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Coronado Middle School Sports Registration Underway For Fall Sports

A partnership that began approximately 15 years ago that has worked extremely well is the Islander Sports Foundation’s (ISF) collaboration with the Coronado Unified School District, as the organizing entity for the Coroando Middle School Sports Program. Over that time, the ISF has run the programs which benefit approximately 250 students for each of the three annual CMS Sports seasons.

The following disclaimer needs to be mentioned. When the ISF took over the CMS Sports Program, I was the Executive Director of the organization and served as CMS Athletic Director for three years. CHS Athletic Directors Sandy Ferguson and later Robin Nixon both spent many hours working to make the facilities of the high school available for CMS Sports. Last week I interviewed Meredith Hinz, who took over the CMS AD job about three years ago and it was interesting to see how the position and the sports offerings have evolved.

Hinz, originally from Long Island, New York, has lived in Coronado for nine years. While in middle school through high school, she played field hockey, basketball, volleyball and track. At Springfield College (Mass.), she played field hockey and majored in Exercise Physiology. “I had been volunteering in various sports and I had children participating at CMS,” Hinz explained. “My daughter Anna Hinz is a senior, a swimmer and water polo player. My daughter Julia Hinz is junior and plays soccer.”

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Friday 08/16/2019
Sports Natterings

I’ve decided that in my next life I want to return as Jay Bilas, the 6-foot, 8-inch former Duke star, holder of a law degree from Duke, practicing litigator in Charlotte, North Carolina and ESPN NCAA Men’s Basketball color commentator. Bilas, 55, a graduate of Peninsula High School in Palos Verdes, is far away the best college basketball analyst working currently. Recently he took a well-targeted shot at the governing body of collegiate sports, the NCAA for their most recent public relations misstep, requiring agents in the sport of basketball to have a college education. The edict was perceived by many as racially insensitive and was generally believed to be aimed at Rich Paul, the agent who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, and John Wall among many others. Introduced last week, the concept was on the receiving end of an immediate broadside from Bilas, who isn’t afraid to take a stand. My only wish for the coming College Basketball season is that Bilas is behind the microphone and on ESPN sports coverage even more often than he was last year… I’ve watched the triple-double floor exercise move that Simone Biles accomplished during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships last weekend four or five times and it’s incredible. A similar dismount Biles makes from the balance beam makes two gymnastic moves that only she can accomplish… The NBA knows how to create a schedule and fans will get to see the Lakers vs. the Clippers on Opening Night slated for Tuesday, Oct. 22… For some reason, Major League Baseball and the NBA both released their schedules for next year on Monday, with MLB getting the shorter end of the publicity generated by the respective announcements… The recent protest staged by a male fencer and a female hammer thrower at the Pan American Games hasn’t exactly taken the country by storm. Lima, Peru, where the Pan Am Games were held isn’t exactly a media center; their sports aren’t followed except during the Olympic Games; and it’s all been done before… My reaction to Oakland and soon to be Las Vegas Raider, wide receiver Antonio Brown’s current plight is sadness. Between his feet being damaged in a cryogenic chamber accident resulting in frost bite and not practicing because he can’t wear his 10-year old helmet this season, his focus doesn’t seem to be on the upcoming NFL season. He’s in the process of shortening what could have been a Hall of Fame career… Free Melvin Gordon… It’s going to be an interesting off-season for the San Diego Padres. Ownership and management thought this was going to be a playoff team, but the ballclub is going to fall considerably short of that goal, despite a much larger player payroll than in past years. Though improving from their 2018 record of 66-96 (.407), to 55-63 (.466 through Monday) in 2019, major personnel changes may well be forthcoming… As an aside, Franmil Reyes, who was recently traded from the Padres to the Cleveland Indians, has played in 11 games since arriving in Northeast Ohio. In 36 at-bats he has four hits, three RBIs, is hitting .111 with 14 strikeouts and 1 walk. Moving Reyes and keeping Hunter Renfro who are both right fielders by trade was a smart move. Renfro who doesn’t hit for average either, he’s at .240 through the beginning of the week, has as much power as Reyes and is a superior defender.

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Young Yet Experienced Islander Girls Volleyball Team Starts Season Aug. 23

Islander Girls Volleyball Head Coach Adeile Ahmu returns for her second season at the helm of the program, where she will coach a very young team. Six seniors graduated from last year’s squad which earned the No. 10 seed in the CIF Division III Playoffs. Ahmu rides into the 2019 season with two seniors, three juniors and nine sophomores on the roster.

“All of our sophomores are very disciplined, and they have been playing for the whole year, including club volleyball. They bring a lot of energy and motivation for the other girls. We are going to be a young team, but I feel they are very mature in

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Cross Country Season Underway

Islander Cross Country Head Coach George Green provides pre-season information about his teams. “The Cross Country season starts only two days after the first day of school with the Vaquero Stampede Aug. 24. Can you get in shape in two days? Absolutely not. That’s why we’ve been training since the end of our no-contact period in early June. If you still want to come out for Cross Country this season, our league meets don’t start until Oct. 10, so there’s time to get in shape by then.

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Wednesday 08/14/2019
Twilight Open Bowling Finale

The Coronado Lawn Bowling Club (CLBC) will host the 2019 season finale of Twilight Open Bowling on Thursday, Aug. 15, starting at 6 p.m. The public is invited for free Twilight Open Bowling. Coronado residents and their friends and visitors who have never before rolled a bowl can arrive at any time between 6 p.m. and sunset, learn to play the game, and will play immediately with other beginning bowlers. It is a fun and casual way to test your interest in the sport. No reservations needed and no fees, just show up in flat soled shoes and have a great time. 

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Friday 08/09/2019
Natterings Quick Takes

Proving perhaps that everybody has problems in their work, the contract awarded Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley last year amounted to a four-year deal for $57.5 million ($14.375 million average), with $21.9 million of that guaranteed. Make no mistake, that isn’t a problem for Gurley, but his contract created an artificially high compensation level for running backs such as Melvin Gordon of the (if you’ll pardon the reference) Los Angeles Chargers and Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys, both of whom are holding out for more money. To me, Gordon is at least one level below Gurley in productivity and importance to his team. Elliott is better than his Rams counterpart, or depending on Gurley’s long-term durability, well above him. Allegedly the Chargers have offered Gordon a deal averaging in the neighborhood of $10 million per year and seem to be firm in that offer. Gordon’s agent has already played the ‘trade my player’ card to add some sense of urgency to the negotiations. The Dallas offer is reportedly in the neighborhood of Gurley money, but owner Jerry Jones insists he won’t be setting a new NFL running back payment plateau with the Elliott contract. All of the previous 200 words will become moot if either the Chargers or Cowboys lose their opening few games in September and panic sets in. Jones caved in a similar situation with Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith in 1993… A commonsense series of proposals to improve Major League Baseball appeared in the Chicago Tribune Monday, authored by Dr. Cory Franklin. The three elements of his proposal were to: deaden the baseball, which would diminish but not eliminate home runs and promote more situational hitting; raise the pitching mound, which would restore the balance between offense and defense, which is now heavily tilted toward the offense; and expand the strike zone, which would likely result in more strikeouts, but would shorten the game because hitters would have to swing at more pitches and in turn, generate fewer bases on balls. I think trying out these three elements in the Minor Leagues over the course of an entire season, perhaps at the High A Ball level, would certainly be worth MLB’s time… Writing for theathletic.com in his ‘Media Circus’ column, Richard Deitsch provided a note that once again proves the popularity of the NFL. He said the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, played in August 2018 between the Chicago Bears and the Baltimore Ravens, had a viewership of 6.779 million, which was well below the average of viewership of the NFL for the 2018 season, across all of its media outlets (CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBC and NFL Network) of 15.76 million per game. The lower Hall of Fame viewership total in 2018 was still higher than 226 of the 244 NBA games on ESPN, ABC and TNT for the entire 2018-19 season. Later in the same article, Deitsch cast aspersions on Pac-12’s trial balloon of having a 9 a.m. (PST) kick-off for some football games, a concept designed to increase the value of their television package and gain more viewers on the East Coast. An additional point is players would have to wake up at 4 a.m. to go through their normal pre-game eating and stretching programs. Plus, student attendance at the games would likely be adversely impacted.

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CTA Offers Free Tennis Clinic

The Coronado Tennis Association is having a free clinic for Navy enlisted kids that live in Coronado or Silver Strand Housing on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 15 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Coronado Cays Tennis Courts. Equipment will be provided, but please bring a drink, hat and sunscreen. For more information or to sign up, visit coronadotennis.org or call 619-438-0311.

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Coronado Middle School Sports Registration Underway For Fall Sports

A partnership that began approximately 15 years ago that has worked extremely well is the Islander Sports Foundation’s (ISF) collaboration with the Coronado Unified School District, as the organizing entity for the Coroando Middle School Sports Program. Over that time, the ISF has run the programs which benefit approximately 250 students for each of the three annual CMS Sports seasons.

The following disclaimer needs to be mentioned. When the ISF took over the CMS Sports Program, I was the Executive Director of the organization and served as CMS Athletic Director for three years. CHS Athletic Directors Sandy Ferguson and later Robin Nixon both spent many hours working to make the facilities of the high school available for CMS Sports. Last week I interviewed Meredith Hinz, who took over the CMS AD job about three years ago and it was interesting to see how the position and the sports offerings have evolved.

Hinz, originally from Long Island, New York, has lived in Coronado for nine years. While in middle school through high school, she played field hockey, basketball, volleyball and track. At Springfield College (Mass.), she played field hockey and majored in Exercise Physiology. “I had been volunteering in various sports and I had children participating at CMS,” Hinz explained. “My daughter Anna Hinz is a senior, a swimmer and water polo player. My daughter Julia Hinz is junior and plays soccer.”

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Thursday 08/01/2019
Islander Girls Tennis Team Prepares For The Coming Season

Looking back one year, the Islander Girls Tennis Team was 13-2 last season, a mark which included Coronado going undefeated in the always-tough Western League. Their two losses were to Canyon Crest Academy in a tiebreaker after the teams tied 9-9 in sets won, and 11-7 to The Bishop’s School, with the matches played just six days apart. Coronado rode their fine record into the No. 3 seed in the CIF San Diego Open Division Team Playoffs.

Admittedly that was then, and this is now, but the Islanders under the direction of Head Coach Rob Moore, lost only one senior from last year’s team, although an important one in No. 1 singles player Summer Vu. But there are four seniors returning in 2019, with plenty of playing experience, and Vu the Younger, Lily Vu, is in the mix to take over her sister’s No. 1 singles slot.

Coach Moore said, “It’s early, and our tryouts don’t begin until Aug. 15, but we have basically the same team coming back, we’re pretty deep, and we anticipate another bang-up season. Competing for singles spots are Ana de la Lama, Tiana French, Elsa Ostermarker and Lily Vu. Our doubles roster includes Jolee Barr, Alejandra Gonzalez-Luna, Sinaia Haskal, Ellie Johnson, Samantha Russell, Marla Steele and Olivia Strong. Ten of our 12 girls who were on the team last year were All-CIF.”

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