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2017-18 Week 11:  Basketball Yes, Football No

Who are these guys and girls? Ninety-four of the 128 dues-paying members of the CIF San Diego Section fielded football teams in 2017, which leaves more than 30 to pursue other sports.  Many do, in the hoops game. They perform more »

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2017-18 Week 10: Contenders Await Playoff Seeds

The dog days of the season will suddenly become the stretch run Saturday, when pairings, fueled by the ratings system associated with Max Preps, will be announced by the San Diego Section. Foothills Christian appears to have a lock on more »

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1958-59: Potentially Outstanding Season Falls Short

Forfeits, ineligibles, and nuptials. Three words that sum up a season filled with hot shooting, high scores, and dramatic finishes but ended with flat, early exits for San Diego schools in their next-to-last year in the Southern Section playoffs. –San more »

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2017-18 Week 9: No Movement at Top

Static are the San Diego Section ratings. There was no change this week through the first six places.  La Jolla Country Day moved from eighth to seventh after St. Augustine dropped a 74-56 decision to Chicago Whitney Young. The Saints more »

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2018: Tom Ault, Crawford Basketball Standout

They gave Tom Ault a tremendous sendoff recently at the Rancho Santa Fe First Presbyterian Church. More than 400 persons, including many San Diego State and sports luminaries from the ‘sixties and ‘seventies, were in attendance. Ault, 72, who passed more »

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1957-58: Shaules Had Records, but Cavers Had Championship

A palpable buzz was heard throughout San Diego gymnasiums this season, hummed to a pitch by a 5-foot, 8-inch sharpshooter with an unorthodox jump shot. St. Augustine’s Tom Shaules set scoring records and drew huge crowds, but Shaules and his more »

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2017-18 Week 8: Leaders Can Look Down Road

Fast forward about month, to the round of 4 in the San Diego Section Open Division championships. If the Max Preps’ power ratings hold and the first and second rounds play out as expected, Torrey Pines (20-2) would play Mission more »

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2017-18 Week 6: Buck Stops With Bucs

Mission Bay has not been a “brand” name in San Diego Section basketball, but the Buccaneers continue to hold sway in the Union-Tribune weekly poll.  They’re now 15-3 after Tuesday night’s 71-63 victory over Patrick Henry. The Bucs have beaten more »

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2017-18 Weeks 1-5: It’s Been a Wild Ride

Like the automobiles that are continually jarred by San Diego’s city streets, the supposed top teams in the San Diego Section negotiated a December full of potholes. Which is the best, as the season enters  league play and the weekend more »

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2017 Week 18: Helix 10th; Desert Runner Leads Scorers

A nagging, Week 2 loss to Lancaster Paraclete that Helix appeared to overcome reared up again after the Highlanders were beaten by Folsom, 49-42, in the state 1-AA championship. Helix, seventh in the state going into the game as selected more »

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