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Articles by Phillip Brents

Valhalla High School senior Alex Lieu was a surprise entrant in last weekend’s 100th running of the California state high school track and field championship meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

He was certainly in for the surprise of his life after recording a ninth-place finish in the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles to cap his high school career.

The United States Olympic team’s motto for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing was “Amazing Awaits.”

With qualifiers in 11 events for this weekend’s California state championship track and field meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis, the Grossmont Conference might also want to borrow that tag line.

It is a noteworthy number for one of high school track and field’s biggest championship events.

By Phillip Brents

For The East County Californian

Valhalla High School’s golf team continues to maintain a high degree of visibility, particularly due to the presence this spring of twin brothers Cameron and Parker Sisk.

Cameron finished runner-up to Torrey Pines’ James Song at the San Diego Section championship tournament May 14 and May 16 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course in San Diego.

There is always a first time in everything. For Danielle Nowaski, there is also a third time as well.

The West Hills junior will be making her third trip to the state swimming championship meet this weekend as one of five Grossmont Conference representatives at the elite competition.

The meet will take place Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex at Clovis West High School in Clovis. 

High school rugby is administered by the SoCal Youth Rugby organization. Club teams representing Helix and Valhalla high schools serve East County.

The 2018 Collegiate Division 1-A rugby national championship game is scheduled to take place May 5 at Santa Clara University.

The title contest will be the culmination of the 2017-18 season in which more than 70 teams played in more than 250 games across the country to determine the final two teams left standing.

In this weekend’s nationally televised semifinals (live on the CBS Network), Cal Berkeley will meet Lindenwood University from Missouri while Georgia’s Life University will test Penn State.

The Grossmont High School boys lacrosse team extended its unbeaten record to start the 2018 spring season to 7-0 following Monday’s 16-11 non-league victory at Bonita Vista High School.

The Foothillers have won the last four Grossmont Conference championship titles and entered this week 6-0 in league play in search of another league banner.

The 68th Lions Tournament, boasting a record 144 teams in 10 divisions, dominated prep baseball the week of March 26-29. Fourteen East County teams participated in the latest edition.

The prospect of meeting new opponents, especially highly touted teams from far off locales, is a major drawing card for the long-running event.

The finals of this year’s Hilltop High School softball invitational tournament are scheduled April 28 at Chula Vista High School. Three East County teams have already reserved spots, with a fourth pending.

The tournament was originally scheduled to end last weekend.

The 2018 boys volleyball season got a jump-start with the fourth annual National City Host Lions tournament hosted March 2-3 by Sweetwater High School. Thirty-four teams participated this year, including seven East County programs.

Santana, which finished in first place in its pool, received the No. 4 seed in the Gold Division playoffs but was upset in the quarterfinals by fifth-seeded Patrick Henry.