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February 22, 2009 (San Diego's East County)--The traditional Academic League All-Star match will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 3:30 p.m. in the Granite Hills Library. The All-Star match will feature the best of ten high school teams versus the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Academic League 2009 Champions, Granite Hills High School.

The All-Star Team will be jointly coached by Cheri Gabler, Brooke Crocker and Betty Jensen. Dick Hoy, Ruth Weiss and Steve Haiman will serve as moderators.
The Academic League competitions are sponsored by
Mission Federal Credit Union (

Last week, Academic League teams from four East County high schools represented the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) at the San Diego County Office of Education, ITV studio on February 17th in two lively matches that were taped by ITV. The starting five of each team were asked to do entertaining and impromptu ITV/Academic League "commercials" that will be shown when the programs air:

1) Monte Vista & Steele Canyon:
Thursday, February 26th at 7:00 PM on ITV and again on Sunday, March 1st at 2:00 PM

2) The "Hills", Granite Hills and West Hills:
Thursday, March 5th at7:00 PM on ITV and again on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 PM

(For more information, visit and click on the ITV button).

The first match of the evening was between the West Hills Wolfpack and the 2009 GUHSD Champions the Granite Hills Eagles, moderated by Ruth Weiss. Earlier, in dual competition, Granite Hills under the coaching of Ron Whitney, gave West Hills, coached by Cheri Gabler, its only loss. The Eagles with their starting five got off to an early lead. The Wolfpack slowly but surely came back.

With five minutes left the score was: WHHS 61, GHHS 55. West Hills then went on a scoring binge to finally end the match with a win: 79 to 54. Both teams liberally substituted all of their players so that each member could have his or her moment under the lights.

The second match was also a friendly "grudge" match between the Monte Vista Monarchs, who had earlier lost their dual match, and the Steele Canyon Cougars. Coach David Shrin had his Monarchs wearing their school colors and distinctive purple vests. Not to be outdone, Betty Jensen had her Cougars wear Steele Canyon tee shirts that were very school spirited.
This match started off with Steele Canyon getting the first toss-up question and one of the five points from the bonus question read by Granite Hills Social Science teacher and moderator Michelle Tribble, only to have their momentum and points taken away due to a technical difficulty with the sound system.

When the match was restarted, Monte Vista took advantage of the opportunity and ran the score up. Steele Canyon came back and with four minutes left the score was: MVHS 56, SCHS 55! The match ended with Monte Vista winning by a score of 66 to 58--a one question (tossup and bonus) difference. When points that Steele Canyon forfeited with the restart were added back in, the final score was 66 to 64. Again, both teams substituted all of their players.

A press release from the Academic League office noted, "As was true during the entire Academic League season, quite a few parents and supporters were at the matches; and everybody had a wonderful experience!"

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