CIF San Diego Section

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: FOOTHILLERS HOLD OFF SECOND HALF SURGE BY COUGARS IN 61-51 WIN

by Christopher Mohr

 

February 8, 2011 (El Cajon) - Friday night's (2/4) boys basketball game at Grossmont High School between the host Foothillers and the visiting Cougars from Steele Canyon High School was a critical game for the home team. Grossmont badly needed to win this game to avoid possibly falling three games behind Grossmont Hills League leader Helix. A 52-47 road loss to the Cougars on January 14 was also something they did not want to repeat. 

 
 
The game started pretty much the way the Foothillers wanted it to as they dominated in the first half and led 36-18 at halftime. A resurgent Cougars team put together an impressive second half where they had a 9-2 scoring run in the third quarter and outscored the Foothillers in the second half 33-25. It was not enough however, to allow the Cougars to overcome the early deficit they were in as the Foothillers held on to win 61-51. 
 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: GRANITE HILLS SHUTS VALHALLA DOWN IN SECOND HALF, WINS 42-32

by Christopher Mohr

 

January 26, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) - Only a few miles separate Granite Hills and Valhalla high schools from each other. The players and coaches from both teams know each other well. Both schools have girls basketball teams with winning records fighting for top position in Grossmont Hills league play.

It was not surprising that Friday night's rivalry game (1/21) between these two teams at Valhalla High School was a tightly contested, spirited matchup in the first half. In the second half however, the visting Eagles' defense intensified and limited the Norsemen to just 11 points in a 42-32 Granite Hills win.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: NORSEMEN DEFENSE SHINES IN 54-44 WIN OVER EAGLES

by Christopher Mohr

 

January 25, 2011 (Rancho San Diego) - When most coaches talk about playing defense, they use terms like 'deny' and 'shut down'. When your opponent has a player as talented as Granite Hills' Garrett Larch-Miller, who averages 26 points per game, defensive vocabulary changes to 'containing' and 'slowing down'.

In Friday night's boys basketball game at Valhalla High School, the host Norsemen were able to slow Larch-Miller down enough to pull out a 54-44 win over the Eagles.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: MATADORS SURGE IN THIRD QUARTER TO 58-36 WIN OVER MONARCHS

January 18, 2011  (Spring Valley) - The Mt. Miguel Matadors' varsity basketball team visited their crosstown rival, the Monte Vista Monarchs for the opening game of Grossmont Valley league play Friday night (1/14). Both teams played evenly for one half, but an 18-6 scoring run in the third quarter by the Matadors was too much for the Monarchs to overcome as Mt. Miguel won easily, 58-36. 

 

HELIX WINS GROSSMONT HILLS TITLE WITH 26-7 WIN OVER STEELE CANYON

by Christopher Mohr

November 13, 2010 (La Mesa) - Friday night's football game at Helix High School between the host Highlanders and the visiting Cougars from Steele Canyon High School effectively amounted to a league championship game. The CIF may not have planned it that way, but both teams have had outstanding seasons; Helix had a 9-0 record, while Steele Canyon was 8-1.

 

The game began as a stalemate, but the Cougars blinked first, making costly mistakes that the Highlanders capitalized on en route to a 26-7 win and a Grossmont Hills league title.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: FOOTHILLERS SURVIVE TURNOVERS, HOLD ON TO 21-14 WIN OVER EAGLES

by Christopher Mohr

 

November 4, 2010 (El Cajon) - It's hard to argue with the old sports adage that says the scoreboard does not lie. The final score does after all, trump any yardage statistics, hypothetical situations known as 'ifs' and 'buts' and any excuses fans make to defend their team. While the scoreboard may not lie, it doesn't tell the whole story either. Such was the case Friday night (10/29) at Grossmont High School where the host Foothillers defeated the visiting Eagles of Granite Hills High School, 21-14.

 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: COUGARS WIN EPIC BATTLE OVER FOOTHILLERS, 3-2

 

"'Expect a lot of ups and downs', because both teams were great teams and we're in their house, and we expected a big crowd, loud, and that's pretty much what it was" -- Steele Canyon head volleyball coach Karolyn Kirby

 

by Christopher Mohr

October 26, 2010 (El Cajon) - Monday night's (10/25) girls high school volleyball match at Grossmont High School between the host Foothillers and the visiting Cougars of Steele Canyon High School had about everything you could want in a sporting event. No one could have gone home feeling cheated with two contenders for the Grossmont Hills league title facing each other in a highly competitive, playoff-like atmosphere.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: AMBUSH IN THE HIGHLANDS - SCOTTIES WIN MUSKET WITH 41-0 BLOWOUT OVER FOOTHILLERS

by Christopher Mohr

 

October 25th, 2010 (La Mesa) - Domination. That word best describes how the Highlanders of Helix High School played last Friday night (10/22) in their homecoming game at Jim Arnaiz Field against the Foothillers of Grossmont High School. Not only did the Foothillers not score in this game, they could not get a first down from their own effort until near the end of the third quarter. The Highlanders' offense was as good at scoring points as their defense was at denying them and the end result was a 41-0 blowout win.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: COUGARS DOMINATE EAGLES IN 49-16 ROUT

"This is our most balanced, complete team we've had. That's what makes it special."

-- Steele Canyon head football coach Ron Boehmke

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

October 20, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) - It might come across as arrogant if Steele Canyon High School changed their motto, 'You Cannot Bend Steele', by tacking on 'especially with Granite' to the end, but after Friday night's (10/15) homecoming game it would be hard to argue with such a statement. The host Cougars scored early and often against the visiting Eagles of Granite Hills High School in a 49-16 rout. 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: PATRIOTS IN THE PINK WITH SWEEP OVER PILOTS

by Christopher Mohr

 

October 14, 2010 (San Diego) - The Patrick Henry High School Patriots' girls volleyball team continued their impressive season with a three game sweep in their Eastern League match Tuesday night (10/12) against the Our Lady of Peace Pilots (Normal Heights). They won by scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-20 before a packed crowd at their home gym in San Carlos.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: SULTANS' COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT IN 23-21 LOSS TO WARHAWKS

by Christopher Mohr

 
October 11th, 2010 (San Diego) - Friday night's (10/8) high school football game between the Santana Sultans and San Diego Madison Warhawks at Mira Mesa High School was one of the more competitive matchups in the San Diego Section. On several occasions, it seemed as though the Warhawks' team speed would allow them to take control of the game. However, the hard nosed Sultans' defense came up with big plays to keep the game close. Unfortunately their effort was not enough to keep Madison from escaping with a 23-21 win.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: FOOTHILLERS HOLD ON AGAINST EAGLES WITH 23-14 WIN, NOW 4-0

"You can't get any better than 4-0. We have a lot of room to grow and we can improve on every aspect of the game, but the bottom line is that we played four and we won four, so you can't get any better than that."   -- Ron Murphy, head football coach, Grossmont High School

 

by Christopher Mohr

September 27th, 2010 (El Cajon) - The Foothillers of Grossmont High School faced off at home against Santa Fe Christian in a non-league football game Friday night (9/24) at Lt. Thomas M. Adams Field. Grossmont learned just how determined the Eagles can be after fighting off their last-second comeback bid and holding on for a 23-14 win.

 

It was a fitting way to celebrate Grossmont's 90th annivesary. at a game attended by many alumni in town for an all-classes reunion. 

GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: COUGARS DETHRONE MONARCHS IN SWEEP

by Christopher Mohr

 
September 21, 2010 (Spring Valley) - Steele Canyon High School's girls volleyball team traveled to Monte Vista High School for a three game, non-league match against the host Monarchs Monday night. The Cougars won the match with a sweep of all three games by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-9. 
 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: HIGHLANDERS STRUGGLE TO 14-7 WIN OVER DONS

by Christopher Mohr

 

September 21st, 2010 (San Diego) - Darrien Hancock rushed for a personal best total of 233 yards and scored the winning touchdown as the Highlanders of Helix High School defeated the Cathedral Catholic Dons on their home field in Carmel Valley by a score of 14-7 Friday night. Helix overcame penalties, dropped passes and a tough Dons defense to pull out the win against the defending 2009 Division III CIF champions.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: COUGARS DROP BARONS 28-14, NOW 2-0 ON THE SEASON

 

"I think our kids kept fighting, the offense--when the defense surrendered points, came back...our kids handled adversity well."

-- Steele Canyon Head Coach Ron Boehmke

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

September 14, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) - When a team wins by a score of 28-14, it's not indicative of a blowout or total domination, but usually the winning team had some degree of control over the game. Although Steele Canyon won by that score Friday night at home against Bonita Vista (from Chula Vista), the game was much closer than the final score would suggest. The Cougars overcame dropped passes, turnovers, penalties and injuries in a hard-fought win over the Barons and improved to 2-0 on the season. 

 

SULTANS OF SANTEE: SANTANA GETS MAYOR'S CUP WITH 31-20 WIN OVER WEST HILLS

 

"It was the biggest play of my life. We had a whole line of blockers and I went the whole way untouched." -- Zach Breidt, after scoring a 95-yard touchdown.

 

By Christopher Mohr

 

September 8, 2010 (Santee) - For years, the battle for the Mayor's Cup has been a tradition between Santana and West Hills, rival high schools both based in Santee.

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: NORSEMEN WIN GRIDIRON BATTLE OF THE HIGH SEAS WITH 38-0 WIN OVER BUCCANEERS

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

September 7, 2010 (San Diego/Pacific Beach) - Friday afternoon's football season opener between the Valhalla High School Norsemen and the host Buccaneers of Mission Bay High School was a matchup between two playoff contenders from last season.  East County's Valhalla proved victorious in a crushing 38-0 blow-out.

GAME OF THE WEEK: PIRATES MAKE SCOTTIES WALK THE PLANK, WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP 26-10

 

 

by Christopher Mohr

 

(SAN DIEGO) December 15 - On a good day, it is difficult to beat Oceanside High School in a CIF championship football game. Prior to Friday's Division II championship game, the Pirates had appeared in 16 championship games and won 11 of them. They had also won the last five championship games, including three against Helix.

 

GAME OF THE WEEK – POINTERS HUNT DOWN COUGARS, FACE CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC AT STADIUM ON FRIDAY

by Christopher Mohr

 

(SAN DIEGO) December 4 – The early trend of tonight’s game between the Steele Canyon Cougars and Point Loma Pointers suggested that a shootout was in the making. For much of the game, it seemed as if both teams would continue to trade touchdowns and the old adage that the last team having the ball would win this game might come true.

 

Ultimately Point Loma’s running game took control and Steele Canyon was unable to respond, allowing the Pointers to go ahead late in the game and hold on for a 30-26 win.

 

CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL PLAYOFF MATCHUPS, EAST COUNTY WELL REPRESENTED

 by Christopher Mohr

 

(SAN DIEGO) November 14 – With the regular season for high school football coming to a close Friday night, Saturday morning meant the announcement of playoff seedings for high schools in the CIF San Diego Section.