High School Roundup : Valhalla Forfeits Football Title; Santana Official Champion

Valhalla High School forfeited its Grossmont League 2-A football title when Carl Iavelli, the school’s coach and athletic director, discovered that a player on the team was not residentially eligible.

“The head coach is responsible for his team and making sure everyone is eligible,” Iavelli said. “As AD, I know what the rules are, and we broke them. It’s my fault. I’ll be better at it next year.”

Valhalla (which had finished 6-5), Grossmont and Santana had tied for the four-team Grossmont 2-A title with 2-1 records, and all three teams were initially advanced to the section playoffs.

But Grossmont was found to have a player who violated the conference’s inter-school transfer policy and forfeited two league games. Valhalla, which had defeated Santana, 26-21, was named the league champion. Grossmont was subsequently pulled out of the playoffs.


Now that Valhalla has forfeited all its victories, the Norsemen are 0-11, and Santana is the official champion with a 6-4 record, its first title in its 24 years.

Boys’ basketball

Grossmont League 3-A

Monte Vista 83, Granite Hills 73--Joe McNaull had 28 points and 16 rebounds, and Jeff Polinsky had 23 points and 6 assists as host Monte Vista maintained the lead in the Grossmont League’s 3-A division. Trailing, 60-50, to start the fourth quarter, Granite Hills (9-6, 1-2) used a press to close to 70-69 on a 3-pointer by Robby Shawcroft with 3:13 to play. Then Monte Vista (7-4, 3-0) began to pull away as McNaull scored 9 points down the stretch. Bren Jacobsen added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Monte Vista. Mark Phillips had 25 points for Granite Hills and Shawcroft added 12.


Lincoln 86, USDHS 54--Lincoln’s Aaron Wilhite made 12 of 15 shots, including 8 of 9 in the first half, en route to a game-high 26 points at USDHS. Darryl McMillan (16 points), Joe Temple (15) and Victor Dean (15) gave the Hornets (15-1) four players in double figures. Anthony Massa scored 19 for USDHS (7-4).

Helix 75, El Cajon Valley 53--John Pressler had 26 points and 15 rebounds for host Helix. After an 11-11 first quarter, Pressler scored 10 points in a 22-12 second quarter as Helix (9-4) took control of the game. Rich Haar added 20 points and 8 assists for Helix.

Serra 62, La Jolla 61--Serra’s Conrad Jones hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. La Jolla (8-5) scored on two free throws, but Jermaine Jordan made a 3-pointer to win it for Serra (8-5). Jordan (20) and Jones (10) combined for 30 points.


University City 59, Christian 56--Anthony Hill and Darnes Taylor each scored 13 points, but it was Ian Krebs’ 2 free throws with 12 seconds left that secured the victory for University City at Christian. Darrell White’s 3-point attempt for Christian fell off at the buzzer. White had 15 points and 20 rebounds for Christian (8-5) and David Jeremiah added 17. University City is 10-5.

Mission Bay 66, Hoover 51--Keith Berkley had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals for Mission Bay (8-4) at Hoover. Brett Grebing added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals. Bracy Simmons scored 26 for Hoover (1-12).

Mira Mesa 63, Crawford 58--Mira Mesa (4-11) made 51% (24 of 47) from the floor and 88% (15-17) from the free-throw line. Crawford (11-4) hit just 32% (24-75) and 50% (9-18). But with 31 seconds remaining, Tracy Halton (22 points) made a jump shot to pull the Colts within one. The Marauders’ Marc Ziegler (30 points) then scored a 3-point play on a slam dunk and ensuing free throw to seal the victory.

Coastal League


Bishop’s 60, Mtn. Empire 39--Todd Henderson had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Graham Guess added 10 points for host Bishop’s (9-1, 2-0). Mike Noland led Mtn. Empire with 13 points.

Girls’ basketball

Avocado league

Oceanside 54, Rancho Buena Vista 51--Oceanside outscored host Rancho Buena Vista, 22-5, in the third quarter to erase a 31-23 halftime deficit at RBV. Mildred Conston scored 20 points for Oceanside (10-5, 3-0). Shawna Edge had 17 points and 17 rebounds for RBV (8-6, 1-2), and Stephanie Howells had 9 points and 12 assists.


San Marcos 59, El Camino 32--San Diego County’s leading scorer, Susie O’Brien, scored 34 points, and Shantel PaoPao added 15 for San Marcos (3-0, 5-3). Heather Bassett led El Camino (1-2, 3-7) with 11 points.

Palomar League

Vista 59, Poway 29--Chris Enger had 30 points and 15 rebounds as host Vista held an opponent under 30 points for the third consecutive time. Enger had 12 blocks and 5 steals, and Dana Christofferson had 12 points and 7 of Vista’s season-high 16 steals. Vista, the county’s second-ranked team, is 13-2, 3-0. Dawn Gigstad led fourth-ranked Poway (10-7, 2-1) with 5 points. Poway had 23 turnovers.

Mt. Carmel 59, Torrey Pines 40--Leading by two entering the fourth quarter, Mt. Carmel (1-2, 8-8) outscored Torrey Pines, 22-6, in the final 8 minutes. Vicki deJesus led Mt. Carmel with 21 points. Britt Hamson scored 23 for Torrey Pines (1-1, 10-3).


Fallbrook 54, San Dieguito 34--Fallbrook’s Carol Reed, Julie Furleigh and Terri Pearson each scored 10 points. Reed had 8 rebounds and Tricia Trujillo made 7 assists. Fallbrook improved to 2-1, 11-3. San Dieguito is 0-2, 5-7.

Grossmont League 3-A

El Capitan 50, Mt. Miguel 33--Melissa Hadfield and Andrea Bravo each scored 14 points for El Capitan at Mt. Miguel. El Capitan is 12-2, 4-0 in league. Mt. Miguel, which got 14 points from Toyna Chamberlain, is 1-12, 0-3.

Granite Hills 33, Monte Vista 31--With the score 31-31, Granite Hills’ Sally Wade (8 points) made two free throws with 4 seconds remaining to lift the Eagles (1-2, 6-7). Diana Clough led Monte Vista (1-2, 4-11) with 12 points.



Helix 55, El Cajon Valley 41--Julie O’Neal scored 17 points, Andrea McTrusty 16 and Susan Schroeder 13 at El Cajon Valley. Helix is 4-6.

Madison 46, University City 34--Sandy McEvoy scored 21 and Lini Koria 11 for Madison (5-10).