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Articles by Ramon Scott

Helix Highlanders

The Helix Highlanders were anointed the unofficial title as the county’s No. 1 ranked team heading into the 2018 varsity football season when the county media poll was released on Monday afternoon.

The Cajon de Oro 10-12 Little League All-Stars were eliminated from Little League World Series contention after falling to District 42 powerhouse Park View in the Section 7 championship game on Tuesday night.

CDO won two games at the section playoffs, defeating District 66 champ, Lemon Grove Little League, twice, by scores of 9-6 and 11-10, in a pair of neighborhood thrillers at Chula Vista American Little League.

The semifinal between the local squads had fans in both stands on edge.

The Cajon de Oro Little League 11-12 All-Stars won the District 41 championship over West Hills Little League, 6-2, at Fletcher Hills on Monday night, July 9, 2018.

Tait Karlson pitched five innings for CDO to earn the victory.

West Hills led early behind a run from Brendon Lewis, but CDO got a two-run single in the bottom of the first by Evan Theim to take the lead.

The Alpine American Little League Astros won the District 41 Majors Brian Fitzgerald Memorial Tournament of Champions for the first time in league history by defeating the Lakeside National Yankees, 2-0, on Saturday.

Astros’ left-hander Liam Ouellette struck out seven over five innings as AALL won just its second district banner ever in any division, completing an undefeated regular season and postseason.

The Liberty Charter Lions are one win away from playing for their first San Diego CIF Division V softball championship following their dramatic 2-1 win over Bayfront Charter on Saturday.

Lions senior Stephanie Uribe pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts as Liberty avoided the scare from the Sharks, who are coached by former Christian High player of the year Mary Grabowski.

Uribe also had two hits and scored a run in the Lions’ two-run third.

Freshman Isabella Guerrero also had two hits for LCHS.

The Valhalla Norsemen upset the Coronado Islanders in the quarterfinals of the San Diego CIF Division III boys volleyball playoffs last Friday.

The seventh-seeded Norsemen needed only four games to dispatch the host Islanders, who were seeded second.

In fact, Coronado surged with a 25-12 opening game win, setting the stage for Valhalla’s ensuing sweep, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22.

Senior Woody Kueber had 15 kills to lead the Norsemen, while Matthew Campos added nine kills and junior Tom Parra had eight kills.

The Granite Hills High girls varsity lacrosse team finished undefeated to capture the Grossmont League championship at 8-0.

In addition, the Eagles are the only undefeated team in San Diego County at 16-0.
Granite Hills, which is ranked 10th in a county-wide poll, has one non-league game remaining at Temecula Chaparral on Friday before heading into the San Diego CIF playoffs next month.

Grossmont

Grossmont junior Jack Hyde had his two-seamer working on last week when he went up against nationally-ranked Bishop Gorman in the 67th annual Lions Tournament.

Hyde pitched a no-hitter against the visiting Gaels from Las Vegas, who came into the tournament ranked third by one major prep poll. 

Hyde struck out seven and walked one, facing just two batters over the minimum. Grossmont was ranked ninth in the county in the latest media poll, released last Monday.

The Steele Canyon Cougars and Valhalla Norsemen are the top high school golf teams in the East County so far in 2018. 

While the Norsemen boast last year’s section player of the year in Arizona State-commit Cameron Sisk, it was Steele Canyon that captured the first showdown between the two teams that will decide the Grossmont Hills League championship.