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Articles by Mary York

Laughter and cheers fill Cuyamaca College’s gym during the annual Heritage Christian School alumni basketball game, where the varsity boys and girls play against former Mustangs who now wear jersey’s emblazoned “Geezers.” 

On St. Patrick’s Day, every American is a little bit Irish.

But I have been Irish every day, my whole life. It has been a whelming narrative that has shaped my view of myself, my family and my country. I am the descendant of immigrants.

Making successful education a reality to many students means providing financial support and Cal Coast Cares Foundation has developed a scholarship and grant program for just that.

Last year, Steele Canyon Cougar Karsyn Swift and West Hills Wolfpacker Sharayah Moore were both awarded $1,000 scholarships for their collegiate pursuits. 

Moore said the scholarship was pivotal in her decision to attend Azusa Pacific University this year. 

The Highlanders are in a good place right now: undefeated, that is. 

The real test of competence comes on Wednesday, Mar. 15, when Helix girls lacrosse plays rival team Granite Hills. The Eagles (5-0) are also undefeated, so the match at Helix promises to be a heartbreaking one for at least one team. 

am a product of community college. 

Life is not fair. Most of us learn this early. 

But most people would agree that a good society will do its best to provide equitable opportunities for its youth, not favoring one group at the expense of the other. 

The Courtyard Marriott has opened its doors off El Cajon’s Magnolia Avenue, and East County may never be the same. 

The first four-star hotel to grace the area, the Marriott has been a long time in coming, said El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Mar. 5.

East County was well represented in the final showdown of CIF basketball. Mount Miguel High School, Spring Valley, and Christian High School, El Cajon, sent both their boys and girls teams to the championship games.

Mount Miguel’s girls (No. 2) brought home the Open Division championship with a gut-wrenching 50-49 win against Mission Hills (No. 4).

After a three-year legal battle and two decades of effort to build a high school for Alpine students, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) and Alpine Union School District (AUSD), in conjunction with the Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability (ATBA), have dropped litigation. No high school will be built in the foreseeable future. 

The first story I ever covered for The East County Californian was a boys water polo game. It was a warm evening in September of 2015 and I had never been as far east as El Capitan High School where the game was being played.

I was born and raised in the South Bay. I took ballet lessons at the civic center in Chula Vista, went to church in Bonita, attended Southwestern College for both of my associate degrees. Whatever lay east of the I-25 was largely uncharted territory for me when the then-editor of The Cal, Albert Fulcher, asked me to help cover sports in East County.