Freedom Rows at annual Crew Classic help disabled vets
by DAVE THOMAS
Published - 03/23/17 - 12:05 PM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Teams race on Mission Bay at the Crew Classic. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
Teams race on Mission Bay at the Crew Classic. / PHOTO BY THOMAS MELVILLE
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One of San Diego’s more popular outdoor events takes to the water again this year in early April. Making the day even better; the opportunity for disabled veterans and members of the military to partake in the 44th annual San Diego Crew Classic, which hits Mission Bay on Saturday, April 1. The event features military veteran crew teams racing among the more than 4,000 athletes.  The Freedom Rows program assists disabled veterans competing in adaptive and para-rowing events through guidance from experts and coaches, both of whom have tailored plans to help these veterans get on the water, fall in love with rowing and compete at the highest levels. Spectators can cheer on these inspirational veteran athletes while eating lunch at food trucks and drinking a beer garden beverage. As organizers of the event have noted, with the huge veteran population in San Diego and the city’s long military history, it only makes sense that the San Diego Crew Classic host this unique event. Beach & Bay Press recently caught up with Mary-Carol Madison, director of finance and administration with the San Diego Crew Classic, for a Q&A. BBP: How has the San Diego Crew Classic grown over the years? MCM: This is our 44th year, we began in 1973. The San Diego Crew Classic has grown from a one-day three-hour regatta to a two-day regatta with more than 120 races. We have more than 4,000 competitors from 120 clubs participating from throughout the country. BBP: Approximately how many local high schools/colleges will be entered? MCM: More than 100 different high schools and colleges are entered. Cathedral Catholic High School has their own team. Other local high schools such as Mission Bay High School compete with San Diego Rowing Club Jrs and ZLAC Jrs. SDSU, USD, and UCSD will all have men’s and women’s teams competing.   BBP: Given San Diego is a military community, how important was it to extend the invitation to disabled vets and members of the armed forces to participate in this event? MCM: We are very excited to have Freedom Rows racing at the San Diego Crew Classic again for the third year. Being part of a military town, we offer free admission to anyone with military ID as a thank you for their service. We are very honored to now also sponsor this event. BBP: Anything else locals and tourists should know about the event? MCM: Come to Crown Point Shores on April 1 and 2 to enjoy great racing. Friday night there is a pasta party and on Sunday morning we have a brunch catered by Giuseppe's Catering, both in the Champions Pavilion. We are pleased to have the U.S. women’s national rowing team on site that weekend and are sponsoring them at the brunch. Tickets are available online at crewclassic.org for all events.
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March 23, 2017
Why not just raise all the fine amounts by $20 or $30 to increase revenue? NO-BRAINER!
World fusion and flamenco with acoustic guitar duo Strunz & Farah at Humphreys Backstage Live
by BART MENDOZA
Published - 03/23/17 - 06:53 AM | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Strunz & Farah, who have opened for international artists Rodrigo y Gabriela, will perform two shows at Humphreys Backstage Live on April 1.
Strunz & Farah, who have opened for international artists Rodrigo y Gabriela, will perform two shows at Humphreys Backstage Live on April 1.
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Grammy-nominated acoustic guitar duo, Strunz & Farah, will perform two shows at Humphreys Backstage Live on April 1. Formed in 1980, from the ashes of underrated Latin jazz band Caldera, the pair play an instrumental mix of world fusion and flamenco, touring the world and recording with artists ranging from Sting to Rodrigo y Gabriela. However it’s their 19 albums to date that have brought them acclaim, most recently, “Moods and Visions” (2014). If you like new age music, Latin sounds or soundtrack tunes, you will love this performance from two guitar virtuosos. Strunz & Farah: Saturday April 1, at Humphrey’s Backstage Live, 2241 Shelter Island Drive. 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. $12. www.humphreysbackstagelive.com. Punk Rock Karaoke comes to Brick by Brick on March 25. Lucky audience members will get a chance to come on stage and sing-a-long to a punk rock classic, the twist here being that the backing will be from a live band featuring punk legends Steve Soto (The Adolescents), Stan Lee (The Dickies), Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks) and Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger). The night is full of fun with the band providing backing on an impressive list of tunes, from Motorhead to Green Day, perfect for anyone who’s ever wanted to play rock star for a day. Punk Rock Karaoke: Saturday, March 25, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 8 p.m. 21 and up. $16. www.brickbybrick.com. On March 25, acclaimed pianist Joshua White performs a special themed show, Monk @100, at Dizzy’s. The event is part of a multi-concert series celebrating the music of Thelonius Monk, who would have been 100 this year, with future shows set for May 27 and July 22. Joshua White: Saturday, March 25, at Dizzy’s at Arias Hall, 1717 Morena Blvd. 8 p.m. $20. www.dizzysjazz.com. Blues fans won’t want to miss a special CD release show for the Casey Hensley Band’s debut album, “Live,” on March 28 at Tio Leo’s. It’s the perfect way to be introduced to this fine band, after all, live is where they excel. Led by fiery singer Casey Hensley, the band is an all-star affair with drummer Evan Caleb Yearsley, saxophonist Jonny Viau, bassist Marcos C. and powerhouse guitarist Laura Chavez. The latter is one of the best guitarists on the planet right now, with an improvisational skill that is mind blowing, yet still full of subtle touches that truly highlight the song being performed. The Casey Hensley Band: Tuesday March 28 at Tio Leo’s, 5302 Napa St. 9 p.m. 21 and up. $10. www.tioleos.com. The most unique dance club in San Diego, The Bahia Belle is back in post-winter action, with a performance from reggae favorites Twisted Relatives on March 31. Fans will be able to take in island sounds as they cruise around Mission Bay, with the band highlighting tunes from their recent EP. Popular enough to have their own beer created for them by the local Pizza Port brewery, Twisted Relatives has built their following by playing the pure stuff, eschewing rock and pop influences, for reggae songs that stands well with the music of their heroes. Twisted Relatives: Friday, March 31 at the Bahia Resort, 998 West Mission Bay Drive. 9:30 p.m. 21 and up. $10. www.bahiabelle.com. Anyone who likes their rock ’n’ roll hard and fast will want to hear Spitfire Torpedo, performing at Brick by Brick on March 31. A relatively new local combo based around former members of internationally known bands such as The Dragons, Manual Scan, Rust and Creedle, this is hard hitting stuff with a sound somewhere between classic seventies era Thin Lizzy and Cheap Trick, with the musical muscle to pull it off. Best of all the band’s focus is on their original material, such as the riff driven “She’s Fire” or “Right Back To You,” giving the night’s headliner, Nashville Pussy a real run for their money. Spitfire Torpedo: Friday, March 31, at Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave. 8 p.m. 21 and up. $10. www.brickbybrick.com.
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Mission Bay spring sports off and running
by DAVE THOMAS
Published - 03/23/17 - 06:15 AM | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kale Cadam surfed in the final Scholastic Surf Series contest for PBMS at La Jolla Shores on Feb. 12, placing third in the shortboard competition and first overall for the season. The Mission Bay High School surf team won against High Tech High School in Division 4 of the Scholastic Surf Series contest in Carlsbad on Feb. 4.
Kale Cadam surfed in the final Scholastic Surf Series contest for PBMS at La Jolla Shores on Feb. 12, placing third in the shortboard competition and first overall for the season. The Mission Bay High School surf team won against High Tech High School in Division 4 of the Scholastic Surf Series contest in Carlsbad on Feb. 4.
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As winter turned to spring to start this week, it should come as no surprise that the spring sports teams at Mission Bay High are off and running. Volleyball On the volleyball scene, the boys team is in action for head coach Nikki Caufield’s team, which is coming off of a successful beach volleyball season that saw the Bucs win the Division II championship.  Last year, the boys restarted the indoor program at the high school and played as a Division IV team. In doing so, the Bucs were in a league comprised almost entirely of established Division II and III teams, coming close to making the playoffs.  So far this year, the Bucs’ garnered fifth place in the Lions Volleyball Classic silver division, notching a couple of upsets.  Just over a week ago, the Bucs played their first league game, sweeping Madison High 3-0.  Jesus Zarate led the team with 12 aces and six kills; Kieran Wills led the team with seven kills; and Jacob Cayetano paced the team with 22 assists and also was tops in digs.  "Last year with a brand new team, we had to basically start from scratch and the boys showed steady improvement over the season,” Caufield stated. “This year, we have six seniors on the team that also played beach volleyball and we have a solid core of boys with at least one year of experience. “The boys have great attitudes and are working really hard at practices. Having made a good showing at our first tournament, and in winning our first league match, we are hopeful that we will continue to improve and work towards making the playoffs.  “We couldn't ask for a nicer group of boys to work with and will really miss our seniors next year. Boys volleyball at Mission Bay High School is like a family," Caufield said. Girls beach volleyball Meanwhile, the girls beach volleyball (2-0) team under head coach Brad Wills recently played Coronado, coming away with a clean sweep. The Bucs are part of the Sand Volleyball Association and not yet a part of the CIF. According to Wills, the plan is to make this sport CIF in the next couple of years, maybe as soon as next year. This is the fifth season of high school beach volleyball, with a total of 36 teams in the league, a league that is broken up into four divisions. Mission Bay plays in the Central Division (seven teams total). “Our goal is to win our division,” Wills commented. “On the team this year, we have two returning seniors and a group of solid freshmen and sophomores.” Baseball Over on the baseball diamond, returning head coach Dennis Pugh noted that while it may take some time for the program to get its “mojo” back, the past success of Mission Bay is what the program is striving for. According to Pugh, key players this season look to be pitcher/infielder Aiden Young (sophomore), shortstop/pitcher Joey Witkowski (senior), outfield/pitcher Parker St. Germain (junior), pitcher/first baseman Jaiden Correa (junior), pitcher/third baseman Dillon Kasper (senior) and infielder Zay Pena (sophomore), who Pugh tabbed the best new player to date. Pugh has set goals of winning the City League and getting back to the CIFs, along with setting a new culture and attitude for the program. The Bucs finished 11-16 a season ago, missing out on the CIF playoffs. Softball On the softball diamond, head coach Vince Ichihara’s team went 9-18 a season ago, yet made a run all the way to the CIF semifinals, coming up a game short of the championship. Heading into this week’s play, the Bucs were 1-4 in the Gold Division 3 Tournament, having yet to play anyone within their division. “Every game we have lost this year has come by two runs or less and we’ve had a chance to win each of these games,” Ichihara remarked. “Our last game we put it all together and beat Serra High School 11-0, led by freshman pitcher Cassidy West's 16 strikeouts. Mission Bay also got timely hitting from Maya Cota and Cheyenne Chavez, a strong four-hit performance, with Paige Parkhill and Kiki Valverde-Flores cleaning up the bases with two RBIs each. Serena Castro, who controlled the game behind the plate despite playing through an injured thumb, added a pair of hits and an RBI.  Editor’s note: More MBHS spring sports teams will be profiled in the April 6 issue.
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The coastline of Bird Rock, which is in the South La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area. / Photo by Thomas Melville
The coastline of Bird Rock, which is in the South La Jolla State Marine Conservation Area. / Photo by Thomas Melville
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