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Articles by Nick Pellegrino

The family affair will continue at Monte Vista High School, where Anessa Carroll will follow the footsteps of her successful father, after being named the school’s director of athletics. She succeeds Zach Peck, who held the position for a majority of the century.

A year ago, El Cajon Valley High gymnast Karina Pulido had others things on her mind.

“I also play soccer—I am a left-side midfielder—so I was working to hopefully earn a scholarship to play soccer in college,” said Pulido.

Twenty-four East County athletes reached the pinnacle of their sport by capturing the world championship in cheerleading late last month.

CheerForce, based in its own private facility on Broadway in El Cajon, reached the summit in cheer by claiming the International All-Star Federation crown in Orlando, Fla., on April 27.

In the history of San Diego Padres baseball since the club joined the National League in 1969, the late Tony Gwynn was signed to a playing contract for 21 seasons—all but one with the major league ballclub following a season in the minors.

However, Gwynn, enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the sport’s greatest hitters, does not hold the franchise record for longevity.

Establishing records at San Diego Christian College really is not too difficult, considering it is just a third-year women’s softball program.

But the way Hawks pitcher Kendra Kuper is performing, she would be establishing marks at almost any college in the country.

Garrett Mead, a defensive lineman for West Hills High, signed a National Letter of Intent and will continue his football career at Minn.-Crookston. Mead is one of 28 players to sign with the NCAA Division II program and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Mead was selected by the coaches to the all-Grossmont Valley League team after the Wolf Pack (9-3) defeated Monte Vista, 21-13, on the final day of the regular season to capture the championship in a battle of league unbeaten.

Name someone tougher than a member of the U.S. Navy SEALS.

If you live in the East County foothills community of Blossom Valley, you easily could in Konor Sacks, a fast-rising athlete who is developing into a star on the triathlon circuit.

Sacks, 16, has never been off the podium since capturing his first Triathlon just days before his 11th birthday, capturing his debut event at the 2009 Mission Bay Triathlon.

Foothillers established a new Grossmont Conference scoring record after hammering visiting Hilltop, 75-22, last Sept. 19 at Lt. Thomas M. Adams Field at Jack Mashin Stadium.

Point total eclipsed the mark of 71 set by crosstown rival Helix in a CIF playoff victory over Monte Vista, 71-32 in 2002. It also snapped the school scoring record of 69, set last season against Valhalla.

The story of legendary Grossmont College football quarterback Joe Roth will be shared with a new generation of sports fans through the upcoming release of a documentary that chronicles his life.

Taking five years to make, two graduates of the UC Berkeley, Bob Rider and Phil Schaaf, will screen, “Don’t Quit: The Joe Roth Story” as one of the honored selections at the La Costa Film Festival on Sept. 20 at the Cinépolis Cinema in Carlsbad.

In addition to being the hometown to NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, East County is home to many other successful drivers in other racing disciplines.

One who recently made a splash at a national level event is Jeff Gerken, general manager of BMW of El Cajon.

Competing in a series dedicated to vintage cars, Gerken placed second while racing in his 1973 BMW Alpha CSL, one of the world’s most prestigious cars in its class in the Historic Motor Sports Association.