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2017 Week 8: About Cavers, Hamamoto, Gilster, Saints

San Diego continued to impress; coaches moved on leaders in all-time victories, and St. Augustine rebounded. San Diego improved to 7-0 with a 34-7 over Kearny, which took a 6-0 record into the game, as big, fast Raiden Hunter rushed more »

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1948-49: “Little Guys” Hold Sway

City schools Hoover and San Diego usually wielded the sharp end of the stick, but smaller schools, for the second year in as row, stepped up.  Coronado, from the mostly suburban Metropolitan League, and Vista from the rural Southern Prep more »

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2017 Week 7: Big Week for Komets, Cavers

There was no Week 6 blog, with the attendant rankings from The San Diego Union, because we were celebrating my beautiful bride’s birthday on a seven-day cruise south, along the Mexican Riviera. I had a fat attack, unable to resist more »

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2017: They Made the NFL on Opening Day

Twelve former San Diego Section stars made the 32-team NFL rosters of 1,693 players at the start of the 2017 season. Thirteen made the list in 2016 and 15 in 2015. Helix was one of 40 schools with 3 players more »

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2017 Week 5: Helix Defender Near Top of List

Opinions are like a certain area of the anatomy.  Most of us have one. The opinion of, which maintains a running list of  who’s who in high school football and who is being recruited by whom, is that the more »

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1947-48: McColl’s Haul

Bill McColl was working on the second leg of a football-basketball-baseball “triple crown.” The 6-foot, 3-inch, 200-pounder was bound for  an all-America career at Stanford University and an eight-season stint as an end with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, more »

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2017 Week 4: U. City, Mira Mesa Enjoying Ride

How significant is 4-0? Depends on your perspective. Nice, but, hey, we’re used to being there, would be the reaction from Mission Hills, Calexico Vincent Memorial, Christian, Crawford, El Centro Southwest, San Marcos, and Calvin Christian. All of those teams more »

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1959-60: Helix in Tough Loss; Point Loma Surprises

San Diego was leaving the Southern Section at the end of the school year but was going out with an unprecedented show of force. Hoover was ranked No. 1 and Helix No. 2 in seeding for the 32-team major playoffs.  more »

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1959-60: Hoover Comes Up Short at Finish Line

Seldom was a defeat as disappointing as that which knocked out Hoover in the semifinals of San Diego’s swansong in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The Cardinals sustained a numbing, 39-34 loss to Anaheim in the semifinals round in a more »

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2017 Week 3:  Cavers Finding It Fun Again

Baby steps to others are leaps and bounds at San Diego High. Save for a 13-8-2 record by the Keir Kimbrough-coached squads in 2010 and 2011, the Cavers have endured stretches of apathy and losses that extend into the misty more »

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