Prep Sports Report

New CIF San Diego Section Commissioner Shouts Out Mentors

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, is joined by Joe Heinz, new CIF San Diego Section Commissioner, to talk about Heinz’s mentors who preceded him in the Commissioner’s office and at the Sweetwater Union High School District. Kearney and Heinz chat about his career as an athlete and athletic director, along with challenges Heinz will face in the COVID-19 era.

High School Sports Commissioner Laments Cancellation of Spring Prep Sports

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, is joined by Jerry Schniepp, CIF San Diego Section Commissioner, to talk about the heart-wrenching decision to cancel the remainder of the Spring sports calendar. Kearney and Schniepp chat about highlights from the retiring commissioner’s nine-year tenure as head of high school sports in the region.

School Closures Force High School Sports to Grind to a Halt

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, is joined by Amanda Waters, Athletic Director at Carlsbad High, to talk about the temporary halt to San Diego prep sports.

Award-Winning Sportswriter Recounts Highlights from 50-Year Career

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, is joined by Steve Brand, venerable, award-winning Union-Tribune sportswriter, to discuss highlights from Brand’s 50-year sports writing career.

Knights Explosive Bats Quarantined by Virus Outbreak

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, and Steve Brand, Union-Tribune sportswriter, are joined by Jeff Dufek, baseball coach at San Marcos High, whose Knights are averaging a robust 10 runs a game. Dufek discusses the suspension of high school baseball in the county due to the coronavirus.

Santana Takes Prestigious Hilltop Prep Baseball Tournament

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, and Steve Brand, Union-Tribune sportswriter, are joined by Rigo Ledezma, Baseball Coach at Santana High School, whose Sultans won the prestigious Hilltop Tournament. Kearney and Brand talk about Union-Tribune Top Ten Rankings in baseball and softball, and the local teams that are competing in the Southern California Regional baseball playoffs.

Relentless Work Ethic and Team Camaraderie Lead Mar Vista to SoCal Regional Championship

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune deputy sports editor, and Steve Brand, Union-Tribune sportswriter, are joined by Chad Kavanagh, Girls Water Polo Coach at Mar Vista High, whose Mariners won the San Diego Section and SoCal Regional championships. Kearney and Brand chat about basketball and soccer playoff highlights.

Cathedral Catholic Girls Cagers Face Off Against Christian in Open Semifinals

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune Deputy Sports Editor, is joined by Jackie Turpin, girls basketball coach at Cathedral Catholic, to chat about the Dons clash with Christian High in the Open Division semifinals.

Mater Dei Catholic Faces St. Augustine in Open Division B-Ball Quarterfinals

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune Deputy Sports Editor, is joined by Jason Bryant, boys basketball coach at Mater Dei Catholic, to chat about the Crusaders clash with Saints in the Open Division quarterfinals on Friday. Kearny talks about highlights from other winter sports playoffs.

Dons Retain #1 Ranking in San Diego Boys Cager Poll

Jess Kearney, Union-Tribune Deputy Sports Editor, and Steve Brand, U-T sportswriter, are joined by Will Cunningham, boys basketball coach at Cathedral Catholic, to discuss the Dons #1 ranking in the Union-Tribune poll. Kearny and Brand chat about the U-T Top 10 rankings in boys and girls basketball and other winter sports.