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Articles by Colin Grylls

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.

Lindo Lake may not be anywhere near as large as the nearby Pacific Ocean, but there was more than enough shoreline for local children to cast a line at the 12th annual Lakeside Optimist Fishing Derby last Saturday.

Face painting, a petting zoo and free hot dogs kept both participants and parents entertained when they decided to take a break from the lake.

Lakeside Optimist Club President Harry McKinstry said the event had a large turnout.

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.