Hills (7).

DIII—The Bishop’s (7) at Morse (10).

DIV—None.

DV—Army-Navy (5) at Blythe Palo Verde (4-6).

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2013, Week 11: How Mighty Have Fallen

San Diego High’s football program has bottomed out.

The Cavers forfeited to Hoover on the Monday before the Friday game this week.  The reason given was that they had less than 20 players and unable to field a full squad.

There was a time when that many running backs turned out for football at San Diego High.

San Diego’s fall from the heady decade of the 1950s, when the Cavers’ 85-15 record was the best in California and their 1955 team was acclaimed national champion, followed  the retirement of Duane Maley after the 1959 season.

San Diego experienced its first winless season in 53 years just two seasons later, going 0-6-2 in 1961 (they were 0-5-1 in 1908, 0-10 in 1984 and 1997, and 0-9 in 2013).

The Cavers have had some successful records since Maley’s retirement and were 7-4 as recently as 2011 but the decline has been steady, with only 16 winning seasons in the last 54, compared with 49 in the first 66.

34-YEAR WAIT FOR HILLTOP

“It feels like a five-thousand pound elephant has been lifted from our shoulders,” Cody Roelof told U-T San Diego reporter Kevin Farmer.

“Our kids have been so close the last four years,” said Roelof, who guided the Hilltop Lancers to their second-ever league championship and first since Stan Canaris coached the Lancers to a 9-1 record and the Metropolitan League title in 1979.

Hilltop edged Mar Vista for the Metro South Bay title, 18-15, on a play suggested by Roelof’s players.

Eschewing a field goal, which could have tied the game and necessitated overtime, the Lancers took their chances on fourth down at the five-yard line with four seconds remaining.

Hilltop quarterback Daniel Sanchez pitched a handoff to Drake Madarang, who followed lead blocker Luis Hernandez into the end zone for the winning score.

ALL ABOARD AIR LAWRENCE

Grossmont’s Anthony Lawrence set records for career passing yardage (8,502) and pass completions (652) and is two short of the career record for touchdowns (91) .

The Foothillers will be in the playoffs after an 8-2 regular season.

QUICK KICKS

Mt. Carmel could have won its first league title since 1994 but lost to Del Norte, 35-28, and shared the  Valley League gonfalon with Del Norte and San Marcos…after beating Torrey Pines, 27-0, in the “Beach Bowl,” La Costa Canyon running back Kevin Mann was moved to declare to U-T San Diego reporter Kirk Kenney, “This is the biggest rivalry, I think, in sports.”…after digesting the profoundness of Mann’s pronouncement, Kenney anointed the La Costa concession department with the rare five belches on his five-belch scale…2013 state shot put and discus qualifier Dotsun Ogundeji returned a fumble 58 yards for a Madison touchdown in its 28-7 win over Point Loma…”We kept our eyes up and our heads on a swivel,” said Warhawks defender Sam Vermillion, describing Madison’s approach to Point Loma’s “fly sweep” offense…Helix’s 14-13 victory over Steele Canyon marked Troy Starr’s 200th career win…Starr  is 61-12-1 since 2008 with the Highlanders….

 

 

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1948: High School Football is No. 1!

A small item in The San Diego Union revealed that the Coliseum Arena in San Diego would be dark on Sept. 24.

A scheduled boxing card  was called off, because the promoter didn’t want to compete for gate receipts with the annual City Schools’ football carnival.

The carnival, kickoff to the high school season, was so popular with the city’s sports fans that even events as unrelated as professional boxing matches deferred to the preps.

It was the way we were in 1948.

Kearny band members give cheerleader Beverly ull a lift (left), while Marilym Harness of San Diego High leads a cheer at ninth annual City schools' football carnival.

Kearny band members give cheerleader Beverly Dull a lift (left), while Marilyn Harness of San Diego High leads a cheer at 10th annual City schools’ football carnival.

Television had arrived but had yet to change American  entertainment habits. The NFL’s popularity was in the formative stage, and major league baseball was a game played at least two time zones and 1,800 miles to the East.

THE CROWDS, THEY KEPT COMING

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2013, Week 11: Oceanside No. 1 Again, Barely

Oceanside is back on top in the U-T San Diego football poll, despite losing 30-6 to Mission Hills, the No. 2 team, a few weeks back.

I voted for Oceanside.  My thoughts were as conflicted as the total points separating Nos. 1 and 2.

Oceanside compiled 276 points and 12 first-place votes following its 43-0 blowout of La Costa Canyon last week. Mission Hills followed with  12 first place votes and 275 points after a 31-14 victory over Rancho Buena Vista.

Oceanside had one more second-place vote than the Grizzlies.

It seems the U-T panel may have awarded the Pirates more style points for their win.

Oceanside and Mission Hills could settle it all if they meet again in the Open Division playoffs.

Other potentially attractive rematches won’t happen because several of the Top 10 teams are in different playoff divisions.

# Team W-L Pts Last Week
1 Oceanside (12) 7-2 276 2
2 Mission Hills (12) 8-1 275 1
3 Eastlake (6) 8-1 264 3
4 San Pasqual (1) 8-1 214 4
5 Helix   7-2 186 5
6 Madison 8-1 165 6
7 St. Augustine 7-2 118 7
8 Ramona 8-1 80 9
9 Cathedral Catholic 7-2 72 8
10 Mount Miguel 8-2 49 10

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes: Carlsbad, 5; El Capitan, 4; Imperial, 3; Torrey Pines, 2; Grossmont, Mission Bay, Hoover, 1 each.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 10: Red Devils & Cardinals Roll

Football is fun again at Sweetwater and Hoover is traveling in style.

Sweetwater whipped Castle Park, 28-7, for its fourth victory in a row and a 5-4 record.  The Red Devils had not won 4 straight since 1996 and have not been 5-4 since 1998.

Hoover is a 7-game winner for only the 12th season in the 84 since the Cardinals first teed up the pigskin.  They also collected a rare double, defeating old rivals Lincoln and Morse for the first time in the same season.

HIVE, TIGERS SHUFFLE CARDS

Hoover is only 13-29-1 against Lincoln since 1954 and 8-14 versus Morse since 1962.

There were several years in which Hoover played only one of the teams and years in which the squads were in different leagues and did not meet at all.

The somewhat itinerant  Hockervillers have been in eight different leagues (some with the same names but different schools) since 1954:  City, 1954-58; Eastern, 1959-75; Western, 1976-80; Central, 1981-92; Harbor, 1993-99; Western, 2000-09; Central, 2010-11, and City, 2012-13.

EIGHT SOUNDS GREAT

The  Cardinals now are 7-2 with only ancient and now impotent rival San Diego remaining on the regular-season schedule.

A Hoover win next week would give the Redbirds eight victories, a feat accomplished only by the squads of 1954, ’56, ’86, ’98, ’99, and ’06.

Even in the cascading torrent of watered-down playoff invitations, Sweetwater hasn’t competed in the postseason since 2004.  Hoover will make its second consecutive appearance under second-year mentor Jerry Ralph.

QUICK KICKS

Serra’s Hunter Correll lofted  a pass with 2.7 seconds remaining and Calvin Crockett caught the throw for a 53-yard touchdown  as the Conquistadors came from behind to shock Morse, 21-15…Ramona’s is supposed to be leaving the Palomar League  after four seasons and the Bulldogs claimed their first league championship with a 24-21 win over Torrey Pines…after a 42-0 victory over Valley Center, San Pasqual still was hurting from the 38-36 upset loss to Rancho Buena Vista in Week 9…”We had a emotional and mental breakdown in that game,” Eagles coach Tony Corley said of his team’s first defeat…Oceanside coach John Carroll, hospitalized during the week because of dizziness, watched from the press box as the Pirates took La Costa Canyon to the woodshed, 43-0….

 

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2007: Oceanside’s 10th and First Titles

Oceanside became the first San Diego Section team to participate in the state playoffs, which resumed in 2006 after an 80-year hiatus.

The Pirates (11-1) of coach John Carroll, who won Carroll’s fourth San Diego Section championship and Oceanside’s 10th overall, were chosen to represent the South in the Division II championship against 13-0 Novato.

Two opponents, two different worlds.

The Pirates represented the tough fiber of a Marine Corps town, hewn by the DNA from nearby Camp Pendleton. The Hornets were a North Coast Section team located in a leafy Marin County enclave about 30 miles beyond San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

The schools shared a curious geographical thread. Each was located within a stroll of the legendary, original U.S. Highway 101, although separated by more than 500 miles.

WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

The triumphant Pirates posed for a team picture at Carson's Home Depot Center.

The triumphant Pirates posed for a team picture as scoreboard said it all at Carson’s Home Depot Center.

Bigger, with more team speed, the Pirates struggled.  After taking a 7-0 lead they trailed 14-7 at the half before rolling to a 21-0 second half and 28-14 victory.

“I think it was too easy (Oceanside’s early lead),” Carroll said.  “Those guys came to play.  I think we lost our edge for awhile.”

“Maybe it was the underestimation of them,” receiver Frankie Zimmerman said.  “They came out so hard and you have to give them credit for that.”

Novato was no chump.  The Hornets were 12-1 in 2006 and 11-2 in 2005 and were riding a winning streak of 25 games.

Oceanside had trailed at halftime only once in 12 games.  “That was our worst first half of the year,” said Zimmerman, who caught a 22-yard pass from Jordan Wynn for the Pirates’ first score.

FIRST GAME STUMBLE

Oceanside’s great season got off slowly as it was beaten, 28-20, by Helix in the season opener.

The Pirates had another tough game the next week but defeated La Costa Canyon, 27-20.

Oceanside didn’t know it then but it would meet the Mavericks again in the San Diego Section semifinals with its season on the brink.

BAD WEATHER AND PLAYOFFS

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2013, Week 10: Mission Hills On Top…For Now

The suddenly topsy turvy UT-San Diego football poll saw another change at the top this week after last week’s No. 1, San Pasqual, took a surprising haymaker from Rancho Buena Vista and fell , 38-36.

Mission Hills, upset two weeks ago by San Pasqual, quickly filled the void.  The Grizzlies smashed Fallbrook, 61-21.

Meanwhile, Oceanside is lurking.  The Pirates had 11 first place votes to Mission Hills’ 12 but added a more impressive victory to their resume, rudely ushering  Ramona out of the undefeated ranks, 42-0.

While Oceanside lurks, Eastlake lies in the weeds.Eastlake logo

Coach John Mc Fadden’s Titans of east Chula Vista won their seventh straight game and scored eight-first place votes after a workmanlike, 27-0 win over Bonita Vista.

What does it all prove?

There are no great teams in the San Diego Section this season, just some very good ones.

                      Team                              W-L               Pts.      Last Week

1 Mission Hills (12) 7-1 275 2
2 Oceanside (11) 6-2 271 4
3 Eastlake (8) 7-1 270 3
4 San Pasqual 7-1 200 1
5 Helix 6-2 171 8    
6 Madison 7-1 165 7
7 St. Augustine 6-2 113 10
8 Cathedral 6-2 71 5
9 Ramona 7-1 63 6
10 Mount Miguel 7-2 50 9

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                               Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: Torrey Pines, 21; Grossmont, 17; La Costa Canyon, 12; Rancho Buena Vista, 10; Imperial, 4; El Capitan, 3.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.

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2013, Week 9: Colts Like Wild Horses, Untamed

Crawford rose to 8-0 and played a home game under lights.

Imperial’s Royce Freeman set a San Diego Section career rushing record as the Tigers went to 8-0.

San Pasqual and Ramona dropped from the ranks of the undefeated.

NEW CORRAL

Crawford coach Mike Wright convinced his administration and the ruling City Conference that the Colts were more suited to an overall less demanding level of competition, thus a move from the Division IV Central League to the D-V  Manzanita.

The first night game at home was facilitated through rented lights and Crawford responded with a 35-0 victory over Calexico Vincent Memorial.

Among those in attendance was Bill Rainey, who led the Colts to an 8-0-2 record and the San Diego Section championship in 1961. Rainey was CIF player of the year. He also was the first champion in the Section track finals the previous spring with a winning time of 1:58 in the 880-yard run.

NEW CORRAL, CONT.

Crawford’s football field and track and field facilities will be moved across Trojan Avenue to the site of the original baseball field, which will move to the existing football and track location.

Crawford will play a road schedule in football in 2014, while construction is completed.

EYE OF THE TIGER

Imperial’s Royce Freeman played the first half in a 49-14 rout of Calexico and rushed for 135 yards in 11 carries, giving Freeman a 37-game, four-season career total of 6,778.

Freeman moved past Rickey Seale, the son of ex-Charger and Oakland Raider Sammy Seale.  Rickey rushed for 6,778 yards at Escondido from 2006-09.

THE LONGEST RIDE

Oceanside’s could have missed its kickoff with Ramona because of a traffic accident on State  78.

The usual 48-minute ride for the 39-mile trek became a two-hour marathon.

It’s all good.  Oceanside won, 42-0.

Sweetwater rushed (a  record?) 66 times for 405 yards, averaging 6.1 yards a thrust, and defeated Marian Catholic 41-14.

The Red Devils are running the ancient double wing favored by head coach Brian Hay and they’re getting used to the first-year coach’s offensive philosophy. They’ve won three in a row.

QUICK KICKS

Rancho Buena Vista’s 38-36 win over San Pasqual improved the Longhorns’  record to 6-2, their best since a 6-1-1 start in 2003… the West Hills Wolfpack dropped its 16th in a row to Helix, 44-7…score was 44-0 at halftime…St. Augustine surprised Cathedral, 19-7 but the Dons still lead the series, 32-20…backup quarterback James Harwell of San Marcos passed for four touchdowns and ran for another in a 47-27 win over Del Norte…starter Will Freed has been out with a broken jaw….

 

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2013, Week 9: San Pasqual Ousts Mission Hills

San Pasqual this week became the third North County team to occupy the number one position in the weekly UT-San Diego football poll.

The Eagles surprised Mission Hills, 13-10, in overtime, knocking out the Grizzlies, who had climbed to No. 1 in Week 7 after kayoing Oceanside, which had resided in first since the preseason poll.

I voted for the Cathedral, as did two others.  Eastlake also received some support, meaning three teams received first-place votes for the first time this year.

San Pasqual takes on  Rancho Buena Vista this week. The Longhorns are 5-2 but so far haven’t impressed the voting panel, earning only two points among the “others” this week.

Hoover, 5-1, before a 13-9 loss to Serra, might have had a shot at a low Top 10 position but the Cardinals lost a touchdown because of  an “inadvertant whistle”.

                          Team                         W-L              Pts.             Last                                                                                                                                                       Week                                 

1 San Pasqual (26) 7-0 301 2
2 Mission Hills 6-1 251 1
3 Eastlake (2) 6-1 237 3
4 Oceanside 5-2 212 4
5 Cathedral (3) 6-1 190 5    
6 Ramona 7-0 188 6
7 Madison 6-1 118 7
8 Helix 5-2 105 8
9 Mount Miguel 6-2 30 10
10 St.  Augustine 5-2 29

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                               Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: Grossmont, 14; La Costa Canyon, 9; Torrey Pines, 8;  El Capitan, 6; Torrey Pines, 4, Imperial, 3; Carlsbad, Rancho Buena Vista, 2 each.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013: Legend of McKeevers and San Pasqual’s No. 86

Terry Monahan’s story in today’s UT-San Diego about the history of San Pasqual’s football jersey No. 86 jogged my memory.

Eighty-six has been worn  by Eagles linebackers almost every year since 1977, but since 1983 in honor of a former player who passed away.

Barry McKeever, the son of a USC all-America, wore No. 86 in 1982 and ’83 for San Pasqual and when he  played collegiately at Stanford.

But before there was 86 there was….

First, let me say that I followed the exploits of Barry father, Mike McKeever, and uncle Marlin in high school, me a student at Lincoln in San Diego and the McKeever twins all-stars in football and track and field at Mt. Carmel in Los Angeles.

They were all-Southern Section football picks, top college recruits, and among the best shot putters in the country.

Enrolling at USC the twins were part of a Trojans’ renaissance that saw USC bounce back from a 1-9 record in 1957 to 4-5-1 in ’58, and 8-2 in ’59.

Originally Mike McKeever was issued jersey No. 64 and Marlin was given No. 85.

Sometime later the USC publicist had an idea.  He put one of the twins in No. 86 and stationed him in front of a mirror.

Mike (left) and Marlin, after the change in numbers.

Mike (left) and Marlin, after the change in numbers.

The reflection from the mirror was No. 68.

Who is whom?  And which is which?

Nos. 68 (Mike) and No. 86 (Marlin) were the numbers the youngsters carried forward in their all-America and NFL careers (Barry told Monahan that he wanted to wear his father’s 68 but that number had been taken by Barry’s brother Mac, so Barry was given 86).

Mike’s NFL time was cut short by a tragic automobile accident.  Marlin went on to play 14 seasons.

 

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2013, Week 8: No Love for Cathedral

Mount Miguel crashed the Top 10 with a 42-21 victory over previous No. 1o El Capitan, but UT-San Diego‘s weekly rankings otherwise remained the same in the lead-up to Week 8.

Except.

Cathedral, which I ranked second, stayed fifth and, contrary to some other winners, did not receive more  points after a 42-3 blowout of 4-1 Scripps Ranch.

I don’t get it.  The Dons have played a tougher schedule than all of the teams above them other than Oceanside, but they’re not getting any respect, in my opinion.

Justifiably perceived North County bias in  media power outlets doesn’t appear to be in play.

Cathedral is considered “North County” (although its Del Mar address  is within San Diego’s city limits, as is Torrey Pines’, and Cathedral is part of the city’s Eastern League).

San Pasqual, 6-0 and second in the poll, obviously is outstanding.

But the Eagles haven’t had a Vista Murietta, Arizona’s Chandler Hamilton, or Gardena Serra on their schedule, as have Cathedral, Eastlake, and Oceanside. San Pasqual has had a full plate of essentially rank-and-file North County neighbors.

The first five teams’ strength of schedules (opponents’ won-loss records combined):

Team Won Lost Pct.
Mission Hills 15 21 .417
San Pasqual 16 19 .457
Eastlake 20 18 .526
Oceanside 29 9 .763
Cathedral 22 15 .595

I couldn’t elevate Oceanside despite its strength of schedule.  That 30-6 loss to Mission Hills was uncharacteristic but it couldn’t be ignored.

Place Team W-L Pts Last Week
1 Mission Hills (31) 6-0 310 1
2 San Pasqual 6-0 246 2
3 Eastlake 5-1 223 3
4 Oceanside 4-2 218 4
5 Cathedral 5-1 182 5
6 Ramona 6-0 178 6
7 Madison 6-1 122 7
8 Helix 4-2 110 8
9 Carlsbad 5-1   43 9
10 Mount Miguel 5-2   18

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                               Others receiving votes with points: St. Augustine, 14; Grossmont, El Capitan, 13 each; Torrey Pines, 4, Imperial, Mission Bay, Hoover, 2 each; Rancho Buena Vista, 1.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 7: Shine a Light on Hoover Stadium

The Hoover Cardinals could use the helping hand of Motel 6 maven Tom Bodett, voice of the signature “we’ll leave the light on for you.”

Night football is out at Hoover.

More’s the pity.

The Cardinals became involved in a legal action with neighboring residents and a Superior Court judge unhappily issued an injunction, forcing Hoover to play home games in daytime for the remainder of the season, maybe longer.

Hoover defeated Morse, 22-0, in their Homecoming Friday afternoon and will reschedule kickoffs for Lincoln and San Diego.

Hoover-Cardinals-2The victory improved the Cardinals to 5-1 under second-year coach Jerry Ralph, who was 6-5 last season following head coaching stints at Santana, St. Augustine, and Del Norte.

Now known as Bob Breitbard Field, Hoover’s stadium was originally constructed in the early 1930s and was one of the first fields in the area to have  lights. (Balboa Stadium, home to San Diego High, did not have lights until 1939).

JACKIE ROBINSON STARRED

The Cardinals were hosts for a Southern Section playoff against Pasadena Muir Technical and Jackie Robinson under the lights in 1935.

The crowd of more than 4,000 in Hoover’s original bleachers watched as Robinson threw a touchdown pass in Muir’s 27-0 victory.

Those wooden bleachers burned down in the winter of 1948-49. New, steel-framed seating was in place in time for the 1949 season but installation of lighting was delayed.

Hoover played two “home” games at Aztec Bowl but the remaining contests in a remarkable, 8-1 season were on the road at Coast League sites.

One 1949 game actually took place on  campus. A postseason charity contest with Grossmont that started at 10 a.m. was played to help defray medical costs for an injured Foothillers player.

San Diego was growing and the Hoover field became increasingly important in 1951 when it began a decades-long stretch of doubling as a regional venue for many schools.

FIELD TAKES SHARP TURN

Hoover’s stadium now has  an East-West footprint.  The original stadium ran south to north from the boys’ gymnasium and faced Norwood Street, which began when Meade Avenue ended at 44th Street.

It was in the old alignment that Hoover scored perhaps its greatest victory, a 20-12 triumph over San Diego in 1956 before an overflow crowd of 9,000 persons who filled both sides of the stadium and the end zones.

AND THEN THERE WERE SEVEN

One leg of the second half of the regular season has been completed and seven San Diego Section teams have avoided the big haircut.

Four teams fell from the ranks of the undefeated last week, but Crawford, Francis Parker, Imperial, Mission Hills, Ramona, and San Pasqual are standing tall at 6-0.  San Diego Jewish Academy is 3-0.

Four clubs were 6-0 at this point in 2012.

Carlsbad, El Capitan, and Mission Bay fell with a thud, outscored by a combined 112-35 and becoming part of a group of 11 teams that have one loss.

Oceanside handled Carlsbad, 28-7.  Mount Miguel showed impressive force by running away from El Capitan, 42-21, and Madison, class of Division IV, walloped Mission Bay, 42-6.

Hilltop was upset by Sweetwater, 17-9.

LENDING A HELPING HAND

Isn ‘t this the way it used to be?

Members of Hoover's freshmen team wereon the job.

Hoover freshmen football players were on the job.

Members of Hoover’s freshmen football team got into the spirit of community service after the Cardinals’ Homecoming game against Morse Friday.

Wearing their red  game jerseys,  the Frosh “fanned out”, according to varsity coach Jerry Ralph, pitching in to clean up and pick up in the neighborhood around the East San Diego campus.

 

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2013, Week 7: Grizzlies go up 3 Places

Mission Hills, 5-0 and rested from a week off, rose from 19th to 16th in Cal-Hi Sports‘ weekly poll and jumped from ninth to seventh in the South Division I Bowl Rankings.

Mission Hills logoThe improvement is partly because of the victory over Oceanside before last week’s bye and some stumbles by other clubs in the state.  The Grizzlies figure to dine on the Escondido Cougars Friday night as Week 7 gets under way.

Other San Diego Section powers continue to languish in the ubiquitous group of “Teams on the Bubble.” Included are Cathedral (4-1), Helix (3-2), Oceanside (3-2), and Ramona (5-0). Oceanside, with losses only to the No. 4 and No. 16 teams, was dissed and not included.

Carlsbad (5-0), Cathedral, Eastlake (5-1), Helix, and Ramona are South Bowl bubble teams.

WARHAWKS MOVE UP

MadisonMadison, the defending State D-3 champion went from ninth to seventh in the D-II South Bowl handicap, with St. Augustine remaining 13th.  Imperial (5-0) is on the bubble. Monte Vista (3-3) gained some regard by getting a bubble mention in D-III.

Francis Parker benefited from Christian’s loss to Mission Bay in Week 6, climbing from fourth to third in D-IV, while Christian dropped from second to fifth.  Santa Fe  Christian, La Jolla Country Day, and The Bishop’s are on the bubble.

Cal-Hi’s division placements are not necessarily the divisions in which San Diego Section teams will participate in  the postseason.

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2013, Week 7: Top 10 Static, but Curious

There was no change from 1-10 in the UT-San Diego’s Top 10 as several teams enjoyed a Week 6 bye.

San Diego Section teams begin the turn for home and the postseason with league play beginning this week.

Sometimes it pays to take that busman’s holiday.

No. 2 San Pasqual picked up seven votes despite its bye and No. 5 Cathedral lost 10 votes despite a 42-13 victory over Morse.

Strange.

Other teams also profited from the hiatus. Oceanside’s sabbatical resulted in 12 more votes for the Pirates and El Capitan gained 13.

However, Ramona took the week off and was rewarded with seven less votes and idle Carlsbad emerged with 14 fewer and Helix with 1 less.

Making sense was No. 3 Eastlake, up 7 votes after a 52-14 rout of Sweetwater,  and No. 7 Madison gaining 15 points after a 41-6 victory over Mira Mesa.

The ranks of “others receiving votes” continued to thin, shrinking from nine to seven. Most prominent was heretofore undefeated Christian.  The Patriots were eighty-sixed after a 24-21 loss to Mission Bay.

Place Team W-L Pts Last Week
1 Mission Hills (31) 5-0 310 1
2 San Pasqual 5-0 236 2
3 Eastlake 5-1 221 3
4 Oceanside 3-2 211 4
5 Cathedral 4-1 185 5
6 Ramona 5-0 179 6
7 Madison 5-1 120 7
8 Helix 3-2 104 8
9 Carlsbad 5-0   83 9
10 El Capitan 6-0   37 10

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: St. Augustine (5), Grossmont (5), Mission Bay (3), Mount Miguel (3). La Costa Canyon (2), Imperial, Torrey Pines, 1 each.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, UT-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, UT-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski, The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon Stone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 6: Komets to Leave Home

Birt Slater Field on the Kearny High campus is going to be dug up and a new field will be in place by 2014.  The Komets will play their remaining three, 2013 home games at Madison, versus Clairemont, Point Loma, and La Jolla.

In tribute to the legendary coach, who was 89 when he passed away Sept. 3, Komets coach Kenny Nears hoped the team could turn out in the final game against Lincoln in Kearny’s vintage, striped uniforms, which had been outlawed by the National Federation of High School associations.

Ed Imo, in old stripes in 1973.

Ed Imo, in old stripes, 1973.

The white stripes on the maroon jerseys had to be modified, as did the maroon stripes on the white jerseys. The stripes had to be of a certain width and length.

The rule, which had been on the books several years, essentially mandates  that home teams wear dark jerseys and visiting teams white jerseys.

Kearny’s predominant stripes supposedly posed a visual problem for officials calling games, although that has been disputed by members of the San Diego County Officials’ Association.

David Moa, in 2013 stripes.

David Moa, with no stripes on  shoulders, 2013.

Lincoln defeated Kearny, 18-16, and the Komets’ request to wear the old uniforms was denied by school officials, citing the existing rule.

PRISON BARS

Several reasons have been given as to why Slater went to the stripes in 1961, his third season as head coach.  A popular story told by Slater is that he became enamored of the uniforms worn in a college game Slater was watching on television.

Slater never would state publicly what he told me probably 40 years ago.

“I love those stripes…they remind me of prison bars,”said Slater, who was a tough-minded, challenging coach.  ”You look tough in them.  You feel tough.  Of course, you have to play tough.”

As Larry Shepard, quarterback of the 1963 San Diego Section championship team, remarked in a stirring testimonial at Slater’s memorial, with one of the old jerseys hanging from the podium:

“They gave our team and our community an identity, which we didn’t have.”

SANTA FE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLED

Santa Fe Christian’s opponent was as long on talent as the identity of the man after whom the school was named when it opened in 1959.

Santa Barbara Bishop Diego, in honor of Bishop Francisco Garcia Diego y Moreno, the first bishop of the diocese of the two Californias in 1840, hammered the Eagles Saturday afternoon, 34-3.

On a hot, windy Santa Ana day, on which temperatures were near the nineties at the coastal campus in Solana Beach, Bishop Diego enhanced its top rating among the state’s small schools in the competitive Division IV.

The Eagles were on the shorter end of a 13-8 score in 2012 at Bishop Diego.

Entering  Week 6 games, Christian and Francis Parker ranked No. 2 and No. 4, and Santa Fe Christian was No. 8 in Cal Hi Sports’ State Bowl South rankings.

Christian was edged by Mission Bay, 24-21, and fell out of the undefeated ranks at 5-1.  Francis Parker, 4-0, remained unbeaten after a bye.

But ‘Fe coach Jon Wallace told writer John (‘Fei) Maffei, “We don’t look at ratings, ours or theirs. Our goal is to win the Coastal League and the San Diego Section title….”

The real racing begins next week for many teams throughout the section, with the beginning of league play.

QUICK KICKS—Six of UT-San Diego’s Top 10 were idle last week…No. 3 Eastlake slammed Sweetwater, 52-14; No. 5 Cathedral drubbed Morse, 42-13; No. 7 Madison  whacked Mira Mesa, 41-6, and No. 10 El Capitan beat Granite Hills, 55-14…Army-Navy inaugurated football at its new facility and was on the wrong end of a 49-0 thumping by The Bishop’s…a 49-0 victory at Tri-City Christian was the 100th victory at La olla Countrfy Day for coach Jeff Hutzler…he’s 100-33 with the Torreys..

 

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2013, Week 6, 10 Changes in Top 10

The weekly UT-San Diego football poll went through a topsy-turvy Week 5, beginning with Oceanside’s loss to Mission Hills,  and flip-flopping all the way down to El Capitan’s high-powered Vaqueros, making their bow in the Top 10.

I differed on a few of the vote’s results.

My essential disagreement with colleagues was over No. 2.  I had Cathedral.  They went for San Pasqual.

San Pasqual opponents have a combined 11-12 record.  Cathedral’s is 13-8.

Consensus was for Eagles.

Consensus was for Eagles.

I weigh heavily San Diego teams’ performances against those out of the area, essentially from Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.

Cathedral was upset by a strong, local Helix squad but measured Vista Murrieta, the Los Angeles Times‘ No. 4-ranked club coming in to the Broncos’ match with the Dons, who beat the Riverside County power, 35-28.

Cathedral also took on what appeared to be an elite challenge in its season opener when the Dons signed Jordan High, a 2012 state champion from Sandy, Utah.  The Dons won 38-6 and Sandy has struggled since, posting a season record of 3-3.

My associates apparently don’t think much of my applications.  They voted Cathedral low enough that the Dons are fifth this week.

San Pasqual is 5-0 against Torrey Pines, Del Norte, Mt. Carmel,  Poway, and La Costa Canyon.

No knock on the Eagles, who have passed every test, but Cathedral has lined up against far more formidable opponents.

I like Cathedral.

I like Cathedral.

 

Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2013 Record Points* Last Week
1 Mission Hills (31) 5-0 310 2
2 San Pasqual 5-0 229 4
3 Eastlake 4-1 218 5
4 Oceanside 3-2 199 1
5 Cathedral 4-1 195 6
6 Ramona 5-0 188 9
7 Madison 4-1 105 8
8 Helix 3-2 103 3
9 Carlsbad 5-0 97 10
10 El Capitan 5-0 24

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: St. Augustine (12), Grossmont (8), Mission Bay (6) Christian (5), Mount Miguel (3). La Costa Canyon (2), Imperial, Hilltop, Torrey Pines, 1 each.

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego; Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents; Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090;  Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 5: Down Goes Oceanside!

Corporate shakeups have nothing on the expected  San Diego Section football poll next week.

Numbers 1, 3, and 7 were beaten and Cathedral rocked Southern Section rankings when it handled visiting No. 4 Vista Murrieta, 35-28.

Mission Hills, which sat second in the UT-San Diego poll behind Oceanside since Week 1, hammered the Pirates 30-6 before more than 5,000 roaring spectators at the San Marcos school.

I have voted the Grizzlies No. 1 since the start of the season, but with less confidence each week as Oceanside began to roll and overcome a haunting loss to Gardena Serra.

Mission Hills coach Chris Hauser, despite a rather manic sideline persona, coaches a tough defense that reflects his energy.

The Grizzlies intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles.

Maybe most impressive was the Mission Hills kicker, Esteben Senteno.  He offered an NFL-like performance with field goals of 50, 47, and 27 yards, and bombed a 62-yard punt.

DONS AVENGE

I often see a Cathedral assistant coach in the Starbucks near my home in Scripps Ranch.  This week the coach and I visited about the Dons’ upcoming game against Vista Murrieta.

The coach wanted me to believe the Dons were in a very good position to reverse a closer-than-the-score-indicated, 21-10 loss to the Broncos on the road in 2012.

Considering that Vista Murietta had won its first three games by scores of 66-28, 52-13, and 69-21 and was fourth in the L.A. Times’ poll of Southern Section and L.A. City teams, I thought Cathedral was a longshot.

“After last year the returning players were confident we could play with them,” said Dons coach Sean Doyle.

“Rankings are rankings,” Doyle told writer Steve Brand.  “Are they better than Oceanside or Mission Hills?  Who knows, but we knew they were good coming in.”

But for a loss to Helix a week before, the Dons would have been undefeated.

Cathedral contributed to the loss by coming away without a score after virtually renting a suite inside Helix’ 10-yard line in the fourth quarter.

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2013: Don Hegerle, 82, Player and Coach

Don Hegerle, a leader and playmaker for 1950s San Diego State basketball teams and who later coached at Escondido High, passed away on Sept. 9.

Hegerle, 82, was a fast, slashing guard who fearlessly drove to the basket and fired jump shots for one of the best teams in Aztecs history.

 Hegerle is the third  second player to coach George (Ziggy) Ziegenfuss.  Clockwise from left other 1955-56 players are Rich Gehring, Al ordquist, Tony Pinkins, Ray Woodmaansee, Jim Sams, Bob Adams, Danny Newport, Archie Rambeau and Noel Mickelson (in front of Hegerle).

Hegerle is  second player to right of coach George (Ziggy) Ziegenfuss. Clockwise from left other 1955-56 players are Rich Gehring, Al Nordquist, Tony Pinkins, Danny Newport, Jim Sams, Bob Adams, Archie Rambeau, John Hannon, Ray Woodmansee, and Noel Mickelson, in front of Hegerle.

He was a vital player on the 1955-56 Aztec team that overcame three straight losses at the start of the season and went on to post a 23-6 record.

Hegerle averaged 10.9 points and scored 315 points, third highest on the team, which was paced by Tony Pinkins (18.1) and Danny Newport (14.7).

The Aztecs earned a berth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics national tournament in Kansas City by defeating Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, 93-69, Pasadena Nazarene, 78-62, and Humboldt State, 91-63.

After enduring a 30-hour trip to the Midwest by rail, the Aztecs’ opening contest following a first-day bye had a 10:30 a.m. tipoff.  They defeated Alderson-Broaddus of Philipi, W.Va, 77-64.

San Diego State’s season came to an end in another contest that began the next morning.  The Aztecs were eliminated by Gustavus-Adolphus of St. Peter, Minnesota, 69-60.

Hegerle, who played high school football, basketball, and baseball at Point Loma, was head coach at Escondido for five seasons before going into administration.

The 1957-58 team, paced by brothers Toby and Steve Thurlow and Jim Gabbard, posted a 20-11 season  and tied for the Avocado League championship.

Hegerle’s overall record with the Cougars was 73-50.

A lifelong basketball fan, Hegerle’s favorite team became the University of San Diego Toreros.  His son-in-law is Ky Snyder, athletics director at USD.  Snyder’s wife, Sue, was a standout in track and field at San Pasqual and later the women’s volleyball coach at USD.

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2013, Week 4: D-III Battle Shaping Up

Three traditional strongholds among the San Diego Section’s smaller schools are a combined 12-0 and staking their turf in Division III.

Christian, Francis Parker, and The Bishop’s each is 4-0.  Christian, of the Central League, will take on the Coastal League’s The Bishop’s in Week  5 in a possible, midseason playoff preview.

One of three 4-0 teams.

Christian is one of three 4-0 teams.

Christian was ranked second in Southern California by Cal-Hi Sports going into this week’s games, behind Santa Barbara Bishop Diego.

Parker was fifth and The Bishop’s ninth.

The Patriots  have outscored their opponents,  185-16. Their victories are 42-0 over San Luis Obispo Mission Prep, 42-0 over Santana, 66-3 over El Cajon Valley, and 35-13 over Ontario Christian.

Mission Prep (3-1) has rebounded and was seventh in the Cal-Hi Sports rankings before a 24-6 win over Santa Monica St. Monica this week.

Parker, which has outscored its opponents, 166-52, defeated Santana, 52-13, and The Bishop’s edged Coronado, 20-17. The Knights have a 144-65 edge in their scoring.

Other D-III teams that could make noise under the San Diego Section’s new playoff format include Hoover, Coronado, and Santa Fe Christian.

PIRATES UNLOAD ON TITANS

Oceanside’s 61-0 victory over Poway was the worst defeat for the Titans since a 61-0 loss to Orange Glen in 1978.

Oceanside has topped 61 points five times in its 87-year football history:

1998 Hoover 70-7
1952 San Dieguito 67-6
2002 Ramona 62-6
1969 L.A. Pater Noster 62-14
2008 Orange Glen 62-6

 

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2013: Helix Among Leaders in NFL Players

The Helix Highlanders had four graduates on NFL rosters when teams reached the 53-man limit earlier this month.

Scots alums include running back Reggie Bush of Detroit, quarterback Alex Smith of Kansas City, cornerback Jaemar Taylor of Miami, and tight end Levine Toilolo of Atlanta.

A total of 16 players from the San Diego Section made NFL roster at cutdown:

Name Position High School NFL Team
Russell Allen Linebacker Vista Jacksonville
Khalif Barnes Tackle Mount Miguel Oakland
Reggie Bush Running Back Helix Detroit
Arian Foster RunningBack Mission Bay Houston
Leon Hall Cornerback Vista Cincinnati
Ryan Lindley Quarterback El Capitan Arizona
Bear Pascoe Tight End Granite Hills N.Y. Giants
David Quessenberry Tackle La Costa Canyon Houston
Brian Schwenke Center Oceanside Tennessee
Alex Smith Quarterback Helix Kansas City
Kenny Stills Wide Receiver New Orleans La Costa Canyon
Jaemar Taylor Cornerback Helix Miami
Levine Toilolo Tight End Helix Atlanta
Jimmy Wilson Safety Point Loma Miami
Kellen Winslow, Jr. Tight End Scripps Ranch N.Y. Jets
Will Yeatman Tackle Rancho Bernardo Miami

NORLAND AND ST. THOMAS AQUINAS LEAD

Helix is among 14 other U.S. schools tied for third in NFL contributions.

Norland of Miami and St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale lead with 6 players. Pahokee, Florida, has 5.

The next 15, with 4  each:

Helix; Southlake Carroll, Texas; Colton; Concord De La Salle; Cincinnati Bishop Elder; Belle Glade Glades Central, Florida; Greenwood, South Carolina; Long Beach Poly; Mission Viejo; North Miami Beach; Houston North Shore; Sherman Oaks Notre Dame; Piscataway, New Jersey; Rock Hill, South Carolina; Austin Westlake, Texas.

LOUISIANA HAS MOST WITH LEAST

California leads with 225 players, followed by Florida, 186; Texas, 184; Georgia, 95; Ohio, 74; New Jersey, 63; Lousiana, 62; Pennsylvania, 58; South Carolina, 54, and Virginia, 50.

Louisiana has one player for every 73,119 residents.  South Carolina is second with one for every 85,655, and Mississippi  third with one for every 92,728.   California is not in the top 10.

Miami, with 24, is the hometown with the most players, followed by Houston (16), and Detroit, 14.

Information is provided annually  by the NFL communications department.

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2013, Week 5: Decks Cleared for Oceanside-Mission Hills

North County’s game of the year is  Friday night, when  Oceanside and Mission Hills, ranked 1-2 in the UT-San Diego football voting, will roll in the dirt for more than just neighborhood bragging rights.

Mission Hills (4-0), which  became a San Diego Section force under former Vista coach Chris Hauser, seeks its first-ever win over John Carroll’s Pirates (3-1).

Oceanside holds a 5-0-1 advantage in a series that has been played regularly since 2009.

The teams tied 10-10 in 2011 and Oceanside has  beaten the Grizzlies in Section finals in 2007 and 2010 and in the semifinals in 2009.  The Pirates have had an average scoring advantage of 31-12 and outscored their Highway 78 rivals 185-76.

Another big game will match Cathedral and Southern Section power Vista Murrietta.

The Broncos, Riverside County’s premier team and a high-level Southern Section power, have victories of 66-28 over Downey, 52-13 over Yucaipa, and 69-21 over Redlands East Valley.  Cathedral is 2-1 and figures to be Murrietta’s biggest test in the regular season.

The Top 10 still is the same at the top, but San Pasqual (4-0), and Eastlake (3-1) have been coming on.

Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2013 Record Points* Last Week
1 Oceanside (25) 3-1 304 1
2 Mission Hills (6) 4-0 292 2
3 Helix 3-1 227 4
4 San Pasqual 4-0 180 5
5 Eastlake 3-1 159 8
6 Cathedral 2-1 140 6
7 St. Augustine 3-1 127 7
8 Madison 3-1 92 3
9 Ramona 4-0 83 9
10 Carlsbad 4-0 71 10
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2013: Ramona Legend Gary Mayer, 72

Gary Mayer, who led a 1958 Ramona High team that raced to an 11-0 record and won the Southern California small schools championship, passed away at age 72  on Sept. 19 in Rialto, where he had resided since 1966.

Mayer scored 25 touchdowns and scored 43 points after touchdown in 1958 for a total of 193 that ranked as the second highest ever by a San Diego County athlete, one point behind the 194 that Oceanside’s C.R. Roberts scored in 1953.

Bulldogs rolled with Mayer.

Bulldogs rolled with Mayer.

Mayer was the 1958 Southern California small schools’ player of the year as the Bulldogs outscored their opponents, 514-53, and defeated Needles, 26-21, for the title.

Mayer was selected to play in the annual Breitbard College Prep football game, in which all-stars from San Diego County played a team of all-stars from the Los Angeles City Section in 1959.

Ramona was a premier team among schools with less than 500 enrollment, winning two Southern California championships under coach Glenn Forsyth and reaching the finals three times while posting a 42-4 record form 1954-59.

Mayer went on to play at Colorado State and San Bernardino Junior College but his career ended after a succession of injuries.

Gary’s brother, Grant, was the second leading scorer in the San Diego Section in 1961 with 15 touchdowns and 98 points.

A memorial service for Gary Mayer will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 27 at Montecito Memorial Park, 3520 E. Washington Street, in Colton.

A webpage for those who wish to leave memories and express their feelings has been established at Legacy.com and here:
http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=gary-mayer&pid=167056389

 

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2013, Week 4: Still Oceanside and Mission Hills at Top

Oceanside (24), Mission Hills (6), and San Pasqual (1) all received first-place votes in balloting after for the Week 4 CIF San Diego Section football poll.

Ramona, at 9, and Carlsbad, at 10, are new to the top 10.

Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2013 Record Points* Last Week
1 Oceanside (24) 2-1 301 1
2 Mission Hills (6) 3-0 267 2
3 Madison 3-0 238 3
4 Helix 2-1 224 5
5 San Pasqual 3-0 154 8
6 Cathedral 2-1 141 4
7 St. Augustine 2-1 132 7
8 Eastlake 2-1 89 10
9 Ramona 3-0 76
10 Carlsbad 3-0 43

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                               Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: Rancho Buena Vista (16), Grossmont (13), Mt. Carmel (6), El Capitan (5), La Costa Canyon (4), Christian (2), Hilltop (1), Mission Bay (1).

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2013, Week 4: Freeman Joins Imperial Icons Arnaiz, Thomas

Royce Freeman is about to become the most famous Imperial High athlete and eventually perhaps its most notable alumnus.

Freeman is the Imperial Tiger.

Freeman is the Imperial Tiger.

Freeman ran for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Sweetwater and is nearing the San Diego Section career rushing record.  Freeman has 5,638 yards.  Rickey Seale of Escondido set the record in 2009 with 6,694.

Prominent graduates from the Imperial Valley School include Robert Thomas, a linebacker at UCLA who was a No. 1 draft choice of the NFL St. Louis Rams in 2002, and Jim Arnaiz, a 1958 graduate and  four-sport star who went on to play at Cal Poly-Pomona and become an all-time coach in San Diego County, winning 212 games at Helix.

WEIRDNESS OF POLLS

So much for Poway in the Top 10.

The Titans took a down-the-smokestack, direct hit last week, losing to rising San Pasqual, 45-7, and will undoubtedly exit the U-T San Diego poll, which appears on this site tomorrow.

Although Poway, a Division II finalist a year ago and a reputed program, didn’t make the preseason Top 10 poll, I looked at its 17-7 victory over La Costa Canyon in the opener and was one of those who voted the Titans ninth last week.

Maybe I put too much credence in the win over La Costa Canyon, usually a formidable North County squad.  We’ll find out more about the Mavericks this week when they meet San Clemente.

We’ll also learn more about Cathedral this week.  The Dons take on Vista Murrietta, a tough, intersectional foe from Riverside County.

Results of the voting for this week will be on the site tomorrow.

My ballot for the Week 4 poll:

1–Mission Hills (3-0). Collision looms on California Highway 78, Grizzlies and Oceanside in Week  5.
2–Oceanside (2-1).  Nice bounce back win against Temecula Chaparral.
3–Madison (3-0).  Passing all tests so far.
4–Helix (2-1).  ”A year away?”  Tell it to Cathedral.
5–Eastlake (2-1).  Rebuilding?  Maybe they’re reloading.
6–Cathedral (2-1).  Had more players dressed than home team.
7–San Pasqual (3-0).  Destroyed  2012 Division II finalist.
8–St. Augustine (2-1). Abused little brother Marian.
9–Ramona (3-0).  Damon Baldwin-coached Bulldogs are sharp.
10–Hilltop (3-0).  Improved to 13-43 in all-time series with Chula Vista.

HELIX BURNER SHRUGS OFF CRAMPS

Jalen Davis scored on a 60-yard punt return and on a 61-yard fumble and made a gorgeous, over-the-top catch for an  interception  as Helix defeated Cathedral 21-14.

Davis also came off the field on four occasions to be stretched out for apparent cramps, which didn’t slow the feisty, wideout-defensive back who is one of only 12 seniors the Highlanders listed for their game with the Dons.

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2006: If You Can Beat Them, Join Them

Nick Pascarella delivered the cruelest rejection.

The Carlsbad running back rushed for 125 yards in 12 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Lancers pulled away from Rancho Bernardo to win, 40-16.

Pascarella punished his former team.

Pascarella punished his former team.

The same Rancho Bernardo which Pascarella attended and who was a member of the Broncos team that defeated the Lancers 24-21 in 2005.

The Broncos held a 16-14 lead in a frantic first quarter when Pascarella reminded his former teammates of who’s who with a 52-yard touchdown gallop that gave Carlsbad a 20-16 edge at the end of the quarter.

“There was some tension since I moved and a lot of them were doing some talking,” Pascarella told Kevin Gemmell of The San Diego Union.

Some of the talkers “are still my best friends,” noted the Carlsbad senior.

STAYS FOCUSED

Pascarella was not thrown off stride.  “I just had to let it go,” he said.   “This was our homecoming and business is business.”

Business was so good for Pascarella and coach Bob McAllister’s Lancers that they rolled to their second successive San Diego Section I championship with a 43-6 victory over Poway.

Pascarella personally escorted Carlsbad to D-1 finals, when he rushed for 315 yards and scored 6 touchdowns in a 63-21, semifinals rout of Escondido.

“I think Nick owes his offensive line a steak dinner,” said McAllister.

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2013: Services Set for Football Legend Birt Slater

A memorial service for William (Birt) Slater, legendary Kearny High football coach, will be held in the Kearny gymnasium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m.

Slater, 89, passed away recently after a long illness.

Slater was head coach at Kearny from 1959-76, posting a record of 143 victories, 45 losses, and 9 ties for a .749 winning percentage.  His teams made 15 playoff appearances, were in the San Diego Section finals five times, and won 3 championships.

Slater was an assistant football coach at San Diego High from 1953-57, a period in which the Cavers posted a 45-8-1 record.  He also was coach of the 1957 San Diego track team that upset favored Compton Centennial to win the Southern California championship.

San Diego High’s 1955 team posted an 11-0-1 record, won the Southern California championship, and was declared national champion.

A more detailed account of Slater’s career can found in the article  ”1959: “Birt, Are You Crazy?”

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2013, Week 3: Leaders Continue to Hold Sway in U-T Poll

Oceanside gave up one first-place vote to Mission Hills, Poway made the top 10 after being idle in Week 1, and San Pasqual moved up.

All was almost quiet on the U-T San Diego prep football front.

The only significant changes took place in the “Others” category, which thinned out from a total 14 teams receiving votes in Week 2 to 8 this week.

Oceanside and Mission Hills are on a collision course.  They’ll meet in a Week 5 wrapup of the nonleague season.

Oceanside’s hard-fought, 50-39 loss to Gardena Serra last week may  have dimmed the Pirates hopes for action beyond the San Diego Section season, but it’s too early to rule them out.

  Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2013 Record Points* Last Week
1 Oceanside (22) 2-0 302 1
2 Mission Hills (8) 2-0 271 2
3 Madison 2-0 238 3
4 Cathedral 2-0 214 4
5 Helix 1-1 183 5
6 Grossmont 2-0 154 6
7 St. Augustine 1-1 104 7
8 San Pasqual 2-0 96 8
9 Poway 1-0 50
10 Eastlake 1-1 46 10

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                           Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: Carlsbad (28), Mount Miguel (11), Rancho Buena Vista (10), ), Ramona (8), La Costa Canyon (7), Mission Bay (3), El Capitan (2),  Serra (1).

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, U-T-San Diego); Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, U-T-San Diego correspondents); Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090), Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 2: Oceanside Falls in Heat of Night

We made five big mistakes,” Oceanside coach John Carroll revealed to the U-T San Diego’s John Maffei, “and nearly every one of them was because of cramps.”

In the high heat of an Oceanside evening, Carroll’s Pirates took a 39-36 lead well into the fourth quarter when a couple lapses were turned into touchdowns by the nimble and swift Gardena Serra Cavaliers.

The visitors, who rank among the country’s top teams, didn’t wilt in the heat or from the glare and noise of a jammed Simcox Field gathering.

The 50-39 loss will haunt Carroll, who pointed out that his team was well hydrated.  The Gardena quarterback “handled the ball about a 100 times (actually about half of that number) and never cramped,” the Oceanside mentor noted.

“I don’t get it,” Carroll told Maffei.  “We played one of the best teams in the country.  We had the lead with 3:30 to play but cramps killed us.”

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

The Cota family’s football lineage goes back more than 50 years, but Adrian Bueno did something at Ramona that eluded his grandfather and uncle.

Bueno, a senior cornerback seeing extended varsity action for the first time, returned an intercepted pass 45 yards for a touchdown, although the Point Loma dropped a 21-19 decision.

Bueno’s grandfather, Ron Cota, was an all-San Diego Section linebacker at St. Augustine in 1961 but never scored a touchdown.  Bueno’s uncle, Stephen Cota, was a second-team, all-San Diego Section linebacker on Point Loma’s undefeated 1987 team, and never reached the end zone.

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2013: Sage Creek Football Decision Criticized

BY GARY MARSHALL

The new Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad is beautiful. The back-to-back baseball/softball diamonds and tennis courts are woven into a school complex that blends smoothly into the canyon hillside. It is a tribute to our community.

The facility that excited me the most was the new football stadium, with its sharply lined synthetic turf field, towering light standards and concrete stadium bleachers — all book ended by big yellow goal posts.

Official logo of Sage creek Bobcats.

The Bobcat of Sage Creek High.

My reason for the excitement is that I played many high school sports — football, basketball and track — and then played college football at West Point. My son played high school football, then played football for an Ivy League college. We lived a part of the American dream. Football was tough emotionally and physically. Coupled with academics it was a real character builder.

Inspired about football in the neighborhood, I approached Sage Creek Principal Cesar Morales to see if I could help with the freshman football team. Big surprise — no football. The school offers 18 other sports, but, again, NO FOOTBALL!

Why is there a football stadium, but no football?

To date, the explanation is that Carlsbad’s school board was modeling the footprint of Canyon Crest/Torrey Pines high schools and San Dieguito/La Costa Canyon high schools. There, only one school in the district has football, supposedly creating a more “comfortable academic environment” at the non-football school.

Motivated to hopefully change the school board’s thinking, I sent “The Boys of Fall” video to Superintendent Suzette Lovely and each board member. The video demonstrates what dreams and experiences students forfeit by removing football. The superintendent and all board members are women, so my hope in having them view the video was to show how the emotion and spirit of football, like no other sport, can be transmitted to students, faculty and the community.

However, all subsequent conversations with school administrators came with the vibe that football is a potential negative and Sage Creek High School would be “a more comfortable experience” without it.

My point to them was that football is the most popular sport in the United States and is a foundational standard of the American high school experience. It teaches emotional and physical toughness, team play and responsibility.

Trying to protect students by creating an academic conclave is a mentality that weakens student experience.

In order to get an expert opinion, I contacted Ed Burke, the head coach I assisted for six years at Torrey Pines High School. Ed coached for 43 years and is in the California Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The football stadium at Torrey Pines High was renamed Ed Burke Stadium in his honor.

Coach Burke and I attended the Aug. 14 school board meeting. We were scheduled next to last of 40 discussion items and given five minutes. Ed eloquently explained that in 43 years he taught many subjects and coached nearly every sport. He said, “Football is by far the greatest school experience a young man can have.”

Our suggestion to the school board was to start gradually with a freshman/junior varsity team for fall 2014. Fielding a team would logically answer to the taxpaying community the question of why build a million-dollar football stadium. Lastly, each board member was given a sheet with 42 reasons a Sage Creek football program would provide a more complete and improved school experience. The board was asked if there was any discussion.

The answer from each board member was silence. No discussion. No committee to evaluate a future program.

These types of decisions, by a select few, are a microcosm of America, where comfort and protection trump individual responsibility, hard work, and endeavors that create stronger citizens.

Are these decisions moving America in the right direction?

The school board owes an explanation to the community as to who made the decision to have a football stadium and no football. The school board also owes an explanation on how it was vetted and why the community was so poorly informed.

The above appeared on the op-ed page in the Sept. 7, 2013, UT-San Diego. The author is  a 1965 graduate with academic honors from Hoover High who has  a long and distinguished background in athletics.  Marshall was a starting quarterback on the football team and also started in basketball and lettered in track and field at Hoover. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where one of Marshall’s  coaches was Bill Parcells and his freshman basketball coach was Bobby Knight, both coaching legends.  Marshall’s football roommate was Gary Steele,  who became the first African-American letterman in football at Army. Steele is the father of ESPN anchor Sage Steele and Baltimore Ravens public relations executive Chad Steele.

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2013: Birt Slater, Famed Coach at Kearny & San Diego

I was informed this morning that Birt Slater, the legendary coach at Kearny and San Diego High, had passed away yesterday afternoon , Sept. 3, 2013.

I hope to soon have more information to pass along.

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2013, Week 2: Oceanside Remains No. 1.

Oceanside, unapproachable in the first half and approachable in the second half of a 47-28 win over St. Augustine, picked up additional support in this week’s UT-San Diego prep football poll.

The Pirates, who led 28-0 at halftime against the Saints, will need all hands on deck for all four quarters this week when they play host to Southern Section power Gardena Serra.

Oceanside out-polled Mission Hills, 23 first-place votes to 7, and scored 302 points to the Grizzlies’ 281.  Biggest improvement went to Cathedral, which jumped from sixth to third after a 38-6 victory over Utah power Sandy Jordan.

  Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2013 Record Points* Last Week
1 Oceanside (23) 1-0 302 1
2 Mission Hills (7) 1-0 281 2
3 Madison 1-0 221 3
4 Cathedral 1-0 212 6
5 Helix 0-1 171 4
6 Grossmont 1-0 139 7
7 St. Augustine 0-1 98 5
8 San Pasqual 1-0 67 T10
9 La Costa Canyon 1-0 59 9
10 Eastlake 0-1 39 8

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                                    .

Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: Poway (38), Carlsbad (31), Ramona (27), Mount Miguel (13), Rancho Buena Vista (11), Olympian (9), Patrick Henry (5), Del Norte (2), Steele Canyon (2), El Capitan (2),  Steele Canyon (2). Valhalla (2), Brawley (1), Vista (1).

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer,    U-T San Diego); Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, UT-San Diego correspondents); Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090), Rick Willis, Brandon Stone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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2013, Week 1: Cathedral K.O.s Utah Giant

Oceanside, Helix, Mission Hills, Cathedral, and Eastlake, five of the San Diego Section’s best, posted a combined, 3-2 record and scored a couple impressive, intersectional victories in the Under Armour Brothers in Arms San Diego Classic games on the season’s first weekend.

Most impressive was Cathedral’s 38-6 victory over Sandy of Jordan, Utah, ranked 25th in the country by Max-Preps and No. 1 in Utah.Cathedral

The Dons pounded the Beetdiggers with a rushing attack that gained 285 yards and averaged 4.8 yards for 59 attempts.

No. 2 Mission Hills, with only 136 total yards, handled Desert Vista of Phoenix, 13-0, on a suffocating afternoon at Cathedral.

The Grizzlies muted the Thunder, ranked seventh in Arizona, holding the visitors to 123 yards.

Hamilton of Chandler, Arizona, ranked in the top 30 nationally, managed the heat more effectively, sweeping to a 28-0 halftime lead and holding off Eastlake, 28-17.  The  Huskies outgained the Titans, 383-174.

Honolulu Punahou, with famous alum and Chargers rookie Manti Te’o watching, used a goalline stand to stop Helix 10-6.

Coach John Carroll’s Oceanside Pirates took a 28-0, second-quarter lead on St. Augustine in a battle of the section’s No. 1 and No. 5 teams and rode out a 47-28 victory.

Oceanside gets its biggest test in several years this week when it plays host to Gardena Serra, ranked anywhere from second to eighth in some national polls.

SIGN OF THE TIMES

It was St. Augustine’s home game, but the sign at the snack bar on the Northeast corner of the stadium said, “Mesa College Concessions,” with prices listed.

A smiling group of apparent Mesa students taxed the capacity of the concession stand, although it didn’t open for business until minutes before kickoff, after a couple long lines had formed.

Following a 10-minute wait I was told the hot dogs were on the grill but they weren’t available until after kickoff.

Channeling their inner “What, me worry?”, the part-time vendors were not stressed.  They probably were thinking about their postgame plans.

Meanwhile, St. Augustine personnel were aggressively hawking a football yearbook and logoed apparel.

The Saints’ side of the field was filled with about 3,000 followers, plus another 500 or so who were socializing behind the upper row of the Mesa bleachers.

Oceanside had about 600 persons on its side.  The rest may have been home awaiting next week’s big one with Serra Gardena or didn’t want to battle I-5 traffic during Friday rush hour.

QUICK KICKS—El Capitan scored 70 points, marking the 58th time that plateau has been reached, dating to 1920, when the Vaqueros shutout Peace River of Alberta, Canada…70 points has been achieved on 13 other occasions…in what must have been a record, San Diego Section teams were involved in 54 games in Week 1…San Diego County teams were 9-5 against all intersectional opposition….Julian and Borrego Springs, now annually meeting in a nonleague game at the start of the season and playing a Citrus League contest later, engaged in another “Battle of Banner Grade”, with Julian winning 46-26 and improving its overall series record to 33-9 since 1967…

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2013: Oceanside Ranked Eighth in State

High school football has become all about ratings in California.

Cal-Hi Sports is out with its first poll of the 2013 campaign and already has Concord De La Salle representing the North in the State Open Division championship game, probably against Corona Centennial,  Bellflower St. John Bosco, or Gardena Serra.

Oceanside Logo 160x160Serra comes South in Week 2 to meet Oceanside, pride of the San Diego Section.  With the local section adding an Open Division this year, Oceanside and others are eligible to play in the State Open Division Bowl.

But if coach John Carroll’s Pirates lose to Serra, or anyone else, they will be eliminated from State Open Division consideration, according to Cal-Hi Sports.

It will be one and out.

Cal-Hi Sports has ranked Oceanside No. 8 in California, behind  De La Salle, Centennial, St. John Bosco, Serra, Long Beach Poly, and Vista Murrieta.

Mission Hills is ranked 30th, Helix 34th, and Madison 49th, among other San Diego entries.

In the breakdown by divisions, Oceanside is fifth in D-I South, Mission Hills 18th and Helix 20th.

Madison is ninth in D-II and St. Augustine 14th.  Hoover is 10th in III, with Santa Fe Christian sixth and Francis Parker seventh in IV.

Oceanside has some important business to take care of before it confronts Serra.  The Pirates visit pugnacious St. Augustine  at Mesa College in a big opening game Friday, Aug. 30.

 

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2013: U-T San Diego Preseason Poll

 

  Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2012 Record Points* Last Year
1 Oceanside (19) 12-1 288 1
2 Mission Hills (9) 7-4-1 251 5
3 Madison (3) 14-1 208 4
4 Helix 10-3 197 6
5 St. Augustine 11-2 180 8
6 Cathedral 0-10# 179 9
7 Grossmont 9-3 87  –
8 Eastlake 10-3 56
9 La Costa Canyon 7-4-1 38
10 San Pasqual 7-5 35  –

*Points awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.                                                                     #Cathedral record was 8-2 before forfeits.

Others receiving votes with points in parenthesis: Ramona (27), Patrick Henry (17), Lincoln  (16), Carlsbad (13), Brawley (113), Rancho Buena Vista (12), El Norte (11), Point Loma (5), Valley Center (5), Mount Miguel (5), Olympian (4), Mar Vista (5), Steele Canyon (1), El Capitan (1), Vista (1).

Thirty-one sportswriters, sportscasters and administrators vote each week, including:  John Maffei, Craig Malveaux, Dennis Lin, Don Norcross, Lisa Lane, and Andrew Burer, UT San Diego); Steve Brand, Terry Monahan, Bill Dickens, Tom Saxe, Rick Hoff, UT San Diego correspondents); Nick Pellegrino, East County Sports.com; Steve (Biff) Dolan, Rick (Red) Hill (107.9 FM The Mountain); Jeff Kurtz, playonsports.com; Ernie Martinez, XTRA Sports 1360; John Kentera, Jack Cronin, Ted Mendenhall, Bob Petinak, Jordan Carruth, Bobby Wooldridge, Mark Chiebowski (The Mighty 1090), Rick Willis, Brandon tone, Jake Fadden, KUSI-TV; Craig Elsten, 619sports.net; Rick Smith, Partletonsports.com; Jerry Schniepp, John Labeta, CIF San Diego Section, and Bruce Ward, San Diego Unified School District.
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1960-2012 Who Had the Best Defense?

A reader submitted that a Torrey Pines team coached by Ed Burke should be considered as having the all-time best defense among San Diego Section championship teams.

Burke’s 2003 Falcons posted a 12-1 record, defeated Fallbrook, 7-3, in the Division I finals, scored 369 points, and allowed their 13 opponents only 69 points, an average of 5.3 points a game.

We researched the points allowed of  more than 160 San Diego Section champions in all 11-man divisions since the section was formed in 1960. By our calculation Torrey Pines ranks ninth.

However, we eliminated the 1978 Christian team that allowed only 1.7 points in 10 games; number 6 Coronado, and number 8 Julian.  Those teams played on a level much lower than Torrey Pines’.

The revised list, showing only five teams above the Falcons:

1–Herb Meyer’s 1984 El Camino Wildcats, who were 13-0, outscored opponents 401-48, and allowed  3.7 points a game.

2—Walt Harvey’s 1961 Crawford team that was 8-0-2, and outscored opponents 182-40 for a 4.0 defensive average.

3—Vic Player’s  Marcus Allen-led 1977 Lincoln Hornets, who were 12-0-1 and had a 373-54 scoring advantage, their opponents averaging 4.2.

4—Gene Alim’s 1983 Sweetwater squad that was 13-0 with a 354-64 scoring edge and a 4.9 defensive average.

5—The 1984 Sweetwater Red Devils, who allowed 5.0 points while posting a 13-0 record with a scoring difference of 448-65.

However, Torrey Pines’ 2003 squad still looks pretty good.

High school offenses  have continued to evolve  each year as teams have passed more often and offenses have spread the field, putting increased pressure on defenses.

From 1985 through 2012 no other championship team had a defensive scoring average  of better than 6.0.  Morse was 14-0 in 1992 and gave up 84 points, a 6.0 average.

 

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2013: All-Time San Diego County Football Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Position

Name

School

Year

Quarterback

Ezell Singleton San Diego

1958

Running Backs

C.R. Roberts Oceanside

1953

Tyler Gaffney Cathedral Catholic

2008

Darrin Wagner Lincoln

1987

Receivers

Patrick Rowe Lincoln

1986

Art Powell San Diego

1954

Line

Jack Harrington Rancho Buena Vista

1988

Lincoln Kennedy Morse

1987

Steve Riley Castle Park

1968

Robbie Coffin Mira Mesa

1983

Steve Vieria Carlsbad

1999

Athletes

Deron Johnson San Diego

1955

Charlie Powell San Diego

1950

Reggie Bush Helix

2002

Bill Fudge El Capitan

1970

 FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Position

Name

School

Year

Line

Ed Imo Kearny

1973

La’Roi Glover Point Loma

1991

Tamasi Amituani Vista

1988

Arthur Smith Lincoln

1963

Linebackers

Junior Seau Oceanside

1986

Pisa Tinoisamoa Vista

1998

Greg Slough Point Loma

1964

Travis Hitt Grossmont

1971

Secondary

Marcus Allen Lincoln

1977

Willie Buchanon Oceanside

1968

Monte Jackson St. Augustine

1970

Eric Allen Point Loma

1982

Athletes

David Grayson  Sr. Lincoln

1956

Dokie Williams El Camino

1977

Darnay Scott Kearny

1990

Kicker

Noel Prefontaine El Camino

1991

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1915-2013: About the Track and Field Marks

I have reprinted Steve Brand’s 2012 track and field annual (2013 is being updated as this is written).

Steve and I have shared an equal love of high school track for many years.  My newspaper, the Evening Tribune published the first annual in 1965 and another was published in 1971.

Chula Vista's Tim Danielson was on cover in 1971.

Chula Vista’s Tim Danielson was on cover in 1971.

I attempted to list the top 50 performers in each  standard event, plus the leaders in other infrequently run events.

The research was a labor of love for me and I was thankful that my newspaper thought enough of the effort to publish my findings.

I left the newspaper business in 1972, at about the time Steve Brand arrived at The San Diego Union.

All marks from 1973 forward were compiled by Steve (probably 95 per cent  came after Brand took over the lists). I would be responsible for those before 1972.

Rancho Bernardo's Molly Grabill was featured in 2011.

Rancho Bernardo’s Molly Grabill was featured in 2011.

Brand has kept the all-time and yearly lists alive, verifying, authenticating, running down performances that weren’t published in the newspaper.  He has listed thousands of performances.

As track and field evolved, keeping and updating an annual list became more challenging.

Yards were replaced by meters when the United States went to the metric system. Age-old hand timing (just what it means, timed by the hand on a stopwatch) gave way to automatic timing.

You could wait up to an hour or more for results at major track meets in the past. With automatic timing,  results now are available as soon as the last runner crosses the finish line.

Dirt and crushed granite tracks were replaced by all-weather layouts. Diet and training became more important.

Steve Brand has kept pace with all of this and I hope he continues.  I’ll be around to help.

(The 1915 date in the title represents the first year of the California state meet, although marks were kept further back.  Leslie Dana of San Diego High was reported to have run a 10.1 100-yard dash and covered 440 yards in :51.6 in 1913).

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1915-2013 Girls’ State Meet Champions

100m 1984 Gail Devers Sweetwater 11.51
1974 Janice Wiser La Jolla 10.8y
200m 2000 Monique Henderson Morse 23.19
1974 Janice Wiser La Jolla 24.2y
400m 2001 Monique Henderson Morse 51.34
2000 Monique Henderson Morse 50.74
1999 Monique Henderson Morse 52.87
1998 Monique Henderson Morse 53.41
800m 1986 Laura Chapel University City 02:08.7
1600m 2009 Sammy Silva Our Lady of Peace
1993 Milena Glusac Fallbrook 4:50.8
1989 Kira Jorgensen RBV 4:49.5
1988 Kira Jorgensen RBV 4:49.5
1987 Kira Jorgensen Vista 4:46.0
1986 Darcy Arreola Grossmont 4:45.1
3200m 2010 Molly Grabill Rancho Bernardo 10:20.3
2003 Claire Rethmeier San Pasqual 10:27.3
1993 Milena Glusac Fallbrook 10:42.7
1992 Milena Glusac Fallbrook 10:28.6
100 Low Hurdles 1984 Gail Devers Sweetwater 13.41
300 Low Hurdles 1991 Erin Blunt San Pasqual 43.02
400m Relay 1977 Crawford 46.14y
High Jump 2007 Whitney Sisler La Costa Canyon 5-10
1987 Lynn Patrick Serra 5-10
1978 Sue McNeal Carlsbad 5-10 1/4
Pole Vault 2010 Kortney Ross Westview 13-6
2009 Kortney Ross Westview 13-4
2008 Emily Mattoon Rancho Bernardo 12-6
1999 Kathleen Donoghue Rancho Bernardo 12-8 1/4
1998 Tracy O’Hara Rancho Bernardo 12-8
Long Jump 1983 Gail Devers Sweetwater 19-6
1981 Chris Mose El Cajon Valley 18-10 1/4
Triple Jump 1994 Tamieka Porter Orange Glen 38-11 1/2
1998 Andria Booker El Camino 40-0 1/4
1997 Andria Booker El Camino 40-0
Shot Put 2011 Breana Jemison Carlsbad 45-10 1/4
1975 Kathy Devine Mission Bay 42-3 3/4
1974 Kathy Devine Mission Bay 47-4 ½
Discus 1986 Tracy Crawford Southwest 156-2
1976 Kathy Middleton Poway 134-5
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2013: Boys’ All-Time Best Performances

 

100m

10.3 Riley Washington Southwest 1992
10.42 Reggie Bush Helix 2002
10.45 Vince Williams University City 1996
10.45 Darron Norris El Camino 1984
10.46 Ike Okenwa Morse 1998
10.49 Paul Turner University City 1993
10.51c (9.61y) David Russell Henry 1977
10.53 Kevin Shields San Diego 1981
10.54h Paul Day Kearny 1982
10.54hc (9.4y) Elijah Jefferson Crawford 1974
10.55 Joe Cooks Mission Hills 2009
10.55 Bryant Eubanks El Camino 1995
10.56 Maurice Patterson Oceanside 2007
10.59 Lamont Long University City 2000
10.59 Stephen Hayes University City 1999
10.59 Darnay Scott Kearny 1991
10.6 Jared Pickering Rancho Bernardo 2011
10.6 Dax Danns Helix 2005
10.63 Justin Freeman Carlsbad 2010
10.63 Dylan McCloskey El Camino 2012
10.64 Jamal Alston RBV 2008
10.64h Patrick Rowe Lincoln 1987
10.64hc (9.5y) Ed Buchanan Kearny 1958
10.64hc James Milton Morse 1972
10.64hc Kipperr Bell Henry 1979
10.65 Scott Hammond Lincoln 1992
10.65 Devon Ward UniversityCity 1998
10.65 Derrell Hutsona Helix 2003
10.66 R.J. Oliver Escondido 1999
10.66 Evan Gray Poway 2012
10.67 Blake Frazier UniversityCity 2001
10.67 Mike Roberts Henry 2000
10.67 Troy Kuretich San Pasqual 1981
10.67 Raymond Ethridge Crawford 1987
10.68 Bassim El-Sabawi Torrey Pines 2010
10.7 Kiyoshi Moody Castle Park 1989
10.7 Teddy Lawrence Morse 1990
10.71 Glen Reyes Orange Glen 1989
10.73 Shamone Fletcher Mira Mesa 2010
10.73 Fiat Johnson Serra 2002
10.73 Larry Miles Crawford 1999
10.74hc (9.6y) Arnold Tripp Crawford 1959
10.74hc Vernus Ragsdale Lincoln 1962
10.74hc Charles Sanford San Diego 1963
10.74hc Lanard Morris Lincoln 1972
10.74hc Bruce Girasole Madison 1972
10.74hc Ron Edmerson Lincoln 1975
10.74hc Michael Patrick Lincoln 1976
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1915-2013: Boys’ State Meet Champions

100 meters 1992 Riley Washington Southwest 10.30
1977 David Russell Henry 9.61y
1974 Elijah Jefferson Crawford 9.8y
1973 Elijah Jefferson Crawford 9.6wy
1929 Jimmy Willson San Diego 9.8y
200 meters 1977 David Russell Henry 20.97y
1941 Glen Willis San Diego 21.7
1929 Jimmy Willson San Diego 21.4y
400 meters 1979 Tony Banks Morse 47.28
1946 Norm Stocks San Diego 49.3y
1929 Irvine (Cotton) Warburton San Diego 49.6y
800 meters 2012 Alex Monsivaiz Army-Navy 1:51.3
2008 Charles Jock Mission Bay 1:51.6
2005 Jesse O’Brien San Pasqual 1:53.7
1988 Mark Senior Mt Miguel 1:51.4
1966 Terry Rodgers Hilltop 1:51.5y
1964 Bob Hose Madison 1:51.1y
1957 Jim Cerveny Mission Bay 1:52.7y
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2013: Boys’ San Diego Section Records

Event Mark Name School Year
100m 10.3 Riley Washington Southwest 1992
200m 20.97 Ike Okenwa Morse 1998
400m 46.85n Lydell Burston Morse 1996
800m 1:50.15n Shyan Vaziri Scripps Ranch 2011
1600m 4:04.04*(n) Terry Cotton El Cajon 1972
3200m 8:41.8* Thom Hunt Patrick Henry 1976
110HH 13.86 Reggie DePass Montgomery 1997
300IH 36.25 Jeff Hunter Granite Hills 2001
4x100m 40.66 Long, Ward, Hayes, Douglas University City 1998
4x400m 3:10.8 Jones, Carter, Pinson, Burston Morse 1996
High Jump 7-2 Frank Schiefer Madison 1979
Pole Vault 16-8 Derek Scott El Camino 2005
Long Jump 25-5¼ Doyle Steel San Diego 1966
Triple Jump 52-0 Von Ware RBV 1994
Shot Put 76-2 Brent Noon Fallbrook 1990
Discus 212-1 Darius Savage Morse 2006

n–nonwinning.

*–Hand time converted from yards.

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2013: Girls’ All-Time Best Performances

100m

11.43 Jasmine Gibbs El Camino 2012
11.51 Gail Devers Sweetwater 1984
11.56 Jackie Thompson Lincoln Prep 1973
11.61 Monique Henderson Morse 2000
11.65 Jolanda Diego El Camino 2004
11.69 Jenna Puterbaugh Santa Fe Christian 2010
11.71 Tenille Stoudenmire Rancho Bernardo 2009
11.84 Akiba McKinney Monte Vista 1995
11.84hc (11.7y) Judy Reed Crawford 1978
11.87 Alicia Lowery Morse 2003
11.89 Kortney Ross Westview 2010
11.9 Tashia McKinney Monte Vista 1990
11.92 Angela Sullivan Serra 1991
11.93 Velisa Harris Morse 1983
11.94hc (11.8y) Vicki Belser Vista 1977
11.94hc Chris Herring Morse 1978
11.94hc Janice Wiser La Jolla 1978
11.96 DeCola Groce Morse 1997
11.97 Ellen Jones Mt Miguel 1981
11.98 Miche Scott El Camino 2012
11.98 Sparkle Anderson Serra 2003
11.99 Zakirrah Beverly USDHS 2001
11.99 Kunesha Miller Morse 1994
12.03 Kim Matthews Morse 1987
12.04 Mandy Ross Christian 2006
12.04h April Freow Morse 1985
12.04h Charlotte Zepherin Morse 1980
12.06 Chris Cooksey Hoover 1981
12.08 Ashley Rhodes Mt Miguel 1986
12.09 Alexis Ferebee Mission Bay 2012
12.09 Yolanda Fitch Morse 1987
12.09 Angela Kimmey University City 1989
12.1 Rashauna Amos E.C. Southwest 2004
12.1 Aja Wheeler University City 2005
12.1 Suzie Acolatse Mission Hills 2012
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2013: Girls’ San Diego Section Records

100m 11.43 Jasmine Gibbs El Camino 2012
200m 23.16 Monique Henderson Morse 2001
400m 50.74 Monique Henderson Morse 2000
800m 02:08.0 Lesley Noll Mt. Carmel 1985
1600m 4:41.71 (n) Alli Billmeyer Torrey Pines 2011
3200m 10:18.9 Alli Billmeyer Torrey Pines 2011
100H (30’) 13.41 Gail Devers Sweetwater 1984
100H (33’) 14.13 Danielle Littleton Vista 2009
300H 42.26 Gail Devers Sweetwater 1983
4x100m 45.94* Young,  Reed, Gaston, Lovelady Crawford 1977
4x400m 3:49.12h Rankin, Henderson, Groce,  Garner Morse 1996
High Jump Whitney Sisler La CostaCanyon 2007
Pole Vault 13-6 Kortney Ross Westview 2010
Long Jump 20-7 Gail Devers Sweetwater 1984
Triple Jump 41-8¼ Jackie Anderson Mount Miguel 1987
Shot Put 46-10¼ Aiga Marie Taumua Sweetwater 2001
Discus 162-0 Lori Parker Ramona 1986

Legend
(n) Non-winning mark.
(h) hand time converted

(*) Converted to metric time from yard time
NOTE: All section records must meet National Federation guidelines

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2013: Mission Hills Our Choice in Preseason Poll

Chants of “We’re number one!” followed by “Why aren’t we number one?”  will be heard in a few days when UT-San Diego’s first football Top 10 will signal that games are just days away.

With a little help from UT-San Diego’s John Maffei, who emailed  his annual request with some brief team rundowns a few weeks ago, here goes:

(2012 records in parenthesis)

2013

Team

2012

1

Mission Hills (7-4-1)

5

2

Oceanside (12-1)

1

3

Cathedral (0-11)*

9

4

St. Augustine (10-3)

8

5

Helix (10-2)

6

6

Poway (10-3)

2

7

Madison (14-1)

4

8

San Pasqual (7-5)

nr

9

Ramona (8-5)

nr

10

Del Norte (6-6)

nr

*8-3 without forfeits.

WHY THE GRIZZLIES?

Coach Chris Hauser’s San Marcos-based team struggled early last year with a killer schedule but it brings back 10 starters, including veteran presence at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and placekicker.Mission Hills logo

The Grizzlies won the summer’s North County passing tournament, defeating Oceanside, and believe they have at least four Division-I prospects.

EARLY DELIGHTS

Some teams have lined up impressive, outside  opposition, led by Oceanside’s monster nonleague schedule: @St. Augustine (Mesa College), Gardena Serra, Temecula Chaparral, Poway, and @Mission Hills.

Cathedral will be host school to four other San Diego teams as part of the Under Armour ”Brothers in Arms” classic involving more than 40 teams nationally, with games in California, Maryland, and Louisiana.

Play begins Aug. 29 and extends through the weekend.

Games at Cathedral:

Eastlake versus Chandler Hamilton of Arizona.

Mission Hills versus Phoenix Desert Vista.

Helix versus Honolulu Punahou.

Vista versus Whittier La Serna.

Cathedral versus Sandy of Jordan, Utah.

Gardena Serra versus Corona Centennial.

Helix  takes on the legendary Buff ‘n Blue of Honolulu Punahou, one of the country’s top teams and one with a legendary history.  Punahou already owns a 24-14 victory over Honolulu Mililani.

The two Arizona schools are among the best in that football-fertile state.  Cathedral will play a team that was No. 1 in Utah with a 12-1 record in 2012 and Vista, hoping to rebound from a 2-8 record that was the Panthers’ worst since 1988, meets the defending Del Rio League champion from the Southern Section.

QUICK KICKS–Del Norte may be ready to make a run in  its fourth season, having  improved from 2-8 in 2010, to 4-7 and 6-6…the Nighthawks return 16 starters, including their quarterback and a 1,200-yard rusher…Del Norte is in its third season under coach Leigh Cole…Helix should be very good but pundits in the foothills say the Highlanders are a year away from doing  big things…Cathedral returns nine starters and newcomers from a 10-0 junior varsity squad…Madison’s defending state Division III champions will be one of the most watched clubs…the Warhawks lost a lot but 11 starters are back and so is quarterback Kareem Coles…Brawley will get contributions from a 10-0 JV team and 11 starting veterans…

 

 

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2005: A Contentious Season

–Playoff divisions were increased.

–At least two programs were rocked by  ineligibilities.

–Game officials came under fire.

–A brawl between Helix and Mount Miguel resulted in a referee’s suspension and a “double forfeit”.

WEAK SHALL INHERIT

The San Diego Section playoffs were increased to five divisions, marking the first time since a fourth division was added in 1979.

Lousy teams with no chance of winning prevailed again.

In 1959, the last year San Diego was in the CIF Southern Section, there were playoff  brackets of 16 teams each in the upper and lower divisions and eight teams in the Small Schools.

Five of the of the 29 schools in San Diego County, including San Diego, Chula Vista, Mar Vista, Kearny, and Ramona, comprised 14.5 per cent of the Southern Section’s 40 postseason spots. There were about 300 schools from Atascadero south.

You had to earn your way into the playoffs.

San Diego and Ramona won championships, which meant a lot, but so did just making the playoffs.

COME ONE, COME ALL

Fifty-seven of 88 San Diego Section teams, almost 65 per cent of schools playing football and not including those in eight-man leagues, were included in the new, five-division alignment.

Eastern bloc countries would approve of this form of socialism.

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1954: Bulldogs’ Bite Felt in Foothills

Ramona High, in business since 1894 but sans football until 1938, was emerging.

Nestled at 2,200 feet between Mount Woodson and Iron Mountain in San Diego’s East County, the Bulldogs had quietly plugged along in relative mediocrity for 15 years, save for the 6-1 season of Charlie Snell’s 1940 squad.

Ramona suddenly posted a 7-0 record under new coach Glenn Forsyth this season, steamrollering through a variety of competition that included teams from the  Southern Prep League and earning a name among Southland small schools.

The Bulldogs were unscored upon until the final game, when they posted a 26-13 victory over a first-year Mission Bay varsity that had played a mostly junior varsity schedule.

Ramona was  coached by Forsyth, a quiet Midwesterner who didn’t raise his voice.

“He was one of the finest men and finest coaches I have known,” said David Farmer, a 1956 graduate who went on to a long and distinguished career in journalism.

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1954: South Bay Dynasty

Chet DeVore had his mind fixed on another distant journey and a notion called  the “Spin T”.

DeVore eyed title.

DeVore’s goal was second title.

“We expect a tough game from an aggressive, well-coached team,” DeVore said of coach Gus Headington’s 10-1 El Centro Central squad, “but we took one long ride home with a beaten team this year and we don‘t plan to do it again.”

The blue-and-white-clad Spartans of Chula Vista would meet the blue and white Spartans of “The High,”  the locals’  designation of Imperial Valley’s oldest school.

At stake:  championship of the CIF Southern Section lower division. Chula Vista was trying to repeat after a 12-6 victory over Brawley in the 1953 finals.

DeVore was prescient.

Although they trailed 6-0 at the end of the first quarter, the visitors rolled to a 34-12, fourth-quarter advantage and cruised to a 34-19 victory.

Spin T or no Spin T.

Defensive end Larry Armbrust kept constant pressure on quarterback Larry Shaw, interrupting Shaw’s timing in the formation, which called for the quarterback to take the ball under center, then wheel and effect a spinning move before giving the ball to  a predetermined ball carrier.

Shaw faced further grief from Chula Vista defenders Larry Erwin, Wayne Cassity, Carroll Clowers, and Bob Erwin.

The victory was Chula Vista’s 11th in a row since a 13-7 loss at Torrance in the season opener.

Defeats were becoming few and far between at Chula Vista.

The Spartans’ record since the last two games of DeVore’s first season in 1951 was 33-2. They had not lost since the 1952 playoffs.

I DARE YOU

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1954: Cavemen Come of Age

Duane Maley, his voice hoarse, his body soaked from an impromptu shower by the coach’s shouting, celebrating players, stood amid the bedlam of the San Diego High sideline in Balboa Stadium.

“My kids played the best football game I’ve ever seen,” said Maley after the gritty, 7-0 victory over the 7-0 Hoover Cardinals in the biggest regular-season game in the history of either school.

Jubilaant Cavers hoisted sinning coach Duane Maley.

Jubilant Cavers hoisted winning coach Duane Maley, who described victory as “best…game I’ve ever seen.”

“It was strictly a team job,” Maley told Jerry Brucker of the Evening Tribune.  “All our guys played their best ball.  We beat Hoover up the gut (151 yards rushing), where they’re toughest.”

Only weeks before the headlines in San Diego newspapers seemed to say it all:

“Cavemen, At Long Last, Lose Favorite’s Role”

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1954: Coronado’s Fallen Officer

Frank Greene had spent much of his life around a football field or in law enforcement when he was shot and killed at age 43 on Oct. 12, 1954.

Greene set the standing California high school record of 80 points in one game when he scored 11 touchdowns and 14 points after in a 108-0 Coronado victory over Sweetwater in 1929.

Coronado police Lt. Frank Greene.

Coronado police Lt. Frank Greene.

Greene, whose  death came 25 years and two days after his  feat, was a lieutenant on the Coronado police force, working the graveyard shift with Richard Lutsey, a Navy shore patrolman.

Newspaper reports said Greene had received a tip that a robbery was planned to take place at the Mexican Village Restaurant on Orange Avenue.

It was 1:25 a.m. when Greene and his partner noticed with suspicion a 1947  Ford sedan and signaled for the vehicle to pull over as it drove slowly down Coronado’s main thoroughfare.

…”THEN THE SHOT”

Three men were in the vehicle.  Greene approached the driver’s side and asked, ‘Where are you going?’” and motioned the occupants to step from the car.

“The fellow sitting next to the driver got out right away,” said Greene’s partner, shore patrolman  Lutsey.  ”The passenger was facing me when the lieutenant made some remark, like he was insisting on identification papers from the driver.”

A moment or two passed.  ”Then it happened,” said Lutsey.  ”"I heard a slight scuffle and then the shot.”

Greene fell backward.  He probably was dead when he hit the pavement, from a bullet that entered below Greene’s right cheek and lodged in his neck.

The shooter, Roberto Rodriquez, 27, and Rafael Gruber, 22, a passenger in the backseat, fled.  Benjamin Brozowski, 39, who sat next to Rodriguez, was held at the scene by Lutsey.

KITCHEN EMPLOYEES

All three worked in the Hotel del Coronado kitchen as dishwashers, although Brozowski also was described as a “salad man.”

A manhunt involving peace officers from Coronado, San Diego, National City, Chula Vista, the Naval Air Station, and National Guard resulted in arrests of all three within 31 hours. Officers went house to house, helicopters were deployed along beaches and the Coronado ferry slips were guarded. The community of 12,500 residents was sealed off.

Captured suspect Rodriguez is taken to Coronado police station.

Captured suspect Rodriguez is taken to Coronado police station.

Rodriguez was found huddled in the attic of the Hotel del Coronado annex.  Gruber had escaped to Tijuana by traveling on foot 10 miles down the beach on the ocean side of the Silver Strand, Coronado’s only outbound (and blocked)  road, but turned himself in at San  Ysidro after reading in a Tijuana newspaper that he was accused of being the shooter.

Rodriguez was tried and sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder and given consecutive sentences for conspiracy to commit robbery and for possession of a gun by a felon.  Rodriguez had been in and out of prison since his teenage years.

Brozowski was given a life sentence for murder and five years to life for conspiracy to commit robbery. Gruber received five to life for robbery conspiracy.

MOCKS JUDGE’S ADMONITION

Rodriguez smiled and waved when the sentence was pronounced by Superior Court Judge John Hewicker, who criticized the jury’s decision, believing Rodriguez should have gotten the gas chamber.  A juror said the jury vote was 11-1 for death.

Gruber, who had testified against the other two defendants, attempted to hang himself while in the San Diego City Jail.  He said he feared prison and “friends” who would seek revenge on Rodriguez’ behalf.

Greene was dangerous runner for Coronado's once-beaten Islanders in 1929.

Greene was dangerous runner for Coronado’s once-beaten Islanders in 1929.

Greene is the only Coronado policeman killed in the line of duty.  He was active in the community as a founder of Coronado’s Little Theater and as a coach of the semipro Coronado Colts football team.  Greene had been screen tested by the RKO Radio Pictures studio.

PLAYED AND COACHED

Greene handed off to teammate in 1934 Chicago Cardinals publicity photo.

Greene handed off to teammate in 1934 Chicago Cardinals publicity photo.

Greene received all-America honorable mention as a kicker and single wing blocking quarterback under the legendary “Gloomy” Gus Henderson at Tulsa University.  He played  for the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL in 1934-35 and was a player-coach with the Los Angeles Bulldogs of the American Football League in 1936.

Greene scored 164 points for the 8-1 Coronado Islanders, whose only 1929 loss was to Southern California champion Long Beach Poly, 20-7.  He held the school season scoring record for 74 years, until J.R. Roggin bettered the mark in 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1954: “A Play That Will Live in Infamy”

Hoover principal Floyd Johnson was thinking of making a change when he met with football coach Bob Kirchhoff before the 1954-55 school year.

Johnson desperately wanted to beat Cavers.

Johnson desperately wanted to beat Cavers.

Johnson was dissatisfied.  A 1953 season that began with much promise was sullied by a 4-4-1 record that included a 39-0 loss to rival San Diego High.

Johnson would retire after the 1955-56 school year. He had been at Hoover since it opened in 1930 and had guided the East San Diego school as it  became one of the most respected academically and athletically in Southern California.

The Cardinals had their share of victories against San Diego High in all sports but football.

After an 0-8 beginning in 1948, Kirchhoff had built a strong program, including a 28-13 win over the Cavers in 1949.  Five successive losses followed.

“Floyd Johnson hated San Diego with a passion,” said a rival coach who remembered Johnson as a powerful community figure who would sit on the players’ bench during basketball games and walk the sidelines at football games.

After 0-8 in 1948, Cardinals were 33-19-1 under Kirchhoff.

After 0-8 in 1948, Cardinals were 33-19-1 under Kirchhoff.

Johnson posed a direct question to Kirchhoff:  ”Are we going to beat San Diego this year?”

Kirchhoff, aware of his tenuous position, was confident:  ”Yes, we’ll beat ‘em.  We have the team to do it this year.”

Hoover was returning more than 30 players and a letterman at every position.

Johnson would give Kirchhoff one more chance.  ”If we don’t win it, I’m going to make a change,” the principal promised.

Rumors had circulated that Kirchhoff’s line coach, Herbert (Hub) Foote, a 1941 Hoover graduate, would be the next coach.  Foote thought he had a promise from Johnson.

But events that began a couple years before would work against Foote…and Kirchhoff.

Stan Williamson, the coach at San Diego’s Naval Air team, had completed a military deployment and was returning to his pre-Korean War job as head football coach at Santa Barbara State.

The Gauchos’ football and baseball  coach since 1950 was Roy Engle, who would be out of a job.

Engle was Hoover hero.

Engle was Hoover hero.

Engle was a Johnson favorite.

Engle scored the Cardinals’ first touchdown against San Diego and was the pivotal figure of their first victory over the city rivals when Engle led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive and 7-6 victory over the Hilltoppers in 1935.

After graduating from USC, Engle returned to Hoover.  He was the 24-year-old head coach of the 1942 baseball team that was led by future major leaguer Ray Boone and won the Southern California championship.

Engle now returned to Hoover a second time in 1953, appointed by Johnson to teach science and biology.  Kirchhoff’s coaching assistants were Bill Mathie, Don Henson, and Hub Foote.

It was with this backdrop that the Cardinals and Kirchhoff  embarked on the 1954 campaign.

CARDINALS OFF FAST                                                                                                               

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2013: Kenny Hale, 90, Played and Coached Basketball

Kenny Hale, one of the last surviving members of San Diego State’s 1940-41 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics basketball championship team, passed away at age 90.

A 1938 San Diego High graduate, Hale eventually went into coaching and had winning records at Hoover and Mission Bay.

Frank Schiefer starred on Hale's Mission Bay teams.

Frank Schiefer starred on Hale’s Mission Bay teams.

Led by superstar Bill McColl, Hoover was 20-8 in Hale’s first season as coach and second in the Coast League in 1947-48.

Hale’s last team at Hoover was 23-3 in 1951-52 and won the City Prep League with an 11-1 record.

Hoover’s overall record under Hale was 76-45, with other years of 9-11, 10-16, and 14-7.

Kenny took over the new Mission Bay program in 1954-55 and built a winner before retiring from coaching after the 1957-58 campaign and going into administration.  Hale later  was principal at Horace Mann Junior High.

Hale’s record with the Buccaneers was 53-45.  They were 8-16 and 10-16 in the first two seasons and then got rolling with successive seasons of 17-7 and 18-6.

The Buccaneers won the prestigious, 32-team San Diego Kiwanis Tournament in 1956-57 and 1957-58.  They tied for second in the City Prep League in each of the last two seasons.

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1936: A Changing and Uncertain Landscape

–Point Loma was beginning the most successful run in school history.

–Bank and creditors foreclosed on the Garnet Avenue property in Pacific Beach on which San Diego Army and Navy Academy had been a fixture since 1910.

–School districts sprung up in Encinitas and Vista, creating a revamped Southern Prep League and an enrollment shortfall at Oceanside.

–Hoover became a member of the big league.

–President  Franklin Roosevelt swamped Kansas governor Alf  Landon, who received only 3 electoral votes,  and won re-election as the nation, and the world,  staggered through  a seventh year of the Great Depression.

POINTERS CHANGE DIRECTION

Point Loma, which began competing in maroon and gold in 1926, was an undistinguished 32-31-7 overall in its first 10 seasons.

1936 Pointers charged the camera and to undefeated season.

Coach Joe Beerkle’s Pointers charged the camera and to undefeated season.

One of the seasons included the 6-4 record of first-year coach Joe Beerkle in 1935.  Beerkle was just beginning.

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2004: Another Championship Run for Oceanside

John Carroll got some good news the day before his Oceanside Pirates were to meet Carlsbad for what would be the title-deciding game in the Avocado League.

Coach John McFadden of Eastlake called Carroll and told the Oceanside mentor that Eastlake had used an ineligible player in the 23-19, season-opening victory over the Pirates.

Instead of an 8-1 record, the Pirates were 9-0 the next night after they defeated Carlsbad, 17-7, in the annual battle of North County titans at Swede Krcmar Field, named after the e Lancers’ first coach.

Carlsbad was ranked No. 1 in the County and had come into the game with an 8-0 record.

The forfeit “is a win on paper, but that’s all it is,” said Carroll, downplaying the issue. The coach had his eye on  another target, a seventh trip to the big stadium in Mission Valley.

OCEANSIDE  ON MOVE

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2013: Some Locals Stood Out at Clovis

San Diego Section athletes in both genders stepped up in the Saturday finals of last week’s state track and field championships.

The college-like campus at Clovis’ Buchanan  High was a wonderful venue for the 95th Boys’ championship and 40th Girls’ meet and drew more than 17,000 persons over two days.

Saturday’s finals began under a late-afternoon sun, in heat that reached 100 degrees, and after many from the local contingent of 90 entries were  eliminated  in Friday’s trials.

My Saturday favorites:

1–Hannah Labrie-Smith, Cathedral Catholic.  She revealed a strong competitive edge when the sophomore battled back from a potentially disastrous mid-race crisis.

Leading coming into the homestretch turn, Labrie-Smith was thrown off stride when she struck a hurdle and fell back to fifth place.  Composing herself, Hannah knocked off two runners near the finish line  and nudged into third place in :42.58, after coming within 1/10 of a second of Gale Devers’ 1984 Section record of :42.26 on Friday.

2–Poway’s 4×400 relay team.  San Diego teams almost never post a good time in this event before the Section finals or, more often,  the state trials.  Maybe it’s because coaches are trying to win dual meets and enter their best runners in multiple events each week.

Poway was sixth in  a very strong field but its time of 3:15.78 was almost six seconds better than what it was running a month ago.  The Titans overcame a terrible pass on the first exchange.  They had virtually lost contact with the field halfway into the second lap but rallied and finished with the 13th best 4×400 in Section history.

3–Alex Grigoriev, Rancho Bernardo.  At one point Grigoriev was running in 11th place but he didn’t panic, climbing the hill to third  with a career best  of 1:51.61, No. 8 all-time in  the section.

4– Dotun Ogundeji, Madison.  I feel that winning a state championship is not always the ultimate. Ogundeji has to feel good about himself.

An unheralded junior, Ogundeji was the only local athlete to qualify for two finals events.

A two-way lineman on Madison’s 2012 State III championship football team, Dotun added more than a foot to his previous best, coming in at  58-11 3/4 for sixth in the shotput and was out of the money in the discus but still managed an excellent 175-2.

5–Melissa Mongiovi, West Hills.  She let the field get too far ahead but blazed a finish that got Mongiovi a fifth-place medal.  Melissa’s 54.70 400 meters is No. 7 all-time in San Diego and she has two more years and enough time to get over the habit of  having too much left at the finish.

6–Brenden Song, West Hills.  The San Diego Section’s only gold medalist, Song won the discus by three inches at 188-8 after finishing second in 2012 and third in Friday’s trials.

7–All of the others who got to Saturday and earned medals or came up with personal bests.

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2013: Steve Brand’s Final Top 10

Includes State Meet, May 31-June 1.

BOYS

100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76, Smith (Mount Miguel) 10.80, Ardis (La Costa Canyon) 10.81 (10.70w), S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, Doan (StA) 11.07 (10.84w, Lucas (Poway) 10.85 (10.78w), Lewis (San Marcos) 10.88, Le (Scripps Ranch) 10.93, McNair (Morse) 10.94, Mayberry (Francis Parker) 10.94.  Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame), 10.22aw.

200—Ardis (La Costa Canyon) 21.35, Lucas (Poway) 21.55, Lewis (San Marcos) 21.95, Molton (Hilltop) 21.96, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 22.03, Gross (Poway) 22.05, Brown (Valhalla) 22.09, Morgan (St. Augustine) 21.9, Doan (St. Augustine)  22.18, Gibson (Olympic) 22.20, Ricks (Valley Center) 22.20, Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 22.20. Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) 20.73.

400—Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 47.82, Howard (Steele Canyon) 48.65, Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 49.54, Gronotte (Westview) 49.63, Dehaven (Granite Hills) 49.67, Smith (Eastlake) 49.88, Ozenbaugh (Poway) 49.89, Johnson (Helix) 49.91. Southern California & State–Kurtz (Etiwanda) 46.53.

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2013: Cathedral Sophomore Chases Devers

CLOVIS—Twenty-one of San Diego’s 90 entries qualified yesterday for this evening’s 95th State track-and-field championships at Buchanan High.

In arguably a mediocre season for the San Diego Section, a strong season finish is possible.

The state meet is the event in which winning is not always more important than improving on a personal best or setting a section record. The trials were satisfying enough.

Sophomore Hannah Labrie-Smith of Cathedral Catholic had the third-fastest effort in the 300-meter hurdles but her time of :42.27 was one-tenth of a second off Gail Devers’ section record.

Labrie-Smith should draw a good lane assignment tonight as she challenges one of the oldest records in the books, set in 1984 by Sweetwater’s future Olympic hurdles champion.

The meet was more than two hours old before Labrie-Smith became the first San Diego Section entry to record a season best.  She bettered her 100-meter time with a nonqualifying, wind-okay :12.2.

Alex Grigoriev of Rancho Bernardo is positioned for a run in the 800 meters.  He finished strongly in his heat, running career best of 1:51.90, second fastest qualifying time behind the 1:51.6 of Bakersfield Ridgeview’s Ivan Gonzalez.

Otay Ranch’s Carina Gillespie ran 2:11.10 for the second fastest girls 800.

Christian Freeman of Carlsbad dropped out of 1,600 to devote to the 3,200 tonight.  He has the fastest qualifying time going in, 9:03.51.

Poway’s boys 4×400 relay team is in a loaded field and seeded only ninth tonight, but the Titans ran 3:17.43, an improvement of almost four seconds in the last month.  They’ll probably have go well under 3:17 to earn a medal.

Other  possibilities include Brendan Song in the discus and Sydney Rush-Dunigan in the long jump.  Song’s 194-4 is the best throw in the state this year but the West Hills senior hasn’t hit that mark since April and was fourth in qualifying yesterday at 184-1.

Point Loma’s Rush-Dunigan, seemingly always struggling to find a good launch point, overcame five consecutive fouls (including three last week in the section meet) and reached 24-0 ½ to qualify third on the final jump of the competition.

Madison’s Doton Ogundeji was the only double qualifier, eighth in the discus at 173-6 and 10th in the shot put at 56-11 ¾.

BOYS

100– Muhmmad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame), 10.40. (nonqualifier) Ardis (La Costa Canyon), 10.86. Doan (St. Augustine), 10.90. Lucas (Poway), 10.90.

200— Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame).  9.  Ardis (La Costa Canyon), 21.66. (nonqualifier) Lucas (Poway), 21.75.  Lewis (San Marcos), 22.41.

400— Parish (Etiwanda), 47.16.  (nonqualifier) Thomas (Scripps Ranch), 48.44.  DeHaven (Granite Hills), 50.43. Ozenbaugh (Poway), DQ, false start.

800— Gonzalez (Bakersfield Ridgeview), 1:51.60.  2—Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo), 1:51.91.  (nonqualifier) Hernandez (Helix), 1:54.07.  Senese (Mt. Carmel), 1:54.94.

1600— Haney (Bakersfield Stockdale), 4:13.05. (nonqualifier) Morton (Mt. Carmel), 4:21.70.  Sweet (Point Loma), 4:22.47.  Sindel (Mt. Carmel), 4:24.12.

110HH— Morris (Concord de la Salle) :13.92.  (nonqualifier) Hartinger (San Pasqual) 14.46. Nelson (Del Norte) 14.87. Kenney (Carlsbad), 14.99.

300IH– Sicard (Gardena Serra), 37.30.  7–Howard (Steele Canyon),  37.99. (nonqualifier) Nelson (Del-Norte), 38.88. Hartinger (San Pasqual), 39.79.

4×100 Relay– Gardena Serra, 41.01.  (nonqualifer) Granite Hills, 42.47; Mt. Carmel, 42.84. Helix, 43.06 DQ, lane violation.

4×400 Relay— Gardena Serra, 3:13.68.   9. Poway, 3:17.43.  (nonqualfier) Mt. Carmel, 3:20.31, DQ, lane violation.  Steele Canyon 3:20.55.

HJ—Started at 6-5.  Eleven qualified at 6-7.  (nonqualifier) Williams (Mission Hills), no height.  Benson (Point Loma), NH.  Bush (Poway), NH.

PV—Started at 14-6.  Twelve cleared 15-5  3/4, including Law (Otay Ranch).  (nonqualifier) Bush Poway (14-6).  K. Pater (Mt. Carmel), no height.

LJ— Jackson (Gardena  Serra), 24-7 ¼.  3–Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma), 24-0 ½.  10—Adair (Rancho Bernardo), 22-11.  (nonqualifier) S. Pater (Mt. Carmel), 19-5.

TJ— Moore (Castro Valley), 49-0 1/4.  (nonqualifier) Jackson (Mount Miguel), 45-2 ¾.  Dodds (Oceanside), 43-8 ¾.  Tuff (Steele Canyon), 42-5 ¼.

SP– Patterson  (Encino Crespi), 62-8. 10.  Ogundeji (Madison), 56-11 ¾.  (nonqualifier) Braddock (Eastlake), 53-2.  Santos (Imperial), 53-2.

DISCUS– Taylor (Newport Beach Newport Harbor), 189-11. 4—Song, West Hills, 184-1.  8—Ogundeji (Madison), 173-6. (nonqualifier) Savage (Morse). 151-2.

GIRLS

100— Washington (L.B. Poly), 11.48.  (nonqualifier) Acolatse (Mission Hills), 11.98.  Labrie-Smith (Cathedral), 12.12.  Lawson (Eastlake), 12.22.

200—Washington (L.B. Poly) 23.39.  (nonqualifier) Mongiovi (West Hills), 24.97.  Johnson (Cathedral), 24.91.   Zlatic (La Jolla), 25.27.

400– Dorner (Rancho Cordova Cordova),  53.12.  7. Mongiovi (West Hills),  55.61.  (nonqualifier) Hernandez (Mt. Carmel),  56.69.  Armitage (Clairemont),  57.57.

800— Smith (Clovis North), 2:10.63.  2. Gillespie (Otay Ranch), 2:11.10.  9.  Sammer (Rancho Bernardo), 2:12.28. (nonqualifier) Harbison (Westview), 2:14.54.

1600– Hiltz (Aptos),  4:50.7. (nonqualifier) Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon), 4:58.06.  Bernd (Canyon Crest), 5:01.6.  Ellie Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon), 5:12.65.

100IH— Wallace (Castro Valley), 13.49. (nonqualifier)  Labrie-Smith (Cathedral), 14.46.  Johnson (Cathedral), 14.70.  Hancock (La Jolla), 14.85.

300LH— Miller (Temecula Great Oak), 41.60.    3. Labrie-Smith (Cathedral), 42.27 (Section No. 2 all-time).  8.  Hancock (La Jolla), 43.17.  (nonqualifier) Lyons-Walker (Morse), 44.37.

4X100 Relay– L.B. Poly, 45.57.  Nonqualifier—Cathedral, 48.06.  Morse, 48.59. Mission Hills, 50.77.

4×1600  Relay– Piedmont Hills, 3:44.47.   (nonqualifier) Carlsbad, 3:54.04.  La Jolla, 3:55.37.   Bonita Vista, 3:57.94.

HJ—Twelve  cleared 5-6.  (nonqualifier) Curry (University City), 5-3 ¾.  Rowlett (Carlsbad), 5-3 ¾.  Yates (Rancho Buena Vista), no height.

PV—Eleven cleared 11-10, including Tolda (Cathedral).  (nonqualifier) Farr (Patrick Henry), 11 4 ¼.  Jackson (Ramona), no height.

LJ—Corrin (N. Hollywood Harvard-Westlake), 20-8.  8.  Zlatic (La Jolla), 18-4 ¾. (nonqualifier) Dozier (Mount Miguel), 17-2 ¾. Muhammad (L.J. Country Day), 15-5.

TJ– Wallace (Castro Valley), 40-10 ¾.  10—Cole (Del Norte), 38.0 ½.  (nonqualifier) Noiseaux (Eastlake). 35-9 ½. Van (Steele Canyon), 35-8.

SP—Scarvelis (Goleta Dos Pueblos), 51-11.  8.  Ward (Hoover),  41-11 ¾.  9.  Walker (Rancho Bernardo), 41-6 ½.  (nonqualifier) Sierra (El Capitan), 38-10 ¾.

DISCUS—(leading qualifier) Okwelogu (Clovis West), 170-6.  9—Smith (Helix), 136-10.  (nonqualifier)  Osby (Escondido), 124-3.  Zaybree (Scripps Ranch), 121-5.

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2013: Pat Shea, 73; Mission Bay and Chargers

Pat Shea, a starting right guard on the San Diego Chargers’ 1963 American Football League championship team and a legendary Mission Bay High athlete,  passed away in Encinitas recently at age 73.

Youthful Shea as Mission Bay star in 1958.

Youthful Shea as Mission Bay star in 1958.

Shea won the 1958 CIF Southern Section heavyweight wrestling championship for the Buccaneers and was  the ’58 City Prep League track championships shot put winner with a best of 55 feet, 9 1/4 inches.  At that time Shea’s mark was the third best ever by a city schools athlete.

Shea played in the annual Breitbard Foundation College Prep All-Star game featuring players from San Diego County versus Los Angeles City and was a lineman at San Diego Junior College  before moving on to the University of Southern California.

Shea recalled his days with the Chargers and at Mission Bay in classmate Bill Swank’s acclaimed book about the beach-area school, “Gold Leather Helmets – Black Hightop Shoes”:

“When I think about coaches at Mission Bay, I think about coach (Chuck) Coover,” said Shea.  ”I loved him.  He was quiet, but he also paid special attention to me.  He saw something in me.”

Shea remembered Don Donnelly as his favorite classroom teacher and the difficulty of matching wrestling holds with coach Walt Romanowski.

“Romanowski tied me up,” Shea told Swank.  ”I outweighed him and I didn’t know how he did it.  Romanowski and Coover were guys you wanted to please.”

Shea was known as a rough and tumble figure in his younger days in Pacific Beach and the coastal communities.  He was the second Shea to attend the new Mission Bay High, which opened in 1953.

Shea, Frank Schiefer, and Randy Chaffin were Buccaneers' shot put specialists.

Shea, Frank Schiefer, and Randy Chaffin were Buccaneers’ shot put specialists.

Pat followed Bob Shea, who  was a starter on early Buccaneers basketball teams in 1954-55 and ’55-56 and went on to a career as a life guard and administrator.

Pat Shea played at San Diego Junior College for two seasons and two years at the University of Southern California.  He made the Chargers as a rookie free agent in 1962 and concluded his career with the Chargers in 1965.

Chargers line coach Joe Madro was particularly fond of Shea.  The taskmaster Madro usually addressed Pat by Shea’s middle name, Beardsley, and appreciated Shea’s toughness and competitive spirit.

Shea said that he appreciated Chargers coach Sid Gillman but did not like general manager Gillman.  ”I liked him,” Shea remembered, “until I had to negotiate a contract with him.”

 

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2013: Steve Brand’s Track Top 10

As of May 26.  *State qualifier. a–automatic timing.  c–converted, yards to meters.

w–with wind.

BOYS

100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76, Smith (Mount Miguel) 10.80, *Ardis (La Costa Canyon) 10.81 (10.70w), S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, *Lucas (Poway) 10.85 (10.78w), Lewis (San Marcos) 10.88, Le (Scripps Ranch) 10.93, McNair (Morse) 10.94, Mayberry (Francis Parker) 10.94.  *Doan (StA) 11.07 (10.84w).  Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame), 10.22aw.

200—*Ardis (La Costa Canyon) 21.35, *Lucas (Poway) 21.55, *Lewis (San Marcos) 21.95, Molton (Hilltop) 21.96, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 22.03, Gross (Poway) 22.05, Brown (Valhalla) 22.09, Morgan (St. Augustine) 21.9, Doan (St. Augustine)  22.18, Gibson (Olympic) 22.20, Ricks (Valley Center) 22.20, Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 22.20. Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) 20.73.

400—*Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 47.82, Howard (Steele Canyon) 48.65, Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 49.54, Gronotte (Westview) 49.63, *Dehaven (Granite Hills) 49.67, Smith (Eastlake) 49.88, *Ozenbaugh (Poway) 49.89, Johnson (Helix) 49.91. Southern California & State–Kurtz (Etiwanda) 47.31.

800—*Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 1:52.35, Gronotte (Westview) 1:53.13, *Senese (Mt. Carmel) 1:53.67, *Hernandez (Helix) 1:53.98, Lawson (Cathedral) 1:54.23, Alvarado (Sweetwater) 1:55.69, Soto (El Cajon Valley) 1:55.76, Freeman (Carlsbad) 1:56.06, Snow (Carlsbad) 1:56.07, Greer (VC) 1:56.23. Southern California–Moulton (Corona Santiago), 1:51.78.  State–Hamilton (Oakland Bishop O’Dowd) 1:50.19.

1600–*Freeman (Carlsbad), 4:11.89, Fahy (La Costa Canyon) 4:13.88, Braude (Torrey Pines), 4:15.12, Ryan (Westview) 4:15.89, *Sindel (Mt. Carmel) 4:16.30, *Sweet (Point Loma) 4:17.02, Morton (Mt. Carmel) 4:18.16, A. Masayesva (Serra) 4:18.40, Jafek (Torrey Pines) 4:18.53, Schaefer (Carlsbad) 4:19.01. Southern California–Corcoran (Villa Park) 4:10.95. State–Blake Haney (Bakersfield Stockdale), 4:10.39.

3200—*Freeman (Carlsbad) 8:52.65, *Fahy (La Costa Canyon) 9:02.61, *Braude (Torrey Pines) 9:05.26, Schaefer (Carlsbad) 9:11.09, Martin (Carlsbad) 9:11.55, Riley (Ramona) 9:17.31, Gomez (El Capitan) 9:20.16, A. Masayesva (Serra) 9:21.33, Bourke (Cathedral) 9:21.44, Lepe (Monte Vista) 9:21.99. Southern California–Gonzalez (El Toro), 8:54.01. State–Haney, 8:48.58.

110HH—(Fully automatic) *Hartinger (San  Pasqual) 14.39, James (Granite Hills) 14.60, Washington (El Camino) 14.63, Zebold (Cathedral) 14.70 (14.44w), *Nelson (Del Norte) 14.78, *Kenney (Carlsbad) 14.80, Battig (Mira Mesa) 14.92, Trieu (Mira Mesa) 15.01, LaChica (Mt. Carmel) 15.20, French (Poway) 15.23 . Southern California & State–Sicard (Gardena Serra), 13.95aw.

300IH— *Howard (Steele Canyon) 38.19, Washington (El Camino) 38.0,* Hartinger (San Pasqual) 38.44, *Nelson (Del Norte) 38.61, James (Granute Hills) 38.6 (38.89), Zebold (Cathedral) 38.93, French (Poway) 38.96, Hernandez (Castle Park) 39.19, Wilson (Orange Glen) 39.36, Riley (Rancho Bernardo) 39.47. Southern California & State–Sicard, 37.23a.

4x100R— Poway 42.05, Steele Canyon 42.15, *Mt. Carmel 42.38, *Helix 42.39, *Granite Hills 42.73, Oceanside 42.82, Olympian 42.85, Eastlake 43.00, Monte Vista 43.07, University City 43.12.  Southern California & State–Gardena Serra, 40.73a.

4x400R— *Poway 3:18.90, *Mt. Carmel 3:19.27, *Steele Canyon 3:20.44, Westview 3:22.04, Rancho Bernardo 3:22.11, Granite Hills 3:22.37, Helix 3:22.40, Valley Center 3:24.35, Olympian 3:24.42, Del Norte 3:24.46. Southern California & State–Gardena Serra, 3:15.12.

HJ— *Bush (Poway) 6-7, Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma ) 6-6, Pritchett (University Center) 6-6, Pavlovics (Rancho Bernardo) 6-5 ½, *Williams (Mission Hills) 6-5, Patmon (Patrick Henry) 6-5, Benson (Point Loma) 6-5, *Hilliard (Rancho Buena Vista) 6-5, Five at 6-3. Southern California & State–Howell (Antelope Center), 7-0.

PV— *K. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 16-6, *Law (Otay Ranch) 16-0, *Bush (Poway) 15-4, Elder (Escondido) 15-3, Poole (Poway) 14-4, Drammissi (El Capitan) 14-4, Wagenveld (Calvin Christian) 14-4, Miller (Patrick Henry) 14-2, Ash (Valhalla) 14-2, Holstrom (Rancho Bernardo) 14-2. Southern California & State–K. Pater.

LJ—*Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 24-3 ½, Simpson (University City) 23-6 ½, Nasser (Sweetwater) 23-2 ½, LeBlanc (University City) 23-1, Walker (Mount Miguel) 22-9, *Adair (Rancho Bernardo) 22-7, Carter (Serra) 22-7, Holder (Oceanside) 22-6, Nelson (Del Norte) 22-6, Miller (Oceanside) 22-3 ½. *S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 22-10w. Southern California & State–Jackson (Gardena Serra), 25-0.

TJ—*Dodds (Oceanside) 48-8, Esteban (Otay Ranch) 46-4 ¾ (47-6w), Simpson (University City) 46-3, *Jackson (Mount Miguel) 46-1 3/4, Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 45-10, Boulware (Eastlake) 45-7 ¾, Wilson (Granite Hills) 45-5 ¼, *Tuff (Steele Canyon) 45-3 ½, M. Holder (Oceanside) 45-3, Carter (Serra) 45-2. Southern California & State–Spencer (Hesperia Sultana) 50-0 1/4w.

SP—*Ogundeji (Madison) 57-10 ½, Higuera (Sweetwater) 55-2 ½, *Santos (Imperial) 54-7 ¾, *Braddock (East) 53-9 1/2, Hendrickson (San Pasqual) 52-11, Maneval (Torrey Pines) 52-8 ¼,  Wyatt (Helix) 52-4, Quessenberry (La Costa Canyon) 51-10, Newman (El Camino) 51-8, Barker (Rancho Bernardo) 51-7. Southern California & State–Ponzio (Temecula Great Oak), 65-9.

DT—*Song (West Hills) 194-4, *Ogundeji (Madison) 179-10, *Newman (El Camino) 178-2, Maffei (Escondido) 166-4, Navarrete (University City) 160-9, Savage (Morse) 159-8, Hampton (Helix) 155-1, Braddock (Eastlake) 154-7, Barker (Rancho Bernardo) 152-4, Wyatt (Helix) 152-0. Southern California & State–Song.

GIRLS

100—(Fully automatic) *Acolatse (Mission Hills) 11.85, Johnson (Cathedral) 12.14, *Labrie-Smith (Cathedral)12.15 (11.97w), Rehm (San Pasqual) 12.23, Zlatic (La Jolla) 12.30, Gillon (Hilltop) 12.36, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 12.40, *Lawson (Eastlake) 12.41, Patterson (Rancho Bernardo) 12.41, Three at 12.43. Southern California & State–Washington (Long Beach Poly), 11.22aw.

200—Acolatse (Mission Hills) 24.30, *Mongiovi (West Hills) 24.44, *Johnson (Cathedral) 24.61, *Zlatic (La Jolla) 24.78, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 24.80, Gonzalez (Mater Dei) 24.83, LiDrazzah (Olympian) 25.23, Burrell (Chula Vista) 25.24, Lawson (Eastlake) 25.26, Carrillo (Steele Canyon) 25.1, Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 25.40 (25.00w). Southern california $ State–Washington, 23.18.

400—*Mongiovi (West Hills) 54.99, *Armitage (Clairemont) 55.58, Lopez (Carlsbad) 55.98, *Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 56.28, Smith (Eastlake) 56.44, Zlatic (La Jolla) 56.55, Leonard (San Pasqual) 57.47, Bell (Morse) 57.52, Schroeder (Bonita Vista) 57.77, Garces (Eastlake) 57.85. Southern California–Mongiovi.  State–Dorner (Rancho Cordova) 54.05.

800—*Sammer (Rancho Bernardo) 2:12.39, *Gillespie (Otay Ranch) 2:13.00, *Harbison (Westview) 2:13.85, Miller (Pacific Ridge) 2:15.14, Seamans (Torrey Pines) 2:15.28, Charles (Canyon Crest) 2:16.0, DeBrosse (El Camino) 2:16.13, Bernd (Canyon Crest) 2:16.26, Shade (Patrick Henry) 2:16.32, Fierro (San Dieguito) 2:16.39. Southern California–Huebner (La Quinta) 2:11.94.  State–Maxwell (San Lorenzo Valley) 2:09.34.

1600—*Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 4:51.33, *Bernd (Canyon Crest) 4:54.19, Sorensen (Torrey Pines) 4:56.74c, Charles (Canyon Crest) 4:57.70, *Seay (Mt. Carmel) 4:57.90, Lawson (La Costa Canyon) 4:58.68, Ellie Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 4:59.44, Kay (Patrick Henry) 5:00.88, Miller (Pacific Ridge) 5:00.92c, O’Connell (Torrey Pines) 5:01.07. Southern California–Smith (Newport Beach Newport Harbor), 4:49.61.  State–Maxwell (San Lorenzo Valley), 4:43.01.

3200—Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 10:36.01, *Lawson (La Costa Canyon) 10:44.00, *O’Connell (Torrey Pines) 10:44.24, Sorensen (Torrey Pines) 10:45.48, Seay (Mt. Carmel) 10:45.91, *Miller (Carlsbad) 10.54.75, Ellie Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 10:57.94, Bosler (La Costa Canyon) 10:59.08, Sanborn (Cathedral) 10:59.85, Ortlieb (San Pasqual) 11:06.59. Southern California & State–Baxter (Simi Valley), 10:06.74.

100IH—(Fully automatic) *Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 14.39, *Hancock (La Jolla) 14.64, Johnson (Cathedral) 14.64, Rehm (San Pasqual) 14.78, *Lyons-Walker (Morse) 14.80, Chang (Otay Ranch) 14.92, Johnson (Poway) 15.09w, Young (Serra) 15.16, Magdalena (Olympic) 15.20, Murray (Poway) 15.21. Southern California–Graham (Corona Roosevelt), 13.79sw.  State–Baxter (Castro Valley), 13.43a.

300IH—*Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 42.49, *Hancock (La Jolla) 42.59, *Lyons-Walker (Morse) 43.80, Rehm (San Pasqual) 43.99, Garcia (Rancho Bernardo) 43.91, Johnson (Cathedral) 44.08, Van (Steele Canyon) 44.66, Spencer (San Diego) 44.83, Young (Serra) 45.57, Bell (Morse) 45.5. Southern California & State–Miller (Temecula Great Oak), 41.15.

4x100R–*Cathedral 47.77; *Mission Hills 48.34; *Morse 48.45, Rancho Bernardo 48.64, Eastlake 48.66, University City 48.73, La Costa Canyon 48.81, Poway 48.84, San Pasqual 49.13, Olympian 49.16. Southern California & State–Long Beach Poly, 44.94.

4x400R— *La Jolla 3:53.98, *Carlsbad 3:54.91, *Bonita Vista 3:55.40, Rancho Bernardo 3:56.23, Del Norte 3:58.81, Mt. Carmel 3:59.10, Cathedral Catholic 3:59.57, West Hills 4:00.57, University City 4:00.70, Eastlake 4:01.26. Southern California–Long Beach Poly, 3:47.01.  State–Fresno Edison, 3:46.04.

HJ—*Curry (University City) 5-9, Callahan (Coronado) 5-6 ½, Slack (Vista) 5-6, *Rowlett (Carlsbad) 5-5, *Yates (Rancho Buena Vista) 5-4, Smith (Coronado) 5-3, Gorman (Rancho Bernardo) 5-3, Vanderhoff (Valhalla) 5-3, Eight at 5-2.

PV—*Tolda (Cathedral) 12-0, *Farr (Patrick Henry) 11-9, Lian (Rancho Bernardo) 11-6, Bartsch (Coronado) 11-5, *Jackson (Ramona) 11-3, Madigan (Scripps Ranch) 11-0, Moss (Otay Ranch) 10-6, Fox (Valhalla) 10-6, Girley (Carlsbad) 10-6, Six at 10-3. Southern California & State–Merritt (Rancho Santa Margarita), 13-8.

LJ—*Zlatic (La Jolla) 19-0 ¾, *T. Dozier (Mount Miguel) 18-7, Cromer (University City) 18-2, Staab (Scripps Ranch) 18-0, Hopson (Coronado) 17-8, Kennedy (Serra) 17-7 ¼, Van (Steele Canyon) 17-6 ¾, Rackley (La Costa Canyon) 17-6 ¼, *Muhammad (La Jolla Country Day) 17-6, Slack (Vista) 17-5 ½. Southern California & State–Corrin (N. Hollywood Harvard-Westlake), 20-11.

TJ—*Cole (Del Norte) 38-1 ¾, *Van (Steele Canyon) 38-0, Kennedy (Serra) 37-6 ½, Muhammad (La Jolla Country Day) 37-4, Madsen (Carlsbad) 37-3 ½, *Noiseaux (Eastlake) 37-2, Haselhuhn (Carlsbad) 36-8 ¾, Nash (Calvin Christian) 36-6 ¾, Mathis (Scripps Ranch) 36-2 ¼, Garcia (Sweetwater) 36-0 ½. Southern California–Tolliver (Inglewood St. Mary’s), 40-1 1/2.  State–Wallace (Castro Valley), 42-4.

SP—*Ward (Hoover) 43-0 ½, *Sierra (El Capitan) 42-3, *Walker (Rancho Bernardo) 41-6, Tausaga (Mount Miguel) 40-2, Cheadle (Escondido) 39-8, Mohamed (Imperial) 38-9, Osby (Escondido) 38-5, Helgeson (El Camino) 38-4, Ellis (Westview) 38-2 ¼, S. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 38-2. Southern California & State–Scarvelis (Goleta Dos Pueblos), 51-9 1/4.

DISCUS–*Osby (Escondido) 129-11, *Smith (Helix) 129-3, S. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 128-4, *Haury (Scripps Ranch) 128-4, Jackson (Francis Parker) 125-1, Sierra (El Capitan) 122-3, Anderson (Rancho Buena Vista) 122-3, Panebianco (Helix) 121-0, Helgesen (El Camino) 120-0, Nofadgi (Hoover) 118-3. Southern California–Jacobs (Arroyo Grande), 163-11.  State–Okwelogu (Clovis West), 168-4.

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2003: Havana, Si!

It was a remarkable San Diego Section football season, at once heart-warming and heart-breaking.

–Two teams played a game in Havana, Cuba.

–Legendary coach Herb Meyer of El Camino retired after 45 seasons and 338 victories.

–Lincoln High closed.

–The “Cedar” fire, which began in the Laguna Mountains and threatened  to burn to the ocean, destroyed hundreds of homes and killed 15 persons.

–Crawford, 0-9 in 2001, went 11-0 before bowing in the playoff semifinals.

–A monster program dominated at Marian Catholic.

SPANNING THE GLOBE

San Diego Section teams were all over the hemisphere in September.

Bonita Vista and La Jolla opened the season in Havana, in the first American football game played on the Communist island since 1958.

Horizon was at Maui Kanhumanu, Francis Parker at Ketchikan, Alaska, and La Jolla Country Day at Indian Springs, Nevada.

Probably the most unusual game ever involving San Diego-area teams took place in the Caribbean nation of Cuba.

The game between the Barons and Vikings was the first organized American football contest since a semi-professional league game featuring teams of Cubans and Americans had played 45 years before.

Since 1963 American travel to Cuba was restricted by a U.S. embargo. Trips sometimes were allowed if they related to certain criteria, including athletic competition, educational exchange, and family visits.

The La Jolla-Bonita Vista excursion was approved by the U.S. Treasury Department and the respective school districts.

Nicole Vargas provided superb coverage of the event for The San Diego Union, parts of which are cited below.

EASY CALL

After studying options for opening of the 2003 season out of the city and hearing of a similar educational exchange from a parent who had recently been in Cuba, Bonita Vista assistant coach Dan Hodges went to head coach Carl Parrick.

An international necessity...Barons coach Parrick checks in at customs in Havana.

Carl Parrick passed through customs  on return to Cuba after 44 years.

The Barons had intriguing choices, play a game in Washington, D.C., or Cuba.

It was no contest.

“The kids could go to Washington whenever they want, and many of them have,” Parrick told the writer.  “But when can they go to Cuba?  This is a great education, an experience they’ll never forget.”

That was a pretty easy one,” said La Jolla coach Dave Ponsford.

Ponsford, who also teaches social sciences, said, “We could play a football game here, but this is a great chance for players to see history changing before their eyes, because we don‘t know how long Cuba will be like this.”

COACH ALMOST HOME GROWN

Parrick had been the Cuba.  He lived there when he was in sixth and seventh grade.

“I didn’t want to leave,” Parrick said.  “But when you’re in seventh grade you don’t realize the importance of some things.”

Parrick’s father, a Navy lieutenant, was stationed in Havana and the family lived in a suburb of the city until they were forced to exit after Parrick’s father called home one evening in March, 1959, and told his wife to pack and get ready to leave, quickly.

Only two months earlier a Fidel Castro-led revolution had toppled Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista.

LONG DAY’S NIGHT

A total of 302 persons, including coaches, school officials, parents, and 102 players, made the trip at a cost of about $1,425 per person.

The journey began on a Saturday afternoon when buses from both schools were boarded for the ride to Tijuana Airport, where an Aero-Mexico charter was waiting for the 5 p.m., five-hour flight to Havana.

Vendor 'cycling bananas to market provided local backdrop to Bonita Vista practice.

Vendor ‘cycling bananas to market provided local backdrop to Bonita Vista practice.

A two-hour bus ride followed to Varadero, a resort town 88 miles east of Havana, where the group stayed for the first few days.

It was after 2:30 a.m. when the players walked into the Las Arenas Blancas Hotel. The travelers were pleased that “El Cactus,” the hotel’s 24-hour snack bar, offered hamburgers, pizza, and hot dogs.

In between a city tour and practice a few days later the players were invited to a special lunch and were treated to pasta and pizza in Havana’s Chinatown, no less,  at Los Tres Chinitos (The Three Little Chinese People).

Also included in the itinerary was a tour of Havana and its historical sites and a visit to a memorial for 265 sailors lost on the U.S.S Maine, a battleship which blew up in Havana Harbor in 1898 and set off the Spanish-American war.

A wreath-laying ceremony at the Maine was attended by players and assigned officials from the San Diego County Football Officials’ Association.  Players and refs were in their game uniforms.

Flags of Cuba and the United States hung in Havana’s 75,000-seat  Pan-American Stadium, erected in 1993.  The national anthem of each country was played at kickoff.

A nine-man grounds keeping crew, directed by Eastlake’s Jerry Fike  had repaired holes in the field left the day before by a hammer thrower from the Nigerian national  team that was  training for the All-Africa games.

OH, YES, THE GAME

The field measured only 90 yards (coaches agreed to shorten the gridiron because of the presence of metal boxes beyond the end line) but it still was football.

About 400 persons attended the “Havana Classic”.  Bonita Vista defeated La Jolla, 31-22, as sophomore Starr Fuimaono scored two touchdowns and gained 188 yards on 32 carries.

AFTER THE FIRE

The “Cedar” fire was the largest in California history, burning more than 280,000 acres, 2,800 buildings, and 2,232 houses.  At its peak the blaze scorched 5,000 acres an hour. Fifteen persons were killed.

The fire started south of Ramona by a panicked, overweight, novice hunter who purposely started a small fire despite strong Santa Ana winds to alert rescuers after he became separated from his partners.  The hunter was fearful of being stranded as sundown closed in.

More than 80 students at Scripps Ranch High were among those whose houses were among the 340 destroyed by fire.   Scripps Ranch residents and almost all of Tierrasanta and other areas were evacuated.

Scripps Ranch players were all for one and one for all after the Cedar fire.

Scripps Ranch players were all for one and one for all after the Cedar fire.

Stories  abounded of students, coaches, and parents battling to save horses and other livestock in Ramona and other parts of the back country.

The baseball field at Granite Hills was turned into an impromptu corral for displaced animals.

“We had a llama on the mound, Holsteins (cows) in the outfield and horses tied to the railing by our dugout like a hitching post,” said Granite Hills coach Jim Davis.

County schools were closed for a week and 39 games were canceled because of the fire and poor air quality.   Junior varsity and freshmen contests would not be made up. San Diego Section commissionerDennis Ackerman said that the Imperial Valley schools, which were not affected by the smoke from the fires, would be idle.

Classes at Julian High did not resume after one week, as did schools in other districts, and the Eagles were forced to cancel an additional week of games.

MEYER STEPS DOWN

Meyer looked back on a trove of great memories and 338 victories at Oceanside and El Camino.

Meyer looked back on a trove of great memories and 338 victories at Oceanside and El Camino.

The Oceanside Blade was a weekly newspaper, but the written word knows no circulation boundaries and seldom escapes all eyes.

Few people may have been aware of sports editor Irv Grossman’s column, but Herb Meyer was.

At age 23, Meyer was named head football coach at his alma-mater Oceanside in 1959.  Grossman was unimpressed, describing Meyer as a “neophyte biology teacher” in coaches’ gear.

Larry January was the Pirates’ starting fullback and remembered Meyer’s first game.

“No one, and I mean no one came out of halftime with a rear end,” remembered January.  “The second half we played minus our buttocks.  Everyone was twenty-five pounds lighter.”

Despite a scathing indictment of the team’s play, the first of many by the fiery coach over the next four-plus decades, the Pirates dropped a 13-6 decision to a very so-so La Jolla  team.

January, in an interview with Mick McGrane of The San Diego Union, recalled his teenage disappointment.  “I thought it was going to be a repeat of the previous year, when we were two and six.”

MESSAGE RECEIVED

His players heard Meyer, loud and clear.

(No surprise that Meyer often over the years was known as “The Fumin’ Human”).

The 2 and the 6 were reversed by the end of the season.  The Pirates posted a 6-2 record and tied Mar Vista for first place with a 4-1 Avocado League record.

By 1962, Meyer had tied for another league title and qualified for the San Diego Section A finals. The Pirates won the title outright in 1963.

When he stepped down, Meyer’s teams at Oceanside and El Camino had made 30 playoff appearances and were 7-4-1 in Section championship games.

Meyer’s final game was a 27-26 loss to Carlsbad.  Trailing by 14 points in the second half,  the Wildcats scored with 40 seconds  to play and went for a two-point conversion and the victory.

338 WINS, COUNT ‘EM

“We didn’t come back in the second half for a tie,” said Meyer.  “We were going for the win.” Spoken like the fierce competitor Meyer was.

Meyer’s  state-leading mark of 338 victories (against 148 losses with 15 ties) would be surpassed but the coach still ranked statewide and nationally years later.

And that writer who dissed the young coach?

Meyer invited Grossman to the football team’s season-ending dinner.  “He had to get up and eat crow,” recalled Meyer.  “I guess I knew a little bit about coaching after all.”

SHADES OF 1961

From 1994-2002, Crawford had one winning season and an overall record of 19-70-2. Losing was so repetitive there were four seasons of 2-8.

Football glory had been infrequent at Crawford after the 1961 team posted an 8-0-2 record and won the San Diego Section title under coach Walt Harvey.

Tracy McNair was named head coach in 2001 and the Colts responded with a 0-9 zinger.

“… when we lost to Coronado in the last game of the season and they hadn’t won a game either, it occurred to me we were the worst team in the Harbor League, maybe the worst team in the County,” said McNair.

Crawford was  slightly better at 2-7-1 in 2002 and raced through the Harbor League this season, outscoring five opponents 152-33, and knocking down Coronado 33-13 in the league championship game.

Crawford’s 11-0 run finally was halted by St. Augustine, which defeated the Colts 26-0 in the III semifinals.

SOUR TASTE

Poway ended the season with a 4-6 record, ushered out of the playoffs by Fallbrook 49-6. The flat ending was punctuated by the revelation that several players opted to go on Thanksgiving vacations rather than competing in the playoffs.

WIN IN D-III, HANG WITH ANYONE

All 12 III teams in the playoffs posted winning, regular-season records, an accomplishment that eluded all of the other divisions.

Crawford’s loss to St. Augustine was more reflective of the strength of coach Jerry Ralph’s Saints, who almost scored the season’s biggest victory.

The Saints led Marian Catholic 26-6 in the second quarter and outgained the Crusaders 398-301 before bowing 32-26 in the III championship.

MANY POINTS, MANY WINS

Marian Catholic running back Patrick Gates averaged a stunning, 20.4-yard rushing average during the regular season.

The Crusaders posted a 25-game winning streak, a far cry from the 1970-91 period in which they had five winning seasons.

Marian romped through the III playoffs, winning by scores of 32-17, 61-24, and 32-26, and averaged 55 points a game in a 13-0 season with 719 points scored.

WOULD HAVE BEEN HORNETS

According to school enrollment boundaries, Gates, quarterback Scotty Goodloe, and running back Earl Wilson would have enrolled at Lincoln, about 15 miles away. They came to Marian before Lincoln closed.

Being a private school, Marian could recruit students countywide and provide tuition for students otherwise unlikely to attend.

Principal Estelle Kassebaum said,   “People say, ‘You recruit.’  Of course we recruit.  We have a director of recruiting and so does every other Catholic school.

“Kids may come here because we have a great football team,” said Kassebaum,  “but if you don’t get the grades you don’t play.”

HORNETS ON HIATUS

Lincoln, which opened as a junior high in 1949, adding classes to eventually become a high school, with a first graduating class in 1955, was shutting down.

Construction of a new campus was to begin with students and athletes scattering to other schools in the city.

Former Lincoln students still sported their green “L” lettermen’s jackets at their new schools or “Hornet for Life” T-shirts under their game gear.

Lincoln principal Wendell Bass estimated there were at least 70 athletes among the 238 former Lincoln students spread throughout the city.

Only the original gymnasium and the original auditorium-cafeteria would remain when the new Lincoln opened on the old site in 2007.

The school’s address, originally 150 South 49th Street, became 4777 Imperial Avenue.

RING THE BELL

Brawley defeated El Centro Central 59-0 in the  “Bell Game.”  The Wildcats took a 71-70-10 series lead in an Imperial Valley rivalry that started in 1921. The 151-game series represents a U.S.-leading most games that two schools have played against each other.

Brawley, El Centro Central, and Calexico are the only schools in California that have played each other ever year since 1921.

A perpetual trophy with bell was cast in the early 1970′s to commemorate the Brawley-Central rivalry.

ROGAN AND FOSTER

A 74-year-old school record was broken at Coronado, when J.T. Rogan scored 31 touchdowns and 186 points in 11 games, breaking the mark of 164 points, set in 1929 in nine games by Frank Greene.

Rogan erased old record.

Rogan erased  record.

Rogan was rolling when Coronado visited Boulder City, Nevada.  The future University of San Diego running back rushed for 352 yards in 23 carries, had 50 yards in pass receptions, scored five touchdowns, and clinched a 49-42 victory with a 47-yard dash in the fourth quarter.

Foster piled up yards.

Foster piled up yards.

At the same time about 300 miles away Mission Bay’s Arian Foster, a transfer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, scored 4 touchdowns and gained 321 yards in 23 carries in a 27-19 victory over Clairemont.

Foster finished with 182 points in 11 games. The section scoring leader was Brawley’s Zay Shepard, who had 192 points in 10 games.

TORREY PINES EQUAL TO DE LA SALLE?

Who says comparative scores mean nothing?

De La Salle of Concord, the number one high school team in the U.S., scored its third straight victory over a San Diego representative, defeating La Costa Canyon, 28-7, before a capacity Mavericks stadium crowd of 5,000.

Torrey Pines, the San Diego D-I champion at 12-1, shut out La Costa Canyon, 23-0, and may have been a good test for the Spartans.  With no state playoffs, the game would not be played.

HUTZLER’S HUSTLERS

Jeff Hutzler was part of seven A and AA championship teams as an assistant or head coach in Nevada and claimed a second consecutive 8-Man title with La Jolla Country Day.

Torres took to Lewis.

Torres took to Lewis.

Leading the Torres to a 51-27 victory over Julian was Alex Lewis, who gained 95 yards in 5 carries, caught two passes for 50 yards, and scored two touchdowns.  Lewis made 10 tackles on defense and returned an intercepted pass 47 yards for a score.

RUBBER HITS ROAD

Oceanside returned to the Avocado League after three seasons in the Valley, in which all of the Pirates’ league opponents were located at least 20 miles away, via State 78 to east of Interstate 15.

The Pirates had been a founding member of the Avocado League with the same address since 1954 except for three seasons.  They were part of an Avocado League West incarnation from 1976-78.

OCEANSIDE STAR BITTEN BY BROWN RECLUSE

Nick Kok, a 6-foot, 195-pound running back who averaged 144 yards a game rushing and had scored 10 touchdowns, missed Oceanside’s Avocado League title-deciding game against Fallbrook because of chance encounter with a deadly arachnid.

Spider stopped Kok.

Spider stopped Kok.

Kok was bitten by a brown recluse as he slept.  Kok’s symptons became apparent during the week most schools were closed by the fires.  Coaches  were not allowed to hold practices or meet with players during that time.

“It’s strange,” said Oceanside coach John Carroll.  ”Eleven guys on the other side can’t stop him, but a one-inch spider can.”

MY BROTHER, MY BROTHER!

“I wanted to play with my brothers on the same team since I was a little kid,” said Castle Park senior Danny Sanchez, 6 feet, 4 inches, 355 pounds.

The boys simply were too big to play Pop Warner football.

Tommy, Daniel, and Rocco Sanchez (from left) were up front with Trojans.

Tommy, Daniel, and Rocco Sanchez (from left) were up front with Trojans.

It’s also hard to imagine Danny as ever being little.  Or his “little” bro’s, 6-2, 320-pound junior Tommy, and 6-2, 295-pound sophomore Rocco.

The three of them anchored Castle Park’s offensive line and “they’re a line coach’s dream,” said Trojans coach Paul Van Nostrand.

QUICK KICKS

Westview High in northwest Rancho Penasquitos fielded its first varsity team…the Wolverines are the 82nd San Diego Section school to participate in football…Westview was 3-6 against a junior varsity schedule in 2002…The Bishop’s School had 14 available players when it dropped from 11-man to 8-man…Christian’s new coach was former NFL quarterback Jay Schroeder, who played for four teams…Midway Baptist operated out of the Southern Section’s eight-man Big Sky League… Jake Fadden of Hilltop became the first South Bay quarterback to pass for 400 yards, finishing with 401 in a 57-37 loss to Chula Vista… Crawford topped University 49-21 in the playoffs for its first win over the Dons in 18 years…Escondido was 2-1 in the playoffs and worth watching…the Cougars’ average score in postseason was 41-34…they scored five touchdowns in a 12-minute span in the second half to overcome West Hills, 54-39…third generation footballer Ryan Durden, son of Allan, nephew of Mike, and grandson of Earnel, turned out for football at Helix… Point Loma led Marian Catholic 17-14 in the fourth quarter but bowed 32-17, marking 12 seasons and eight appearances without advancing beyond the playoff quarterfinals…Mission Bay’s Arian Foster would go undrafted out of Tennessee, sign as a rookie free agent and become a star with the NFL Houston Texans… El Cajon Valley and Grossmont played for the Peace Pipe and the Braves may have sued for peace…Grossmont won the fifth straight in the series, 48-8…St. Augustine quarterback Jake Santos set a Section record with 8 touchdown passes in a 62-10 win over Scripps Ranch…University City’s 5-5 record represented the Centurions first nonlosing season since 1992….

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2013: Steve Brand’s Track Top 10

(Reported as of May 19)

a–fully automatic. w–with wind.  h–hand timed.  c–converted.

BOYS

100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76 (10.73aw), Smith (Mt. Miguel) 10.80, Ardis (La Costa Canyon), 10.81,  S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, Lucas (Poway) 10.85, Lewis (San Marcos) 10.88, Le (Scripps Ranch) 10.93, McNair (Morse) 10.94, Mayberry (Francis Parker) 10.94. Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) 10.33aw. 

200—Artis (La Costa Canyon) 21.36, Molton (Hilltop) 21.96, Lucas (Poway) 22.02 (21,69aw), S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 22.03 (21.85aw), Gross (Poway), 22.06 Lewis (San Marcos) 22.09 (21.88aw), Brown (Valhalla) 22.09, Morgan (St. Augustine) 21.9, Doan (St. Augustine)  22.18, Ricks (Valley Center) 22.20, Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 22.20.  Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) 20.84a.

400—Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 47.82, Howard (Steele Canyon) 48.65, Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 49.54, Gronotte (Westview) 49.63, Dehaven (Granite Hills) 49.67, Smith (Eastlake) 49.88, Ozenbaugh (Poway), 49.89, Johnson (Helix) 49.91, Woods (Olympian) 49.96, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 49.97.. Southern California–Parish (Etiwanda) 47.31a. State–Kurtz (Brentwood Heritage) 47.03a.

800—Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 1:52.35, Gronotte (Westview) 1:53.13, Senese (Mt. Carmel) 1:53.67, Lawson (Cathedral) 1:54.23, Hernandez (Helix) 1:54.89, Freeman (Carlsbad) 1:56.06, Snow (Carlsbad) 1:56.07, Greer (Valley Center) 1:56.23, Alvarado (Swweetwater), 1:56.44,  Bieraugel (Mission Hills) 1:56.52.Southern California–Moulton, Corona Santiago, 1:51.78a.  State–Hamilton III (Oakland Bishop O’Dowd) 1:50.19a.

1600—Freeman (Carlsbad) 4:11.64, Fahy (La  Costa Canyon) 4:13.88, Braude (Torrey Pines) 4:15.12, Ryan (Westview) 4:15.89 ,Sindel (Mt. Carmel) 4:16.82, Morton (Mt. Carmel) 4:18.16,  A. Masayesva (Serra), 4:18.40, Jafek (Torrey Pines), 4:18.53, Schaefer (Carlsbad) 4:19.01, Sweet  (Point Loma), 4:19.50. Southern California–Corcoran, (Villa Park) 4:10.95. State–Haney (Bakersfield Stockdale) 4:10.39a.

3200—Freeman (Carlsbad) 8:52.65, Fahy (La Costa Canyon) 9:02.61, Braude (Torrey ines) 9:06.79, Schaefer (Carlsbad) 9:11.09, Riley (Ramona) 9:17.31, Gomez (El Capitan) 9:20.16, Martin (Carlsbad) 9:20.25, A. Masayesva (Serra) 9:21.33, Bourke (Cathedral) 9:21.44, Lepe (Monte Vista) 9:21.99. Southern California–Freeman.  State–Haney (Bakersfield Stockdale) 8:48.5a.

110HH—(Fully automatic) Hartinger (San Pasqual) 14.51, James (Granite Hills) 14.60, Washington (El Camino) 14.63,  Zebold (Cathedral) 14.70 (14.44w), Kenney (Carlsbad) 14.90, Battig (Mira Mesa) 14.92, Nelson (Del Norte) 14.99, Trieu (Mira Mesa) 15.01,  LaChica (Mt. Carmel) 15.20, French (Poway) 15.23. Southern California & State–Sicard (Gardena Serra), 13.95aw.

300IH—Washington (El Camino) 38.0, Howard (Steele Canyon) 38.38, James (Granite Hills) 38.6 (38.89), Zebold (Cathedral) 38.93, French (Poway) 38.96, Hernandez (Castle Park) 39.19, Nelson (Del Norte) 39.21, Wilson (Orange Glen) 39.36, Hartinger (San Pasqual) 39.44, LaChica (Mt. Carmel) 39.72. Southern California–Sicard (Gardena Serra) 37.62a.  State–Morris (Concord De La Salle) 37.50.

4×100— Poway 42.05, Steele Canyon 42.15, Mt. Carmel 42.38, Helix 42.39,  Granite Hills 42.73, Oceanside 42.82, Olympian 42.85, Eastlake 43.00, University City, 43.12, Monte Vista 43.24. Southern California & State–Gardena Serra, 40.73.

4×400— Poway 3:21.02, Mt. Carmel, 3:21.25, Steele Canyon 3:21.90, Rancho Bernardo 3:22.11, Helix 3:22.40, Westview 3:22.64, Granite Hills 3:23.47,  Valley Center 3:24.35, Olympian, 3:24.42, Del Norte 3:24.46. Southern California & State–Gardena Serra, 3:15.2.

HJ— Bush (Poway) 6-7, Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 6-6, Pritchett (University City) 6-6, Pavlovics (Rancho Bernardo) 6-5 ½, Patmon (Patrick Henry) 6-5, Benson (Point Loma) 6-4, Six at 6-3. Southern California & State–Moore (Rialto Carter), 6-11.

PV— K. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 16-6, Law (Otay Ranch) 16-0, Elder (Escondido) 15-3, Bush (Poway) 15-0, Poole (Poway) 14-4, Drammissi (El Capitan) 14-4, Wagenveld (Calvin Christian) 14-3, Miller (Patrick Henry) 14-2, Ash (Valhalla) 14-2, Holstrom (Rancho Bernardo) 14-2. Southern California & State–K. Pater.

LJ—Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 23-7 ¾, Simpson (University City) 23-6 ½, Nasser (Sweetwater) 23-2 ½, LeBlanc (University City) 23-1, Walker (Mt. Miguel) 22-9, Carter (Serra) 22-7, Holder (Oceanside) 22-6, Nelson (Del Norte) 22-6, Adair (Rancho Bernardo) 22-5 ¾, Miller (Oceanside) 22-3 ½. Southern California & State–Jackson (Gardena Serra), 25-0.

TJ—Dodds (Oceanside) 48-8, Esteban (Otay Ranch) 46-4 ¾ (47-6w), Simpson (University City) 46-3, Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 45-10, Boulware (Eastlake) 45-7 ¾, Wilson (Granite Hills) 45-5 ¼, Holder (Oceanside) 45-3, Carter (Serra) 45-2, Tuff (Steele Canyon) 44-11, Bisbal (Granite Hills) 44-6. Southern California–Spencer (Hesperia Sultana) 50-0 1/4. State–Moore (Castro Valley) 49-10.

SP—Ogundeji (Madison) 56-7, Higuera (Sweetater) 55-2 ½, Santos (Imperial) 53-4, Hendrickson (San Pasqual) 52-11, Maneval (Torrey Pines) 52-8 ¼, Braddock (Eastlake) 52-6, Quessenberry (La Costa Canyon) 51-10, Newman (El Camino) 51-8, Barker (Rancho Bernardo) 51-7, Quigley (St. Augustine), 51 1/2.. Southern California & State–Ponzio (Temecula Great Oak), 65-9.

DISCUS

Song (West Hills), 194-6; Ogundeji (Madison), 179-10, Newman (El Camino), 178-2, Maffei (Escondido), 166-2, Navarrete (University City), 160-9; Savage (Morse), 158-5, Braddock (Eastlake), 154-7, Barker (Rancho Bernardo), 152-4, Hampton (Helix), 152-1, Long (Poway), 151-7. Southern California & State–Song.

 GIRLS

100—(Fully automatic) Acolatse (Mission Hills) 11.85, Johnson (Cathedral) 12.14, Labrie-Smith (Cathedral)12.15, Rehm (San Pasqual) 12.23, Zlatic (La Jolla) 12.30 Gillon (Hilltop) 12.36, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 12.40, Lawson (Eastlake) 12.41, Patterson (Rancho Bernardo) 12.43, Oliver (Morse) 12.43. Southern California & State–Washington (Long Beach Poly) 11.20aw.

200— Acolatse (Mission Hills) 24.30, Johnson (Cathedral) 24.77,  Mongiovi (West Hills), 24.82 (24.6h), Zlatic (La Jolla) 24.88, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 24.95,  Carrillo (Steele Canyon) 25.1, Lawson (Eastlake), 25.26, Lidrazzah (Olympian), 25.37, Gonzaalez (Mater Dei), 25.39, Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 25.40 (25.00w). Southern California & State– Washington (Long Beach Poly) 23.33.

400—Mongiovi (West Hills) 54.99, Armitage (Clairemont) 55.58, Lopez (Carlsbad) 55.98, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 56.28, Smith (Eastlake) 56.44, Zlatic (La Jolla) 56.55, Leonard (San Pasqual) 57.47, Bell (Morse) 57.52, Schroeder (Bonita Vista) 57.77, Garces (Eastlake) 57.85. Southern California–Mongiovi.  State–Dorner (Rancho Cordova) 54.37a.

800— Sammer (Rancho Bernardo) 2:12.39, Gillespie (Otay Ranch) 2:13.0, Harbison (Westview) 2:13.85, Miller (Pacific Ridge) 2:15.14, Seamans (Torrey Pines) 2:15.28, Charles (Canyon Crest) 2:16.0, DeBrosse (El Camino) 2:16.13, Bernd (Canyon Crest) 2:16.26, Shade (Point Loma), 2:16.32, Fierro (San Dieguito) 2:16.3. Southern California–Huebner (La Quinta La Quinta) 2:11.94a.  State–Maxwell (San Lorenzo Valley) 2:09.34a.

1600—Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 4:51.33, Sorensen (Torrey Pines) 4:56.74c, Bernd (Canyon Crest) 4:57.49, Charles (Canyon Crest) 4:57.70, Seay (Mt. Carmel) 4:58.97, Miller (Pacific Ridge) 5:00.92c, O’Connell (Torrey Pines) 5:01.07, Lawson (La Costa Canyon) 5:02.26, Kay (Patrick Henry) 5:03.25, Josephson (Patrick Henry), 5:04.00, Cope (Vistaa), 5:04.30. Southern California–Smith, Newport Beach Newport Harbor, 4:49.61a.  State–Maxwell (San Lorenzo Valley) 4:43.01a.

3200— Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 10:36.01, Lawson (La Costa Canyon) 10:44.00, O’Connell (Torrey Pines) 10:44.24, Sorensen (Torrey Pines) 10:45.48, Seay (Mt. Carmel) 10:45.91, Ellie Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 10:57.94, Bosler (La Costa Canyon) 10:59.82, Miller (Carlsbad) 11:00.73, Ortlieb (San Pasqual) 11:06.59, Kay (Patrick Henry) 11:10.66. Southern California & State–Baxter (Simi Valley) 10:06.74a.

100IH—(Fully automatic) Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 14.51, Johnson (Cathedral), 14.70, Hancock (La Jolla) 14.72, Rehm (San Pasqual) 14.78,  Chang (Otay Ranch) 14.92,  Lyons-Webster (Morse), 15.09, Young (Serra) 15.16, Magdalena (Olympian) 15.20, Murray (Poway) 15.21, Van (Steele Canyon) 15.31. Southern California–Graham (Corona Roosevel), 13.79aw.   State–Wallace (Castro Valley), 13.43a.

300IH— Labrie-Smith (Cathedal) 42.80, Hancock (La Jolla 42.97, Garcia (Rancho Bernardo) 43.91, Rehm (San Pasqual) 43.99,  Johnson (Cathedral) 44.08, Van (Steele Canyon) 44.66, Spencer (San Diego) 44.83, Lyons-Walker (Morse) 44.86, Bell (Morse) 45.5, Young (Serra) 45.77, Van (Steele Canyon), 45.77. Southern California & State–Miller (Temecula Great Oak) 41.15a.

4×100— Cathedral 47.99, Mission Hills 48.44, Rancho Bernardo 48.64, Morse 48.71, University City 48.73, Poway 48.84,  Eastlake 48.88, San Pasqual 49.13, Olympian 49.0, La Costa Canyon 49.31. Southern California & State–San Jacinto, 45.04.

4×400— Rancho Bernardo 3:56.23, Bonita Vista 3:56.49, La Jolla 3:56.61, Carlsbad 3:56.74, Del Norte 3:58.96, Mt. Carmel 3:59.10, Cathedral Catholic 3:59.57, West Hills, 4:00.81, Eastlake 4:01.26, Otay Ranch, 4:01.51.  Southern California & State–Huntington Beach Edison, 3:46.04.

HJ— Curry (University City), 5-7, Callahan (Coronado) 5-6 ½, Slack (Vista) 5-6, Yates (Rancho Buena Vista) 5-4, Rowlett (Carlsbad) 5-4, Gorman (Rancho Bernardo) 5-3, Vanderhoff (Valhalla) 5-3. Eight at 5-2.  Southern California & State–Kleffer-Wright (South Pasadena, 6-0).

PV—Tolda (Cathedral) 12, Farr (Patrick Henry) 11-9, Lian (Rancho Bernardo) 11-6, Bartsch (Coronado) 11-5, Jackson (Ramona) 11-3, Madigan (Scripps Ranch) 11, Moss (Otay Ranch) 10-6, Fox (Valhalla) 10-6, Girley (Carlsbad) 10-6. Four at 10-3.  Southern California & State–Merritt (Rancho Santa Margarita) 13-8.

LJ—T. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 18-7, Zlatic (La Jolla) 18-3 ½, Cromer (University City) 18-2, Staab (Scripps Ranch) 18, Hopson (Coronado) 17-8, Muhammad (La Jolla Country Day) 17-8w, Kennedy (Serra) 17-7 ¼, Van (Steele Canyon) 17-6 ¾, Rackley (La Costa Canyon) 17-6 ¼, Slack (Vista) 17-5 ½. Southern California & State–Corrin (N. Hollywood Harvard-Westlake) 20-11.

TJ—Van (Steele Canyon) 38, Kennedy (Serra), 37-6 1/2, Cole (Del Norte) 37-5 ½, Muhammad (La Jolla Country Day) 37-4, Madsen (Carlsbad) 37-3 ½, Noiseuax (Eastlake), 37-2, Haselhuhn (Carlsbad) 36-8 ¾, Nash (Calvin Christian) 36-6 ¾, Mathis (Scripps Ranch), 36-2 1/4, Garcia (Sweetwater), 36-0 1/2. Southern California–Owens (Carson), 41-0 1/2.  State–Wallace (Castro Valley) 42-4.

SP—Sierra (El Capitan) 42-3, Ward (Hoover), 42-0 1/2, Walker (Rancho Bernardo) 39-10 ½, Tausaga (Mt. Miguel) 39-9,  Mohamed (Imperial) 38-9, Helgeson (El Camino) 38-4, Osby (Escondido), 38-3 1/2, Ellis (Westview) 38-2 1/4, S. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 38-1, Cheadle (Escondido) 37-11 ¼. Southern California & State–Scarvelis (Santa Barbara Dos Pueblos) 42-4.

DT—Smith (Helix) 131, S. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 128-4, Haury (Scripps Ranch) 127-6, Jackson (Francis Parker) 122-9, Osby (Escondido) 122-3, Sierra (El Capitan) 122-3, Anderson (Rancho Buena Vista) 122-3, Helgesen (El Camino) 120, Panebianco (Helix) 118-10, Bell (Calvin Christian) 117-9. Southern California–Jacobs (Arroyo Grande) 163-11 1/2.  State–Okwelogu (Clovis West) 168-4.

 

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2013: NFL Goes For Highlanders, Mavericks

Helix and La Costa Canyon are among 17 U.S. high schools to have two players selected in the 2013 National Football League draft.  Chandler, Arizona, led all high schools with three.the shield

Boise State defensive back Jamar Taylor, in Round 2 by Miami, and Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo, in Round 4 by Atlanta, represented Helix.  Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills, in Round 5 by New Orleans, and San Jose State tackle David Quessenberry, in Round 6 by Houston, represented La Costa Canyon.

A total of 236 different high schools contributed to the 254 players selected in the seven rounds of the draft, according to the NFL communications department.

Thirty-nine states as well as Australia, Canada, England, Estonia, and Ghana had players chosen.

California and Florida each had 27 players named, followed by Texas (25), Georgia (20), South Carolina (13), Ohio and Louisiana, 11 each.

South Carolina had the most players per capita, with 1 player selected for every 355,798 residents.  Louisiana, Delaware, Georgia, and Kansas followed the Gamecocks.

THREE AZTECS

Tight end Gavin Escobar of Rancho Santa Margarita was the first San Diego State player taken, in the second round by Dallas.  Defensive back Leon McFadden of Bellflower St. John Bosco went in the third  round to Cleveland, and  wide receiver Brice Butler of Norcross, Georgia, was named in Round 7 by Oakland.

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2013: Next Up, San Diego Section Trials

Hot weather and hot tracksters are heating up  the San Diego Section.

Twelve section bests were recorded in league finals last week and the real racing (and jumping, vaulting, and throwing) begins with the Section trials, an all-day carnival at Mt. Carmel High  Saturday.

STATE MEET IS GOAL

Qualifiers move on to the section finals May 25 and the champions and other survivors head north to Buchanan High in Clovis for the 96th State meet May 31-June 1.

The starter’s pistol will echo often as more than 100 races will be contested, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the first heat of the girls’ 400-meter relay and ending with the sixth and final heat of the  boys’ 1,600-meter relay at 5:59 p.m,

The track events will be accompanied by at least 24 field event competitions.

At least 1,000 athletes will be on hand.  Nine competitors in  each event will qualify for the May 25 Masters meet, which will run concurrently with a B-level meet for additional athletes who met a qualifying standard.

Bring a sufficient amount of sun block lotion or spray and stay hydrated.

The Mt. Carmel concession stand hot dogs and hamburgers are recommended.

MONGIOVI IMPROVES IN 400

Most impressive league finals performances included a :54.99 400 by Melissa Mongiovi of West Hills. Her time was seventh fastest in San Diego Section history.

Suzie Acolatse of Mission Hills moved to 10th in the 100 meters after an :11.85 clocking and Cathedral’s Hannah Labrie-Smith is now 11th after her :14.53 in the 110 hurdles.

 

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2013: Steve Brand’s Track Top 10

(Reported as of May 12)

a–fully automatic. w–with wind.  h–hand timed.  c–converted.

BOYS

100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76, Smith (Mt. Miguel) 10.80, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, Lucas (Poway) 10.85, Lewis (San Marcos) 10.88, McNair (Morse) 10.94, Le (Scripps Ranch) 10.94, Mayberry (Francis Parker) 10.94. Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) 10.36aw & Valentine (Upland) 10.36aw.

200—Artis (La Costa Canyon) 21.77, Molton (Hilltop) 21.96, Lucas (Poway) 22.02, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 22.03, Lewis (San Marcos) 22.09, Brown (Valhalla) 22.13, Morgan (St. Augustine) 21.9, Doan (St. Augustine)  22.18, Ricks (Valley Center) 22.20, Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 22.20.  Southern California & State–Muhammad (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) 20.87aw.

400—Thomas (Scripps Ranch) 47.98, Howard (Steele Canyon) 48.65, Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 49.54, Gronotte (Westview) 49.63, Dehaven (Granite Hills) 49.67, Smith (Eastlake) 49.88, Johnson (Helix) 49.91, Woods (Olympian) 49.96, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 49.97, Warren (Helix) 49.99. Southern California–Parish (Etiwanda) 47.31a. State–Kurtz (Brentwood Heritage) 47.03a.

800—Grigoriev (Rancho Bernardo) 1:52.35, Gronotte (Westview) 1:53.13, Senese (Mt. Carmel) 1:53.67, Lawson (Cathedral) 1:54.23, Hernandez (Helix) 1:54.89, Freeman (Carlsbad) 1:56.06, Snow (Carlsbad) 1:56.07, Greer (Valley Center) 1:56.23, Bieraugel (Mission Hills) 1:56.66, Grant (Del Norte) 1:56.72. Southern California–Moulton, Corona Santiago, 1:51.78a.  State–Hamilton III (Oakland Bishop O’Dowd) 1:50.19a.

1600—Freeman (Carlsbad) 4:11.64, Fahy (La  Costa Canyon) 4:13.88, Braude (Torrey Pines) 4:15.56, Ryan (Westview) 4:15.89, Morton (Mt. Carmel) 4:18.16, Sindel (Mt. Carmel) 4:18.56, Schaefer (Carlsbad) 4:19.01, McEachern (Mt. Carmel) 4:20.32, Gomez (El Capitan) 4:21.35, Carroll (San Dieguito) 4:21.40. Southern California–Corcoran, (Villa Park) 4:10.95. State–Haney (Bakersfield Stockdale) 4:10.39a.

3200—Freeman (Carlsbad) 8:52.65, Fahy (La Costa Canyon) 9:02.61, Braude (Torrey ines) 9:06.79, Schaefer (Carlsbad) 9:11.09, Riley (Ramona) 9:17.31, Gomez (El Capitan) 9:20.16, Martin (Carlsbad) 9:20.25, A. Masayesva (Serra) 9:21.33, Bourke (Cathedral) 9:21.44, Lepe (Monte Vista) 9:21.99. Southern California–Freeman.  State–Haney (Bakersfield Stockdale) 8:48.5a.

110HH—(Fully automatic) James (Granite Hills) 14.60, Washington (El Camino) 14.63, Hartinger (San Pasqual) 14.66, Zebold (Cathedral) 14.70 (14.44w), Kenney (Carlsbad) 14.90, Battig (Mira Mesa) 14.92, Trieu (Mira Mesa) 15.01, Nelson (Del Norte) 15.15, LaChica (Mt. Carmel) 15.20, French (Poway) 15.23. Southern California & State–Viltz (Long Beach Millikan) 13.97aw.

300IH—Washington (El Camino) 38.0, Howard (Steele Canyon) 38.38, James (Granite Hills) 38.6 (38.89), Zebold (Cathedral) 38.93, French (Poway) 38.96, Hernandez (Castle Park) 39.19, Nelson (Del Norte) 39.21, Wilson (Orange Glen) 39.36, Hartinger (San Pasqual) 39.44, LaChica (Mt. Carmel) 39.72. Southern California–Sicard (Gardena Serra) 37.62a.  State–Morris (Concord De La Salle) 37.50.

4×100— Poway 42.05, Steele Canyon 42.15, Helix 42.39, Mt. Carmel 42.45, Granite Hills 42.73, Oceanside 42.82, Olympian 42.85, Eastlake 43.00, Monte Vista 43.24, Del Norte 43.25. Southern California & State–L.A. Loyola, 40.89a.

4×400— Poway 3:21.02, Steele Canyon 3:21.90, Mt. Carmel 3:21.96, Rancho Bernardo 3:22.11, Helix 3:22.40, Granite Hills 3:23.47, Westview 3:23.81, Valley Center 3:24.35, Del Norte 3:24.46, San Pasqual 3:25.74. Southern California & State–Gardena Serra, 3:15.2.

HJ— Bush (Poway) 6-7, Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 6-6, Pritchett (University City) 6-6, Pavlovics (Rancho Bernardo) 6-5 ½, Patmon (Patrick Henry) 6-5, Benson (Point Loma) 6-4, Lancour (Otay Ranch) 6-3, Probe (Serra) 6-3, Eulitt (Steele Canyon) 6-3. Nine at 6-2. Southern California–Calhoun, Long Beach Poly, 6-10.  State–Smith (Clovis Buchanan) 6-10 1/4.

PV— K. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 16-6, Law (Otay Ranch) 16-0, Elder (Escondido) 15-3, Bush (Poway) 15-0, Poole (Poway) 14-4, Drammissi (El Capitan) 14-4, Wagenveld (Calvin Christian) 14-3, Miller (Patrick Henry) 14-2, Ash (Valhalla) 14-2, Holstrom (Rancho Bernardo) 14-2. Southern California & State–K. Pater.

LJ—Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 23-7 ¾, Simpson (University City) 23-6 ½, Nasser (Sweetwater) 23-2 ½, LeBlanc (University City) 23-1, Walker (Mt. Miguel) 22-9, Carter (Serra) 22-7, Holder (Oceanside) 22-6, Nelson (Del Norte) 22-6, Adair (Rancho Bernardo) 22-5 ¾, Miller (Oceanside) 22-3 ½. Southern California & State–Jones (Redlands) 24-11 3/4.

TJ—Dodds (Oceanside) 48-8, Esteban (Otay Ranch) 46-4 ¾ (47-6w), Simpson (University City) 46-3, Rush-Dunigan (Point Loma) 45-10, Boulware (Eastlake) 45-7 ¾, Wilson (Granite Hills) 45-5 ¼, Holder (Oceanside) 45-3, Carter (Serra) 45-2, Tuff (Steele Canyon) 44-11, Bisbal (Granite Hills) 44-6. Southern California–Spencer (Hesperia Sultana) 48-9 1/4. State–Moore (Castro Valley) 49-10.

SP—Ogundeji (Madison) 56-7, Higuera (Sweetater) 55-2 ½, Santos (Imperial) 53-4, Hendrickson (San Pasqual) 52-11, Maneval (Torrey Pines) 52-8 ¼, Braddock (Eastlake) 52-6, Quessenberry (La Costa Canyon) 51-10, Newman (El Camino) 51-8, Barker (Rancho Bernardo) 51-7, Wyatt (Helix) 50-11 ½. Southern California & State–Taylor (Newport Beach Newport Harbor) 62-5.

DT—Song (West Hills) 194-4, Ogundeji (Madison) 179-10, Newman (El Camino) 178-2, Maffei (Escondido) 166-4, Navarrete (University City) 160-9, Braddock (Eastlake) 154-7, Savage (Morse) 153-10, Barker (Rancho Bernardo) 152-4, Hampton (Helix) 152-1, Long (Poway) 151-7. Southern California & State–Song.

GIRLS

100—(Fully automatic) Acolatse (Mission Hills) 11.85, Johnson (Cathedral) 12.17, Rehm (San Pasqual) 12.29, Zlatic (La Jolla) 12.30, Labrie-Smith (Cathedral)12.33, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 12.40, Lawson (Eastlake) 12.41, Patterson (Rancho Bernardo) 12.43, Oliver (Morse) 12.43, Gonzalez (Mater Dei) 12.44. Southern California & State–Washington (Long Beach Poly) 11.51a.

200— Acolatse (Mission Hills) 24.56, Johnson (Cathedral) 24.77, Zlatic (La Jolla) 24.88, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 24.95, Mongiovi (West Hills) 25.05 (24.6h), Carrillo (Steele Canyon) 25.1, Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 25.40 (25.00w), Stephens (Francis Parker) 25.43, Bell (Morse) 25.58, Patterson (Rancho Bernardo) 25.63. Southern California & State– Washington (Long Beach Poly) 23.34.

400—Mongiovi (West Hills) 54.99, Armitage (Clairemont) 55.58, Lopez (Carlsbad) 55.98, Hernandez (Mt. Carmel) 56.28, Smith (Eastlake) 56.44, Zlatic (La Jolla) 56.86, Leonard (San Pasqual) 57.47, Bell (Morse) 57.52, Schroeder (Bonita Vista) 57.77, Garces (Eastlake) 57.85. Southern California–Mongiovi.  State–Dorner (Rancho Cordova) 54.37a.

800— Sammer (Rancho Bernardo) 2:12.39, Gillespie (Otay Ranch) 2:13.01, Harbison (Westview) 2:13.85, Miller (PR) 2:15.14, Seamans (Torrey Pines) 2:15.28, Charles (Canyon Crest) 2:16.0, DeBrosse (El Camino) 2:16.13, Bernd (Canyon Crest) 2:16.26, Fierro (San Dieguito) 2:16.39, Erlenbach (Scripps Ranch) 2:17.42. Southern California–Huebner (La Quinta La Quinta) 2:11.94a.  State–Maxwell (San Lorenzo Valley) 2:09.34a.

1600—Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 4:51.33, Sorensen (Torrey Pines) 4:56.74c, Bernd (Canyon Crest) 4:57.49, Charles (Canyon Crest) 4:57.70, Seay (Mt. Carmel) 4:58.97, Miller (Pacific Ridge) 5:00.92c, O’Connell (Torrey Pines) 5:01.07, Lawson (La Costa Canyon) 5:02.26, Kay (Patrick Henry) 5:03.25, Rohner (Rancho Buena Vista) 5:04.45. Southern California–Smith, Newport Beach Newport Harbor, 4:49.61a.  State–Maxwell (San Lorenzo Valley) 4:43.01a.

3200— Emma Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 10:36.01, Lawson (La Costa Canyon) 10:44.00, O’Connell (Torrey Pines) 10:44.24, Sorensen (Torrey Pines) 10:45.48, Seay (Mt. Carmel) 10:45.91, Ellie Abrahamson (La Costa Canyon) 10:57.94, Bosler (La Costa Canyon) 10:59.82, Miller (Carlsbad) 11;04.61, Ortlieb (San Pasqual) 11:06.59, Kay (Patrick Henry) 11:10.66. Southern California & State–Baxter (Simi Valley) 10:06.74a.

100IH—(Fully automatic) Labrie-Smith (Cathedral) 14.53, Rehm (San Pasqual) 14.78, Johnson (Cathedral) 14.82w, Chang (Otay Ranch) 14.92, Hancock (La Jolla) 14.93, Young (Serra) 15.16, Magdalena (Olympian) 15.20, Murray (Poway) 15.21, Van (Steele Canyon) 15.31, Garcia (Rancho Bernardo) 15.43. Southern California–Payne (Long Beach Poly) 13.80a.  State–Wallace (Castro Valley), 13.43a.

300IH— Labrie-Smith (Cathedal) 42.80, Hancock (La Jolla 43.48, Rehm (San Pasqual) 43.99, Garcia (Rancho Bernardo) 43.91, Johnson (Cathedral) 44.08, Van (Steele Canyon) 44.66, Spencer (San Diego) 44.83, Bell (Morse) 45.5, Young (Serra) 45.77, Cuhna (West Hills) 45.90, Magdalena (Olympian) 46.14 (45.9),  Lyons-Walker (Morse) 46.14, Murray (Poway) 46.15. Southern California & State–Miller (Temecula Great Oak) 41.31a.

4×100— Cathedral 47.99, Mission Hills 48.44, Rancho Bernardo 48.64, University City 48.73, Poway 48.84, Morse 49.00, Eastlake 48.9, San Pasqual 49.13, Olympian 49.0, La Costa Canyon 49.35. Southern California & State–San Jacinto, 45.04.

4×400— Rancho Bernardo 3:56.23, Carlsbad 3:56.74, Mt. Carmel 3:59.48, Cathedral Catholic 3:59.57, La Jolla 4:00.26, Del Norte 4:00.80, Bonita Vista 4:00.83, Eastlake 4:01.76, La Costa Canyon 4:01.99, Torrey Pines 4:02.29.  Southern California & State–Etiwanda, 3:47.07.

HJ— Callahan (Coronado) 5-6 ½, Slack (Vista) 5-6, Yates (Rancho Buena Vista) 5-4, Rowlett (Carlsbad) 5-4, Gorman (Rancho Bernardo) 5-3, Vanderhoff (Valhalla) 5-3. Nine at 5-2.  Southern California & State–Kleffer-Wright (South Pasadena, 6-0).

PV—Tolda (Cathedral) 12, Farr (Patrick Henry) 11-7, Lian (Rancho Bernardo) 11-6, Bartsch (Coronado) 11-5, Jackson (Ramona) 11-3, Madigan (Scripps Ranch) 11, Moss (Otay Ranch) 10-6, Fox (Valhalla) 10-6, Girley (Carlsbad) 10-6. Three at 10-3.  Southern California & State–Merritt (Rancho Santa Margarita) 13-8.

LJ—T. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 18-7, Zlatic (La Jolla) 18-3 ½, Cromer (University City) 18-2, Staab (Scripps Ranch) 18, Hopson (Coronado) 17-8, Muhammad (La Jolla Country Day) 17-8w, Kennedy (Serra) 17-7 ¼, Van (Steele Canyon) 17-6 ¾, Rackley (La Costa Canyon) 17-6 ¼, Slack (Vista) 17-5 ½. Southern California & State–Corrin (N. Hollywood Harvard-Westlake) 20-11.

TJ—Van (Steele Canyon) 38, Cole (Del Norte) 37-5 ½, Muhammad (La Jolla Country Day) 37-4, Madsen (Carlsbad) 37-3 ½, Noiseuax (Eastlake) 37-2, Haselhuhn (Carlsbad) 36-8 ¾, Nash (Calvin Christian) 36-6 ¾, Kennedy (Serra) 36-4 ½, Mathis (Scripps Ranch) 36-2 ¼, Garcia (Sweetwater) 36-0 ½. Southern California–Young-Warner (Redlands Citrus Valley) 39-9 3/4.  State–Wallace (Castro Valley) 42-4.

SP— Sierra (El Capitan) 42-3, Walker (Rancho Bernardo) 39-10 ½, Tausaga (Mt. Miguel) 39-9, Ward (Hoover) 39-3 ½, Mohamed (Imperial) 38-9, S. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 38-1, Ellis (Westview) 38, Cheadle (Escondido) 37-11 ¼, Jackson (Francis Parker) 37-7 ½, Helgeson (El Camino) 37. Southern California & State–Scarvelis (Santa Barbara Dos Pueblos) 42-4.

DT— S. Dozier (Steele Canyon) 128-4, Haury (Scripps Ranch) 127-6, Smith (Helix) 127-0, Osby (Escondido) 122-3, Sierra (El Capitan) 122-3, Anderson (Rancho Buena Vista) 122-3, Jackson (Francis Parker) 122-2, Helgesen (El Camino) 120, Panebianco (Helix) 118-10, Bell (Calvin Christian) 117-9. Southern California–Jacobs (Arroyo Grande) 163-11 1/2.  State–Okwelogu (Clovis West) 164-1.

 

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2013: Augie Escamilla, 90

Three of Escamilla's 1947 Boys' Club "Bat Busters"went on to play for chmpionship San Diego High football teams, including  Eddie Heard, Don Bransford, Don Strickland, and Willie West.

Escamilla coached hundreds of Boys’ Club teams, notably 1947′s  ”Bat Busters”. Eddie Heard, Don Bransford, Don Strickland, and Willie West played for championship San Diego High football squads in 1954-55.

Augustine (Augie)  Escamilla, whose voice was heard at major track meets in San Diego  for more than 30 years and who was a respected educator and coach for five decades, passed away on  May 1 at age 90.  A  service will be held at Greenwood Mortuary on May 21.

Virtually every outstanding San Diego High or Lincoln  athlete in the 1940s and ‘fifties came under the guidance of coach Escamilla, who served 14 years in administrative capacities at the Boys’ Club of San Diego and at Memorial Junior High in Logan Heights.

Augie also was a counselor at  junior and senior high schools for the San Diego City Schools’ Health Department for 10 years  and was an academic counselor for 21 years at San Diego City College.

Escamilla was well known for his calls at the annual San Diego Section track championships.  When an  outstanding performance took place on the field, you could depend on Augie to begin an announcement, “Listen to this one, ladies and gentlemen!…”

He also usually informed the crowd that “Your announcer had the pleasure last night of attending the Southern Section finals at Cerritos College….”

The Southern Section championships on Friday night preceded the next afternoon’s San Diego Section meet.

Escamilla was born in the Mexican state of Jalisco. His father immigrated to New Mexico in search of employment, then was followed by Augie, age 6;  his mother and two sisters in 1929.  The family eventually settled in Fillmore in Ventura County.

Escamilla was devoted runner and competed in many Masters events.

Escamilla was a devoted runner and competed in many Masters events.

A FUTURE AZTEC

Augie ran track at Fillmore High and was a student leader in the class of 1940.  His senior class advisor and one of the school’s track coaches saw promise and contacted C.E. Peterson, San Diego State’s legendary coach, who invited Escamilla to attend the school and turn out for track.

Augie was a distance runner who never stopped running.  He still was competing in his fifties.  Escamilla was running the mile in under five minutes on the Masters track circuit, which was popular in the 1960s and ‘seventies.

 

 

 

 

 

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1959: East and West San Diego

A town divided.

The City Prep League, founded in 1950, and which followed a smaller, 1930-32  alignment of the same name, was history.

Hoover, St. Augustine, San Diego, Lincoln and Crawford, schools located east of U.S. 395,  became part of the new Eastern League.

Point Loma, Mission Bay, La Jolla, Kearny, and Clairemont, schools west of 395, represented the new Western League.

Clairemont, the city’s 10th high school, opened and took three lettermen from Kearny and eight from Mission Bay, schools affected by the Chieftains’ enrollment boundaries.

U.S. 395, a Southern portion of which became State 163 in 1972, was a perfect geographical separator, although two schools were very close to the dividing line.

EAST IS BEAST

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1959: Farewell, Southern Section!

City schools' boss Ralph Dailard, St. Augustine principal Rev. John Aherne, Grossmont District boss Lewis Smith, and Sweetwater District honcho Joe Rindone (from left) celebrate new San Diego Section.

City schools’ boss Ralph Dailard, St. Augustine principal Rev. John Aherne, Grossmont District boss Lewis Smith, and Sweetwater District honcho Joe Rindone (from left) celebrate new San Diego Section.

San Diego had its own vision of manifest destiny.  An inferiority complex, too.

Dr. Ralph Dailard, superintendent of the San Diego City Schools, announced on Sept. 22, 1959, that 15 area high schools were lined up to become members of the proposed San Diego Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.

Dailard said the schools were the nine in the San Diego Unified School District, the five in the Grossmont Union High School District, and St. Augustine, one of the city’s two private schools.

Dailard said the Escondido Union High School district, with one high school, was tentatively listed as wanting to join.  One report said Escondido was “luke warm” to the idea.

There actually were 31 schools in San Diego County,  but Fallbrook and members of the Southern Prep League were not initially going to be part of a new alignment.

The Sweetwater district, headed by the sports-minded Joseph Rindone, was not ready to join.  The Coronado School District, because of its size, aligned with Sweetwater.

“We were invited and we’re considering it,” Rindone told Jerry Magee of The San Diego Union.  ”The constitution had not been completed and we didn’t want to sign a blank check (for membership).”

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1959: Duane Maley Bows Out

San Diego High was 0-2 for the first time in 46 years.  This wasn’t the expected route of Duane Maley’s farewell tour.

Maley also was steaming at The San Diego Union sportswriter Jerry Magee and Maley’s boss, principal Lawrence Carr, was steaming at Maley.

Blunt and outspoken, Maley didn’t realize that reporter Magee was going to write exactly what Maley said when discussing the Cavemen’s preseason prospects.

“We’re small, we’re slow, and we’re stupid,” said Maley, words that in future years would have gotten him fired.

Political correctness was not part of the landscape in 1959.  Maley got a sharp rebuke from his principal and the coach and Magee didn’t speak again until very late in the season.

Magee, who came to The Union in 1956, was an excellent reporter and covered the preps more comprehensively than any writer before or after he left the high school beat.

Magee became the lead reporter of the new San Diego sports franchise, the Chargers, in 1961, and was one of the country’s most respected football writers and columnists for the next 40 years.

POLY NOT ONLY BEACH TEAM TO BEAT CAVERS

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1959: “Birt, Are You Crazy?”

Birt Slater’s sanity was in question.

Why would the handsome, charismatic Slater take the head coaching job at Kearny (three winning years in 15 seasons,  all-time record,  45-66-7), when he could have had the San Diego High  job when Duane Maley retired?

The answer wasn’t nearly as simple, but Slater eventually created his own powerhouse at this different and much less attractive venue.

Go back to 1953.

Slater that year replaced Bill Burrows as Maley’s chief assistant after one year at Southwest Junior High near the Mexico border and two years removed as a starting end on San Diego State’s 1951, 10-0-1  Pineapple Bowl squad.

Slater (left) and Maley, on sideline in 1954, guided San Diego High to 23-1 City Prep League record.

Slater (left) and Maley, on sideline in 1954, guided San Diego High to 26-1 City Prep League record.

Maley and Slater became a formidable tandem.

Birt coached defense and Maley coached offense.  The Cavers were 7-3 in ’53, 9-2 in ’54, 11-0-1 in ’55,  7-2 in ’56, and 11-1 in ’57.

The 45-8-1 record included a 26-1 run against City Prep League competition, 30-1 versus San Diego County teams, and 15-7-1 against schools outside the County.

DOMINO EFFECT

Mary McMullen, the founding principal when Lincoln opened as a junior high in 1949, was leaving at the end of the 1956-57 school year to open Will Crawford High, named for the former San Diego City Schools  superintendent.

Mary Mac, as she was known to the faculty at Lincoln, wanted Walt Harvey to follow her to Crawford.

Harvey had just completed a three-year, start-up program as Lincoln went from junior to senior high and his 1956 team posted a 5-2-1 record with lots of players returning for ’57.

Saying no to McMullen was not easy.  She was a respected administrator and she was persuasive.

Another start-up and a few seasons of taking lumps wasn’t particularly appetizing, but Harvey said yes.  He got a pay raise and the new school was closer to Harvey’s home in the college area.  His two sons would be attending Crawford.

Harvey and basketball coach Don Smith, at McMullen’s behest, approached Slater at a San Diego basketball game the winter of 1956-57 and offered the Lincoln job. Slater did not commit.  Smith and Harvey sensed that Slater was turning them down.

Other factors were in motion.

Duane Maley urged Slater to stick around for another year.  Maley was going to retire and go into administration.

MORE DOMINOES

Shan Deniston moved from La Jolla and took over at Lincoln  and Harry West replaced Deniston at La Jolla.

“We had a good year in ‘fifty-seven,” said Slater.  “Ezell Singleton had developed as a quarterback and things looked good for ‘fifty-eight.  Duane told me, “’I can’t give it up now; we’ve got too good a team coming back.’”

Slater did not coach football in 1958 but remained as track coach through the 1959 season. He had been a championship half-miler at Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley in the early 1940s.

(Slater’s track squads posted a 38-6-1 record in dual meets from 1955-59. His band of four, including Roscoe Cook, Bobby Staten, Willie Jordan, and Charles (Sugar Jet) Davis, scored 20 points and won the Southern California team championship in 1957).

MALEY STAYS ON

Charlie Popa took Slater’s place on the football staff in 1958.  Maley again eschewed  retirement and returned for 1959, which would be his final season.

Popa had become the heir apparent as Slater had decided to move on.

Western League player of the year Joe Eggert got a heads-up from Kearny coach Birt Slater..

1959 Western League player of the year Joe Eggert got a heads-up from Kearny coach Birt Slater..

Slater accepted the job at Kearny in 1959 and won the Western League championship in his first season.  He had a team of no names but it scrapped every week against bigger, more talented foes. His arrival on the campus hard by U.S. 395 on Linda Vista Road began a 18-season run of success.

Slater had one losing year and his teams posted an overall record of 132-45-9 (.734) with 15 playoff appearances, 5 trips to the San Diego Section finals, and 3 championships.

After being at San Diego during some of its greatest years, Slater built a program at Kearny that rivaled the Cavers’.

SHEPARD REMEMBERS

The 1963 team which starred Jim (Yazoo) Smith, Steve Reina, Larry Shepard, Charlie Buchanan, John Erquiaga, Steve Jones,Robert Odom, Dennis Santiago, Bill Carroll, Charles Wilker, Dan Fulkerson, Ernie Oyama, John Levi, and a few more, was 11-1 and often described as equal to almost any San Diego team of the postwar era.

“I always thought of Birt as a father figure,” said Shepard, who recalled a key moment in his life after Shepard had returned home from his freshman year at UCLA.

“I was playing over the line at South Mission Beach and Birt happened by on the boardwalk.”

“What are you doing?”  the fiery Slater wondered.  ”I’m playing over the line,” the equally fiery Shepard responded.

“No, what are doing with your life?” demanded Slater.  ”I’m thinking about going back to school,” said Shepard.  ”Come to the high school Monday morning,” said Slater.

Slater met his ex-player at Kearny and drove Shepard to the City Schools’ office that Monday and announced  he was hiring the former quarterback for the position of  ”campus security.”

After a few ohs, ahs, and we-can’t-do-thats, Shepard was hired.  He went to work at Kearny and coached JV football with Brad Griffith and Don Wadsworth.

Eventually Slater helped Larry get an assistant’s job under Joe DiTomaso at St. Augustine.  When DiTomaso moved to Santana, Shepard  became head coach of the Saints and graduated and earned his teaching credential at San Diego State.  He later was head coach at Monte Vista and retired after a long career in the Grossmont School District.

BIRT QUITS EARLY, JOINS CHARGERS

Slater retired at the relatively young age of 52 after the 1976 campaign, but was not long out of football.

Chargers coach Tommy Prothro hired Slater as an assistant to his coaching staff in 1977. Slater broke down and evaluated film of opponents.

Don Coryell was appointed head coach in 1978 and retained Slater on the coaching staff.

Birt retired from the Chargers after the 1983 season.

 

 

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2013: Komets’ Hall of Fame Recognizes Ed Imo, Others

Ed Imo is going into the Kearny Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 13, in a tribute most fitting for the anchor of perhaps the finest team in school history.

After a 6-6 tie with Sweetwater in the opening game, Kearny rolled to 12 consecutive victories and the San Diego Section championship.

Don Norcross was the quarterback of that team, but for Norcross all props are for Imo, the squat, fireplug nose tackle who took on double team blocking every week and emerged as the San Diego Section player of the year.

“He was simply dominating,” said Norcross, who is known today as a reporter and columnist (“This Just In”) for UT-San Diego.  ”I’m guessing he was listed as 5-9, 230 pounds.  He was raw…brutally strong.

Imo stacked up opponents' offenses for 12-0-1 Kearny Komets

Imo stacked up opponents’ offenses for 12-0-1 Kearny Komets

“No center could block him one on one,” said Norcross.  ”His combination of quickness and strength made him unblockable.  Look at how few points our team allowed that year.  He was the anchor.”

The 12-0-1 Komets outscored their opponents, 345-79, and shut out six teams.

“All I can say is that I’m thankful he was on my team,” Norcross said.  ”Had I played against him I would have spent a lot of time face first into the grass.”

Imo recently was named to the first-team, all-time San Diego County prep squad.

Imo also was community college defensive player of the year at San Diego City College, from which he went on to star at  San Diego State.

Imo, who is the physical education/athletics department chairman at American Samoa Community College,  is in Ghangu, China, where he is helping a Samoan team train for the World University Games.

Ed will be represented at the Hall of Fame induction by his son, Ben Imo.

Imo trivia stat:  When Ed played at San Diego State in the  late ‘seventies he had the shortest name of any NCAA Division I player, five letters.

“Fitting,” Norcross added, “because of his stature.”

Kearny also is honoring six  others this year:

–Grady Fuson, Oakland A’s scouting executive who played with Norcross and Imo.

–The late basketball coach and U.S. government teacher Tim  Short.

–The 1998-00, girls’ basketball teams, which won 3 championships.

–The late Leonard Fierro, Sr., history and U.S. government teacher and early proponent of English as Second Language.

–Al Janc, economist.

–Randy Rogel, actor, director, writer, musician.

 

 

 

 

 

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1959: St. Augustine Gets a Track and Field Home

One of St. Augustine’s vagabond teams finally was getting a home.

A 330-yard track and field oval would provide the Saints a facility for dual-meet, track-and-field competition beginning in 1960.

Football and baseball would still have to travel to  games. Basketball teams had a home since a gymnasium/auditorium was constructed in time for the 1946 school year.

That the running surface was short of the standard, 440-yard oval was  result of property lines and geography. The expanse surrounded by Palm Street on the North, Nutmeg on the South and 32nd Street on the West and 33rd on the East was not large enough for a regulation track.

The football team, which was about to enjoy the first undefeated season in the school’s 37-year history, was forced to moved practice to the intramural, lower field.

The track’s circumference created some oddities and posed a challenge to those responsible   for staggering lanes and chalking for various events.

The most obvious adjustment was required for hurdlers.  They would start the 120-yard high barriers on a curve and would be required to cover more than half the oval in the 180-yard lows.

Years later the Saints were able to close Bancroft Avenue from Nutmeg to Palm and widen the field into a soccer venue.

The Saints hit the road again for their track meets.

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2013: Coach Ray Baksh, 80

Ray Baksh, 80, who coached football at Helix, La Jolla, and St. Augustine and lived  with an entrepreneurial spirit, passed away in San Diego.

Baksh was a graduate of Imperial High and is in the Imperial High football Hall of Fame.  A Marine Corps veteran and San Diego State graduate, Ray and his wife Virginia, owned fast food franchises.  Eventually he   was able to pursue a lifelong passion  and  helped coach high school football teams in the area.

“Ray was a no nonsense coach who coached our linebackers for ten years,” said retired Helix coach Jim Arnaiz.

“His no-nonsense approach was backed up by his love for football and his ability to challenge every player in his group.”

Arnaiz remembered something Ray would tell his players.  ”He would finish his daily and game meetings with his group by saying, ‘I love you guys.  Leave it on the field.”

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2013: West Hills Ace (Not Song) Rolls at Arcadia

A West Hills athlete dominated Saturday in the Arcadia Invitational, but it wasn’t state-leading discus thrower Brenden Song.

Sophomore Melissa Mongiovi, running in the afternoon seeded session, blew out a :55.28, for the overall first-place finish in the Girls’ 400-meter run.  The best the invitational runners could do in  the evening was :56.18.

Song, who increased his state best to 191-5 on Friday in a dual meet with Helix, was fourth in the discus in the evening invitational session with a best of 181-7.

Song trailed Damon Unland of Washington’s Spokane Ferris (190-3), Marty Taylor of Newport Beach Newport Harbor (186-4), and Dylan Fischer of Phoenix Desert Vista (182-7).

Mongiovi now ranks 10th in the country this year and San Diego Section No. 9 all-time.  She ran in the 2012 state meet and had a best of :55.72 as a freshman.

Carlsbad’s Christian Freeman was ninth in the 3,200 run but his 8:52.65 is eighth all time in San Diego, just below the 8:51.94 by San Diego’s Meb Keflezighi in 1994 and the 8:52.44 by Chula Vista’s Tim Danielson in 1966.

Alex Grigoriev of Rancho Bernardo ran 1:52.71 in the Boys’ 800 and was fifth.

Otay Ranch’s Alexander Law, who went 15-6 in the pole vault on Friday in a dual meet against Bonita Vista improved his season best to 15-9 and won the afternoon competition. Law’s teammate Carina Gillespie was fifth in the invitational 800 in 2:13.

La Costa Canyon’s Emma Abrahamson was 10th in the 3,200 at 10:36.01.

Granite Hills Jake Johnson ran :14.60 in the 110-meter high hurdles and Scripps Ranch’s Brian Thomas circled the 400-meter oval in :49.22.

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2013: Arcadia on; Song Reaches 191-5 Here

A few San Diego athletes stood out in the Friday  portion of the Arcadia Invitational.

Doton Ogundeji of Madison led a group of discus throwers at 169 feet, 8 inches, third best in the County.

Four Mt. Carmel runners averaged 1:57.63 in each of their 800-meter legs as part of the 4×800 seeded races.  Mt. Carmel’s time of 7:51.052 was good for ninth overall, while four Del Norte runners averaged 1:59.5 and were 12th overall in 7:58.17.

Meanwhile in San Diego Section dual meets Friday,  state leader Brenden Song of West Hills wafted the discus 191-5, his all-time best, in a dual meet with Helix.  El Camino’s Jamal Newman moved into second place in the County with a throw of 177-7  against Vista. Xander Law of Otay Ranch cleared 15-6 in the pole vault against Bonita Vista to take the County lead.

Newman and Law now are sixth in the state in their respective events.

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2013: Track Season Heats up at Arcadia Invitational

“Arcadia is the big one,” says Steve Brand.  “It’s the first real indicator of what to expect in the important, late-season meets in May and June.”

The Arcadia Invitational track meet at Arcadia High, east of Pasadena, begins this evening and by around 10 p.m. Saturday, April 6, more than 4,000 high school athletes will have trod its all-weather track and modern runways and pits.

Those that came before include 152 Olympians, many of whom were involved in the 25 national records that have been set in what has become the largest outdoor high school meet in the country.

“The elite compete Saturday afternoon,” said Brand.  “The elite of the elite compete Saturday evening,”

Brand should know.  He has covered almost every one for The San Diego Union and UT-San Diego since the first in 1968 and no one has a better  pulse of the area prep track scene.

Henderson went on to be two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Henderson went on to be two-time Olympic gold medalist.

The area’s outstanding track heritage is reflected in the three meet records  held by San Diego athletes, not to mention state-leading performances and all-time County efforts.

Monique Henderson set the girls’ 400-meter record of :52.51 in 2001.  Brent Noon of Fallbrook hurled the 12-pound  shot  71 feet, 4 ¼ inches in 1990, and Thom Hunt of Patrick Henry ran 3,200 meters in 8:42.30 in 1976.

No one has made those kinds of early impressions this spring and Brand describes the 2013 San Diego Section season thus far as “not very strong,” but he added that “someone always come out of the weeds at Arcadia.”

West Hills’ Brenden Song is the San Diego section’s lone state leader with a 188-foot discus throw.  Song was second in the state meet in Clovis in 2012 with a heave of 188-11, Section No. 11 all time.

Arcadia and its importance as a “coming out” meet of the season is symptomatic of the decline of dual meets, once the anchor of  prep track.

League dual meet champions are still decided but they receive almost no mention in daily newspapers.  Marks usually are available only in on-line services.

“There’s an invitational meet every weekend this year,” said Brand.  ”I’ve seen some dramatic dual meets over the years, fans and students screaming as a meet came down to who wins the relay, but that’s not the way of the world now.”

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2013: John Fawcett, 93; Star Quartermiler

On April 17, 1937, John Fawcett of Coronado High came out of the chute on the straightaway at Chaffey High in Ontario and traversed 440 yards in 49.5 seconds.

Fawcett handily won his one-turn race in the Chaffey Invitational and set a San Diego County record that would last nine years and a school record that stood for 24 years.

Mr. Fawcett passed away recently in San Diego at age 93.

Fawcett’s County 440-yard record was bettered by San Diego High’s Norman Stocks, who ran :49.3 in winning the Southern Section championship in 1946 in Balboa Stadium.

Scott Knox broke Fawcett’s school record and Stocks’ County record when Knox won the San Diego Section championship in :49.2 at Kearny in 1961.

Fawcett went on to play football and compete in track at Redlands University.

After more than 30 years in education and athletics in the Panama Canal Zone, Mr. Fawcett and his family returned to San Diego and he retired in Rancho Bernardo, according   to UT-San Diego.

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2002: Reggie’s Legacy

Reggie Bush’s high school career ended on a quiet note, but its brilliance probably outshone any other in the 42-year history of the San Diego Section.

Bush scored 75 touchdowns and rushed for 60 touchdowns in three seasons.  He caught passes for nine TD’s, and returned 6 punt and kickoff returns for touchdowns.  He even  punted 27 times for a 34.9-yard average.

Bush was long-distance specialist.

Bush was long-distance specialist.

Every time Bush ran from scrimmage he averaged more than a first down.

Bush averaged 8.8 yards, scored 11 touchdowns, and gained 1,034 yards as a sophomore.  He rushed for 26 touchdowns and averaged 12 yards and gained 2,200 as a junior.

Bush sustained a wrist injury that slowed him in two games and forced him to sit out another as a senior but he still averaged 12 yards from scrimmage, scored 23 touchdowns, and gained 1,691 yards.

It was in the open field where Bush was most dangerous.  He caught 40 passes for an 18.4-yard average, averaged 17.8 yards on 42 punt returns, and 37.1 yards for 15 kickoff returns.

Bush’s 26 touchdown runs as a junior averaged 36 yards.  He averaged 34.8 yards for 6 touchdown receptions, and 84.5 yards on two punt returns for scores.

Bush’s 60 rushing touchdowns were accomplished in 3 seasons.  Leader Markeith Ross of Rancho Buena  Vista rushed for 72 touchdowns in 4 seasons.  La Jolla Country Day’s Rashaan Salaam rushed for 105 touchdowns in three seasons, mostly in 8-man football.

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2013: Saints 10th in State; Horizon tops in D-V

 

saints logo deuceSt. Augustine’s 6-0 run through the San Diego Section, Southern California regionals, and CIF State championship game resulted in the Saints making a huge leap to overall  No. 10 in Cal-Hi Sports’ final rankings for 2012-13.

Horizon finished No. 1 in Division V.

The Saints were “On the Bubble”, meaning unranked, at the end of the regular season.

Coach Mike Haupt’s club made its way up the ladder by shaking a three-game loss streak against Cathedral Catholic and winning the San Diego Section III title;

Overcame an 11-point four-quarter disadvantage versus West Hills Chaminade in the regional finals;

And fought off San Francisco Cathedral Sacred Heart in overtime in Sacramento for the State D-III championship.

The Saints’ 29-4 record was attained while losing to only two teams, thrice to Cathedral Catholic and once to Sacramento Sheldon.

Sheldon, 27-6, was fifth in the final Cal-Hi poll and Cathedral, 29-5, was 30th.  The top four were Santa Ana Mater Dei, 34-2; Etiwanda, 28-4; Long Beach Poly, 29-4, and San Jose Mitty, 28-6.

Other San Diego-area teams in Cal-Hi’s top 40 included Army-Navy, 29th, and Mission Hills, 37th.

Mission Hills was 15th in the state in D-I, Hoover, 31-6, was sixth and San Marcos 11th in D-II.  St. Augustine was second  to Bellflower St. John Bosco, 24-7, in D-III and Cathedral fifth.

Army-Navy finished fourth in  D-IV.

Horizon, which also had a 6-0 run in the playoffs, improved to 21-11 overall and defeated Alameda St. Joseph Notre Dame 47-46 in Sacramento to jump to the top spot in D-V.  Foothills Christian, 19-15, climbed to ninth.

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2002: Fourth Time’s Charm

The memory of 10-28, 30-41, and 35-43 was erased with one 42-14.

After three straight losses to Helix, including one in the San Diego Section Division II finals and another in the semifinals, Oceanside put up the right numbers and stunned the Highlanders, No. 2 in California and No. 25 in the U.S.

Oceanside's Carroll received the coach's traditional "reward" from his winning players.

Oceanside’s Carroll received the coach’s traditional “reward” from his winning players.

“We were committed to play the best game of our lives,” a soaking-wet (power drink splash from team) and emotional Pirates coach John Carroll told Bill Dickens of The San Diego Union.  “And we backed it up.”

Carroll didn’t stop there.  “It was fantastic, the greatest win I’ve ever been associated with.”

SEVEN TITLES SINCE 1960

After opening the season with losses to Helix (43-35) and Rancho Buena Vista (36-35), the Pirates rolled to 11 consecutive victories and their fourth championship under Carroll and the Pirates’ seventh since the San Diego Section was formed in 1960.

“It was all about ball control and our offensive line,” said Tyler Lavea, who wedged for 86 yards in 26 carries and scored from 2, 4, 4, and 1 yard.

Oceanside converted on six of nine third downs and once on fourth down in the first half.

Quarterback Rick Coppack completed 9 of 17 passes for 258 yards. Coppack threw for two touchdowns in the last 90 seconds of the first half.

Coppack’s  45-yard connection to Matuia Poumele with six seconds left  gave Oceanside a 28-0 lead at the break.

BUSH GREAT, BUT…

Favored Helix, averaging  451 yards and 43 points a game, reached the finals after playoff blowouts of 62-31 (Patrick Henry) and 71-32 (Monte Vista)  and seemed unstoppable.

Reggie Bush was brilliant in his final four games, rushing for 764 yards and 11 touchdowns in 53 carries for a 14.4-yard average.

Bush gained 144 yards in 13 carries against Oceanside and returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown before leaving with cramps in the fourth quarter.  Bush also ran 60 yards on a fake punt, but Helix missed a field-goal attempt.

“We just didn’t do a good job of defending on third down,” said Helix defensive coordinator Donnie Van Hook.   “But no matter how you cut the ice, they were the better team tonight.”

HOW LONG AGO?

When last seen, the Los Angeles High Romans came up  short 14-0 in a 1918 game in the City Stadium against San Diego.  The Romans had posted earlier victories of 11-0 in 1898 and 6-0 in 1899 over the Hilltoppers.

L.A. High, Southern California’s oldest, having opened in 1873, nine years before Russ High, the prior name of San Diego High, then went on a very long hiatus from competition with schools in this area.

After 84 years the Romans showed up as the last opponent on Torrey Pines’ schedule.

Torrey prevailed, 63-20.

NO. 200 FOR BURKE

How did Los Angeles High find itself on the schedule of Ed Burke’s Torrey Pines Falcons?

“All  our teams in the league had byes,” said Burke.  ”Ours was in the 10th week of the season.  At that point in the season it can very difficult to find an available opponent.”

A former freshman player for Burke was on the coaching staff at Venice High in L.A.  The former player’s father was able to connect Burke with athletic personnel at L.A. High, which also needed a game.

Burke well remembers. “November 15th, two-thousand-two,” said Burke.  ”It was my two-hundredth victory as a head  coach.”

Burke was 214-70 at Torrey Pines and San Dieguito.  His career total of 243 included stints at Taft Union near Bakersfield and at King City, inland from California’s Central Coast.

PATRIOTS GAMES

The Christian Patriots made a case for every loser who ever staggered into the playoffs.

The Patriots were in the figurative midst of a mandatory eight count and having the sawdust wiped off their gloves when they were given a chance at redemption.

Mark Oliver’s team was 1-4 in Harbor League play, including the indignity of a forfeit loss to Crawford.

The Patriots were down to 7 able-bodied varsity players as another 10 rode out suspensions when they forfeited the Week 9 contest and followed with a 28-12 loss at Coronado in the final regular-season game.

It was bad enough that one of their players, all-league receiver and safety Brian Schroeder, spurned football to concentrate on baseball in his senior season, but Kevin Giles, their leading rusher and tackler, sustained a fractured elbow against University City, a week after a 44-7 blowout to Madison.

SENIOR PHOTO FIASCO

According to Oliver’s account to Bill Dickens of The San Diego Union 10 seniors were suspended before the Crawford game because they made inappropriate gestures during the school’s senior group photo.

Riding a three-game losing streak, Christian caught fire with a 48-12 win over Army-Navy in the first round of the IV postseason.

Allen did it all for Christian.

Allen did it all for Christian.

The Patriots defeated Santa Fe Christian 21-19 in the semifinals and, behind quarterback Joel Allen’s all-around contribution, edged Horizon 23-20 for the championship.

Allen threw for two touchdowns, ran for one, made a spectacular interception, and recovered a fumble.

“If I had to kick an extra point, I would have done that, too,” said Allen.

CARLSBAD TURNS TABLES

At 2-2-1, with three defensive starters out and a fullback-linebacker playing quarterback, Carlsbad was at the fork in the road. Neither direction looked promising.

Coach Bob McAllister’s Lancers also were making their way back to school after a 45-7 loss at Vista.

“It was a situation where you almost start questioning…,” said McAllister.  You say, ‘Hey, are we good enough to go out and win league?’”

Carlsbad coach McAllister celebrated the moment.

Carlsbad coach McAllister let it hang out after Division I championship game victory over favored Vista.

The Lancers’ coach knew his injured players would come back, but he still made a critical change, giving the ball to sophomore quarterback Sean Canfield, who had mopped up for starter J.C. Cooper in the Vista rout.

Carlsbad stormed through a 5-0 Avocado League campaign, topped off with 21-0 and 49-0 shutouts of La  Costa Canyon and Mt. Carmel.

Canfield was summoned to the varsity after the season’s third game and finished the regular season with 1,894 yards and 15 touchdown passed and directed a playoff run that concluded with a 14-13 stunner over Vista that gave the Lancers the I championship.

McAllister had been beaten in the finals in 1999 and 2000 and lost in the 2001 semifinals, 29-28, when Vista scored 10 points in the final 19 seconds.

“I didn’t want to be called Bob Levy, after Marv,” McAllister said.

Marv Levy, the Buffalo Bills coach, was a loser in four Super Bowls.

BITTER LOSS

Ed Burke, the legendary Torrey Pines coach whose team won 6 of its last 7 regular-season games to forge a three-way tie for the Palomar League championship, suffered few defeats as tough as this one.

The Falcons were eliminated by Vista in the I quarterfinals 36-28, in three overtimes.  ”I’m sure both coaching staffs were thinking, ‘Somebody needs to get a turnover; somebody needs to make a play,’” said Vista’s Chris Hauser.

It was 14-14 at the end of four quarters.  Overtime rules are such that each team was allowed 4 downs to score from the other’s 25-yard line.    The opponents swapped touchdowns in the first two overtimes, precipitating a third, which called for a two-point conversion attempt after a touchdown.

Vista’s Shawn Ketcher made a diving catch in the endzone on  a tipped pass from quarterback Mike Altieri for a two-point conversion and an eight-point lead.  Panthers defensive back Jon McGuinn then intercepted Reilly Murphy at the one-yard line on fourth down to close out Torrey.

A DE LA SALLE DOSE

La Costa Canyon, No. 8 in San Diego County, visited Concord De La Salle, No. 1 in the country.

La Costa opened the season 3-0 by defeating Lompoc Cabrillo, 57-7, Santa Monica, 32-24, and San Pasqual, 38-34.

Even with quarterback Kevin O’Connell, a future No. 3 NFL draft choice by New England, the Mavericks met the same fate as De La Salle’s previous 128 opponents.

Final score: Spartans 56, Mavericks 27.

O’Connell and his teammates were hammered by three touchdowns during a span of 4:48 in a 28-point second quarter.

Included was a 93-yard kickoff return by Maurice Drew, who became Maurice Jones-Drew of the Jacksonville Jaguars.   Drew rushed for 88 yards in 11 carries and scored three TD’s.

Rancho Buena Vista, the other San Diego Section school to play De La Salle, was victim No. 40 in 1995 at De La Salle, 35-14, and No. 53 at home, 36-19, in 1996.

EIGHT-MAN ELITES

Julian’s Christopher Padlock blocked a 45-yard field goal attempt with six seconds to play and Julian defeated La Jolla Country Day, 20-18, after Brian Rucker’s one-yard run had with 55 seconds left put the Eagles ahead.

Of the 50 or so schools in California that play in the eight-man alignment, the game matched the Nos. 1 and 2 teams.

The victory was Julian’s 17th straight in a streak that would reach 23 before ‘Day would defeat the Eagles, 21-14, in the San Diego Section championship, making up for a 30-13 loss in the 2001 title game.

GIVE IT UP FOR SOUTHWEST!

Strains from Queen’s “We Will Rock You!” or “We Are the Champions!” may have been heard resounding on Hollister Street, the main drag in Nestor.

San Diego Southwest finally had hoisted a victory flag.

The Raiders, trailing, 14-13, rode the arm of Robert Riggs, who passed for two second half touchdowns to Lamar Thomas, and Southwest added a safety to defeat Montgomery 20-14 and end a streak of 40 games without a win.

The Raiders tied El Cajon, 20-20, stopping a run of 37 straight losses in the season opener.

BACKHANDED COMPLIMENT

Patrick Henry snapped a three-game losing streak with a 38-27 win over Morse as Jazzarle Beeks rushed for 209 yards in 29 carries.

“This is one of the best jobs the line has done for me all year,” said Beeks.  “We’ve been doing this in practice every week and they finally stepped up and did what they were supposed to do.”

More from the candid Beeks, after Henry’s 62-31 playoff loss to Helix:  ”I’m disappointed in the outcome but it was a good way to end it for me.  I wanted to show everyone that Reggie Bush isn’t the only running back in town.”

Beeks was the only runner in the San Diego Section to rush for at least 100 yards in every game this season.  He had 201 yards in 16 carries and scored four touchdowns in the loss to Helix.

WHO’S YOUR GRANDDADDY?

A third-generation name surfaced on the Grossmont League’s opening weekend. Freshman Ryan Sevier accounted for 186 yards and two touchdowns in West Hills’ 38-20 loss at Ramona.

Sevier is the grandson of the late Wayne Sevier, who quarterbacked Sweetwater to the Southern Section semifinals in 1958.

A backfield mate of Wayne Sevier’s was Gil Warren, who played with Wayne at San Diego State and launched a legendary coaching career in the Metropolitan League.

Wayne Sevier was Sweetwater’s head coach at age 24 in 1965 and had a long career in the NFL as a special teams coach for squads coached by Don Coryell, Joe Gibbs, and Chuck Knox.

THE ORIGINAL SUBURBAN RIVALS

Grossmont  and Sweetwater met in Week 1, on the 82nd anniversary of their first game in 1920.

The Foothillers and Red Devils were blood rivals, playing sometimes twice a year, first in the County League, then the Southern Prep and Metropolitan circuits.  They played each other every season from 1920-51.

Grossmont moved to the City Prep League in 1952, played the ‘Devils in a nonleague contest in ’53, then moved back into the Metro in 1954.   The rivalry resumed until 1960.

Grossmont and Sweetwater went their separate ways in 1961 as the Foothillers, in the new San Diego Section alignment, became part of the Grossmont League and Sweetwater remained in the Metro.  The teams met only in the playoffs in 1970, ’78, and ’93.

Grossmont’s 20-14 victory this season gave the ‘Hillers a 24-22 edge in the series.

NO. 1 OVER NO. 2

Marian proved the wisdom of requesting a larger table at which to sit, having lobbied the CIF for a move from IV to III.  The Crusaders won IV titles in 1998 and 1999 and are 25-1 two seasons into D-III.

Marian, replacing Sweetwater (1980s) and Castle Park (1990s) as the South Bay’s most feared team, completed a 13-0 season (after 12-1 in ’01) with a 49-21 victory over St. Augustine.

St. Augustine running backs netted 17 yards in 17 attempts and the Saints fell short of their 34.4 scoring average.

Marian chaplain Fr. Vincent Hughes offers papal assistance but Omar Rodriguez misses sure touchdown pass against St. Augustine.

Marian chaplain Fr. Vincent Hughes prays but Omar Rodriguez misses TD pass against St. Augustine.

Jonathan Alvarado, Patrick Gates, and Marco Contreras each scored twice for the Crusaders.   The seventh touchdown came from Eugene Alaniz, who played despite torn knee ligaments sustained  in the final regular-season game.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS AND RAIN

Nowhere was the precipitation more prevalent on the final round of regular-season games in Week 10  than at Madison High, where Coronado players held a giant mud slide in the middle of the field following the 10-6 victory over the Warhawks, 8-0 entering the game against the 7-1 Islanders.

“Stop!” shouted Coronado coach Bud Mayfield.  “You don’t disrespect an opponent like that.”

The players probably could be excused for their enthusiasm.  The game was played in a steady downpour and heavy fog that was just to the Islanders’ choosing.

Clinching a tie for the Harbor League championship and one win away from reversing a 1-9 season in 2001, Mayfield’s underdog squad made a determined drive in the second quarter.

The 22-play, 80-yard maneuver, which ended with Kyle Hammel’s 27-yard field goal,  kept the Warhawks  at bay until junior J.T. Rogan’s 42-yard touchdown run provided a 10-0 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Rogan, who had 122 yards in 31 carries, had made the signature contribution to the first-half field goal, carrying the ball on 16 of the 22 plays and burrowing for first downs on three fourth downs.

The Islanders clinched the title with a 28-12 victory over Christian the following week, then were eliminated in the first round of the III playoffs, 12-7, by La Jolla.

MIRE MESA CLINIC
University never knew what hit.

Leading rusher ‘Rico Tucker was thrown for a three-yard loss on the opening play. The Dons’ misfortune was only beginning.

Two plays later, after forcing a three and out, Mira Mesa struck for a 64-yard touchdown play on its first play from scrimmage. Quarterback Jason Schmidt  lateraled  to wideout Adam Cooper, who found Terrell Blake wide open.

Four plays after, the Marauders’ Luke Dailey recovered a fumble and ran 31 yards for a touchdown.

Awhile later University’s punter took a knee in the end zone following a low snap.  Two more points for Mira Mesa.

After the free kick, Reggie Ross went 21 yards on the first play and 33 on the next for another score.

The Marauders led 23-0 after one quarter and 37-0 at the half.  The 57-12 victory gave Mira Mesa a tie for the Western League title with St. Augustine.

QUICK KICKS

One-day combined attendance for the championships was 21,237…the San Diego  Chargers paid the $8,500 rental fee to allow the CIF to use Qualcomm Stadium…Dwayne Ary didn’t score a touchdown, but Mount Miguel profited from his 322 yards in 30 carries in  a 37-20 win over El Cajon…San Pasqual’s Nick Popoff did the heavy lifting with 223 yards in 37 carries and scored two touchdowns, but the Eagles defeated St. Augustine 27-24 on Ryan Bowler’s 29-yard field goal as time expired…”nothing fancy about this backyard rivalry, where the forward pass is like a gadget play,” said writer Mick McGrane of the upcoming Rancho Bernardo-Poway game…’Bernardo won the offensive wrestling match, 20-7…Granite Hills defeated Steele Canyon, 6-4, the losers’ scores coming when the Eagles tackled quarterback Jake Launder and running back Mike Anderson in the end zone…when scoring was different, there were five games between 1898 and 1921 in which one of the teams scored 4 points…controversy reigned in IV when Calexico Vincent Memorial was given the top seed…Horizon knocked out the Imperial Valley entry 28-6 in the semifinals…Charles Dimry III, The Bishop’s coach, is the son of Charles Dimry Jr., who played on Duane Maley’s last team at San Diego High in 1959 and was a standout in sprinter for the Cavers’ track team…the younger Dimry, out of El Camino and Nevada-Las Vegas,  was a cornerback and played 12 seasons in the NFL…Marian’s offensive weaponry was such that the Crusaders overcame an 0-26 hole against Eastlake to win 27-26.

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2013: Saints and Horizon Win Cliffhangers

The circumstance and the stage may have made for the most defining athletic moment in St. Augustine’s 91-year history.

It wasn’t that the Saints pulled away from San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral in overtime Saturday in Sacramento and won the State Division III championship, 59-52.  That would be second.

No. 1 would be the gutty, cold-as-ice performance at the free throw line by the Saints’ Trey Kell.

After leading almost all 32 minutes St. Augustine was about to blow the championship sky high to the resourceful Fightin’ Irish, who come from a school that had been around 48 years before the Augustinian priests founded St. Augustine in 1922 at the intersection of 32nd and Nutmeg  in North Park.

Surrendering a four-point lead with 26.8 seconds to play and trailing, 47-44, the Saints had a last chance when Kell attempted a three-point jumper.

3 OR OUT

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2001: A Helix-Oceanside Classic

Helix’ 41-30 victory over Oceanside in a matchup of Cal-Hi Sports’ Nos. 1 and 2 Division II teams ranks among the all-time San Diego Section playoffs, not only for brilliance but for the bizarre.

“It was a game for the ages,” wrote Tom Shanahan of The San Diego Union.

Coach Gordon Wood’s Highlanders defended their 2000 championship and won for the third time in four seasons after a back-and-forth offensive struggle that started slowly and built to a frantic finish.

Helix coach Wood received traditonal shower after victory.

Helix coach Wood received traditional shower after victory.

Oceanside quietly staked a 9-0 lead and held the virtually-50-points-a-game Highlanders scoreless in the first quarter.

Wood, anxious to jumpstart his offense in the second quarter, dialed up the “fumblerooski”,  a  goofy, age-old play dating to sandlots and stuffed pigskins.

Highlanders center Brandon Halama faked a snap to quarterback Alex Smith, who drew in the Pirates’ defense when he rolled left on an apparent option play.

Halama hid the ball.  Left guard Zach Burgi reached over and picked up the ball, as he would a fumble, and rumbled 59 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown.

BAD NON-CALL BY OFFICIALS?

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2013: Saints Gain Regional Final

St. Augustine won the best 2 out of 5 with Cathedral Catholic.

The Saints defeated the Dons with a 25-13 fourth quarter tonight and earned a berth in the Southern California regional finals Saturday at Colony High in Ontario. The final score was 55-45.

Coach Mike Haupt’s team commanded the backboards and hit the big shots in the final period to win their second straight from Cathedral after losing three in a row to their Catholic rivals during the  regular season.

The other Saints victory was 62-36 last week in the San Diego Section finals.

A overflow crowd of about 2,700 taxed the Rancho Bernardo venue.  The gymnasium lights went out five times during warm-ups and the tipoff was delayed 10 minutes.  The building’s air conditioning apparently was stressed by the warm weather and testosterone-filled crowd.

The Saints led 24-15 late in the second quarter, but the Dons gradually went ahead 34-32 early in the fourth.  That’s when “shoulda-been-Section-player-of-the-year” Trey Kell took over, answering two three-points baskets by Cathedral with two of his own and put the game away with free throws.

Cathedral’s frustration was mirrored by guard David Rosenberg, a player you don’t like, if he’s not on your team.

With 3 seconds remaining and the game clinched, the Saints retreated to their bench.  The fiery Rosenberg took an inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court and missed a dunk as the game ended.

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2013: Tonight’s the Night

 

San Diego Section basketball gets its most severe test.

Tonight’s Southern California regional semifinals could provide the most definitive view of how local teams stack up against some of the strongest Los Angeles-area teams.

The most intriguing matchups take place about 10 miles from each other in L.A.’s  Westside beach communities.

Division II No. 3 seed Hoover (31-5) visits  2 seed Redondo Beach Redondo Union  and 4 seed Mission Hills is at 1 seed Santa Monica.

Redondo is ranked 27th in the state by CalPreps and Hoover 31st.  Santa Monica is 19th and Mission Hills 21st.

The game of the year in San Diego is at Rancho Bernardo High, where 1 seed St. Augustine, eighth in CalPreps, and 5 seed Cathedral Catholic,  22nd, meet for the fifth time in the season.

D-IV 2 seed Army-Navy,  24th-ranked,  has a home game at Oceanside High against 6 seed Bishop Montgomery, fifth in CalPreps.

Mission Hills and Hoover are the road, making for very difficult  challenges.

We’ll strain what’s left of my credibility once more by attempting to select  winners and scores.

PREDICTIONS
St. Augustine 60, Cathedral Catholic 55.

Redondo Union  64, Hoover 62.

Santa Monica 65, Mission Hills 56.

Torrance Bishop Montgomery 68, Army-Navy 59.

L.A. View Park 60, Horizon 49.

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2013: “Stayin’ Alive”

Six San Diego Section teams, out of the original 13, still are practicing and still preparing as the Southern California regional playoffs reach a critical semifinals round.

At least one of the remaining six will be eliminated in games Tuesday, March 12, and one will qualify for the finals Saturday, March 16, at Colony High in Ontario.  That’s because St. Augustine and Cathedral Catholic will meet for a fifth time this season, on the neutral Rancho Bernardo court.

Some 2,000 mostly Saints fans watched Saturday night as coach Mike Haupt’s club scalded Lawndale Leuzinger with a 16-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to put an end to the shorter Olympians, who battled for three quarters despite an overall 45-23 deficiency in rebounds.

Cathedral advanced with a 57-45 victory at Tustin.

Hoover overcame San Marcos in the fourth quarter for the second time in a week to win 59-56.

St. Augustine is No. 1 seed in Division I and Cathedral is 5.  Hoover is the 3 seed in D-II and visits old rival Redondo Beach Redondo Union, the 2 seed.

CARDINALS SUCCESSFUL 57 YEARS AGO

The last time Hoover was at Redondo was in 1956 in the Southern Section quarterfinals.  The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 56-54 on Bill Landry’s jump shot as time expired.

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2013: San Diego Section Holds Up in Openers

Eight of 11 San Diego Section teams won first-round games and advanced to Saturday’s Southern California regional quarterfinals.  Two others which received first-round byes will swing into action.

Pairings, records ( ) and seeds ):

DIVISION I
5) Inglewood (19-10)  at  4) Mission Hills (27-4).

II
5) La Costa Canyon (28-5)  at  4) Westlake Village Westlake (27-5).
11) San Marcos (27-5)  at  3) Hoover (30-5).

III
9) Lawndale Leuzinger (23-8)  vs.  1) St. Augustine (25-4) at Rancho Bernardo.
5) Cathedral Catholic (29-4)  at   4) Tustin (30-2).

IV
8) Mater Dei Catholic (26-6) vs. Gardena Serra (25-6) at  Torrance El Camino College.
10) Encino Crespi (23-9)   vs.  2) Army-Navy (28-4)  at  Oceanside High.

V
9) Valencia Trinity Classical  (19-6)  at   1) Horizon (17-11).
10) Foothills Christian (19-14)  at  2) Sherman Oaks Buckley (23-6).

OUR GUESSES
I–Inglewood  72, Mission Hills 63.

II–La Costa Canyon 58, Westlake 54.
Hoover 74, San Marcos 65.

III–St. Augustine 65, Leuzinger 58.
Tustin 69, Cathedral 60.

IV–Serra 77, Mater Dei 52.
Army-Navy 63, Crespi 55.

V–Horizon  47, Trinity Classical  40.
Sherman Oaks Buckley 75, Foothills Christian 55.

CARDINALS SHAKE MID-GAME FUNK

Hoover defeated Las Flores Tesoro, 84-60, with a fast start and equally swift finish in its first-round game at Hoover.

Leading  39-22 after a 16-0 run, but with rebounding and inside presence Jordan Alexander on the bench with 3 fouls, Hoover was bumped out of the fast lane by the plucky Titans.

Tesoro launched a 20-4 run of its own and trailed only 43-42 midway in the third quarter, despite playing without  6-foot, 8-inch center Tanner Lancoma, a Washington State-bound center who was out with  a groin injury.

Hoover eventually regained its stride, pulling away to 59-46 at the end of the third quarter.  The Cardinals turned the fourth quarter into a 25-14 clinic of breakaways, dunks, and three-point  jumpers.

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2013: “Teddy” Wilson, 70, From Family of Athletes

Ted Wilson passed away in Maui, Hawaii, last month.

To hundreds of San Diegans who knew him, Teddy was your basic,  friendly, next-door neighbor who would laugh at your jokes, no matter how corny, and be Johnny-on-the-Spot in times of need.

Wilson, 70,  was an outstanding athlete who came from a family of athletes.

Teddy was a two-year lettermen as a fullback and linebacker in football at Hoover  in 1958 and 1959, played two seasons at San Diego City College, and was a linebacker at New Mexico University for two years.

He also had a four-year tour in the Marine Corps and played baseball and football for the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot Devildogs and while stationed on the island of  Okinawa.

Teddy’s younger brother, Gary, was a standout running back on Hoover’s 1963 Eastern League champions.  Gary rushed for than 270 yards in only one half of a game for San Diego State against Mexico Poly in 1966.

The brothers’ father, Ted, Sr., guided thousand of athletes as a recreation director at playgrounds throughout San Diego, El Cajon, and Coronado for more than 40 years.

The senior Wilson played football at San Diego State and starred in the same backfield with future all-America Irvine (Cotton) Warburton at San Diego High.

Teddy’s wife, Ann, had a simple request on behalf of his family:

“Please take someone you love to dinner in Ted’s memory.”

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2013: Saints No. 1 in UT Poll and State Regional Pairings

St. Augustine saved its best best game for last and earned the No. 1 rating in the final UT-San Diego boys’ basketball poll.

The Saints (25-4) raced to a 16-2 lead after the opening tip against Cathedral Catholic in the San Diego Section Division III finals.  They opened the second quarter with another withering burst of 16-2  to take a 33-6 lead and knock out the Dons, 62-36,  before about 3,500 persons at Viejas Arena last Saturday.

Such was the Saints’ exhibition of ball movement, shot selection, and defense that they were awarded the top seed in D-III and a first-round bye in the Southern California playoffs, which begin Wednesday night, March 6.

The biggest winner in the poll other than coach Mike Haupt’s Saints  was coach Ollie Goulston’s Hoover Cardinals (29-5), who moved from sixth to third. Cathedral was the biggest loser, dropping from first to fifth, followed by La Costa Canyon (27-5), beaten by Hoover, 58-50.  The Mavericks dropped from third to sixth.

St. Augustine,  1-3 this season against Cathedral, could meet the Dons again in  the Southern California semifinals.  The Saints would have to win their opening game against the winner of Los Angeles Hamilton (16-14) and Lawndale Leuzinger (22-8).

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2013: Army-Navy Struggles but Moves On

Cheikh  N’diaye did a double-pump fist salute to the gallery of Army-Navy students sitting behind the Warriors’ basket in Viejas Arena Saturday.

It was a relieved, if rare show of emotion for N’Diaye, whose team had just survived a tense struggle with a tough Mater Dei Catholic squad in the San Diego Section IV finals.

Army-Navy’s 56-50 victory, its first in a championship final since 1986, guaranteed the Carlsbad cadets (27-4)  a first-round, home game next week in the  Southern California regional playoffs.

Mater Dei (25-6) probably is faced with a first-round road game.

N’Diaye scored 14 points and had 8 rebounds and 4 blocked shots and guard Devin Watson, the linchpin in coach Tom Tarantino’s inside-out offense, had 22 points.

Late in the third quarter N’Diaye and his teammates had fallen behind 38-30. Watson still was looking for his shot and the Crusaders were coming down with most of the rebounds and policing the loose balls.

At that point the Warriors came alive as Watson’s three-point attempts began to fall and his side ignited a 21-3 run that produced a 51-41 lead.

A 9-0 Mater Dei volley closed the score to 51-50  but N’Diaye scored with 1:15 left and the Warriors finally put away their unheralded opponent from the supposedly basketball barren South Bay.

 

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2013: Hoover Rallies

The Hoover Cardinals earned their seventh trip in 10 years to the San Diego Section finals last night, overcoming the deep and long San Marcos Knights, 68-63.

Hoover-Cardinals-2Hoover (28-5) takes on La Costa Canyon (27-4) Saturday in Viejas Arena for the San Diego Section II championship.  The Cardinals defeated the Mavericks 56-55 earlier in the season.

After leading 3-0 at the outset Hoover did not take the lead again until the fourth quarter.

A turnout of about 1,200 rocked the East San Diegans’ 77-year-old gymnasium, with encouragement from coach Ollie Goulston, who exhorted the mostly Hoover crowd to turn up the already piercing volume.

The Cardinals lagged throughout, trailing 13-8, 20-11, and 30-21 at the end of two quarters.  Their shots began to fall in the second half, although Hoover still trailed, 43-35 late in the third quarter.

Damonte Holiday, who at one point in the fourth quarter had to be helped off the floor, apparently felled by cramps, fired a 27-point fourth quarter which put away the visitors.

Goulston’s youngsters, including four underclassmen in the starting lineup, were a measure of balance.  Miles Nolen-Webb led with 17 points, followed by Holliday (16), Tyrone Johnson (14) and Dominique Whitfield (11).

Freshman Johnny McWilliams, Jr. led San Marcos (26-6) with 16. The Knights play Lincoln Thursday night in the Southern California playoffs “play-in” game.

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1974: Difference Between Night and Day

Attendance for afternoon games involving city teams was noted weekly in newspaper stories, probably for the first time in years.  Prep writers had gotten out of the habit.

An edict that forced city schools to play home games in the afternoon resulted in some actual figures, as in counting the house, one by one.

A total of 326 were on hand for Hoover’s game with San Diego. . There were 192 spectators at Lincoln and Las Vegas Chaparral, plus another 117 players, coaches, game officials, security people, and ticket takers.

Highly regarded Patrick Henry and host University drew only 1,200 at Madison High, probably 3,500 less than if the game had been at night.

Violence at night games in 1973 prompted city bosses to announce before the season that their schools would not play any home games after dark.

One school official stretched credibility when he noted there also was a “desire to aid in the energy crisis by reducing night lighting.”

VISTA AND FOG ROLL IN

When a night playoff game that involved a city school was played there were 18,162 on hand but few people saw the game, Vista’s 32-0 victory over Patrick Henry for the San Diego Section championship.

Fog descended and the crowd saw mostly ghost-like figures or sometimes only heard the action.

LARGEST CROWD EVER?

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2013: Saints March in and Over First-Round Foe

St. Augustine students residing in “The Pit,” were off their game last night.

When the score reached 79-20, the vocal cheering section in a  corner of the Saints’ tiny gymnasium began serenading visiting Mar Vista players with “This game is over!  This game is over!”saints logo deuce

The game actually was over barely a minute after it began, the Saints stunning the Mariners with eight consecutive points.

Coach Mike Haupt’s team pressed the visitors throughout, and unleashed a suffocating, man-to-man defense in winning the San Diego Section Division III first-round playoff,  87-22.

The Saints (22-4) led 29-8 after one quarter and 53-16 at halftime.

The home team entertained a turnout that included San Diego State associate head coach Brian Dutcher with an explosion of dunks, breakaways, and three-point bombs that appeared to be launched from nearby 32nd Street.

Haupt emptied his bench fairly early in the third quarter when the Saints were leading 64-18.

Though never in it, Mar Vista (13-16) hustled and played hard all the way.

Next up for the Saints is a quarterfinals game against Mount Miguel Saturday, February 22, at St. Augustine.  Mount Miguel defeated Del Norte 74-53 last night.

Cathedral Catholic, top-seeded in III and favored to meet the Saints in the finals, walloped San Diego High Tech 93-30 in its first-round “test”.

HUNDRED POINTS OR BUST

In another why-was-this-game-even-considered Division V mismatch, Horizon’s girls defeated Foothill Christian, 101-4.

The blowout reinforced the idea that too many unqualified teams are invited to the playoffs, serving as sacrificial lambs in the name of more brackets and more revenue.

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1974: Musical Chairs, Anyone?

San Diego High was in the playoffs and San Dieguito was out.

Oops, San Dieguito was  in and San Diego was out.

The seeds of a legislative tempest had germinated in the spring when the San Diego Section Coordinating Council requested that the County Football Coaches’ Association prepare an analysis of the 1973 playoffs.

Point Loma’s Bennie Edens, Kearny’s Birt Slater, and Oceanside’s Herb Meyer, the Association’s current President, created a white paper.

The document concluded that the postseason was a financial and artistic success, but the coaches noted a pesky loophole.

There had been no provision in the 1973 playoff structure for the handling of a three-way tie for first place in leagues that were allotted only two playoff berths.

The coaches suggested that tri-champions in a league with two playoff berths be given priority over second- and third-place teams from leagues with three playoff berths, with rotational  alternatives in succeeding seasons.

SOUNDS SIMPLE, BUT…

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2013: It’s a Brave(s) New World!

Will it be once every 57 years?

That’s how long it took El Cajon Valley High to win its first league basketball championship, a feat not accomplished since the school opened in the 1955-56 school year.

The Braves (19-8) have yet to enter the UT-San Diego basketball poll Top 10 but  their exploits have created a stir along Main Street in the city sometimes known as the Big Box.

A 69-61 victory over Mount Miguel, in which Andre Nikkita scored 41 points (30 in the second half) gave El Cajon Valley a 7-1 league record and championship of the Grossmont Valley circuit.

The Braves open the San Diego Section II playoffs at home against Serra (16-10) Wednesday night, Feb. 21.

Nikkita, the County’s leading scorer with 764 points, is averaging 28.3 points in 27 games. He needs nine points to break the school record of 772, set by Kemmy Burgess, who averaged 29.7 in 26 games in 1997-98.

Nikkita (arms around teammates' shoulders) leads Braves into playoffs.

Nikkita (sixth from left, with arms around teammates’ shoulders) leads Braves into playoffs.

Scribe Bill Dickens has been following East County teams since the 1960s.

“They had some good teams in the Bill Walton era (1969-70 at Helix), but who could tell?” said Dickens, citing the achievements were such of the Highlanders, 61-2 in two seasons,  that all else was overshadowed.

SEEDINGS SET

If playoff seedings, determined after last Friday’s final regular-season games, stay true through the first three rounds, these Nos. 1 and 2 seeds will meet in the finals of each division:

I, Mission Hills-El Camino.

II, La Costa Canyon-Hoover.

III, Cathedral Catholic-St. Augustine.

IV, Army-Navy-Mater Dei Catholic.

V, Horizon-Foothills Christian.

UT-San Diego weekly poll:

First-place votes in parenthesis.

Place

Team

Record

Points

Last Week

1

Cathedral Catholic (9)

24-3

125

1

2

Army-Navy (2)

23-4

115

2

3

La Costa Canyon (2)

22-4

105

3

4

St. Augustine

21-4

93

4

5

Hoover

25-5

72

T5

6

Mission Hills

23-4

52

7

7

San Marcos

24-4

49

T5

8

El Camino

23-5

44

8

9

San Ysidro

22-7

23

9

10

Morse

22-7

10

10
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1960-61: Where’s Aretha? Mustangs Want Respect

It was a question never answered, probably because it seldom was asked.

Which was the better team? The 25-1 San Dieguito Mustangs, who won the Class A championship, or the tradition-rich, 24-3 Hoover Cardinals, who won the AA title in the 1960-61,  first season of the CIF San Diego Section .

Some 50 years later a reader of this website suggested I write a story about that San Dieguito team.

My initial reaction was, why didn’t  I press the issue in 1961 and get Hoover coach Charlie Hampton to address the subject after the San Dieguito coach declared his Mustangs team the best?

Or confront CIF commissioner Don Clarkson and have him explain why the Mustangs wouldn’t be allowed to participate in the AA (large schools) playoffs, despite their almost-unbeaten record against bigger schools.

I was a cub reporter on the Evening Tribune, out of Lincoln High, and I thought all things started and ended with the Eastern League, of which Hoover was a member.

My colleague, Roger Conlee, covered County schools and leaned heavily to the Grossmont and Metropolitan leagues.  The Avocado League was held in slightly more regard than the tiny Southern League.

Underrated Mustangs, from lower left: Coach McCracken, Ted Repa. Randy Simpson, John Fairchild, Jim Gonzales.

Underrated Mustangs, from lower left: Coach McCracken, Ted Repa. Randy Simpson, John Fairchild, Larry Scholl, and Jim Gonzales.

This was an terrific San Dieguito team, led by  6-foot, 7-inch senior John Fairchild, who would be a standout at Brigham Young University and play for the Los Angeles Lakers and other professional teams over a six-year period.

Conlee and I believed otherwise, I guess.  There were weeks when the Mustangs were not even in the Tribune’s Top 10, compiled by the two of us. Late in the season San Dieguito’s 16-1 record wasn’t good enough.  Sweetwater (5-8) and Point Loma (7-8) were considered more worthy.

North County squads, other than Escondido, didn’t get much currency in those days.  Bias definitely favored the city.  The population swing and subsequent North County power emergence still was years away.

Roger Conlee finally took a trip late in the season up U.S. 101 to Bing Crosby Hall, a cavernous barn on the Del Mar Fairgrounds which served as the Mustangs’ home court.

Conlee saw San Dieguito dispatch Vista, 49-40, before about 2,000 partisans.  The victory was  the 17th in a row  in a streak that began after a 54-47 loss to Helix in the season’s opening game.

Mustangs coach Dick McCracken, who posted a 40-6 record in his only two seasons, spoke out after the game.

“I’m sure proud of this team,” McCracken told Conlee.  “I only hope we can get into the large school playoffs (Avocado League squads were consigned to the small schools alignment, reserved for schools with less than 1,500 enrollment).

Then McCracken elaborated:

“The only point I’d like to make is that we beat the two teams (Hilltop and Kearny) that beat Hoover. I think we can beat Hoover, too.  We have better shooters.  The only thing which might beat us would be the coaching.  I’m no Charlie Hampton.”

Hoover's AA titlists, front row from left: Jim Surber, Rich Keely, Dave Morehead, Rick Potter, coach Hampton. Top row: Nick Alessio, Nick Barket, Dave Sickels, Wilson Moore.

Hoover’s AA titlists, front row from left: Jim Surber, Rich Keeley, Dave Morehead, Rick Potter, coach Hampton. Top row: Nick Alessio,player-of-the-year Nick Barkett, Dave Sickels, Wilson Moore.

(Hampton was the legendary Hoover coach who compiled a .774 won-loss percentage in 11 seasons and posted a 223-65 record).

Coronado coach Don Valliere weighed in on the subject after a 67-49 loss to Fairchild and company.

“San Dieguito without question has the best basketball team in the County,” said Valliere.   “They may not play defense as well as Hoover, but all in all they’re better.”

The final Tribune Top 10, published before the playoffs:
1—Hoover, 21-3.
2—Hilltop, 19-5.
3—Lincoln, 16-7.
4—Point Loma, 13-9.
5—San Dieguito, 22-1.
6—Crawford, 14-8.
7—Clairemont, 12-10.
8—Grossmont, 12-8.
9—Chula Vista, 10-10.
10—Escondido, 13-10.
10—Ramona, 21-1.

San Dieguito rolled through the Class A playoffs, beating El Cajon Valley, 73-57, Kearny, 66-53, and Sweetwater, 54-46.  Hoover won the AA title, defeating Chula Vista, 63-36, Hilltop, 56-49, and Point Loma, 66-53.

There would be no matchup of city and county powerhouses.  Section commissioner Clarkson  hadn’t considered allowing the Mustangs into the AA playoffs.

So the season ended.

With apologies to Aretha Franklin, the Mustangs also deserved a little respect.

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2013: UT-San Diego’s All-Time, All-County Football Team

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback Ezell Singleton San Diego 1958
Running Backs C. R. Roberts Oceanside 1953
Tyler Gaffney Cathedral Catholic 2008
Darrin Wagner Lincoln 1987
Receivers Patrick Rowe Lincoln 1986
Art Powell San Diego 1954
Line Jack Harrington Rancho Buena Vista 1988
Lincoln Kennedy Morse 1988
Steve Riley Castle Park 1968
Robbie Coffin Mira Mesa 1983
Steve Vieria Carlsbad 1999
Athletes Deron Johnson San Diego 1955
Charlie Powell San Diego 1950
Reggie Bush Helix 2002
Bill Fudge El Capitan 1970

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Line Ed Imo Kearny 1973
La’Roi Glover Point Loma 1991
Tamasi Amituani Vista 1988
Arthur Smith Lincoln 1963
Linebackers Junior Seau Oceanside 1986
Pisa Tinoisamoa Vista 1998
Greg Slough Point Loma 1964
Travis Hitt Grossmont 1971
Secondary Marcus Allen Lincoln 1977
Willie Buchanon Oceanside 1968
Monte Jackson St. Augustine 1970
Eric Allen Point Loma 1982
Athletes Dave Grayson Lincoln  1956
Dokie Williams El Camino 1977
Darnay Scott Kearny 1990
Kicker Noel Prefontaine El Camino 1991

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback Sal Aunese Vista 1985
Running backs Dillon Baxter Mission Bay 2010
Michael Hayes San 1974
Markeith Ross Rancho Buena Vista 1989
Receivers Glenn Kozlowski Carlsbad 1980
Harold (Brick) Muller San Diego 1916
Line Erik Magnuson La Costa Canyon 2011
Pete Adams University 1968
Pulu Poumele Oceanside 1989
Volney Peters Hoover 1947
Hobbs Adams San Diego 1922
Athletes Cleveland Jones San Diego 1956
Teddy Lawrence Morse 1990
Allan Clark San Marcos 1973
Cotton Warburton San Diego 1930

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Line David Gates Morse 1994
Jimmy Gunn Lincoln 1965
Dan Saleaumua Sweetwater 1981
Ty Morrison Morse 1988
Linebackers Ted Johnson Carlsbad 1991
Frank Stephens San Diego 1974
Donnie Edwards Chula Vista 1990
Zeke Moreno Castle Park 1996
Secondary Leon Hall Vista 2002
Bryant Westbrook El Camino 1992
Chuck Cecil Helix 1982
Willie West San Diego 1955
Athletes Nate Shaw Lincoln 1962
Jose Perez Oceanside 2002
Lenny McGill Orange Glen 1988
Kicker Scott Webb Helix 1982

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

Quarterback Pete Gumina San Diego 1955
Running backs Roger Price Vista 1985
Ricky Williams Henry 1994
Rashaan Salaam La Jolla Country Day 1991
Receivers Bill McColl Hoover 1947
Kenny Stills La Costa Canyon 2009
Line John Michaels La Jolla 1990
Tom Dabasinskas San Pasqual 1985
Tom Dahms San Diego 1944
Calvert Fackrell San Diego 1957
Sale Isaia Oceanside 1989
Athletes J.J. Stokes Point Loma 1989
Bill Dunckel Fallbrook 1986 1986
Touissant Tyler El Camino 1976
Wally Henry Lincoln 1973

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

Line Russell Tialavea Oceanside 1985
Darrell Russell St. Augustine 1993
Okland Salavea Oceanside 1985
Dan Daris Oceanside 1975
Linebackers Barry McKeever San Pasqual 1983
Jeff Staggs Point Loma 1961
David Lewis Lincoln 1972
Brandon Chillar Carlsbad 1999
Secondary John Lynch Torrey Pines 1988
Jim Smith Kearny 1963
Stefan McClure Vista 2010
Ronnie Cortell Sweetwater 1984
Athletes Frank Green Coronado 1929
Pesky Sprott San Diego 1916
Jerome Price University City 1989
Kicker Nate Tandberg Rancho Bernardo 1995

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Team chosen by:
Steve Brand, retired U-T staff writer;
Nick Canepa, U-T columnist;
Bill Center, U-T staff writer;
Jess Kearney, U-T deputy sports editor;
John Maffei, U-T staff writer;
Terry Monahan, U-T staff writer; and
Rick Smith, San Diego sports historian.

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2013: Cathedral Holds Sway as Playoffs Near

With nine days until the first round of San Diego Section playoffs,  Cathedral Catholic still is No. 1.

UT-San Diego’s CIF basketball ratings did not change from the previous week.

One through 10, no one moved up or down, although Army-Navy cleared up a nettling mark on its record.

The Warriors, 21-4 and ranked second, defeated La Jolla Country Day, 72-36,  in a rematch of its upset,  44-43 loss to the Torreys Jan. 15.

St. Augustine defeated La Jolla 76-41 and Olympian 74-41 last week and commemorated a special moment in the Saints’ history.

OLD RIVALS MEET AGAIN

Tom Shaules, who set a County record of 60 points in a 102-38 win over Crawford in 1958, was honored at halftime of the Olympian contest, which the Saints led 56-16 after 16 minutes.

Among those who came to see Shaules was an old rival, San Diego High’s Arthur (Hambone) Williams, who was part of two hard-fought games with the Saints in 1958.  Shaules’s team won the first game on the Saints’ floor, 62-56.  Hambone and the Cavers won the rematch at San Diego, 65-57.

MAVERICKS GET RESPECT

La Costa Canyon battled state No. 4 Etiwanda before bowing 56-51.  The Mavericks are fourth in San Diego but the highest-ranked County team as judged by Max-Preps, which has them 17th in Southern California.  Cathedral is 19th.

First-place votes in parenthesis

Team+Record+Points+Last Week

 

 

 

 

 

1

Cathedral Catholic (9)

22-3

125

1

2

Army-Navy (2)

21-4

115

2

3

La Costa Canyon (2)

22-4

104

3

4

St. Augustine

19-4

95

4

5

San Marcos

23-3

68

5

5

Hoover

23-5

68

6

7

Mission Hills

21-4

52

7

8

El Camino

22-4

44

8

9

San Ysidro

20-7

20

9

10

Morse

20-7

7

10

Others receiving votes: Mt. Carmel (16-11, 4 points), Torrey Pines (16-9, 3), Westview (18-7 , 3), Mater Dei (20-5, 2), Santa Fe Christian (17-7, 2).

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2013: Army-Navy Rises in Poll

Army-Navy, gathering steam behind the long, shot-blocking, 7-foot, 1 inch Cheikh N’Diaye and slick-shooting guard Devin Watson now is second in the UT-San Diego boys’ basketball poll.

N’Diaye had six blocked shots and 20 rebounds to with his 20 points and Watson scored 29 as the Warriors eased past Santa Fe Christian 64-53 in a Coastal League battle last week.

Earlier in the week Army-Navy defeated Horizon 71-54.

The Cadets still trail Cathedral Catholic in the poll, although they earned a 67-61 victory over the Dons last month.

Place

Team

Record

Points

Last Week

1

Cathedral Catholic (9)

20-3

124

1

2

Army-Navy (2)

19-4

114

3

3

La Costa Canyon (2)

15-4

104

4

4

St. Augustine

17-4

102

3

5

San Marcos

21-3

68

6

6

Hoover

21-5

64

7

7

Mission Hills

19-4

50

8

8

El Camino

20-4

32

5

8

San Ysidro

18-6

30

9

10

Morse

20-5

28

10

Also receiving votes: Torrey Pines (15-8, 6 points); Santa Fe Christian (16-6, 1); Westview (16-7, 1).

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1957: Downey Gives Cavers Tummyache

San Diego had two teams in the Southern California finals and another poised to advance, but none went the distance.

Three losses by the area’s best, based on size, made for a  bitterly disappointing end to a difficult and unprecedented season, made uneven and often unimportant by the invasion of a virus known as the Asian Flu.

San Diego High won  11 consecutive games at the big table, then fell flat and lost in the championship, 24-7, to Downey. The Cavers also lost in the finals in 1925, ’33, and ’47.

Ramona, after sitting for three weeks with canceled or postponed games,  was beaten by Bishop 33-0 in  finals for the smallest schools,  those with under 500 enrollment.

And Escondido, which crushed opponents in an Avocado League swansong, literally was outrun, 20-14, by Santa Ana Mater Dei in the quarterfinals of the Southern Group small schools playoffs (there also was competition in two other small school groups, Central and Northern).

SLEIGHT OF HAND

Quarterback Pete Yoder of Downey almost faked San Diego High right out of Aztec Bowl, where some 12,500 persons were on hand, including 22 busloads of red-clad partisans who ventured down U.S. 101 to support the visiting Vikings and arrived two-and-a-half hours before kickoff.

(The Downey supporters  also were hungry, setting an Aztec Bowl record at the concession stands, according to San Diego State official Spence Gartz.)

Downey had knocked out San Diego, 35-21, in the first round of the 1956 playoffs, when the Vikings were  on a fast track to a legendary championship game that would pit Downey’s Randy Meadows against Anaheim’s famed Mickey Flynn.

San Diego was favored in the rematch.

Defense was hallmark of Cavemen.  From left:

Defense was hallmark of Cavemen. From left: Neal Petties, Manuel Darisay, Mike Ritchey, Robert Fowler, Carlos Gutierrez, Calvert Fackrell, Larry Landon, George Coggins.

After starting the season with a loss and a tie, Downey kicked in with 11 straight victories.
Yoder flawlessly ran  the so-called belly series, in which the quarterback attempts to confuse the defense by appearing to hand off to a ball carrier, then withdraws the ball and hands off to another back or runs or passes.

The Vikings rushed for 293 yards, including 194 in the second half.  San Diego ran only six offensive plays in the third quarter and just 16 in the second half.  Downey was successful on one of two onside kickoffs after intermission.

San Diego narrowed the score to 18-7 with 8:45 remaining in the game, then did not see the ball again until 15 seconds were left as the Vikings played keep-away.

The Cavers never figured out the Downey offense.

Cavers coach Duane Maley, who was thinking about retirement and moving into administration, was shocked but not at a loss for words.

“Our line didn’t hold up,” Maley said to Jerry Magee of The San Diego Union.  “We made too many mistakes and they didn’t make any.  We’re not that bad and they’re not that good.”

The Cavemen had swept the City Prep League, then outpointed Sweetwater, 31-7, Montebello, 27-7, and Whittier, 20-6, to gain their sixth trip in 41 years to the finals.

NOT THAT BISHOP

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1957: Different Kind of Enemy

Caduceus.svgA silent killer loomed over San Diego County gridirons.

Discovered in February in a Southern China province, a virus that  became known as the Asian Flu hit area teams with full force several months later.

The germ spread to Singapore, then was transported by U.S. Naval personnel, reaching the shores of the Pacific Coast in June.  It spread across the country in the summer and fall and claimed the lives of almost 70,000 Americans and almost 2 million worldwide.

There were no reported deaths in San Diego football circles, but the germ’s affect was felt throughout the season.

First mention of flu on the sports pages of local newspapers came September 29, when 10 El Cajon Valley High players and 500 students missed classes, according to football  coach Glenn Otterson.

Sick players and canceled games were noted almost daily in October.

–Ramona was reduced to a squad of 10 and  forced to cancel its opening game at Imperial, then was idled again when Claremont-Webb withdrew (the teams met later).

The Bulldogs’ game the next week at Lancaster Edwards Air Force Base Desert also was called off.  Ramona finally was ready for its league opener, but Brown Military Academy couldn’t field a team.

–Three games involving Avocado League teams were scratched within 48 hours.  Escondido, expecting a crowd of 6,000 when it stepped up in competition to take on a Metropolitan League power, was forced to pull out of a game with Sweetwater.

San Dieguito canceled with Vista, but Vista and Sweetwater got together and played.

–With 7 starters out and only 22 of  45 roster players available, Helix officials discussed the possibility of not going to Oxnard.  The Highlanders decided to head North and were beaten 52-6.

–Claremont, in Eastern Los Angeles  County, was down to 10 players and canceled with Sweetwater, which was able to fill the date against Brawley, which needed an opponent after Holtville came down with the illness.

–Claremont later was on the receiving end as Army-Navy’s team was racked with the flu.

–Chula Vista scheduled Upland after Chino withdrew.

–West Covina bailed on El Cajon Valley, which got a game with Fullerton, but that game was canceled because of rain.

–Lincoln coach Shan Deniston and Mission Bay’s Harry Anderson were slowed by flu symptoms.

–Deniston called off practice when four starters were out.  Tackle Tony Dement was struck with a different ailment.  Dement was forced to undergo surgery after a mosquito bite on his leg became infected.

–Twenty-three games in Southern California were canceled on Oct. 12.

–Crawford and Carlsbad, first-year teams met in what essentially was the schools’ only varsity contest.

Crawford’s first-team backfield, featuring Hoover transfer Arnold Tripp, stayed home with the flu. and the Colts missed a chance at an undefeated season, losing 20-13.

Colts coach Walt Harvey picked the bug on Crawford’s crowded, sweaty bus ride home and spent the next 10 days in bed.

–Eighty-nine St. Augustine players, comprising freshman, junior varsity and varsity, were inoculated at the same time with painful flu shots, which often left the patient with a very sore arm and, in some cases, flu-like symptoms.

–Tiny San Miguel School in  National City defeated host Studio City Harvard Military 13-7 and finished the game with 10 players.  The Knights canceled their next game against Army-Navy.

–Literally hundreds of other players missed school or games.  The virus affected every school in the area.

–A sign of a return to normalcy came in November, when the Asian Flu no longer was considered a threat to patrons in crowded movie theaters.  Attendance at San Diego film venues had dropped almost 25 per cent in October.

 

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2013: Playoffs Picture Coming Into Focus

Polls are great, but what do they mean come playoff time?

First things first:

Cathedral hung on to first place in the UT-San Diego basketball poll, but for the first time since the 2013 calendar the Dons were not  unanimous choices.

Cathedral received 8 first-place votes after an uneven week in which it was surprised by Army-Navy 67-61 and needed an overtime before subduing St. Augustine 62-59.

Cathedral, Army-Navy, and El Camino each received first-place votes.

Teams are in the second round of league play, with  playoffs scheduled to begin Feb. 19.

After roughly 20 games, division playoff favorites are shaping up.

Coming out of the backstretch toward the turn for home:

I–El Camino.  The Wildcats are under the radar on a state level, ranking 39th in the computer-based view of CalPreps, but rate a slight edge locally over Mission Hills.

II–San Diego Section’s most loaded division. La Costa Canyon, San Marcos,  and Hoover  stand out. Morse and  San Ysidro are demanding respect.  La Costa is fifth, Hoover 10th, San Marcos 12th, and Morse 20th in CalPreps.

III–Cathedral is 3-0 against St. Augustie this season and is third in its division and 19th overall in California.  St. Augustine is fifth in D-3.  Unless a New York Jets-Balitmore Colts, Super Bowl III upset occurs, these two teams will meet in the Section finals.

IV–But for a confounding loss to La Jolla Country Day (9-8), Army-Navy (17-4) would be San Diego’s No. 1-ranked team.  The Warriors are seventh in the state in D-4 but could make a deep playoff run.

V–Dialing Tri-City Christian, 18-1 and 12th as seen by CalPreps.

First-place votes in parenthesis:

Place

Team

Record

Points

Last Week

1

Cathedral Catholic (8)

19-3

119

1

2

Army-Navy (2)

17-4

106

6

3

St. Augustine

15-4

103

2

4

La Costa Canyon (2)

18-4

101

3

5

El Camino (1)

20-2

95

4

6

San Marcos

20-3

59

T8

7

Hoover

19-5

55

5

8

Mission Hills

17-4

39

7

9

San Ysidro

16-6

19

T8

10

Morse

19-5

10

NR

Also receiving votes:  Santa Fe Christian, 15-6 (6 points); Torrey Pines, 13-8 (6); Tri-City Christian, 18-1 (2); Westview, 15-6 (2).  

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1989: Gene Edwards Retires, Passes Away

Edwards (right) with Harry West kn 1960, became Vikings'  head coach in 1961.

Edwards with West in 1960, became Vikings’ head coach in  1961.

The Handyman set aside his tools when one job was finished but was preparing to use them in another.

Gene Edwards’s 29-year run as head coach at La Jolla ended with a 27-0 victory over Clairemont in his final game.  He was going to continue working for the school in a role best described as “facilities fixer-upper.”

Gene had accepted a position upon retirement.  He would utilize his skills around the campus as a general handyman. This was no extension of goodwill to keep Edwards occupied.   He had supervised and helped in the construction of his home in the La Jolla Muirlands and knew his way around a skil saw.

Edwards’  playing and coaching career of more than 40 years on local gridirons began at San Diego High in 1945.

Gene was an all-Coast League lineman  in 1946 and ’47 and played for San Diego Junior College and San Diego State.   Edwards began his coaching career at Brown Military Academy in 1954, followed by a stint at Mar Vista.  He moved to La Jolla in 1958, and succeeded Harry West in 1961.

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1957-58: Shaules and Saints Lit Up the Scoreboard

Tom led Saints in their first CPL season.

Tom led Saints in their first CPL season.

January, 1958,  was  special  for Tom Shaules, for St. Augustine High, and for basketball in San Diego.

This month marked the 55th anniversary of Shaules’  run through the City Prep League.

The 5-foot, 8-inch senior scored a record 60 points against Crawford, led the Saints in two games in which they scored more than 100, and created a  basketball frenzy in North Park.

Friday night home games at St. Augustine meant get there early. The tiny gymnasium at 32nd and Nutmeg was built to accommodate about 500 persons.  Attendance would be double that, as long as the fire marshal wasn’t around.

(Some things never change.  Try walking up today at the last minute and hope to get a ticket to watch coach Mike Haupt’s highly-ranked Saints).

On January 8, 1958, St. Augustine jumped to a 46-18 halftime lead over Crawford, an underdeveloped and out-manned first-year school.

Shaules had 27 points in the first two quarters.

Jerry Moriarty, the Saints’ coach,  turned  the second half over to Tom Carter, the varsity football mentor who also doubled as JV basketball coach.

Moriarty got into his automobile and drove a few miles East to Hoover to  scout the remainder of the Cardinals-San Diego game, both upcoming opponents for St. Augustine.

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2013: Army-Navy Tops No. 1 Cathedral

The UT-San Diego boys’ basketball ratings deadline came a few hours early yesterday.  Disaster struck a little later for the No. 1,  and No. 5 teams.

Cathedral Catholic was stunned by No. 6 Army-Navy, 67-61, as 7-foot, 1-inch Cheikh (Chay) Ndiaye (En-die) dominated the shorter but quick Dons with a 25-rebound-22-point-10-blocked-shots performance in the Martin Luther King Showcase at Hoover.

Hoover, No. 5, was shocked by Horizon, 91-90, in overtime.

More upheaval is possible Thursday night at Point Loma Nazarene University, where No. 1 Cathedral and No. 2 St. Augustine collide.

First place votes in parenthesis.

Place

Team

Record

Points

Last Week

1

Cathedral Catholic (13)

17-2

130

1

2

St. Augustine

13-3

106

3

3

La Costa Canyon

15-3

97

5

4

El Camino

17-2

85

6

5

Hoover

18-4

79

2

6

Army-Navy

15-4

63

4

7

Mission Hills

16-3

56

7

8

San Ysidro

15-5

34

8

8

San Marcos

18-3

34

9

10

Torrey Pines

11-7

6

NR

Others receiving votes: Westview, 14-5 (5); Morse, 17-5 (5); Francis Parker, 10-5 (4); Santa Fe Christian, 111-5 (1); Helix, 13-5 (1).

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1982: No Intrigue When Scott Webb Was Kicking

Scott Webb and Jim Arnaiz weren’t joined at the hip.  It was more like at the leg.

Together three varsity seasons at Helix High, they would be inducted together into the school’s  Hall of Fame  in 2005.

Scots got kick out of Scott.

Scots got kick out of Scott.

Webb quarterbacked the Arnaiz-coached  Highlanders to a 12-1 season and the San Diego Section AAA championship in 1982.

The championship in Webb’s only season as a starter  was not necessarily more than what he accomplished as a sophomore and junior, seasons in which Webb may have gotten into the game for a dozen or so plays as Jim Plum’s backup.

While Plum set passing records, Webb made his way into the record book and took on a national profile as the best high school placekicker, ever.

He also was the Highlanders kicker as a senior, concluding his career with 207 points after touchdowns and 29 field goals.

Cincinnati Bengals coach Paul Brown was so distrustful of placekickers that Brown turned his back at the snap of the ball when one particular specialist attempted a field goal.

The Helix coach did not suffer from such anxiety.

Grossmont League opponents believed that touchdowns counted for six points at every school but Helix.  ”For us, it’s seven points because of Scott Webb,” Arnaiz said in an interview with The San Diego Union’s Steve Brand.

“It’s a comforting feeling knowing he’s there,” Arnaiz told Brand.  ”He becomes a real weapon in close games.”

“(The pressure of) kicking never affected Scott,” said Arnaiz.  ”He was an outstanding kicker as a young kid, plus he was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) and a good golfer.”

In a 29-0 victory over Granite Hills, Webb did something normally seen only in NFL games.  He kicked field goals of 37, 37, 37, 39, and 49 yards for a national prep record and added two extra points for a total of 17.

Webb kicked 120 points after touchdown.  He booted 33 in a row as a sophomore before missing a meaningless conversion in the 1980 Section championship game, then made  45 of 46 attempts as a junior and  42 of 43 in 1982.

“Scott has received most of his notoriety as a kicker,  but the thing we’re so pleased about is his complete development as an athlete,” the coach said in another interview.  ”(Before) I think he sort of felt like he was on the fringe because he only kicked.”

Arnaiz won 215 games in his 28-season career, which spanned from 1973-99.  After an 11-20 start from ’72-’75, followed by a 4-4 season in 1976, Arnaiz’ program kicked into high  gear.

The former Cal Poly-Pomona athlete, who grew up in the Imperial Valley and played four sports at Imperial High,  posted a 200-58-15 record and .781  winning percentage in his last 21 seasons.

With Webb kicking and eventually playing quarterback, the Scots enjoyed a 34-4 run in 1980 (12-0), ’81 (10-3), and ’82 (12-1).

Many of Webb’s San Diego Section kicking records would be broken. Inflated scoring and Webb-inspired  kickers  pushed others in front, but Webb remained near the top in several categories.

Arnaiz would line up Scott against all of them.

 

 

 

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1988: Showdown for Morse and Orange Glen

Morse’s 31-28 victory over Orange Glen in the AAA finals ranks as one of the all-time San Diego Section championship games.

And that game followed Rancho Buena Vista’s 21-10 AA victory over San Pasqual, climaxing Rancho’s meteoric rise in the school’s second season.

Long runs, NFL-style passing and  two of the County’s all-time coaches, David Lay of Orange Glen (12-0) and John Shacklett of Morse (10-2) competing against each other, made this a game to remember for the crowd of 12,611.

A quick bow to “Cowboy” Ken  Maynard.

Not to the 1930′s Western movie shoot-’em-up hero but to someone with the same name who was Lay’s and Shacklett’s head coach at Grossmont  in 1956.

In 13 seasons at Sweetwater and Orange Glen, Lay posted a