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Articles by Phillip Brents

Granite Hills High School senior Deajanae Harvey and Oceanside High School senior Jordan Miller were announced as the 2014-15 San Diego Section athletes of the year at the ninth annual prep athletes award gala held June 13 at the San Diego Hall of Champions.

The 97th California state high school track and field championship meet took place June 5-6 at Buchanan High School in Clovis. It is annually regarded as the best high school track and field event in the nation, and with good reason.

This year’s meet featured one national record, one new state record, 31 new top 10 national marks and four new national leaders among the 864 student-athletes who participated in the two-day meet.

Cuyamaca College alumnus Nick Christie feels he is ready to put it on the line in the upcoming USA Track and Field outdoor national championship meet.

The USATF outdoor nationals are scheduled June 25-28 in Eugene, Ore. The former Coyote ranks as one of the top entrants in the men’s 20K race-walk field.

Christie, who is also a graduate of Grossmont High School, appears to be at the top of his game at the present time.

Mount Miguel High School junior Laulauga Tausaga experienced a wide range of emotions at this year’s San Diego Section track and field championship meet, held May 30 at Mt. Carmel High School. She cried when set a new section record in the girls shot put and also cried, but for a much different reason. When she finished near the bottom of the section leaderboard in her other specialty event, the girls’ discus throw.

Success at the San Diego Section track and field championship meet can be measured in two ways: high placement in the state qualifying heats and/or high placement on the divisional awards platform. East County student-athletes scored high marks in both areas at last Saturday’s finals at Mt. Carmel High School.

Granite Hills High School boys volleyball coach Pete Phillips likes the new competition-tiered structure of the San Diego Section playoffs. His Eagles have certainly performed admirably through the two opening rounds in the Division II field.

Fifth-seeded Granite Hills aced visiting 12th-seeded University City in three games in first-round play on May 12 and spiked host fourth-seeded Hilltop in four games Friday, May 15, in quarterfinal-round play.

The Steele Canyon High School track and field team displayed its scoring potential by winning both the boys and girls Blue Division team championships at this year’s Mustang/Phair Co. Relays held April 25 at Otay Ranch High School.

Steele Canyon won the boys team title with 107 points to out-distance runner-up Otay Ranch (86 points) and third place Eastlake (84 points); the Lady Cougars racked up 119 points to top the girls field ahead of runner-up Eastlake (100 points) and third place Otay Ranch (91 points).

The San Diego Section released its winter sports all-section teams March 28, followed by a winter sports recognition gala broadcast from the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum April 2 on KUSI-TV.

It was a star-studded 2014-15 winter sports campaign for several prominent East County student-athletes and teams, most notable among them Foothills Christian High School junior T.J. Leaf, who was named the San Diego Section boys’ basketball Player of the Year.

The Granite Hills High School boys’ lacrosse team predates the sport’s formation at the San Diego Section level. Perhaps then, it’s been no surprise that the Eagles have annually counted themselves among the top teams not only in the Grossmont Conference but in the section as well.

This year appears no different, according to head coach Spencer Sabin, a 1999 GHHS alumnus.

 The 2014-15 interscholastic term marks the second season for sports such as football, girls’ volleyball, boys and girls’ basketball, boys and girls’ soccer, and boys and girls’ lacrosse, and the third season for such sports as baseball and softball, that have employed a new competition-based scheme for post-season competition within the San Diego Section.