Sports

BARDIN BROTHERS ARE BIG WINNERS OF TWO DAYS OF SOAP BOX DERBY RACING

 

March 7, 2012 (La Mesa) -- Declan and Aidan Bardin of La Mesa dominated the results of the two-day Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Soap Box Derby Rally Races on March 3 and 4 in La Mesa. Between them the Bardin brothers won four first place trophies, two second place and two third place. The boys are students at Literacy First Charter School in El Cajon.

SDSU CELEBRATES MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TITLE ON SENIOR NIGHT

 
Aztecs Kalena Tutt and Sajoyia Griffin Play in Last Home Game
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
March 2, 2012 (San Diego)--When the final buzzer hit 00.0 at Viejas Arena on Feb. 29, it was time for the celebration. Fans rushed the court. Music began blaring through the loud speakers. Both teams shook hands before the San Diego State women’s basketball team rushed to midcourt to join the rejoicing mob that had formed.

EL CAJON ANNOUNCES SPRING RECREATION CLASSES AND MULTI-SPORTS DAY CAMP

 

March 2, 2012 (El Cajon) – Registration for El Cajon’s Spring recreation programs begins March 13 online or by mail, with walk-in registrations accepted starting March 19. Spring recreation classes are offered for kids of all ages and include multi-sports camp, aquatics, dance, preschool programs and gymnastics.
 
To learn more, visit http://www.ci.el-cajon.ca.us/dept/rec/ , or call (619) 441-1516.  For details on the multi-sports day camp, read more.
 

VALHALLA MOURNS PASSING OF COACH FRANK YANCEY; MEMORIAL SLATED FOR MARCH 9

 

"We will never put our heads down, we will play our hearts out, and we will play for Coach because he will be on the turf with us.” – Clay Meyer, Valhalla Saga

February 29, 2012 (Santee) – Frank Yancey was “an inspiration for all those who served under him,”  Clay Meyer  wrote in the Valhalla Saga.  The school’s varsity football coach passed away February 13 at his home in Santee of an undisclosed cause.

Yancey coached 18 season at West Hills High, five at El Cajon Valley High and his last five at Valhalla.  His East County roots included playing as an offensive lineman at Santana High School and Grossmont College, as well as later at San Francisco State.

EL CAPITAN BASEBALL RANKED 4TH BEST IN CALIFORNIA BY ESPN

 

Coach Steve Vickery inducted into National High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame

By Ryan Schuler

February 28, 2012(Lakeside)--It’s no secret that El Capitan High School is a powerhouse when it comes to baseball in San Diego. Coming off a 2011 season in which the squad was ranked California's No. 18 team by ESPN’s CalHiSports and reached the San Diego Section CIF Division III finals, the Vaqueros are back in the CalHiSports state rankings again, this time in the preseason.

Led by reigning California Coaches Association State Baseball Coach of the Year Steve Vickery and 6-foot-5 senior southpaw Troy Conyers, the Vaqueros enter the season ranked No. 4 in California.

JAMAAL FRANKLIN A ONE-MAN SHOW AS SDSU PULLS INTO 1ST PLACE TIE

 
February 28, 2012 (San Diego)--Apparently, San Diego State sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin forgot that Senior Night is supposed to be a celebration for the seniors in their last home game ever.
 
Franklin matched his career-high in points with 31 and set a new career-high with 16 rebounds as the No. 24 Aztecs defeated the Colorado State Rams February 22 to pull into a three-way tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference standings with No. 18 New Mexico and No. 21 UNLV.

 

TWO DAYS OF SOAP BOX DERBY RALLY RACES SET FOR MARCH 4 & 5

February 24,2012 (La Mesa) -- Youngsters from throughout Southern California and Arizona will compete for trophies and points during two days of Soap Box Derby Rally Races on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5 in La Mesa. The Drew Ford/Kiwanis Club of La Mesa Derby Races provide valuable experience for the 7-17-year old race car drivers as two-by-two they roll down the sloping race course on Junior High Drive next to La Mesa Middle School, achieving speeds up to 24 mph. 

SAN DIEGO STATE WOMEN’S LACROSSE HAS UPS AND DOWNS IN FIRST-EVER WEEKEND OF HOME GAMES

 Aztecs beat Cincinnati, but lose to UC Davis

By Ryan Schuler
 
February 23, 2012 (San Diego)--Friday, February 17, 2012 served as a very important day for the San Diego State women’s lacrosse program. Not only did the Aztecs host their first home game in program history, but they also scored their first win ever. This is their first season at the Division I level.  

STEPHEN STRASBURG HAS JERSEY RETIRED BY SAN DIEGO STATE

West Hills High School Alum Was No. 1 Overall Pick in 2009 Major League Baseball Draft 
 
By Ryan Schuler 
 
February 23, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Feb. 17, the San Diego State University baseball team began its 2012 season at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the campus of SDSU against the University of Washington. With the start of the highly anticipated season came a special honor. SDSU made it known that no member of the baseball program will ever wear the No. 37 again.
 
That was the number of former Aztec great and current Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg. That number is now retired.

AZTECS NO MATCH FOR LOBOS

 

University of New Mexico Now In Sole Possession of First Place in Mountain West Conference
 
By Ryan Schuler
 
February 22, 2012 (San Diego)--This was as close to winner-take-all game as a regular season game gets, except this winner became leader of the Mountain West Conference and controlled their destiny of winning the regular season title.
 
The script was written. After losing to No. 14/16 UNLV, No. 13/15 SDSU (20-5, 6-3 MWC) was back at home on February 15 in the friendly confines of Viejas Arena. They were facing a team they had beaten earlier on the road. They had not lost back-to-back games since January 2010.

 

GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL SAYS GOODBYE TO FORMER FOOTBALL COACH

 

Ron Murphy passed away at age 48
 
By: Ryan Schuler
 
February 20, 2012 (La Mesa) Former Grossmont High School head football coach Ron Murphy passed away on Tuesday after a battle with skin cancer. Murphy was 48 years old.
 
Grossmont High School dedicated its basketball game against Helix High School in honor of Murphy. Grossmont High School also held a celebration of Murphy’s life on Saturday morning at the football field on campus.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE DOWNS PASADENA IN EXCITING FASHION

 
by Ryan Schuler
 
Freshman catcher Brian Lockey hits game-winning 3-run double in eighth inning
 
February 17, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)— On February 10, the count was three balls and two strikes. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the bases were loaded with two outs. With Grossmont College trailing Pasadena City College 8-6, freshman catcher Brian Lockey (Bonita Vista HS) dug into the batter’s box as he got ready for the pitch.

 

RANDY JONES 5K FOR INDEPENDENCE FEB. 18 AT SANTEE LAKES TO BENEFIT HOME OF GUIDING HANDS

February 9, 2012 (Santee) – The Randy Jones “5K For Independence” walk and fun run will be held on February 18 at Santee Lakes.  The event benefits Home of the Guiding Hands, which assists developmentally disabled adults and which has been hard-hit by state budget cuts.

Participants are invited to stay at Santee Lakes for a day of family fun, picnic lunch, beer garden, and awards ceremony.

STEELE CANYON HOSTS GROSSMONT DISTRICT CHEER COMPETITION


By Jack Bailey

 
February 6, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- On January 28, 2012, junior varsity and varsity cheerleading teams met for competition.  They were the Grossmont Union High School District, and they competed in the Steele Canyon High School gymnasium in East County, California.

LAKESIDE HAS STARS—STARLINGS, THAT IS

 
By Emma Cajthaml

February 4, 2012 (Lakeside)--This past weekend, a local East County volleyball club, Lakeside Starlings, competed in Anaheim at the second of three qualifying tournaments. The day started off slow with three losses but ended well with a win against the Christian club, Pursuit. 

 

CELEBRATE SUPER BOWL SUNDAY WITH SAFE AND SOBER DRIVING


February 4, 2012 (Sacramento) - The big game can mean big fun for football fans everywhere; however, rather than waiting until the fourth quarter to designate a driver, have a plan in place before the festivities begin. 
“We hope everyone can enjoy the fun by designating a driver before the game begins,” said California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “The safety of your family, friends, and other motorists should be your priority.”

WINE TASTING GOAL FEB. 4: BENEFIT GROSSMONT SOCCER


February 1, 2012 (La Mesa) School budgets have been cut to the bone, but fortunately for the Grossmont High School Men’s Soccer Team, San Pasqual Winery is kicking in some help—and asks community support.  This Saturday, February 4 from 6-8 p.m., San Pasqual Winery will host a fundraiser wine tasting to benefit the Grossmont Men’s Soccer Team. The event will be held at the Winery’s Tasting Room, 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. 

“10 AND UNDER TENNIS” IN LA MESA STARTS FEB. 6

 
January 17, 2012 (La Mesa)— The City of La Mesa is serving up “10 and Under Tennis”  for kids.  This is a new method using the QuickStart format to learn the game of tennis in a fun, fast, and effective way. Kids will use shorter lighter rackets, slower and lower-bouncing balls, smaller court dimensions and modified scoring systems tailored to the age and size of the child.

 

SPORTSPLEX USA DONATES TO SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION


January 14, 2012 (Santee) – On Monday, January 23, 2012 Sportsplex USA president Bill Berghoff will make a donation to the Santee School District Foundation in the amount of $1440.  Sportsplex USA and the Santee School District Foundation (SSDF) have partnered with the goal of offering affordable youth indoor soccer programs to all parents and children in Santee. 

 

SYCUAN CASINO SPONSORS CARY HART AND THE HART AND HUNTINGTON MOTOCROSS TEAM


December 29, 2011 (El Cajon) -- Carey Hart, team owner of Hart and Huntington Racing, unveiled the new Supercross team riders and sponsors for the 2012 season during a press conference, Thursday, December 1 in San Diego at Sycuan Casino. The Dodge Motorsports/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Team now include a brand new sponsorship with Sycuan Casino for the upcoming season and beyond, as well as, a continuing partnership with Dodge and Bel-Ray. Sycuan Casino is located at 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019, (619) 445-6002.

 

HELIX WINS! LA MESA TEAM CAPTURES STATE CIF CHAMPIONSHIP 35-24

By Miriam Raftery

December 18, 2011 (La Mesa) – The Sacramento Bee called the Helix Highlanders “near perfect”, describing the football team as “a mixture of speed, power and fury…storming to a 28-10 halftime lead, scoring three touchdowns in a blur with their array of dazzling skill players sprinting downfield.” 

Ken Stone, editor of La Mesa Patch.com, was at the big game in Loomis, north of Sacramento. Topping what Stone dubbed a “magical season” with a 13-1 record, the team squared off against the Del Oro Golden Eagles, a formidable force with a 13-2 record.

HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL PLAYS FOR CIF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY, DEC. 17


December 16, 2011 (La Mesa) -- The game for the state championship in Division II will be played in Carson, California on December 17. Helix will play Del Oro, Loomis at 4:00 p.m. The game will be covered live on Cox Channel 4 in the San Diego area.
 

AZTECS TO VIE IN NEW ORLEANS BOWL


SDSU News Center

December 7, 2011 (San Diego)--For the first time in the program's Division I history, the San Diego State football team (8-4) will participate in back-to-back postseason bowl games, as the Aztecs accepted an invitation Sunday to play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (8-4) at 8 p.m. CT/6 p.m. PT, Saturday, Dec. 17.

AZTECS’ SEASON FINALE SATURDAY: TEAM HAS SHOT AT HOLIDAY BOWL GAME

December 1, 2011 (San Diego) – Saturday night, the San Diego State University Aztecs football team will square off against Fresno State in the season finale. If the Aztecs are victorious, they could advance to postseason play in consecutive years for the first time since 1966-67.

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