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Knights no 'One trick pony'

By James McHugh
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CARLSBAD (1-24-15) — Those who the think Foothills Christian Knights are a one trick pony haven't been to many games this season. While Arizona bound junior TJ LEAF is clearly the team catalyst, the Knights have no shortage of weapons and attacks, as they proved with a 76-59 victory over the Warriors in Friday night’s (Jan. 23) Coastal League game.

Army-Navy, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the latest local polls, ran into the No. 1 team in San Diego and quickly learned that stopping Foothills involves more than stopping Leaf, and they failed to accomplish that feat as well.

The Warriors attempted to sit in a zone defense and force the Knights to settle for long range threes and mid-range jumpers. Problem was, Foothills and Coach BRAD LEAF had other plans in mind. NIKKO PARANADA ran the point and dished six assists on the night, many of those slashing drives by T.J. LEAF and OMAJAE SMITH who both finished with a number of layups and emphatic dunks.


Patriots come out on short end of Komet

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EL CAJON (1-21-15) — The Christian Patriots put up a battle Tuesday night (Jan. 20) against Kearny but came out on the losing end as the Komets prevailed 60-27 in a Central League game at Ryan Athletic Center.

MADDIE BAGDASARIAN led the Patriots with 10 points, five rebounds and a block, while SAGE SALACUP prowled the boards for the team with seven rebounds.

“My girls didn’t play bad, we just lost to a really good team,” said Patriots coach TIFFANY GILES. “Kearny played clean, shot a lot of 3s – they had four different girls who shot 3s. I’m hoping for a win Friday night (against Madison).”

Noting the rebounds garnered by Sage Salacup, Giles said, “She is only 5-foot-2 but she gets her little body in there and gets those rebounds. She’s a little fighter.”


Alumni season quickly approaching

Grossmont and Valhalla to hold alumni days in the next two weekends.



All-League teams and All-CIF San Diego Section now posted on Football All-League page

Fumblievable ending

Vaqueros in scoring range in last minute, but Campolindo gets 90-yard scoop 'n score for State championship

By Jim Lindgren

CARSON (12-21-14) — Twelve yards from paydirt. Twelve stinking yards from history!

With one minute to play in the state championship game, SAM MELERO took a reverse handoff and raced around left end for a 22-yard pickup and a first down at the 12-yard line. 

A touchdown would likely have given El Capitan its first state championship. A field goal would probably have done it as well.

Instead, the unthinkable happened.


Locals turn knowledge into success in German football league

By Bill Dickens

EL CAJON (12-3-14) - It could be called a working vacation, but one thing for sure, none of the personnel involved complained.

"It was all good," said Christian High alum and Willamette Universit football coach DANNY MITCHELL.

While Mitchell was the offensive coordinator-head coach for the Osnabruck (Germany) Tigers, fellow Patriots alum PATRICK KELLY was the defensive coordinator for the Tigers as well as playing linebacker on the team.

Mitchell recalled, "We were there from April of this year to October 1st, it was six months of unique experience. The players, who were grown men, were eager to learn American football. They soaked up the coaching from both Pat and I and we ended up going 10-0 for a perfect season and winning the German Football League Division 3 National Championship, as well as the 2014 North League Champions.

"Our All-American Willamette quarterback Josh Dean also went with us and was a standout on the team."

Mitchell and Kelly traveled extensively while abroad, including,, Berlin, Dublin, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice and London in a car provided for them the entire time they were there, in addition to lodging.

The Tigers played three games a week, traveling in the Tiger Bus.

Mitchell's parents, Mike and Arlene, and his brother Brian visited the facilities in Germany while Danny and Patrick were there.

Mitchell graduated from Christian High in 2007, the quarterback of the 2006 CIF Championship team. He was the quarterbacks coach at Menlo College in 2012 and coached the running backs at Willamette University since 2013 prior to his experience coaching in Germany. After playing baseball at San Diego Christian College for the 2008-09 season, he transferred as quarterback to Willamette University, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science.

Kelly graduated from Christian High in 2008, a member of the 2006 CIF Championship team and earned All-State Linebacker, an award he also earned from Grossmont College in 2010. He was a scholarship athlete to Nebraska-KearnyUniversity, graduating in 2013 with a Criminal Justice major. He was the linebackers coach at GrossmontCollege for the 2013 season.

Kelly pointed out that the Tigers defense gave up only one rushing touchdown all year.

"That is one of the more impressive football stats I've ever heard," stated Danny Mitchell. "We outscored our opponents 432-76."


Brown saves best for last with late interception at Sun Bowl


EL PASO (12-28-14) —  Former Grossmont College football standout KWEISHI BROWN, a graduate of Valhalla High, was a major factor in Arizona State University’s 36-31 Sun Bowl victory over Duke University on Saturday (Dec. 27).

Brown, a junior at ASU, made a game-saving interception in the final seconds at the endzone with the game on the line.

It was Brown’s second interception of the season for ASU.

Brown played two seasons for the Griffins and a pair for Valhalla.

According to ASU positional grades: 

When a player from a position group seals the game with a single play, its hard not to put this group in the A range. Kweishi Brown did just that with an interception to give ASU its Sun Bowl victory. Jordan Simone, in spite of having a stomach bug, also had 10 tackles with a fumble recovery which Brown stripped.

Lloyd Carrington and Brown held Jamison Crowder of Duke to 102 yards and seven receptions, a stat line which should be considered a victory. Both players also had some great coverage on deeper passes which made Duke resort to dump offs, screen passes and trickeration. The corners and safeties clearly had one of the biggest impacts on the game and come out with the highest grade.

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Late technical dooms Griffins upset bid

By Chris Davis
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EL CAJON (1-24-15) — Grossmont College was looking to upset Southwestern College who is ranked eighth in the state in the latest CCCAA rankings. But a late technical foul finished those hopes as the Jaguars won 66-60 on Friday (Jan. 23).

“It is another one possession game,” Griffin (7-12, 1-3 PCAC North) assistant coach MIKE GOLAVKO said. “It has been that way the last 10 or 11 games. We’ve been playing well enough to win, but as Coach (DOUG WEBER) says “It is not a moral victory.”

ROBERT ROMERO sustained an injury after only playing 10 minutes. While in the game he scored four points and dished one assist, but was on the bench the rest of the game and came out from halftime in street clothes. No announcement was made on what his injury was.

ALI MAJIDZADA once again was the leading Griffin scorer with 18 points against the Jaguars. Majidzada also wrangled five rebounds and grabbed two steals.


Another Griffin signs

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (1-23-15) — Former Grossmont College offensive guard AARON HUTCHINS has signed with the Howard University Bisons of Washington, D.C.

The 6-foot-2, 270 pound lineman from Landstown High in Virginia Beach, VA is a mid-year recruit and is already taking classes at Howard.

Three Griffin offensive football players have signed major college scholarships – all three are mid-year recruits.


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LUIS SALGADO, Foothills Christian

The 6-foot-1, 175 pound junior guard nailed 21 points, including 3 treys to spark the No. 1 ranked Knights to a 76-52 Coastal League victory over La Jolla Country Day. Salgado was 3-for-3 from above the arc, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists.



The 5-foot-9 junior power forward scored 20 points, including a 3-pointer, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished an assist in a losing effort to Bishop&rsquot;s.



The 5-foot-10, 178-pound senior guard scored 45 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 5 steals for the Monarchs over two games.



The 5-foot-1 junior point guard rolled a rare triple-double against Valhalla with 20 points, 13 assists, 11 steals and 7 rebounds.



The 6-foot-4 senior guard scored 99 points and grabbed 30 rebounds in four games for the Matadors over the holiday tournaments.



The 5-foot-7 senior forward scored 58 points and reeled in 19 boards in four games for the evenly balanced Wolf Pack over the holiday tournaments.



The 6-foot-10 junior poured in 31 points, grabbed 27 rebounds, blocked 15 shots and dished 2 assists in the Foothillers’ victory over Oceanside.



The 5-foot-5 point guard scored 23 points, snagged 3 rebounds, made one assist and recorded 3 steals in the Matadors’ victory over Olympian.  



Week 12 – SDCIF Rnd. 1

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound quarterback finished 16-30-1 for 225 yards and a TD in a losing effort versus El Camino in the first round of the San Diego Section playoffs.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound junior outside linebacker made 11 tackles, including 2 for loss, against El Camino in the first round of the San Diego Section playoffs. For the season to date Baker has 132 tackles to his credit.


Petty, a 5-foot-7, 153-pound junior running back, rushed for over 360 yards on just 17 carries as Christian won the Central League championship. He had an 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, a TD run of 65 yards midway through the second quarter, and added a 44-yard touchdown run in the third.

D.J. SMITH, El Capitan
The 6-foot, 225-pound senior running back-linebacker plowed in from 3 yards out in the fourth quarter to log the final winning score for the 10-0 Vaqueros as they defeated Helix and won the Grossmont Hills League championship.

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