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Articles by Phillip Brents

At the midpoint of the 2012-13 high school roller hockey season, West Hills High School coach Steve Baldwin has to like where his team sits in the scheme of things.
“I feel that any one of six teams, four from the North County League, and two from the Central League, can win CIF this year,” Baldwin said after a recent 17-0 non-league conquest of the Eastlake Titans. “I think on any given day that any one of those six teams can win. There’s a lot of parity now. I don’t think you could say that last year or the year before.”

The 2012 high school football season was memorable not just because the Madison Warhawks captured the State Bowl Division III championship game, thus becoming the sixth San Diego Section team to win a state bowl title.
It was more than just about winning — or losing.

The San Diego Chargers once again sponsored a Coach of the Week award, with the weekly winner receiving a donation of $1,500 for their respective high school football program.

The Mt. Miguel Matadors led all East County teams with two individual weight class champions at last Saturday’s 16-team Monte Vista Invitational wrestling tournament. Miracle Tausaga captured the 220-pound title and Josh Tausaga won the 285-pound heavyweight championship.

The Mt. Miguel Matadors led all East County teams with two individual weight class champions at last Saturday’s 16-team Monte Vista Invitational wrestling tournament. Miracle Tausaga captured the 220-pound title and Josh Tausaga won the 285-pound heavyweight championship.

The El Cajon Valley High School boys basketball team certainly made an impression during its opening two games in the 43rd annual Baron-Optimist Holiday Classic tournament on Dec. 26. The Braves tipped off tourney play with a 72-55 victory against Gompers and returned later in the day to top host Bonita Vista 77-53.
The win over the tourney-host Barons demonstrated ECV’s shooting ability – namely, that of senior guard Loqman Sulyman.

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.