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Articles by Phillip Brents

Got your tickets yet to this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Petco Park?

The July 12 game is certainly commanding ticket prices worthy of baseball’s proverbial “Midseason Classic.” Tickets, as of Monday, started at $374 in the upper pavilion on StubHub.com and at $242 on Vividseats.com for standing room only in the outfield Park in the Park grass seating area.

If you’re priced out of the event, you can watch the game at home on television (FOX network) or on other streaming media platforms, starting at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

It was a great day for East County high school track and field programs as nine area student-athletes lined up to compete in this year’s 98th annual California state championship meet prelims June 3 at Buchanan High School in Clovis. Never mind that the high temperature that day was 103 degrees, and 105 degrees the next day for the finals.

California will have significant representation during this month’s International Federation of Roller Hockey (FIRS) inline hockey world championship tournament in Roana and Asiago, Italy. Specifically, Santee resident Charles “Chucky Slick” Baldwin will represent East County.

Jordan Verdon excelled while playing baseball at Granite Hills High School. A four-year varsity letter-winner, he won four league championships with the Eagles, twice advancing to the San Diego Section championship game.

His sophomore season, Granite Hills placed runner-up to Rancho Bernardo in the Open Division final by a score of 3-1. The Eagles were back the next year in the title game against La Costa Canyon and won 3-0.

Valhalla High School senior Curtis Smith is a standout on the track and field oval, and not because the fair-skinned blond mid-distance runner is the easiest to spot on the field. He has become a key contributor to the team’s success and is pushing for personal bests this season that could earn him a spot on the awards podium at next month’s San Diego Section finals.

For hockey fans in the San Diego region, both inline and ice, it’s been a win-win situation in 2015-16.

The San Diego Gulls are preparing to face off their opening-round series in the Calder Cup playoffs Thursday in Texas as the American Hockey League team celebrates a superlative first season in San Diego. 

Helix High School’s Trence Gillem and Mount Miguel High School’s Laulauga Tausaga were among 14 professional, amateur and high school athletes honored as Stars of the Month for March by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Gillem, a wrestling standout, captured the 132-pound title at the California state championship tournament March 4-5 in Bakersfield. He was the only gold medalist among the San Diego Section’s 10 state medalists.

Several former East County high school standouts on area community college teams were featured in last Friday’s distance carnival events at the 38th Aztec Track and Field Invitational at San Diego State University.

Runners from Southwestern, Cuyamaca and San Diego Mesa community colleges were prominently featured in the men’s and women’s 1500-meter distance.

Helix High School senior Trence Gillem entered last weekend’s 44th annual California state boys wrestling championship tournament ranked fourth in his 134-pound weight class. But the newly-crowned San Diego Section Masters champion held true to the goal he had set at the beginning of season: He was determined to win the state title.

And, Gillem did just that after recording a 3-2 decision over Buchanan senior Durbin Lloren, the defending state champion, in last Saturday finals at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

The San Diego Section boys and girls soccer playoffs are set to conclude with championship games at San Diego Mesa College and Olympian High School this weekend, March 4 and 5. The San Diego Sockers hope to make a championship splash as well as they kick off the Major Arena Soccer League’s Pacific Division playoffs.

The Sockers, no strangers to hoisting championship trophies, will host the Tacoma Stars in the return leg of a two-game playoff series Sunday, March 6, at the Valley View Casino Center. Kick-off is 5:05 p.m.