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Articles by Colin Grylls

Foothills Christian fully embraces the pageantry of high school football.

Before its game against Hesperia Christian at Junior Seau Sports Complex last Friday, the Knights greeted the 8u Grossmont Warriors on the field. Each pee-wee player sprinted alongside a high schooler, touching a shiny steel helmet before lining up for the national anthem.

Nothing seemed unusual until Foothills Christian (3-1) and Hesperia Christian (3-0) each sent eight players onto the field for the kickoff.

One way or another, the matchup between the top two teams in Division III was going to end when Christian trotted out its offense to go for two in double overtime against No. 2 Monte Vista.

Patriots senior running back Javier Jimenez took a toss and ran around the right side of the line, diving into the endzone to seal the 22-21 win.

“I knew I had to get in there, there was no other way,” Jimenez said. “I wasn’t gonna stay short but I got in there, forced my way in there.”

Mount Miguel is not a favorite to win the Grossmont Valley League this year, but quarterback Jacob Laverdiere’s flash of brilliance shows they might be in consideration by the time he graduates in 2021.

Laverdiere torched Valhalla for 368 yards and four touchdowns in the Matadors’ 25-13 road win on Friday, Aug. 31.

“It’s a learning process for me,” Laverdiere said. “I’m so young I can learn so much.”

There was no fight, no pushing and no shoving after Christian senior punt returner Matt Armijo dove on a dropped punt and swallowed a late hit against El Capitan last Friday.

Instead of responding with closed fist, senior running back Alexander Gonzalez used his open hands to take a swing pass from senior quarterback Owen Easley 61 yards as time expired in the quarter, setting the Patriots up with first-and-goal on the Vaqueros’ 10-yard line.

Disco-patterned vests shimmered in the setting sun as Polyester Express taught the crowd how to do “The Hustle” at the ninth annual Concert at the Lakes on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Put on by the Rotary Club of Santee-Lakeside and the Santee Lakes Foundation, Rotary Club president Elana Levens-Craig said the concert is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

When Grossmont senior Tyler Parent stepped into the batter’s box in the bottom of the sixth inning of Friday’s CIF San Diego Section Division I baseball championship, a pair of young Madison fans standing on the deck above the Foothillers’ bullpen debated what would happen next.

“Just look at him,” said a boy who could not have been older than 12. “There’s no way he’s going to hit it.”

The other kid disagreed.

“No, he’s going to ground out to third to force a double play,” he said.

To be frank, Santana didn’t have a good regular season. The Sultans went 7-19 (4-8 Grossmont Hills) and were seeded 12 — out of 12 Division I teams — in the CIF San Diego Section Championships.

Now they’re one win away from playing in the final.

“We had it in us the whole time,” junior Brandon Glowacki said. “It was just a matter of finally coming together.”

Standing just outside the locker room at Victory Field in Indianapolis with slicked-back hair and a honeycomb-patterned tattoo running up his right arm, Steven Brault looks more like a rock star than a pitcher on the cusp of the big leagues.

That’s because he is.

With about 40 meters remaining in the 3000m steeplechase at last Saturday’s California Community College Athletic Association State Track and Field Championships, Cuyamaca College sophomore Dane Randolph kicked into high gear to pass Nicholas Medina of Mt. San Antonio College to regain sixth place.

He also kicked off his left shoe.

Christian High School’s bright red jerseys flooded Fowler Park and Cunningham Field, standing out against the blue backdrop of the University of San Diego’s fences last Friday. Each player’s uniform seemed to flow into the next as they formed a dogpile along the first base line after a walk-off sac fly completed their come-from-behind win against third-seeded Del Norte, 5-4, to claim the CIF San Diego Section Division III baseball championship.

Junior centerfielder Kyle Stowers said his teammates had been talking about such a finish earlier in the week.