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Prep Baseball: Rancho Bernardo High’s Finley, Dean using spotlight to raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital

Rancho Bernardo High teammates Kyle Dean, left, and Drew Finley, right, are raising money for Rady Children's Hospital. Courtesy photo

One visit to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego has changed Drew Finley’s outlook on life. The Rancho Bernardo High senior baseball player knows it will change even more when he goes back for a second trip.

Alumni Report: Poway High grad Bastow leading youth summer fitness program

Brit Bastow, left, leads a group of young kids through a workout at Lake Poway's softball field last year. Courtesy photo

Longtime Poway High wrestling coach Wayne Branstetter has plucked many students out of his physical education class and pointed them toward the mat during his time as a teacher.

Athlete of the Week: Poway High grad Paur excited for opportunity with Pepperdine University

PHS grad Sam Paur earned a preferred walk-on spot at Pepperdine University. Photo by Sherri Cortez

There is a lot of value in a 6-foot, 6-inch left-handed pitcher in baseball. There is just as much in a 6-6 lefty driver in water polo.

Maranatha Christian Schools names Whitley new athletic director

Maranatha Christian Schools selects Steve Whitley as its new athletic director and baseball coach. Courtesy photo

Maranatha Christian Schools recently introduced Steve Whitley as the new athletic director.

Prep Baseball: Rancho Bernardo High’s Dean set for busy month of baseball

Kyle Dean will be playing baseball in four different events in the month of August. File photo

Kyle Dean watched his good friend Alex Jackson closely as he competed in all of the biggest baseball showcases — Under Armour All-America Game, Perfect Game All-American Classic and the Area Code Games — before his senior year last summer.

Poway home to Olympic hopeful

Joe Maloy hopes to represent USA in the triathlon in the 2016 Olympics. Photo by Delly Carr

The beautiful hills, steep trails and windy roads in and around Poway is exactly the reason Joe Maloy and a few members of The Triathlon Squad moved here from various locations around the country.

Alumni Report: Poway High grad Villa an All-American

Poway High grad Catherine Villa was a two-time All-American at Washington & Jefferson University. Courtesy photo

Catherine Villa is happy to be back under the hot sun in Poway, but the four years she spent in the cold at Washington and Jefferson College is a time she can treasure forever.

Van Nostrand selected for Ohio football camp

Garrett Van Nostrand helped the Poway Pop Warner Midget Spartans capture the Palomar Conference Division 3 championships last season.Courtesy photo

Summer high school football camps have become one of the biggest ways for prep players to get recognized by colleges. Garrett Van Nostrand was get his first taste of a national camp today this week.

Golf: Carmel Highland Golf Course in Rancho Penasquitos to close

A sand trap at the Carmel Highland Golf Course shows a lack of sand and a need for drainage and reconstruction. Courtesy photo

The Carmel Highland Golf Course adjacent to the DoubleTree Resort and Spa will be closing within the next six to 12 months and the some 113 acres of land it occupies will be put to use in another way, according to its owners.

Bean finds passion at San Diego Rowing Club

Grace Bean, a soon-to-be senior at Rancho Bernardo High, loved every second of her first year on the San Diego Rowing Club Novice team.

Grace Bean did not always have such a commanding, booming voice.