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Articles by Phillip Brents

There is always a first time in everything. For Danielle Nowaski, there is also a third time as well.

The West Hills junior will be making her third trip to the state swimming championship meet this weekend as one of five Grossmont Conference representatives at the elite competition.

The meet will take place Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19, at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex at Clovis West High School in Clovis. 

High school rugby is administered by the SoCal Youth Rugby organization. Club teams representing Helix and Valhalla high schools serve East County.

The 2018 Collegiate Division 1-A rugby national championship game is scheduled to take place May 5 at Santa Clara University.

The title contest will be the culmination of the 2017-18 season in which more than 70 teams played in more than 250 games across the country to determine the final two teams left standing.

In this weekend’s nationally televised semifinals (live on the CBS Network), Cal Berkeley will meet Lindenwood University from Missouri while Georgia’s Life University will test Penn State.

The Grossmont High School boys lacrosse team extended its unbeaten record to start the 2018 spring season to 7-0 following Monday’s 16-11 non-league victory at Bonita Vista High School.

The Foothillers have won the last four Grossmont Conference championship titles and entered this week 6-0 in league play in search of another league banner.

The 68th Lions Tournament, boasting a record 144 teams in 10 divisions, dominated prep baseball the week of March 26-29. Fourteen East County teams participated in the latest edition.

The prospect of meeting new opponents, especially highly touted teams from far off locales, is a major drawing card for the long-running event.

The finals of this year’s Hilltop High School softball invitational tournament are scheduled April 28 at Chula Vista High School. Three East County teams have already reserved spots, with a fourth pending.

The tournament was originally scheduled to end last weekend.

The 2018 boys volleyball season got a jump-start with the fourth annual National City Host Lions tournament hosted March 2-3 by Sweetwater High School. Thirty-four teams participated this year, including seven East County programs.

Santana, which finished in first place in its pool, received the No. 4 seed in the Gold Division playoffs but was upset in the quarterfinals by fifth-seeded Patrick Henry.

Six East County mat men will make the trek to Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena to compete in this weekend’s boys state wrestling championships after successfully qualifying for the March 2-3 event at last weekend’s San Diego Masters championships at Olympian High School.

The top four place-finishers in each of 14 weight classes at the San Diego Masters state-qualifying tournament earned berths in this weekend’s coveted state meet.

•Steele Canyon’s David Lipscomb placed second in his 172-pound weight class.

East County will be well represented on the mat at this weekend’s San Diego Masters state-qualifying tournament at Olympian High School following last weekend’s showing at the section divisional tournaments.

Wrestlers from 11 East County schools earned the right to compete at this weekend’s showcase section tournament based on place-finish at last weekend’s divisional tournaments.

Championship venues for this year’s San Diego Section winter sports playoffs have been announced.

The basketball finals will be split between Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University (Open Division, Division I and Division II), San Marcos High School (Division II, Division III and Division IV) and La Costa Canyon High School (Division V).

The soccer finals will be split between Mission Bay High School (Open Division, Division I and Division III) and La Jolla High School (Division II, Division IV and Division V).