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Articles by Phillip Brents

The Grossmont Foothillers hosted the Eastlake Titans in a multi-level scrimmage Aug. 20. Both Grossmont head coach Tom Karlo and Eastlake head coach Lee Price mulled over the action, logging what they liked and what needed more work.

Karlo was pleased overall with his team’s hard-hitting effort against the Titans, rated the seventh best team in the San Diego Section in the 2015 preseason poll. However, the Foothillers sideline boss admitted he wanted to see more from his offense.

The 2015 high school football season kicks off this weekend with Saturday’s SDNFL Magazine Kickoff Classic at La Jolla Country Day School. The defending San Diego Section Division II champion El Capitan Vaqueros will help kick off the new season by participating in the showcase event.

The Vaqueros and Hilltop Lancers will meet in a 7:30 p.m. contest to close out the four-game event.

Though officially a scrimmage, the match-up between teams from the Grossmont Hills League and the Metro-South Bay League will be played under game-like conditions.

The San Diego State University football team will host its annual Aztec Fan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Qualcomm Stadium. The event will feature an intrasquad scrimmage, an Aztec apparel sale, special chalk talk with SDSU head coach Rocky Long and post-game autograph session.

Fan Fest gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Entrance is through Gate D. The event is free to the public with the exception of the chalk talk (which costs $25).

The San Diego Chargers and city of San Diego currently aren’t talking to one another in the long-running quest to build a new stadium for the NFL team in the region. But fan interest certainly hasn’t waned in the team if judged by overflow crowds attending last weekend’s training camp practices at Chargers Park.

“I’m paid to win football games,” Chargers head coach Mike McCoy told members of the media following the conclusion of Sunday’s training session.

East County high school water polo teams will face off the 2015 season in September but it will not be without an offseason of inactivity. Far from it in fact, as teams prepped for the upcoming campaign over the summer with an emphasis on both fun and fundamentals.

Though there will be no East County representative in this year’s Little League World Series, that does not diminish the accomplishments of this summer’s California District 41 and California District 66 teams that represented the East County region in all-star tournament play.

The ninth annual South County passing tournament wrapped up Saturday, July 11, with championship playoffs at Southwestern College. Thirty-two teams participated in the two-day tournament that got under way on Friday, July 10.

East County teams excelled, with the Valhalla Norsemen and West Hills Wolf Pack both advancing as far as the championship semifinals.

Valhalla lost to eventual tournament champion Madison while West Hills lost to eventual tournament runner-up St. Augustine.

What did you do over the Fourth of July holiday? Many Americans celebrated the birthday of their country with a backyard barbecue or by watching a community fireworks display.

But the Santee sibling duo of Charles and Eric Baldwin had the chance to actually wear the colors of their country while competing in last month’s International Federation of Roller Sports (FIRS) inline hockey world championship tournament in Rosario, Argentina.

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.