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Articles by Phillip Brents

It was a homecoming beyond expectation for former Grossmont College football player Joey DeMartino, who scored what proved to be the game-winning touchdown in the Utah State Aggies’ 21-14 victory against the 23rd-ranked Northern Illinois Huskies in last Thursday’s ninth annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl game at Qualcomm Stadium.

DeMartino scored on a one-yard run with 4:14 left in the fourth quarter to boost the Aggies to a 21-7 lead.

Colin Forman makes no apologies for his somewhat unorthodox, somewhat sloppy style on the wrestling mat but it’s clearly working for the Steele Canyon High School junior. 

He aptly demonstrated that by winning the 182-pound weight class title at last weekend’s 43rd El Cajon Invitational at Christian High School.

It’s a ways yet until the San Diego Section playoffs roll around in February but the West Hills High School girls’ soccer team would like to think it has the right stuff to earn an appearance in the elite gathering before the 2013-14 season comes to a close.

The Wolf Pack made an early season statement for inclusion after tipping the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns in a shootout in Saturday’s Premier Division finals of the 34th Barons Girls Soccer Tournament at Sweetwater High School.

The San Diego Section football playoffs featured a decidedly different look this season with divisions based on competition tiers rather than traditional student enrollment levels. This year’s six championship games produced some interesting match-ups, perhaps none more interesting than Saturday’s Division III contest pitting the Christian Patriots and the San Marcos Knights.

The 2013-14 high school wrestling season hit the mat last Saturday as three East County teams competed at the 12th annual Battle by the Beach Invitational at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach.

West Hills senior Mavrick Mooneyham led the trio of Grossmont Conference mat squads with a gold medal–winning performance in his 113-pound weight class while a pair of Monte Vista grapplers—Giovanni Pagan (106) and Mario Hernandez (126)—each finished second in their respective weight classes.

Runners from the San Diego Section performed quite admirably at last weekend’s high school state cross-country championship meet in Fresno. Torrey Pines senior Tal Braude won the Division I boys individual title while Orange Glen senior Andrew Tellames placed second in the Division II boys race and La Jolla Country Day junior Natalia Laspada finished third in the Division V girls race.

Additionally, La Jolla Country Day placed third among Division V boys’ teams while

Call it a super Saturday as San Diego Section division championships were contested in cross-country, girls’ volleyball, girls’ field hockey and boys’ water polo.

The cross-country championship meet took place at Morley Field. Besides determining which teams would walk off the course with coveted division titles, the meet—which involved all teams in the section—also determined which teams would continue the season with a trip to the state championship meet in Fresno.

Seven Grossmont Conference teams qualified for this year’s San Diego Section boys water polo playoffs. Seeding for the three division single-elimination tournament, which begins this week, was conducted Monday at the section office in Balboa Park.

Each division features 12 teams, with the top four-seeded teams receiving byes in the opening round.

Divisions are currently based on student enrollment level.

Former East County high school standouts continue to make an impact on this year’s San Diego State University football team. Christian High School alumnus Joel Alesi, a junior punter with the Aztecs, recently earned recognition as the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Grossmont College men’s and women’s water polo teams look to figure prominently in the upcoming Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship tournament, scheduled Nov. 8-9 at Miramar College.

The Griffin women’s team is ranked fourth in the state while the Grossmont men’s team is ranked eighth in the state.