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Articles by Colin Grylls

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.

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.

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