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2017: Week 15: Helix Game Site in Question

Note:  Westlake Village Oaks Christian closed school today because of smoke and ash from the nearby wildfires. Helix is scheduled to play there Friday night, Dec. 7. The field at Southwestern  faces south to North but the football moved east. more »

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1945-46: “We Got (Expletive)!”

The cry is as old as the game.  Visiting teams screaming that the referees or the timekeeper did them unjustly. Huntington Beach certainly had those thoughts when the Oilers, 4-0 on the season and a reported 20-1 in 1944-45, were more »

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2017 Week 14: More Picks (Guesses) For Finals This Week

The so-named expert is trying his hand again as 10 San Diego Section teams come together for the playoff finals at Southwestern College Friday and Saturday. I tied the Union-Tribune’s resident genius, prep honcho John Maffei, each of us picking more »

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2017: Luther Hayes, 78, Lincoln’s All-Time Hornet

Fledgling Lincoln High began to create its great athletic legacy after Luther Hayes, a vital member of San Diego high’s 1955 Southern California championship team, transferred to the young school at 49th Street and Imperial Avenue. Hayes 78, who passed more »

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2017 Week 13: How an “Expert” Sees This Week’s Games

Here they are, our predictions for the five San Diego Section semifinals and one final this week. I pretty much went with the seeds, although there are a few strays from chalk.  I’m not Colin Cowherd or the late “Jimmy more »

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1940-41:  Douglas, Wilson Make Coaching Debuts

Two young coaches destined to become legendary in San Diego basketball lore arrived as varsity mentors at the city’s two prep powerhouses. Rickey Wilson, a former San Diego High player, succeeded Lawrence Carr at Hoover and Merrill Douglas, a transplanted more »

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2017 Week 12: It’s Playoff System Controversy Time

CIF boss Jerry Schniepp had a thoughtful response recently to criticism of the San Diego Section playoff formula by writer John Maffei, but even if Schniepp’s assertion that the system implemented this year is the best of several that have more »

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2017: Week 11:  Hats Off!

A doffing of the fedora to the 16, playoff-bound teams that won league championships: LEAGUE TEAM RECORD PREVIOUS Avocado Mission Hills 10-0 2013 Central San Diego 10-0 1960* City University City 9-1 2012 Coastal The Bishop’s 9-0 2016 Eastern Lincoln more »

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2017 Week 10: Regular Season Undefeated Prizes Await 6

What is it when Grossmont plays Helix? The Highlanders exercised their annual domination over the Foothillers, 57-3, last week. Grossmont had scored 157 points in its previous three games, wins of 51-14 over Steele Canyon, 54-26, over Valhalla, and 51-7 more »

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1949-50: 4th in League, 1st in Southern California

Chula Vista’s basketball history was brief and uninspiring. Two seasons, 12 wins, 18 losses, seventh and fourth-place-tie finishes in the Metropolitan League. No problem.  The Spartans emerged from the pack to win a Southern California championship this season. It was more »

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