Billy Casper, who passed away recently at age 83, was not only a Hall of Fame golfer as a professional but also made his mark as a student at Chula Vista High.
Casper was runner-up as a sophomore, champion as a junior, and runner-up as a senior in the CIF Southern Section golf championships from 1948-50.
Casper won the individual title in 1949 by shooting a 73 and winning in a sudden death playoff at Montebello Country Club.
Casper was named as one of the CIF Southern Section’s 100 greatest athletes when the organization celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Several Eastern League schools found themselves locked out of playing sites by, get this, the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association.
The preps, in keeping with years of tradition, thought Aztec Bowl was reserved for them for games Oct. 13, 20, and 27.
Trouble was those were the same nights the Q’s were playing at Peterson Gym.
Hoover, Patrick Henry, Crawford, Morse, and St. Augustine were out of luck.
Since Peterson Gym and Aztec Bowl share the same parking lot, San Diego State officials declared they would not allow prep football and pro basketball games to be held simultaneously.
The basketball Q’s were a few steps ahead of the apparently sonambulant city schools and made arrangements first. Grossmont College also snared football dates for home games at Aztec Bowl.
“Everybody thought somebody was taking care of the contracts, but nobody did,” said a San Diego State spokesman.
San Diego Section commissioner Don Clarkson was blamed for the scheduling lapse.
Scheduling was Clarkson’s responsibility when he also held the post of Supervisor of Secondary athletics for the City Schools.
Clarkson said that he had retired from the supervising gig and that he had notified schools that they would have to make their own arrangements for playing facilities.
Eastern League athletic directors were contacted but claimed they never received such notification.
Nearby College area homeowners long had complained about traffic, vandalism,and other problems involving events at the venues.
After some scrambling and finger pointing the schools found alternate sites.
WHO WON FIGHT?
Sweetwater and Castle Park rolled in the dirt in a South Bay imbroglio that matched coaches who were close friends and college teammates.
That Dave Lay’s Red Devils defeated Gil Warren’s Trojans, 20-14, almost was forgotten in the frenzy of a mini riot.
As Castle quarterback Don Bohnstein moved his team toward a game-leading touchdown in the fourth quarter, another of several skirmishes that earlier had taken place in the stands spilled onto the track surrounding the Castle Park gridiron.
Will Watson of The San Diego Union estimated that as many as 200 persons were involved and that they almost reached the end zone to which the Trojans were marching.
COPS ARE COMING!
Police were summoned and 13 squad cars and a helicopter responded, including three Highway Patrol vehicles and a police van.
Watson reported that the mob got closer to the end zone than the Trojans, who reached the eight-yard line before Bohnstein was sacked for a 13-yard loss.
The Red Devils’ Leroy Brown acquired a nickname and knocked out the Trojans with touchdown runs of 10, 38, and 70 yards.
“BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN”
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The world is Torrey Pines’ oyster, for now.
Coach John Olive’s Falcons completed an 8-0 January and have a 10-game winning streak as they visit Rancho Bernardo tonight.
The 21-2 Falcons have six remaining regular-season games against teams with a combined record of 61-65.
None of those opponents, Rancho Bernardo, twice (11-9), Mt. Carmel (12-10), Poway (13-9), Westview (8-14), and Canyon crest (6-14), will be favored.
The Falcons had December losses of 64-47 to Brooklyn Jefferson and 51-49 to El Camino. The Del Mar school has a 46.30 power rating in Division I, with El Camino (17-4) at 46.24 and San Marcos (20-1) at 46.14.
Win out and Torrey Pines should claim a No. 1 seed.
There are no San Diego teams in Cal-Hi Sports’ state top 20 this week. The Falcons are 24th as selected by Max Preps.
UT-San Diego poll #7:
|#||Team (1st place votes)||W-L||Points*||Previous|
|1||Torrey Pines (8)||21-2||107||1|
|2||Foothills Christian (3)||15-7*||99||2|
|3||La Costa Canyon||15-6||84||3|
*Awarded on 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. *Includes two forfeits.
Others receiving votes: Cathedral (12-7), 6; Escondido (13-7), 2; The Bishop’s (13-6), Grossmont (17-3), 1 each.
Eleven San Diego County sportswriters and broadcasters, and a CIF San Diego Section representative vote each week. The panel includes John Maffei and Kirk Kenney (UT-San Diego), Terry Monahan (UT-San Diego correspondent), Bill Dickens (eastcountysports.com), Steve Brand (San Diego Hall of Champions), John Labeta (CIF San Diego Section), Bodie DeSilva (sandiegopreps.com), Aaron Burgin (fulltimeshoops.com), Rick Willis (KUSI Chl. 51), Rick Smith (partletonsports.com), Drew Willis (sdcoastalsports.com).
Helix’ run to the San Diego Section Division II title represented what may have been the finest coaching job in Jim Arnaiz’s 27-season career.
The Highlanders were an indistinct 4-2-3 when they began their run.
–They improved to 5-2-3 and clinched second place in the Grossmont South with a 27-7 victory over Granite Hills, the victim of Arnaiz’ 200th career win.
–The Highlanders won their first playoff game but not before they trailed by 13 points in the first half and withstood a 328-yard, 3-touchdown passing performance by Scripps Ranch’s Corey Kroviak.
Jason (Moving) Van bailed out the Scots in the 29-26 triumph with second-half touchdown runs of 12, 4, and 79 yards.
“Number 201 was not easy,” said Arnaiz, “but we’re not worried about how many wins coach Arnaiz has anymore. Right now we’re on a mission, a mission to get to the Q (Qualcomm Stadium, site of the finals)”
3–Helix improved to 7-2-3 in the quarterfinals with a 27-24, double overtime win over tough Monte Vista, which had beaten the Highlanders, 15-7 in the regular season.
Arnaiz made a risky but defining decision in the second overtime. Go for tying field goal on fourth down or go for the victory.
The coach let his players make the call and Van pounded in the winning touchdown from the four-yard line.
“It’s what they (his players) wanted to do,” said Arnaiz, adding that “you could play overtime all night against those guys.”
After a regulation-game tie of 14-14, the teams traded touchdowns, necessitating a second overtime. Monte Vista went ahead, 24-21, kicking a field goal after coming up short on fourth down at the 2.
“I had to get it in,” said Van of his game-winner. “That was all I was thinking. I just had to get it in.”
4-5–The road appeared to get a little easier but still ahead were hard-fought, successive victories of 14-7 over Castle Park in the semifinals and 19-7 over Chula Vista in the championship as Van ran the Highlanders to the title.
The 9-2-3 record was not close to being the best but maybe it represented the most satisfying in Arnaiz’ career.
“We started the season as a medium-ranked team in San Diego County,” said Arnaiz. “We followed our mantra of “good, better, best”, and sure enough we got better each week.”
“Jason Van was a solid running back for us and our quarterback was a good athlete. We had a good defense and our kicking game was solid.”
Arnaiz, not one for hyperbole, could have been revealing the DNA of one of his typical Helix squads.
2-8 AND PROUD OF IT
John Kovac, the first head football coach at Mesa College and coach of Coronado’s 1955-56 Southern California basketball championship team, passed away at age 89.
Services for Kovac, who moved from San Diego to Palm Springs in October, will be Jan. 20 at St. Brigit’s Parish, Pacific Beach, on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m.
Kovac opened the Mesa program in 1964 and posted a 30-14-2 record until he stepped down to become the college’s athletic director after the 1968 season.
The 1966 Olympians squad posted a 9-1 record and scored a 12-0 victory over San Bernardino Valley in the Elks Bowl game in the Northern city.
Kovac succeeded George Schutte as head coach at San Diego Junior College and his teams were 11-15-1 from 1961-63.
Kovac was a graduate of Penn State University and was the freshman coach at Penn State for future NFL Hall of Famer Lennie Moore and future Pro Bowl defensive lineman Roosevelt Grier.
Kovac’s first coaching position was as basketball coach at Coronado High. From 1953-56 his teams posted a record of 63 wins and 15 losses, going 15-8, 21-4, and 27-1, respectively.
The Islanders were the first County team to score at least 100 points in a game when they routed Rancho del Campo, 103-34, in 1953.
Coronado reached the Southern California small schools finals in 1954-55 but was beaten, by Azusa Citrus, 63-58, in front of more than 2,000 persons at Point Loma High.
Kovac’s small, quick Islanders won a championship rematch, 60-54, before another turnaway crowd of 2,300 at Azusa in the 1955-56 season.
Coronado, whose tallest player was 6-foot, 1-inch Roger Nix, held Citrus star Billy Kilmer to 19 points, several points below his school-record average, and outplayed the Cougars’ starting five, which averaged 6-foot-3.
The Islanders’ only defeat that season was an early December decision, 49-45, to Hoover, which posted a 25-5 record and was the third-place finisher in the Southern California large-school playoffs.
CHULA VISTA STAR
Bob Lusky, who played on Chula Vista’s 1953 and ’54 Southern California small schools champions that had a combined, 23-1 record.
Lusky was all-Metropolitan League in football and baseball for the Spartans and pitched for San Diego State’s 1958 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship squad.
Lusky taught and coached many years in the South Bay and at Palomar College in San Marcos.
SET CARLSBAD SCORING RECORD
Bob Wueste held the Carlsbad High single-game scoring record of 40 points for several years and was a standout on coach Dimitri Poradowski’s 1961-62 squad that posted a 15-4 record and tied for first in the Palomar League.
An error in compilation of our list of coaches with at least 100 career victories omitted a 40th member of that club.
Monte Vista’s Ed Carberry posted a 100-59-3 record in 14 seasons, with a .626 winning percentage.
Carberry became the Monarchs’ coach in 1989 and was 72-51-2 through 1999. Page Culver coached the Spring Valley team in 2000. Carberry returned in 2001 and closed with a 28-8-1 mark through 2003 and then moved on to Southwestern College.
Carberry’s teams won seven league championships and two San Diego Section titles in three appearances. He is the fifth coach from the East County to win 100 games.
Helix’ Jim Arnaiz was 213-77-11 (.726) from 1973-99, Steve Sutton, 131-91-1 (.587) from 1989-2010 at West Hills and Valhalla, Matt Oliver, 128-56-3 (.693) from 1999-02 and 2004-14 at Christian, and Ladimir (Jack) Mashin, 125-66-19 (.640) from 1923-47 at Grossmont.
Oliver is the only coach from the East County group still active.
Jason Bott of the Union-Tribune said it best: “Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.”
Her name is Andy Wharton and she hammered a 19-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game to give West Hills a 31-28 victory over Serra.
“I thought the play was stopped,” said Wharton, “but when I saw it wasn’t I just hoped it went through.”
Wharton split the uprights. No surprise to Wolf Pack coach Steve Sutton.
“She’s a pressure player and has been in situations like this before (in other sports), but not like this with a football game on the line,” said Sutton.
Quarterback Lon Sheriff also helped, throwing for 311 yards and two touchdowns.
The 21-21 Division I title tie did not sit well with Torrey Pines coach Ed Burke or Vista’s Steve Silberman. “I feel bad for the kids,” Burke said to writer Steve Brand, “because this hasn’t been resolved.”
“Nobody likes a tie–they don’t and we don’t,” said Silberman.
San Diego Section rules are that ties cannot be broken in championship games. Overtime tie-breakers are only for elimination purposes in the earlier rounds.
Point Loma and El Camino tied, 6-6, in 1982 and no one was happy with that either.
EL NINO BOWL
Rain-soaked fields turned to mush in the playoff semifinals, highlighted by driving rainstors in various County locales.
Desert visitor Imperial couldn’t handle the conditions in a 41-14, D-IV loss to Marian Catholic, whose Mike Davies returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score, rushed for touchdowns of 66, and 70 yards, and accounted for more than 300 yards.
The mud also was just fine for Vista, which defeated Chula Vista, 25-0, as the Panthers’ Pisa Tinoisamoa rushed for 208 yards and sidekick Adrian Waddy added 85.
Running up the Score. A.k.a, piling on.
It’s unpleasant and old as the game itself, from peewees to the pros.
What happened this season was remindful of a San Diego Chargers game against Denver in 1963.
The Chargers led, 56-20, after scoring a touchdown in the game’s final minutes.
Instead of maintaining and kicking for the extra point, Chargers coach Sid Gillman instructed quarterback John Hadl to pursue a two-point conversion.
Hadl passed complete to Earl Faison, a defensive end lined up as a blocker and eligible receiver on the special teams unit.
Like mile markers on the interstate, coaching victories progress at their own pace and gradually add up.
Monte Vista’s Ron Hamamoto became the eighth to win 200 games this season and Madison’s Rick Jackson was the 39th to reach 100.
Hamamoto (201-127-4), a 30-year veteran of San Diego high school wars, was at University (Cathedral), Rancho Bernardo, and Lincoln before moving to Monte Vista in 2012.
Jackson (100-31-3) has averaged 9.2 wins in 11 seasons at Madison and his .761 winning percentage is second only to John Carroll’s .765. The late Birt Slater of Kearny had a .753 percentage for third.
Carroll moved past Bennie Edens this season and now has 248 victories, 91 less than all-time leader Herb Meyers. Carroll could catch Meyers in nine seasons if he continued to average 9.5 victories a year as he has done in the 26 he’s been at Oceanside.,
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Oceanside’s loss to Folsom in the State D-I championship resulted in the Pirates’ dropping from fifth to 10th in the final Cal-Hi Sports list of the state’s top 25 teams.
El Capitan fell from 16th to 22nd, Helix from 22nd to 23rd, and Cathedral remained 25th.
Concord De La Salle, which defeated Corona Centennial, 63-42, in the Open Division championship, was first and Folsom second.
This had to be the worst weekend of football in San Diego County prep history.
Two state championship games, one a devastating blowout, the other an almost certain victory flushed in the final two minutes.
If John Carroll was thinking of retiring, and we have no idea what he’s thinking, would the great Oceanside coach want to go out with such a stain on his legacy?
That stain was an astonishing, 68-7 loss to Folsom in the D-I championship, a loss made more incongruous in that the Pirates actually were the first team to score.
Oceanside went in front, 7-0, on the game’s opening drive, the first time all season that its 16-0 opponent had been behind.
VAQUEROS ‘WAY AHEAD
El Capitan seemed comfortable in the favorite’s role as it stunned Moraga Campolindo for three, third-quarter touchdowns and a 28-7 lead.
Campolindo battled back to tie the game but El Cap appeared ready to go in for the winning touchdown or field goal when a fumble on the 10-yard line was recovered by the Cougars.
The result of the fumble recovery was a surreal, 90-yard run to the house that ended El Capitan’s hopes for a 15-0 season.
Final score, Campolindo 35, El Cap 28.
“You never know which way the ball’s going to bounce,” said Vaqueros quarterback Brad Cagle, who finished the game with a broken bone in his foot. “That’s why they make it the shape that it is.”
Cagle was visiting with Kirk Kenney of UT-San Diego.
Kinney’s colleagues, the newspaper’s two North County reporters, left the Carson StubHub Center post-haste the night before after the Oceanside destruction.
John Maffei covered the North County basketball tournament yesterday and Terry Monahan was at Serra High, watching the Girls’ Kiwanis Tournament.
The football season had ended with a resounding thud.
Oceanside and El Capitan forged a Division I & III parlay into the state championships with convincing victories in the Southern California regional playoffs but now will take on two, explosive 15-0 teams this week in Carson.
Oceanside (14-0) ran Central Section champion Fresno Edison off the field, 30-6 at halftime, and cruised, 37-22, last week, while El Capitan (14-0) overcame a slow start with 28 second-quarter points in a 41-0 victory over Paso Robles of the Southern Section.
Both San Diego teams can put up points, El Cap averaging 38 and Oceanside 33, but they’ll be facing almost unprecedented firepower.
Moraga Campolindo of the North Coast Section, which averaged 46.7 points and scored 701 total, will meet El Capitan in D-III Saturday at Noon at the StubHub Center.
The Bulldogs scored 847 points, averaged 56.5 (San Diego observers saw a preview in a 55-10, opening-game Honor Bowl victory over Cathedral), and rolls with quarterback Jake Browning, who has thrown for 85 touchdowns.
That’s 85 for the year, not his career.
Browning’s three-season total is 223 and he’ll be aiming for at least a tie for the national record of 91 in one season, set by Corey Robinson of Lone Oak High in Paducah, Kentucky, in 2010.
With apologies to Johnny Cash and his 1956 hit, “Folsom Prison Blues,” Oceanside is going to “hear the train a comin'”, but coach John Carroll’s seasoned and tough Pirates make this game the attractive as any of the weekend.
Folsom ranks third and Oceanside fifth in Cal-Hi Sports‘ latest ratings. The computer service calpreps.com gives Folsom a 71 rating and Oceanside 65.9.
Cal-Hi‘s No. 1 (13-0 Concord De La Salle) and 2 (12-2 Corona Centennial) teams will meet in the Open Division championship.
North Coast champion De La Salle has a 71.3 calprep.com rating. Centennial is at 76.8 but has a 43-42 loss to national No. 1 Las Vegas Gorman and 28-18 defeat by Santa Ana Mater Dei, which the Huskies topped in a Southern Section playoff rematch, 27-24.
Division II pairs the Southern Section’s Redlands East Valley, 14-1 with a 51.2 calpreps.com grade, against the North Coast’s Concord Clayton Valley, 15-0 and 54.9, respectively.
San Juan Capistrano St. Margaret, which eliminated Christian, 48-21, in the regional last week, takes a 15-0 record and 31.8 computer rating against Modesto Central Catholic, 11-3 and 41.4 in D-IV.
Central Catholic won a division mismatch in 2012, routing Santa Fe Christian, 66-7.