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Foothillers point to victory

By Adam Paul
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EL CAJON (4-25-15) — Even though it was a gloomy day with dark clouds and it had rained earlier in the day, none of these obstacles were able to keep the Grossmont Foothillers from beating the visiting Point Loma Pointers 5-0 in non-league action, Friday (Apr. 24).

It was all a matter of time before the bats of the Foothillers would come alive and do their thing as they had the previous two games. In the bottom of the fourth inning, leadoff hitter DESTINY BACON 2-3 (RBI, 2 R) led the charge with a single to right and was sacrificed over to second by KATIE APPENZELLER 1-1 (RBI). With one out and Bacon on second, MEGAN MALWITZ hit a grounder to the third baseman who sailed it over the first baseman’s head, allowing Bacon to score. CHLOE CAMARERO knocked in Malwitz with a single to give the Foothillers the 2-0 lead after four innings.


Lapierre goes the distance for Granite Hills

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (4-25-15) — KENNY LAPIERRE (3-1) pitched a complete game victory for Granite Hills Friday (Apr. 24) over the Grossmont Foothillers. The 5-1 win put the Eagles in the Grossmont Hills League lead at 9-6, 3-0.

This is a close race as Helix (12-6, 3-1) moved into the No. 2 spot, while Grossmont (13-9, 2-1) fell to third place.

For Granite Hills it’s been a different look. This team has traditionally been a ballclub that hits for a living. But pitching has been the name of the game for the Eagles so far this season.

These two teams combined for 10 singles. The biggest blow was a 2-run home run by the Eagles’ DILLAN SHRUM. It was his second of the year.


11 Total East County players in All-Star game

The San Diego County Basketball Coaches Association is pleased to announce the teams for the 2015 Boys’ and Girls’ Senior All-Star Basketball Games to be held Friday, April 17th at Horizon Christian Academy.

Girls’ Game @ 5:30 p.m. – 3-Point Shooting Contest @ Halftime.

Boys’ Game @ 8:00 p.m. – 3-Point Shooting Contest @ Halftime. Slam Dunk Contest @ approximately 7:15 p.m.

In both games, the North will be considered the home team and should wear their white uniforms. The South will be considered the away team and should wear their dark uniforms.

Tickets will only be available at the door and will cost $12 for adults/$8 for students. Doors will open at 4:45 p.m.

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2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star Boys game

All-EAST COUNTY Teams have been announced

Ali shows final trick in 2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star game

By James McHugh
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Ibrahim Ali shooting.
Photo courtesy of Don DeMars.
RANCHO SAN DIEGO (3-28-15) — IBRAHIM ALI had one final trick up his sleeve as he closed the door on his high school days on the court, an all-star game MVP. Ali picked up the game honors after his 33 point performance on Friday night (Mar. 27) propelled the East County East team over the West 104-102 in overtime. RICARDO BARAJAS picked up the game MVP honor for the West which was much more balanced on the stat sheet, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds.

In overtime Ali drove the lane and drew a foul with seven seconds to play (not an easy thing to do in an all-star game), then coolly sank both free throws. Steele Canyon's AARON PISIONA was not awarded the same gratitude at the other end of the floor, fighting through a slew of tough contact before a game tying effort fell just short. Pisiona was a consistent staple on the boards throughout the night for the West and a late consideration for game MVP on the West side, finishing with 12 rebounds.

Head Coach MARTY ELLIS of El Cajon Valley captained the East victory and managed one final win out of most of his graduating seniors. Monte Vista’s DEVRON YOUNG dazzled with his quickness and poured home 19 points for the West while DONNELL PAYNE of Mount Miguel and TARIQ TILLMAN of Steele Canyon helped the West maintain the lead for most of the game. Payne scored 14 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and Tillman scored 17, including the game's first seven points while representing the Cougars. Valhalla's JAKE BASSETTE and JACOB HAMMETT took the floor as members of the same team with their league rival Braves, one of the greatest aspects of the all-star experience. The Norsemen were tough on the boards as usual, but Hammett's three point shooting thrust him into the spotlight.

2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star Girls game

ALL-EAST COUNTY Teams have been announced

Harvey and Branch both shine in 2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star game

By James McHugh
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Deajanae Harvey with a shot.
Photo courtesy of Don DeMars.
RANCHO SAN DIEGO (3-28-15) — DEAJANAE HARVEY and ZARIA BRANCH both earned first team All San Diego Section CIF honors earlier this week. On Friday night (Mar. 27) the two retired to opposite sides of the floor but once again shared in reaping accolades of success. Harvey and Branch were named game MVP's in the 2015 East County Senior All-Star Game.

Harvey and the West all-stars came out on top 78-76, with Harvey leading the charge for the West, finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists. Branch was right in step, collecting 12 rebounds while pouring in a game high 31 points and also finishing runner up in the three point contest to Helix's SHIRAH HANCOCK. Hancock and Branch eat hit 10 three pointers in the first round of the contest, then Hancock finished off her performance with a 7-5 advantage in the championship round.

BRIAJUNAE SHEPARD scored 21 on the night for the West in their victory. KAMREE HARRISON of Mount Miguel also had 21 to go along with five assists and six rebounds. NASHEA LAMPKIN had a solid effort for the West, representing El Cajon Valley with 11 rebounds, an assist and one bucket on the night. For some this was the final time taking the court in uniform, however a number of the senior participants will be moving on to play at the college level. Among them, Branch is headed to Fresno State in the fall.






Mitchell and the Griffins have a day in final road contest

By Chris Davis
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KEARNY MESA (4-24-15) — JUSTIN MITCHELL and the Griffins added another victory and moved to within one game of finishing the season at even keel 500. On Thursday (Apr. 23), the bats made the short trip to San Diego Mesa as the Griffins defeated the Olympians 10-3 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.

Mitchell (run, RBI) had a trio of hits in the contest that saw the Griffins (17-18, 11-12 PCAC) pound out 14 hits. Also joining the multi-hit club was KEITH KRUGER (2-5, 2 runs scored, RBI), JORGE GARCIA (2-3, 2 runs, RBI), BRADY GROESBECK (2-4, run, RBI) and BRANDON LEWIS (2-5, 2 runs, RBI). Not joining in the multi-hit club but leading the way in the RBI column was ROMELLO CARBUCCIA who ended up with three sacrifice flies leading to three RBI.

In the top of the fourth, Garcia was hit by a pitch. Groesbeck hit a double to left field to move Garcia to third with one out. Carbuccia lifted a fly ball to center to bring Garcia home to break the seal on the scoreboard. PEYTON LINDSAY (1-5) struck out swinging, but reached first on a passed ball. That passed ball allowed Groesbeck to score and put it at 2-0 Griffins at the end of three and a half innings.

The top of the fifth saw the Griffins extend their lead to 5-0. Lewis got things started with a leadoff single up the middle. Kruger reached on the catcher’s throwing error allowing Lewis to go to second. TANNER PERRY (1-5, run scored, RBI), who sat out Tuesday’s contest, singled through the left side of the infield to drive Lewis in and move Kruger to second. After a strikeout, DIEGO REYNOSO (1-5, run) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Groesbeck drew a bases loaded walk to force in Kruger. The “Sacrifice Fly King” Carbuccia (team leader with five) hit a deep fly to center to bring in Perry.

Grossmont enjoyed scoring three times in an inning, they did it in back to back innings. Mitchell singled to open things up in the sixth. Lewis brought Mitchell in with a triple to the left centerfield gap. Kruger welcomed a relief pitcher with a double down the right field line to allow Lewis to walk in. Garcia doubled after a fly out to bring in Kruger.


Pitchers rule what could be “longest” game in Griffin history

By Chris Davis
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EL CAJON (4-23-15) — In what could be the longest game in school history, the Griffins defeated San Diego Mesa 2-1 in a game that officially went over 120 hours at the Griffin Softball Diamond that ended on Wednesday (Apr. 22) in what ends up being the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference 2015 finale. The game went according to the box score, 122 hours and three minutes. This game was a real life, albeit longer version, of when an East Coast MLB game gets over after all the West Coast games are over.

On Friday (Apr. 17), in the bottom of the fifth with one out and MELISSA EGGLESTON (0-2, run) on second base the game was halted due to the base umpire falling ill. When one umpire falls ill, both teams must agree to play with only one umpire. That agreement never came to fruition on Friday, so the game was officially suspended with the Griffins (17-18-1, 11-7 PCAC) leading 1-0. Wednesday (Apr. 22) saw the same umpire feeling much better after a four day break to get healthy.

KAYLA BROWNING (0-0, 2 walks) resumed her plate appearance with a walk. NICOLE BALINGER (1-2, RBI) doubled down the left field line to plate Eggleston to give the Green and Gold a 2-0 lead after five.


Grossmont College Spring Offensive Line Clinic

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EL CAJON (4-10-15) — Grossmont College Football is presenting a Spring Offensive Line Clinic on Saturday (Apr. 25) intended for student-athletes in grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2015.

The Offensive Line Techniques Camp will be held at the college, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon 92020. Check in time is 8 a.m. at the Grossmont College Football Field. The camp runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The focus of the camp is to provide young offensive linemen the opportunity to further develop their fundamentals, skills and techniques for offensive line play. High school and youth coaches are more than welcome to attend the techniques camp.

Camp activities will include conditioning drills, running game fundamentals and techniques, passing game fundamentals and techniques.

The fees for Individuals is $25; Group Rate of 5 Linemen is $100; 6 or more $20 per Linemen. Registration will be done the day of the camp during the check in time.

Required equipment will be shorts or sweats and football shoes.

Insurance – Each camper must be covered by a parent’s or guardian’s medical insurance. Campers may not participate in any activities without this information on file with the Grossmont College coaching staff. Liability release and medical forms will be available online (see below) and upon registration the day of the camp.

For more information and to obtain the camp brochure, registration form and the medical consent and liability forms they can be downloaded from the Grossmont College athletic website: www.grossmont.edu/athletics or contact Camp Director and Griffins Offensive Line coach KEN WILMESHERR at (619) 370-0765 or email him at kwilmesh@cox.net.

In Coach Wilmesherr’s eight years at Grossmont College he has developed two JC All-Americans, had two Academic All-Americans, and 13 All Conference linemen. In the last eight years, 28 of his linemen have received scholarships to 4-year universities: 12 D-I, 2 FCS, 10 D-II, and 4 NAIA. Wilmesherr has written a book, soon to be published on offensive line play titled, “Living in the Trenches: Offensive Line Techniques and Fundamentals.”



Bruder named to GNAC All-Conference

Special to East County Sports.com
MORAGA (4-17-15) — Humboldt State University Senior Kicker MATTHEW BRUDER (Steele Canyon - 2010) was selected to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Conference First Team for the 2014 football season.

Photo courtesy of Humboldt State Sports Information

Matt was a Second Team selectee as a sophomore and junior. During the season, Matt set records as Humboldt State’s all-time leading scorer, for career field goals and extra points, for extra points in a game and extra points in a season.

Matthew will graduate in May 2015 with a degree in Environmental Resource Engineering.


Bauer goes record deep

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BOISE (3-30-15) — LORENA (KLOPP) BAUER set a San Diego State single game record with three home runs and seven RBI to lift the Aztecs softball team to a 16-2 five inning rout of Boise State Saturday (Mar. 28) in Idaho.

A graduate of Steele Canyon High School, Bauer, a pitcher-first baseman, went 4 for 4 at the plate with three runs. She is batting at a .400 clip and has 10 homers and 38 RBI this season. She has 51 career home runs in 185 games.

Her second inning home run was her second grand slam of the season.

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WILL HAIL, Christian

A 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior catcher, Hail recorded 7-8 (.785) against Clairemont and Coronado with four runs scored and six RBI for the Christian Patriots.

CASSIE VAN TIL, Patrick Henry

The sophomore outfielder, in three games last week against Scripps Ranch, Morse and Rancho Bueno Vista, went 7-10 (.700) with two runs scored and six RBI for the Patrick Henry Patriots.


The highly recruited versatile junior went 5 for 7 with three runs, two doubles and three RBI in the finals of the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament. He also hit his second home run for the Vaqueros.

HALLE KYLER, Granite Hills

The sophomore is a double threat for the Eagles, going 3 for 4 against Santana with two doubles, a single, two RBI and four runs scored. Against West Hills she earned the win with a complete game outing, allowing two hits and striking out 11. She scored two runs against Bishop’s in the Jaguar Classic Championship game, and earned the win with three innings pitched, giving up one hit and striking out six.


The 6 foot-3, 185 pound versatile junior batted .667 with 10 hits in 15 swings in the Premier Division of the 65th Annual Lions Tournament. Included in his totals were two doubles, a home run, six RBI, and five runs. In his only pitching start he hurled five innings versus Poway allowing only one unearned run.


The junior infielder went 7 for 9 with a double, five runs, four stolen bases and an RBI against Bishop’s, El Camino and Rancho Bernardo in the Jaguar Classic and Falcon Fiesta Tournaments.

JOSH ESQUIBEL, Steele Canyon

The freshman first baseman began the season with 15 hits in 26 at-bats (.577) in three games as the Cougars averaged 12 runs a game in a 3-game sweep during the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament.


Against Helix in the Bucs Classic, the freshman went 4 for 4 with four runs, a triple, two home runs and six RBI.


The 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher twirled 2 shutouts in leading the Patriots to three straight wins and the championship of the Aztec/Foothiller Tournament. In 14 innings he allowed only 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6.


The senior went 10-for-16 (.625 average) with 5 runs, 3 triples, 2 home runs, a double and 5 RBI in four softball games last week, two of which the Cougars won and two of which they lost.

The Wolf Pack junior infielder went 3 for 4 with four RBI in the Silver Bracket semifinal of the Cougar Classic as West Hills defeated Hilltop 10-0. In other games this week she hit a double and scored two runs.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior infielder-pitcher batted .533 (8 for 15) as the Matadors streaked to a 3-0 start to begin the season. Included in Castillo’s totals were six RBI and five Runs in the sweep. He was 3 for 5 with five RBI for the Matadors against Mission Bay. He also posted one victory on the hill against SD-Southwest.

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Tryouts for Stars coming up soon

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BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION (4-24-15) — The San Diego Stars Semipro Baseball, owned and managed for 31 years by Hall of Fame inductee MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN, is seeking ballplayers to tryout for the 2015 summer season.

The Stars, one of the nation's top semipro programs and a proud member of the Western Baseball Association, needs position players and pitchers that are in college, recent college graduates, and former pros for a 50-game schedule.

Tryouts will be conducted on Sat., May 9 and Sun., May 17, with registration at 10 a.m. and tryouts at 11 a.m., to be held at Stars Field, located 1.1 miles north of Barona Casino (north of Lakeside, Calif).

For non-pro players, your amateur status will not be affected if you tryout or play with the Stars; all NCAA rules on amateurism are strictly followed.

For further information, contact via the Stars website: www.sandiegostars.com.

NOTE: Deutschman was inducted into the National Semipro Baseball Hall of Fame in Evansville, Ind., this past November.

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