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Articles by Phillip Brents

The race for this year’s Grossmont Hills League boys water polo championship appears to be hotly contested. Front-runners include the Valhalla Norsemen, Grossmont Foothillers and Steele Canyon Cougars.

Valhalla won last year’s league title while Grossmont captured the San Diego Section Division I championship.

“All three teams return a lot of players, so the league title should be closely contested,” veteran Valhalla coach Kent Houston said.

Major League Rugby will conclude its inaugural season with its 2018 championship match July 7 at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium.

It has been a debut season filled with much expectation and reward, especially for the San Diego Legion, one of the league’s seven first-year franchises.

The Legion recorded its highlight moment of the season last Saturday after handing the previously undefeated Glendale Raptors a stinging 33-5 defeat in front of a boisterous crowd at Torero Stadium.

The 2018 high school football season is a lot closer than the casual observer might think.

Fall training camps open as early as July 25 for some schools. The first regular season games are scheduled Aug. 17, with scrimmage games held the week prior to that.

In the meantime, seven-on-seven passing tournaments have heated up the summer as teams prepare to get into preseason mode.

The San Diego State University baseball team provided quite a few highlights throughout the 2018 season, tops among them were winning the Mountain West Conference tournament championship and earning a berth in the NCAA Division I regionals.

East County product Jordan Verdon was among several Aztecs rewarded during the team’s championship run.

The former Granite Hills High School standout was one of three SDSU players to earn first team All-Mountain West honors, joining teammates Chase Calabuig, a senior outfielder, and junior right-handed pitcher Garrett Hill.

After a long absence in San Diego County, American Legion baseball has made a return. The fledgling league, sponsored by District 22, has released a regular season schedule spanning from June 12 to July 12 with 13 teams placed in two divisions.

The seven-team Navy Division includes the Chula Vista Mater Dei Crusaders Post 434, National City Seahawks Post 255, Ramona Patriots Post 332, West Hills Tomcats Post 364, Madison Hawkeyes Post 731, Patrick Henry Trojans Post 416 and Santana Sea Knights Post 258.

Valhalla High School senior Alex Lieu was a surprise entrant in last weekend’s 100th running of the California state high school track and field championship meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis.

He was certainly in for the surprise of his life after recording a ninth-place finish in the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles to cap his high school career.

The United States Olympic team’s motto for the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing was “Amazing Awaits.”

With qualifiers in 11 events for this weekend’s California state championship track and field meet at Buchanan High School in Clovis, the Grossmont Conference might also want to borrow that tag line.

It is a noteworthy number for one of high school track and field’s biggest championship events.

By Phillip Brents

For The East County Californian

Valhalla High School’s golf team continues to maintain a high degree of visibility, particularly due to the presence this spring of twin brothers Cameron and Parker Sisk.

Cameron finished runner-up to Torrey Pines’ James Song at the San Diego Section championship tournament May 14 and May 16 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course in San Diego.

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.