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2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star Boys game

All-EAST COUNTY Teams have been announced

Ali shows final trick in 2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star game

By James McHugh
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Ibrahim Ali shooting.
Photo courtesy of Don DeMars.
RANCHO SAN DIEGO (3-28-15) — IBRAHIM ALI had one final trick up his sleeve as he closed the door on his high school days on the court, an all-star game MVP. Ali picked up the game honors after his 33 point performance on Friday night (Mar. 27) propelled the East County East team over the West 104-102 in overtime. RICARDO BARAJAS picked up the game MVP honor for the West which was much more balanced on the stat sheet, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds.

In overtime Ali drove the lane and drew a foul with seven seconds to play (not an easy thing to do in an all-star game), then coolly sank both free throws. Steele Canyon's AARON PISIONA was not awarded the same gratitude at the other end of the floor, fighting through a slew of tough contact before a game tying effort fell just short. Pisiona was a consistent staple on the boards throughout the night for the West and a late consideration for game MVP on the West side, finishing with 12 rebounds.

Head Coach MARTY ELLIS of El Cajon Valley captained the East victory and managed one final win out of most of his graduating seniors. Monte Vista’s DEVRON YOUNG dazzled with his quickness and poured home 19 points for the West while DONNELL PAYNE of Mount Miguel and TARIQ TILLMAN of Steele Canyon helped the West maintain the lead for most of the game. Payne scored 14 points while grabbing 12 rebounds and Tillman scored 17, including the game's first seven points while representing the Cougars. Valhalla's JAKE BASSETTE and JACOB HAMMETT took the floor as members of the same team with their league rival Braves, one of the greatest aspects of the all-star experience. The Norsemen were tough on the boards as usual, but Hammett's three point shooting thrust him into the spotlight.

2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star Girls game

ALL-EAST COUNTY Teams have been announced

Harvey and Branch both shine in 2015 East County Sports.com Senior All-Star game

By James McHugh
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Deajanae Harvey with a shot.
Photo courtesy of Don DeMars.
RANCHO SAN DIEGO (3-28-15) — DEAJANAE HARVEY and ZARIA BRANCH both earned first team All San Diego Section CIF honors earlier this week. On Friday night (Mar. 27) the two retired to opposite sides of the floor but once again shared in reaping accolades of success. Harvey and Branch were named game MVP's in the 2015 East County Senior All-Star Game.

Harvey and the West all-stars came out on top 78-76, with Harvey leading the charge for the West, finishing with 29 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists. Branch was right in step, collecting 12 rebounds while pouring in a game high 31 points and also finishing runner up in the three point contest to Helix's SHIRAH HANCOCK. Hancock and Branch eat hit 10 three pointers in the first round of the contest, then Hancock finished off her performance with a 7-5 advantage in the championship round.

BRIAJUNAE SHEPARD scored 21 on the night for the West in their victory. KAMREE HARRISON of Mount Miguel also had 21 to go along with five assists and six rebounds. NASHEA LAMPKIN had a solid effort for the West, representing El Cajon Valley with 11 rebounds, an assist and one bucket on the night. For some this was the final time taking the court in uniform, however a number of the senior participants will be moving on to play at the college level. Among them, Branch is headed to Fresno State in the fall.


El Capitan takes first step in winning Premier Division of the Lions Tournament

By Bill Dickens
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LAKESIDE (3-31-15) — El Capitan pulled an end to end victory over Ramona in Monday’s (Mar. 30) opening round of the Premier Division of the 65th Annual Lions Tournament.

It was a bookend win for El Capitan. Both teams scored in the 1st inning and the Vaqueros scored in the 9th to finish it 2-1.

The Vaqueros (6-3) pulled it out in the bottom of the 9th. KENNY OLHAUSER singled, advanced two bases on outfield errors and scored on a pair of Ramona errors as the Vaqueros upended the Bulldogs.

JASON MOORMAN doubled and scored on a single by MYLES EMMERSON in the 1st inning.

Ramona counterpunched with a single tally in the bottom of the opening inning.

After that it was all about zeros. Ramona’s Blake Workman, who attracted between 10 and 12 scouts, allowed two runs, only one earned, in a nine inning effort but saw the game slip away in the final frame.

El Capitan reliever JORDAN FRANTZ pitched two shutout innings, allowing only one hit, to earn his first win.


Eagles get payback in Jaguar Classic

By Adam Paul
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EL CAJON (3-31-15) — The Granite Hills Eagles looked to even the score against Del Norte on Monday (Mar. 30) in the Jaguar Classic and were on the right side of the decision this time.

Having played the Nighthawks already in the Kit Carson Cougar Classic and losing 5-3, the Eagles this time around scored early and often to gain the 9-1 victory and avenge the earlier loss.

Things got rolling for the Eagles in the second inning as KATIE WALL reached on a fielder’s choice, BRIELLE TYSELING singled moving Wall to second, KAYLA MACK drove home Wall when she singled making it 1-0. KAREN CREECH continued the hit parade with a double that scored Tyseling, KAILA DEWITT was able to reach on an error that scored two runs, and JESSIE LAPIERRE finished off the scoring with an RBI double. After two innings the Eagles led 7-0 thanks to six hits in the inning.

The Nighthawks were able to get on the board in the third inning with their only run of the game to make the score 7-1. The Eagles would score both of their final runs in the fourth and fifth innings respectively.

Granite Hills was able to tally eleven hits including three extra base hits.






Griffins singing The Beatles

By Chris Davis
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EL CAJON (3-29-15) — The Beatles had a hit in 1964 by the name of “A Hard Day’s Night,” that is exactly how one could explain Saturday’s (Mar. 28) game against Southwestern for Grossmont as they dropped the series finale 10-4 at Noel Mickelsen Field.

JORGE GARCIA (3-5) lead the Griffin hit parade against Southwestern (19-6, 11-4 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) pitching. As a squad, Grossmont (11-13, 5-7 PCAC) had seven hits. The Griffins got five free passes and one fielder’s choice for a total of 13 baserunners. Nine of which were left on base. Southwestern on the other hand registered 15 baserunners, all on base hits.

CRAIG GRUBBE (4-2) got tagged with the loss. Grubbe went a pair of innings allowing four hits, five runs (four earned), one strikeout and allowed a first inning three-run homer.


Playoffs still a possibility after win over Mesa

By Chris Davis
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KEARNY MESA (3-26-15) — The Grossmont College Griffins bounced back nicely and defeated second place San Diego Mesa by a 6-2 score in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference matchup on Wednesday (Mar. 25).

KAYLA BROWNING (3-4) lead the Griffin (12-14-1, 7-5 PCAC) offense as they have now clawed to within a game of Mesa (12-12, 8-4 PCAC) for second place with seven conference games remaining.

NICOLE BALINGER got the start against the Olympians and had a good first frame before allowing a run in the second, before registering her first college save.

AMANDA “AJ” WYGANT took over in the third inning. Wygant had a nice outing going three-plus innings for the win.

Meanwhile, while Balinger and Wygant were doing their thing in the circle, so was Mesa’s pitcher.

Grossmont started out the game going 0-12 through the first four innings. The Griffins finally got in the second column on the scoreboard in the fifth with a pair of hits.




Bauer goes record deep

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BOISE (3-30-15) — LORENA (KLOPP) BAUER set a San Diego State single game record with three home runs and seven RBI to lift the Aztecs softball team to a 16-2 five inning rout of Boise State Saturday (Mar. 28) in Idaho.

A graduate of Steele Canyon High School, Bauer, a pitcher-first baseman, went 4 for 4 at the plate with three runs. She is batting at a .400 clip and has 10 homers and 38 RBI this season. She has 51 career home runs in 185 games.

Her second inning home run was her second grand slam of the season.


Cole in NCAA Big Dance

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NORTHRIDGE (3-30-15) — Former West Hills High girls basketball standout EMILY COLE, now a sophomore at Cal State Northridge, is the 6th man on a team with five senior starters.

She played for the second year in a row in the NCAA tournament. CSUN was a 13 seed and played 4th seed Stanford. The CSUN Matadors lost 73-60 but led by one point at the half.

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JOSH ESQUIBEL, Steele Canyon

The freshman first baseman began the season with 15 hits in 26 at-bats (.577) in three games as the Cougars averaged 12 runs a game in a 3-game sweep during the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament.


Against Helix in the Bucs Classic, the freshman went 4 for 4 with four runs, a triple, two home runs and six RBI.


The 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher twirled 2 shutouts in leading the Patriots to three straight wins and the championship of the Aztec/Foothiller Tournament. In 14 innings he allowed only 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6.


The senior went 10-for-16 (.625 average) with 5 runs, 3 triples, 2 home runs, a double and 5 RBI in four softball games last week, two of which the Cougars won and two of which they lost.

The Wolf Pack junior infielder went 3 for 4 with four RBI in the Silver Bracket semifinal of the Cougar Classic as West Hills defeated Hilltop 10-0. In other games this week she hit a double and scored two runs.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior infielder-pitcher batted .533 (8 for 15) as the Matadors streaked to a 3-0 start to begin the season. Included in Castillo’s totals were six RBI and five Runs in the sweep. He was 3 for 5 with five RBI for the Matadors against Mission Bay. He also posted one victory on the hill against SD-Southwest.

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