Carter and Lewis Lead Warhawks to Homecoming Victory

Senior quarterback Terrell Carter and wide receiver Brandon Lewis were efficient in leading the Madison Warhawks to victory over Western League opponent Point Loma on friday night.

Lewis, an Air Force Academy commit, had a career game with 4 catches for 151 yards and 3 TD’s. He also added 110 yards on two punt returns.

Niu, the top rated linebacker in California and an Army All-American Game participant, had 9 tackles for the Warhawks. He now has 75 on the season to go with 4 sacks.

Falo had 2 tackles and a pass deflection in addition to leading the offensive line that paved the way for 297 rushing yards.


Senior running back Erick Buchanan had 123 total yards and a TD reception.

Buchanan listed new interest from Idaho in addition to his current offers from UNLV, Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, Sacramento State, and Lake Eerie.

He plans to take visits to Eastern Washington and Southern Utah in January.

San Diego to the Pros… Baseball wrap-up

It was another successful year for San Diegans playing professional baseball. Eight players and one manager who played their high school careers in San Diego made it into the MLB Playoffs.

Included in that list was Matt Bush, the former number one overall pick out of Mission Bay HS, who was selected by the Padres in 2004. Since then Bush has been with three organizations and has been arrested several times including a 2012 incident when he ran over a motorcyclist while under the influence. Bush was released from prison October 30th of last year before signing with the Rangers after a tryout. Bush made his major league debut in May and had an outstanding rookie season working his way into the setup role by seasons end. Bush finished his debut season at age 30, going 7-2 with and ERA of 2.48 and 61 strikeouts.

As usual, many other San Diegans made noise across the country in the minor leagues.

Catcher Garrett Stubbs (Torrey Pines HS/USC), an 8th rounder in 2015 put up huge numbers in A+ and AA for the Houston Astros. He hit .304 with 10 home runs, 22 doubles, and 15 steals over the two levels. Stubbs continued his hot hitting this week while hitting the first home run of the Arizona Fall League.

Phillip Evans, a 15th rounder out of La Costa Canyon HS in 2011 had a breakout season in the Mets organization. After being promoted to AA, the infielder hit .335 with 30 doubles and 8 home runs. Evans was named the MVP of the Eastern League.

2nd baseman Hutton Moyer (Cathedral Catholic HS/Pepperdine), a 7th round pick in 2015 and son of the 25 year veteran, showed off his power this season in A+ with Angels. Moyer hit 25 doubles, 14 home runs, and 3 triples.

Shortstop Kevin Newman (Poway HS/Arizona) was a 1st round pick of the Pirates in 2015 and has progressed quickly, putting together a great season in AA. He hit .320 with 21 doubles and 5 home runs.

RHP Joe Musgrove, a 1st round pick of the Blue Jays in 2011, had a great season in AA and AAA before making his major league debut with the Astros.

The Arizona Fall League got started this week and will feature six prospects from San Diego.

C: Garrett Stubbs – Torrey Pines HS/Houston Astros

RHP: Corey Oswalt – Madison HS/New York Mets

OF: Greg Allen – Hilltop HS/Cleveland Indians

OF: Brad Zimmer – La Jolla HS/Cleveland Indians

LHP: Stephen Gonsalves – Cathedral Catholic HS/Minnesota Twins

INF: Connor Joe – Poway HS/Pittsburgh Pirates

Grice Does it All, Leads Broncos to Rotary Cup

Mt. Carmel struck first on Friday with a touchdown pass from Sean Casey to TJ Sullivan to take a 6-0 lead after 1 quarter of play. Rancho Bernardo rebounded in a strong way with 23 unanswered 2nd quarter points and never looked back. Milan Grice led the Broncos on the ground with 261 yards and 3 TD’s. He also threw a TD to Christian Baker.

Fresno State commit Mark Salazar was efficient through the air going 8/9 with 119 yards and a touchdown before going down late in the 3rd quarter with a left arm/shoulder injury. Salazar appeared to be in considerable pain and did not return to the game.

TJ Sullivan led the Sundevils with 5 catches, 100 yards, and 2 TD’s.

Mt. Carmel (4-1) and Rancho Bernardo (5-0) both head into the bye week.

Haynes and Eastwood lead Dons to Furious Comeback

After allowing the visiting Helix Highlanders (2-2) a 21-0 lead midway through the 2nd quarter, the host Cathedral Catholic Dons (4-0) had serious work to do just to avoid a running clock situation.

Running back Adam Eastwood got them on the board with a touchdown just before halftime. He added another in the 2nd half, in addition to two touchdown passes from Boston College-bound Tate Haynes to Antoine Lee and Shawn Poma, respectively. Je’Von Fiagro picked off a tipped pass in the beginning of the 4th quarter and ran it back for a touchdown that gave the Dons the lead for good.

Burmeister’s Arm Leads Torreys to Victory

For the first time in school history, La Jolla Country Day defeated rival La Jolla High School on the football field. Senior quarterback Braxton Burmeister threw six touchdown passes to help the Torreys come back from an early 10-6 deficit.

The 2-1 Torreys will now head to University City in Week 4 hoping to extend their winning streak.

San Diego Football Preseason Top 10

  1. Helix Highlanders — Helix is coming off an Open Division title in the 2015 season, but they must replace several key losses. QB Michael Austin (Cal Poly), RB Nate Stinson (Northern Arizona), WR Mekhi Stevenson (UNLV), LB Jihad Woods (Washington State), and defensive ends Forrest Hanlon (San Diego State) and Mason Vinyard (Washington State) have all moved on. Luckily for the Highlanders, they just seem to reload. The reigning CIF Defensive Player of the Year, Ezekiel Noa, returns at linebacker, with Arizona-commit Scott Young and Evan Perkins patrolling the secondary. Long time coach Troy Starr has been replaced with Robbie Owens. Owens brings with him the “No-huddle power pistol” offense, which should lead to a huge year for junior quarterback Carson Baker and a very explosive offensive unit.
  2. Madison Warhawks — Rick Jackson has several returning experienced players for this year’s squad, led by linebacker Sampson Niu (Oregon commit). The offense will feature Terrell Carter at QB with Erick BuchananIsaiah McDaniels, and Brandon Lewis (Air Force commit) at the skill positions. An appearance in the Open Division Title Game is certainly within sight for the Warhawks this season.
  3. Cathedral Catholic — QB Tate Haynes, committed to play defensive back at Boston College, returns for his second season as the signal caller and is surrounded by several weapons. Adam Eastwood returns at running back with Patrick Brown (Boston College commit) at tight end, and Jack Thompson and Je’Von Figaro at the receiver positions. The defense will be led up front by Jack Cavellier.
  4. St. Augustine — Despite losing Michael Alves (UCLA) and Elijah Preston (SDSU), the Saints return a solid core of experienced talent led by quarterback Rodney Thompson and athlete Tariq Thompson (SDSU commit). Defensive back Isaac Taylor-Stuart and athlete JR Justice are two of the best junior prospects in the county.
  5. Rancho Bernardo — The Broncos are coming off a D3-A State Title a season ago. QB Mark Salazar (Fresno State commit) leads the offensive attack alongside RB Milan Grice. Grice ran for 1,872 yards and 23 TD’s last year. Nine of the eleven leading tacklers from last seasons campaign are graduated, so the Broncos must find replacements on defense.
  6. Oceanside — The Pirates lose a handful of starters from last season, but they’ll have a big, physical line like always. QB Max Shuffer is a key to the Pirates having success. I expect Azizi Hearn and Jake Gerardi to have big seasons as two-way players.
  7. La Costa Canyon — The Mavericks, led by dual-threat QB Tanner Clark, return ten starters from last seasons team. Clark and RB Zach Goodkin will be relied on heavily to carry the load for LCC.
  8. El Camino — QB Jaden Casey and RB Chris Brown will be relied on to have big junior seasons as well as Dhante Hill who returns as the leading receiver. Jerry Ralph will begin his first season as the head coach of the Wildcats after rebuilding the Hoover HS program for several seasons.
  9. Mission Hills — Halfway through his high school career, QB Jack Tuttle has already received offers from some of the biggest football powers in the country. The Grizzlies lose a lot on both sides of the ball, but the addition of Eastlake transfers Josh and Chris Olave should make for a big impact.
  10. Mater Dei Catholic –The Crusaders are in good hands with Oregon commit, CJ Verdell, the most explosive player in San Diego coming out of the backfield. QB Chris Jones also returns from last years team that won a CIF State Title in Open Division – Small Schools. Their thirteen game winning streak has a good chance ton continue, leading up to their battle with Mission Hills in week six.


Transfer notes–

  • Mission Hills has had a very successful offseason so far, adding two transfers each in  football and basketball. Josh Olave (2017) and his brother Chris Olave (2018) have transferred in from Eastlake. They’ll add some much needed talent at the skill positions for Grizzlies QB Jack Tuttle. On the hoops side, they’ve added senior guard Ed Fenzi from Army-Navy Academy and junior forward Warren Washington from Escondido.

Recruiting notes–

  • 2018 St. Augustine Forward Taeshon Cherry has been on a roll lately, picking up offers from California, USC, Kansas, and Florida State in the last month.
  • 2017 UCLA commit Jaylen Hands was named MVP of the Adidas Global Nations Camp in Long Beach in early August. Hands played his junior season at Balboa City School.
  • 2018 Mission Hills QB Jack Tuttle used his time during the dead period to unofficially visit a couple of schools on his list; LSU, Wisconsin, and Missouri.

Phillies Tab Moniak at #1 in the MLB Draft

For the 5th time since 2000, San Diego has produced the #1 overall pick in the MLB Draft. La Costa Canyon senior centerfielder Mickey Moniak, a two-time gold medalist with Team USA, was selected with the top pick by the Philadelphia Phillies.

As a senior, Moniak hit .476 with an on-base percentage of .540. He also hit 4 double, 12 triples, and 7 home runs while driving in 46 runs. The UCLA-signee was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the State of California.

Moniak spoke with during the season.

CIF Playoff Preview

Jared Garcia–
CIF Basketball Playoff Preview
Open Division: The favorite
Foothills Christian (21-4)
The Knights are the favorites to win the Open Division title with unstoppable play
from McDonalds All-American TJ Leaf. Opposing defenses have to have a game plan
that focuses on stopping Leaf, as he is averaging 28 points 12 rebounds per game.
Senior Luis Salgado is lethal from beyond the arc, setting the San Diego record for
most 3 pointers made in a career. The Knights are battle tested, playing the top team
in the nation (Chino Hills) twice and defeating Army-Navy Academy three times.
Open Division: Top Players
TJ Leaf (FHC): Signed with UCLA. #9 ranked player in the nation (ESPN)
Tommy Rutherford (Grossmont): Signed with UC Irvine
Aziz Seck (Army_Navy): Signed with Northern Arizona
Richard Polanco (Army-Navy): Top 10 junior in the state
Jackson Strong (Torrey Pines): Palomar League Player of the Year
Jack Heller (Torrey Pines): Signed with New York University
Justin Moore (Mission Bay): Signed with Tulane
Eric Monroe (St. Augustine): Signed with Yale
Taeshon Cherry (St. Augustine): Top 20 sophomore on west coast
Zach Reiter (Poway): Sophomore averaging over 15 pts per game
Brandon McCoy (Cathedral Catholic): 7’0 Division 1 bound junior
Division I: The favorite
El Camino (24-5)
The El Camino Wildcats proved that they can soar through the Division 1 playoffs
with quality wins over Army-Navy, Kearny, and La Costa Canyon. The only team that
could give the Wildcats trouble is Kearny, but the Wildcats defeated them 63-49 in
their only meeting.
Division I: Top Players
Johnny McWilliams (San Marcos): Signed with Fresno State
Robby Robinson (Kearny): Junior averaging over 15 pts/game
Taurus Samuels (Vista): Fourth in scoring in San Diego as a sophomore
Keegan Cummins (Escondido): 6’10 senior averaging 22 pts per game
Miles Norris (Mater Dei): Division I bound sophomore
Sean Birk (El Camino): Avocado West Player of the Year
Tim Harrison (Francis Parker): Averaging nearly 20 pts per game
Justin Davis (Morse): Signed with Cal State Bakersfield
Division II: The favorite
West Hills (20-6)
The West Hills Wolf pack are led by senior Bryce Parsons and boast a 20-6 a record
to go along with wins over Grossmont, Steele Canyon, and La Jolla Country Day. The
Wolf Pack should soar to the championship game, beating quality opponents in
Division II in the regular season.
Division II: Top Players
Reed Farley (La Jolla): One of the top junior wing guards in the west
JJ Overton (Rancho Bernardo): Lengthy combo guard is only a junior
Bruce Edwards (La Jolla Country Day): Senior averaging 14 pts/game
Ryan Langborg (La Jolla Country Day): Top freshman in San Diego
Karlton Perry (San Ysidro): 7th in scoring in San Diego county
Francisco Zazueta (San Ysidro): 8th in scoring in San Diego county
Baka Gowolo (Hoover): Senior averaging 18 pts/game
Terrence Becvar (Valley Center): 21 pts per game
Division III: The favorite
Ramona (25-3)
With wins over Valhalla and Mission Hills, look for Ramona to be in the Division II
title game. The Bulldogs are led by senior Marco Cobian and junior Blake Seits.
Division III: Top Players
Marco Cobian (Ramona): Valley League Player of the Year
Matt DeRoos (Tri City Christian): Pacific League Player of the Year
Division IV: The favorite
Brawley (19-9)
Brawley Wildcats finished 19-9 courtesy of wins over Christian, Imperial, and San
Ysidro. Various tournaments against tough competition have the Wildcats ready for
Division V: The favorite
O’Farrell (20-6)
The Falcons are soaring at the right time with a 7-1 league record. They are led by
freshman Derrick Carter Jr and are able to win on the road (7-1 on road).