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Articles by Phillip Brents

Despite the Aztecs’ loss to Navy in the 10th annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23, it was still a memorable season on Montezuma Mesa for the San Diego State University football team.

The Aztecs made their fifth consecutive bowl game appearance, a school record. SDSU also tied Fresno State for the top spot in the Mountain West Conference’s West Division standings.

The West Hills High School roller hockey team can trace its history back 17 years. The Wolf Pack has been a member of the CIF-Metro Conference since the 2005-06 season. Prior to that, West Hills competed as a club team in other leagues.

The Wolf Pack held its annual alumni challenge Dec. 27 at the Skate San Diego rink in El Cajon. The competition featured alumni and current varsity players.

With such a strong military presence in San Diego County, it seemed as if both the Navy Midshipmen and SDSU Aztecs shared equal billing as “home” teams in the 10th annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium.

The Rams (8-5) used Southwestern College’s refurbished DeVore Stadium as a training site for the bowl game to further local ties to the team.

The 14th annual Bud Harbin Battle by the Beach wrestling tournament faced off the 2014-15 high school wrestling season for four Grossmont Conference teams Dec. 6 at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach. The Grossmont Foothillers led the East County contingent with a second-place team finish in the 19-team field.

The Foothillers had five wrestlers who finished third or higher in the tournament, including four finalists, and had seven wrestlers who placed fifth or higher.

Overall, it was a good showing by Grossmont Conference teams at this year’s 96-team Barons Girls Soccer Tournament. The Valhalla Norsemen captured a runner-up finish in the top-rung Open/Premier Division bracket following a 1-0 loss to the Scripps Ranch Falcons in finals played Dec. 13 at Eastlake High School.

The tournament, now in its 34th year, is the largest and longest-running high school girls’ soccer tournament in the state.

The San Diego Section football playoffs have been scheduled at Southwestern College’s renovated DeVore Stadium this year, and East County teams have taken the spotlight.

The six-game championship series kicked off Nov. 28 with the fifth-seeded La Jolla Country Day Torreys defeating the second-seeded Vincent Memorial Scots, 42-0, to capture the Division V championship.

The final five title games are scheduled this weekend, with three featuring an East County team vying for a division championship.

Despite Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium, Helix High School alumnus Alex Smith and his Kansas City Chiefs teammates are still trying to find their rhythm in the 2014-15 NFL season.

Smith, the former Highlander star and highly decorated University of Utah quarterback, led Kansas City to an amazing 9-0 start last season and an even more stunning 38-10 lead in the AFC wildcard playoff game against the powerful Indianapolis Colts and their star quarterback Andrew Luck.

San Diego County’s four community college football teams were in action—against one another in conference play—for the first and only time this season last Saturday, Oct. 4.

The Grossmont College Griffins and Palomar Comets are members of the National Southern Conference while the San Diego Mesa Olympians and the Southwestern College Jaguars are members of the American Mountain Conference.

The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s water polo championship race is set up for a fantastic finish after three teams—the Grossmont College Griffins, San Diego Mesa College Olympians and Palomar College Comets — each tied for the lead in the five-team circuit through the first half of conference play.

The Griffins, Olympians and Comets each sported 3-1 conference records at the mid-point of the season.

The Santana High School boys volleyball team turned in a history-making achievement by capturing the school’s first San Diego Section championship in the sport by defeating the Bonita Vista Barons in last May’s Division III finals at Canyon Crest Academy.

Fast-forward six months later and the school’s girls volleyball team is searching not only to land a berth in the Division III playoff field but excel.