By David Dickens
April 10, 2014 (San Diego)- The East County has produced many superstar athletes for several years now. Most of the athletes have come via land, however a Seastar has been born right here in our own backyard. The San Diego SeaStars, formerly the Sweetwater Dolphins established in East County back in 1977, practice at Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley four times a week.
Update March 30, 2014: All four of these individuals made Saturday's cut and are now in the top 30 finalists.
By David Dickens
March 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego Padres have been holding announcer try-outs for the last several weeks. Almost 800 candidates were given a shot. It looked as if American Idol was in town. All contestants received a script as judges listened in an undisclosed location in Petco Park. Deamers, professional broadcasters, and writers were in the mix to try and become the new voice of the San Diego Padres.
The top 50 contestants have been notified and this will be cut down to 30 later today. The final announcement of the winner and new voice of the San Diego Padres will be announced on April 18, 2014 when the Friars take on the San Francisco Giants.
Many success stories have come through East County, including professional ball players, actors-- and now four lucky contestants who made the top 50 from our own East County: Allen Wilde, Doug Herman, and Patrick Connor. of El Cajon and Randy Mann of La Mesa.
By David Dickens
March 24, 2014 (San Diego)-Some of us run for fun, some of us run for better health, and some of us run on behalf of others. We have all heard of, or even had friends or family members who have walked for breast cancer, brain cancer, and many other ailments. Wonderful people volunteer their time to help raise awareness of these diseases or even raise funds for the less fortunate. Society as a whole has become selfish in these times of need, however there are still a select few that love their fellow man or child in this case.
March 19, 2014 (El Cajon) – If you’re ready to get in the swing of things this spring, Cottonwood Golf has announced a series of golf tournaments in April, May and June. Many of these events will benefit local charitable causes, from children’s programs to wounded veterans to the Mother Goose Parade. In addition, Cottonwood will host brunch in its garden area each Sunday through June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with mimosas or champagne for adults and a menu with child pricing. Cottonwood is located at 3121 Willow Glen Drive in EL Cajon. For reservations call:
HARLEM GLOBETROTTER SUMMER CLINICS COMING TO SAN DIEGO AND SANTEE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH 24 HOUR FITNESS
March 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their widely popular Summer Clinics – in partnership with fitness club industry leader, 24 Hour Fitness®– to Santee as well as to the College Brove and Balboa areas in San Diego for more fun on the court with the only clinics coached by Globetrotters stars.
By David Dickens
March 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Steele Canyon Cougars finished the 2013 varsity baseball season, (4-11) in league, and (14-15) overall. Shortstop Tanner Perry was one of the bright spots last season, as he made all-league. Perry also plays basketball, and is the key senior amongst many returning this season. Helping the turnaround, first year coach and former Oakland Athletic Dan Nerat, will be commanding the Cougars this year to assist Perry and his teammates reach the promise land.
NFL QUARTERBACK TO SERVE AS PRINCIPAL FOR A DAY AT HIS FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN ALPINE
March 3, 2014 (Alpine) – On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Ryan Lindley, Quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, will visit Alpine Elementary School. Lindley will assume mock Principal duties for the day at his former elementary school and spend his time reading to select classes and providing the students with helpful tips on how to excel academically.
By Miriam Raftery
February 27, 2014 (San Diego) -- A San Diego State University staff member who lost a leg in Afghanistan has been honored by the San Diego Hall of Champions. Erick McElvenny was named Challenged Athlete of the Year at the 68th annual Salute to the Champions awards ceremony on February 13 after a year that’s included accomplishments that would be daunting for many able-bodied athletes.
February 24, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 race on Sunday, February 23. It was his second Daytona victory in a decade, at the same track where his father was killed back in 2001.
Source: SDSU News Center
February 13, 2014 (San Diego Xavier Thames, senior guard for the San Diego State University Aztecs,, is among 30 NCAA Division I men's basketball players up for the 2013-14 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club has announced.
Naismith is one of two players representing schools from California and the Mountain West division. Thames' midseason player-of-the-year candidacy is his second after being named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List last month.
RENO DISPATCH: CRAMMING FOR FINALS--CAN SAN DIEGO STATE REALLY WIN A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SPRING?
By Jamie Reno
The Reno Dispatch
Jan. 28, 2014 (San Diego) -- The San Diego State Aztecs, who passed a tough road test at Utah State University Saturday night with a 74-69 overtime win, are headed toward the top of the 2014 class. Now ranked #5 in both major national college basketball polls, the 18-1 Aztecs, winners of 17 straight, are cramming for the Final Four in April and a possible national championship.
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January 29, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego State junior Hayley Miles (Antelope, Calif./Center HS) has been named to the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. It is the second straight season that Miles made the initial 50-player list. View: 2014 USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST
Miles (2013-14), who redshirted last year, and Erin Floros (2007) are the only Aztecs to ever be named to the pre-season watch list.
By David Dickens
January 14, 2014 (Spring Valley)-- As a sports enthusiast or just looking for great entertainment, look no further than the Lady Matadors of Mount Miguel High School(1-3-14) . This fully equipped group of ballers are led by the talented trio of Dejanay Pope, Deijah Blanks, and Zaria Branch.
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By David Dickens
December 11, 2014 (Denver) -- This could very well be the matchup of two of the best teams in the American Football Conference. This will be the first time these two division rivals square up in the postseason.
By David Dickens
January 9, 2014 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon Valley High School boys basketball coach Marty Ellis has still plenty of work to do, however there is a a very good chance to win the Grossmont Valley League title.
“Due to lack of practice time, we can’t fix what needs to be fixed,” stated a frustrated Ellis. Which is quite true at all levels due to the delays because of tournament schedules.
The EL Cajon Valley Braves are small in size but extremely quick and one of the best squads at trap defense. The Braves started off with a bang out of the gate with an 8-0 run, which has since declined to 10-5, winning only two of their last eight games. It definitely can be exhausting as well, going from tournament to tournament.
By Ed Barrena
January 1, 2014 (San Diego) -- The bolts are in! The Chargers will have an opportunity to compete for the Super Bowl this year as the cards remarkably fell in their favor last weekend. The playoff picture was stacked with six teams vying for four seats in the American Football League (AFC).
With losses in the morning by Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, the Chargers only needed to win against the Kansas City Chiefs to secure the sixth seat. The Chiefs had already secured the AMC fifth seat and benched some starters, however it was a close game.
December 26, 2013 (San Diego) – The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) encourages football fans to take advantage of expanded Trolley service Thursday, Dec. 26, to avoid congested traffic when traveling to the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium.
MTS will operate Green Line Trolley service with 15-minute frequency or better before and after the game to accommodate increased ridership. Fans are advised to travel early and board between 4 and 5 p.m. to ensure arrival at Qualcomm Stadium in time for pre-game festivities and kick-off at 6:30 p.m.
Fans originating travel on the Blue Line can transfer to the Green Line at the 12th & Imperial Transit Station, and those starting on the Orange Line can transfer at either the Grossmont Center, 12th & Imperial, or Santa Fe Depot stations.
December 23, 2013 (San Diego) – The Utah State Aggies and Northern Illinois Huskies will play in the 9th annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, 2013 Bowl President Bill Geppert announced today. It marks the second appearance in the San Diego bowl game for the Huskies and the first for the Aggies.
The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium and will be televised on ESPN.
By David Dickens
December 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Monte Vista (7-6) was expected to cruise through this Division 4 rematch on December 8th against the Sweetwater High Red Devils (9-4) for the SDCIF crown. However, just like the age-old saying, “On any given Sunday,” this time the whims of fate kicked in on Saturday. Playoffs at any level discount regular season play as a whole new atmosphere. The ironic stat in this battle: not a single pass was thrown in the Monarch triumph early in the regular season play; this time it was the pass that stole the game.
The Monarch strength all season long was the elite rushing attack led by running back Jermeil Jackson. This time around Monte Vista was stymied for a mere 186 yards – all rushing – and only amassed 31 yards total the entire second half of play. This hard-fought contest was full of turnovers and miscues on both sides. The slippery weather added to the ball security issues as well.
By David Dickens
December 18, 2013 (Spring Valley) — Adair Barraza, Allan Barraza, Jake Evans, Jacob Hoffman, Sebastian Dickens, Randall Raush, Gabriel Meyer, Sean McDarby, Guillermo Dominguez and Anthony Poliza provided a magical season that ended Saturday, December 15 based on simple mathematics – not scoring enough points.
Apparently, according to American Youth Soccer Organization rules, “If a team in the playoffs has not put up enough points, their season is over.” This came as a shock after the “North Pole” team put on one of its best performances of the year against the “Outlaws” of La Mesa region.
By David Dickens
December 18, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Christian High School in El Cajon won the CIF Division3 championship against the San Marcos High Knights on December 8. But another battle loomed in the courtroom over the prior week.
On December 9, Superior Court Judge William Sato denied Christian High’s request for injunctive relief to gain consideration as a Division 4 school in the state football series hosted by the San Diego CIF. Athletic Director David Beezer sought to create a fair advantage that Christian High should be entitled to based to its enrollment size. According to the SDCIF handbook, Christian High should be a Division 4 school as far as athletics are concerned contended Beezer, who believes Christian High is being discriminated against and that this is in conflict with the CIF’s own written policy.
By David Dickens
December 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- -Monte Vista (7-6) was expected to cruise through this Division 4 rematch on December 8th against the Sweetwater High Red Devils(9-4)for the SDCIF crown. However, just like the age old saying, “ On any given Sunday,” this time the whims of fate kicked in on Saturday. Playoffs at any level discounts regular season play as a whole new atmosphere.
The ironic stat in this battle: not a single pass was thrown in the Monarch triumph early in the regular season play; this time it was the pass that stole the game.
December 12, 2013 (San Diego)--A unique gift challenges the SDSU Community to match funds to support the Aztec Basketball Performance Center.
On the heels of the public announcement of the Aztec Basketball Performance Center plans and a $1 million lead gift from Jeff Jacobs, San Diego State announces a $1 million challenge gift from the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation.
Preview by David Dickens
December 5, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County teams will be vying in the San Diego California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) football championships this weekend. Monte Vista Monarchs will take the field Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Sweetwater High’s Red Devils, followed by a 7 p.m. matchup between Christian High Patriots and the San Marcos Knights. Below are previews of the games.
November 23, 2013 (Rancho San Diego ) – The Steele Canyon Junior Midget cheer squad won first place at a regional competition Sunday at the Town & Country Hotel, after also placing first in a local competition at the San Diego Concourse. Now the team heads to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the national championship December 11-16.
Steele County Mitey Mitey Cheer is also going to Nationals in Florida after beating out six other California and Florida teams at Regionals.
November 17, 2013 (San Diego’s East County ) – East County’s own Jimmie Johnson zoomed into sports history tonight, wining is sixth Sprint Cup championship to become one of the top NASCAR racing competitors ever. He trails only Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt, racing legends who each scored seven wins.
Sporting News writer Jeff Owens now names Johnson among the greatest athletes of all time, in any sport. Today’s win ties Johnson with LeBron James of NBA fame as the two most dominant pro athletes in pro sports today, each with six l titles in eight years, surpassing basketball’s Kobe Bryant and basebal’s Derek Jeter.
“Johnson rivals golf’s Tiger Woods and tennis star Roger Federer as the most accomplished individual athletes in pro sports,” Owens added.
Aztecs announce plans for a 23,500-square-foot facility for men’s and women’s basketball.
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November 14, 2013 (San Diego) -- San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman and Athletic Director Jim Sterk announced Tuesday that plans for a 23,500-square-foot Basketball Performance Center are in design, with a plan to break ground on the project in late spring 2014.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego) – The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) advises fans taking the Trolley to Qualcomm Stadium for the Chargers versus Denver Broncos game Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:25 p.m. to travel early and to purchase trolley tickets on their smart phones to avoid crowds.
MTS will increase the number of pre- and post-game Green Line trains that provide direct service to Qualcomm Stadium from downtown and Santee. Expanded service begins at 8:45 a.m. between Old Town and the stadium and at 9:50 a.m. between Santee and the stadium. After the game, MTS will operate extra Green Line service in both directions as needed.
November 7, 2013 (San Diego) – After winning the last five games and 10 of their last 11 Mountain West matches, the Aztecs football team will face the San Jose Spartans at Qualcomm in a crucial match.
The game will be aired online November 9 at 7:30; you can listen at http://www.walrusfm.com/pages/listenlive or purchase tickets at http://www.ticketmaster.com/San-Diego-State-Aztecs-tickets/artist/805518?list_view=1&brand=qualcommaztecs .