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|Christian High junior
running back Adrian Petty gets around the corner
in the Patriots' win over Mission Bay Friday night
at Granite Hills High. (photo
by Ruth Mims)
Patriots club Mission Bay to set
stage for special season
EL CAJON (9-28-14) Christian offensive coordinator
DAVID BEEZER labeled Saturdays (Sept. 27) non-league
encounter as a pivotal point in the season.
We figured if we could win this one wed
have a chance to run the table, he said.
42, Ramona 0
Steele Canyon 38, Otay Ranch 16
Mount Miguel 14, Serra 7
Valhalla 42, Francis Parker 13
Granite Hills 24, Hoover 21
Monte Vista 49, Kearny 7
West Hills 34, Valley Center 20
El Cajon Valley 21, SD-Southwest 6
Point Loma 47, Santana 33
Crawford 41, Foothills Christian 7
Friday, Oct. 3
Poway at Grossmont, 7
El Cajon Valley at Orange Glen, 7
Granite Hills at El Capitan (H), 7
Patrick Henry at Monte Vista, 7
Mar Vista at Santana, 7
Valhalla at West Hills, 7
Bonita Vista at Helix, 7
Foothills Christian at Lutheran, 7
Considering the Patriots are playing in the substandard
Central League, a clean sweep is definitely in the cards.
Christian, which hammered Mission Bay 49-10 this weekend
doesnt plan to stumble.
The Patriots played the majority of the second half
with a running clock as they built a 42-3 halftime lead.
Each team scored a touchdown after intermission.
Our goal this week was to manage the pressure,
And the Christian offensive line of TY NICHOLS, MATTHEW
CARRILLO, NATE CAZARES, JON STINE and LAITHE ISENMANN
didnt allow a sack against the Bucs.
Of course, thats not unusual since we havent
given up a sack in our last several games, Beezer
ADRIAN PETTY led the ground assault for Christian,
slashing his way for 190 yards and 3 touchdowns on 10
carries. He also scored off a fake punt in the second
But the Patriots, who are averaging more than 50 points
a game, also got a lift from quarterback DAVID TODD
JEREMIAH, who completed 10 of 15 for 291 and 3 touchdowns.
Our line has done such a great job for us because
we havent allowed a sack or an interception over
the last 5 games, Beezer noted.
Nine Christian receivers caught passes against the
Buccaneers, including CHAD HUMPHRIES, who hauled in
2 scoring passes and BRANDON HESTER, who grabbed a 3rd
Mission Bay did not complete a pass against the Christian
|Monte Vista defenders
team up to stop a Kearny runner Friday night in
the Monarchs' win at Clairemont High. (EastCountySports.com
Eagles past Hoover for fifth-straight win
EL CAJON (9-27-14) For the first time in
more than a decade the Granite Hills Eagles are undefeated
with a 5-0 mark at the midway point of the regular season.
The Eagles knocked off the visiting Hoover Cardinals
24-21 in Fridays (Sept. 26) non-league action.
The Cardinals got a couple of big touchdown plays
in the first half and were able to slug with the Eagles
for nearly four quarters, but senior MICHAEL LEDESMA
had the game-deciding score on a 42-yard touchdown run
with 7:06 left in game.
Friday, Sept 26
Steele Canyon 13, Otay Ranch 7
Helix 29, Ramona 10
Valhalla 50, Francis Parker 0
Only scores reported
Thursday, Sept. 25
Helix 36, Ramona 22
Valhalla 49, Cathedral Catholic 8
Mount Migyel 53, Serra 12
Granite Hills 34, Mar Vista 16
Point Loma 21, Santana 0
Only scores reported
|Monte Vista offense
on the attack against host Kearny Friday night at
Clairemont High. (EastCountySports.com
County season statistical leaders -
through week 4
U-T SAN DIEGO
PREP FOOTBALL POLL
(First-place votes in parenthesis)
Points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
1. Oceanside (19)/ 5-0/ 190/ 1
2. Mission Hills/ 4-1/ 159 / 2
3. Cathedral Catholic/ 4-1/ 154
4. Helix / 3-1/ 137/ 4
5. El Capitan/ 4-0/ 108 / 5
6. San Marcos/ 5-0/ 61/ 8
7. La Costa Canyon/ 4-1 / 60 /
7. Eastlake/ 3- 2/ 60 / 10
9. Steele Canyon/ 5-0/ 35 /
10. Ramona/ 4-1/ 33 / 6
Others receiving votes: Granite Hills (14),
Sweetwater (12), Christian (9), St. Augustine
(4), Point Loma (3), Carlsbad (1) .
will attend United States Naval Academy
EL CAJON (10-1-14) Granite Hills High baseball
coach JAMES DAVIS has announced that senior ANDY LOWRY
has committed to the USNA in Annapolis, MD. The 6-foot-1,
172-pound outfielder will graduate in 2015.
ALUMNI PAGE FORMER EAST COUNTY
Capitan Alum Signs with Chargers
SAN DIEGO (9-1-14) RYAN LINDLEY began his football
career as a Lakeside-Santee Pop Warner offensive lineman
way back when.
Eventually a record-breaking varsity quarterback at
El Capitan under head coach RON BURNER, Lindley was
heavily recruited and cast his lot with San Diego State
where he was convinced he was a better quarterback by
West Hills alum LON SHERIFF, who also called signals
for the Aztecs.
Lindley was drafted in 2012 as a sixth round pick as
a quarterback by the NFL Arizona Cardinals.
Hes come a long way and is now on the edge of
earning a back-up quarterback berth with the San Diego
Local Pair Contribute in Aztecs Victory
SAN DIEGO (8-31-14) Former El Capitan tight end
ROBERT CRAIGHEAD, a two-time All-East County performer,
caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Poe
Kyren in San Diego States 38-7 season opening
victory over Northern Arizona University in Saturdays
(Aug. 29) non-league contest at Qualcomm Stadium.
Punter JOEL ALESI, a Christian High graduate, averaged
35 yards on three punts in the Aztecs victory.
PRO BASEBALL: Summer
COLLEGE WOMEN'S FASTPITCH
shares National Championship memories
Matadors' Branch selects Fresno State over CSUN,
SPRING VALLEY (8-25-14) Mount Miguel senior-to-be
guard ZARIA BRANCH has accepted a scholarship to Division
I Fresno State, selecting the Bulldogs over Cal State
Northridge and UNLV.
The Mountain West Conference school features a student
body of 21,500.
The 5-foot-8 Branch captured a fistful of postseason
honors, including first team All-EastCountySports.com
and first team All-Grossmont Valley League. She was
named to the California All State Division 3 second
team as selected by MaxPreps.com.
She finished her junior year averaging 13.9 points per
game for the Matadors.
Grossmont suffers from letdown
in lopsided loss at Golden West
By Bill Dickens
COSTA MESA (9-28-14) The topsy-turvy Grossmont
College Griffins are unpredictable, to say the least.
A week ago after knocking off Riverside City College
the No. 1 ranked team in the state at the time
the Griffins were unable to mount a drive in
the National Southern Conference against Golden West
College on Saturday (Sept. 27) at Orange Coast Colleges
LeBard Stadium. (more
complete regional coverage, click here for the Southern
California Football Association
Date -- Site/Opponent/Time
Sept. 6 SOUTHWESTERN 35, Grossmont 6
Sept. 13 GROSSMONT 17, Pasadena 14
Sept. 20 GROSSMONT 38, Riverside 28
Sept. 27 GOLDEN WEST 41, Grossmont 6
Oct. 4 *PALOMAR, 1
Oct. 11 at Mt.San Antonio, 6
Oct. 18 *SADDLEBACK, 1
Oct. 25 *at Fullerton, 6
Nov. 1 Bye
Nov. 8 *at Santa Ana, 1
Nov. 15 *ORANGE COAST, 1
Nov. 22 Bowl Games TBA
*National Southern Conference games
BOLD FACE home games
GROSSMONT COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Former Griffin Ash stars, as hoop Classic Raises
$2500 for United Way
Special to EastCountySports.com
Welland, Ontario, CAN (10-1-14) Saturday (Sept.
27) saw over 500 members of the Niagara College community
pack the Welland, Ontario, Canada campus athletic center
for the fifth annual Peninsula Hoop Classic. The evening
saw the four post-secondary men's and women's basketball
program in the Niagara Region square off in support
of the United Way
Aside from settling 2014's basketball bragging rights
in the Niagara Region, the game served as the tip-off
for Niagara College's 2014 United Way campaign. At the
end of the night $2500 was raised in support of the
United Way cause.
Leading the way offensively for Niagara was newcomer
TREVON ASH, an Eastlake High graduate out of San Diego.
Ash, who most recently competed at the JUCO level with
Grossmont College (2010-12), finished with 23 points
on 8 of 13 shot attempts.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
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NATHAN STINSON, Helix
The 5-foot-6, 175-pound junior scored 4 touchdowns
(plus one called back by penalty) in the Highlanders
contest with previously undefeated Ramona. Stinson,
a fleet-footed running back, led a track meet
over the Bulldogs in a battle of Top 10 competitors.
Stinson rushed for 218 yards and also scored
on a 36-yard pass.
MERITON HASANI, El Cajon Valley
Hasani had 3 touchdown runs to lead the Braves
past the visiting San Diego-Southwest Raiders.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior quarterback/linebacker
finished with 19 carries for 84 yards and 3
Week 4 - 9-19-14
The 6-foot, 175-pound senior wide receiver scored
on a 45-yard pass to spark the Cougars to a
23-0 lead over West Hills.
RAPHY CARR, West Hills
The 5-foot-7, 152-pound senior DB-WR had an
80-yard catch-and-run touchdown and 2 interceptions
before halftime in the Wolf Packs victory
over the La Jolla Vikings.
Week 3 - 9-14-14
JEROME JOHNSON - Valhalla
The 6-foot, 202-pound sophomore was involved
in a triple play against Monte Vista. Johnson
rushed for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns in that
RILEY JONES - Steele Canyon
The 6-foot, 197-pound senior linebacker-running
back recorded 2 sacks one in each half
as the Cougars remain undefeated with
a 26-7 victory over the Panthers of Vista.
Week 2 9-07-14
ZACH LEWIS, Santana
Lewis, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound junior who plays
both sides of the ball, has made an impact every
time he touches the pigskin. He blocked 2 kicks
in the Sultans 30-0 shutout of the Kearny
Komets. He also had his 4th sack in two games
for the undefeated Sultans.
JOEY MORONES, Christian
The versatile 5-foot-10, 220-pound sophomore
scored 3 touchdowns and one 2-point conversion
in the Patriots march past West Hills
43-29 in the second week of the season. Morones
excels as a running back, tight end and inside
linebacker. He finished with 20 points for Christian
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Long-time sports figure Noel Mickelsen
By Bill Dickens
EL CAJON (10-1-14) Legendary San Diego coach
and sports fixture NOEL MICKELSEN passed away on Sunday
(Sept. 28) at the age of 80.
The 6-foot-6 Mickelsen served as an assistant coach
at SDSU under George Ziegenfuss and later as the head
basketball and head baseball coach at GrossmontCollege.
He was a 4-year letterman in both baseball and basketball
at San DiegoState from 1953-56. He attained a career
pitching record of 25-10 with a 2.8 ERA.
His 25 victories rank fifth best in SDSU history. His
ERA is eighth best on the SDSU list for pitchers throwing
200 or more innings, and his 1.6 ERA during his 1955
junior season is the fifth best ever for an Aztec.
Mickelsen was named All-Californian College Athletic
Association first team as a junior and senior, and second
team All-CCAA as a freshman. He ranked fourth on the
career innings pitched list with 294 innings, and ranked
ninth in career strikeouts with 195 innings.
In his basketball career he was the team captain his
final three years at SDSU and recorded 642 career rebounds
for the Aztecs the seventh most for the team.
Mickelsen went on to play in the Milwaukee Braves organization
as a pitcher, then came back to San Diego to coach under
Ziegenfuss, and went on to start the basketball and
baseball programs at Grossmont College. Grossmont College
Baseball field is named after him his name is
emblazoned on the back of the Griffins press box.
He was a sports fixture for a long time in San
Diego East County, and helped a lot of kids along the
way, noted his son Jay Mickelsen.
Sockers sign Futsal standout
SAN DIEGO (9-19-14) American sports fans may
know "futbol" as the international term for
soccer, but what about "futsal"?
Futsal - it's Portuguese - is the term in Latin America
for indoor soccer (being re-marketed as "arena
soccer" in the USA), with Brazil and Argentina
finding the most success in the hybrid sport which is
sweeping through our continental neighbors to the south.
Among the best players is Argentine attacking midfielder
Matias Kruger, who just signed a 1-year contract to
join the 14-time champion San Diego Sockers.
"Mati is a name our fans should quickly get to
know," said Sockers general manager John Kentera.
"He's among the very best players in Argentina,
and will be one of the very best in the MASL."
Kruger is expected to join the Sockers in October following
his Argentina pro season. He is a member of America
Dol Sud, which played in the prestigious Libertadores
de America Cup.
He should be available for the Major Arena Soccer League
opener on Sat., Nov. 1, when the Sockers host the Las
Vegas Legends, a club which shared the Pacific Division
crown with San Diego (13-3 each) last season.
Were tremendously excited to welcome him
to the Sockers family, added Kentera, In
our quest for another championship, we will go wherever
it takes to find talent. We think weve found a
good one in Mati.
Kruger, 22, has been a member of the Argentinean National
Futsal Team since he was 16 years old and recently played
in front of 58,000 fans (see photo) in a national team
match against Brazil. At age 21 Matias was selected
to travel with the National Futsal Team to Venezuela
for the South American Cup, where Argentina posted a
Im very happy and excited to come and play
for the Sockers, said Kruger (@matikruger) via
Twitter from Buenos Aires, I hope I be able to
do everything that Coach Salvagio wants and to perform
as well as I can.
Meanwhile, Kentera hinted that the Sockers, which captured
four straight league titles until the streak was snapped
this past season, may be bringing in some players from
Brazil, aiding in the replacement of retired Sockers
standouts Aaron Susi and Paul Wright (Grossmont High).
Along with their continental record of 14 championships
dating back to the origins of the sport in the United
States during the late 1970s, the Sockers are also seeking
an eighth consecutive division crown in 2014-15.
Notes: The Sockers will host an international exhibition
doubleheader as part of their preseason schedule. On
Sat., Oct. 18, the Sockers will host Tijuana's Los Toros
de Mexico at 6 p.m., followed by a friendly between
the USA and Mexico, both at the Valley View Casino Center
on Sports Arena Boulevard.
The complete schedule is now available on the Sockers