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Articles by Phillip Brents

The 2013 high school football season must be right around the corner now that summer passing tournaments have wrapped up.

One of the largest events over the summer took place July 12-13 as 32 teams from around San Diego County—and elsewhere — gathered at Southwestern College to participate in the South County Passing Tournament. 

Six East County teams were present: Christian, Helix, Monte Vista, Mt. Miguel, Steele Canyon and Valhalla.

There were approximately 350 wrestlers who competed at this year’s California State Games championship tournament held July 13 at Mater Dei Catholic High School in Chula Vista.

It was a large turnout to celebrate the State Games’ 25th anniversary, and a special ending for Scott Ullsperger and his son Jonas.

East County athletes made a huge impact in last Friday’s 23rd annual Alex Spanos All-Star Football Classic — a 41-7 victory by the South team against the North squad.

Santee 11-year-old Jaydin Wenck was among the 75 BMX riders who took part in this year’s Olympic Day festivities held June 29 at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, an expansive 155-acre facility overlooking Lower Otay Reservoir.

Olympic Day is celebrated in more than 160 countries commemorating the birth of the modern Olympic Games, and is an international effort to promote fitness and well-being besides the Olympic ideals of fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship.

It isn’t every day that a coach gets to compete alongside his students in a major championship race. But that’s exactly what Cuyamaca College cross-country coach Tim Seaman and three of his students accomplished during the 20K men’s race walk final at the recent United States Track and Field outdoor national championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Seaman, a two-time Olympian, competed alongside Nick Christie, Alejandro Chavez and Michael Nemeth, all of whom he coaches, in the 12-man field.

Steele Canyon High School seniors Monique Van and Brandon Howard appear to have answered the question as to the identity of East County’s best all-around track and field athletes by their performances at the 2013 San Diego Multi-Event Championship, held June 8-9 at Cuyamaca College.

Van captured her third consecutive girls heptathlon championship while Howard finished third overall in the boys decathlon field.

Van, who will attend UCLA this fall, fell just 33 point short of setting a meet record.

The 2012 London Olympic Games weren’t especially user-friendly for the contingent of five American riders who competed on the expansive—and what proved to be, rather treacherous—course.

After earning three medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics—the first in which the sport was contested—the United States was surprisingly shut out in London.

The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games are now on tap, and the eye had turned to another prize.

Grossmont Conference schools qualified 10 individuals, plus three relay teams, to compete at last weekend’s 95th annual high school state track and field championship meet in Clovis.

At the head of the class was West Hills senior Brenden Song making a return visit to Buchanan High School’s Veterans Memorial Stadium after recording a meteoric second-place finish in the boys discus throw at last year’s state finals. His goal this year—the gold medal.

The San Diego Section’s new divisional playoff format for baseball — based on competition level instead of student enrollment — appears to have provided just what it was designed to do: create a level playing field.

In the play-in round, held on May 21, eight lower-seeded teams emerged victorious; in the opening round of double-elimination play on May 22, 10 lower-seeded teams won.

Those are significant numbers.

At the conclusion of the 10th annual Mustang/Phair Co. Relays, Monte Vista junior Jemeil Jackson had something dangling from his neck that few student-athletes at the 20-team track and field invitational could boast about: four gold medals.

Jackson captured first-place finishes in the boys 4x100-meter relay (43.46), sprint medley relay (1:36.85), 300 open dash (36.19) and 4x400 relay (3:34.97) at the April 20 event held at Otay Ranch High School.