2016: Legendary Coach Ed Sanclemente, 92

Lewis Edward Sanclemente, 92, passed away  recently, leaving behind a multitude of friends and admirers and memories of a lifetime spent in or around baseball.

Ed Sanclemente grew up near the University Heights playground, where he shagged baseballs for young slugger Ted Williams and honed a game that would take Sanclemente to national championships on two levels.

Sanclemente played for coach Mike Morrow at San  Diego High and was the starting third baseman on Morrow’s 1941 Post 6 American Legion squad that swept Berwyn, Illinois, in a three-game series at Lane Field in San Diego.

After playing third base and shortstop at the University of California in 1943-44, Sanclemente served in the U.S. Navy and then returned to Cal and was the Bears’ third baseman on the 1947 team that won the first College World Series.

Sanclemente was star infielder for University of California teams in 1940s.

Sanclemente was star infielder for University of California teams in 1940s.

Sanclemente batted .369 during the 1947 regular season and was 4 for 10 with 4 runs batted in as California swept Yale in a two-game series for the national championship.

Sanclemente played two seasons of professional baseball. He taught and served in administrative capacities at South San Francisco High and for the San Francisco Olympic Club before returning to San  Diego and coaching baseball at La Jolla High in 1956.

Mike Morrow appointed Sanclemente to the coaching staff at San Diego Junior College in 1957.  Sanclemente  succeeded Morrow as head coach  in  1958, when Morrow started the University of San Diego program.

Ed’s success on the two-year college level included conference championships at San Diego J.C., later known as San Diego City, and at Mesa College, where Sanclemente was the Olympians’ first coach when the school opened in  1964.

Dozens of Sanclemente’s players signed professional contracts, some reached the major leagues, and many became coaches and athletic administrators.

Groups of 10-15 former players honored Sanclemente every Thursday for years.  They were his hosts for breakfast at D.Z. Akins restaurant on Alvarado Road.

SWUNG A MEAN RACQUET

Ed Sanclemente made a name for himself on the tennis courts at University Heights and throughout the city before he turned  his attention to baseball.

Newspaper accounts from as far back as 1933 reported that “72-pound Edward San Clemente won the first of a series of tennis tournaments for children of grammar school age.”

According to tournament coordinator Wilbur Folsom,  Sanclemente’s 6-4, 10-12, 6-4 victory over Dick Brink in the finals of the  event at University Heights was after a “three-hour struggle that saw several rallies for crucial points last as long as five minutes.”

Sanclemente won numerous tournaments in the area and became one of the city’s top junior players.

 

 

 

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2015-16 Week 8: Another Tough Assignment for Leaf & Co.

Foothills Christian’s national cred will be tested this week when the Knights take on Santa Ana Mater Dei in a Nike event Saturday night.

Foothills (16-3)  is  fourth in the latest Cal-Hi Sports rankings,  16th in USA Today,  and No. 1 in San Diego.

Mater Dei (21-3) is fifth in Cal-Hi Sports and out of USA Today‘s Top 25, but the Monarchs are logical favorites in this last big game for Foothills before the upcoming run to the state playoffs.

The game will be played on  Mater Dei’s home court, where the Monarchs have lost three games in 10 years, according to Cal-Hi boss Mark Tennis.

Foothills must bring its game and the 6-11 Leaf will have win his individual battle with 6-9 M.J. Cage, the Oregon-bound Mater Dei power forward and son of former San Diego State Hall of Famer Michael Cage.

The San Diego Section’s Big 4, Foothills, Cathedral, St. Augustine, and Torrey Pines, all eased along last week.  Most significant achievement probably was Cathedral’s 75-59 win over visiting Wilmington Narbonne in the San Diego-Los Angeles Shootout.

Narbonne is ranked 20th in the Los Angeles Times Southern Section-L.A. City poll.

GIRLS HOOPS

Mission Hills (16-3) advanced from ninth to eighth in the Cal-Hi Sports poll, La Jolla Country Day (16-4) from 10th to ninth, and Bishop’s (19-4) remained 14th.  Torrey Pines (13-5) is on the bubble, joining boys bubbles Cathedral, St. Augustine, and Torrey Pines.

Records through Monday, Feb. 1.

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1 Foothills Christian (11) 16-3 110 1
2 Cathedral 14-4 96 2
3 St. Augustine 17-4 83 4
4 Torrey Pines 17-4* 81 3
5 El Camino 17-5 55 5
6 Army-Navy 16-7 53 6
7 Kearny 22-2 49 7
8 Poway 20-3 33 9
9 Grossmont 18-3 19 10
10 La Jolla Country Day 20-3 16 8

*Forfeited 57-37 victory Dec. 5 over Horizon.                                                                          Points awarded on basis of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Others receiving votes, including record: West Hills (15-6, 4)  Mission Bay (15-6, 3), San  Marcos (14-6, 3).

Eleven media representatives vote, including John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren, Union-Tribune correspondents; Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Lisa Lane, San Diego Preps Insider; Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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1962: Someone Forgot To Tell The Officials

Try playing a game without officials.

Hilltop and Escondido tried, with disastrous results for the visiting Cougars, who were upset, 18-13, by the homecoming-enthused Lancers in the season’s final regular season game.

Twenty minutes before kickoff Hilltop coach Bob Tomlinson noticed that the game referee and his crew, usually already on site, had not checked in.

Tomlinson waited a few minutes and then notified Bob (Chick) Embrey, the coach of Escondido, which was the visiting team for the Metropolitan League contest at Chula Vista High.

The 8 p.m. kickoff time came and went.

VOLUNTEERS, ANYONE?

School officials from Hilltop began hurriedly searching the stands for anyone with flag-throwing experience.

Two “neutrals” in the pro-Hilltop crowd agreed to help.  An assistant coach from each team also was pressed into service.

Kickoff started about 30 minutes late.

And controversy quickly followed.

Hilltop scored when no one was looking.

There also was no one in capacity to fairly judge the play involved and make a decision.

By halftime word had reached Bob Kirchhoff, president of the San Diego County Football Officials’ Association.  Kirchhoff left a game at nearby Sweetwater and headed for Hilltop.

But the damage had been done.

Following a Cougars touchdown in the first quarter and the Lancers’ return of the ensuing kickoff, Hilltop had first down on its 27-yard line.

Sisk’s team did not huddle but quickly lined up.

Quarterback Joe Stetser passed to end Don Parish, who, according to The San Diego Union reporter Larry Littlefield, was “hiding on the sideline.”

Parish caught Stetser’s pass and raced untouched to the end zone to complete a 73-yard play.

SLEEPER MUST BE IN PLACE

As Kirchhoff explained after he arrived:  “On such a play the end, or sleeper, must be within 15 yards of the ball.”

Kirchhoff meant in bounds and 15 yards from where the ball would be snapped at the line of scrimmage.

Whether Parrish was within the required distance escaped everyone’s attention, including the “officials” and the stunned and furious Escondido coach.

Embrey (right) was much happier camper when he received congratulatory handshake from Sweetwater coach Nick Uglesich after title victory.

Embrey (right) was much happier camper when he received congratulatory handshake from Sweetwater coach Nick Uglesich after title victory.

“It was an illegal play,” Embrey stormed.

Nothing like the Oakland Raiders’ “Holy Roller” against the San Diego Chargers years later, but….

Embrey argued that because Hilltop no-huddled, the ersatz “head linesman” in charge of downs and markers hadn’t gotten into position before Stetser played hide and seek with Parish.

A veteran referee would have stood over the ball and whistled for play to begin  when he was satisfied that the teams were lined up and officials in place..

“I don’t know if we’ll protest or not,” said Embrey.  “But we probably should just for the sake of our players. They were robbed.”

Acknowledging that “we played a bad game, there’s no question of that”, Embrey still got in another zinger.

“We could play Hilltop a hundred times and beat them ninety-nine,” he said.

DREADED ADMINISTRATIVE GLITCH

The late Howard Cosell was heard to shout after a production snafu on Monday Night Football, “Who goofed?  I’ve got to know.”

Investigation revealed that no officials were assigned to the game by the association’s appointment secretary.

But was that the fault of Bob Stephenson, the San Diego Fire Department Captain and long-time official who routinely sent groups of three to four rules enforcers to more than 20 games every week?

It turned out that the schedule Hilltop sent to Stephenson at the start of the year listed only a junior varsity game for the date in question.

The schedule Escondido entered did not list a game at all.  Nor was there an Escondido-Hilltop game on the master schedule for November from San Diego Section commissioner Don Clarkson’s office.

Evening Tribune reporter Roger Conlee pointed out that Hilltop’s schedule, mailed to the newspaper, listed a varsity game between the schools that night. Escondido had not sent the newspaper its schedule.

Although not official, the Union and Tribune grid log published each Tuesday also showed an Escondido-Hilltop contest in the last week of the regular season on the undated schedule for both teams.

The 18-13 result and Lancers victory was not “officially” challenged by Escondido.

NO HARM, NO FOUL?

Despite the loss, the Cougars still won the Metropolitan League championship.  Their 3-1 record was matched by Sweetwater, but Escondido had won the head-to-head match with the Red Devils, 25-14, weeks earlier.

The Cougars upset Hoover, 28-26, in the first round of the playoffs and defeated Clairemont, 28-14, for the large-schools championship, their second in the three years since the San Diego Section was formed.

It was not a seasons of powerhouses in the CIF.

Clairemont and Escondido entered the game with 6 losses between them.  Escondido  also had been beaten, 35-6, by Point Loma and 26-7 by San Diego and tied by Oceanside, 13-13.

Hoover backup quarterback Rick Shaeezes between defenders John Brown (34) and Sylvester Williams for touchdown. Cardinals' Bob Bishop (67) pulled confuse San Diego defense.

Hoover backup quarterback Rick Shaeezes between defenders John Brown (34) and Sylvester Williams for touchdown. Cardinals’ Bob Bishop (67) pulled confuse San Diego defense.

Clairemont had won one league game in its history, which dated to 1959, and was 1-3 before getting untracked behind sharpshooting quarterback Bill Casey.

POINT LOMA AMBUSHED

The Chieftains startled Point Loma, 19-0, in a Western League showdown before 5,000 persons at Hoover.

The Pointers, who finished with a 7-1 record, were at least one touchdown favorites, but Casey, improving each week under the guidance of assistant coach and former Hoover and San Diego State signal caller Joe Duke, completed 11 of 20 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown and ran for two others.

End Bill Peterson, who played six years as a linebacker and tight end in the pros for Cincinnati and Kansas City, caught 5 of Casey’s throws for 63 yards.

Kenny Rizzo gained 93 yards in 15 carries and caught 4 passes for 40 yards and Dan Gurley added 41 yards in 11 carries as the Chiefs kept the Pointers backing up.

Casey’s 23-yard touchdown strike to Larry Rose with 35 seconds left in the game pushed Clairemont past Helix, 6-0, in another surprise in the first round of the playoffs.

COUGARS IN CONTROL

Clairemont’s run came to an end as Escondido led the Chiefs all the way in the finals before about 10,000 persons in Aztec Bowl.

It was what the Cougars did the week before that had the most currency.

Hoover was the favored team from the city’s seemingly omnipotent Eastern League, but Embrey’s team, overcame a 26-14 Hoover lead as Bob Blunt caught a 15-yard touchdown pass and raced 64 yards for another score

CAVERS NEVER RECOVER

The Cardinals were 7-1 going into the playoffs and had scored one of the school’s greatest victories when they upset San Diego, 6-0, in the season’s fourth week, after the Cavers had outscored their first three opponents, Santa Barbara, 32-12, Santa Monica, 46-19, and Escondido, 26-7.

The defeat so flattened San Diego that the Cavemen did not win another game and coach Charlie Popa was released at the end of the season.

Hoover lost starting quarterback Art Howard with a broken leg early in the San Diego game, played before a crowd estimated at 7,000 in the Cardinals stadium.

The Cardinals were  outgained, 303-118, and needed 10 plays to move 28 yards, with benefit of a 15-yard penalty, to score the game’s touchdown.

Hoover won with an epic defensive performance:

1—Hit San Diego runners so hard the Cavers lost two fumbles in the first quarter.

2—Blocked a punt in the second quarter that set in motion the winning score.

3—Defended on third down and two yards to go at the Cardinals’ eight, and stopped San Diego on two line thrusts, taking over on the seven late in the second quarter.

4—Held the Cavers to four yards on three plays in the third quarter, forcing the Cavemen to attempt an unsuccessful field goal from Hoover’s 15.

5—Stopped the Cavers on fourth down and inches from the goal line in the fourth quarter.

The Cardinals had other good fortune.

On a fourth down from his 20-yard line, the snap from center went over the head of punter Gene Cowell, who recovered the ball and advanced it out of the end zone to the two-yard line.

But San Diego was out of time outs and could not regroup and run a play before time expired.

Game over.

Hoover defenders who stopped San Diego, top (from left): Bobby Smith, Bill Boone. Middle (from left): David Carr, Gary Weide, Jiom Foster, Ron Flisher. Bottom (from left) Dale Twombley, Roger Seeman, Richard Gauthier, Bill (Sledge) Homik, Bob Bishop.

Hoover defenders who stopped San Diego, top (from left): Bobby Smith, Bill Boone. Middle (from left): David Carr, Gary Weide, Jim Foster, Ron Flisher. Bottom (from left) Dale Twombley, Roger Seeman, Richard Gauthier, Bill (Sledge) Homik, Bob Bishop. Coach is Roy Engle.

The San Diego Union, on the following Tuesday, selected Hoover’s starting 11 on defense as the prep players of the week.

MISCHIEF

A student from University called The San Diego Union late one Friday night to report the score from the Dons’ game at Brawley.

The student told the sports desk reporter that the Dons had beaten the host Wildcats, 49-7.  That score was reported in Union editions the next day.

Hold the phone!

Actual score was Uni 14, Brawley 13.  The Wildcats missed a tie when a point-after attempt hit the crossbar and fell short.

The Union printed a retraction the following day after people began calling the newspaper and facts surfaced

“The student’s identity was made known to University officials, who promised action,” wrote Union prep honcho Chuck Sawyer.

Ken Henderson (36) and teammates are rapt observers as Clairemont nears upset win over Helix.

Ken Henderson (36) and teammates are rapt observers as Clairemont nears upset win over Helix.

CHIEFTAINS OF NOTE

Bill Peterson wasn‘t the only Clairemont standout with a professional career in his future.

End Ken Henderson was an outfielder and played for seven teams in a 16-season major league career, with career bests of 20 home runs and 95 runs batted in and hit .292 for the 1974 Chicago White Sox.

Henderson was on pennant-winning teams with the San Francisco Giants in 1970 and Cincinnati Reds in 1979 and hit .294 with 17 homers and 88 RBI in 1970.

Henderson’s career totals included 122 home runs and a .257 batting average.

LIKED BASKETBALL MORE

Casry led Clairemont with accurate passing, timely running.

Casry led Clairemont with accurate passing, timely running.

Quarterback Bill Casey, who nixed football as a junior to concentrate on basketball, was the Western League player of the year and the best passer in the area.

Casey had pedigree.  His uncle, Davey O’Brien was an all-America passing phenom at Texas Christian University in the late 1930s. Casey’s father, William Casey, was a lineman decades before for the Hobbs Adams-coached San Diego High team.

MEANWHILE

Madison, 2.9 miles east of Clairemont, defeated the San Diego High junior varsity, 33-0, in its inagural game as Brandt Crocker scored two touchdowns.

The Warhawks’ quarterback, Al Fitzmorris, also was a baseball player of note.  Fitzmorris had a won-loss record of 77-59 in 10 major league seasons, mostly with Kansas City.  He was 16-12 in 1975 and 15-11 the year before.

HONORS

Hoover tackle Bill (Sledge) Homik and Lincoln quarterback Nate Shaw were second team all-Southern California and Escondido halfback Bob Blunt third team in the last year San Diego Section athletes were honored by the Helms Athletic Foundation.

Shaw became an all-American safety at USC.  His nephew, David Shaw, would become head coach at Stanford.

 A TIE FOR THE AGES

Coronado and Sweetwater set an admittedly obscure record.

Their 26-26 tie game represented the most combined points by two tied teams from  all but San Diego Section smallest schools..

Oceanside and Vista, 20-20 in 1951, and San Diego and Anaheim, 20-20 in 1955, represented the record.  Poway and Marian bettered the 52-point total when they deadlocked, 39-39, in 1966.

On the smallest school level, San Miguel and North Hollywood Harvard Military tied, 33-33, in 1961.

COACHING CAROUSEL

There were nine head coaching appointments and three schools opened their doors for the first time.

Madison, Morse, and Orange Glen fielded teams against mostly junior varsity competition.

Chuck Coover moved from Mission Bay to Morse, Dick Disney from San Marcos to Orange Glen, and George Hoagland, San Diego High assistant, to Madison.

School New Coach Previous
Crawford Frank Smith Walt Harvey
Grossmont Sam Muscolino Ken Maynard
Madison George Hoagland
Marian Jan Chapman John Strub
Mar Vista Verne Dodds Art Filson
Mission Bay Gerry Spitler Chuck Coover
Morse Chuck Coover
Orange Glen Dick Disney
San Marcos Bob Woodhouse Dick Disney

 HE’S AN EINSTEIN!

Richard Einstein, a senior at Point Loma, was in a unique position.   Einstein was the Pointers’ official motion picture shooter, in a position usually occupied by older professional photographers.

Einstein shot 16 millimeter film of Pointers games for head coach Bennie Edens.

“He doesn’t say much about my films,” said Einstein, “but he gets mad once in awhile when I miss a play during a reel change.”

POINTER ON POINT

Point Loma coach Bennie Edens got a kick out of Steve Soares, who also played quarterback.

Point Loma coach Bennie Edens got a kick out of Steve Soares, who also played quarterback.

Point Loma quarterback Steve Soares made his first 21 point after kicks and had a streak of 26 dating to the 1961 season.

Soares was 9 for 9 as the Pointers rushed for 358 yards in a 63-0 rout of Mission Bay that was the highest point total in the area since Hoover’s 66-0 win over St. Augustine in 1954.

Soares’ streak came to an end when his first two attempts at La Jolla were blocked.

QUICK KICKS

Future Heisman Trophy winner Mike Garrett of Los Angeles Roosevelt led the L.A. City squad to a 20-6 victory over the San Diego County team before 12,500 persons at Aztec Bowl in the 14th annual Breitbard College Prep all-star game in August…the Eastern League crushed the Western League, 52-14, in the 24th City Schools carnival before 14,000 at Balboa Stadium…San Diego outscored Mission Bay, 21-0, in one quarter…Lincoln was 19-7 over Point Loma, and Crawford 12-7 over Kearny…Hoover and Clairemont and La Jolla and St. Augustine were scoreless…an overflow crowd of 13,000 at Aztec Bowl saw Monte Vista, El Cajon Valley, Granite Hills, and El Capitan defeat the Helix Green team, Helix White team, Mount Miguel, and Grossmont, 13-6…San Diego and Santa Monica met for the first time since Samohi came from behind to beat the Hilltoppers, 13-12, in the 1947 Southern California finals…Marty (the Mop) Jensen of Coronado led the Metropolitan League with 88 points including all of his team’s in a 26-7 win over San Dieguito…Carlsbad defeated Oceanside. 13-6 for the Class A title….

Carlsbad's Charlie Coad, the County's leading scorer with 114 points, earned his 19th touchdown of the season on this play as he ran through Bob Norgard (51) and Jim Valdvogel (80).

Carlsbad’s Charlie Coad, the County’s leading scorer with 115 points, earned his 19th touchdown of the season on this play as he ran through Oceanside’s Bob Norgard (51) and Jim Valdvogel (80).

Hoover's Bobby Smith (24) jars Escondido's Bob Blunt into rare fumble, but Cougars knocked out Hoover, 28-26 in playoffs.

Hoover’s Bobby Smith (24) jars Escondido’s Bob Blunt into rare fumble, but Cougars knocked out Hoover, 28-26, in playoffs. Bill Boone (23) and Jim Foster (68) converge.

St. Augustine's Jimmy Antl goes low to stop Lincoln's Marvin Lowery as Eastern League team battled to 6-6 standoff.

St. Augustine’s Jimmy Antl goes low to stop Lincoln’s Marvin Lowery as Eastern League teams battled to 6-6 standoff.

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2015-16 Week 7: No Change Among Poll Top 4.

Foothills Christian blew past a couple Coastal League opponents last week and retained its ranking as No. 1 in San Diego, No. 4 in California, and No. 17 in the United States.

The rankings are from the Union-Tribune, Cal-Hi Sports, and USA Today, respectively.

Foothills Christian, which defeated La Jolla Country Day, 68-42, and The Bishop’s, 69-37 days ago,  has a league game at Cuyamaca College tomorow night with Army-Navy, ranked sixth in San Diego.

Cathedral, Torrey Pines, and St. Augustine are 2, 3, and 4 in San Diego.

San Ysidro hosts a shootout this weekend and may be getting some poll props after writer Don Norcross campaigned for the 74-points-a-game, 17-3 Cougars in a Union-Tribune article this morning.

Coach Terry Tucker, who coached another high scoring Crawford squad that featured future San Diego State Aztecs Tyrone Shelley and Malcom Turner a decade ago, sends his club against Hoover (8-10) in the the Cougars’ City of Angels tournament Saturday night.

The night’s feature game has La Jolla Country Day (18-2) against West Hills (14-3).

Seems odd that San Ysidro is not in the main event against either of those visiting teams.

Records through Monday, Jan. 25.

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1 Foothills Christian (11) 13-3 110 1
2 Cathedral 11-4 92 2
3 Torrey Pines 15-4* 83 3
4 St. Augustine 15-4 79 4
5 El Camino 16-4 67 6
6 Army-Navy 15-5 60 7
7 Kearny 20-2 39 8
8 la Jolla Country Day 18-2 32 5
9 Poway 18-3 15 9
10 Grossmont 17-3 13 NR

*Forfeited 57-37 victory Dec. 5 over Horizon.                                                                          Points awarded on basis of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Others receiving votes, including record: Mission Bay (14-5, 9), Rancho Berrnardo (14-5, 5), San  Marcos (12-6, 3).

Eleven media representatives vote, including John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren, Union-Tribune correspondents; Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Lisa Lane, San Diego Preps Insider; Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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2016: San Diego’s All-Time Super Bowl Roster

Thirty-three players with San Diego Section or Southern Section connections have played in the 49 Super Bowls.

Denver and Carolina meet in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara.

Carolina Defensive tackle Nate Chandler from Mira Mesa, who signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2012, is the only San Diego-connected player on either team but spent the 2015 season on reserve/injured.

Dave Grayson, Sr., of Lincoln was the earliest Super Bowl representative, for Oakland in game II.

Grayson was a starting defensive back and  reserve halfback for the 1955 San Diego High Cavemen, who won the Southern Section championship and and were acclaimed national champions.

Grayson moved into the Lincoln district and played for the Hornets in 1956.  He was the first of five Lincoln graduates (see table below) to play in the Super Bowl.

Lincoln is tied with Long Beach Poly, Compton, Los Angeles Crenshaw, Los Angeles Dorsey, and L.A. High for the most representation among California schools.

Helix, with 4 Super Bowl players (see table), is tied for fifth  with Los Angeles Hamilton, Berkeley, and Anaheim Servite.

Two head coaches, Mike Martz of Madison, and John Fox of Castle Park, have guided their teams to the big game, Martz for the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, and Fox for the Panthers in S.B. XXXVIII.

Name Pos. High School Team Super Bowl
Marcus Allen RB Lincoln Oakland* XVIII
Terrell Davis RB Lincoln Denver* XXXII, XXXIII
Saladin Martin DB Lincoln San Francisco* XVI
Wally Henry KR-WR Lincoln Philadelphia XV
Dave Grayson, Sr. FS Lincoln Oakland II
Brett Swain WR Carlsbad Green Bay* XLV
Colin Branch S Carlsbad Carolina XXXVIII
Ted Johnson LB Carlsbad New England XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX
Steve Riley T Castle Park Minnesota IX, XI
Michael Booker CB El Camino Atlanta XXXIII
Dokie Williams WR El Camino Oakland XVIII
Glenn Cadrez LB El Centro Central Denver* XXXII, XXXIII
Joe Lavender CB El Centro Central Washington* XVII
Alex Smith QB Helix San Francisco XLVII
Reggie Bush RB Helix New Orleans* XLIV
Leon White RB Helix Cincinnati XXIII
Bruce Walton T Helix Dallas X
Tony Banks QB Hoover Baltimore* XXXV
Bryan Wagner P Hilltop San Diego XXIX
Clifford Hicks CB Kearny Buffalo XXV, XXVI, XXVII
John Richardson T Kearny Miami VI
John Michels T La Jolla Green Bay* XXXI
Lincoln Kennedy T Morse Oakland XXXVII
Michael Pittman RB Mira Mesa Tampa Bay* XXXVII
Joev Salave’a DT Oceanside Tennessee XXXIV
Junior Seau LB Oceanside San Diego, New England XXIX, XLII
Stephen Neal T San Diego New England* XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX
Darren Comeaux LB San Diego Denver XXI
Keith Kartz C-T San Dieguito Denver XXIV
Mike Kozlowski S San Dieguito Miami XIX
Monte Jackson CB St. Augustine Oakland XV
John Lynch S Torrey Pines Tampa Bay* XXXVII
Brad Daluiso K Valhalla N.Y. Giants XXXV

*Winning Team.

 

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2016: Eldridge Cooks, Fullback on ’55 National Champs

Eldridge Cooks, the starting fullback on the 1955 San Diego High team that won the Southern California championship and was acclaimed the national high school champion for that season, was at a UCLA basketball game when he passed recently.

The 165-pound blocker and runner was a two-year varsity letterman for the Hillers, whose combined record in 1954 and ’55 was 20-2-1.

Cooks (22) lined up as fullback on San Diego's championship team.

Cooks (22) lined up as fullback on San Diego’s championship team.

Cooks, 78, also played baseball at San Diego State and was a member of Don Coryell’s first San Diego State football teams in 1961-62.

Cooks resided in Santa Ana for many years and was an enthusiastic alumnus of San Diego High and regularly attended sporting events throughout Southern California.

BRAVES’ ORIGINAL QUARTERBACK

Bobby Contreras was El Cajon’s Valley’s first varsity football quarterback when the  school opened in 1955 and also starred for the Braves in basketball and baseball before graduation in 1957.

DRAFTED BY YANKEES

Kerry Dineen, 63, all-San Diego Section outfielder at Chula Vista in 1970, was a fourth-round draft choice of the baseball New York Yankees in 1973.

Dineen got into 16 games over parts of three seasons in the majors and had a .324 batting average. He was inducted into the University of San Diego Hall of Fame in 1997 and had a .409 collegiate career batting average.

 

 

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2015-16 Week 6: Knights Receive USA Today Props

Foothills Christian, a weekly, unanimous No. 1 in the San Diego Union-Tribune  poll, went “national” this week when it landed as No. 17 in the USA Today rankings.

The thrill-a-minute Knights achieved the honor with another roller-coaster performance against Connecticut’s Waterbury Sacred Heart, which was 17th in USA Today the previous week.

The Knights defeated the Hearts, 82-80, in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts, but not before they gave up a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Foothills needed a couple free throws in the closing seconds to put the game away.  They led, 69-50, at the end of three quarters, according to the Max Preps line score.  T.J. Leaf had 30 points, 10 rebounds, and 7  assists for the Knights.

LEAF AND WALTON, CONT.

A friend chided me this week when he thought I was writing last week that Leaf was a better player  than Bill Walton at a similar stage in their careers.

The 6 foot, 10-inch Leaf is a power forward with an outside shooting touch.  The 6-11 Walton was an old school center who guarded the area around the basket the way a lioness watches over her cubs.

And Walton could score whenever he chose.

To show the regard Walton had with college scouts during his senior year at Helix was what they were saying after  the Covina Tournament, then the preeminent high schools hoops event in California.

UCLA assistant coach Denny Crum, who witnessed Walton’s scoring 50 points and taking down 34 rebounds in a 110-68 victory over Pasadena, reported to Bruins coach John Wooden.

NO ONE BETTER.

Crum:  “The greatest high school player I ever saw.”

Wooden:  “Better than Lewis (Alcindor)?”

Crum:  “Yes.”

Wooden, taken aback, looked around:  “Step into my office. Keep your voice down.”

The legendary coach wanted to make sure that he had heard Crum correctly.

Walton would go  on to UCLA, win two national championships and also lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA title.

U-T BOYS’ POLL

Cathedral, augmented by 6-11  Morse transfer Brandon McCoy, jumped to second after a 56-53 win over St. Augustine before almost 2,500 persons at Point Loma Nazarene.

First-place votes in parenthesis. Won-loss records through Monday.

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1 Foothills Christian (11) 11-3 110 1
2 Cathedral 10-4 82 6
3 Torrey Pines 12-4* 72 3
4 St. Augustine 13-4 72 2
5 La Jolla Country Day 18-0 66 4
6 El Camino 12-4 61 5
7 Army-Navy 13-5 55 7
8 Kearny 17-2 34 8
9 Poway 17-2 23 9
10 San Marcos 11-5 10 10

*Forfeited 57-37 victory Dec. 5 over Horizon.                                                                          Points awarded on basis of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

Others receiving votes, including record: Mission Bay (13-4, 7), Grossmont (16-3, 5).

Eleven media representatives vote, including John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren, Union-Tribune correspondents; Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Lisa Lane, San Diego Preps Insider; Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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2015-16, Week 5: Foothills Goes to Massachusetts

Foothills Christian lost its rematch with Chino Hills but continued as a team of statewide import, but has not yet gone “national,” in the eyes of major U.S. ratings entities.

The Adidas-influenced Knights will travel again this week, to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the Hoop Hall Classic and take on Connecticut’s No. 1, 8-0 Waterbury Sacred Heart, averaging 89 points a game.

After losing to Chino Hills by 20 in December, the Knights did a better job against the Huskies’  press in the Sierra Canyon event in the San Fernando Valley last week and took the USA Today No. 1 squad to the wire before bowing, 85-83.

T.J. Leaf and Chino Hills' Lonzo Ball will play together at UCLA next season.

T.J. Leaf and Chino Hills’ Lonzo Ball will play together at UCLA next season.

T.J. Leaf  put Foothills ahead, 83-82 with a basket with 13.3 seconds remaining in the game, but coach Troy Leaf’s scrappers from El Cajon couldn’t hold on.

Foothills Christian’s regular-season, intersectional tour won’t be complete until Feb. 6, when it heads up the I-5 Freeway for a game against Santa Ana Mater Dei, ranked No. 4 in California this week by Cal-Hi Sports.

Foothills is No. 1 in the Union-Tribune weekly poll and No. 5 in Cal-Hi‘s Top 20.  St. Augustine and Army-Navy earned  on-the-bubble status.

The U-T No. 2 Saints have a rivalry game with Eastern League title implications against No. 7 Cathedral Saturday night at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Get there early.  Parking is brutal.

LEAF AND WALTON?

After converting 20 of 24 shots from the floor, scoring 43 points, and knocking down 21 rebounds against the team from Chino, Leaf was described as the best prospect out of San Diego since Bill Walton in 1970.

Writer Frank Burlison, who made that observation, has virtually seen them all from his base in the Long Beach area for the last 40 or so years.   I was able to place Walton in Sports Illustrated‘s  “Faces in the Crowd” when Walton hit the national landscape.

Walton scored 50 points and had 34 rebounds in a 110-68 victory over Pasadena in the Covina Tournament and led  Helix to a 33-0 record. The Highlanders’ greatness wouldn’t be tested, because there were no Southern California or state playoffs in the Walton era.

Walton, a 6-foot, 11-inch center, was an enthusiastic, game-changing defender and unselfish, facilitating offensive player who still averaged 29.1 points a game.

The 6-10 Leaf, averaging 30.6 points, is a power forward and may have a more wide-ranging offensive game but has not had Walton’s impact on defense.

ON THE GIRLS’ FRONT

The Bishop’s (15-1), Mission Hills (11-3), and La Jolla Country Day (11-3) rank 10, 11, and 12, respectively, in the latest Cal-Hi Sports poll.

Junior Destiny Littleton of The Bishop’s has scored 605 points and is averaging 37.8 points.

U-T BOYS’ POLL

First-place votes in parenthesis. Won-loss records through Monday.

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1 Foothills Christian (11) 9-3 110 1
2 St. Augustine 11-4 97 2
3 Torrey Pines 12-3 72 5
4 La Jolla Country Day 16-0 66 5
5 El Camino 12-4 63 4
6 Cathedral 8-4 62 7
7 Army-Navy 12-5 58 6
8 Kearny 14-2 34 8
9 Poway 15-2 24 10
10 San Marcos 9-5 11 9

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

Others receiving votes, including record:  Grossmont (14-3, 8), Mission Bay (11-4, 3), San Ysidro (14-2, 1), Vista (10-5, 1).

11 media representatives vote, including John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren, Union-Tribune correspondents; Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Lisa Lane, San Diego Preps Insider; Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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1978: Arnaiz and Helix Persevere

Dominated by Grossmont in the annual carnival, beaten by the rival Foothillers in league play, overwhelmed by a Mount Miguel comeback a week later, the Helix Highlanders took a mandatory eight count, had the sawdust wiped from their gloves, and rallied to win the San Diego Section championship.

Arnaiz's team charged down season's stretch.

Arnaiz’s team charged down season’s stretch.

Coach Jim Arnaiz’s Scots knocked out San Pasqual, 17-10, before 8,778 persons in San Diego Stadium to capture the school’s first title and validate Arnaiz’s program as one of the area’s elite.

Casey Tiamalu, a 5-foot8, 193-pounder rushed for 160 yards in 11 carries and scored on runs of 25 and 40 yards in the  second half as the Highlanders, stung by three turnovers, rallied from a 10-3 deficit.

Tiamalu also got the Highlanders on the scoreboard in the first half with a 38-yard field goal.

Winning the championship was the last thing on  Arnaiz’ mind  when he made his way off the field at Helix’ Benton Hart Stadium in mid-season.

The coach’s mind would be occupied by nightmares when he put his head down on the pillow that night, following a devastating, 41-40  loss to Mount Miguel that saw Arnaiz’s team fall to 3-2.

Helix had leads of 27-0 and 34-6.

Mount Miguel coach Brian Smith admitted to being “in shock.”

“We didn’t panic or scream,” said Smith.  “We just told the players to get rolling.”

A six-yard pass, John Coughlin to Jerome Weatherspoon with 22 seconds remaining in the game clinched the Matadors’ comeback as they survived a 350-yard, five-touchdown passing effort by Jim Oxe.

Helix regrouped, set sights on the big prize, and won its last seven games.

SHOCK AND AWE IN REVERSE

John Shacklett’s Morse Tigers seemed unbeatable.

The team from the 16-year-old school at 69th Street and Skyline Drive was in full beast mode.

The Tigers set a San Diego Section record with 425 points and 47.2 average in a 9-0 regular season.

“”Deep,  talented, quick, awesome,” wrote Steve Brand of The San Diego Union after the Tigers had put up 50 points a game in a 5-0 start.

But it’s a long way to the finish line.

Morse fought the fog and La Jolla in the playoffs’ opening round, leading only 6-0 at halftime.

Mark Kennedy, the County’s No. 3 rusher, gained only 25 yards in seven carries but the Tigers scored 13 points in the third quarter and pulled away from the pesky Vikings to win, 20-0.

Michael Johnson took up the slack for Kennedy, gaining 151 yards in 15 carries and scored on runs of 62 and 18 yards. Michael’s  brother, Jerry, returned a punt 40 yards for another touchdowns.

Shacklett told writers that he had a “good talk” with his club at halftime.

DISASTER

Crusty Bob Woodhouse’s San Pasqual Golden Eagles had a top 10 defense yet averaged at least 4 touchdowns a game less than Morse.

Woodhouse led San Pasqual.

Woodhouse led San Pasqual.

But the Eagles made plays.

The squad from east Escondido was wobbling late in the game, clinging to a 21-19 lead with the rallying Tigers on San Pasqual’s  25-yard line.

Allen Dale and Dave Gleason came to the rescue.

Dale stopped Billy Ervin for a five-yard loss and Gleason sacked quarterback Keith Magee on fourth down.

Ball game.

The resourceful Eagles had similarly kept Morse at a distance throughout the quarterfinals contest.

Morse’s first score didn’t come until 3:22 remained in the third quarter when Magee and John Glover connected on a 41-yard scoring pass play.  San Pasqual promptly answered with a touchdown and took a 21-6 lead into the final quarter.

Ervin’s 10-yard run at 7:03 of the fourth made the score 21-12.  Morse stunned the Eagles with an onside kick, Ray Anderson recovering. Magee raced 47 yards for a touchdown on the next play.

Momentum clearly was with Shacklett’s team, but San Pasqual dug in and closed the door.

The last time a 10-0 team had been so shockingly shown the door was in 1958, when San Diego was beaten, 26-18, in the quarterfinals by eventual Southern California champion Long Beach Poly.

RUN THAT BY ME AGAIN

Morse defeated Escondido, 18-0,  in a two-day preseason scrimmage.

No big deal, right?

Umm, that was 18 touchdowns to none.

“Was it 18?” wondered first year Cougars coach Denny Snyder, whose team then lost its season opener to Vista, 35-7.

Bring back Chick Embrey?

Snyder admitted to being a little shook,  but “if there was a lynching party, I didn’t hear about it.”

Embrey stay retired and Escondido recovered, advancing all the way to the playoff semifinals before bowing to Helix, 18-16.

Jacobus was wary.

Jacobus was wary.

DON’T LOOK AHEAD

“All season I’ve been telling the kids the story of a farmer who looked so far into the forest he tripped over his hogs,” said Sweetwater coach Al Jacobus.  “What irony.  Now we play a team called the Hogs.  That’s Spooky.”

San Pasqual defenders were known as such, cognomens that also would identify Washington Redskins Super Bowl offensive linemen in the 1980s.

Asked how he was going to approach the semifinal contest against the favored Red Devils at Southwestern College, Bob Woodhouse announced,  “We’ll take the 805 South.”

Woodhouse’s glibness was nothing compared to the time he threw a defanged rattlesnake under the Oceanside bench, distracting the Pirates’ players and coaches into an upset loss.

No snakes this time, but San Pasqual reached the finals with another surprising victory, 15-12.

HILLTOP TO MOUNTAIN TOP

Residences of Chula Vista’s upscale east side didn’t know how to react.

Wagner's kicks beat Sweetwater.

Wagner’s kicks beat Sweetwater.

The Hilltop Lancers won their first  Metropoltan League championship since the school opened in 1959 when Mark Armbrust and David Wright collaborated on a 24-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds remaining in the game to defeat Bonita Vista, 26-21.

The Lancers and Sweetwater each had 8-1 league records. Hilltop won for only the fifth time in 20 tries against the Red Devils but claimed the title by virtue of their 15-7, head-to-head victory after Bryan Wagner kicked field goals of 24, 22, and 21 yards.

 COACHES UNHAPPY

It was one thing for the Grossmont District superintendent in 1977 to suggest a shutdown of interscholastic sports, but coaches this year, especially those who endured the long hours of football,  had enough.

Area school districts enacted policies which forced coaches to begin practices after school.

For years the mentors were allowed to use the final physical education period of the school day for football practice, which would continue after school.

This procedure saved at least an hour in the teacher-coaches’ work day.

Now the coaches were being ordered to coach a full p.e. session first and then begin football exercises.

Twenty-one coaches either stepped down or transferred to other schools. Several retired or got out of coaching or found positions in two-year or four-year colleges.

School 1978 Coach 1977 Coach
Bonita Vista Jan Chapman Larry Fernandez
Castle Park Reldon (Bing) Dawson Gil Warren
Cathedral Dan Ramos Paul Wargo
Christian Dan Henson Rick White
Chula Vista Gary Chapman Bob Korzep
El Cajon Valley Don George Jim Mann
El Capitan Art Preston Joe Rockhold
Escondido Denny Snyder Bob (Chick) Embrey
Fallbrook Tom Pack Chuck Lundquist
Granite Hills Paul Wargo Dan Garcia
Hoover Jerry Varner Roy Engle
Marian Bill Smith Phil Bryant
Monte Vista Bob Korzep Larry Schimpf
Ramona Jack Menotti Mike Cunningham
San Marcos Kenny Broach Ivan Seaton
Santana Phil Bryant Joe DiTomaso
Southwest Bob Arciaga Oscar Mercado
Sweetwater Al Jacobus Dave Lay
Torrey Pines Darold Nogle Cliff Kinney
Valhalla Rick White Russ Boehmke

Coached in previous season at another San Diego Section school.

INITIAL RESULTS

Christian’s Dan Henson had the most successful season of the new coaches, posting a 9-0-1 record and defeating Army-Navy, 33-0, for the A title.

Sweetwater’s Al Jacobus continued Dave Lay’s excellence, finishing with a 10-2 record and reaching the AA semifinals. Denny Snyder was 10-2 at Escondido.

Paul Wargo (6-4), Darold Nogle (6-3), and Reldon (Bing) Dawson (5-3-1) were others with winning records.

Art Preston, who was 3-4-1 at El Capitan, had retired from coaching after leading the Vaqueros to an 8-2 record and a berth in the championship game against Kearny in 1963.

 

WORLD, ACCORDING TO HERB

Meyer expounded on career milestone.

Meyer expounded on career milestone.

Herb Meyer was getting philosophical in his 20th season.

“If you stick around long enough you have to win a few by osmosis,” said the El Camino coach, who started at Oceanside in 1959.

Meyer had just tied Birt Slater for second all-time among County mentors with his 132nd victory. Chick Embrey retired with 144 wins and the lead in 1977.

“Part of 132 is longevity,” said Meyer.  “People got pretty excited when I won number 100, but I’m not setting goals like winning 150 or 200.”

Meyer finally pulled the pin in 2003 with a record total of 339 victories.

THE CAVERS’ YEAR?

There was optimism at San Diego High.

Stanley Murphy’s team had won 6 in a row dating to the final four games of the 1977 season and were  looking forward to their first big test against Morse.

Steve Brand of The San Diego Union predicted that the game would be “interesting and probably close”.

Morse didn’t let up after leading 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, 40-7 at the half, and 53-19 after three.  Tigers coach John Shacklett then began substituting and Morse put away a 69-19 victory.

San Diego, 5-3-1 under Murphy in 1977 and full of promise, fell to 3-6 and 1-6 and seventh in the Western League.

I WANT TO COACH

Babers, running against San Pasqual in playoffs, was future head coach in college.

Dino Babers, running for Morse against San Pasqual in playoffs, was future head coach in college.

Four standouts were destined to become head coaches and would be active almost 40 years later.

Escondido tackle Rob Gilster would head programs at Orange Glen and Valley Center.  End Sean Doyle of University became that school’s leader and stayed with the Dons when their campus moved and the school was renamed Cathedral.

Herb Meyer’s son, Joe, eventually took over at Rancho Buena Vista after other stops. And Morse running back Dino Babers went the college route, guiding Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green, and Syracuse.

Morcillo received delayed reaction.

Morcillo received delayed reaction.

AFTER THE FACT

Willie Morcillo of Mira Mesa had to wait before he was credited with  a section record, 50-yard field in a 21-14 victory over La Jolla.

Morcillo originally was determined to have booted a 43-yard placement, but seven yards were added after coach Brad Griffith’s review of game film the following day showed the scrimmage line was La Jolla’s 33-yard line and that the kick was from the 40.

Morcillo bettered the record of 47 yards by Poway’s Denny Miller in 1976 but did not have a long reign at the top.  David Cabral of La Jolla Country Day boomed a 51-yarder later in the season.

TRAGEDY OF THE TIME

Basketball court at St. Augustine served as temporary site for bodies.

Basketball court at St. Augustine received bodies.

A small plane flying East collided with a Pacific Southwest Airlines 727 that was approaching Lindbergh Field to the West, resulting in  more than 135 lives lost.

The mid-air collision, the most deadly in aeronautical history, occurred  around 9 a.m. in  North Park, about two miles from St. Augustine High.

Daugherty Gymnasium on the St. Augustine campus was converted into a temporary morgue.

The original intent was for the gym to serve as an emergency room as more than  75 doctors, nurses, and volunteer medical aides converged on the school site.  When it was determined there were no survivors, the gym played another, tragic role.

Hans Wendt's remarkable photograph of falling PSA jet.

Hans Wendt’s remarkable photograph of falling PSA jet.

QUICK KICKS

Add Mount Miguel to those who thought the playoff system established in 1976 created a redolent presence…after defeating Grossmont, 35-12 in the regular-season finale, the Matadors were forced to meet the Foothillers again the following week in the first round and lost, 18-17…San Diego  junior Terry Turner gained 87 yards in 12 carries in the Cavers’ season-opening, 12-0 win over Lincoln…Turner had never played in  a game…Patrick Henry quarterback Brent Woods is son of Jack Woods, who was “Charlie” on the popular “Charlie and Harrigan” radio show in San Diego…defending champion Lincoln flattened out to 5-4, but finished with a 4-game winning streak…Coronado made the playoffs for the first time in 17 years and La Jolla shared a piece of the Western League championship for the first time since 1952…Kearny missed the playoffs for the first time since 1966 and Castle Park for the first time since 1972…the 18th annual Grossmont Carnival “featuring lots of spirit, penalties, and money,” according to Steve Brand, was played before 7,500 at Aztec Bowl as the West beat the East, 14-0…

Helix's Casey Tiamalu was too much for San Pasqual in finals.

Helix’s Casey Tiamalu was too much for San Pasqual in finals.

 

 

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2015-16 Week 4: Foothills Gets Another Chance

Foothills Christian, blown off the court, 40-13, in the first quarter and a 106-86 loser to Chino Hills a  couple weeks ago, will have another try at the USA Today No. 1 Huskies in the Sierra Canyon Super Showcase in Chatsworth Saturday.

The pressing piranhas of 13-0 Chino Hills, averaging  93 points a game, were champions of the recent City of Palms Tournament in Fort Meyers, Fla., where many eastern big shots competed.

Foothills (8-2) took a step back last week in the Under-Armour event at Torrey Pines.

After an impressive, 85-63 victory over St. Augustine, the Knights fell, 67-52,  to Corona Centennial, the same team Foothills defeated, 69-61, on Centennial’s home court the day before it met Chino Hills.

St. Augustine (11-2), also in the Sierra Canyon field, snapped a two-game losing streak last night, leading from opening tip to final buzzer in a 62-52 win over visiting Bellflower St. John Bosco (13-2), ranked 21st in the state by Max Preps.

Coach Mike Haupt’s Saints, 18th in California, according to Max Preps,  will play Mission Hills Bishop Alemany (9-5) Saturday.

Lincoln is host for a shootout Saturday that includes La Jolla Country Day (15-0) taking on Woodland Hills El Camino Real (5-8) and the Hornets (9-2) meeting Lynwood (9-4). Other squads also are involved.

Teams in the Union-Tribune Top 10 opened league play last night or will Friday.

First-place votes in parenthesis. Won-loss records through Monday.

Rank Team Record Points Last Week
1 Foothills Christian (11) 8-2 110 1
2 St. Augustine 10-2 99 2
3 Torrey Pines 10-3 72 5
4 El Camino 12-3 70 3
5 La Jolla Country Day 15-0 59 8
6 Army-Navy 10-4 58 6
7 Cathedral 6-4 52 4
8 Kearny 13-2 35 7
9 San Marcos 9-5 15 10
10 Poway 13-2 13 NR

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

Others receiving votes, including record: Lincoln (9-2, 12), Grossmont (12-3, 11), Vista (8-5, 1).

11 media representatives vote, including John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune; Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), Terry Monahan, Jim Lindgren, Union-Tribune correspondents; Bill Dickens, Adam Paul, EastCountySports.com; Rick Willis, KUSI-TV; Rick Smith, partletonsports.com; Bodie DeSilva, sandiegopreps.com; Lisa Lane, San Diego Preps Insider; Aaron Burgin, fulltimehoops.com.

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