escondido sports

‘Lord of All Indoors’ soccer legend Steve Zungul lives quietly in Escondido retirement

Reclusive and sitting in a luxury home high above the San Pasqual Valley, the charismatic  “Lord of All Indoors” Steve Zungul continues to mystify and impress, albeit out of the public eye. He hasn’t spoken to anybody in the media for over a decade. His legendary indoor soccer career continues to do all the talking. Fans of the Croatian indoor soccer scoring machine, perhaps the…


Tale of the Toppled Hurler: A Peter Hartwell Story (Part 5)

Tale of the Toppled Hurler: A Peter Hartwell Story by Bruce A. Kauffman c 2016  All rights reserved. For full story to date, visit: http://escondidograpevine.com/a-the-tale-of-the-toppled-hurler-a-peter-hartwell-story/. So far, Willie Gee, ace Red Sox pitcher, has collapsed on the mound after six brilliant innings against the New York Yankees in a playoff game. Without their star, the Sox go on to lose and their hopes for a World…


Undaunted, Cole Preston rebounds

Editor’s Note: Escondido’s Cole Preston was a point guard, and 4-year starter for the San Marcos High School basketball squad. His day, Rob Preston, was a standout quarterback at Vista High, leading the Panthers to a San Diego Section 3A championship in 1973. Rob went on to play at USC, then served as a backup to Dan Fouts on the Kansas City Chiefs. By a…


‘Fly Boy’ stuns Perez at South Philly bout

Johnson-Perez wasn’t as hot a ticket seller as the sold out Hart-Johnson event in March. Still, the match drew a reported 721 fans to the 2300 Arena. Peltz Boxing, Bam Boxing and Joe Hand Promotions were the promoters. — John DiSanto, PhillyBoxingHistory.com. Escondido’s knight in shining boxing gloves Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson came back to Philadelphia Friday night and left another good impression on local…


Fencing camps, MLB All-Star legacy projects and college baseball transfer

San Diego Fencing Center holds summer camps Many kids are out of school during the summer, but that doesn’t mean they have to stop experiencing new horizons in learning and sporting fun. San Diego Fencing Center at  1770 South Escondido Blvd. hosts several one-week fencing camps this summer. Beginners camps cost $100 with all fencing equipment provided by the center. Week-long beginners camps introduce students to…


Castle Creek Country Club, pickleball and the Pasadena Senior Games

Want to go the Pasadena Senior Games, yet stay in San Diego County? Want to see pickleball. Pickleball? Or do not pass go, simply start with what the heck is this all about? Long story not so short, the Pasadena Senior Games hosted by the Pasadena Senior Center features 35 different competitions. Everything from archery, badminton basketball, bowling, cycling, golf  to power lifting road racing,…


To golf or to footgolf: Is that a question?

Consider a tale of two Escondido golf courses this week. Newly redesigned and rebuilt Boulder Oaks Golf Club was set to welcome back golfers with an official opening tournament  scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. The format is a 2-person scramble. The $40 entry per person includes a lunch buffet. Meanwhile, Reidy Creek golf course cut the ribbon on something borrowed and something…


Escondido’s ‘Fly Boy’ returns to South Philly

Hard-luck Escondido middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson  came within seconds of upsetting Jesse Hart at South Philly’s 2300 Arena on March 18. Fly Boy returns to the scene of the pugilistic crime when he takes on DeCarlo Perez, of Atlantic City, NJ, in the scheduled eight-round main event on June 3. Johnson, 28, floored the unbeaten Hart, a South Philly product, in the sixth round…


Sports shorts: Basketball, roller hockey and Escondido Youth Baseball

Escondido High basketball coach reaches 300 wins Paul Baldwin, who is in his 18th season as boys basketball coach at Escondido, and Pat Moramarco, who is in his 19th season as girls coach at Vista have joined the 300-win club. Baldwin, now 303-211, has had six 20-win seasons, with seven league championships and three San Diego Section titles, including Division I last season. He led…


Wide world of North County sports shorts

With all due respect to ABC’s Wide World of Sports…Spanning North County to bring you the constant variety of sports… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is The Escondido Grapevine’s Wide World of Sports Shorts. Play ball? Padres caravan rolls through Westfield North County, Escondido Alas, 2016 has just begun and the Padres are million-to-one…