san diego sports

Ray Paulick’s View From the Eighth Pole: Del Mar can add year-round stability to Cal racing

(Editor’s Note: Ray Paulick’s Report, based at Lexington, Kentucky, is an authoritative home for Thoroughbred racing news shining light on the horse industry. North America’s leading independent Thoroughbred racing website can be found at www.paulickreport.com.) California’s horse racing industry has never been good at long-range planning. Instability will do that. Historic Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo in the Bay Area was shuttered for development…


Look who’s local playing college, pro sports

Maybe it’s the weather allowing people to play a variety of sports full-time year-round. Maybe it’s the local San Diego County sports clubs and programs. Fact is, this county has been one of the nation’s leading producers of college and professional athletes. Local sportswriter David Willauer has compiled a list of local athletes playing baseball and football at the collegiate and pro level this year,…


SoCal Pro Wrestling mixes it up at ‘New Year’s Retribution’ on January 25

SoCal Pro Wrestling will be holding its thirteenth New Year’s Retribution event on Jan. 25 at the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, CA. The event will be headlined by Ju Dizz defending his SoCal Pro Heavyweight Championship against former champion Andy Brown. Ju Dizz defeated Dirty Doug to win the SoCal Pro heavyweight Championship on April 13, 2019. Since that time he has successfully…


Tale of the Toppled Hurler: A Peter Hartwell Story (Part 2)

(This is Part 2 of a 13-part serialization of the Peter Hartwell saga. Follow new chapters of the story each weekend at The Grapevine…) “They killed my father, and now they’re coming after me.” – Marty Nolan, on the pain of being a Red Sox fan, in David Halberstam’s “The Teammates.” I walked into the drab green waiting area of the emergency room at Columbia-Presbyterian…


Tale of the Toppled Hurler: A Peter Hartwell Story by Bruce A. Kauffman

 Willie Gillante took the mound to pitch the game that would decide if the dream gets dashed or faith is rewarded. If Willie and his precious Red Sox lost tonight, their exhausting season-long march to the world championship of baseball would be over, and the hope gone that the crown would finally come to Boston for the first time in a long eighty-six years. The…


Palomar swim springs off the block

It was a scene to behold at Palomar’s Wallace Memorial Pool last month as schools from around San Diego and beyond came together to ring in the new season with the annual two-day Waterman Festival. The festival gives swimmers a chance to compete in all events in order to prepare for the new season. “It’s like a fun meet so everyone on all teams competes…


Steve Becvar going to the Gulls

Times they are a’changing for Steve Becvar. He’s going from executive director of the  Greater San Diego Chapter of the ALS Association to its Board of Directors as he accepts a post as new vice president of sales for the equally new San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League (AHL). First things first, “The San Diego Gulls are thrilled to announce the hiring of…