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SPORTS BEAT with Steve Dolan SMILE-BREAKS with Sheila Buska USD Wins Fifth Straight Hilariously funny


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he University of San Diego won its fifth straight West Coast Conference Tournament title to earn an NCAA Tournament berth, defeating Loyola Marymount, 4-0, last weekend. After winning its sixth WCC regular-season title in the past seven years last week, the Toreros (16-8) delivered a convincing performance against the Lions (19-6) to secure their eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. USD will enter the NCAA Tournament on a six-match winning streak. “I could not be prouder of this team,” said head coach Ryan Keckley. “They showed a lot of heart during this weekend. This was a big step for this program and we are extremely excited to see where we will head next in NCAAs.” Alexandros Araouzos made program history, becoming the first Torero to be a member of five WCC Tournament championship teams.

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First-place votes in parenthesis; Rank; Team; Record; Points; Last Week 1. Eastlake (13); 19-3-1; 130; 1 2. Torrey Pines; 21-5; 114; 3 3. Rancho Bernardo;18-5; 101; 2 4. Poway;19-4; 91; 4 5. La Costa Canyon; 18-5; 77; 6 6. San Marcos; 17-7; 63; 5 7. Helix; 15-6-1; 52; 7 8. Cathedral Catholic;13-7; 42; 8 9. Mission Hills; 18-5; 29; 9 10. Grossmont;12-8-1; 9; 10 Others receiving votes: Francis Parker (17-6, 5 points), Otay Ranch (15-6, 3 points), Madison (13-9, 1 point). Voters: 13 sportswriters, sportscasters and officials – John Maffei (Union-Tribune), Terry Monahan (freelance writer), Adam Paul (, Christian Pedersen (SD Preps Insider), Ramon Scott (,Bodie DeSilva (, John Kentera (Prep Talent Evaluator), Steve Dolan (East County Herald), Jerry Schniepp (CIF Commissioner), Donnie Carroll (former coach), Robert Wilson (CIF Power Rankings Coordinator), Joe Heinz (Metro Conference Athletics), Jason Babineau (former coach).


’m supposed to write something hilariously funny for you all to laugh at and I’m at a complete loss. When was the last time I laughed hilariously? Paul, my son, does it all the time. He’ll be sitting in the passenger seat of our car, singing along with the Sirius Love channel’s love song and all of a sudden he’ll burst into giggles. Hard giggles. Giggles that shake his shoulders and belly and most of the rest of him. Sometimes I even see his seatbelt shaking. I have to ask, even though I’m pretty sure it will be one of the two or three current things he finds hilariously funny these days. He can’t answer. He’s laughing too hard. I wait. He takes a deep breath and opens his mouth. “Remember. . .?” Giggles take over again. I wait, starting to feel a bit giggly myself. Hard to keep a straight face when the person next to you is shaking with laughter. Still, I manage. Finally he stops giggling long enough to get it out. “Remember when Grangoldie’s wig blew off ?” Grangoldie was his greatgrandmother, always perfectly coiffed, a fashion plate well into her eighties, her make-up applied with precision, her gloves, shoes and handbag perfectly coordinated and her dress the proper length and style. In her later years, her perfectly coiffed

hair was exchanged for a perfectly coiffed wig, to hide her thinning gray hairs. A petite woman, Grangoldie wouldn’t be caught dead without being perfectly assembled. Now Paul’s really getting into it, telling the story with gusto. “We were driving along and she opened the window and “WHOOSH! a big gust of wind blew her wig out the window. I was sitting in the back seat laughing so hard!” He demonstrates the “whoosh” with his arms flung out. “Did we get the wig back?” Paul asks me. I tell him yes. All this happened decades ago, but Paul remembers it like it was yesterday. He loved his Grangoldie and knows how embarrassed she must have been, so he kindly explains, “I wasn’t laughing at Grangoldie. I was laughing at the fact of her wig blowing off.” That sets him off again. “Do you think Sister Yvonne would’ve laughed if she’d been there? Maybe she would’ve put me out in the hall,” Paul says. Before school he told his friend he was “going to wrap her around my pinky.” Donald said, “No way!” Donald was right and Sister Yvonne became Paul’s hero for sticking to her guns. Grangoldie’s wig isn’t the only thing that sets Paul off. You never know when he’s going to burst into giggles or start chuckling silently as he remembers a funny epi-

EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin East County Chamber’s May breakfast at Grossmont College

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its next First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at Grossmont College’s Griffin Gate, 8800 Grossmont College Dr., El Cajon. Primary sponsors include the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District and Grossmont Unified High School District. Table-top sponsors include Noah Homes and Point Loma Credit Union. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $25 per person for members, $30 per person for prospective members with RSVP and $35 per person for walk-ups without RSVP. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Chamber at, (619) 440-6161, or visit www.

Waste Management agrees to field naming rights sponsorship in Santee

us,” said Kristine Costa, municipal and community relations manager, Waste Management. Chris Vertrees, director of marketing, Sportsplex USA, said, “Waste Management is the perfect partner for Sportsplex USA. They have demonstrated a strong desire to support healthy lifestyles and recreational athletics in the East County of San Diego. We are absolutely thrilled to have Waste Management represented at Sportsplex USA Santee. The acquisition of field naming rights in Santee shows Waste Management’s commitment to healthy lifestyles, youth and adult recreational athletics, and community involvement.” Sportsplex USA Santee is located at 9951 Riverwalk Dr., Santee.

East County mayors’ luncheon to mark National Day of Prayer

The public is invited to attend the National Day of Prayer’s East County Mayors Prayer Luncheon on Thursday, May 3, A softball field at the Sportsplex USA Santee facility at High Performance Aircraft, Inc., 1850 Joe Crosson Dr. has been named Waste Management Field as part of a El Cajon. Welcome comments and lunch service begins at field naming rights sponsorship agreement with Waste 11:30 with speeches beginning at 11:45 a.m. About 500 Management of San Diego, a company that provides people are expected to attend. Speaking at the fifth annual residential, commercial and industrial trash collection, as event will be four East County mayors, including Bill Wells well as recycling services and dumpster rentals in Santee, El of El Cajon, John Minto of Santee, Mark Arapostathis of Cajon and San Diego. A ribbon cutting ceremony was recently La Mesa and Racquel Vasquez of Lemon Grove. Keynote held at the field by the San Diego East County Chamber of speaker will be Greg Hendricks, pastor at Rock Church East Commerce. County. Emcee will be Mike Van Meter, youth pastor, Foothills “We take great pride in not only providing excellent, Christian Church. Organizers said the annual gathering of comprehensive service, but also in being an active member government, business and church leaders has one goal in of the communities we serve. As the hometown service mind, which is to improve our communities for the better. provider in the city of Santee, being connected with a field Cost to attend is $35 per person, or $300 for a table of 10. with our local community gathers made perfect sense for Due to the limited space at the airport hanger, a free shuttle

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sode on TV or the last time he pulled a joke on someone. Driving down Jamacha Boulevard, looking at the hills in the distance he remembers the time his dad told him to watch for Martians coming up over the tops of the hills. Sometimes when I ask what’s so funny, he says, “That’s private,” and that’s that. If there’s nothing funny going on, Paul to the rescue. “You’re shoes are untied,” he tells the Starbucks barista who’s taking out the trash. “You dropped your cell phone,” he tells the instructor at the Y. He giggles as they look down to check their shoes or look for their cell phone. Usually—not always, but usually—they laugh too, as they say, “You got me!” Nope. I don’t have any hilariously funny stories to share. You’ll have to go to Paul for that.

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service will begin at 10:45 a.m. from Foothills Church, 365 W. Bradley Ave., El Cajon. For more information, call (619) 4400404, send an e-mail to or visit The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday in May. The event invites people of faith to pray for the nation based on an understanding that the country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible. The date was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Its purpose is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families.

Santee man reappointed to California Dental Hygiene Committee

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed Timothy Martinez, 58, of Santee, to the Dental Hygiene Committee of California. Martinez has served on the committee since 2012. Martinez has been chief dental officer for the Borrego Community Health Foundation since 2017. He was associate dean and clinical professor at the University of New England from 2015 to 2017, associate dean for the Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine from 2009 to 2015, president of the Outer Cape Dental Center from 2003 to 2015, program evaluator at the Forsyth Institute from 2010 to 2011 and state dental Medicaid director at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services from 2006 to 2009. The position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Martinez is a Democrat.

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