escondido sports

Wide world of North County sports shorts

With all due respect to ABC’s Wide World of Sports…Spanning North County to bring you the constant variety of sports… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is The Escondido Grapevine’s Wide World of Sports Shorts. Play ball? Padres caravan rolls through Westfield North County, Escondido Alas, 2016 has just begun and the Padres are million-to-one…


NCAA transition at San Marcos going smoothly, but not without initial hurdles

On a hot, sunny day, a breeze whips up a large cloud of dust in a construction lot on the campus of Cal State San Marcos. The curved, grey, unfinished building sits on the lot. It only stands out because there’s a lot of construction going on in the area. Otherwise, the grey blob with some white trim does nothing aesthetically to differentiate itself from…


eSports? Yes, competitive gaming as sport

Sports have traditionally spanned many disciplines in the physical realm. From the tackling of a carrier in football, to the subtle tap of a golf ball on a long putt, there exists a certain traditional aspect of a sport that is universally held. Enter eSports, a rapidly growing field in the gaming sphere that challenges traditional views on what a ‘sport’ really means. The disbelief…


SMHS cornerback Terrell Burgess Utah signing makes media news, literally

This just in, news from Utah — San Marcos High School defensive back Terrell Burgess is headed to the University of Utah. Burgess, a three star rated CB by Rivals.com and 247sports.com, chose Utah over Arizona, Cal and San Diego State. He said Utah coaches would start him off as defensive back, but might play him on offense as a wide receiver as well. However, Burgess…


New Palomar College baseball field now in play

Palomar College has one of the top junior college baseball programs in the nation. Now it has a $10.2 million baseball complex second to none if the JUCO world. The brand spanking new baseball complex opened play on Jan. 27 with the Palomar Comets taking on the College of the Desert Roadrunners. A brief ribbon cutting and ceremony preceded the game. Baseball and Palomar sports…


Meadow Lake Golf Course becomes new, shorter Boulder Oaks links

Escondido’s Meadow Lake Golf Course isn’t looking like its old self anymore. It’s a new, shorter course with a new name — Boulder Oaks. When last we played through, the course ceased play in July. That was to implement a $6.2 million course renovation financed by the Metropolitan Water District’s turf removal program. It’s all part of the plan to lure hitherto non-golfing golfers since…


It’s always baseball season around here

The heck with football and basketball. The hardy boys of winter took to Valley Center Little League’s La Vine Field on Sunday, gloves and big league hopes in hand. “We’re just having fun, some pitching, some hitting, pretty much hanging out” said Dylan McFadden, a Valley Center High School sophomore, and second baseman, between hacks at the batting cage in the far northern reaches of…


SoCal Pro Wrestling living the dream at E Lincoln Avenue on Friday (Video)

Aside from being a different type of intensive workout, a nondescript looking facility in a strip mall section of E. Lincoln Avenue also offers access to a dream. A dream that is, if someone wants to try a hand, along with leg, body and all kinds of slams, in the wonderfully wacky, and somewhat mind-boggling, wild world of pro wrestling. The dream takes a holiday…


Lake Wohlford where the catfish are biting

You know what they say, a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work. And then some. That’s what brought three diverse generations of the Brinneman clan to the shore of Lake Wohlford last week where they found the catfish fishing and it was good. “We’ve got three catfish in there,” Roy Brinneman said, pointing to a cooler. “They just stocked…


New Spring Major League Football (MLFB) tryouts come to Escondido (Video)

The heck with the San Diego (or Los Angeles) Chargers and the NFL. There’s a new professional football league and it’s coming to Escondido on Sunday, Nov. 1. This is the newly formed Major League Football (MLFB) scheduled to kick off in Spring 2016 as a Spring/Summer league with eight teams who will play 10 games each. Top four teams make the playoffs. The league…