El Cajon, CA
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Articles by Colin Grylls

Overlooking the San Francisco Bay on a typical Northern California spring afternoon, a handful of Cuyamaca College athletes roamed the track at College of San Mateo as they wait for their events. Not even the brisk wind could break their concentration from the moment at hand—the California Community College Track & Field Championships.

Heifers and hogs stood side-by-side with the snack bar’s ice cream and barbeque sandwiches last week during the Eastern San Diego County Junior Fair.

Future Farmers of America and 4-H club members throughout East County traveled to the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds and spent the week showcasing their livestock.

Mountain Empire High School FFA advisor and Junior Fair Secretary Kelly Tulloch said raising cattle, goats and pigs helps to mature her students.

Grey skies greeted Cuyamaca’s track & field team at Cerritos College for the Southern California Championships last weekend, but the Coyotes’ performances seemed to break through the clouds  and the school record books.

Sophomore Sylvia Longworth finished fourth in the Women’s 3000m Steeplechase but her 11:45.40 time set a new standard for Cuyamaca athletes. Men’s discus thrower Jovann Letuli, a freshman, now sits atop the school’s list after finishing second with a 50.45m throw.

Both sides of Main Street in El Cajon glistened with fierce reds, bright yellows and deep purples at last Wednesday’s Cajon Classic Cruise.

The thick smell of gasoline and rubber could almost be tasted as only the throaty, rumbling sound of old school carbureted engines was hotter than the day’s 98-degree temperature. Car-owners did their best to set up their chairs in the shade as they happily answered questions from curious passersby.

At the Lakeside Rodeo Arena next to El Capitan High School, country music blasted over the white noise of passing cars as the 51st Lakeside Rodeo was set to begin last Friday.

Popcorn, dust and livestock swirled through the air to create an unexpectedly pleasant scent as the eclectic crowd was corralled behind the grandstands.

Overlooking State Route 125, Noel Mickelson Field has seen its fair share of college and MLB-bound baseball players. Last week it witnessed San Diego County’s premier community college rivalry as Grossmont hosted Southern California’s tenth-best team, Southwestern College.

Unfortunately for East County fans, Grossmont (11-13, 5-7 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) was on the wrong end of a six-game Jaguar (19-6, 11-4 PCAC) winning streak and dropped all three games.

Light-hearted chants rarely heard from the boys ring in from the dugout as girls across East County dig into the batters’ box. Softball season has arrived, and though the sport often lives in the shadow of baseball, girls are looking to change that in 2015 with their energetic play.

Grossmont Hills League

Seemingly synchronized steps echo throughout East County as spikes crunch into the dirt packed hard by yet another dry Southern California winter. Soon, the unmistakable popping of baseball gloves will give way to the occasional rattling chain link fence from an errant throw  – high school baseball back in full swing.

Grossmont Hills League

Where Clint Eastwood would ride off into the sunset, three East County schools raced away from the sun and hauled their spoils along I-8. After an action-packed weekend at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion, Foothills Christian and El Cajon Valley took home the CIF San Diego Section (CIFSDS) boys’ Division II and D-III titles, respectively, and El Capitan claimed the girls’ D-IV hardware.

Cloudy skies did not damper the Wounded Marine Fund Golf Tournament at Sycuan Golf Resort Feb. 27. An afternoon on the links, an evening of food and a silent auction kept smiles on participants’ faces and raised money raised for veterans.