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Articles by Phillip Brents

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.

As the 2017 high school track and field season begins to wind down, top marks by student-athletes are starting to go up.

Steele Canyon High School’s Wyatt Holmes and Hannah Hodge each set personal records in the pole vault event at last weekend’s 14th annual Phair Co./Mustang Relays at Otay Ranch High School. 

Holmes, a senior, cleared 12 feet, 6 inches to win the Blue Division boys flight while Hodge, a junior, cleared 8 feet, 6 inches to win the Blue Division girls flight.

It can be an intimidating stage with 7,000 people watching every move you make on the wrestling mat at the annual California state championship tournament.

But it can also be a rewarding stage for those in the spotlight who persevere through the adversity to come home with a coveted medal.

A total of seven East County mat men qualified for the 45th annual state tournament, held March 3-4 in Bakersfield. Though none managed to earn a spot on the awards platform, it was a journey most of them will likely not forget.

Seven East County wrestlers have qualified to compete in this weekend’s state championship tournament in Bakersfield, and in record-setting fashion.

Three mat men representing Steele Canyon High School, two wrestlers from Helix Charter High School and one each from Mount Miguel and West Hills high schools will be vying for spots on the awards podium at Rabobank Arena this weekend.

The state tournament starts Friday, March 3, and wraps up Saturday, March 4.

The CIF-Metro Conference Kiwanis Cup roller hockey playoffs faced off Feb. 22 and, much to the delight of Patrick Henry High School’s first-year program, the Patriots were included in the 12-team draw.

Patrick Henry received the No. 9 seed and met eighth-seeded Otay Ranch in the first round.   

The game, played at Castle Park High School’s outdoor rink, was expected to be close after the teams played to a 6-6 tie in January’s Pam Wiser Classic tournament, and a month later, the rematch lived up to its billing.

East County high school wrestling programs made a significant impact at this year’s San Diego Section divisional championship tournaments with a staggering 62 qualifiers (including alternates) for this weekend’s San Diego Masters state qualifying tournament.

Patrick Henry High School’s fledgling roller hockey team has certainly experienced its ups and downs in its inaugural season. The team carried a 0-5 North County League record into the New Year, which quickly became 0-8 following the opening two weeks of the 2017 calendar year.

As the 2016-17 high school wrestling season officially enters its second half, the goal is as clear as ever for San Diego Section wrestlers: the state championship meet is the ultimate ticket.

It’s not any easy ride.

The top four place-winners at the section’s Masters state qualifying tournament, scheduled Feb. 24-25 at Olympian High School, will advance to the state tournament March 3-4 in Bakersfield.

The 2016-17 NFL playoffs have kicked off and the initial 12-team field has been reduced to eight teams – four teams in each of the NFC and AFC playoff brackets – following last weekend’s wild card round.

Two divisional playoff games will be played on Saturday, Jan. 14, and two more on Sunday, Jan. 15, to further reduce the field to four teams.