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Articles by Phillip Brents

The San Diego State University football team has strung together some impressive numbers over the past several years under head coach Rocky Long.

For instance:

The Aztecs have qualified for six consecutive post-season bowl game appearances, including last year's 42-7 victory against Cincinnati in the Hawaii Bowl.

The Aztecs tied a program record with 11 wins last season en route to capturing the Mountain West championship with a win over the Air Force Academy.

A lot can be said in a loss, and the Mount Miguel football team likely learned a lot about itself following last Friday’s season opening 35-30 non-league setback at Chula Vista High School.

A pair of untimely fumbles and several offsides penalties kept the visiting Matadors out of the win column. However, the Spring Valley team still showed flashes of brilliance throughout the fiercely fought contest that promotes optimism for the future.

The South County passing tournament, hosted in mid-July by Southwestern College’s football program, traditionally wraps up summer workouts for high school teams in the region. The Helix Highlanders ended the summer with a phenomenal 34-1 record to welcome new head coach Robbie Owens to the program.

“When you come into a program that has been as successful as the one at Helix, you don’t want to change anything, you just want to add to it,” Owens explained.

It’s an understatement to say that it was a highly successful summer all-star tournament season for San Diego County’s youth baseball teams. Checking off the top of the list, we note that Emerald/El Cajon Pony League’s Mustang-9 and Pony-13 teams both won World Series championships.

Al Westermeyer has served in an administrator role in both Little League and Pony Baseball, and he likes where Emerald Pony League stands at present. Certainly, how could anyone not feel on top of the world after being on top of the world?

The league’s Mustang-9 and Pony-13 all-star teams swept to World Series championship titles in the span of the same weekend earlier this month — something that no other Pony League had ever managed to accomplish before.











They were a year older and the venue wasn’t on the other side of the country, but for former Sweetwater Valley Little Leaguer standouts Jake Baptista, Nate Nankil and Ariel Armas, winning the Pony-13 International World Series championship was all about redemption.

Even if all the infrastructure and glitter isn’t quite in place, the Games of the XXXI Olympiad have started off on a decidedly festive note in Rio de Janeiro. Opening ceremonies took place last Friday, with unretired swimmer Michael Phelps leading the massive American contingent in the parade of nations as its flag bearer.

The Emerald Pony League field is nestled in the center of El Cajon. It is about to become a youth baseball landmark after two of its team’s snared World Series championships over the weekend.

Emerald’s entry in the Mustang-9 International World Series completed a prolific 21-0 post-season journey by defeating Guasave, Mexico, in Saturday’s championship game in Walnut.

There has been a lot of activity on the Emerald Pony League Facebook site in the past few weeks, and with good reason. The El Cajon-based league’s Mustang-9 and Pony-13 all-star teams are both World Series bound.

Emerald FC Prime will represent the West Zone when play starts Thursday, July 28, in the Mustang-9 International World Series in Walnut. The eight-team international tournament wraps up Sunday, July 31.

Major League Baseball players and top college prospects hail from all parts of the United States and beyond. La Mesa resident Nick Allen could be one of them in the making.

The incoming senior at the Francis Parker School is scheduled to appear in two high-profile national prep baseball showcase events to close out the summer.