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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…

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In honor of the conclusion of the documentary, “The Last Dance,” I have one additional Michael Jordan anecdote. My 12-year career in the NBA included a two-year stop with the Miami Heat, the first two years the organization was in the league. And as an expansion team for the 1988-89 season, …

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One of the fun things that has happened to Your Natterer of late, was that for a four-second period of time, I was part of ESPN’s “The Last Dance,” better known as the Michael Jordan documentary. In the fourth hour of the show, 20 minutes in, a disembodied voice introduces Scottie Pippen in his first All-Star Game, which occurred in 1990 at the Miami Arena. That voice was me. In the game itself, Pippen played 12 minutes, scoring just four points. The talent on display in that game was formidable, with the East Team’s starting lineup including Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. The subs for the East included Robert Parish, Kevin

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Due to the continued restrictions at the beach, the City made the difficult decision today, May 7, to cancel the first session of Jr. Lifeguards and Surf Awareness. Please check back for further updates on the next scheduled sessions. The programs were set to be held in mid-June. As a result…

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Nine years ago, I collaborated with Coronado Youth Soccer’s Director of Coaching Manny Neves on a column that discussed his background as a player, his love of the game of soccer, and what he thought was important in instructing youngsters new to the game. As it turned out, our interview and the subsequent article came out at about the mid-point of his 22-year career with the organization, during which time he coached literally thousands of Coronado kids the techniques required to play the game. Recently Neves retired from his post with CYSL.

Pre-dating his coaching career, Neves, a native of Pico Island in the Portuguese Azores, had a fine professional career, that included being drafted after graduating from Point Loma High School by the North American Soccer League (NASL).

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This week turn the calendar back to November 23, 2011 and look at the coverage of the Islander Boys Water Polo Team as they won the CIF Division III Championship. At this point, the CIF San Diego Section was adding division levels throughout all sports, with the schools assigned to their res…

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This is the second half of a ‘Nado Natterings’ article from May 25, 2011, which detailed the Lacrosse championships won by both the Coronado High School Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams. As a reminder, in 2011 the CIF Divisions for Postseason Competition were determined by school enrollment and…

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This week’s look back at ‘Nado Natterings’ columns from the past is actually the first of two-parter, which covers both the Boys and Girls Lacrosse Teams winning CIF Division II titles in the Spring of 2011. Both teams were dominant and this week, we’ll cover the Girls title run. As an aside, Caroline Carlson in this column from May 25, 2011, is now Caroline Dineen-Carlson, the current Head Coach of the Islander Girls Lacrosse Team.

Saturday the Coronado High School Lacrosse teams, their parents and families invaded Westview High School for a pair of CIF Division II championship games and both Islander squads emerged victorious. The 2011 season marked the first time that the sport of lacrosse had been split into two divisions, with Coronado assigned to Division II due to the size of the school’s enrollment. We’ll address the irony of that concept further into the column.

First up were the Islanders Girls, who entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed, and they played to that level. Their Quarterfinal game was a 23-6 win over Santana at home, and they followed that effort last Thursday by a 16-3 Semifinal win over Canyon Crest. Coronado found the No. 3 seeds from Cathedral Catholic as their opponents in the Finals and dominated the Dons 13-3. Frankly the game wasn’t that close.

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The 2009-2010 sports season was memorable because four Islander sports teams won CIF Division titles and the Islander Sailing Team finished as the best team in California and No. 6 in the United States. In the past two weeks we re-ran columns that extolled the virtues of the championship Isl…

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This week we’re continuing our series of past Nado Natterings columns that reflect some of the better teams in Coronado High School’s rich athletic history. This article is from the June 9, 2010 issue of the Coronado Eagle & Journal Newspaper and provides the highlights of the Islander B…

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With no sports to cover, prep or otherwise, we’re digging back into the Nado Natterings vault to revive some past articles about Islander championship teams from the past. As a reminder, when this was written, the CIF Sections were determined by a school’s student enrollment. This column is from March 10, 2010, and highlights one of, if not the best, Girls Soccer Team to represent Coronado High School.

-David Axelson

By the time the Coronado Girls Soccer Team took to the pitch at Valhalla High School Saturday evening, they were the lone No. 1 seed to advance to the Finals in San Diego County CIF Soccer, Boys or Girls. The Islanders were also ranked No. 2 in the CIF San Diego Section, second only to The Bishop’s School, which handed Coronado their only loss earlier in the season. But Bishop’s fell in the Division IV Semifinals and No. 3 ranked Torrey Pines was an early round Division I playoff victim.

Mixing metaphors, the Islanders were the lone tree standing in the forest, with a target painted on their collective backs the size of the USS Ronald Reagan. If you were looking for additional elements to wring your hands over, Coronado didn’t look particularly sharp in their 1-0 Semifinal victory over Mission Bay. Also, Coronado was going to face La Jolla High School in the Division III Finals, a team the Islanders had knocked off twice already on their way to an undefeated season in the Western League. The Vikings were the same team that defeated Coronado in the Finals a year ago, under similar circumstances, by the score of 4-0.

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Coronado Recreation and Golf Services has closed the Coronado Community Center, John D. Spreckels Center and Bowling Green, Aquatics Center, Tennis Center office, and the Club Room and Boathouse.

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After a decisive 13-5 win over The Bishop’s School to begin their season, the Islander Boys Lacrosse Team hit the proverbial bump in the road last week. They lost to Kingwood High School from the Houston, Texas area 14-9 in a rare Monday afternoon game which began at 2 p.m. Then Coronado los…

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“It was fantastic,” said Islander Golf Head Coach Stuart Gordon of his team’s round of 189 last week against Poway. “If you look at it, we’re as good as Cathedral Catholic and others at the top. And still, we didn’t play as well as we could. The potential is really there. Easton Phillips sho…

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Between the weather and the postponement of the rest of their game schedule, the Islander Boys Tennis Team (2-4 overall) was able to play only one match last week. That turned out to be a 10-8 loss to Cathedral Catholic. Islander Head Coach Mackenzie White said, “Our No. 1 and No. 2 doubles …

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A couple of weeks ago when I first interviewed new Islander Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Caroline Dineen-Carlson about her team, I realized how talented they are. And as noted in our overview above, they stand at 3-0. Last week they hosted Cathedral Catholic and dominated the Lady Dons 15-4. Wednesday, they traveled to Rancho Bernardo and drilled the Colts 15-0. Unfortunately, a big test at home against Poway wasn’t played.

Dineen-Carlson said of the Cathedral game, “We played really well together. The score was just 5-3 at the half and we took off from there. We were a little sloppy early in the game, but we scored fast break goal after fast break goal.

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As has been often said over the past several days, as a nation we’re in unchartered waters due to the presence of the COVID-19 virus. In the sports world, once Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the virus, it set off a chain reaction which has resulted in the shutdown of virtual…

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Baseball has a way of evening itself out over the course of an entire season. After an absurdly difficult three-game stretch to begin the season against Helix, Eastlake, and Grossmont, all in the Top 10 as the season began, the Islander Baseball Team’s season turned around. As we’ll soon see in some detail, Coronado has defeated in order Otay Ranch 5-3; Steele Canyon 7-2; Steele Canyon again 4-1; and Bonita Vista 3-2.

“It’s a bad time to have the season postponed, but what can you do?” said Head Coach Morgan Cummins. “March 2, we played at Otay Ranch and we got our first win of the season. Nico Sanchez got his first varsity start, pitched well and kept us in the game. He pitched 3.2 innings, gave up one hit, two earned runs and struck out one. The one hit he gave up was a 3-2 fastball that challenged the batter and he hit it just over the fence. Dylan Noble came in and pitched 3.1 innings and gave up two hits for his first varsity win. It was nice to see him step up. We need somebody to finish games and he set the tone for us out of the bullpen. The defensive play of the game came when Otay Ranch had runners on first and second in the bottom of the sixth. Kanon Billings caught a line drive at second base and flipped the ball behind his back for a double play. We let them do that in practice on occasion and this time it came in handy. Catcher Brady Roulier got hurt on a foul tip and had to come out of the game. We moved Heath Miller from shortstop to catcher, Ryan Ward from third to short and Caden Sutherland to third. We had to shake it up on the fly. We hadn’t won a game to that point, so we took a risk, and everybody stepped up. Heath stepped in and did a great job behind the plate, with no practice this season at that position.”

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At the recent Islander Girls Water Polo post-season banquet, Head Coach Dave Throop announced his team’s award winners for the 2019-20 season. The Included: ISF Award-Jordan Mickel; Varsity Captain and Justin Meek Scholarship Award Winner-Lauren Gauvin; Varsity Captain-Emmie Muschek; Varsity…