Category archives for: From the Bench Columns

From the Bench: Deserved success finally comes for the Rancho Bernardo High football team

Rancho Bernardo High football coach Tristan McCoy. Photo by Sherri Cortez

Tristan McCoy took over the Rancho Bernardo High football program in 2011. He put together a staff, laid down a new foundation and started rebuilding from the ground up.

From the Bench: Playoff picture crystal clear thanks to new power rankings

Poway High libero Allison Walker. Photo by Sherri Cortez

The Bench remembers the days of doing hours and hours of research to try to determine how a seeding committee will field each playoff bracket. The day of the selections would often be tense because you just never knew what was going to happen.

From the Bench: A well deserved limo ride, dinner coming for Del Norte High girls golf team

Annika Chickering helped the Del Norte girls golf team get its first win in school history over Rancho Bernardo last week. Photo by Sherri Cortez

A few years ago, Del Norte High girls golf coach Mike Reifeiss told his players that if they ever beat Rancho Bernardo he would get a limo and take them out to dinner.

A YEAR TO REMEMBER: Prep season was full of memorable moments

Poway High's Jordan Choukair. File photo

Every high school athletic year seems to produce moments The Bench will never forget.

From the Bench: See some of county’s top pitchers on just one gallon of gas; Poway High’s Bennet named COY

Del Norte High's Grant Hylton. Photo by Sherri Cortez

Some baseball scouts spend countless hours on the road driving from one field to another.

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.