Sports

  • The Grauer School’s surf team – big win, small school

    The Grauer School’s surf team – big win, small school

    Five years ago, a ragtag group of high school surfers from The Grauer School donned competition jerseys for the first time, piled their boards in a heap on the sand next to the other schools’ brightly colored tents and tightly-constructed surfboard racks, and unceremoniously entered the world of...

  • Tennis team looks toward another successful season

    Tennis team looks toward another successful season

    Joe Tomasi is looking for 21 to be his lucky number. The varsity tennis coach at San Dieguito Academy (SDA), who is in his 21st year with the school, said he hopes the team has a repeat championship victory, following last year’s success. Last year’s season – which started with the opening of a...

  • Feb. 23: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Feb. 23: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines completed its fourth straight unbeaten league season as the Falcons defeated La Costa Canyon 73-62 in an Avocado League finale for both teams on Feb. 16. The victory extended the Falcons league winning streak to 43 games. They haven't lost a league game since Feb....

  • Pacific View clean-up day slated for Feb. 25

    The Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA) will hold its monthly rehabilitation work for the Pacific View project on Feb. 25. Volunteers 18 and over are invited to participate in the free clean-up event from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be led by Mark Wisniewski, a landscape architect...

  • Feb. 9: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines defeated San Dieguito Academy 96-72 in a Avocado League West game on Feb. 3. Ethan Esposito scored 17 points and had seven rebounds to lead the Falcons in their 11th straight victory. Hayden Helfrich scored 16 points, and Finn Sullivan scored 14 points and had seven...

  • Inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon to cruise coast March 26

    Inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon to cruise coast March 26

    The inaugural Encinitas Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 26. With a fast, flat course ideal for first-timers and elites, the race is 13.1 miles on Highway 101 passing through Leucadia, Encinitas, Cardiff and Solana Beach. The coastal course has seven miles of ocean views with support...

  • Feb. 2: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Feb. 2: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to nine games as the Falcons defeated La Costa Canyon 73-53 in an Avocado League West game on Jan. 27. Ethan Esposito scored 26 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Falcons. Jacob Gilliam scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds and seven...

  • Surfing Madonna donates $30,000 to Pacific View project

    The Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, a local nonprofit group aimed at protecting the coastline, donated $30,000 to the Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance (EACEA) on Jan. 19. Bob Nichols, president of the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project and board member of the EACEA, said the donation is...

  • Jan. 26: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

    Jan. 26: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines defeated Canyon Crest Academy 51-46 in an Avocado League West game on Jan. 20 as the Falcons extended their winning streak to seven games. Ethan Esposito scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons and Hayden Helfrich scored 10 points. Jacob Gilliam scored...

  • Encinitas girl earns perfect 10 at gymnastics competition

    Encinitas girl earns perfect 10 at gymnastics competition

    An Encinitas girl scored a perfect 10 at the Arizona Grand Invitational gymnastics competition earlier this month. Natalie Siljander, 8, performed tricks like a handstand, leap split jump and cartwheel to earn the rare, coveted score at the event held Jan. 12 through Jan. 15 at the Arizona Grand...

  • Young world champion proves skateboarding is not just for boys

    Young world champion proves skateboarding is not just for boys

    When Brighton Zeuner told her parents she wanted to skateboard when she was 5, she meant it. The action sport didn’t become just a hobby for the Cardiff girl who is now 12. It’s essentially become her life. “I just fell in love with it,” said Brighton, who has been competing — and winning — major...

  • Jan. 19: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Jan. 19: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to five games as the Falcons opened Avocado League West play with a 70-51 victory over El Camino on Jan. 13. Jacob Gilliam scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and Hayden Helfrich scored 11 points to lead the Falcons. Esposito scored 10...

  • Peter Pupping to offer six weeks of guitar classes

    Encinitas-based guitarist Peter Pupping will teach six weeks of classes for budding musicians. Pupping, who has been teaching for more than 30 years, invites guitarists of all levels to improve their skills, musicianship and technique in a small-group setting. The classes will focus on improving...

  • Jan. 13: Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Boys basketball: Torrey Pines defeated Dorsey of Los Angeles 70-39 in a nonleague game on Jan. 7. The victory was the Falcons’ fourth straight and their seventh in eight games. Bryce Pope scored 18 points and Jacob Gilliam scored 15 points and had 13 rebounds to lead the Falcons. Pope also had...

  • Modern Times tasting room coming to Encinitas

    San Diego-based beer brewery Modern Times will open a tasting room in Encinitas, according to the brewery's blog. The location, at 470 S. Highway 101, will include about 150 seats around a horseshoe-shaped bar. More than 30 beers, brewed at the Lomaland Fermentorium and planned locations in LA...

  • Week in Sports (Nov. 4)

    Football: La Costa Canyon defeated Escondido, 40-14, in a nonleague game on Oct. 28. Mavericks quarterback Jake Neufield completed 10 of 14 pass attempts for 158 yards and three touchdowns as LCC improved to 5-4 overall. Volleyball: Torrey Pines defeated La Costa Canyon, 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-21,...

  • Exposure women’s skateboarding event returns Nov. 5

    Exposure women’s skateboarding event returns Nov. 5

    The world’s top female skateboarders are coming to Encinitas on Nov. 5 for Exposure, a women’s benefit event with the mission of empowering women and girls through skateboarding. Highlighting the progression of females in the street, bowl and vert disciplines, Exposure skate and Encinitas Parks...

  • Week in sports (Oct. 28)

    Football: La Costa Canyon defeated San Marcos, 38-21, in an Avocado League West game on Oct. 21. LCC scored twice in the last two minutes to seal the victory. Quarterback Tanner Clark threw for one touchdown and rushed for another to lead the Mavericks. Clark completed a 26-yard scoring pass to...

  • Week in sports: (Oct. 21)

    Girls volleyball La Costa Canyon defeated San Dieguito Academy, 3-1 (25-8, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18), in an Avocado League West match on Oct. 13. Michelle Polechonski and Morgan Lewis each had 10 kills and Camryn Machado had 42 assists to lead the Mavericks. LCC improved to 5-1 in league and 16-6 overall...

  • NFL kicking ‘legend’ goes into San Dieguito Hall of Fame

    NFL kicking ‘legend’ goes into San Dieguito Hall of Fame

    Encinitas’ hometown hero Tom Dempsey was inducted into the San Dieguito High School Academy Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 14 with a ceremony at the school’s bell tower. Dempsey, who graduated San Dieguito in 1964, is a former NFL kicker who, in 1970, set the record for the longest field goal in...

  • Council initiates process to explore putting lights at Leo Mullen

    Council initiates process to explore putting lights at Leo Mullen

    Let there be light … maybe … after an application process that could take 18 months. The hot button issue of putting permanent lights at Leo Mullen Sports Park — where the city recently installed artificial turf at a cost of $1 million — was discussed and voted on in front of a large but mostly...

  • Encinitas gymnast takes third at national championships

    Encinitas gymnast takes third at national championships

    It’s was an incredible summer for Encinitas 10-year-old Rowan Smark, who in June took third place in her age group’s all-around competition in the Level 7 U.S. Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships. At the national event, which was contested in Rhode Island June 8-13, Rowan won a gold medal...

  • Q&A with surfing pioneer Bing Copeland

    Q&A with surfing pioneer Bing Copeland

    Surfing legend Bing Copeland has had an incredible front-row seat to not only the birth of surfing, but the evolution of the sport and Southern California as a whole. The founder of his namesake company Bing Surfboards, which is headquartered in Encinitas, Copeland spent much of his life building...

  • Mustangs take a title at Scripps Ranch tourney

    Mustangs take a title at Scripps Ranch tourney

    The San Dieguito Academy girls volleyball team poses with the championship trophy from the Scripps Ranch tournament after beating the hosts in the title match Oct. 1.

  • Week in sports (Oct.7)

    Field hockey La Costa Canyon defeated Cathedral Catholic, 2-1, in a nonleague game on Sept. 29. Summer Borsrack and Lindsay Fessinger scored one goal apeice and Madison Theodore and Cassidy Solomon each had one assist to lead the Mavericks. LCC goalie Marina Keller had four saves. The LCC victory...

  • Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Week in sports for Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas

    Volleyball: Torrey Pines, ranked nationally by USA today, is off to a 2-0 start in Avocado League West play. The Falcons are ranked No. 4 in USA Today’s Region 9 (Alaska, Nevada, California and Arizona), and No. 28 in the nation and No. 6 in the state by MaxPreps.com. The Falcons opened league...

  • Encinitas inks deals with Surfing Madonna, Cardiff runs

    Encinitas inks deals with Surfing Madonna, Cardiff runs

    Three running events hosted by Surfing Madonna Oceans Project will provide at least $100,000 to Encinitas programs in the coming year, while two other runs will donate $4 on behalf of each participant, under new deals inked by the Encinitas City Council on Sept. 21. The running events have hits...

  • TPHS Novice Girls Volleyball team tops at tournament

    TPHS Novice Girls Volleyball team tops at tournament

    Torrey Pines High School Novice Girls Volleyball team won the Titan Invitational Volleyball tournament Sept. 24. The event was held at Epic Volleyball club and included teams from around the county, including CCA, Cathedral Catholic and La Costa Canyon high schools.Emma Lewry was named MVP and...

  • Upstart SDA girls net squad runs into LCC buzz saw

    Upstart SDA girls net squad runs into LCC buzz saw

    Coming off of the program’s best season ever, the San Dieguito Academy’s girls volleyball team was expected to see a drop-off in 2016 after the loss of a several key seniors. Mustang coach David Savage, however, knew he still had something special and his team’s brilliant start to the season has...

  • LCC teacher Berend releases her second novel ‘True Vert’

    LCC teacher Berend releases her second novel ‘True Vert’

    Visiting her daughter Rell, who was in her second year at the University of San Francisco, Encinitas resident Janet Eoff Berend was on Jack Kerouac St. when she learned she would be following in Kerouac’s footsteps as an author with more than one published book. That January email came from a publisher...

  • Encinitas show jumper Porter gets set for Del Mar event

    Encinitas show jumper Porter gets set for Del Mar event

    Standout show jumper Mandy Porter has traveled the world to win competitions, represented the United States on three Nations Cup teams and qualified for four World Cups. But once a year, the Encinitas resident gets to compete at the highest level, right in her own backyard. The Del Mar International...

  • Kick Off Event

    Kick Off Event

    Players from the Encinitas Soccer League, right, prepare for a demonstration at the Sept. 16 ceremony, which introduced the Leo Mullen Sports Park’s new artificial turf field to the public. Originally built in 1997, the park revamped its field after receiving approval from the Encinitas City Council...

  • KAABOO Del Mar announces 2017 dates

    Although KAABOO Del Mar just came to a close, festival organizers have already announced dates for the third annual three-day event. KAABOO is set to return Sept. 15-17, 2017, to the Del Mar Fairgrounds. “We started working on the lineup even before KAABOO happened last year,” KAABOO founder and...

  • Mickey Moniak honored by Encinitas City Council

    Mickey Moniak honored by Encinitas City Council

    Unless they saw him pull up in his Maserati sports car — the one splurge Mickey Moniak made on himself after being picked No. 1 in the June Major League Baseball Draft and inking a deal with a $6.1 million signing bonus with the Philadelphia Phillies — community members attending and watching the...

  • Celebrate 30 years of Encinitas Oct. 7-9

    Celebrate 30 years of Encinitas Oct. 7-9

    To commemorate 30 years since the five unique communities of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and New Encinitas incorporated to become Encinitas in 1986, the city will host a weekend celebration Oct. 7-9. Three main events will take residents back to 1986, when Top Gun was...

  • SDA boys water polo benefit event to help fund pool rental

    SDA boys water polo benefit event to help fund pool rental

    The San Dieguito High School Academy boys water polo team is holding its annual Parents’ Night Out fundraiser at Cardiff Beach Bar @ Tower 13 on Friday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 11 p.m.  A San Dieguito Academy Foundation sponsored event, the fundraiser will feature live music by Echophonic, a local...

  • EUSD board renews contract for superintendent Baird

    EUSD board renews contract for superintendent Baird

    As per the four-year contract he signed in 2014, Encinitas Union School District Superintendent Timothy Baird must get a satisfactory performance review each year to see his deal renewed for another 12 months. At its Sept. 13 meeting, the EUSD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to do just that....

  • Week in Sports (Sept. 16)

    Volleyball: San Dieguito Academy defeated Olympian 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19) in a nonleague game on Sept. 8. Sarah Colla had 23 kills to lead the Mustangs and Kiahna Holmen added 11 kills. Mustangs setters Kathleen Brown and Faith Kelly each had 18 assists. The Mustangs improved to 8-1 overall...

  • Olivenhain Water District gets rating upgrade

    The Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) has seen the credit rating for its revenue bonds upgraded from AA+ to AAA with a stable outlook. Fitch Ratings, a global rating agency that offers independent credit opinions, cited historically high liquidity, manageable borrowing plans, conservative...

  • SD Surf U10 Boys team Champions at Nott’s Forest Labor Day Cup

    SD Surf U10 Boys team Champions at Nott’s Forest Labor Day Cup

    SD Surf U10 Boys are Champions in the recent Nott’s Forest Labor Day Cup. The boys went undefeated in the tournament and ended it with a shut-out in the final match. In the photo, left-right, top row, Coaches Steve, Gary & Rob; middle row James, Henry, Lucas P., Gavin, Desmond, Elan, Bryce, Elias;...

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