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BOYS CIF PLAYOFFS

All-League Teams have been announced

Hicks and Ali team up to get winning basket for Braves

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (3-4-15) &Mdash; El Cajon Valley coach MARTY ELLIS had to fight for air after his Braves pulled out a 45-44 San Diego CIF Division III victory over visiting Orange Glen Tuesday night (Mar. 3).

Ellis is used to being touted a hero, going back to his playing days. But this night seemed even more special as the crowd surrounded him following the game, hoping just to get a handshake. Good thing Ellis is a big man – he had fans all over him when the final buzzer sounded.

Every Brave in the gym – including the alumni – felt like they were a part of the victory.

The bottom line came in the final 20.6 seconds when SYON HICKS drove the baseline and sank the winning basket on a pass from IBRAHIM ALI. While victory seemed to be in hand, Orange Glen (22-9) scrambled for the inbound pass and drew a foul with 1.5 seconds left.

It was that close as to which team would be playing for the championship. The tension in that moment was palpable.

The chance to tie the game for Orange Glen ricocheted off the rim and the Braves were the semifinal champions with a shot of vying for the SDCIF Division III championship at Jenny Craig Pavilion on Saturday (Mar. 7) versus Grossmont Conference rival Valhalla at 11:07 a.m.

“I saw the clock and knew that I had enough time to get off a good shot,” said Hicks, who finished with 19 points.”

Ali delivered the pass that set up the game-winning score by Hicks. Ali was limited to eight points but chipped in with five assists, six rebounds and two steals.

“I can’t say that I know what it feels like to be a champion because I haven’t been a champion before,” Hicks said.

GIRLS CIF PLAYOFFS

All-League Teams have been announced

Matadors making the familiar trip to the finals

By Bill Dickens
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SPRING VALLEY (3-4-15) — The Mount Miguel Matadors girls basketball team will make its 12th San Diego Section appearance under coach ROBBIE SANDOVAL in Friday’s (Mar. 6) Division I finals at USD’s Jenny Craig Pavilion at 8:07 p.m.

Half of those bouts for Sandoval’s crews have resulted in championships.

The Matadors (20-11), who edged Granite Hills in Tuesday’s (Mar. 3) SDCIF semifinals 74-69, will seek a championship ring again when they face top-seeded Horizon in the finals.

Sandoval realized that his Matadors pulled a nifty escape in holding off the Eagles (10-10).

“Give the Granite Hills coach (CURTIS NORWOOD) credit for having a great game plan against us,” the Mount Miguel skipper said.

Mount Miguel could not pull away from Granite Hills despite 25 points from ZARIA BRANCH, 19 from KAMREE HARRISON and 14 from SATERA BATES. ROZLYN PIERCE pounded the Eagles inside the paint for 18 rebounds and 5 blocks.

DEAJANAE HARVEY countered with a game high 28 points for Granite Hills, which suffered three losses in as many tries against the Matadors.

“I thought we were up to the task, we were right there looking them in the eye.” said Norwood, whose Eagles were outscored by the Matadors 25-24 in the fourth quarter. “But we were going against a veteran team in Mount Miguel. You have to play better than good – you have to play excellent. Our lack of rebounding was a big factor in the game.

“They’re a very good, well coached team and a veteran team. I’m proud as I can be of our team. We wish them well representing our league in the championship.”

 

SAN DIEGO SECTION CIF PLAYOFFS

BOYS BRACKETS

DIVISION I

DIVISION II

DIVISION III

DIVISION IV

GIRLS BRACKETS

DIVISION I

DIVISION II

DIVISION III

DIVISION IV

CIF San Diego Section Boys Basketball Championships BOYS DIVISION I CIF San Diego Section Boys Basketball Championships BOYS DIVISION II CIF San Diego Section Boys Basketball Championships BOYS DIVISION III CIF San Diego Section Boys Basketball Championships BOYS DIVISION IV CIF San Diego Section Girls Basketball Championships GIRLS DIVISION I CIF San Diego Section Girls Basketball Championships GIRLS DIVISION II CIF San Diego Section Girls Basketball Championships GIRLS DIVISION III CIF San Diego Section Girls Basketball Championships GIRLS DIVISION IV  

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE


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Shelton's dozen not enough for Griffins

By Chris Davis
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EL CAJON (2-19-15) — In a game that saw 40 fouls and Grossmont College's bench out scoring Palomar's 13-0, the Comets ended up winning 69-57 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference North battle.

On sophomore night, the Griffins started all five sophomores on the roster and took a six point lead in to the half. SHANE SHELTON lead all Griffins with 12 points with freshman KAELEN MITCHELL being the second highest with 10 points. Three other Griffins scored nine points.

"We played a team that is going up for a league title," Griffins assistant coach JOHN CLARK said. "It is always a battle between us and Palomar."

One Comet fouled out and three Griffins had four fouls. Several of those fouls were committed as the Griffins were trying to come from behind, however with Palomar hitting 82.7 percent of their free throws that strategy failed.

BASEBALL

Eagles swoop in and grab the win over Grossmont

By Chris Davis
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EL CAJON (2-28-15) — Mt. San Jacinto scored four times in the top of the first and never looked back en route to a 10-2 victory over Grossmont in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game on Friday (Feb. 27).

CRAIG GRUBBE (4-1) didn’t have his best stuff and the Eagles took full advantage by batting around and posting four runs right out of the gate.

Mt. San Jacinto (4-11, 2-1 PCAC) had their bats going all day as all nine starters registered at least one hit. The Eagles racked up 18 hits on the day and left 11 stranded on the bases.

Four Griffins (7-8, 1-2 PCAC) had two hits. JORGE GARCIA (2-4, double), MATT KIRK (2-5), PEYTON LINDSAY (2-4, stolen base) and HUNTER REED (2-4, solo home run). The four through eight spots in the lineup went a combined 9-20 with both of the team’s runs, a double, two home runs and two RBI.

SOFTBALL

The Olympians prove the Eagles correct

By Chris Davis
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EL CAJON (2-28-15) — The Eagles had a hit song “Heartbreak Tonight,” and that is exactly what the Griffins dealt with on Friday (Feb. 27) in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.

One unearned run in the top of the first was the difference in the game. “It was a great battle,” Griffin head coach DOUG HARTUNG said. “It was a great softball game. This makes 16 straight scoreless innings for NICOLE (BALINGER), and 23 of her last 24 innings.”

Both pitchers were as the players would say “On point” with their pitching. Total offensive production between the two clubs, was one run and six hits.

With only six hits (three per team) there were certainly not many hitting stars, in fact no hitter had more than one hit.

FOOTBALL

Former Griffin Hutchins 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.

ALUMNI — EAST COUNTY ATHLETES

Miller scores 22, sparks Lady Rebels to OT win at Fresno State


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FRESNO (2-15-15) — Former Mount Miguel alum DANIELLE MILLER hit a 24-foot tying 3-pointer in the final second of regulation and totaled a game-high 22 points to lead UNLV to a 73-70 overtime victory over Fresno State in a Mountain West women’s basketball game Wednesday (Feb. 11) in Fresno.

Miller is the WAC statistical leader.

2014 EAST COUNTY
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK


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SHIRAH HANCOCK, Helix

The 5-foot-8 senior shooting guard scored 25 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, dished nine assists and made nine steals in the first round and quarterfinal playoff games for the Highlanders.

RONNE READUS, El Cajon Valley

The 6-foot-8, 170 pound junior center grabbed 53 rebounds in the first round and the quarterfinal playoff games for the Braves to go with 18 blocks and 24 points.

ZARIA BRANCH, Mount Miguel

The 5-foot-8 senior guard scored 55 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished five assists, made 11 steals and had three blocks in last week’s work.

THOMAS REANEY, West Hills

The 6-foot-3 senior forward scored 38 points, hauled down 23 rebounds, dished four assists, made four steals and blocked a shot in two games last week.

CIERRA CUTLER, El Capitan

The 5-foot-6, four-year starter for the El Capitan Vaqueros scored 28 points in her last time out against Steele Canyon and totaled 39 for the week. She also logged eight rebounds, five steals and five assists.

NATE GILBERT, Mount Miguel

The 6-foot-2 senior forward scored 60 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals for the Mount Miguel Matadors (12-11, 0-4) in two games last week. During the game against Crawford he scored five 3-pointers.

#5

LEANNA WATSON, El Cajon Valley

The freshman guard scored a career high 21 points, including three 3-pointers in a close victory over Valhalla.

#4

SYON HICKS, El Cajon Valley

The senior guard scored 26 points, made two steals and three blocks for the Braves in a victory over El Capitan.

#3

BRIAJUNAE SHEPARD, Helix

The 5-foot-6 senior guard scored 29 points and dished eight assists vs. Fontana Summit, and scored 10 points, including a trey and dished five assists vs. Monte Vista. Shepard has committed to Portland State University.

#4

COLE HENDERSON, Valhalla

The 6-foot-3, 180 pound junior forward scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a Grossmont Valley League victory over Granite Hills on Friday (Feb. 23).

#24

LUIS SALGADO, Foothills Christian

The 6-foot-1, 175 pound junior guard nailed 21 points, including three 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.

#4

RAELLEAH MOORE, Granite Hills

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.

#20

DEVRON YOUNG, Monte Vista

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

#3

DEAJANAE HARVEY, Granite Hills

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

#5

DONNELL PAYNE, Mount Miguel

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

#4

BAILEY ALBERS, West Hills

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.

#42

TOMMY RUTHERFORD, Grossmont 

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

#2

KAMREE HARRISON, Mount Miguel

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

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