East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Matadors, Hillers on the climb





SPRING VALLEY – Two of the top varsity boys basketball teams in the East County met on Saturday as the Mount Miguel Matadors outlasted the West Hills Wolf Pack, 84-61.

The Matadors, despite missing their first three shots, still got off to a strong start in the game and eventually improved to 3-1. The loss was the first of the season for the Wolf Pack.

Kyle Dobyns scored 30 points and had 11 rebounds to lead West Hills.

The Matadors jumped out to a 20-9 lead in the anticipated matchup.

The Matadors’ Elijah Black had a dunk with under five minutes to play in the second period which gave his team a 33-19 lead.

“They made a lot of tough shots throughout the game,” Dobyns said. “We will be more prepared and ready to go next time we see each other.”

After West Hills trailed 47-24 at the half, the margin would finish even in the second half.

“Kyle continues to lead by example,” West Hills head coach Tim Barry said. “We were just not ready for (Mount Miguel’s) intensity in the first half.”

Sebastian Vann finished with 10 points and six rebounds for the Wolf Pack.

“There were some things we did well but there are also some things we can clean up to change the outcome next time,” said Vann. “I wanted to still show energy and show that we had some fight left in us.”

For Barry, it was the first time back in the Matadors’ gym since the passing of Jay Rowlett, Mount Miguel’s championship coach who passed away suddenly in Feb. of 2020 at the age of just 47.

“I really appreciated his friendship and our great battles in the day,” Barry said. “I really thought a lot about Jay Rowlett today, who gave so many great years to kids the East County.”

Mount Miguel also got strong play from guard Jayson Brown and center Kaleb Wilson, with Wilson contributing mightily on the boards.


VALHALLA 61, EL CAPITAN 30 – The Norsemen had four players score in double figures in the win in Lakeside on Saturday.

Norse senior Joe Avalos led the way with 14 points, while sophomore Indiana Schaefer added 12 points. Junior Josue Amaya added 11 points, while junior teammate Calbert Esho added 10 points and grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds for Valhalla.

Avalos and Nate Shahatit both knocked down a trio of three-pointers.


HIGH TECH SAN DIEGO 78, STEELE CANYON 46 – High Tech’s Storm led 41-18 at halftime as Steele Canyon fell to 3-3.


SAN YSIDRO 87, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 66 – The Knights fell to 0-5 after being outscored 30-9 in the first quarter.




GRANITE HILLS 63, MONTE VISTA 48 – Tre Edmond led the Eagles to the victory over the Monarchs.

The Monarchs kept this one close early but the Eagles opened up a lead in the second quarter, then extended the lead in the second half.

With the score tied at 15-all, the Eagles hit a three to take the lead.

In the second half, junior Austin Holt made a three-pointer to make the score 36-25 in favor of the Eagles.

Sophomore Ethan Jordan had a pair of three-pointers that extended the lead to 47-33.

Senior Joseph Sagmani had a one-handed putback that gave the Eagles a 58-43 lead, then a few moments later, he hit a three-pointer.

Sophomore Lawand Zanaga had the early energy for Granite with a pair of first-quarter blocks.


GROSSMONT 77, SANTANA 43 – The Foothillers continued to impress, using a 22-2 second-quarter edge to pull away after a close first quarter.

Grossmont knocked down 14 three-pointers in the game.

Junior River Elliott led the Foothillers with 18 points.

The score was tied at 14-all after one quarter.

Senior Noah Velasco had 17 points for the Hillers.

Junior Aaron Velasco finished with 15 points. He had a team-high four three-pointers made.

Grossmont improved to 6-1, while Santana fell to 1-4.


VALHALLA 81, LIBERTY CHARTER 61 – The Norsemen knocked off Liberty behind 31 points from Joe Avalos

Avalos had five three-pointers in the game and was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe.

Junior Josue Amaya added 18 points and five assists for the Norsemen, who were playing their first road game of the season.

Senior Tyler Snell had 22 points for the Lions to lead the way.


HELIX 71, EL CAJON VALLEY 42 – The Highlanders outscore the Braves in every quarter to post the win.

M.J. Rivera led El Cajon Valley with 23 points.





GROSSMONT 68, PT. LOMA 59 – The Grossmont Foothillers’ Elijah Williams scored 32 points to lead his squad to a 68-59 victory over visiting Point Loma High on Thursday.

Williams made 11-of-16 free throws in the contest.

Grossmont jumped out to a 17-10 lead after one quarter, but the Pointers had closed the margin to 33-30 by halftime.

The Hills enjoyed a 19-11 advantage in the third quarter.

Senior Noah Velasco added 17 points for Grossmont, including a pair of three-pointers.

Junior Trenton Giles added eight points for the Hillers.


GRANITE HILLS 66, EL CAPITAN 46 – The Eagles won by 20 on the road against the Vaqueros behind the play of Ethan Jordan.


LIBERTY 53, CLAIREMONT 44 – The Lions held the Chieftains to just three points in the second quarter to erase a 13-8 first-quarter deficit.

Liberty Charter improved to 6-1 on the season with the win.


EL CAMINO 68, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 62 – The Wildcats defeated the Knights in a game that was close throughout.

El Camino led 30-29 at halftime, then extended the lead to 46-41 at the end of the third period.

The Wildcats improved to 5-1, while the Knights are an unfamiliar 0-4.


OLYMPIAN 65, STEELE CANYON 53 – The Cougars came out strong, leading 16-9 at the end of the first quarter but the Eagles enjoyed a 37-28 lead at halftime.

Steele Canyon fell to 3-2.




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