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From the Bench: Records are falling fast; more could go down

Poway High's Charlie Bush broke the 17-year-old pole vault record. File photo

By Michael Bower Spring seems to always provide the area with several section championships. This year will likely be no different with the amount of strong baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, boys tennis and boys golf teams in the area. But there is something else for fans to cheer about throughout the spring — [...]

From the Bench: Buckle up for full slate of playoff action with Poway High, Rancho Bernardo and Del Norte

Senior Katherine Burch, left, and the Rancho Bernardo girls water polo team are hoping to capture the school’s first title since 2003. Photo by Sherri Cortez

By Michael Bower Fill up those gas tanks, grab a couple bucks for the snack bar and get ready to travel around San Diego County to cheer on your favorite high school because win-or-go-home time has come. The CIF San Diego Section winter playoffs moves closer to hitting full stride this week with the start [...]

From the Bench: Nothing is quite like Rancho Bernardo High-Poway rivalry week; All is ‘Peachy’ for Poway boys soccer team

The Rancho Bernardo student section at last Friday night's Titans vs. Broncos boys basketball game. Photo by Sherri Cortez

The Bench strolled into the gym at Rancho Bernardo High Friday night wearing an unzipped green jacket with a blue shirt underneath. For some reason, it knew the outfit was not going to satisfy Broncos fans.

From the Bench: This could be a winter to remember

Segio Enloe, top, and the Poway High wrestling team is not the only local program excelling in the winter anymore. Photo by Robin Simmons

The Bench loves history and much to its delight this could be a history-making season for several local teams.

From the Bench: League play on the horizon for local teams

Poway High's Bryce Flores. File photo

After one of the most successful pre-league performances in recent memory by winter teams in the local area, it is time to put it in the past and let the races toward league titles begin.

From the Bench: Early January a crucial time for Poway High soccer, hoops

The Poway High boys soccer team huddling before the start of its game. Photo by Sherri Cortez

Poway High boys soccer coach Eugene Morris has been around long enough to know just how important the first few weeks of January can be.

From the Bench: Winter translates to winning for Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch teams

Sports ftr Pieroni

You just spent the entire last month battling through shopping malls to find that perfect gift, visiting with family members over some great holiday food and completely ignoring anything related to the world of prep sports.

From The Bench: Del Norte High says aloha to winter, Hawaii

The Bench has been around high school sports long enough to know the best way to build camaraderie is by packing up those bags and getting out of town for a few days.

From the Bench: A shame Del Norte High not aligned with rest of PUSD schools in Palomar League

Del Norte will have to continue to battle Poway Unified School District schools in non-league play after realignment did not land them in Palomar League. File photo

The process of realigning the leagues within the North County Conference comes around every two years — just long enough for Rancho Bernardo High athletic director Peggy Brose to forget about how painful it is to do.

From the Bench: Playoffs still in the picture, despite tough year for local football teams

The Poway High football team has not had much to celebrate this season, but the Titans are a lock for the Open Division playoffs. Photo by Sherri Cortez

The Bench has some great news for all you local football fans that are down about the way things have gone this year: it’s really hard not to make the playoffs.

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