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Plentiful takedowns don’t translate into victory for Soto

By Jim Evans | July 22, 2021

If you had told Escondido’s Johnny “Phantom” Soto prior to his MMA featherweight fight with Adil “Glory Boy” Benjilany that he would execute eight takedowns during their match at Bellator 262, Soto would have relished his chances. But because Soto wasn’t able to sufficiently capitalize on those opportunities when he was topside, the hometown product came up short in his […]

Caimans and Miller shine, Pats and Calvin fall just short

By Jim Evans | June 17, 2021

To say the least, it was an eventual week on the Escondido prep landscape. So let’s get right into the specifics. A good place to start would be with the efforts of the Classical Academy girls basketball team. Thirteen days after the Caimans’ girls soccer team won a CIF title, Classical’s hoopsters got aboard a championship train of their own. […]

Preps continue taking center stage

By Jim Evans | June 10, 2021

With a flurry of sports activity taking place as the school year winds down, let’s do some canvassing of the local landscape to see what’s been happening. Pats and Crusaders advance – Given their regular-season excellence and the high seedings they were awarded heading into the postseason, the Orange Glen Patriots and the Calvin Christian Crusaders looked like the most likely […]

Plenty of doings on the local sports scene

By Jim Evans | June 05, 2021

With so much activity and action taking place with local athletes and teams, this seems a fitting time to catch up on  the latest happenings.  Hoops Roundup – A hefty six Escondido-based teams qualified for the CIF San Diego Section Basketball playoffs. Of those, Orange Glen and Calvin Christian seem the most advantageously positioned to make the deepest runs. Given […]

Local preps excelling in impressive fashion

By Jim Evans | May 19, 2021

There have been both individual and team achievements taking place on the Escondido prep sports scene that simply must be acknowledged because of their substantial significance. It seems as if almost everywhere you look, there’s a marvelous story to be told. Let’s take a look at some of these noteworthy athletic efforts. Pulsating Pats – The Orange Glen basketball team […]

Escondido swimmer Baldwin moves front and center

By Jim Evans | May 17, 2021

When you think about athletics at Escondido High School, swimming is not one of the sports that immediately comes to mind. However, that may be about to change. Thanks to the emergence of an ascending sophomore named Riley Baldwin, Esco is now drawing notice in regards to aquatics. On April 24 at the San Diego CIF Division I Swim Championships […]

Cougar hoopsters look to step it up

By Jim Evans | May 05, 2021

  Up to now it hasn’t been the best of times for the Escondido High boys’ basketball squad. Due to a myriad of circumstances that conspired against them, this unprecedented 2021 spring season has proven to be a substantial challenge. Currently, Esco owns a 3 and 8 record and the question is can the Cougars turn things around and make […]