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Local basketball teams poised for prep postseason


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 seemed 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


  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


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 […]

Escondido’s Mike Plant to be inducted into USA Triathlon Hall of Fame

Mike Plant of Escondido, California, one of the most influential contributors of all time to the sport of triathlon in the U.S. — will be inducted posthumously into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame January 24. Plant was an author, photographer, journalist and entrepreneur professional for more than 40 years, with a career in multisport that spanned almost the entire […]

The name is Goodman and it fits


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


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 […]

Jelling Sabers overwhelm Spartans during sweep


When the San Diego Sabers blew past the visiting South Oregon Spartans by scores of 6-0 and 8-2 during the first two games of a weekend set, there was no doubt they were taking care of business. But entering Sunday’s afternoon finale at the Escondido Iceoplex, one question was yet to be answered. Namely, could they put the hammer down […]

Pats race past San Pasqual


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 […]

Jags rousing effort subdues Escondido Charter


There was an interesting dynamic involving Tuesday night’s boys basketball game between Escondido Charter and host Valley Center High. Coming into the contest, the White Tigers had already gotten a successful jump on the new season, having won four of five outings, including impressive victories over Liberty Charter and Maranatha Christian in which EC scored 82 points or more.  As […]

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


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 […]


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