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Articles by Phillip Brents

The Valhalla High School cross country team is high stepping it after winning three division championships and placing runner-up in another at last Friday’s 23rd annual Mustang Invitational at Chula Vista’s Rohr Park.

The Norsemen swept titles in the boys and girls varsity Silver Division and also won the boys junior varsity Silver Division title. For good measure, the East County team finished runner-up in the girls JV Silver Division team standings.

Though the Chargers have departed San Diego for supposedly greener pastures in Los Angeles, Helix High School graduate Alex Smith continues to keep America’s Finest City in the NFL spotlight after leading the league with 368 passing yards in last week’s round of season opening games.

Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs earned the spotlight in Week 1 with their 42-27 defeat of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots Sept. 7 in Foxboro, Mass. 

The UC Davis football team lists two East County high school alumni on its roster: senior receiver Ryan Green from Grossmont High School and freshman defensive back Evan Perkins from Helix High School.

The Santana High School football team finished runner-up in last year’s San Diego Section Division IV championship game to conclude a rather eventful 8-5 season.

The Sultans enter the 2017 campaign in a bit of a “rebuilding year,” according to head coach Tim Estes.

But, following last Friday’s 56-19 non-league victory at Castle Park High School, it appears the Sultans still have enough holdover power to make some noise. 

It was hailed as the Great American Eclipse of 2017 and, for the tens of millions of people who gathered along a 70-mile wide strip of the continental United States from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21, it proved to be the experience of a lifetime.

Some called August’s total eclipse of the sun perhaps the most viewed astronomical event in the history of this country.

The San Diego Summer Nights all-comers track and field meet series wrapped up July 26 at San Diego City College. The five total meets offered an opportunity for competitors of all ages to indulge in their favorite events – or even try new ones – in a relaxed but still competitive environment.

East County athletes and coaches turned out in large numbers at the July 19 meet at Sweetwater High School in National City.

Seven East County high school football teams participated in last weekend’s 11th annual South County Passing Tournament at Southwestern College.

One of them was still playing when it came time to shift the finals to the main campus stadium, the same field where six San Diego Section championship games were played last December.

The third annual CIF state swimming and diving championships will take place Friday through Saturday, May 19-20, at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex at Clovis West High School in Clovis.

East County will be well represented at the elite state championship meet for high school swimmers.

As just about everybody probably knows by now, the Chargers will be moving to Los Angeles. Emotions run high on both sides of the move north — many have disowned the team that called San Diego home for 50+ years; others will continue to bleed Blue and Gold no matter where the team is located.

As the regular season schedule dwindles to a close, it’s time to crown league champions in a variety of high school spring sports and start preparing for the San Diego Section playoffs.

Baseball, softball, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls track and field, boys volleyball, boys and girls swimming, girls gymnastics, boys golf and boys tennis are all spring sports.