East County Sports

Slow-starting Norse recover in time



ECS staff report

RANCHO SAN DIEGO — The players for the Valhalla Norsemen were looking forward to the holiday weekend, celebrating American Civil Rights Act Day. However, they were reminded that there was still a ballgame to be played.

Such a “friendly reminder” came from their head coach during a hastily called time out in the opening minutes of Saturday’s (Jan. 14), with Orange Nation trailing, 9-0.

Fortunately, the wake-up call triggered an immediate result.

Valhalla would close the first quarter with 21 unanswered points, going on to devour Maranatha Christian, 53-40.

Although the second period again started with an Eagles scoring string of six consecutive points, it was the last extended offensive spree by the visitors.

Valhalla (12-8 overall), which rests a half-game behind Helix for leadership in the Grossmont Hills League, has now won five of its last six outings.

Official individual statistics were not available at press time, but social media reports that Zaki Monqad was the team’s leading scorer once again. The senior averaging more than 24 points per contest, was coming off a 44-point effort against Clairemont on Jan. 11.

The 44 points are the most by a Norseman this century and the fourth-highest in school history.

Maranatha Christian, co-leaders of the Pacific League, fell to 12-10, and has now dropped three-of-four.

Scoreboard / No game reports

Ramona 68, Mira Mesa 46
Palmdale-Highland 57, Foothills Christian 49
Morse 56, Mount Miguel 35
Coronado at Helix (16-5) (10-10)


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