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Esco girls’ soccer made its own mark

By Jim Evans | March 19, 2020

When it came to performance on the soccer pitch, there can be no argument that Escondido High got monumental efforts from both genders during the 2019-20 campaign.  As has been chronicled here and elsewhere, the boys experienced a tremendous season, winning 18 games en route to reaching the CIF Division III finals before suffering a heart-wrenching 2-1 loss to Patrick […]

Darn it Escondido, it’s time to wake up to the Sabers

By Jim Evans | March 14, 2020

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, let’s get something straight. On balance and for the most part, I consider Escondido to be a solid sports city that shows plenty of love and support to its prep teams and youth leagues. I have no qualms with that side of the ledger. I have seen up close and personal on […]

Cougars come up just shy in championship final

By Jim Evans | March 05, 2020

Last Saturday afternoon on the pitch at Mission Bay High School, the Escondido High boys’ soccer team experienced the keen disappointment of a heartbreaking loss and the epitome of a near-miss. Having forced overtime in the San Diego Section Division III championship game versus a stout Patrick Henry club, the Cougars saw their dreams of title glory dashed when nearly […]

Caimans win battle of Escondido to capture CIF crown

By Jim Evans | March 04, 2020

It was more than fitting that last Thursday night’s San Diego Section Division V Boys’ Championship game at Carlsbad High between intracity rivals Classical Academy and Calvin Christian came right down to the wire. After all, these were two teams that had shared an Ocean League title with 7-1 records after having split a pair of meetings during the course […]

Prowling Cougars primed for playoff run

By Jim Evans | February 20, 2020

  To say that the Escondido High boys’ soccer team has plenty going for it wouldn’t even begin to tell the story. Among the many assets of the rampaging 16-3-5 Cougars are the following: they’re fast, they’re smart, they possess tangible chemistry, they’re hungry, they believe and finally, they possess a scoring machine who is arguably the best player in […]

Local basketball teams poised for prep postseason

By Jim Evans | February 12, 2020

With the regular season winding down this week and the always compelling playoffs just around the corner, it is a propitious time to take a look at the five Escondido-based high school teams that seem to have the best shot at making a run during the upcoming postseason.  Escondido – No local team will enter the playoffs with more momentum […]

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 […]