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Articles by Phillip Brents

The San Diego State University football team will be represented by 25 homegrown San Diego County players, including four with East County ties, when the Aztecs take on Brigham Young University in the eighth annual

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 20, at Qualcomm Stadium.
Kick-off is set for 5 p.m.

The Aztecs enter the game 9-3 on the season after winning a share of this year’s Mountain West Conference championship title with a 7-1 conference record.

BYU is 7-5.

It looks to be a special Steele Canyon High School girls soccer team, and in particular for its nine seniors, after the Cougars kicked off the 2012-3 campaign by winning the Premier Division championship title at last weekend’s 93-team Barons tournament at Bonita Vista High School.

“We’ve come to this tournament so many times before but this year we finally got our breakthrough,” said head coach Charlie Cleaves, who is in his 12th year coaching the team.

John Liljestrom’s first year as head coach at his alma mater was one to definitely remember as the Monte Vista High School wrestling team captured the Grossmont Valley League championship.
His second year at the Monarchs’ helm could even be more rewarding.

The West Hills High School roller hockey team recorded a third-place finish in last season’s CIF-Metro Conference Kiwanis Cup championship playoffs.
The Wolf Pack is shooting to win it all this season.

“We will be able to compete with anyone this year,” said coach Steve Baldwin, whose team finished 17-6 last season. “We won our league last year and placed third in the CIF playoffs. Our goal is to win our league and win CIF (this year).

The El Capitan High School cross country team recorded a rare double by qualifying both its boys and girls teams for this weekend’s state championship meet in Fresno.

The Vaqueros accomplished the magical feat at last Saturday’s San Diego Section championship meet at Morley Field when the boys team captured the Division III title and the girls team raced to a runner-up finish.

The top three teams in the division advanced to the state meet, which will take place Saturday at Woodward Park.

The West Hills High School boys water polo team recorded a history-making moment on Nov. 8 when the Wolf Pack recorded its first-ever playoff victory at its new campus pool.

“Our goals were two-part this season — to get to 20 wins and make it past the first round of the playoffs,” WHHS coach James Searles said.

The Cuyamaca College men’s cross country team recorded its best finish in a decade at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference finals on Oct. 26 at Harry Griffin Park in La Mesa when the Coyotes finished runner-up to team champion San Diego Mesa.

Cuyamaca finished the five-team conference championship meet with 46 points. Mesa, led by men’s individual champion Steven Martinez, won the team title with a low score of 30 points.

This year’s Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s water polo championship title looks to be hotly contested. So far, the Grossmont Griffins remain in familiar territory — at the top of the pile — through the opening round of league play.

The Griffins improved to 3-0 in conference play (6-1 overall) following Monday’s 10-5 victory at Southwestern College. The win built on previous victories against Palomar (12-8 on Sept. 5) and San Diego Mesa (14-11 on Sept. 19).

Five riders will represent the United States in BMX racing at the 2012 London Olympic Games: three men and two women.
Among the three men is Lakeside’s Nic Long, now a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.

SANTEE — At one time, East County was a hotbed for high school roller hockey.

Teams representing Valhalla and Monte Vista, in fact, played in San Diego County High School Roller Hockey Conference’s inaugural championship game in 1996.

With three consecutive championship titles (1997-99), Monte Vista was the conference’s first dynasty.

But waning popularity and economics have caused the closure of area rinks over the years and reduced the playing field to one team at present: the West Hills High School Wolf Pack.