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Articles by Nicholas Baltz

The thousands of fans dressing up for Comic Con were not the only gathering of superhero’s in San Diego this week. These heroes however, do not need masks or a fortress of solitude. Their superpowers are compassion, teamwork and determination, and they could be found at the La Mesa Teen Center for a ceremony to celebrate the creation of a new fortress, a Boys and Girls club for the child superheroes tomorrow.

Frank Chapman was jettisoned ten feet sideways. He tumbled to the floor and quickly shot up back to his feet, his head spinning with the images of painted clown faces and giant deadly horns. This was not a scene from one of Chapman’s nightmares however. This is bull riding, the most dangerous eight seconds in sports.

Over thousands of years San Diego evolved from tribal Indians and small farming communities into one of the world’s most desirable places to live.

At Barona Valley Ranch and Resort and Casino the fast paced lifestyle keeps most visitors in and out of the doors. Those who live and work there however, are much more conscious of the locations history and its survival.

Recently, the Barona Cultural Center and Museum partnered with 7th and 8th graders from Barona Indian Charter School for a virtual exhibit of wildlife in the area.

Hundreds of children took the field at Wells Park this weekend, and as we celebrate our nation’s independence, we are reminded that our country has always served as a land for a new start.

In this century, immigrants from Mexico are seen as the primary group moving for a better life, but in El Cajon, there has been a flood of immigrants from all over the world. If you pointed out five of the kids on the field, they would likely all be from other countries.

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

It is a saying that you would expect to hear from Greg Popovich, head coach of the world champion San Antonio Spurs as they embarrassed LeBron James and the Miami Heat. These words however, will not be found in an NBA locker room, but on a white board in the middle of Grossmont College’s gym, for the 4th annual Caires Hoops Youth Basketball Camp.

In the sports universe, winning and losing has become the focus for many of the fans, players and coaches alike. The great ones however, know that athletics provide so much more.

At Helix high school in La Mesa, one such coach can be found.

Jesus “Jay” Diaz is a homegrown tennis coach and Tennis for Team Diaz Tennis USA director. Diaz hosted a summer camp for kids of all skill levels to improve their tennis game and gain the fellowship of other players.

Silver Batras dribbled the ball past a defender and floated the ball towards his brother Sander Batras, just as they had practiced for so many years. Effortlessly, Sander Batrus’s foot connected with ball perfectly into the goal that was the size of an average television. The World Cup wasn’t the only soccer tournament being held this weekend.

Silver Batras dribbled the ball past a defender and floated the ball towards his brother Sander Batras, just as they had practiced for so many years. Effortlessly, Sander Batrus’s foot connected with ball perfectly into the goal that was the size of an average television. The World Cup wasn’t the only soccer tournament being held this weekend.

Heroes come in all forms. Sometimes it can be a stranger who helps someone in need with a random act of kindness, other times a hero is someone that you can look up to for inspiration. Lucky for the city of El Cajon, its hometown hero has the ability to transform himself from racecar driver, to philanthropist.

A day after mourning the loss of San Diego legend Tony Gwynn, an estimated 3,000 local fans and community leaders gathered together to recognize another hometown hero, Jimmie Johnson.