About Jim Evans

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 […]

Brooks, Ramos spark Esco’s playoff win over Classical

By Jim Evans | November 14, 2019

Do the following three things in postseason prep football and a victory is all but assured: get off to a fast start, win the turnover battle and have your marquee athletes rise to the occasion by making big plays. Friday night at Wilson Stadium, the host Escondido Cougars adhered to that formula with exacting precision and as a result, coach […]

Sabers’ coach Vychodil not shying away from high expectations

By Jim Evans | November 07, 2019

When you first meet San Diego Sabers coach David Vychodil, what strikes you most is the man’s physicality.  To begin with, his handshake is extremely forceful, almost vicelike. And yeah, the dude is cut. He seems almost to be bursting out of his shirt. A former 16-year hockey professional who played more than 700 games across Europe, Russia and the […]

SP’s Denton bests a game Stehly to win VL singles title

By Jim Evans | October 31, 2019

In a match that was worthy of the occasion, Golden Eagle lefthander Acacia Denton outworked Valley Center’s Isabel Stehly in the singles final of the Valley League Individual Girls’ Tennis Tournament held last Thursday afternoon on the courts at San Pasqual High. Denton’s winning margin of 6-4, 6-2 was reflective of her composed style, genuine athleticism and an ability to […]

Golden Eagles pull out dramatic win over VC

By Jim Evans | October 24, 2019

In another remarkable demonstration of their propensity for making big plays when they’re needed most, the San Pasqual Golden Eagles rallied twice from behind in the fourth quarter to secure a 35-32 win last Friday night over gutsy Valley Center in a game that had huge implications as it relates to the Valley League. In a rousing final 12 minutes […]

Michael McDonald: An icon with staying power

By Jim Evans | October 18, 2019

It’s hard enough to become a music icon. But you’ve reached an entirely different stratosphere when your talent and voice remain relevant for decades on end with nary a sign of deterioration. When, in baseball parlance, you haven’t lost anything off your fastball and you can still bring the heat. When your staying power and ability to sound forceful yet […]