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Articles by Phillip Brents

The family that wrestles together, well … wins CIF championships, at least where the Tausaga clan from Mt. Miguel High School is concerned.

Last weekend, cousins Miracle and Josh Tausaga captured individual weight class championships at the San Diego Section Division IV finals at Mater Dei Catholic High School. Miracle, a junior, captured the 220-pound division while Josh, a senior, won the 285-pound heavyweight class.

Adam Krzywicki left his mark as a wrestler at Monte Vista High School, where he later served as an assistant coach for 10 years.

He’s begun to create a new legacy as a first-year head coach at Helix High School.
Things definitely appear to be looking up for the Highlanders. When team scores were announced midway through last Saturday’s South Bay Invitational tournament at Otay Ranch High School, Krzywicki’s troops — drum roll — were at the top of the list.

At the midpoint of the 2012-13 high school roller hockey season, West Hills High School coach Steve Baldwin has to like where his team sits in the scheme of things.
“I feel that any one of six teams, four from the North County League, and two from the Central League, can win CIF this year,” Baldwin said after a recent 17-0 non-league conquest of the Eastlake Titans. “I think on any given day that any one of those six teams can win. There’s a lot of parity now. I don’t think you could say that last year or the year before.”

The 2012 high school football season was memorable not just because the Madison Warhawks captured the State Bowl Division III championship game, thus becoming the sixth San Diego Section team to win a state bowl title.
It was more than just about winning — or losing.

The San Diego Chargers once again sponsored a Coach of the Week award, with the weekly winner receiving a donation of $1,500 for their respective high school football program.

The Mt. Miguel Matadors led all East County teams with two individual weight class champions at last Saturday’s 16-team Monte Vista Invitational wrestling tournament. Miracle Tausaga captured the 220-pound title and Josh Tausaga won the 285-pound heavyweight championship.

The Mt. Miguel Matadors led all East County teams with two individual weight class champions at last Saturday’s 16-team Monte Vista Invitational wrestling tournament. Miracle Tausaga captured the 220-pound title and Josh Tausaga won the 285-pound heavyweight championship.

The El Cajon Valley High School boys basketball team certainly made an impression during its opening two games in the 43rd annual Baron-Optimist Holiday Classic tournament on Dec. 26. The Braves tipped off tourney play with a 72-55 victory against Gompers and returned later in the day to top host Bonita Vista 77-53.
The win over the tourney-host Barons demonstrated ECV’s shooting ability – namely, that of senior guard Loqman Sulyman.

The San Diego State University football team will be represented by 25 homegrown San Diego County players, including four with East County ties, when the Aztecs take on Brigham Young University in the eighth annual

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Qualcomm Stadium.
Kick-off is set for 5 p.m.

The Aztecs enter the game 9-3 on the season after winning a share of this year’s Mountain West Conference championship title with a 7-1 conference record.

BYU is 7-5.

It looks to be a special Steele Canyon High School girls soccer team, and in particular for its nine seniors, after the Cougars kicked off the 2012-3 campaign by winning the Premier Division championship title at last weekend’s 93-team Barons tournament at Bonita Vista High School.

“We’ve come to this tournament so many times before but this year we finally got our breakthrough,” said head coach Charlie Cleaves, who is in his 12th year coaching the team.

John Liljestrom’s first year as head coach at his alma mater was one to definitely remember as the Monte Vista High School wrestling team captured the Grossmont Valley League championship.
His second year at the Monarchs’ helm could even be more rewarding.