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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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2017 Week 2: Overtime, Then and Now

Palm Springs defeated Scripps Ranch, 42-35, in two overtimes and Army-Navy’s topped Perris Military, 21-20, in one overtime last week. Both of those game results presumably were more easily reached than the first in 1976. That was the year of more »

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2017 Week 1:  Helix Up, Cathedral Down, Mission Hills Cruises

Too early for trends, but Cathedral’s defending state 1AA champion has some catching up to do and Helix is positioning itself to make a run such as the Dons’ in 2016. The Highlanders, preseason ranked 12th in Cal-Hi Sports’ overview, more »

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2017 Week 0: Helix starts off as No. 1

Enriched by the transfer from St. Augustine of running back-defensive back Isaac Taylor Stuart (a four- or five star recruit, according to  grading services), coach Robbie Owens’ Helix Highlanders begin the season as the No. 1 team in the San more »

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2017: John Williams, Played on Great Hoover Team

Name Hoover’s starting five in 1959-60 and Johnny (Bo) Williams probably would be the fifth to come to mind. But Williams, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard, was an effective offensive player (269 points in 27 games) and outstanding defender for arguably more »

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