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Articles by Mary York

Sultan seniors are having a good season.

Holding a 4-2 record in nonconference play, Santana’s football team seems to have a stellar force of veteran players, not the least of which is senior running back Bobby Wallace.

On Friday night, Sept. 30, under the white lights of Santana High School’s football field, Wallace broke the school career rushing record with a total of 2,362 yards, the last 210 of which he got in 25 carries during a game against Mar Vista.

Grossmont Foothillers senior Rileigh Dunning and Foothills Christian senior Kacey Butrovich have one thing in common: they run fast.

And on Sept. 23, they ran together in the South Bay Invitational at Rohr Park in Chula Vista, California.

Dunning comes from a large program at Grossmont with 37 highly motivated girls. Butrovich runs for a small school in El Cajon; she is their only varsity competitor.

Conference matches have begun for girls’ tennis and the ladies of the Grossmont Hills league are bringing both ferocity and friendship to the court.

Studded with outstanding programs like Steele Canyon, Valhalla, Monte Vista and Grossmont High School, the Hills league is apt to be the playing ground for some great competition this season.

On Sept. 9, Steele Canyon’s Cougars drove out to meet West Hills on the Wolfpack’s courts.

Pain. That is what it takes to build a water polo team, said El Cajon Valley’s Head Coach Veronica Ortega.

She would know. A former Brave herself, Ortega commutes from Oceanside to coach the boys water polo team, which, she said, is by all accounts in the rebuilding stage. 

Thunder sounded from the visitor’s bleachers and cheers shook the air as Grossmont’s Foothillers asserted their dominance on Otay Ranch’s football field during the second half of a stunning game against the Mustangs on Sept. 2. From trailing 7-6 at the end of the half, to snatching the W with a 35-21 victory, the 2-0 Foothillers are off to a great start this season.

Beneath the incandescent lights of San Diego’s Gaslamp, at the Horton Grand Hotel in the heart of Downtown, masked guests gathered for the Royal’s Masquerade Ball Gift Card Drive.

Hosted by the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, the glamorous evening drew in more than 300 guests, each contributing a gift card to be distributed to homeless persons in San Diego.

For a coach, the walk from the dugout to the mound is long when a championship game is hanging in the balance. Up 4-2 in top of the ninth inning of the 2016 Division I CIF Baseball Championship, the Eagles infielders crowded around Granite Hills head coach James Davis as he called a meet up on the mound with closing pitcher Andrew Brown, keenly aware of the runner in scoring position and the two outs on the scoreboard.

Granite Hills’ second round playoff game against Torrey Pines on Friday, May 27 was the epitome of a great high school game. Both teams put up a solid defense. Both teams hit, ran and slid their way into runs. Both teams exemplified good teamwork and good coaching. But only one team walked off the field a victor. 

Finishing its final lap, the swim and dive season of Grossmont Conference high schools came to a close in familiar waters. Granite Hills High School hosted the 2016 CIF Division I Swim Championship on Saturday, May 14. 

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Granite Hills Boy’s Swim Coach Rhett Gaeir. “Over the last couple of days we averaged about 900 hundred athletes and spectators, so it’s really neat to see all the kids out here.”

“Undefeated League Champs!” 

Hugging and high-fiving, the victorious Vaqueros shouted its newly won title into the echoey gym just seconds after claiming its last regular season win at Mount Miguel on  May 4, which they took in three sets.