Escondido prep teams gear up for the playoffs

By Jim Evans | May 25, 2017

With the regular season prep baseball schedule having recently concluded, attention now will turn to where the rubber truly meets the road, this week’s San Diego Section CIF playoffs. The Escondido area will be well represented by four teams that will be competing in a total of three different divisions. Let’s take a look at the squads involved with a … Continue reading “Escondido prep teams gear up for the playoffs”

Chargers’ drawn out departure has grown old

By Jim Evans | May 20, 2017

Well, among the countless criticism that can be leveled at the Chargers organization, this would be foremost among my hit list – it simply has no clue about when to get out of Dodge or to be more precise, San Diego. Yes, logistical issues have probably greatly complicated things and made a more hasty departure a real challenge, but the … Continue reading “Chargers’ drawn out departure has grown old”

Game of the Week – Classical vs. Escondido Charter

By Jim Evans | May 11, 2017

A team doesn’t win 11 out of its last 12 games, as the Classical Academy baseball club has done, without having demonstrated multiple ways of doing so. And so on an overcast and slightly breezy Friday afternoon on the ball field at Del Dios Middle School, the latest pathway to another Caiman victory proved to be the comeback route. This … Continue reading “Game of the Week – Classical vs. Escondido Charter”

Goal oriented team serious about success

By News Desk | May 11, 2017

Classical Academy’s boys’ varsity volleyball team is full of athletes determined to make the most of their time on the court.  These young Caimans have a definite love for and enjoyment of the game, but their energy is mainly spent on focus and improvement. “We don’t come to mess around,” says Michael Pierce, “it’s about having fun but we get … Continue reading “Goal oriented team serious about success”

Resurgent Jags blunt San Pasqual’s momentum

By Jim Evans | May 03, 2017

When the San Pasqual and Valley Center baseball teams collided last week in a three-game series that was condensed into a span of just four days, the status of the respective clubs was significantly different. The Golden Eagles came into the matchup on a roll and with real wind beneath their wings. Winners of four straight and beginning to make … Continue reading “Resurgent Jags blunt San Pasqual’s momentum”

OGHS boy’s volleyball suddenly at the top

By News Desk | April 25, 2017

Although new to the sport, Orange Glen’s varsity volleyball team brings no shortage of passion and determination to the court.  With most of the boys having no more than two or three years of experience, these young athletes are dominating their league as well as their overall record. At 4-1 in league and 15-5 overall, the boys are drawing near … Continue reading “OGHS boy’s volleyball suddenly at the top”

Ortega making an immediate impact with the Gulls

By Jim Evans | April 18, 2017

One of the storylines that really resonates with the sporting public is the saga of a local boy going off somewhere and making good. Taking it a step further, it becomes even more compelling when said athlete subsequently returns and starts making noise as a member of the hometown professional franchise. Dreams don’t get much better or more satisfying than … Continue reading “Ortega making an immediate impact with the Gulls”

Of Garcia’s breakthrough and Westbrook’s record

By Jim Evans | April 12, 2017

A couple of interesting and significant developments took place in the sports world this past weekend. They proved to be stories of great prominence. So with your kind indulgence, this writer will attempt to provide them with some context and perspective intermingled with my own viewpoint on exactly what went down. Well, Sergio Garcia finally made good on capturing the … Continue reading “Of Garcia’s breakthrough and Westbrook’s record”

Standouts from CAHS swim team hope to continue setting records

By News Desk | April 12, 2017

Classical Academy high school has begun to make a name for itself in the aquatics department.  Hoping to solidify their success this year, three swimmers have dominated the girls’ varsity swim season with multiple school records and plan to set even more during CIF. Coach Scott Smithers says confidently that “no one outworks them” in practice or during meets.  Completely … Continue reading “Standouts from CAHS swim team hope to continue setting records”

Esco’s formula works again in 3-0 shutout win over Valley Center

By Jim Evans | April 06, 2017

Under the direction of accomplished baseball coach Aaron Hoorfard, Escondido High has developed a culture that demands that certain critical aspects of the game be emphasized and then executed. “Our goal is to get it done with good pitching, by playing solid defense and then coming up with timely hitting,” says Hoorfard of his team’s overarching philosophy and approach. Over … Continue reading “Esco’s formula works again in 3-0 shutout win over Valley Center”