The 2013 high school football season must be right around the corner as South Bay teams wrapped up play the last two weekends in summer passing tournaments.
On July 12-13, 32 teams from around San Diego County — and elsewhere — gathered at Southwestern College to participate in the South County Passing Tournament. Last Saturday, the 15th annual Spartan Invitational occupied eight teams for most of the day at Chula Vista High School.
Metro Conference teams generated a great deal of success in both tournaments.
Eastlake advanced to the winners bracket semifinals, losing to eventual tournament champion St. Augustine, while Bonita Vista and Mater Dei Catholic both advanced as far as the consolation bracket semifinals.
The Olympian Eagles soared past the Hilltop Lancers, 30-8, to capture the championship title of last weekend’s tourney at CVHS.
“This tournament allows teams to work on something,” Spartan coach Judd Rachow said. “It’s a low-key event. Teams help other teams get better.”
Olympian finished 4-0 after first collecting pool-round victories against Montgomery (32-2), La Jolla (34-24) and Chula Vista (25-24). Hilltop finished 3-1 after posting earlier wins against Mar Vista (33-23), Francis Parker (22-19) and Bonita Vista (23-13).
Olympian quarterback Anthony Hughes threw three touchdown passes in the title game against Hilltop while teammate Gary Cannon threw a pair of scoring passes.
Hilltop head coach Cody Roelof was pleased by his team's run to the championship game but downplayed its significance, noting that linemen did not play.
"It's practice," the Hilltop coach said. "We want to keep reping, keep reping."
The Lancers, who tasted success in the opening round of last year's San Diego Section playoffs, start practice on Aug. 5. Hilltop kicks off regular season play Aug. 30 with a 7 p.m. non-league game at Castle Park High School.
Airing it out
The South County Passing Tournament featured pool play on the opening day. Each team played three games in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Each game lasted 45 minutes; teams played back-to-back contests.
Among the teams appearing in the morning session, Monte Vista (Pool 1), Helix (Pool 2), Eastlake (Pool 3) and Mt. Miguel (Pool 4) all finished 3-0. Teams will 2-1 records included Hoover (Pool 1), Olympian (Pool 2), Valhalla (Pool 3) and Coronado (Pool 4). Teams with 1-2 records included Hilltop (Pool 1), Christian (Pool 2), Horizon (Pool 3) and Chula Vista (Pool 4). Teams finishing 0-3 included San Diego (Pool 1), Bonita Vista (Pool 2), San Ysidro (Pool 3) and the Rock Academy (Pool 4).
In afternoon games, Lincoln (Pool 1), Mira Mesa (Pool 2) and St. Augustine (Pool 3) all broke out to 2-0 starts.
Playoff games took place on the second day of competition, which attracted a large fan base to the SWC campus.
"It was awesome," Jaguars coach Ed Carberry said. "We had great fan participation — a mass of relatives and parents descended on the school. We had a lot of fun."
Eastlake defeated Kearny and then Olympian in its opening two playoff games before encountering St. Augustine, which went on to claim a hotly-contested 35-34 decision over arch rival Cathedral Catholic in the championship game.
Horizon defeated Murrieta Mesa, 32-27, in the consolation final.
Bonita Vista defeated Serra before losing to Murrieta Mesa in the consolation semifinals while Mater Dei Catholic defeated Morse before losing to Horizon in the consolation semis.
Steele Canyon pulled off one of the stunners on the second day by eliminating Helix, 22-20, in a winners bracket quarterfinal contest; the Cougars, however, went on to drop their ensuing semifinal contest against Cathedral Catholic.
Jojo Hudson led St. Augustine at the quarterback position in the championship game.
"This was practice and doesn't mean a whole lot at this point, but whenever you meet your arch rival, it does have some meaning for the kids," St. Augustine coach Richard Sanchez said. "It feels good to win."
Prior to meeting Eastlake, St. Augustine defeated Mira Mesa in the playoff quarterfinals while Cathedral Catholic eliminated Torrey Pines.
South County Passing Tournament
July 12-13 at Southwestern College
Playoff Round 1
(1) Eastlake defeated (16) Kearny
(8) Olympian defeated (9) Mira Mesa
(5) Mt. Miguel defeated (12) Lincoln
(4) St. Augustine defeated (13) Coronado
(22) Torrey Pines defeated (6) Palo Verde
(14) Cathedral Catholic defeated (3) Monte Vista
(10) Steele Canyon defeated (7) Hoover
(2) Helix defeated (18) Christian
(1) Eastlake defeated (8) Olympian
(4) St. Augustine defeated (5) Mt. Miguel
(14) Cathedral Catholic defeated (22) Torrey Pines
(10) Steele Canyon defeated (2) Helix
(4) St. Augustine defeated (1) Eastlake
(14) Cathedral Catholic defeated (10) Steele Canyon
(4) St. Augustine 35, (14) Cathedral Catholic 34
Playoff Round 1
(17) Murrieta Mesa defeated (32) Rock Academy
(24) Otay Ranch defeated (25) Montgomery
(21) Serra defeated (28) San Diego
(29) Bonita Vista defeated (20) Hilltop
(11) Valhalla defeated (27) Southwest
(19) Horizon Christian defeated (30) San Ysidro
(26) Morse defeated (23) Chula Vista
(15) Mater Dei Catholic defeated (31) Mar Vista
(17) Murrieta Mesa defeated (24) Otay Ranch
(29) Bonita Vista defeated (21) Serra
(19) Horizon Christian defeated (11) Valhalla
(15) Mater Dei Catholic defeated (26) Morse
(17) Murrieta Mesa defeated (29) Bonita Vista
(19) Horizon Christian defeated (15) Mater Dei Catholic
(19) Horizon Christian 32, (17) Murrieta Mesa 27
Morning Pool Play
Pool 1: Monte Vista 3-0, Hoover 2-1, Hilltop 1-2, San Diego 0-3
Pool 2: Helix 3-0, Olympian 2-1, Christian 1-2, Bonita Vista 0-3
Pool 3: Eastlake 3-0, Valhalla 2-1, Horizon Christian 1-2, San Ysidro 0-3
Pool 4: Mt. Miguel 3-0, Coronado 2-1, Chula Vista 1-2, Rock Academy 0-3
Afternoon Pool Play
Complete records not available
15th annual Spartan Invitational
Saturday, July 20, at Chula Vista High School
Olympian 30, Hilltop 8
Francis Parker vs. La Jolla, score unavailable
La Jolla 2-1
Chula Vista 0-3
La Jolla 30, Chula Vista 29
Olympian 32, Montgomery 2
Olympian 25, Chula Vista 24
La Jolla 31, Montgomery 17
Olympian 34, La Jolla 24
Montgomery 14, Chula Vista 8
Francis Parker 2-1
Bonita Vista 1-2
Mar Vista 0-3
Hilltop 22, Francis Parker 19
Bonita Vista 9, Mar Vista 8
Hilltop 33, Mar Vista 23
Francis Parker 16, Bonita Vista 8
Hilltop 23, Bonita Vista 13
Francis Parker defeated Mar Vista, score unavailable
Free heart screening set Saturday, July 27, at Olympian High School
Every year in the United States, more than 7,000 kids die when their heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. San Diego alone loses three to five teens annually. Known as Sudden Cardiac Arrest, this syndrome happens without warning and instantly stops the flow of blood to the brain and vital organs. It proves fatal in 92 percent of cases if not properly treated within minutes.
The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation has provided thousands of free screenings to detect the heart anomalies that unknowingly put kids at risk. For every 1,000 kids screened, 20 will be at risk for SCA. The next free heart screening is Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Olympian High School, located at 1925 Magdalena Ave. in Chula Vista. All teens can register at epsavealife.org.
Screenings consist of a health history questionnaire completed by a parent, an electrocardiogram (EKG), and if indicated, an echocardiogram. Valued at $90 to $1,500, this free screening takes less than 30 minutes and is completely non-invasive (no needles or x-ray exposure).
Established to honor the Steele Canyon High School teen who lost his life at 15 to SCA in 2009, the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation strives to educate parents, educators, physicians and elected officials on the prevalence of SCA among teens and the importance of standardizing EKGs as part of annual well-child and pre-participation sport physicals.
“SCA is not a heart attack. It’s an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that may be detected with a simple EKG, but these screenings are not a part of our kids’ regular checkups,” said Hector and Rhina Paredes, Eric’s parents. “It only takes a few minutes to prevent a tragedy that can be a heartbeat away, so we are dedicated to doing all we can to make these screenings and cardiac equipment accessible to teens and their families.”
Unlike a heart attack, which happens when a blocked blood vessel prevents blood from flowing to the heart muscle, SCA is the result of a malfunction most often caused by an arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm) that abruptly halts the heartbeat. According to the American Heart Association, CPR and AED treatment performed immediately after SCA can double or triple the chances of survival. In the adolescent age group, unexplained fainting, lightheadedness, chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, family history of SCA or unexplained sudden death under the age of 50 may suggest that a teenager could be at risk for SCA, but there are often no warning signs. Student athletes are at higher risk.
Eric Paredes was a healthy sophomore athlete who was looking forward to being on the varsity wrestling team. He was an outgoing, energetic, charming young man who wanted to be a police officer and help make the world a better place. On July 23, Eric was packing for a much anticipated family vacation. His mother left the house for an appointment and his father came home for lunch 20 minutes later. He found Eric collapsed on the kitchen floor and started CPR, but it was too late. Long Q-T Syndrome is suspected but was not diagnosed in Eric’s lifetime.
The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is committed to preventing Sudden Cardiac Arrest/Death (SCA/D) in young people through awareness, education, and action. Established in 2010, the foundation provides free screenings to youth to help identify cardiac anomalies that may lead to SCA, with the ultimate goal of standardizing cardiac screenings among our youth, and equipping our schools with readily accessible automated external defibrillators (AED) with CPR/AED training for students and staff.
The Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.