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Articles by Phillip Brents

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.

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.