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Sizzling Sabers continue to make noise

By Jim Evans | January 24, 2020

  It is now official. There can no longer be any doubt. The hottest team in Escondido and the best ticket in town is one and the same – namely the San Diego Sabers. Playing at a remarkably high level and capitalizing on a surging momentum that is now reaching franchise record proportions, the Sabers won a seventh consecutive game […]

Caimans riding a feel-good vibe

By Jim Evans | January 24, 2020

Don’t look now but the basketball program at Classical Academy is experiencing one heck of a revival. Winners of just seven games last season, the Caimans have completely flipped the script and as this is being written, they are currently tied with Escondido High for the most wins in the city with an impressive total of 12. Why the sudden […]

The name is Goodman and it fits

By Jim Evans | January 21, 2020

This reporter can distinctly remember a few years back when I first met and interviewed Jon Goodman, then the head football coach and an instructor at Classical Academy. He was upbeat, positive and had a definite vibe about him. And he certainly came across as the real deal. I couldn’t detect a shred of phoniness or even a hint of […]

SP holds off spirited Jags comeback bid in VL opener

By Jim Evans | January 16, 2020

Relatively late in the fourth period of Tuesday night’s Valley (League) opener between host San Pasqual and the Valley Center Jaguars, the Golden Eagles appeared as if they had matters locked up and were primed to put the game in the refrigerator. After active SP big man Mason McCreary had registered consecutive blocks that snuffed out a pair of VC […]

Pats race past San Pasqual

By Jim Evans | December 12, 2019

This past Tuesday night, the Orange Glen High basketball team swept through the gym of nearby neighbor San Pasqual like an overwhelming whirlwind. And by the time the Patriots were ready to vacate the premises, they had left plenty of destruction in their wake. Ignited by a relentless effort that seemingly never let up, OG became a powerful offensive juggernaut […]

A trio of Esco-based hoopsters make U-T list

By Jim Evans | December 05, 2019

There is no doubt that it is a point of distinction to be named to the San Diego Union Tribune’s Players to Watch preseason basketball list, complied by the venerable and highly respected prep writer John Maffei. And three local hoopsters were deemed worthy of such recognition. To reiterate, you don’t qualify for that list without having demonstrated bona fide […]

Pats believe fine season could have been even better

By Jim Evans | November 27, 2019

When asked to assess the just concluded season of his Orange Glen Patriots (7-5), head coach Jason Patterson had plenty to expound upon. “Hey, there were some definite ups and downs,” Patterson began. “Things didn’t always go our way. But on balance, there was a lot of good that happened. The trip to Hawaii (Waimea) was incredible, we finished second […]

Sabers continue their surge

By Jim Evans | November 27, 2019

Coming into a three-game weekend set against three different opponents, objective number one for the host San Diego Sabers was to keep their recent mojo going while moving up in the standings. At the bare minimum, SD needed to cop at least two victories to ensure the fact that their season continued heading in the right direction. Well, based on […]

Patriots romp, Cougars fall in playoff action

By Jim Evans | November 21, 2019

Last Friday night while the Orange Glen Patriots continued to demonstrate their postseason chops, the Cougars of Escondido weren’t able to follow suit. For these two locally based squads, it was a case of one of them advancing and keeping their title hopes alive while the other saw its building-block season come to an end. Now for the details, starting […]

Playoff loss ends stellar season for San Pasqual

By Jim Evans | November 21, 2019

Renowned English novelist Charles Dickens greatly enhanced his reputation when he wrote an exceedingly popular work of historical fiction entitled “A Tale of Two Cities.” For the San Pasqual Golden Eagles, their San Diego Section Division II quarterfinal playoff game versus visiting El Camino last Friday night turned out to be a tale of two halves. And because the second […]