Sports

Golden Eagles continue to soar with their inspired diamond play


Last season, the San Pasqual High baseball team won 22 games, finished with a flourish and captured a CIF San Diego Section Division IV title under first-year coach Jake Blalock. Well don’t look now but the Golden Eagles have picked up right where they left off, flying high and giving every indication they are perfectly capable of hunting down some […]

Sabers show their fight despite 5-1 loss to Fresno

Though the San Diego Sabers were beaten last Sunday afternoon in their final home game of the regular season, it is important to note that they refused to be beaten down. And that fact should hold them in good stead once the Western States Hockey League playoffs commence. Yes, the 5-1 setback suffered at the hands of division rival Fresno […]

In defeat EHS basketball coach Baldwin shows his class


In my three years of covering the Escondido prep scene for the Times-Advocate, I’ve had the chance to meet and interact with plenty of coaches engaged in a wide array of sports. And I can honestly say I’ve never had a negative or uncomfortable experience with any of them.   The vibe has always been one of mutual respect, accommodation […]

SP basketball, Classical soccer capture CIF titles


Without a doubt, it proved to be a one of the most eventful and impactful 24 hours in the annals of Escondido prep sports. First the San Pasqual boys basketball team, ignited by a late surge that broke a deadlock, went on to secure a 49-42 victory over Clairemont in the San Diego Section Division V final contested last Thursday […]

Calvin Christian soared despite obstacles


By any measure, the Calvin Christian girls basketball team enjoyed a tremendous season.  To begin with, the Crusaders won 17 of 21 games. Their home record was a near perfect 10-1. Coming out of the chute, CC won its first eight games. That was later followed by a pair of four-game winning streaks. Moreover, the Crusaders would eventually finish a […]

Esco’s impressive win streak and season end with playoff loss


Both before and during last Friday night’s Division II CIF quarterfinal playoff game between Bonita Vista and host Escondido High, the Cougars were confronted with a number of challenges. The question was could they ultimately overcome them? To begin with, Esco was forced to take the court without their gifted point guard Julian Hutchinson. A third-quarter knee injury suffered during […]

SP soccer looks to add to its lustrous soccer legacy


You only have to watch the San Pasqual High soccer team in practice to realize they’re something special. There is the nifty footwork, the crisp and precise passing, the determined commitment and the notable communication among the players. There is also an air about them. They exude a perceptible confidence. It is a confidence born of achievement and a realization […]

Esco’s fourth quarter blitz sinks Ramona 72-62


Escondido High’s game last Friday night versus Ramona was fraught with heavy-duty ramifications. Not only were the Cougars (16-10) attempting to extend a lengthy winning streak but more importantly, head coach Paul Baldwin’s crew was trying to all but lock up a second consecutive Valley League crown.  Though the accomplished Baldwin was a bit annoyed over a careless Coug turnover […]

Sabers show grit against rampaging Mustangs



Last weekend they descended upon Escondido from their 4,301-foot fortress in northern Utah. They arrived as ravenous and insatiable beasts, untamed, running wild and virtually unchecked. They answer to the name of the Ogden Mustangs, undisputed titans and the exalted royalty of the 23-team, five-division Western States Hockey League. They are scary good and at times make juggernauts like the […]

Challenger Baseball invites children with special needs

Valley Center Little League invites all children with special needs to check out Challenger Division baseball.  Challenger division is open to players age 4 to 18, or up to 22 years old if not yet graduated from high school, with physical or mental challenges.   The Challenger division places players on teams based on ability, not age.  Valley Center Little […]


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