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A hot new middle school sports club, offered to local sixth, seventh and eighth graders, is a hit with the kids (and their parents) who want to stay active in a safe, organized way.

Formerly known as Strength and Speed, the activity, coached by Nick Samarco, is now more accurately called Sports Performance and Enhancement.
 Samarco, who has a long list of certificates in sports medicine, nutrition, fascial stretch therapy, and neural organization/motor skills, is well-qualified to coach the younger set, and remains on the cutting edge of physical education.

And an education it is.
While most of us might thing of strength or speed as the most important part of most sports, Samarco breaks it down to safety and proper mechanics, so the class is not sports-specific, but rather, focuses on the two most critical aspects of all sports. With the exception of long-distance running, most sports are what he refers to as “explosive.”

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Register now for Coronado Aquatic Club (CAC) Fall Session 2. Experienced water polo players and players who are new to the sport are all welcome. Come join!

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The best kept secret in Coronado is nestled at the south end of Glorietta Bay Park. Few venture to the end of Strand Way to discover the Boat House and its community of paddlers and rowers with stand up paddleboards (SUP), kayaks, rowing shells, Hawaiian outrigger canoes, and prone boards. With bay views of the bridge and golf course, paddlers and rowers enjoy being on the water year-round on the protected waters of Glorietta Bay.

Autumn is the perfect time to get out on the

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High school sports around the country look a lot different than they did a year ago, due to the often frustrating domino effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While still impacted by the shutdown, surfing, by nature requires a lot of physical distance, and thus local board riders of all ages have, for the most part, been able to enjoy the quintessential Southern California sport. 
The Coronado High School Surf Team, under the seasoned leadership of long-time local and competitive surfer Mike Gillard, has been able to practice, with the exception of the period when most county beaches were closed at the beginning of the shutdown. Gillard picked up the reins of the team after the tragic death of beloved local waterman and coach Stan Searfus in January of 2018.

The season, which runs from October through March, was somewhat affected by the shutdown in the spring, with only a few of the meets,

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Last weekend, Coronado Lacrosse Club headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in a regional lacrosse tournament that drew teams from all over the west. America’s Finest Rivalry, organized by San Diego-based, locally owned Adrenaline Lacrosse, brought a wide range of teams from west of the Mississippi. Coronado Lacrosse Club (CLC) Select, coached by Loren Generi and Courtney Reidarson, sent a team consisting of sixth and seventh grade players primarily from Coronado.

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With much of our work and social lives taking place in front of a screen these days, many kids and parents have been searching for outlets that allow for safe physical and social activities.

For many, the fall sports camps offered through the Islander Sports Foundation at the Coronado Middle School (CMS), have provided a welcome break from the constant screen time, providing exercise as well as the opportunity to safely socialize.

Kristen Guymon, parent of both a Village Elementary fourh grader and a CMS seventh grader, took on the position of CMS Athletic Director (AD) in May, after the departure of former AD Meredith Hinz.
Taking on any new job, even in the best of times, can be a challenge, but during a world- wide pandemic and a shut-down, creating safe activities that meet the state and county guidelines adds yet another hurdle in what might be described as an ever-changing obstacle course.

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Coronado Recreation and Golf Services is offering a variety of after school enrichment camps this fall. Your child can learn how to perform slight-of-hand tricks in our new Magic Camp held on Tuesdays at 4:10 p.m. They can develop engineering skills in our LEGO Engineering Camps held on Mond…

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Local sailing legend and Olympic gold medalist Robbie Haines (Coronado High School ’72) was one of 9 sailors inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame on Sept. 12, in a virtual ceremony. Introducing him was fellow sailor and 2018 NSHOF inductee Vince Brun, who first met Haines in 1973.

I met with Haines at the Coronado Yacht Club on a beautiful afternoon following his induction, and

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During this time of social distancing, we are all looking for an outlet where we can see other people, talk to one another and get back to exercising again. With gyms closed and most sports being contact sports, there are very few choices when it comes to getting out and enjoying the Coronado weather and friends.

There is a solution - tennis! Tennis is an outdoor outlet where distancing guidelines can be followed, exercise and fresh air can be found and, warning, time on the court might lead to a love for the sport. There is a team of people at the Coronado tennis center working hard to show you love of the game.

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With the start of the fall 2020-2021 CUSD school year almost three weeks ago, in pre-COVID times, we would also have seen the launch of the Coronado High School (CHS) Fall sports season.

Team photos would have been taken, programs printed, rosters and team captains announced. Looking at the “what-would-have-been” calendar this weekend, both of Coronado’s pools would have been roiling with the America’s Finest City men’s water polo tournament and Islander Football would be hitting the turf against the Kearny Komets on Friday evening. Parents and students would be filling the stands in the gym, on the pool deck, and in the stadium. Our Islander Cheerleaders would get the fans going with my favorite cheer:

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Coach Jorge Perez, who is a familiar face to many area local water polo players, is serving as the new coach for the Coronado Aquatics Club age-group players, along with David Throop and Asante Sefa-Boakye, who coach the senior women’s group and senior men’s group.

Sefa-Boakye, Coronado High School class of 2010, who played the sport under legendary coach Randall Burgess during his high school years, and has played around the world at the international level, is acting as interim coach while Laci Gyori travels and trains in his home country of Hungary.

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In his 1972 book “Semi-Tough,” Dan Jenkins, who was undoubtedly one of the best three or four sportswriters ever, said, “The hunt’s over. It’s time to put out the fire and call in the dogs.” After 22 years of writing ‘Nado Natterings’ this is my final sports column as I head into retirement. In next week’s issue of the Coronado Eagle & Journal, my final city-side column will run and contains details of my career and future plans. But this week I’m going to write about some of the athletes and teams which stood out over the last two decades, plus some anecdotes you might enjoy. Keep in mind these are athletes and teams I have covered in person, post 1995.

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Coronado Navy Swim Association (CNSA) will have a fall 2020 Swim League for all our age group swimmers, bronze, silver and gold. The season will go from Sept. 8 to Dec. 19. Registration is now open for current and new members.

If you do not know which group your swimmer should be training with email Coach Troy at troy@swimcoronado.org or submit a contact form at

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A couple of weeks ago, I recounted that I spent the most bizarre sporting experience of my 22 years of writing, which included a 90-minute delay due to thunder and lightning, with Kyle Montague the Islander Football Statistician for several years. It turns out that Kyle and Kelly Montague’s daughter Madison Montague, who I have known and covered in this column for several years, has been an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Nurse at Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York for two years. Here’s her story.

Madison was an outstanding athlete at Coronado High School, the defensive center back for the Islander Girls Soccer Team which won three CIF titles during her high

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Coronado Aquatic Club is excited to announce that registration is open for the 2020 Fall Season (Session 1). Whether you are an experienced water polo player or new to the sport, come join our club!

Practices begin Monday, Aug. 24, and run through Friday, Oct. 16.

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There is some irony to the fact that last week’s Retro Nado Natterings featured the 2017 Islander Boys Tennis Team which won the Division I title and their star player, Ryan Seggerman, who went on to win the CIF Singles title on his way to an undefeated season. Seggerman matriculated to Princeton

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Yet another sign The Apocalypse is upon is The San Diego Union-Tribune no longer publishes out-of-town box scores, further diminishing their product. Conversely the other daily paper I read, the Chicago Tribune, has an entire page of box scores accumulated from all sports… Despite a lifelong…

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Don’t take anything that follows in this section as being against the concept of College Football. It’s a great sport, with the added benefit of allowing thousands of athletes annually to attend college on scholarship, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to study at a major university. But the ob…

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Islander rising senior Wayne McKinney has committed to play for the USD Toreros, he announced last week. An All-CIF First Team selection last season for Coronado, McKinney averaged 28.4 points per game and led his team to the CIF Division III Finals where the Islanders lost to San Ysidro 71-59, although the game was closer than the final score reflects.

“USD was the best academic school that offered me,” McKinney said by phone last week. “It’s the place my family and I decided on because it’s close to home. I’ve been in communication with the USD staff for about a year now. I’ve been pretty comfortable with them and I went to watch the team play. Their guards are aggressive and the coaches let them play. The guards really run the show. I’m looking forward to meeting the team after COVID and their gym is open. The USD campus is beautiful and the gym is awesome. All of that was an add-on for me.”

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We’ll start this section with some musings from Major League Baseball, including a look at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ signing of right fielder Mookie Betts to a 12-year, $365 million contract extension. Betts is now positioned in the No. 2 slot of the highest paid players in MLB starting with …

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In a sign of the times, last week Your Natterer did three weeks of laundry, which contained exactly one dress shirt and one pair of socks. Primarily staying at home and writing, apparently doesn’t require an extensive wardrobe… The Chicago Cubs Convention, originally scheduled for Jan. 15-17…

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Beginning Monday, July 27, the Coronado Skatepark will observe new summer hours and will require a user fee.

The summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The skate/scooter fee is $5 for a one hour reservation. Annual passes are available for purchase. The annual pass fees are $60 for those under 18, $100 for adults, 18-64, and $60 for those 65-plus. Advance reservations are required. The rental fee for any equipment is $5.

Adult participants and the parents/guardians of minor participants must establish an account with the Recreation and Golf Services Department and complete the waiver before using the Skatepark facility.

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Monday morning I was listening to my favorite podcast, The Tony Kornheiser Show. Kornheiser is one-half of the long-running ESPN show “Pardon the Interruption,” and his PTI Co-host Michael Wilbon is a frequent guest on the podcast. The conversation earlier this week turned to the birthday of…

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A graph on the front page of the July 9, 2020, edition of the USA Today Newspaper brought the severity of the current COVID-19 Pandemic into focus. According to Johns Hopkins University, the first one million cases in the United States occurred within 98 days. The second million came within …

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During the COVID-19 Pandemic, sports teams and programs are forced to get creative and that would certainly apply to the Coronado FC, which began skills practice for players in small groups Monday, July 13. Club Head Manager Cindi Gehler, who also has the fun jobs of being registrar and in charge of field scheduling and permits, talked about the goals and procedures of the workouts. “We’re in Phase 1 of four phases, and we will be working on individual skills, technique and a little bit of fitness. We have 16 teams currently and they aren’t all full. When COVID hit, we went to one-hour sessions, two days a week of Zoom training with our coaches. Now we are going into groups for 45-minute sessions, with between seven and 11 players per group. Each of our players will have to pass the COVID safety protocols. Our guiding entity is the California State Soccer Association-South (Cal South), who developed a comprehensive plan, which each group can elaborate on in their local environment. And we had input from the school district.”

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Court five of the Coronado Cays Tennis Courts will be designated for pickleball only beginning June 29.

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The hours of instructional play led by tennis professionals will expand to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Pros will hold lessons on the Library Tennis Courts only. The booking window for tennis pro instruction is now 72 hours in advance. All instruction and reservations are booked through the Coron…

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It would be fair to say it’s good to be Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The 24-year-old signal caller is the reigning NFL MVP, the MVP of Super Bowl LIV, and NFL Champion. Add to all of that, he now is the proud owner of a 12-year contract worth $476.6 million. That breaks do…

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As races of all sizes continued to be cancelled across the United States due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 47th annualCrown City Classic was held over the weekend as a live-modified event. The annual 4th of July tradition ensured safe social distancing allowing participants run the 1…

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The depth of the rift between the Major League Baseball Owners and Players was highlighted in the details of the Major League Baseball Player Association’s 33-5 rejection of the Owners final proposal for the 2020 season on June 22. Rejecting the offer means $25 million in guaranteed playoff …

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Coronado City Manager Blair King is a faithful reader of this column. As such, he probably thought we needed some new content for this week, so he forwarded the following information regarding the operational times and reservation phone numbers for the City’s recreation facilities, up-to-date as of June 26, 2020:

The Coronado Aquatics Center is open Monday through Friday, 6 to 11 a.m., with 10, 50-meter lanes. Reservations are required for the Competition Pool lap swim and can be made by calling the Aquatics Center at 619-522-7342.

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Several years ago, okay a couple of decades ago, I was in New York City on a business trip. At the same time there was a major event at the United Nations Building, located at 42nd Street and First Avenue, which created absolute traffic gridlock in Manhattan. No vehicles could move in any di…

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As noted above, the final decision for Fall sports activities won’t be decided by the CIF until July 20, but fans might like to know what the Islander 2020 Football Schedule would look like if there is positive news emanating from that meeting. The Islanders will compete in the Central Leagu…

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Islander Athletic Director Robin Nixon and I had a couple of Email exchanges last week, wherein she reminded me that registration is now open for the Fall sports of Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Water Polo, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Cross Country and Football. First, go to www.islandersportsfoundation.com and click on the ‘More’ tab in the upper right-hand corner of the home page. Then select ‘Registration Instructions’ from the drop-down menu, and you’re on your way.

Nixon also said the latest information from the CIF, the governing body of high school sports in California, is the final decision regarding when or if fall sports will be played, will be announced July 20, 2020. At this point, apparently all scheduling options are on the table.

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The San Diego County public health officer recently amended an order to allow for tennis to resume under monitored limited conditions. The first courts to reopen were those at the Glorietta Bay Tennis Center. The Cays

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Head Coach Alex Cade and Assistant Jon Poe celebrated and thanked the 2020 Lacrosse Senior class. From left, Alex Cade, Andrew Larratt, Devin Schulte, James Withoft, Alex Arvizu, Ryan Bastuba, Sean O’Connor, and Jon Poe. Not pictured: Robert Logan, Will Rush, Casey Harris and Jack Simon.

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Allow me to summarize the current labor strife in Major League Baseball (MLB) in one word, ‘Money.’ A more expansive nine-word summary, ‘Money and how it is going to be distributed.’ The MLB Owners know if games are played with no fans in the stands they will lose money for every regular sea…

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For the past several weeks, I have been accumulating articles on College sports and the challenges they face financially in the short term. I worked in Division I athletics for four years, three decades ago, so I have at least a feel for what schools are going through and it’s not good.

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The City of Coronado Recreation and Golf Services Department is excited to serve the community again with fun and engaging recreation activities for all ages. The Summer 2020 Recreation and Golf Services E-Brochure will provide the most up-to-date information on summer programs, activities a…

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Coronado Aquatics Club Water Polo Summer Season registration is now open. We are offering training opportunities for our Junior (middle school age) and Senior (high school age) water polo teams. Due to the regulations in place, we are unable to offer training for our Youth team (Elementary s…

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If you’ve been following this column since the beginning of the year, I’ve written a few columns reminiscing about NBA Players and Executives who died recently. As the risk of sounding like a latter day Forrest Gump, I didn’t know everybody in the NBA in the 1980’s and 90’s, but the league w…

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This portion of the column is being written Monday, and in a perfect world, it will be outdated by breaking developments in the Major League Baseball Owner-Player negotiations by Wednesday. In fact Monday afternoon, after previously promising they had made their last offer to the Players, th…

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This week we’ll take a third look at the Islander Boys Soccer Team in our Retro Natterings Series, which dates back to March 6, 2013. As you can tell from the headline, the program under the direction of Head Coach Brian Hiatt-Aleu was on a roll. The team was solid at virtually every positio…

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Last week we provided an overview of the financial issues facing Major League Baseball (MLB), with the suggestion the sides were far apart. One week later the sides are farther apart, and national sports commentators are divided on what they think is going to happen. On a recent podcast, Bil…

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The City reopened the Coronado Municipal Golf Course on May 1 after the San Diego County public health officer relaxed restrictions for parks and golf courses at the end of April. The County has further amended the Golf Course Sanitation Protocol form to note that golf instruction and clinic…

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When it was first announced the COVID-19 Pandemic had caused the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, my first thought was, “How is that going to impact Jesse Smith?” To provide some context, I have been covering Jesse (CHS ’01) for two decades, dating back to when he was the star and centerpiece of the Islander Boys Water Polo Team in 2000 which was universally deemed to be the best in the nation.

In the 23 years I have written a sports column for this publication, Smith remains the most dominant single-sport prep athlete I have covered, and including his high school playing days, I’ve written more about him than any other Islander athlete. Proof of his playing ability may rest with the fact that Coronado won the CIF San Diego Section Division II titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000, and he was voted CIF Player of the Year for the latter two seasons.

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During the past couple of years, Major League Baseball (MLB) has been downgraded from “America’s Past-time,” to being labeled a sport of regional interest only. As much as I hate to admit it, despite MLB generating $10 billion in revenue in 2019, it has long since fallen behind the National …

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Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan died this past week at the age of 78 and most of the articles written about the four-time All-NBA First Team Defensive player allude to his toughness on the court. And believe me it was a characterization that was well-earned. In 1974-75, I was working for the Kansa…

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Islander Athletic Director Robin Nixon dropped a line the other day to say the Coronado High School Top Senior Athletes for the 2019-20 school year had been selected. That list includes: Casey Harris-Cross Country and Lacrosse; Crista Izuzquiza-Golf; Elsa Ostermarker-Tennis; Raden Perry-Base…