There will be excitement in the air when student-athletes from throughout the county converge on Petco Park on Wednesday, February 7 to announce where they will be playing sports at the next level and sign their National Letters of Intent.

The doors open at 7 a.m. and the program starts at 8 a.m.

The Hall of Champions’ College Announcement & Signing Party is for any high school senior student-athlete intending to compete in intercollegiate athletics for football, boys and girls soccer and boys’ water polo and any other individuals that may have missed the November signing date.

Each year as many as 500 student-athletes, relatives and friends attend this event, not only excitedly getting a chance to announce where they’re going to school next fall, but to meet others who will be attending the same college.

WHAT: College Announcement & Signing Party to reveal which college/university high school senior student-athletes will attend next fall.

WHO: Anyone who is signing a National Letter of Intent plus anyone who will be continuing their athletic careers at universities that do not require a National Letter of Intent (Ivy League, service academies, Division II, III, NAIA).

WHERE: Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres). Park in the Lexus Premiere Lot at the corner of Park & Imperial and enter through the main Home Plate Gate on Park Blvd to check-in. From there you will be directed to section 107 for the event.

WHEN: Student-athletes are asked to check in between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. The program starts at 8 a.m. and is usually finished before 9:30 a.m. to allow the students to return to school.

WHY: To celebrate local athletic excellence. For many of these student-athletes, this is a highlight of years of practice and competition, earning the opportunity to compete at the next level.

COST: Free.

QUESTIONS: Contact Steve Brand at 858-465-6043 or



Montgomery’s two-back attack powers win over S.D. Southwest

Montgomery celebrated homecoming with a 14-7 win over Southwest to open Metro Pacific League play Friday night.

The host Aztecs (5-3, 1-0), much like the Raiders, had little in the form of a passing game, instead feeding senior running back Hunter Joseph early and often. Joseph was explosive and dynamic, consistently showing bursts of speed that Southwest struggled to maintain.

After being shut out in the first half, Montgomery’s offense got rolling as it wore down Southwest with its two-man running attack. Junior running back Samson You put the Aztecs on the board with a 4-yard touchdown run in the third, then Joseph capped his big night with a 27-yard score that proved to be the game winner.

“This year we’ve always been a second-half team,” Montgomery coach Sanj Subbiah said. “Every game, even the ones we lost, we played tougher and harder and never gave up in the second half. We do tend to come back in the second half and try to make up for the mistakes.”

The Raiders (2-6, 0-1) relied heavily on senior running backs Leonard Hoar and Joshua Sanchez. Hoar, the team’s leading rusher, was the workhorse bruiser, breaking tackles and bulldozing over smaller defenders. He put the Raiders on the board in the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run.

“We played hard,” Southwest coach Paco Silva said. “We’re finishing now. We’re becoming a football program. You can ask anybody. Our guys played hard until the end. We had some mistakes here or there, but that’s just football. That’s adversity. I’m just really proud of these kids.”