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Allied Gardens Little League place fifth in state

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Allied Gardens, Communities, Lifestyle, News, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

The Allied Gardens Little League 8- to 10-year-old All Star team’s march to a fifth-place finish in Southern California was more than just 13 kids playing, and winning, games together. It was a bonding experience for the youngsters — one that will likely make them friends for all their lives.

In order to build the team chemistry that took them that far in the tournament, the players practically lived together for 52 days.

Football star to family business man

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

When Don Coryell was hired to bring San Diego State football out of what was called the “small college” ranks and into the big time, Jim Allison says Coryell talked him into passing up offers from the likes of Texas, UCLA and the big schools.

“Coach knew where he wanted the program to go, and told me I could help get them there. He could talk you into anything if he put his mind to it, and he did with me.”

A league of their own

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Features, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

By Jess Winans

Michael Jordan has his own shoe, Maria Sharapova has a premium line of gummy candies and if you’re a Splash team member of the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association (SWBA), you have Miracle Whip.

Splash is an SWBA team for players over 80 years old that has been featured by ESPN, NBC, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News and endorsed by Miracle Whip — an endorsement which they said “comes with a side of potato salad” on their Facebook page.

Navajo Starlings win national championship

Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Featured, Features, Sports | No Comments

By Ken Rutan Starlings Volleyball Clubs, USA is a nationwide volleyball club for girls. The club was initially formed 20 years ago in San Diego by former USA Men’s Team National Team Member Byron Shewman with a single team based out of Lincoln High School. It is now the nation’s largest girls volleyball club with branches […]

Athletes honored by San Diego Hall of Champions

By Karen Ronney When it comes to strong finishes, members of the Patrick Henry High girls’ tennis made their mark. The San Diego Hall of Champions recently bestowed prestigious post-season honors to three players who were named to the First-Team All-Eastern League squad. Lady Patriot Julia Ronney, the Eastern League singles champion, was named Player […]

Diverse Patrick Henry girls’ tennis team wins league title

Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Patrick Henry sports, Sports | No Comments

By Karen Ronney A championship tradition can be a challenge to maintain, but the Patrick Henry High girls’ tennis team did it with determination, diversity and honor while winning the school’s seventh league title. The formula was simple: Comprise the team with experienced returning varsity members, senior leadership, an internationally ranked wheelchair player and talented […]

Allied Gardens Little League goes 50/70

Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Allied Gardens, Lifestyle, Sports, Top Stories | No Comments

Games will look more like high school and pro baseball

By Doug Curlee | Editor at Large

Kids are getting bigger and bigger.

Anyone who watches Little League baseball realizes that players are literally outgrowing the fields they play on. More and more, you see kids who are 11, 12 and 13 years old standing 6 feet tall or more and weighing in close to 200 pounds.

Patrick Henry girls’ tennis clinches the Eastern League Doubles Title

Posted: December 19th, 2014 | Allied Gardens, Communities, Featured, Lifestyle, Sports | No Comments

By Karen Ronney Patrick Henry High’s Julia Ronney and Hailey Broderick took the Eastern League tennis world by storm when they opted to become a doubles team at the end of the girls’ season. Ronney dominated as the Lady Patriots No. 1 singles player, and Broderick was a strong doubles specialist with previous partners. At […]