Category Archives: Basketball

1956-57: A Red Devils Reset

Who would have thought a team that started the season with a 1-8 record and finished 10-10 would be celebrated? Hats off to the Sweetwater Red Devils! An eighth loss in nine games was where coach Wells Gorman’s team stood more »

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1955-56: Islanders Square Account

Coronado paid off an old debt. Hoover’s playoff advance was halted at the foul line. Merrill Douglas ended a great run at San Diego High. Lincoln showed that patience pays off. –John Kovac was a football coach who happened to more »

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1952-53: Gehring Leads Way to Hoop

Football, basketball, baseball, and track and field, the majors, remained seasonal sports for the best athletes, who usually participated in at least three. Single-sport concentration and club teams were a half-century away, but a change was taking place in high school more »

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1951-52: Six of Significance

1) Point Loma’s almost rags-to-almost-riches season ended with a call from Uncle Sam. 2) Hoover’s 11-1 ride through the City Prep League and 23-win campaign stalled after an 11-point lead in the playoffs. 3) Helix, without a gymnasium, or a more »

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2017: George (Bud) Milke, Legendary South Bay Coach

Bud Milke was on the bench as a head coach for 500-plus basketball games in his career, more than half at Mar Vista High and Castle Park, and rolled with the deathless prose of Grantland Rice: “For when the One more »

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1950-51: Wanted: Triple-A Road Maps

The twists and turns of the season weren’t so much about the drama of last-minute shots and frenetic finishes but of quirky schedules, odd venues, and some World War II-like travel. Coronado and Chula Vista met in the Metropolitan League’s more »

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1954-55: The Saints Get Some Glory

St. Augustine felt better about itself, assuaging some of the long-standing frustration from thwarted attempts to secure a league affiliation. The small, independent Catholic entity that opened its doors in 1922 enjoyed an in-your-face season and earned the first playoff more »

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2016-17: Saints Rise to No. 6 in Final Ratings

Another good season of San Diego Section basketball is in the books. St. Augustine finished sixth in the final, expanded Cal-Hi Sports listing of the top 40 teams in the state and the Mission Hills girls were seventh in rankings of the more »

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1953-54: Spartans Footballers Get Basketball Legs

All coach Clarence Burton and the Chula Vista Spartans needed was the rounding into shape of several football players fresh off the CIF Southern Section small schools championship. The Spartans started slowly in December while Chet DeVore’s gridders were engaged more »

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1943-44: Ivan the Terrible, Not

An otherwise quiet, ho-hum campaign shortened by war was energized in the season’s last game. Ivan Robinson, the younger brother of 1941-42 San Diego star Ermer Robinson, scored 38 points, including 25 in the second half of a 70-23, season-ending victory more »

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